Monday, September 30, 2013


Just try to not love Anna Kendrick. I dare you.

Also: I totally knew how to do this before it was cool.

Happy Monday!

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Happy Birthday, Mom!

Happy happy day to you, madre!

To the one who always finds the best parking spot

and always has a "secret twenty" stashed somewhere in the car.

Thank you for all of the adventures,

for always being the "fun mom"


and for teaching us proper priorities:
"Is he cute, is he smart, can he turn the double play?"

To our very own Meryl - happiest of birthday wishes to you!!


Thursday, September 26, 2013

Now & Then

YES, one of my favorite movies, NOT what I'm talking about at this moment.

NYC-Grid's Before & After photos of New York are fascinating.  It's so interesting to see how vastly the city has changed, but also how recognizable it still is.  I especially love the photos of spots I've been to recently or am already familiar with.  It's fun to be exposed to a new perspective on something that seems so ordinary.

Many of the photos are interactive, so you can slide the yellow marker in the center back and forth to see more or less of each picture.

(Discovered via Cupcakes & Cashmere!)

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Fabulous Fall

Fall is here!  It finally turned a bit chilly this weekend, so we celebrated with a bagel in the park and a trip to the farmer's market around the corner for some autumn goodies. Excited to bust out the bucket of tights that's been hidden away in the back of my closet!

One vendor had orange cauliflower. It was very odd looking. A little too Halloweeny for my taste.

Dad's fave decorating piece...

First visit to this market and I'm hooked. Plus points for location (2 blocks away), small size (only about 10 stalls) and prices (quite reasonable). Managed to lay off the apple cider, but no guarantees for next week (sturmfrei!!).


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Being Touristy

The Grandpa shirts sure got around while Tim was here...


Where's Waldo?


Monday, September 23, 2013

Roof Garden Installation: Imran Qureshi

After a leisurely morning exploring the museum, we decided to head upstairs to the rooftop garden where they have rotating exhibits throughout the year.  I had heard that the current one was quite striking, so off we went in search of the roof.  Turns out, it was insanely hard to find. After asking two different docents for assistance, we managed to take an elevator to the fourth floor where we found a tucked-away staircase going up two more floors, then headed down a long mirrored hallway before finally emerging onto the roof.

The moment you step outside, your breath will be taken away by the 360 degree views.  The garden hovers just slightly above treetops, which extend in a lush green carpet to the distant skyline.  The bustle of the city is completely obscured from view.  Up here, things are quiet.  As the wind ripples through the ocean of leaves, it feels like you've escaped into another world.

The installation itself is rather jarring, both in size and scope, a striking contrast to the hushed environment within which it lays.  Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi has splattered red paint across the entire roof, then painted intricate foliage patterns into the drops.

The color of the paint suggests violence, but the patterns weave in hope of new beginnings and growth.
It was incredibly creepy to walk on, but I think that was part of the artist's intent...
to get us thinking about issues we may not be comfortable considering.

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Morning at the Met

Spent a nice, quiet Saturday morning visiting old standbys and discovering new favorites.



After we'd had our fill of the inside, it was time to head up up up to the rooftop garden....