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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

2016 Year in Food and NY Calender

2016 Year in Food and NY Calender

October 20, 2015 |  Category:   life photography the biz

UPDATE: The NY Calendar is now available in the shop. Is it calendar time already? Apparently, yes! I have to admit, I get anxious around Labor Day when I start seeing calendars in shop windows and all over my social media channels. I don't think I'll ever get it together to release my calendars that early, but the Year in Food Calendar is now in the shop. Now if we can slow time a little bit... … CONTINUE READING

October, again.

October, again.

October 16, 2015 |  Category:   life nyc

The trees haven’t turned where we are yet, but this incredible light every evening is an indication that it’s Fall. It’s different from summer light – a bit more dusky, a bit more pink than the golden glow of summer. We’ve been pushing ourselves to spend time outside even though we’ve been under the weather and tired. Sometimes you have to motivate extra hard when it’s easy to stay glued on the couch, but we’ll be hibernating in winter soon enough. We’re always glad when we do, even if we have to bribe the kids with food like we did for our walk across the Brooklyn Bridge (you can watch the sun go down from this Periscope replay). There is… CONTINUE READING

Blood moon, new site.

Blood moon, new site.

October 7, 2015 |  Category:   life

Did you see it? The eclipse? I know – old news, but that’s kind of how we’re operating around here these days. We promised the girls we’d wake them up if it was clear enough to see the eclipse since the clouds were threatening our view all day, but when we actually ran back inside to wake them, they weren’t having it. They were asleep like logs. Apparently the kids in school were all talking about it the next day and later, Miss C told me she woke up at 4am, ran to the window and took a photo of the moon with her Kindle and went back to bed. I don’t know why, but I found that so endearing.… CONTINUE READING

the big island

the big island

September 14, 2015 |  Category:   life travels

We took a little splurge and went on a mini vacation in the middle of our Hawaiian vacation. We first visited the Big Island right after we got married in Oahu 13 years ago. We were struck by the landscape that was so foreign to us, but also how diverse the island was. Rocky lava and coral exoskeletons, lush rainforests, wooded areas, and miles of farmland and cow pastures – you drive a few hours and the landscape changes. It was hard to resist a return visit considering how close we were going to be.   There’s a quiet to the Big Island that reflects the enormity of the ocean. I think one of my fondest memories is a morning… CONTINUE READING

the first sunrise

the first sunrise

September 8, 2015 |  Category:   life travels

That first morning in Hawaii is a moment that one never forgets no matter how many times you’ve visited the islands. Jetlag forces you to wake up in darkness, and we wait for what feels like eternity for the first sign of the dimmest light when we make our way to the beach, not able to see anything but the darkest shapes. The first sunrise is always a thrill. The girls now know this too. You watch your surroundings become slowly illuminated until you realize where you are. Is it a dream?   We planned this trip a year and a half ago and the girls had been waiting patiently since. Though we used to go a bit more frequently,… CONTINUE READING

a quiet sunday at the Cloisters + more about blogging

a quiet sunday at the Cloisters + more about blogging

September 1, 2015 |  Category:   life nyc outings rambling

Is anyone here? I believe this is the longest stretch I’ve gone without posting in 8 1/2 years. But unlike the past, the absence feels ok and there’s less guilt involved. Guilt about not blogging? Yes, it does happen sometimes, but if we were all wondering about the slow death of blogging before, I think we can now say with certainty that it’s not the same as it once was and hasn’t been for a long time. Personally, for me, it wasn’t just the collective slow-down that triggered less frequent updates, but I confess that my heart wasn’t into blogging anymore once my brother died. It’s like my desire to write died with him – partly out self preservation, but… CONTINUE READING

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