Laundry day

posted on: Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Saturday I spent the day in the laundromat. Not the most entertaining way to spend the day (especially after my phone died and I couldn't read or google anymore) but I did take my camera. This particular laundromat is huge and on a beautiful early spring sunday, not particularly busy, just the way I like it.








(Keep an eye on this space, loads of adventures will be had over the next couple of weeks plus some exciting home projects that are nearing completion. Eeep!)

Brunch it up...

posted on: Sunday, April 21, 2013

This weekend is bonkers. And not very fun, but whatever. It's been productive! There's something to be said for that. My house is in one of those states of complete chaos, the kind you only get when you're insanely busy cleaning and organizing and throwing away, when everything is spread everywhere, right before it gets awesome. I also have some work this evening, so everything will be remaining in chaos for at least a day or two. I've been working on a couple projects that I'll be posting about (the dressers that were glimpsed in my last post and the completed kitchen) but all is still in progress.

Aaaaanyway, in between coats of paint, we went for a quick brunch at a place just around the corner (not very good, but it's close proximity means we've become semi-regulars...) and then for a brisk walk to Joinery to scope out some gorgeous textiles we've been talking about purchasing. Here are a couple quick iphone snaps to tide me over and so I can feel less like a failure for not posting all week. This last week was rather monumental at my day job, and all encompassing. My parents will be here Thursday! Whoohoo!! Hopefully I'll get my home in order before they arrive. I can do this...

My very favorite block in Williamsburg, Havemeyer between Hope and Grand.

I'm so intrigued by this new restaurant that will be opening on Metropolitan. No idea what it's going to be, but it looks awesome!


At home: Over the weekend...

posted on: Monday, April 15, 2013

I spent most of my weekend in my painters smock (I finished painting the top half of that kitchen wall and then I stained and painted those dressers) but I still managed to squeeze in a bit of fun.


Saturday night we went out for dinner at an obnoxiously early time (which is what happens when you skip lunch) so we wandered around most of the late evening, trying to decide what to do. We went from one end of the neighborhood (desserts at an Italian restaurant) to the other end (whiskeys at Noorman's Kil) and then went home and watched Safety Not Guaranteed before falling asleep.

Sunday morning was one of those when we woke up leisurely and didn't stress about what to do or where to go. We got dressed, grabbed a coffee and off we went for a meandering walk in search of breakfast tacos (so hard to find in Brooklyn! It's tragic...). We were both determined to enjoy our morning as I was scheduled to go to work at 6 to pull an overnight shift, and although sometimes that sort of determination backfires, this was one of those times it totally didn't. I'm seriously lucky to have a man who enjoys a good wander as much as I do.

And, I found my breakfast tacos. They weren't exactly what I was looking for but for Brooklyn... Not too bad.







Oh hey, that's me!





a little something, super quick

posted on: Thursday, April 11, 2013

First off, I managed to somehow get home from work right at the perfect time on Tuesday to catch the sunset. From our street we can see the new world trade center building going up. There's a spot, just a block over, where you can also see the Williamsburg bridge. Nice view...


Then, last night I ran over to Chelsea when I left work to meet a friend at Story in Chelsea to see an artist talk about his vintage and antique cameras and to see the great images he captures with them. A serious thunderstorm was blowing in, so even though I was in a hurry (running late, as always) I paused for a second to snap a photo or two. Are those some ominous looking clouds, or what? By the time we left it had stopped raining but the streets were nice and slick, making those meatpacking district cobblestones particularly picturesque. Such a good night. (this week is really turning out to be pretty awesome!)







Oh hey Monday, you're not so bad

posted on: Tuesday, April 9, 2013

HELLO SPRING!! It's 82 freaking degrees out there. I love it. So happy! This morning I went for my first jog of the season (which I immediately offset by eating a croissant with prosciutto for breakfast and three pieces of cracker crust pizza...). Love it. Everything is blooming, every lady is wearing a skirt and every man is wearing shorts. It's amazing and completely reminds me of the best parts of this city that are so easy to forget when it's neverendingly cold and drab.

Yesterday morning I got off the train at Union Square and walked through the green market and up Broadway to get to work. Ahhhh I'm hungry just thinking about all the amazing food stuffs to be had there. The Union Square market is always rad, but spring, summer and fall? Forget about it...







Relatively recently, Tila and I discovered that we're both super big fans of oyster happy hours. Nothing shocking there, I mean, who isn't? (answer: my husband, my other good friend, my boss, etc) We made plans last week to meet up for dinner Monday night but spur of the moment, we decided to have our dinner at the John Dory Oyster Bar. A half dozen top quality oysters plus a glass of delicious cava? Sold! After goofing off around the Ace hotel, we took off on a meandering walk to the L train. Along the way, we stopped by the Museum of Sex basement bar. I was totally surprised to discover that they have a stellar cocktail program. Who would have guessed? Lady dates are the best.






Porchin'

posted on: Friday, April 5, 2013

Ok, just real quick before I go off and enjoy my Friday evening...

I wanted to share some images I saw earlier this week when I got the weekly newsletter from Garden and Gun (I'm a subscriber to three magazines: Martha Stewart Living, Texas Monthly and Garden and Gun and I'm proud of it. Ha.). Nell Dickerson is a photographer who travelled around the south taking photographs of pups on porches. I mean, really, how adorable is that?! A good dog guarding it's porch is just such a classic southern image. I really need to pick up a copy of the book. Here are a couple of my favorite images from the slideshow:




This photo I took of my dad and his pup Lucy while I was in Texas over Christmas fits in real well.


(images courtesy of Garden and Gun, except the bottom one of course...)

Over the weekend...

posted on: Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The past two weeks of work have been so busy. It's kind of crazy. I've been coming home with my brain completely wiped, ready to do nothing but cook food, watch tv, read a book and go to bed. Brain dead, and there's little sign of slowing down for a couple more weeks yet.

Over the weekend, I went with a dear friend to the wilds of northeast Connecticut (seriously, we were in the middle of idyllic nowhere!) to help work on some projects for her upcoming wedding celebration. Wedding! Yay! We had a great time but other than a late afternoon walk on Saturday, I didn't take any photos of anything that can be shared on a public forum. Very top secret projects were completed, to be revealed in June.

My friend's parents' home is a beautiful historic building in a small historic town where everything is old and lovely. We walked the dogs down the road to check out a cemetery and enjoy the gorgeous weather. Here are some snaps...









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