drowning in cookies. is it the holidays already?

October 2, 2009 |  Category:   the biz


…because this week has been crazy so far. Mark’s been baking non-stop all week and next week is shaping up to be just as busy as well. Seems like all the Fall events and weddings are converging along the same timeline and we’re feeling way swamped.

First up: tomorrow is the annual Chile Fiesta at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. We’ll be at the Osborne Garden (I confess that I don’t know where that is…yet) selling our stuff and handing out samples alongside other chili/chocolate makers. Lots of other events and music going on too. We’ll be outside and yeah, the forecast is supposed to be awful with many threats of rain and thunderstorms throughout the day. It’s been so cold this week that I’m tempted to bring a sleeping bag to drape over me (don’t worry, I won’t).

Then on Sunday we’ll have a table at the Atlantic Antic Festival, one of the biggest, if not THE biggest street fair in NYC. We’ll be between Smith Street and Boerum Place so stop by if you’re planning to go. Sunday’s forecast has improved greatly since the beginning of the week and it now looks like ideal weather for a fair. In true character since the weather has cleared up, however, I’ve found some other little detail to stress out about. Where am I going to go to the bathroom during all those 8+ hours at the fair? For someone with a small bladder and the propensity to go often, yes, this is stressful! This means that I’ll have to strategize by avoiding my much-needed cup of coffee in the morning (especially *that* morning as we’re supposed to be there to set up at 8am). Then for lunch, I might need to bypass the always-tempting “meat on a stick” stands and instead go to Nicky’s, which happens to be nearby our table, for a Vietnamese sandwich and a bathroom break. I know, I know. I am ridiculous.

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  • holly October 2, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    good luck with big event

  • Brenda October 2, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    What a great photo – says it all. 🙂 My folks very recently retired from egg farming (growing? egging? not sure what the right terminology is), which involved farmer’s markets all over the place. Mom had the same stressor as you! Freaked her out every week – she and Dad had to split up on Saturdays (two different markets) and it caused her no end of stress leading up to the day – planning how/where to get bathroom time. Good luck and don’t dehydrate yourself!

  • Fog and Thistle October 3, 2009 at 8:07 am

    Well there’s always Depends 😉

  • .amanda. October 3, 2009 at 8:12 am

    tong! ha, not thong…when OXO starts making thongs, I’ll be worried! : )

  • Ginny October 3, 2009 at 10:01 am

    I’m glad I’m not the only one that stresses and plans bathroom breaks. My husband always tells me not worry. Easy to say when you have a pee pee stick. For an event like the Chile Fiesta, how much product to you take?

  • Annie From Seattle October 3, 2009 at 10:16 am

    NO COFFEE? My god, tell me there’s another way. There has to be. Can’t you just post a “be back in three minutes” sign and sprint?

    Also, a vietnamese sandwich can get a gal through an otherwise difficult day. I heartily endorse this idea.

    Here’s to many, many cookie sales!

  • Jenny Maria October 3, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    What a lovely little girl. Your little daughter looks so alike mine in this image. When mine was little she had exactly that haircut. She is 12 now; http://jennymaria.com/?p=495

    What a fine blog and sweet girls, I miss the times when my children were smaller.


  • Katie October 3, 2009 at 2:41 pm


    There’s a public bathroom in Starbucks on Smith and Dean!

  • Katie October 3, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    Oops, I meant Court and Dean. Sorry!

  • monica from hola!design October 4, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    good luck with everything!!

  • ninja October 4, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    I hope today was a success!

    With you mentioning the bathroom situation, i find it too funny that i couldn’t even introduce myself properly because my daughter had to go to the bathroom. Right. That. Second.

    I’ve been a long-time lurker since a friend of mine introduced me to your blog – she shares mutual friends with you. Anyway, i admire your pictures and enjoy reading your views on parenting, life in B’klyn, freelance design work, and juggling it all. I am a graphic designer as well, with a half Asian family (two kids, about a year younger than your girls), and i never lost my love for photography since i studied design and photo journalism back in art school.

    The brown sugar/ginger spice shortbreads are delicious! Maybe next time there’s a better chance to say hello. Good luck this busy season!

  • Maggie October 6, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    I did not even see you at the Atlantic Antic and I love your products (see my blog!). I have to admit I was not really impressed with that fair and seeing you two there would have helped!!!