Thursday, January 22, 2015

Meredith Neck < -- > Bear Island

I received this from a friend who was traveling this fall/winter. Our correspondence goes way back, but it has thinned in recent years, consisting primarily of his dispatches back while he's out adventuring. This place looks pretty nice. I think it's in New Hampshire.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Beginning 2015

(Sprout and Augie "cuddling")

We rang in the new year in Provincetown in the company of some dear friends, pausing from Yahtzee (or maybe a card game?) to cheer as the clock rolled from 11:59 to 12. That trend (good times with good friends) has continued since being back in the city (I've had a couple weeks before work starts up again). Sharing good meals, walks, and games with great pals has been a really nice way to start off the year.

Swimming! There's been a pretty severe cold snap in NYC for the past couple weeks, and during the coldest days, I went swimming. There's something magical about a dip in a warm pool during cold weather.

While I've been home, J has cooked some pretty amazing meals at home, and even though I'm kind of a dud in the kitchen, I made a couple of good pizzas, these pancakes, and these muffins. We've also gotten to hang out with our good friends' dog, Augie, a few times. Having him around is like having a muppet in the house.

Wednesday, July 09, 2014


The month of June was deliriously busy. I was teaching an [intensive] summer class, prepping for my move, and had scheduled a bunch of travel for both work and play. I had this deluded idea that I'd have evenings free to work ahead on some stuff only to find the time flying by and myself scrambling to keep up. One of my trips took me to Milan, where I presented at a conference. It was a whirlwind (just a long weekend) but so neat to visit a city I'd never been to before. The conference was great, and the weather was moderate, so I got to spend my spare time wandering the city. I didn't have any objectives or particular landmarks on my agenda, so it was lovely just to explore. It goes without saying that I ate pizza for every meal (arugula with grana padano is my very favorite). It was a super fast, exhausting trip, but I'm glad I went!

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Wednesday, July 02, 2014


As May was turning into June (which already seems like years ago) we rented a car and pointed it north to visit Marina in Vermont. Navigating the patchwork of gravel country roads is intuitive to people who live around there, but to us, driving in after midnight, it was quite an adventure when the GPS momentarily fizzled out. We made it, though, and were treated to an amazing weekend. It started with a walk through a gorgeous field: Sprout was in heaven (but ran too much and was tuckered out later). We helped plant some things in the garden and mulch some burgeoning tomatoes. In town, we visited the farmer's market and bought a little Mennonite dress for our tiny goddaughter. We drove even further north to the Bread and Puppet headquarters. There is a museum (a self-serve operation in the off-season, they just ask that you turn off the lights) where they nicely display the puppets used in previous theatrical productions. Across the way is where the Bread and Puppet theatre performs: a breathtaking field that rolls down into a small pine forest. The forest is dense and features a cluster of intriguing memorial huts: structures and objects people have made to honor their dead friends and family members. It has the somber feeling of a cemetery, but I don't think anyone is interred there. Instead, it is just an enchanting, quiet place. The photos don't quite do it justice. There was also pizza and hula hooping. It was all a great time.

Sunday, June 01, 2014


Oops, I missed writing during the month of May! This photo sums it up pretty nicely, though. In between the spring semester and summer term, I've had a few weeks back in New York and got to hang out at home, which has been so wonderful. My corner office nook (pictured here in realistic disarray) was the perfect place to get some work done and Sprout is (of course) the ideal companion for work and play. We went on tons of walks through our beautiful neighborhood each afternoon. In addition to work, I got to spend lots of quality time with friends and family here in NYC (amazing meals like great pizza at Barboncino, Milkflower and Greek food), a trip to the Alice Austen House on Staten Island (then more pizza in Coney Island), celebrated some friends' wedding in Philly, attended a fantastic Memorial Day BBQ, enjoyed an amazing charades party, spent a quick and lovely weekend in Vermont to see friends and see a phenomenal museum (and more pizza!), and took advantage of the sunny but not too hot weather. May has been awfully good.

Friday, April 11, 2014

A quick list of nice things

One of my favorite blogs (hei astrid!) features a regular weekly themed post called "Things I like lately," which is always one of my favorites to read. I thought I would borrow the format (with proper attribution, of course, though many blogs have a similar theme).
  • Springtime on its way: There's daylight until 7:30. Daffodils, snowdrops, and crocuses are all slowly wrestling out of the ground.
  • Celebrating Jordan's 30th birthday (last month): we had a great meal at Roberta's and it was just about perfect.
  • Starting to take a multivitamin. They make gummy vitamins for adults!
  • Visiting Seattle for the annual Cinema/Media Studies conference (last month): Great friends, great food. The Pacific Northwest is wonderful.
  • My sketch journal--last weekend marked 100 days!
  • The Danish political drama series Borgen. So good.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Signs of Spring

Last Saturday was one of the first true spring-like days this year. To celebrate the season, we had an epic NYC outing. It started with a walk across the Queensboro Bridge. I hadn't walked across before, and it's a great little jaunt that takes you past Roosevelt Island and along the tram line. In Manhattan we popped our heads into the Food Emporium, a grocery store nestled under the bridge. The vaulted ceilings and huge old windows are really spectacular. The next stop was a small exhibit of 19th-century toys at the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum. After that, it was time for lunch at Patsy's Pizza, then dessert over at Wafels and Dinges at the southern end of Central Park. It was a lot of good food. We were then on our way to the public library for another exhibit, but along the way we ran into...a parade! NYC is always having parades for this or that, and this past weekend, it was evidently Tartan Day, meaning scores of bagpipers and Scottish line dancers and even about 75 people walking their Scottie dogs. Such a great event to happen upon. After the parade, we moved along and made it to the public library, where there's an amazing exhibit on children's books (it was quite a children's visual/material culture day!) From there, it was an easy jaunt back into Queens on the 7 train. It was a terrific little adventure and a great way to start the season.