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Coney Island, independence, and more rambling

Coney Island, independence, and more rambling

July 30, 2014 |  Category:   life nyc parenting

I heard on the news that a 10 year old girl drowned at Coney Island a day after our visit last week, climbing around the rocks after life guard hours. She and her little sister were pulled by people nearby, but she did not survive. I was just staring at those same rocks the evening before.   I think I’ve become more sensitive about adolescent pressures and the growing independence of the kids since the summer – not that those 3 things necessarily relate to each other, but they’ve all been on my mind lately. I wrote about independence a few months ago, but I struggled this morning thinking about middle school next Fall and the possible logistics of getting… CONTINUE READING

A LaNewYorkina Paleta Street Party in Red Hook

A LaNewYorkina Paleta Street Party in Red Hook

June 25, 2014 |  Category:   friends life nyc

A visit to the opening of our friend Fany’s little’s storefront adjacent to her production space last weekend in Red Hook. If you’ve been to the High Line, then you may have had La Newyorkina paletas before. We cruised by just as the pinata was raining down confetti and candy. It’s all about the little communities that form, that make us feel like we belong somewhere. I’m trying to see the light in that again.   Bubbles, Pinatas, Confetti. Just another weekend in NYC. Summer’s in full swing. School’s out tomorrow and we rub our eyes in disbelief that the 4th of July is already next week. June was a blur for obvious reasons, but also a month of changes… CONTINUE READING

bubble battle + where do you go from here

bubble battle + where do you go from here

June 19, 2014 |  Category:   life nyc

There are glimpses of moments when I forget and feel like nothing’s happened. Maybe it was a dream. That’s far from true, of course, but it’s a reminder that one day that feeling will become more the norm than the exception. I’ve come out of hiding, even working in an office a few days a week (more on that later) and I don’t mind crowds because I can be anonymous, but the truth is I don’t feel like I belong anywhere. Is it common to feel this?   And then there’s this: this seemingly random bubble event in the middle of the day in Union Square. It’s like every kid’s (and maybe some adults) dream to be surrounded by thousands… CONTINUE READING

the start of summer

the start of summer

May 27, 2014 |  Category:   life nyc

And the weekend came out blazing, all sunshine and warmth and intense rays of heat. At the beach today, I lathered everyone up with sunscreen, but in a senior moment of absentmindedness forgot to put any on myself, partly because I was stationed under the beach umbrella the whole time and wasn’t really thinking. So right now my legs are pink and the kind of itchy prickliness that you get when you’ve gotten too much sun–a feeling that I’ve forgotten, to be honest, since we’re usually so meticulous about sunscreen.   But it was a pretty glorious, care free weekend of no work and eyes off the computer with multiple outings, made possible by working double time during the week… CONTINUE READING

consolidation, a gift of time, and walking

consolidation, a gift of time, and walking

May 5, 2014 |  Category:   life nyc rambling

I’ll admit I’ve been distracted lately. Although I have always been a fierce multi-tasker, I have a strong desire to consolidate and simplify things in my work life. Dividing my time between the business and my freelance design work has always been a juggle, but one that I haven’t minded. In fact, I relish having multiple things on my plate and having my hands in a couple of different projects. It makes me feel like I’m accomplishing something and exercising my brain, but I know that this thinking can be flawed. The truth is, lately I’m feeling like all I’m doing is juggling. I’ve been consistently working with 6-7 clients for the past year, all at the same time and… CONTINUE READING

sakura matsuri + good things

sakura matsuri + good things

April 29, 2014 |  Category:   life nyc seasonal

You wouldn’t be able to tell from these photos, but the Cherry Blossom Festival at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden this year was all festival and hardly any flowers, not like in years past when the sky looked like it was raining down petals from clouds of pink blooms. So the crowds flocked around the few trees that did have blossoms, whipping out cameras and posing next to any branch that had flowers. So many cameras and phones, so much posing. What a funny world we live in.   April’s almost over, but what a month. All good things, interesting things. Things that I didn’t expect, things that I didn’t know I even wanted, things that made me really think. And… CONTINUE READING

spring and art in New york is great. a crowded subway? Not so much.

spring and art in New york is great. a crowded subway? Not so much.

April 15, 2014 |  Category:   art + design life nyc outings

An afternoon at the Whitney Museum on a weekend when there are sketching tours and open studios for kids on their calendar is a great way to spend a Saturday in the city. Admittedly, the girls usually groan when I announce that we’re going to an art museum, but they always declare it a fun day after the fact. Give them an activity booklet and a pencil and they make it their mission to fill out all the pages and find the relevant artwork to each activity. They’re tireless, and their love for crafting is tireless too. You all know by now that I’m not a crafter, but I admit I may have been picked up a piece of yarn… CONTINUE READING

And 18 hours later, a city in white

And 18 hours later, a city in white

February 4, 2014 |  Category:   life nyc

Truly schizophrenic weather. 55 degrees on Sunday, and Monday morning we woke up to this. A neighbor told me a few months ago as we were walking down our block that he thought this was going to be a cold, snowy winter. Well, he was right. We can’t control the weather so might as well make the most of it. Took a walk in Prospect Park during the storm and I’m so glad I did. Trying to convince myself that I can’t fritter away my life indoors in my sweats staring at a screen (and oh, I am completely in love with my sweats). Gotta get out and live life and see things.   It was breathtaking, the snow.  … CONTINUE READING

The Chinese New Year Parade. It’s all about the confetti.

The Chinese New Year Parade. It’s all about the confetti.

February 3, 2014 |  Category:   holidays life nyc

  Love those days when you wake up in the morning with no plans, but in a moment of spontaneity, end up having one of those great NYC days. I’ve never taken the girls to the Chinese New Year Parade and have never gone myself, though I did live in Chinatown when I was 18 and remember watching the crowds pass by from my apartment. It was raining that particular year and the memory that is most vivid is seeing the tops of all those colorful umbrellas from my 2nd story window.   Usually the thought of going to any parade is quickly chased away by visions of shivering in the cold and tethering the kids to my body for… CONTINUE READING

Breaking news: it’s too damn cold + neighborhood ramblings

Breaking news: it’s too damn cold + neighborhood ramblings

January 26, 2014 |  Category:   life nyc

It’s saying something when 32 degrees feels downright balmy because it’s been in the teens or 20s for much of January. I look outside the window and don’t see as many people walking around. All these people in the city holed up in their apartments, too cold to go outside. The Christmas trees in front of our building were finally picked up this week, but there are still trees piled up in front of other buildings, probably too buried in old dirty frozen snow to be removed. Brooklyn, you are looking quite sad right now. But I love you anyway.   We went to a Nets game Friday night and it’s always a shock to see 18,000 people in one… CONTINUE READING

the afterholidays

the afterholidays

December 29, 2013 |  Category:   holidays life nyc

It’s been really quiet this week. Just the kind of thing you need when you’re coming down from a marathon high. If I was once convinced that I couldn’t sit around and do nothing for a few days because it made me antsy, then I would tell you now that I absolutely can. I’ve slept 7-8 hours each night – still going to bed ridiculously late, but getting up at 9am or even later. The girls have too on most days except for Christmas morning, of course. It feels like a luxury, dampened slightly by all the work that I know is looming as soon as the New Year rings in. It’s pretty hard to ramp back up after you’ve… CONTINUE READING

a 25 block walk

a 25 block walk

December 1, 2013 |  Category:   life nyc remembering

When the girls were little, solo walks around the city like this were rare. They still don’t happen very often even though they’re school age and there are now 34 hours a week spent apart from them, but yes, sometimes long solo walks do happen. They’re often not planned and most times are spur of the moment when I run in to do an errand and just decide to keep walking. You know that saying, “taking a walk to clear your head”. I suppose it’s true especially when your thoughts can sometimes suffocate you, but I also notice that when you’re walking briskly through a city that you have a long history with, the neighborhoods and streets move through like… CONTINUE READING

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