Sundays in New York: In which we walk

posted on: Thursday, April 17, 2014

Something happened, y'all. A few days ago it was straight up end of spring/almost summer. And then... While reading before falling asleep and listening to the rain, I heard that rain turn to ice. I kid you not. Ice and snow. And ever since, the last few days have been cold. COLD. I've worn my winter coat! Right after lamenting the fact that it got hot so fast that I had just a couple days of transitional weather in which to wear my leather jacket. Guess that's what I get?

Anyway, I'm keeping myself from getting too terribly bummed about this cold snap by looking at these photos from our glorious gorgeous spring day last Sunday. We woke up and grabbed a pastry and a coffee for a snack and set off to walk. And walk we did, across the Williamsburg bridge to the Lower East Side. We tried to go to Clinton Street Baking Company but that three hour wait was a big "ahhh hell no!" While wandering loosely in the direction of a Mexican food place I have on my list of places to try we walked by Mission Cantina. I've been meaning to add that joint to my list too and kept forgetting so, you know, it worked out. Pretty decent although I doubt I'll go back, too many places to still to try! We split a burrito and I am so glad. Gigantic, I tell you. Damn. My stomach hurts just thinking about eating one all by myself. Spring and summer Sundays are for winners. Hurry up, gorgeous weather, come back soon!

Greenmarket in the spring sun

posted on: Saturday, April 12, 2014

Oh MAN, I just got back from my very first bike ride of the season, across the Williamsburg bridge to the Union Square farmers' market. It is absolutely gorgeous outside, warm sun and cool breeze. Everyone in New York City is out and about and smiling. I didn't buy too much (some purple potatoes, cippolini onions and french breakfast radishes) but it was so great just to walk around. Well... maybe I kind of limped along, if I'm being honest. I didn't do jack this winter and it's going to take me a minute to readjust to a lifestyle that includes running (yep, started that this week) and biking (I WILL ride my bike more than once this summer). Ouch...

Anyway, I have to run and get ready for a wedding but i couldn't resist throwing up these shots from the market plus a couple from my ride home. Such a beautiful day!! Yay!!

A birthday weekend in Texas

posted on: Sunday, March 30, 2014

Boot Hill, just a few miles down the road. I tried to make friends with a donkey but she wasn't having it.

We spent the middle of March back home, down south in the Texas Hill Country. Pretty great place to spend a weekend in March. No, we didn't go for SXSW like everyone else heading down to Texas from NYC was doing that very same weekend. Instead, we went to my parents' home to hang out, see family and celebrate my dear sweet mama's birthday. Here's a confession: Mom's birthday has always fallen during SXSW and for my younger, more music obsessed self this was a timing problem. My mom is super cool so she never gave me crap about going to SX instead of celebrating her birthday on the day. So that, combined with never managing to get down there at the right time since I moved to NYC, means I haven't celebrated my mom's birthday with her in.. hmm… maybe 12 years or so? I know! I'm an AWFUL child.

Big brother chef taking care of business.

All made by my mom. The woman is a culinary bad ass.

Anyway, this one was a big one. 70. It's so crazy to think my parents are officially both in their 70s. Lots of thoughts going through my mind these days, it's really a head trip and quite an awakening. Time goes by so fast, you know. It's not just something people say, it's a real deal fact. Gotta get all the family time in that you can. We have a bit of a tradition of throwing these bbqs. Always the same band, pretty much the same cast of characters and this year my big brother and a friend of the family made the food. So good. Oh man, I'm still dreaming about this meal. There was dancing, there was fishing, there was beer drinking. All in all, a really great weekend. I'm not going to lie, every time we go down it's harder and harder to leave…

This may not be the best photo in the bunch and it may be out of focus and poorly composed, but that huge grin on my dad's face while he dances with his gal is so worth sharing. I focused more on hanging out with family and friends so I don't have any photos once the party really got going. Priorities, you know… Also, this barn will be the venue for our vow renewal party. Can't wait to decorate it and totally change the look. CHALLENGE

Photo cred goes to my three year old nephew. Always a cool perspective when you let the little dudes play with the camera.  

A solo adventure, a Saturday OFF

posted on: Sunday, March 23, 2014

Ohhh heeeyyyy there.

Oh hi. Hello. 'sup yo.

It's been a rough couple of weeks, y'all, complete with stomach viruses and other assorted woes, not to mention that winter that just kept on hanging on. But yesterday things felt different and I proclaimed "THIS IS GOOD". The sun was out, I left the house with. out. a. scarf. And I actually had a Saturday off, a rare and wonderful thing. I started off with brunch and a walk and a chat that lasted longer than we meant with one of my favorite gals and followed it up with a walk around Williamsburg all by myself.

It's kind of amazing how a rejuvenating a sunny Saturday free of obligations or commitments or work can be. Soul cleansing and so necessary. I'm trying hard to get back into being enthusiastic about music (which reminds me! I need to purchase those Soundgarden/NIN tickets right the eff now). So, my new thing to do after every paycheck is to go to a record store, browse the selections and buy an actual real deal record. One every two weeks. Rough Trade opened up an outpost in Williamsburg (of course they did…) and it's kind of amazing. Seriously, it makes me remember how fun it is to just browse the racks and explore. Super well curated and not so much of a selection that it's overwhelming. Not like Amoeba in LA, where I walked in and walked right back out to collect myself. So big… Anyway, this week's record was going to be the Black Angels but after a random selection at the listening station I chose Warpaint. Good stuff, y'all. And Shannyn Sossamon, my ultimate actress girl crush, was a founding member.

After Rough Trade I moseyed my way home, around the park which was full of sun worshippers and through the streets. I had some time to chill before I needed to be home to meet Alan for date night so I stopped at The Shanty, New York Distilling Company's in-house bar. I had the most delicious cocktail. OMG, seriously. It was a gin gimlet but it was spicy and perfectly composed and just all 'round awesome. I was totally that weirdo drinking by herself at a bar with her nose in her phone. I was reading a book on the kindle app, I promise! Pretty great Saturday afternoon. And to make it even more awesome it was followed up by a truly excellent date with my husband.

Days like this? This is how I'm going to get my jam back. Just you wait, just you watch. XO

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