Monday, November 30, 2015


Williamsburg, 2015

A good little essay for Monday morning...

Friday, November 27, 2015


Williamsburg, 2015

Since I am about nine thousand months pregnant, we skipped our annual trip to Maine for the holiday and celebrated in low key fashion here in New York.

Fortunately there was still turkey and stuffing. It's been a gorgeous, warm few days in the city and there is so much to be thankful for.

Here's a look back at Thanksgivings from the past few years.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015


Williamsburg, 2015

We took the kids out for pancakes at Kasia's this morning. This guy was very pleased with the excursion and kept shouting "Cake!" He's such a character (by which I mean we're exhausted.)

Monday, November 23, 2015


Williamsburg, 2015

Here's Axel with his favorite book du jour.

It kind of makes me laugh since we basically live in a Richard Scarry book here in Brooklyn (e.g. this tug boat / barge / smokestack / skyscraper vista from our walk on Sunday.)

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Tree Cozy

Williamsburg, 2015

A colorful bit of street art, and some highly welcome good news....

Monday, November 16, 2015


New York, 2015

Just a picture from last week of the changing leaves in Madison Square Park, reflected in an art installation by Teresita Fernández.

Monday, November 9, 2015


Williamsburg, 2015

It's beautiful out, but this came across my desk, on how Norwegians brave their long, dark winters. Apparently, "You can just consciously try to have a positive wintertime mindset and that might be enough to induce it."

That and plenty of candles.

Thursday, November 5, 2015


Williamsburg, 2015

In no particular order, New York has been at its very best lately. I mean almost embarrassingly, movie set-calibre gorgeous. I had a doctor's appointment in Soho yesterday and met up with a friend in Washington Square Park and couldn't quite absorb all the yellow leaves and blue skies and energy in the air.

It also reminded me of my first months in New York, when that part of the city had this magnetic pull for me. I adore Brooklyn and the city still but it's always lovely and amazing when it hits me: "Oh yeah, I get to live here."

It makes me think of this essay, on feeling nostalgic for the New York of your youth, whenever that was. I especially loved the line: "I remember what it felt like getting ready to make something exciting happen, to feel a sense of the city and time radiating out in all directions, like the spokes of a wheel, with me and that night at the center." I most definitely stood under the arch in Washington Square at 22 and felt exactly that.

We also had a growth scan and the baby is clocking in at five pounds, eleven ounces. It feels like it's racing past and I am getting excited (and trying to make peace with the chaos that is my everyday existence.)

And I've been reading the usual essays and articles, like this one on Pre-K, and this one, on how crazed two income families in America are these days.

I also love thoughtful advice columns, particularly Ask Polly in New York magazine. Even when the question itself doesn't resonate exactly, she has such great insights, like this one:

"Nothing has made my life richer than coming down off my pedestal and, instead of spinning in neurotic circles, working hard to enjoy the pleasures of everyday life... In my finest moments, I'm working hard at something that feels very difficult, or I'm taking in the grace and humor of the people around me, or I'm just staring out the window, watching the wind whipping through the trees on a late October afternoon. To feel fully alive and calm and in the zone is to also be, in some ways, in the background, borderline invisible, a vessel for something bigger than yourself. That's also, not coincidentally, practically the definition of relaxation and peace. It's not a lobotomy. It's using your brain to focus outward, until the whirring machinery in your head is silenced."

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Oscar: Twenty Months Old

Oscar, 2015

At twenty months old, this guy is busy, hilarious, and full of opinions...he had his first swimming lesson this weekend, which was a hit, and he has been chattering away more and more.

Here's a look back at Axel at the same age.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

34 Weeks

Williamsburg, 2015

It's November, which means my due date is around the corner! Here's a look back at 34 weeks with Axel and around the same time with Oscar.
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