Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Work, Work, Play

Williamsburg, 2015

Here's me and Ozzy (and his belly) after three toddler birthday parties this weekend, which is definitely an endurance pursuit. It was a little crazy, to the point that Monday, which was a 12 hour work day full of major deadlines, seemed pretty zen.

Anyway, I've been reading lots of interesting articles here and there.

Like this one, on 'Faking Bravery' for your kids. As a kid, I was afraid of (in no particular order) moss, raw chicken, fire, the car rolling backwards, the dark, the ocean, snakes, and heights. I am still easily spooked. Definitely need to work on this one with my two.

And this one, 'Training for Discontent', on the culture of pressure in Silicon Valley. It's about kids and school, mainly, but also about how all of the adults around them are stress monsters and how it's this weird feedback loop.

Here's another one, on 'Mom: The Designated Worrier'. We have a theme, people! Gosh, it sounds like we need a drink over here. But really, all thought-provoking pieces.

On a lighter note, I LOVED this restaurant review, which made me laugh out loud. Maybe we won't be checking out Javelina.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

May Days

Williamsburg, 2015

Life is especially hectic in these next several weeks, but then that seems to be a theme. I keep thinking I'll catch my breath after the next hill of work or interruption in the boy's sleep patterns and then I remember: oh yeah, that that will probably happen in, say, fifteen to twenty years.

There are a lot of opposites that are true right now. We are having a wonderful time; we are totally overwhelmed. We love our life in New York; we are over-caffeinated work zombies! We've totally cracked life in the city; life in the city is ridiculous, and how much are these virgin-picked coffee beans?

One thing that's made everything that much easier is the beautiful weather of late. We've had picnics in the park and the boys come home happily covered in dirt. Axel is scooting everywhere and Oscar loves to roam free at the playground. It's nearly BBQ season and we got some new porch furniture and there are birds chirping and horns honking as I type this. Perfection!

We've also done pancakes at Kasia's, our little trapped-in-time local diner, which I think should be a weekly tradition because pancakes seem to cure all ills. Everything is in bloom, everyone is out on the street, and the place has an amazing energy.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Oscar: Fourteen Months Old

Oscar, 2015


A sunny but exhausting weekend here for no other reasons than the usual ones (but Oscar took about five steps this afternoon!)

And here's a look back at Axel at the same age.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Oh Hello

Brooklyn, 2015

Nope, I haven't abandoned the internet entirely! Just busy with plenty of work and the two tyrannical grape throwers underfoot...I will catch my breath eventually.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Sunday

Brooklyn, 2015

It was finally a proper spring day and we headed to Dumbo to celebrate. This was the first day Oscar's really worn proper shoes and he looks like such an old salt in them! Meanwhile, not a bad view for a playground, is it?

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Introductions

Williamsburg, 2015

Axel is really into introductions at the moment: if I walk into the room and Will and Axel are there, he will gesture to me and say "This is my friend Mama." Or, if I approach when he's playing with his brother he might say, "This is my friend Ozzy." Then again, he is a little confused about how everyone relates. Oscar has learned to call for me by saying 'Mamamamama' in the mornings before either Will or I come into the room. Axel likes to clarify, "No Ozzy, she's not your Mama, she's my Mama!"

In other news, trapped in a cycle of awful stomach viruses and work deadlines and dreary rain. But I did get a second to read this post by Anne Lamott, which is very good and pretty spot on.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter

Williamsburg, 2015

We had a good, if blustery (and sugar-addled), Easter weekend. It included dinner at the very excellent Meadowsweet, a catchup with friends at The Heyward, a walk to McGolrick Park, and a good deal of jelly beans. Here's a look back at Axel's first Easter.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Oscar: Thirteen Months Old

Oscar, 2015

Oscar! He is getting more Oscar-ish by the day: fearless, always wanting to be in the thick of things, with a hysterical chuckle and a very good nature. I think Axel is coming around too...

Here's a peek back at his older brother at a little over thirteen months old.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Lately

Williamsburg, 2015

A busy week: it's finally (almost, sort of) warm enough to walk out without a coat, but I'll take it. I've seen blocks of the neighborhood I haven't seen in months! So that's something to celebrate.

We've been continuing our weekend tradition of heading to random pizza joints with the kids, this time to Patrizia's, which was very old school. And we checked out a new wine bar, The Camlin, which seems lovely.

Catching up with friends from various eras of my life and feeling grateful for crocuses (croci?) peeking out through the ground here and there, even while there are still the odd snowflakes in the air.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Lately

Williamsburg, 2015


Perusing the Brooklyn wildlife and trying to enjoy the last (I sure hope it's the last) snow of the season...
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