Thursday, December 15, 2011
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Click the link below to see the photos in all their scrumptious glory!
Lelia Marie Photography - Fantasy Tea Party!
Monday, October 31, 2011
Saturday, October 29, 2011
It's been a surprisingly mild fall season so far. We haven't even busted out the heavy coats yet, the highs have been mostly in the 50's and 60's, so we haven't had any reason to complain. This has made us complacent about the time change that is quickly approaching (is that next week already?!) and we've gotten TOTALLY off of our normal sleep schedule. This is probably the main contributing factor to the fact that, for the past several days, getting Hazel to go to sleep has been like attempting to put the freakin' Energizer Bunny to bed. She just keeps going and going and going...you think she's out and she hops back up, does a dance, flops down, demands Moonshadow for the bazillionth time, tries to wake her sister, and beats a new rhythm with her hands while trying to make me give her Elmo baby milk. sigh.
The result of the fact that it has been taking at least two hours to get her to sleep is that I often fall asleep (first?) too, and have gotten NOTHING done that I need to do, which leads me to wake up stressed in the middle of the night /wee hours of the morning, unwilling to get up to do anything, but not really resting...so that is what I assumed was happening when Cadence and Hazel woke me up this morning, demanding oatmeal. (Yes, Hazel can say things like "oatmeal" now.) It was still dark outside, and I immediately began to think about how much I could get done on Hazel's Halloween costumes before the sun rose...but when I finally hurled myself off the bed, I realized the dark was cloud cover, and we'd actually slept in.
So here we are, a couple days before halloween, I am in a sleep-deprived other-world, worrying about halloween costumes in this weather that doesn't seem particularly un-summer-y yet, and...wait, is that...SNOW???
Yep. That cloud cover was a snowstorm brewin'. The flakes are coming down thick and fast, and Hazel is totally awed, and has been standing in the window (wearing nothing but a diaper, mind you, the kid doesn't believe in 'cold') shouting about the "snow fall down!!" for the past half an hour.
I don't remember snow this early in the year since I was really little, and in fact I remember being disappointed in years where the first snow came later, and later- but always before my December birthday...and then it started coming even later than that...so this is exciting and slightly baffling and in my slightly dazed state the only thing I can think about is whether this will effect our brunch plans today.
Anyway, I've gotta run, Cadence says "the show is about to begin!" and Hazel is beginning the applause...my attention is needed elsewhere.
Happy first snow of the season, folks! Stay warm!
|Gawking at the snow, which you can't really see in this pic!)|
|iphone cam doesn't really capture the falling snow...trust me, it's there.|
|They were "staying dry"!|
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
I have a rare moment of downtime on my hands, with Cadence in class and Hazel asleep on my chest, so I figured I could do something adult-y and get something done, or at least do something for myself...but times like this are so rare that I actually have no idea what to do, and find myself totally unprepared! I thought maybe I could get some backed up blogging done, but none of the drafts currently languishing in unfinished limbo are stored on my phone, and I figured I should probably reacquaint myself with this culture of mobile blogging apps before I try to do anything too serious.
That and I'm kind of obsessed with last Thursday's photoshoot, and one image in particular...
Now, I've been resisting posting too many shots because I don't want to spoil the wow factor of the professional shots when they come in, but my goodness, i can hardly stand it, it is my new favorite image, it's the background of my comp, I can't stop looking at it (and then going to squeeze these girls in big mama bear hugs, because they are so unbelievably awesome, and that picture just reminds me of all the awesome, and makes me feel like my heart and head are about to explode.) And since I put the darn thing on my phone I've been struggling to resist the urge to show it to EVERYONE I encounter here at the school, so I figured a safe compromise would be to stick it on here, lest I become THAT mom...so ya wanna see? Here ya go!
I mean, seriously? I snapped that on my broken point-and-shoot...just imagine what Lelia's artistry and technical skill with a camera will bring to the table...I cannot wait to see her finished spread with details and environmental shots and...
I am one very proud Mama.
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Hazel has arrived at the stage where she prefers to walk instead of being toted in the wrap. I snapped this pic the other day, the first time she walked all the way from our apartment to the train, down all the steps, and sat on the seat with her jie jie all by herself. (holding hands, of course.) This lady's growin' up!
Yep, I loves them.
Friday, September 9, 2011
This is what happens when you're spending down your credit at your CSA and your sister starts working for another, and diverts her 'pay' into feeding your family fresh veggies. This is way more locally grown, farm fresh tomatoes than any manhattanite without their own restaurant has any business having in their kitchen at one time. And this is only what we're freezing, and doesn't include all the ones we've already eaten, or the ones that (sadly) went bad before we got to them. We are certainly not complaining!
Friday, September 2, 2011
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Somehow the winds have been slowly picking up as the day has gone on, and now they are pretty sustained and strong. Evidently a separate tropical storm warning was issued this afternoon because it is so strong. I've tried several times to get a good picture of the trees blowing and bending in the wind, but it's remarkably difficult to capture (on an iPhone). Here are a couple shots to show you what a rainless tropical storm looks like:
So what do you do when you've got gallons and gallons of water leftover after a non-storm? Well, the same thing you do when life hands you lemons...you make lemonade! (and tea.)
Step one: take a bunch of lemons (and one citrus fruit that can't decide if it's a lemon or a lime, added to the mix by our lovingly open minded 16 month old), wash 'em and cut them in half.
Step two: squeeze the lemon halves into the pitcher of water, then drop the rinds in.
Note: if you can have your 4 year old do it, it adds a spark of magic.
While the big girl is doing the grunt work, cover the Giant stock pot full of water and turn on the burner it's already sitting on.
Try to ignore the awful reflection on your awesome shiny stock pot, and return to lemon squeezing.
Once the lemons are all in, squeeze in some agave nectar under the theory that since its liquid it'll mix better.
Once your stock pot boils, add a whole bunch of teabags, and turn off the heat.
Back to the lemonade: now its time to shake shake shake! You can enlist the little one to help with this job.
Hm, wasn't there supposed to be some kinda storm or something?
In case you can't tell through the wet window, that's...nothing. A few kids meandering down the sidewalk in shorts and t-shirts. Sigh. Guess we did all that prep for nuthin. Oh well, better safe than sorry.
I woke up around 7 and it seemed too quiet for a storm, and i was suspicious because the cats with all their good animal instincts were not at all worried and were doing their usual FEED US NOW routine, but I tried to imagine raging winds of nature earning some respect from these urbanites...and my phone kept chiming with warning texts from the city about flooding and road closures...alas, when I got up and peered out the window, I just saw a pretty standard wet morning, people milling about, no weather events at all. We stayed up for a couple hours after my last post, and evidently that one gust was kinda it, the worst it got. I don't even see leaves down from the trees.
So much for "the height of the storm" occurring between "8am and noon" as they said last night...our bathroom didn't even leak any more. (maybe it IS the neighbors, after all?)
In other cute news, Hazel helped me feed the cats this morning, and managed to get wet cat food ON the cats...all in all, far more destructive than our experience of Irene.
So anyway, now to fried CSA eggs and rolls for breakfast, then the commencement of operation cool- the-freakin'-house-down!
Not the worst thing ever at this point, but equaling the worst weather we've seen here for long enough for us to declare defeat and remove the last AC. Operation overheat-the-house step 7, complete.
Also, good Kentucky Bourbon as a nightcap, and we're out. See ya in the AM, hopefully!!
Stay safe, all!
Operation overheat-the-house continues with step 6, close up all the windows before bedtime. Given the calm-ish demeanor of the current weather we haven't taken the bedroom AC out yet, so we'll still need to move to step 7 before long...
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Why, baking cookies with the girls, of course! Operation overheat-the-house step 5, complete.
Anyway, here's a look out our window. not much to see, yet:
We just had a five minute debate over whether or not it is even raining.
(it is, but not very hard.) (The leak in the bathroom confirms this.)
This after Cadence and Hazel put on he LOUDEST show they've ever put on, from the pedestal of the kitchen stool. Hope the neighbors enjoyed the music! These kids have great lungs!
Cadence: "But, Baba, are we ever going to find it? If we never find it, then I'll be stuck with oval cookies forever!"
(I then reminded her we had some other cookie cutters she could use... she is now physically unable to contain her joy.)
Made some sautéed greens (fresh from Channery Hill Farm where Kelly is interning) and paired it with some fresh mini penne that Hazel picked out...Operation overheat-the-house step 4 complete!
In other news, the rain picked up a tad, and now mr. WeatherDude is saying there is a tornado watch...and that the eye of Irene is tracking directly towards us...
Oo, look! Now the 'on location' reporter is berating some genius who's at the (closed) beach, surfing. Genius says "c'mon, it's a category 1, Come on out and surf!"
"are you for real??"
"yeah, its nothin'!"
Personal opinion; if you are told "DANGER GET OUT" and you CHOOSE not to, the first responders should not have an obligation to risk their lives to save your butt.
Oh look, it finally started to rain!
Wait, what's that?
Aha. So, that really sporadic leak the maintenance guy thought was from the upstairs neighbor's failure to use a shower curtain seems, in reality, to be A LEAK IN THE ROOF, trickling down several stories to drip from our bathroom doorframe. (we're on the second floor here, folks, how is this possible?!)
Well, wanting to minimize damage from a possible torrent when the storm actually hits (it's still a solid drizzle at the moment...), we've taken extreme leak collection measures:
Good thing we have two bathrooms, huh?
This morning, when we finally dragged ourselves out of bed after one of those cozy wonderful lazy mornings with the kids playing on and around us while we 'slept', the sky was a whitish grey, and the world seemed deadly calm. No leaves rustled in the trees on the street below, no birds, no vermin, no bugs...hardly any cars, and the few people who were on the street were all hurriedly carrying bags of groceries and exhibiting an excited calm. Looking out our living room window, we could see the ominous darkness approaching from beyond the empire state building like the nothing from the neverending story.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Thursday, June 23, 2011
You have no idea how profound a hole the loss of your unassuming companionship has made in all of our lives. Your friendly, meowing conversations, the strange attachment you had to that pair of pink barbie underwear-short things, the way you would get yourself locked in the pantry closet and we'd find you hours later, perfectly happy, having chewed your way into the food bag.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Sunday, May 15, 2011
James has been performing with our good friend Derrick Karg as part of his band Derrick & The Black Sea. Still a fledgling trio, James, Derrick and their musical partner Richard Ruggiero have a really awesome, unique style - the 'name' of which genre, I understand, is somewhat controversial; "hard folk" and "folk metal" have both been suggested, but Derrick insists that it is "dark country rock"...They perform mostly original work, so I guess the moral is that you'll have to go out and hear them, and then decide for yourself what to call it (and, I suppose, report your conclusions)!
I had the great fortune to actually attend one of their concerts recently (a rarity since they tend to play bars and clubs that are understandably inappropriate for the little ladies) and had a blast. I've posted one of their songs below, though it is one of the more traditional songs that they played early in the set...I totally recommend that you all come see them really rock out in person!
Happily, you'll have the opportunity to do just that TONIGHT!
Go out, support some great musicians, and Enjoy!
Below is a (terrible sound quality, sorry) video of Derrick & The Black Sea performing Colorado & Down at Sullivan Hall.
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Monday, May 9, 2011
Sunday, May 1, 2011
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011
No one believed those groundhogs when, in the midst of a snowstorm, they predicted the coming of spring, but at least here in NYC things seem to be heading springward! (Or, y'know, things are just being actively tricked by a very belated January thaw...)