I just can't stop: Fruit Bats

posted on: Thursday, January 30, 2014

I have this real tendency to start listening to bands just a little too late. It happened with Murder City Devils (my story of Murder City definitely deserves its own post someday) and now it's happened with another band. Have you ever heard Fruit Bats? Well, I heard them somewhere, probably on Pandora but who knows which station, maybe my Kurt Vile station? And ever since then I've had the song below on repeat. Oh man, it is so nice. Too bad I didn't find them sooner, according to their website after 13 years, 5 albums, bunch of tours, and lots of laughs, Fruit Bats is calling it a day. Ah well, it happens. Anyway, check out this sweet sweet jam from an acoustic set for WNRN:

Walks in NYC: The corner of Washington and Bank in the West Village

posted on: Thursday, January 23, 2014

Everyone who comes to NYC knows all about the High Line, the park that was created from the elevated train tracks on the west side of Manhattan. Well, the other day during my lunch time walk I noticed a building a little further down, one that clearly used to be part of the elevated tracks but that definitely isn't a park. I didn't have my camera with me that day but yesterday, I trekked through the snow and the cold down Washington to snap some photos. Yay fun!

Super cool building, right? I don't know what it is now and I'm too busy watching Veronica Mars (who else is super excited for the movie?!?!) to research it further. Have to get my tv on tonight because tomorrow is special. My man is coming HOME!! After 9 days away he's coming home to me. Just in time to dig out the car again. Ha!

Lunch: Cafe Gitane at the Jane Hotel

posted on: Saturday, January 18, 2014

You know, it's really important to have a healthy work/life balance. It's hard sometimes to remember that when you're an overachiever who is also a procrastinator who is also maybe sort of kind of a little bit of a control freak. It's easy to get sucked into the whole eat at your desk and work until late and so on and so forth. But, it's not always the best thing to do! Right? Right! So one of my goals for the new year is to make sure I go outside! Partway through the day, even if I eat lunch at my desk (which goes hand in hand with my plan to be more fiscally responsible), I WILL go outside and walk around. I mean, after all, I work in and near one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in Manhattan! Lots to explore, lots to see, lots of fresh air to clear my head.

Part of this better balance goal is to also occasionally go somewhere for lunch, somewhere nice and pleasant and sit the eff down and have a nice lunch! Thursday my very very awesome friend from my previous job made the trek across town to come visit me and have lunch. I'd been wanting to go to the Jane Hotel to Cafe Gitane as I'd been seriously craving that avocado toast (look it up, it's a serious cult favorite and for a good reason - it is DELICIOUS!). Luckily, it's seriously just a couple of blocks away. No excuses! So, off we went.

Let me tell you. Alright, I'll just tell you. Best idea I've had in a while! The place was super quiet so it was peaceful, our waitress wasn't rushed and smiled a lot, and we had a fantastic little meal and a great chat and I was back to the office in less than an hour. I mean, really, if that's not a happy face, I don't know what is...

I just can't stop: The Gories

posted on: Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The Gories were a seriously rad garage rock band from Detroit back in the late 80s/early 90s. I don't remember how I first heard them, probably on Pandora listening to the Against Me! playlist that I tend to list to when I use Pandora. I remember the first time I heard them I thought they were maybe the Black Lips or someone like that but no. These are the guys those guys were heavily influenced by... I finally got around to getting my hands on a couple of their records not too long ago (part of my goals for the new year - get back into listening to music) and I've been listening pretty much non-stop. Check out this rad video I found on youtube. I definitely recommend reading the information below as it's super interesting.


Twas the night before Christmas and in our Brooklyn house...

posted on: Saturday, January 11, 2014

… gathered a few lovely people to drink and carouse. We ate tamales and quesadillas and some mac and cheese (healthy!) and played cards against humanity and did a gift exchange and watched that amazing version of the Nutcracker that the Pacific Northwest Ballet Company did back in the 80s. We made mulled wine and I put way too much whiskey in the egg nog and nobody drank it. It was quite lovely, friends, it really was. I wish I'd managed to snap photos of my friends that were up to par for sharing, somehow they all ended up blurry or washed out or one person in the photo looked fantastic while the other person was pulling a face… (And I was very specifically asked not to share unflattering photos so there you go.) But at least someone got a couple of great photos of me with my cotton candy and I got one of Alan in tears after his gut reaction to the grumpy cat, "No! No! I don't want it! No! Please, somebody, take it!" Sooooo funny, he'll never live that one down! While being home in Texas or in Arizona with our family would have been amazing, we made the best of it and had a grand ol' time.

At some point I'm going to have to pull myself out of this house and go out in this dreary gross weather… Just as soon as I finish this episode of Sherlock...

In which we go sightseeing around NYC, in the middle of a snowstorm...

posted on: Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Last month was really quite full. All kinds of awesome people came to visit! The second weekend of the month my most favorite of all my nieces (I only have one but even if I had a bunch she would be my favorite) came up to spend a weekend and to celebrate the grand milestone of turning 15! Coolest kid ever… You know those people you just know you were meant to be friends with? That's me and this gal. I could tell that we were BFFs, even when she was a tiny baby, no joke.

So anyway, she came up to spend the weekend, which was super rad. The second weekend of the month was a bit bonkers weather-wise. We woke up Saturday morning to a pretty crazy snowstorm. Normally this would be a really good reason to stay home but for us, no way. Especially since the weather prediction for Sunday was sleet and rain. I had a full itinerary planned as one must! And so, off we went… (photos are a mix of iPhone and my niece's computer - a snowstorm didn't seem like a good time to pull out the SLR)

There were bagels at The Bagel Store on Metropolitan.
An attempt to see Yayoi Kusama that came to a screeching halt when we were told we'd be outside until 6.
Cookies at Levain (the best everrrr).
The Museum of Natural History who were totally winning the Christmas tree contest.

And a trek across Central Park. Let me tell you, you haven't seen anything until you've seen Central Park covered in snow in the middle of a storm.

And then, there was this:

At home: Time to say hello.

posted on: Saturday, January 4, 2014

Hello to the new year! My blogging break lasted a bit longer than I originally intended but when the holidays are on and it's colder than a witch's… well, you know what… Let's just say it makes me lazy. But all good. Yesterday I woke up, like most of the northeast, to find a whole bucket of snow had fallen. Thanks Hercules! It was bitterly cold (still is! I'm not leaving my house if I can avoid it) but oh so gorgeous. I snapped a few photos before heading into work, late office openings allow that sort of time.

The snow was banked up high in the window sills. Always adds that little bit of magic to the whole thing. And yes, even after five winters in NY I still find snow totally fascinating!

The snow was so high in the backyard. And completely undisturbed! Still is too...

Snow even banked up in the narrow space between our building and the neighbors'. Blizzards...

And our poor little car, buried deep… Sure am glad I didn't have to dig that out. Sorry Alan...

And well, it's basically required in the first post of a new year to talk a little about the goals I plan to achieve for the next year. I could write paragraph upon paragraph but really it can be summed up like this: No more half assing it, bring on all the awesome. It's going to be a good one, I can FEEL it.

I have some old stuff I want to share, a little bit of December that still needs to be seen, a few stories to write out. And then after that? Well, we'll just see what happens. Onward and upward!

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