Friday, November 25, 2011

This moment . . .

Inspired by - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.


Thursday, November 24, 2011

Gobble! Gobble!

So much to be thankful for including a delicious meal with family who traveled from upstate NY, California, Florida and New Jersey.

Tomorrow: we're on a quest to find red velvet donuts. After that, I need to stop eating.


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

37 Years of Love

Here's to all you've lived through, laughed at and triumphed over with your arms around each other.

A N N I V E R S A R Y !


Sunday, November 20, 2011

Typical weekend

I can't believe it's been 3 months since we made the trek south back to NYC. We're not living in our old 'hood this time around so we've spent a lot of time on the weekends trying to find new places to make "our" places. Of course, I had to find the closest Starbucks!

Our local Sbux sits on Shellbank Basin, which empties into Jamaica Bay. There is ample outdoor seating, both on the ground level and a 2nd-storey deck, which overlooks the water. Though it's never empty, it's a big difference from the busy-ness of my usual Sbux near work and such a fun way to wind down after a long jaunt in the park with my boys.

the basin

dome lids always make milk taste better
[cassius is lounging under the table]

a rare photo with my boy


Friday, November 18, 2011

This moment . . .

Inspired by Amanda Soule - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Season of Splendour

Other than the freak snowstorm back at the end of October, NYC has been seasonably warm this fall. The trees seemed to be a bit confused at first, some changing colors on time while others remained green. I've spent a lot of time outside, both with family and my class, basking in the colors, trying to get in as much as I can before the leaves are gone.

This week, the students and I went on a neighborhood *leaf walk* collecting "specimens" to explore in class. Though I know the science behind the season, it's still quite difficult to wrap my head around the beauty that currently surrounds me.

little feet in crunchy leaves

interesting stoop dwellers


prospect park


Sunday, November 6, 2011

Shark attack!

It's daylight savings time for those of you in my part of the world. Did you remember to "fall back" an hour? I thought I'd use the extra hour to finally finish my Halloween post.

pretty pumpkins

This was the first year [of 3] that Indio actually had some idea of what was going on. He was super-excited the days before because he knew he would get to wear a costume, though he kept changing his mind about what he wanted to be. In the end I picked up a cozy shark costume from Old Navy, which was perfect since Indy has been studying oceans at school and promptly told me he was going to be a "predator" when he saw his getup!

On Monday afternoon we set out to visit Louly's house -- my traditional Halloween stoop hangout pre-Indio and a perfect perch to watch all the costumes in the neighbourhood parade by.
Indy joins the gang on Louly and Bill's stoop

You cannot imagine Indio's delight when he realized that not only did he get to wear a costume, but he also got candy from complete strangers! After almost 3 years candy-free, my boy was delirious with excitement and an overdose of sugar! Lucky for us, he has no idea where his stash is now and doesn't seem to care. Phew!

After what felt like hours of trick-or-treating, we settled in on Ginna and Henry's stoop for a glass of vino with cheese and crackers. Thankfully, Indy ate some of the crackers and cheese and finally stopped with the candy only because Henry put him up to the task of handing out candy. Now I know what to do next year!
treats from Henry

the loot!

sugar overload

And a few from the previous weekend's parties:
pumpkin rings are the tastiest

snow in october? didn't anyone get the memo: we aren't in Canada anymore!


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Dia de Los Muertos

just in under the wire.


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

It's the most wonderful time of the year

Ok, maybe not the most, but still pretty darn good! Sbux have their holiday cups and drinks out! I'm enjoying an extra-hot salted caramel mocha as I sort through last night's Halloween pics for my next post! YUM!


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