Saturday, October 25, 2014


Williamsburg, 2014

We took Axel for a walk this morning and stumbled upon this amazing Touch a Truck event.

It was a fundraiser for the mobile library bus the 'Booklyn Shuttle' (care of St. Nick's Alliance.)

Obviously, Axel was in heaven as he got to climb in and out of diggers, a UPS truck, a fire truck, a tow truck, and all manner of heavy lifting equipment.

Friday, October 24, 2014


Williamsburg, 2014

Happened upon The Decemberists' Colin Meloy busking on the corner of Bedford and North 7th to promote the band's new album this morning (a nice way to break up some work...he played 'The Engine Driver', which reminded me of my misspent Williamsburg youth.) There were about 30 people at first, and maybe 150 by the time I left. Very cool!

Happy Friday

Oscar, 2014

This guy is so sweet. Whenever he thinks Axel is playing with him (even if Axel's really just playing near him) he completely lights up. 'I am part of things!'

As of about a week now they've been sharing a room, and Oscar's been sleeping through the night (at least until around 6, when I bring him into our room.) He's starting to try to pull himself up while holding onto me, which is also very endearing. He's also the fastest, most determined crawler I've ever seen. He goes from zero to sixty, seriously.

Thursday, October 23, 2014


Williamsburg, 2014

It's a gloomy day in Brooklyn but such is life!

I've ordered the boys' Halloween costumes, which may or may not be matching (you'll have to wait and see if I can wrestle our fellows into them.)

I made some butternut squash soup with apples and carrots, which was a success.

Axel is feeling better, but has now morphed into a screen-obsessed zombie, waking up this morning saying, grumpily: "Where's my pad?!" (iPad.) Uh oh.

And we are gearing up for a little East River State Park harvest festival this weekend, plus seeing Gone Girl, if we can muster the energy to stay out past dark...

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Sick Day

Axel, 2014

Here's Axel, home from school today with a tummy bug and basking in the electronic glow of Planes with some Pedialyte and his duck.

It's been quite the month here, with one illness dovetailing into the next and everyone operating on very little sleep. November has got to be easier, right?

Monday, October 20, 2014


Williamsburg, 2014

For months we've passed our neighbors on their way to early weekend dinners out in the neighborhood with their 2 year old, and it's pretty cute seeing her toddling down the block in search of Italian fare.

Last night we tried the same, with Axel and Ozzy in tow, and headed to Oregano for homemade pasta and wood-fired pizza. Apart from some projectile pizza crusts it was a success (which I attribute to the B.Y.O.B. policy and family vibe.) I just have to master the art of eating while carrying Oscar in the Baby Bjorn as I'm afraid he got a bit showered in broccoli rabe. It was a bit chaotic but kind of glowy and warm and funny nonetheless.

Mostly Will and I reserve dinner out for times when we have a sitter, but it was really cute going out as a foursome. The waitress couldn't have been nicer and a family next to us, with three teenagers, seemed by turns bemused and sympathetic. It was also nice to put the kiddos to bed without facing the whole to-cook-or-Seamless dilemma.

Sunday, October 19, 2014


Williamsburg, 2014

The temperatures dropped by around twenty degrees overnight, a reminder that this autumnal thing is really happening, like it or not. We are getting back into the swing of things in Brooklyn, or trying to.

Somehow a low key weekend at home reminds me of all the projects I've been meaning to get to, work-related and otherwise....

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Oscar: Seven (and a half) Months Old

Oscar, 2014

Oscars's hobbies at seven and a half months old include: sitting, toppling over, chasing the cat, following Axel's every move, coughing, wearing 12-18 month old sized clothing, and giving impish smiles. He weighs some 20 pounds and 4 oz.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday Antics

Williamsburg, 2014

Axel had a great day at school followed by ice cream with mama and a rooftop playdate with one of his school friends.

It was a gorgeous afternoon and I'm thrilled to report that we have no plans for the weekend whatsoever except a hair cut for the little guy. Ahhhhh!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Dinner Dilemma

Williamsburg, 2014

Ha, this pice, 'What if You Just Hate Making Dinner?' has been making the rounds for a while, but it definitely made me laugh.

I love food blogs and cook books with gorgeous photos of heirloom vegetables scattered over bread boards and all of the rest of it, but realistically? It's been a week of big deadlines and sick babies and ordering from Seamless, even though we also get Blue Apron deliveries and could in theory make something from scratch in about 30 minutes.

On the one hand, we're lucky to live in range of some wonderful delivery options. On the other hand, there is this sense that if you aren't making a wholesome meal every day you're failing in some kind of measure.

Still, that half an hour a day when we're supposed to be roasting Cornish game hens or somesuch happens to be when both boys are clamoring attention, so in order to cook I have to slap on Peppa Pig, and what do you know, I'm not supposed to do that either.

So which is it? Screen time, or dinner?
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