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Lavender fields on the North Shore, LI

Lavender fields on the North Shore, LI

July 13, 2016 |  Category:   life outings seasonal

Have you ever stood in the middle of a lavender field? It’s an experience that feeds all the senses. The blooming season is quite short though, and we’ve missed it the last couple of years, but I made sure to mark the season on my calendar because I’ve been wanting to go back for years. The lavender farm closest to us is located on the North Shore of Long Island. If you’re driving from the city, it’s a couple of hours drive, but you can make a nice day trip of it and visit farm stands, wineries and all the charming towns that line the North Fork. It’s one of our favorite places to go in the New York area.… CONTINUE READING

NYC in the summer: Museum Mile Festival

NYC in the summer: Museum Mile Festival

June 23, 2016 |  Category:   life nyc outings

This photo that I posted on Instagram last week from the Museum Mile Festival is a perfect snapshot of a NYC summer moment. If you’re from here, or have ever visited during the summer months, you may know what I mean. There’s a certain energy and a feeling of endless possibilities in early summer here in NYC – before New Yorkers get tired of the heat and the smells and the humidity, which thankfully, hasn’t descended on us yet. As days stretch longer into the evening hours, that light at dusk lingers and bathes the city all golden. It’s almost a shame to be inside at this hour. June is also a month of transitions and it always catches me… CONTINUE READING

The Tides may be changing again

The Tides may be changing again

April 6, 2016 |  Category:   life outings travels

There is nothing like discovering a special new-to-you place for the first time and tucking it away as a memory to pull out on days when things seem rocky. It was a cold Easter weekend when we took a spontaneous road trip to Boston. Didn’t think we’d be heading to the ocean on this trip, but my cousin must share a fondness for drives and views like I do because she suggested this park near Rockport, Massachusetts. I like the ocean in any form, but I like rocky, dramatic beachscapes the best. We didn’t stay too long because of the wind and cold, but long enough to get our fill of ocean air. The waves were really rough that day.… CONTINUE READING

weekends are for exploring

weekends are for exploring

March 21, 2016 |  Category:   life outings

The weather has been wild, like March often is. But it’s fitting as I’ve learned that March is often a month of paradoxes. While the business slows down for a few weeks before outdoor market starts, I pick up the slack with more freelance work than I should have said yes to. As overwhelming as it’s felt these past few weeks, I know that the extra income will pay for summer things like camp and travel so I push through the long hours. The weekends, however, are time spent exploring. Unless I’m against the most dire of deadlines, I’ll make the time for weekend outings no matter how busy I am. Sometimes it’s in the city, but often we’ll take… 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

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

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