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There was some snow this winter

There was some snow this winter

March 7, 2016 |  Category:   life

I heard it was going to be 65 degrees this week and New Yorkers have stars in their eyes at the thought of true Spring-like weather. But I couldn’t let Winter pass without a few snow photos. Truth is, we did have some snow Friday – a surprise dusting of an inch or so that we woke up to in the morning. The only real snow worth mentioning this year, however, was that record breaking snow storm last month, which were when these photos were taken. It blew in like a beast over a weekend and transformed the city into a winter playground. Despite the complaints about snow, it wouldn’t be winter without it, and I would bet that even… CONTINUE READING

hoar frost

hoar frost

February 16, 2016 |  Category:   life

I almost forgot to share with you these photos of the frost that was everywhere in Washington. I posted a few images on Instagram last month, but of course took so many more pictures. Apparently this is hoar frost and it happens when ice crystals get deposited as a result of below freezing temps, moisture in the air and contact on surfaces chilled below freezing point (you learn something new everyday). In Washington we had a few very foggy mornings and what was left behind when the fog lifted was this hoar frost. From a far it looks like sparkling snow. I became obsessed with it and couldn’t stop examining all the different crystal formations whenever we’d go for a… CONTINUE READING

The year of the monkey

The year of the monkey

February 11, 2016 |  Category:   holidays life nyc

The Year of the Monkey 2016 was the first year that NYC public schools had off for the Lunar New Year. When the Mayor made this announcement before the school year began, I admit I grimaced at the thought of having to find childcare for yet another school holiday, particularly since Winter Break would begin just one week later. But you know what? I juggled my schedule so I could take part of the day off and the kids and I had the best day celebrating the new year in Chinatown. Our first stop was the firecracker ceremony. I’ve never been to it before, but I had a strong pull to go this year, probably because it’s a traditional ceremony… CONTINUE READING

February, and not standing still

February, and not standing still

February 1, 2016 |  Category:   life the biz

The first month of the year is now filed away in the history books. Hello February. It’s now time to get serious about 2016. Valentine’s Day always sneaks up so quickly behind the holidays, as far as the business goes. Our ordering deadline is this Saturday, the 6th. We have a limited number of hot chocolate and marshmallow heart gift boxes and our Little Box of Valentine’s Day Cookies are back too. The cookies may vary a bit each year, but this sweet little box is always among my favorites. So it was right around this time last year that I wrote about my intentions to return my attention back to the business. Well, that didn’t happen. 2015 derailed me… CONTINUE READING

San Francisco, & a new identity beyond design

San Francisco, & a new identity beyond design

January 25, 2016 |  Category:   life travels

January, so far, has started off quite busy. 3 weeks into the new year and it’s already been a full month of travel. A week and a half after we landed from Seattle, I got back on a plane to the West Coast, this time to San Francisco. I’ve never been much of a conference attending person, even during the height of the blogging years, but last week I flew to San Francisco to attend a live stream video conference called SummitLive. I’ve been meaning to write more about my “other life” as a community and growth manager at the tech start up I’m working at. If you’ve stuck with me through this blog for the past few years, then… CONTINUE READING

The Northwest in Winter

The Northwest in Winter

January 9, 2016 |  Category:   life Seattle & the NW travels

2016. Sounds like a date in the future, doesn’t it? This is what I would have thought when I was a kid. We spent a week in between Christmas and New Years in Washington, the first time we’ve spent the holiday season anywhere other than NYC in nearly 20 years ago. I’ll admit, getting on a plane was the last thing we wanted to do after Christmas, but once we got there (and after we got acclimated to the cold, which was a sharp contrast to the freakish 70 degree weather we had around Christmas here in NY), we were happy for a change of scenery. Visiting a city in a different season that you’re otherwise familiar with is almost… CONTINUE READING

Another Christmas done, another year gone.

Another Christmas done, another year gone.

December 26, 2015 |  Category:   holidays life

We’re enjoying the kind of laziness that can only come after breathing a sigh of relief as we close another busy holiday season. It feels well earned, and maybe the only time of year when the guilt of doing nothing but sitting on the couch watching movies and TV shows dissipate into pure bliss and satisfaction. But like most years, I can’t help but feel a little bit of a let down when Christmas day finally arrives. So much preparation, planning and shopping for one day…and then it’s all done, just like that. It was a very pleasant day, nonetheless, though a bit quiet. Sometimes traditions slowly take shape and ours the last few years have involved morning walks on… CONTINUE READING

What winter? The flowers are still in bloom.

What winter? The flowers are still in bloom.

December 13, 2015 |  Category:   life seasonal

It’s astonishing how warm it’s been all Fall. Shorts and sandals in December? Yup, I’ve seen it all this past weekend where it’s been in the mid 60s for days now. I don’t think we’ve dipped below 50 in the last 2 months. You know something’s not quite right when people start complaining about how warm it is for mid-December and start wishing for snow and colder weather (did they forget the snow-tastrophe that was last winter??). My kids called this weather “dumb”. I don’t know if I’m at that point yet, but it is disconcerting. Just a little bit. Still, anything that makes the busy holiday season go a little more smoothly is welcome in my book. This weather… CONTINUE READING

time marches onward. but first, the colors of fall.

time marches onward. but first, the colors of fall.

November 23, 2015 |  Category:   life seasonal

I really don’t understand how Thanksgiving is in just a few days. Does every Fall go by this fast? And since the Christmas season basically starts after Halloween, we’re already in full holiday mode with our business. The corporate gifts get fulfilled first. Then orders for the holidays start coming in steadily until they reach a mad rush towards the middle of December when our shipping deadline hits. We’ve done this 8 times before! We know what to expect by now. It doesn’t mean that we can coast since every holiday season is different, but there’s comfort in knowing that we’ve made it through each time. But let’s just back up a little to Fall (p.s. if you aren’t sign… CONTINUE READING

city bound

city bound

November 11, 2015 |  Category:   life nyc outings

We have an understanding with each other now that photos on the blog won’t be in any chronological order, right? Good. Because you probably know from my Instagram photos that NYC is at it’s peak, leaf wise. Oh, it’s been glorious and I’ll eventually get to all those Fall colors, but in the meantime we’ve been having one of the nicest Autumn seasons I can remember. The unseasonably warm weather has made me want to spend it outdoors as much as possible when normally we’d start our winter hibernation around now. The flowers in the city gardens are still in bloom so we’re seeing Fall colors mixed with the vibrant purples, pinks and reds of roses, morning glories and other… CONTINUE READING

Doing all the Fall things

Doing all the Fall things

October 30, 2015 |  Category:   life outings seasonal

We went apple picking a few weeks back, but now that I’m not blogging daily, things may get a bit non-linear around here. You don’t mind, though do you? Life is such a weird, weird trip lately, that these totally routine, totally predictable seasonal markers of time are what grounds me now. Because I don’t know about you, but sometimes life gets a little too surreal and it’s hard to know what I should be holding on to anymore. So we hold on to apples, and apple picking, and apple pie and apple donuts. Because that’s what’s familiar. We have had the warmest Fall this year. Aside from the cold spell that weekend we went up to the Berkshires, it’s… CONTINUE READING

seize the weekend. Magic in the Berkshires.

seize the weekend. Magic in the Berkshires.

October 24, 2015 |  Category:   favorite posts life seasonal travels

Sometimes it takes a little effort to find magic. In a totally spontaneous moment, we decided to drive up to Massachusetts last weekend without a real agenda. We just wanted to get in the car to see where it would take us. We were lucky to find a last minute room at an inn – using credit card points no less – so we didn’t think twice about booking the trip. The Northeast had a brief weekend cold blast (by contrast, it was in the 70s much of this week), so we piled winter coats, hats and gloves in the trunk. As we continued to drive North, the change in the trees became more vibrant and I felt this need… CONTINUE READING

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