Monday, January 26, 2015


One thing that made easing into the back-to-work routine was the discovery of a great Korean restaurant near my place in Philadelphia. It was a good incentive to work through the week with the promise of bibimbap as a reward. We were also gifted a lovely box of mochi balls filled with green tea jam, which are a fun treat and were also wrapped beautifully. On Saturday we went to see some animated films. The weather was gloomy, but J & J both brought the same backpack--a nice neon pop against the disgusting gray slush.

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.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

New Years Yahtzee

I made this gif to remember our amazing New Year's Week in Provincetown.

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

Milano

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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

Vermont


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

May

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.