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my little (neglected) blog got a shout out from a fan page on facebook, which is sort of thrilling, but i haven’t posted any new content since, oh JANUARY, which is sort of pathetic. i am now inspired (or is it shamed?) into posting more. i have been meaning to, i swear! i do have lots to say, i’ve just been saying it all in snarky little bits on facebook instead. but i promise. as much for me as anyone who might stop by.

and since i hate photo-less posts:


this is my new favorite drink.


pomegranate juice + seltzer + vodka.


the results are extraordinary.


it tastes like summer.


and is perfect for drinking on your fire escape at sunset once the kiddies are in bed.


but it needs a name. what would you call it?


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“answer me in one word.”

1. Where is your cell phone?     desktop
2. Your significant other?     work
3. Your hair?    up
4. Your mother?    domestic
5. Your father?     mortal
6. Your favorite thing?     ease
7. Your dream last night?     gone
8. Your favorite drink?     coffee
9. Your dream/goal?    expression
10. The room you’re in?    foyer
11. Your fear?    fear
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years?    home
13. Where were you last night?    home
14. What you’re not?    skinny
15. Muffins?   cake
16. One of your wish list items?    time
17. Where you grew up?    jersey
18. The last thing you did?    good-nighted
19. What are you wearing?    comfort (!)
20. Your TV?    off
22. Your computer?    love
23. Your life?    repetitive
24. Your mood?    snarly
25. Missing someone?    myself
26. Your car?    aging
27. Something you’re not wearing?    tight
28. Favorite Store?    trader joes
29. Your summer?     missing
30. Your favorite color?    twilight
31. When is the last time you laughed?     afternoon
32. Last time you cried?      afternoon
33. Who will/would re-post this?     ?
34. Four people who email me:      sta, lekia, mwd, lynn
35. Three of my favorite foods:     chocolate, bread, cheese (see #14)
36. Four places I’d rather be now:    bed, paris, summer, ?


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looking forward…

we are enjoying summer…

by barefoot dancing:

with our annual pilgrimage to the waterpark:

by just hanging around:

and with visits to some new places, visits to see old friends and visits around our own city to see things in a new way.

this is the bronx:

this is brooklyn:

this is manhattan, and yes, that is the staten island ferry on the hudson river. ???

we are planning for the fall…

first grade! preschool! time to myself. plans? gym, coffee, gym, organize, coffee, knit, gym, blog, coffee…you get the idea.

we are racing for the cure…

support ‘team martha’, if you can. every little bit helps. click here.

we are happy, and well, and safe, and loved. i am looking forward to the coming busy season as i enjoy this current carefree one.

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you’re a great papa.

happy father’s day, honey.


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i’ve got several thoughtful posts in draft form, but jeez, it’s taking me a long time to write them & get them up here. so in the meantime, i thought i’d get a little fast and frivolous. ready?


ok, wait. i have plenty of stuff. but we all want things, right? besides, all of these things aren’t necessarily material anyway.

i want:

  • to lose the last 5. things are going well in this department, thanks to

cheap gym with a ton of machines and very close to my place. i like.

  • to be able to go here for yoga

the integral yoga institute on 13th street. it’s like an hour away by subway so i haven’t been there for-bloody-ever.

  • these babies

el naturalista iggdrasil shoes. my neighborhhood pal heather has some in a leafy green. lurrrve them. not gonna happen anytime soon, though.

  • more space. oh, specifically, a dining room, a third bedroom and some private outdoor space. my, my, a house would be nice. we fantasize about ones like this:

that’s in montclair, nj

or this

in new paltz, ny

here’s the rub tho: not ready to leave la ciudad. not at all. especially not our ‘hood. i love it here.

  • time, baby, time.

time to knit this:

le clapotis by kate gilbert…

or this:

flicca by anna bell. oh my word, so beautiful. i can’t even imagine how long it would take me to make.

and time to bog, for chrissakes!

  • to see my friends! i’ve got so many people who i need to see, whom i haven’t seen in a really long time:

there’s my best pal, lynn, in chicago. she’s got a 2 year old who has cystic fybrosis and i haven’t seen her in two years. there’s my brother and his wife, also in chicago. there’s my good friend, maria, who defected from the ny area and up and moved to louisville, kentucky last summer. traitor. there’s my college boyfriend, lee, in blacksburg, virginia whom i haven’t seen in, oh, i don’t know, 8 years? ridiculous. he’s got 2 kids. and julie, in vermont, who just had her third (yes, friends, THIRD) child this month. gotta go visit them, especially since my son is going to marry her daughter someday. hee!

  • on the last and most frivolous note (yes, even more so than the shoes) i want LOST never to end and to stay brilliant (which it is much of the time…it’s only sucked a few times). it’s probably better that it’s going to finish up next year (or the next? i can’t remember), but i just love the story and the creepiness and the mystery and the secrets of those people’s lives.

plus (and let’s be honest here, ladies), where else can you find that much eye candy in one place? even if there weren’t jack and sawyer and sayid and (my personal fave) desmond (oh, brutha!), i’d be happy to just watch kate for an hour each week.

and what about you, you, you? what do you want?

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oh, my…it’s been a while. i keep thinking of all these little things to write about, but none really add up to much blog-wise. not too much going on, but at the same time: a LOT.

shall i brag about the children? ok.

miss thing is learning her abc’s. like in the past 10 days she went from being able to recognize only the letter for her name to knowing almost all 26 of them! genius! and listening to her sing the abc song is so freaking cute and funny i could die. i need to get audio of it, which i suppose means i will get video of it as well. ah, digital memories.

and the boy? well, his school had a benefit art show where each student had a piece for sale and guess who’s piece was the most popular…like they had to make prints? yup, his. more genius!


it was a paint mixing/exploration exercise. the colors really are gorgeous. we bought it, of course, but i had to fight for it! also, on the slightly creepy side: it breaks frames. like 4 of them. the art teacher would frame it, come back the next day and the damn thing would be broken. simple clip frame, not even hanging on the wall: broken. weird. i shall frame in plexi, i think.

also, answer to long-ago riddle regarding the boy’s early spelling: THIS IS A HOLLOWED OUT DRUM.

what else, what else? oh, yeah, i had my first audition in, oh, i don’t know, a year? two years? for a summer theatre in massachusetts. it went fine. i wasn’t brilliant but i didn’t suck, and honestly, that’s all i care about. i don’t want to be offered the job…well, my ego does of course, but my brain does not. it seems like a cute play and a nice place to be for FIVE WEEKS. five weeks?!?!? WTF am i supposed to do with my kids for 5 weeks? my hubby is home a lot b/c he’s a voice-over actor, so he just auditions and goes to bookings, which really doesn’t take up that much time during the week, but his schedule is totally erratic. miss thing is not going to nap for some sitter, and neither one of them would be happy with some random person watching them AT ALL. and of course, my parents, who currently live 8 miles (20 minutes) away, are moving an hour south. it would be very stressful for everyone and i’m honestly not sure it would be worth it at all. except for my ego, of course, but she can wait.

and, you know, i felt rusty. i was acting a little too much in the audition, i thought (hard concept to understand for non-thespians, but those of you in the know know what i’m saying, right?). i gestured A LOT. my voice was tight. i was REALLYREALLYREALLY nervous. i am not a shaker and i was a little shakey. i usually (used to) really like to audition. i’m good at it. i audition really well. i have slipped. but the question is…how much do i care? i’m not sure. confusing and depressing but also a little liberating. i refer you to a friend’s blog posts about this subject (theatre, that is): virtualhyberbole.blogspot.com read the first 2 posts that come up, and be sure to click on the article she refers to.

since all that is a little bit of a downer (to me anyway!), how about some funny pix to wrap up this rambling post?

first, miss thing as an chocolate easter egg addict:


those are chocolate eggs in her cheeks. girl heaven.

and for you boys out there: my boys went to the n.y. auto show and got to sit in a hummer:


boy heaven.

over and out.

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love fest

it is february, the month of love. today, to be specific, is st brigid’s day. as an irish lass, i approve. ’twas me grandmother’s name as well. so i thought it would be a good idea to talk about what it is i love. and not necessarily the big, obvious things like, oh, my husband and my kids. we all know that already. but the little things, the little everyday things, that make me happy.

i love my sink.

you would too, if you had this sink. it rocks. and it was free. we found it on the street (new yorkers are such garbage pickers, i love it), saw that it was perfect, and decided that if it was still there when we got back from our errands, it would be ours. and of course it was still there. it was destined to be ours, plus it weighs about 150 pounds. it is a 1940’s cast iron 42 inch wide, double-bowl beauty:


look at her! you could bathe triplets in those bowls! glorious. my friend maria once had a 52 inch wide looker in her westchester house. she & her boys moved away to louisville, and i suspect, besides a few good friends, that that sink is the thing she misses most. am i right?

what do you love? what makes you happy? feel free to be as shallow, or as deep, as you wish. or both, at the same time!

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