Wednesday, July 22, 2015

One Month

A month from now my life will forever be changed. I didn't know what to expect when I moved here five years ago, but here I am on the other side waiting patiently for our newest family member to arrive. I'm thankful for being able to continue to stay very active and for having an easy pregnancy. I'm thankful for a loving and caring partner who I am confident will be a most amazing father. I'm thankful for family and friends who have offered nothing but their love and support and their generosity to help us prepare. I'm thankful for being able to fit in one last trip out of the country with my husband before having to negotiate traveling as a threesome. I'm thankful for being able to have this experience with no complications or scary surprises.
 
Just a few more weeks!!!!


Monday, May 11, 2015

It's the Season

 
 1. Flowers from a thoughtful friend for Mother's Day and my first jade plant, 2. Some gorgeous tulips on the Upper East Side, and 3. Cherry blossoms in my neighborhood.



Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Catching Up

 New view from our new home.
 
Nahbi approves of the new apartment.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Lately







Photos are from 1) Central Park on a recent afternoon, 2) the Williamsburg Bridge when I decided to walk to the West Village to go meet a friend, 3) a fun archery class at Gotham Archery - can't wait to go back again, 4) a quick snack of rambutan, and 5) beautiful flowers from this week's farm share. 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

What I Saw: Mast Brothers Factory Tour and Chocolate Tasting


Sunday morning I surprised Jon with a trip to Mast Brothers Chocolate for a factory tour and chocolate tasting. We saw how their chocolate was made, from roasting the cacao beans to packaging the bars. We also got to taste the chocolate at different stages of the process. They offered us samples of the roasted cacao, chocolate from the conches that were grinding the cacao and sugar, and finally five different kinds of their chocolate. 


Aside from the chocolate bars that have ingredients such as sea salt or coffee beans, the chocolate consists of only cacao and sugar. It allows the flavor of the beans and the subtleties between them to come through and produces a beautiful, high quality bar of chocolate.

Tours are available on Friday evenings as well as Saturday and Sunday mornings. If you have some free time, grab a buddy and take this tour. And be prepared to sample a lot of chocolate!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Pride + ACT UP

The crowd on Christopher Street.

NYC's Pride Parade is one of the biggest parties of the year. This year Jon, myself and some of our friends volunteered with ACT UP and somehow ended up on the float for the entire parade. Originally the plan was to stay only for a few hours but we ended up staying until the very end. It was crazy and exciting and SO MUCH FUN! I'm thankful to have had the experience.


Do you know about ACT UP? I was extremely proud to be volunteering with them last weekend.

(From The Body)

"ACT UP, the commonly used acronym for the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power, is a grassroots AIDS organization associated with nonviolent civil disobedience. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, ACT UP became the standard-bearer for protest against governmental and societal indifference to the AIDS epidemic...

From its inception, ACT UP has had a considerable impact on AIDS-related public policy. ACT UP successfully used its nonviolent, direct-action approach to force the FDA to accelerate drug trials for AIDS and to consider ACT UP's "parallel track" proposal. Under this proposal, people with AIDS are given drugs before they are approved by the time-consuming and bureaucracy-ridden FDA approval process. ACT UP's protests also led Burroughs Wellcome to dramatically reduce the price of AZT. Other pharmaceutical companies have been shamed into cutting the prices of drugs that have demonstrated effectiveness in helping people with AIDS."

You can see these important moments in ACT UP's history and evolution by watching How to Survive a Plague.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Lately



It's been a minute since I've posted here. Time seems to pass extra quickly as of late.

Photos are from 1) Kara Walker's incredible installation, "A Subtlety" at the Domino Sugar Factory, 2) dueling chandeliers at a favorite spot in the West Village, 3) a Friday evening hang with some friends back in Ohio, and 4) a capture of a gorgeous sunset on a recent visit back to Ohio.