I really should have introduced him a while ago because we’ve had him since May. But tonight i realized I had never taken his picture, so I took a quick photo with my phone and then really liked how the it turned out and that inspired me to post it! He is much happier since we moved him into the warm, well lit, active kitchen. He’s very social, and like his namesake, he has a flair for the dramatic. I’m currently on the lookout for a fishbowl sized piano to replace the Easter Island head. Cuz, you know, he’s gotta practice…
Our second Halloween in our home was amazing. Despite the rain, we had over 200 trick or treaters and a super fun time with our neighbors and nieces. Pizza was devoured, cocktails were had and I realized that I’m already excited about Halloween being on a Friday next year so we can (hopefully) have a party and drag some city folks up to our place. I even dressed up — something I haven’t done in years and years. Fun times!!
Made of Anthropologie brackets, painted boards & overall design & construction by Chris. We recently painted the kitchen blue, and once I get the trim painted and new curtains made, I will post a full before and after of the whole re do!
The kitchen was the first room we fully gutted (and by “we” I mean “our contractor”) and it’s been an amazing space we LOVE and use constantly: cooking, cocktailing, rearranging, planning parties and meals and just enjoying being able to cook complicated recipes without having to put bowls on folding chairs and taping scraps of magazines to various surfaces to read instructions. We love it! And now my cookbooks have joined the party!
In our teeny nyc apt, everything was up on shelves. None were as nice as these, but they do feel like a cozy nod to our past “style.”
And best of all? I have room to add a few cookbooks to my collection that I’ve put off buying for lack of space. Yay, more stuff!!
What do you think?
A brief post to share my Saturday night crafty activity… We had some friends up for the weekend, and i wanted to use up some glitter! I read a bunch of tutorials online, and in the end decided to just try a very easy technique of brushing some Mod Podge over the pumpkin, sprinkling it with a lot of glitter, letting it dry and coating it with a light layer of spray on glaze. I have more photos of all the weekend s activities, crafty and otherwise, but for now, am so proud of the sparkle on my front steps, I couldn’t wait to share!
What I saw today…
Diamond District, NYC
I got distracted from doing the photo a day project, but am starting again today with the hope of posting for the rest if October.
I snapped this on my way to the train after work. I liked the lady holding up the sign.
Today is also my Mom s birthday. Happy birthday, Mom!
Last evening, Chris and I took a stroll down to the river to check out the Hudson Hop & Harvest. Unlike last year (the festival’s first year, which was held in a too-small space and had some … let’s say “issues.” And by “issues I mean an overcomplicated ticket system and a very small amount of overused port-0-potties. EW.) we thought this year’s festival was FANTASTIC! Super well-run, a great space on the riverfront, well-staffed, well laid-out and great music. We especially liked Saints of Valory, an Austin band that played a set of catchy, fun pop and seemed ready for prime time. Like, I could see them on SNL or Letterman tomorrow. And Mary C and the Stellars were pretty great, too. We had a couple great local beers and heard some great music! Looking forward to the 3rd Annual already ….
Designed by Chris and me, executed beautifully by Chris!
The wood for the cabinet is recycled from the old bathroom cabinet.
Et viola! What do you think?
To describe the past couple of projects that Chris and I have embarked upon would involve using the words “mulch” (front shrubs) and “steam cleaner” (rented, taken to anything with a fabric-y surface) and even as I type — I’m sorry, are you there? I just nodded off for a sec while typing.. but, hey — if I didn’t lose you at mulch, then please enjoy a picture I snapped last night (9/25) …it’s out the window of the train, which is why the florescent light is hanging out in the right upper corner, but I thought the light and the glassy river looked beautiful… like the colors of the current season: not quite fall, not yet still summer…
Oh, fall … The sunsets are beautiful, the leaves are changing and it’s already getting darker earlier. We’re working on our weekend plan while working at our Work work and dealing with general life stuff this week. So I hope to have more interesting photos and thoughts and ideas to post next week!
A fun happy hour was had on Tuesday (and donate, won’t ya?!?) and we also have been enjoying some freshly cut flowers from my flower bed experiment.
This has led me to a new obsession with planting some fall bulbs that will flower and let me cut them and have them in the house…. links? thoughts?
And finally, and most importantly, I’d like to direct you to my dear friend’s blog, where he tries to talk some sense into the world. We were equally shocked by the Barilla pasta news today– me, because I’m a fat girl who loves Barilla pasta and can’t buy it any more, and my friend because he is a gay man raising two amazing kids. Oh, world… Catch up to the rest of us, will ya? And, Barilla, apologize all you want. You sleep with the fishes.
Did you know that in 2010, President Obama declared September “National Childhood Cancer Awareness” Month? Well, he did.
It’s a cause that’s near and dear to my heart, and I am a proud Junior Board Member of Solving Kids’ Cancer, which is an awesome organization that directly funds clinical trials for the most untreatable pediatric cancers. They are doing amazing things — I urge you to check them out, and if you’re so inclined, to donate. 100% of their proceeds go directly to clinical trials. WHAT?!? It’s true.
I really think that immunotherapy is going to change the game, and there just isn’t government funding out there for research. I guess in the scheme of things, cancer in kids affects a relatively few number of people (compared to, say, breast cancer or heart disease). But tell that to a parent whose kid just got diagnosed with sarcoma — am I right?!? Oh, sarcoma. And blastoma. And other “omas” that I hope eventually become a thing of the past. Here are some more facts about childhood cancer:
- Childhood cancer is the No. 1 disease killer of America’s children (0-18 years of age) – killing more children than cystic fibrosis, diabetes, muscular dystrophy, birth defects, asthma and AIDS combined.
- Great strides have been made for blood cancers with survival rates now up to 80%. Unfortunately for children with neuroblastoma, sarcomas and brain tumors, the five-year survival rate remains less than 50%. The rates have not changed in decades.
- Less than 4% of the National Cancer Institute’s budget goes toward childhood cancer research and drug companies don’t include childhood cancer in their Research & Development
- Each school day, enough children are diagnosed with cancer to empty two classrooms.
So, what can you do? You can start by donating to SKC! And if you’re in NYC, you can come by the Junior Board’s Happy Hour Friendraiser on 9/24 at O’Lunney’s on 45th Street. If you’re further upstate, you can shop at Adams Fairacre Farms– they are partnering with SKC on a clinical trial and raising money all throughout the month of September. Today they tweeted that they have raised over $11,000 and it’s only September 12!
Get involved! And always be thankful for the healthy children in your life
Thanks for reading!