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San Francisco, & a new identity beyond design

San Francisco, & a new identity beyond design

January 25, 2016 |  Category:   life travels

January, so far, has started off quite busy. 3 weeks into the new year and it’s already been a full month of travel. A week and a half after we landed from Seattle, I got back on a plane to the West Coast, this time to San Francisco. I’ve never been much of a conference attending person, even during the height of the blogging years, but last week I flew to San Francisco to attend a live stream video conference called SummitLive. I’ve been meaning to write more about my “other life” as a community and growth manager at the tech start up I’m working at. If you’ve stuck with me through this blog for the past few years, then… CONTINUE READING

The Northwest in Winter

The Northwest in Winter

January 9, 2016 |  Category:   life Seattle & the NW travels

2016. Sounds like a date in the future, doesn’t it? This is what I would have thought when I was a kid. We spent a week in between Christmas and New Years in Washington, the first time we’ve spent the holiday season anywhere other than NYC in nearly 20 years ago. I’ll admit, getting on a plane was the last thing we wanted to do after Christmas, but once we got there (and after we got acclimated to the cold, which was a sharp contrast to the freakish 70 degree weather we had around Christmas here in NY), we were happy for a change of scenery. Visiting a city in a different season that you’re otherwise familiar with is almost… 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

Hawaii, childhood, and the threads that connect us

Hawaii, childhood, and the threads that connect us

September 24, 2015 |  Category:   favorite posts travels

So many photos I know, but it’s been almost a month already since our trip and we’re fully entrenched back in Brooklyn life. Looking at these photos now make our time in Hawaii seem like a dream. Isn’t that a funny thing? In many ways this Hawaii trip brought us full circle. We brought the girls to the hotel where we got married in Kahala and had afternoon tea service much like we did the day before the wedding. That hotel lobby is as grand as ever and this might have been the best tea service I’ve had any where yet.… 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

July 4th in DC

July 4th in DC

July 9, 2015 |  Category:   holidays life travels

I wouldn’t recommend taking a trip to DC during the 4th of July holiday. Whoa, the crowds and heightened security. We didn’t really think it through and missed all the fireworks that we had planned on seeing. We decided not to stick around for the big display at the National Mall, and instead waited for fireworks that was planned for the end of a minor league baseball game near my cousin’s house where we were staying. The thing is, you never quite know when a baseball game might end. Of course this one went extra innings…and it kept going…and going…until we finally gave up at 10:30 when thick fog started rolling in. No fireworks this year, but it was a… CONTINUE READING

Philly in 3 hours

Philly in 3 hours

April 27, 2015 |  Category:   life travels

We didn’t mean to spend only 3 hours in Philly, but last weekend was one of those weekends where we tried to be spontaneous – but failed rather spectacularly. Mark and the girls had never been to Philly before, and while I did travel there for business on 2 occasions in the last 18 months, it was a typical business trip in that I spent all day in meetings. I saw the city through the backseat windows of cabs, but remember making mental notes of wanting to stop at all sorts of places.   It’s pretty remarkable that the city is a mere 2 hour drive away from NY. The kids felt a bit disoriented after we got out of… CONTINUE READING

a day at a time

a day at a time

April 16, 2015 |  Category:   life Seattle & the NW travels

Some more photos from our Spring Break trip to the Northwest.   It seems like it takes as many days to catch up from a vacation as the number of days you spend away. The importance of getting away from daily routines, no matter how long or far you travel to escape them, seems like a necessity more than ever, but I’ll admit – it’s disruptive in the sense that I always underestimate how easy it’ll be to swing right back into things. A week in and I still feel “off”.   But I suppose that’s the idea of a vacation, right? You don’t come back quite the same. A good vacation is returning to the more mundane and tedious… CONTINUE READING

The Tulips in Skagit Valley

The Tulips in Skagit Valley

April 10, 2015 |  Category:   life seasonal Seattle & the NW travels

Seattle in April, instead of August. When we arrived, it was all budding trees and cherry blossoms, fields of tulips and other Spring flowers. The NW always blooms a bit earlier than NY, but because of an unusually warm Winter, everything came up early this year. Lucky us. We got to see the Tulip Festival an hour North of Seattle in Skagit Valley, something we wouldn’t normally see since our yearly trips to the NW usually come in August. We’ve seen photos of the tulips fields from local Washington friends who visit yearly, but there’s nothing like seeing it for yourself. Driving in the car, approaching the farms, you can see the variegated strips of color from the distance. The… CONTINUE READING

Upstate

Upstate

October 19, 2014 |  Category:   family life travels

Took a short road trip last weekend and was dazzled by Fall colors on the drive upstate. Just 2 hours north and it was like a different world, particularly since we came home to weirdly muggy weather for this time of year. Driving back home was like turning back the clock as we got closer to the city – greener trees and higher temps, but maybe the perception of time slowed down is ok. You know once Halloween hits it’s an accelerated rush towards the holidays and I’m not in any hurry.   In Ithaca we visited a big farmer’s market which I had never been to before. It was good to go someplace new in a town that has… CONTINUE READING

the golden hour and the end of summer

the golden hour and the end of summer

September 5, 2014 |  Category:   family life Seattle & the NW travels

The golden hour is usually stunning wherever you are, but we had some really good ones out West. We ended our trip with a spectacular sunset on the pier and watched the sun disappear behind the mountains (we always try to end our trips out west with a water view and a sunset). Our time out here for me was bittersweet. My brother talked of wanting to move to Seattle in the last few months of his life. We talked about how nice it would be if we all eventually ended up in the same area, all of us old and retired sitting on lawn chairs with our garden gnomes, eating blackberry cobbler. I really wish he had made the… CONTINUE READING

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