Sometimes it’s hard to motivate out of the house when it looks like a blizzard is happening and it’s warm and cozy inside, but the pull to see the snow is pretty strong. I couldn’t coax the kids to come out with me when we had a snow day Tuesday, but honestly, it’s something I like to do alone anyway. I walked for over an hour in the storm, which at that point wasn’t quite the blizzard that was predicted, and only saw a handful of people out shoveling their sidewalks. Rare to see the neighborhood so empty like that. Standing in the middle of Prospect Park during a snow storm is one of my favorite sensory experiences. It’s not always my intention to go there, but I often find myself pulled towards the park during snowfall. Why? Wide open spaces and the quiet, I guess. To see the sky blur with the horizon in a nearly seamless blanket of white. And to watch the dogs frolic so happily in that snow. It never fails to delight.
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This year’s calendar just be my favorite NYC calendar yet! I’ve used a different paper stock that is 100% post-consumer recycled paper and the weight of the paper is thicker than the stock used in years past. The calendars are available here and here.
The holiday season is already here as far as cookie production goes. Mark’s been super busy in the kitchen churning out massive amounts of cookies for our retailers and wholesale accounts who are stocking up for the holidays. We haven’t yet set our holiday ordering deadline since we’re still weighing production schedules, but it’ll most likely be around the 11th of December. You can always order anytime up until the deadline and specify that it’s a holiday order – we’ll ship it for you closer to Christmas. If you missed the news on any of our social accounts, West Elm is carrying our hot chocolate mixes in the marketplace section of select stores around the country.
It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is only 2 weeks away, isn’t it? Here’s to another year of HolidayCookieMadness!
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A bit late this year, though I thought I was being proactive and on top of things because I actually started the calendars in September. And then…life happened (the NY one will hopefully be coming in a week). The 2015 Food Calendar is available here or here.
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It’s been a really long time, but I have another installment of the Mixed Race Project up. I met Rebecca and Joon’s family in Seattle last summer (I know, such a long time ago), and I’m excited to bring you their story. This will most likely be the last family featured in the Mixed Race Project. I had intentions of visiting and shooting a few more families in the NY area in the Fall, but work has completely consumed my schedule. I even met with a literary agent over the summer who was very interested in pitching the project in book format to publishers, but I couldn’t figure out how to make the extensive travel schedule that it required fit into our lives right now.
I want to thank all of the families who contacted me and participated in the project. Many of them were blog readers and I really appreciate that they put their trust in me by welcoming me into their homes and allowing us a peek into their lives. I met so many wonderful families in the process. Since I’m always searching for personal projects to take on (because who needs sleep, right?), I’ve decided to end the Mixed Race Project for now. I want to move on, work on different things. There is never a shortage of ideas, but always a shortage of time…
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I’m a bit late on everything this year, but I’m finally happy with the way the NYC calendar turned out and it’s available for sale now. Find it on our website and on Etsy.
Speaking of NYC, it’s election day and we’ll be getting a new mayor today. The democratic candidate who lives in our Brooklyn neighborhood actually, is most likely to win. I don’t know how any other New Yorkers feel, but I think it’s so strange that we’re getting a new mayor today. I’m pretty sure I felt that way when Bloomberg replaced Giuliani in 2002, but it’s not often we get a new mayor here in the city; there’s only been five in the last 40 years.
Say what you will about Bloomberg and some of his more crazy proposals like his big ounce soda ban (which I was amused by and secretly hoped would pass just because I was curious to see if it could), but the guy worked for free for the last 12 years. I mean sure, he’s a multi billionaire and doesn’t need the salary, but you gotta have big love for this crazy city if you’re willing to do an often thankless job for basically nothing in return except for a legacy and a part in NYC history. I didn’t always agree with some of his policies but I did appreciate how he tried to raise the quality of life here in NY with smoking bans in public places, bike lanes, car free plazas, and recycling among other things (oh, I know he tried to get composting going here in the city this year, but that is a huge effort considering just how big the city is). Is NYC a better place to live than it was 15 or 20 years ago? There’s always going to be a debate on that one and with a city this big, you’ll always get polarized opinions from its citizens, but personally, despite or aside from the fact that the city has gotten more expensive to live in, I would say generally yes.
I think us old time New Yorkers like to romanticise the old days of New York and see the graffiti covered, gritty and seedy New York of our childhood with rose colored glasses of nostalgia. But that New York, despite how much we “pine” for the old days before gentrification took over and before the last two mayors turned NYC into a Disney-fied version of itself, was not really fun at all. It definitely had more character and flavor and we didn’t know anything else at the time, but hindsight makes us look back and see how far the city has come, for good (and bad).
Mayor Bloomberg, I will miss your calm inducing sweater ensembles during your televised press conferences to the people of NY during times of crises like the hurricane. It’ll be weird, for awhile, to hear someone else’s voice and see another figure up on that podium when we tune in for press conferences. It’s a new era.
PS. The New York Times did this fantastic interactive piece a few months ago on how Bloomberg reshaped the city over 12 years. It focuses only on the topology of the city, but very interesting nonetheless.
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