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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

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

the lake, watermelon salads, startups and going live

the lake, watermelon salads, startups and going live

July 31, 2015 |  Category:   friends life outings

Summer wouldn’t feel like summer without a trip to our friend’s lakehouse an hour and a half north of the city. It’s pristine waters, good company, good food, and a chance to escape everyday life. It’s a secret pocket tucked away that remains hidden from time. No running water or electricity; there is phone service, but it’s pretty much the only thing that connects you to modern life.   It was a good way to cap off the month as we headed into the last week of July.   Wow. July. It’s almost hard to process. So much packed into this month. And while it’s pretty unbelievable that we’re facing August tomorrow, July felt long, like we lived through a… CONTINUE READING

Wave Hill in Spring

Wave Hill in Spring

May 20, 2015 |  Category:   life nyc outings seasonal

I’ve been pretty quiet, I know. But sometimes you need to be quiet, you know? Just to balance out the “loudness” of life and all that comes with being alive. But I wanted to share these photos of our recent visit to Wave Hill in the Bronx. I suspected Spring would be a nice time to come, but I didn’t expect such a spectacular display of flowers. Seriously, this magnolia tree; it was magnificent. I had never seen blossoms like these before. It looks like a Saucer Magnolia which is everywhere in the city, but these blooms were fuller and luscious with a deeper, vibrant shade of pink, plus the blossoms were still very much peak when most of the… CONTINUE READING

cold spring, north and east

cold spring, north and east

December 30, 2014 |  Category:   life outings

The kids have this thing when we drive through small towns (which seem to be one of our favorite weekend pastimes) of calling out all the big houses we pass and “claiming” the ones they like as future houses they want to live in. It isn’t a surprise that they get curious about living in houses since all they’ve ever known is apartment living. I wonder too if we’ll ever live in a house someday, though we’re most certainly staying in the city for the foreseeable future. But it’s been on my mind more lately. I’ve admitted on more than a few occasions that I’m not cut out for home renovation, at least not in the lives that we live… CONTINUE READING

locust grove

locust grove

December 23, 2014 |  Category:   life outings

Sometimes on weekend days when Mark isn’t working, we wake up with an urge to look for an adventure. This is about as spontaneous as we get these days. Like most families with school-age kids, our lives can feel over scheduled. We’re bound by school days and vacations, and boxed in by the kids’ extracurricular activities and our work lives. I know it’s just temporary since the years that we have with the kids before they turn into teenagers who’d rather do anything but hang out with their parents are running short, but for now, these impulsive weekend drives satisfy that itch (well, almost). Locust Grove was Samuel Morse’s old estate – a summer house like so many of his… CONTINUE READING

Dumbo arts festival and weekend plans

Dumbo arts festival and weekend plans

September 30, 2014 |  Category:   art + design life nyc outings

Do you know how sometimes among friends it can be hard to collectively agree on plans? Everyone throws out ideas and then you do this back and forth dance until a decision is finally made. It ends up sounding a little something like this:   So what do you guys want to do today? {shrugs} Do you want to go to a museum? Nah Do you want to go to the street fair? No Do you want to go to the East Village? I think there’s a traveling circus performing today. Hmmm…no Do you want to go to Dumbo? There’s an art festival there. I don’t want to go to Dumbo, I don’t want to go anywhere.   When your… CONTINUE READING

The forgotten magic of Untermyer Gardens

The forgotten magic of Untermyer Gardens

September 22, 2014 |  Category:   life outings

Discovering a gem like we did on Sunday makes you wonder how many other little known places remain hidden. You know how we love to visit old mansions and estates in the New York area. This one was never on our radar until we happened to casually do a last minute search on things to do within an hour’s drive of the city. Untermyer Gardens may currently be in a period of restoration, but there’s no denying that the state of ruins add to the magic and nostalgia of days gone by (the foggy weather helped too).   You know a place is really special when you turn a corner and find something unexpected that completely surprises you. I was… CONTINUE READING

Sands point, the guggenheim estate

Sands point, the guggenheim estate

May 8, 2014 |  Category:   life outings

Our fascination with the Gold Coast Mansions of Long Island continues and we found a new one to visit last weekend at Sands Point, which is the home to the Guggenheim Estate. There are walking trails and acres of grass to set up a picnic, and access to a quiet beach which hands down sealed the deal when we were thinking of places to go on that sunny Saturday. We had space to run, think and enjoy the view; pretty much the perfect place to spend a day.   And you know what I did? Read. Not on my phone, not on the computer, but an actual book. Sadly, I can’t remember the last time I read a book uninterrupted… 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

commitment

commitment

February 25, 2014 |  Category:   life outings

  It was mid-winter break last week. Seemed like everyone we knew was either skiing or in Mexico, but the girls and I didn’t do much. I pushed through deadlines while they played at home. Fifty something glorious degrees on the weekend made the snow melt in the city, but the snow was too much in the surrounding areas to make much of a dent.   We visited a farm on Long Island Saturday, family owned and operated by a couple and their adult children since they bought it in the late 70s. There was one thing that the father said when he was answering questions about life on a farm that stood out for me. Someone asked if raising… CONTINUE READING

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