Monday, November 16, 2009

morning shadows


the breakfast nook


details


recycled newspaper baskets

happy plants = happy home = happy family





Finally... some artwork on the walls

We finally put up some of the artwork that has been sitting in a big box in the corner of our kitchen.

Putting up art on freshly painted walls is like starting a brand new sketchbook... there are millions of possibilities- colors, textures, frames- you can fill it up with but it's just so hard to start....

Being married to the artist of many of these pieces also makes it pretty cool... :)



Orange Walls and the 1st year's transformation

I can't believe we've been in our home for more than a year now! Since we're done with wedding planning, we finally had some time to do some light remodeling and painting... first up, orange walls!

Paint: Ivy Coatings (zero-VOC) from Green Depot Based on Benjamin Moore's "Pumpkin Cream" 2168-20

Before:



After:



Sunday, November 08, 2009

married? yeah, married!... sheesh!

I am now a married woman... P and I love our wonderful life together but it hasn't changed much from the last year of living together- our left hands are just a bit heavier, and we get to say "my husband" or "my wife" legally, and then we get to giggle a little!

Seriously, we hope the birds continue "chirping" around us for many more decades!

I'm recovering from the last year of wedding planning and will eventually get around to posting some photos/details on the blog. It was awesome, but also really really exhausting, as any bride can attest. The usual fights over guest lists and food and seating arrangements and obligations were inevitable, and doing it from across the country made it just that more difficult. Although we wanted to keep it as small and intimate as possible, we were also obligated to invite many more people than we expected and also were unable to invite many many many more people that we wanted. In the end, everyone survived and had a lovely time- and our efforts to keep the wedding "green" and about "us" were rewarded... stay tuned....

Friday, October 30, 2009

25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Concert

Wow! Hey blog! It's me, and it's been, oh, about 10 months!!
Well, besides wedding planning and getting married and honeymooning and home remodeling and working, my life hasn't been too eventful... all that will be documented soon, just trying to relax a bit after the last year of craziness!

But last night, I had such a great experience at MSG I have to do a little writing!

Seeing Simon and Garfunkel live was one of the most emotional moments I have ever experienced- as P said, listening to them was like listening to hymns... At the first clear unmistakable bars of Sounds of Silence, a knot formed in my throat, which never went away until long after their standing ovation was over. Tears streamed down my face but I didn't care. I loved them as a kid, and back then, they were old. It's been almost two decades since buying my first Simon & Garfunkel tape, and here I was, in Madison Square Garden, seeing them with my own eyes, and now they were even older.

And Stevie Wonder, wow, what a musician. When he broke down during his tribute to Michael Jackson, everyone's heart seemed to break. The impressive lineup of special guests just didn't stop- Tom Hanks with the introduction, James Taylor, Sting, Smokey Robinson, BB King, John Fogerty, and of course The Boss himself... it was pretty unbelievable. With our (behind the stage) view of the teleprompter, it was like being in a huge karaoke bar- a 6+ hour session of tributes and hits to rock & roll's most famous stars by rock & roll's most famous stars. It was a roller coaster of a ride from the first few mellow sets to cheering and crying S&G, boogieing with Stevie Wonder to to dancing in our streets with Bruce.

I normally don't like going to these huge scale, impersonal big box concerts, waiting hours in line, etc. but I realized that if we wanted to see such an impressive lineup, this was the only way to do it. And I'm so glad we did it. The free tickets didn't hurt either... :)

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Concert: Set List

Jerry Lee Lewis :
“Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On”

Crosby, Stills and Nash:
“Woodstock”
“Marrakech Express”
“Almost Cut My Hair”


Bonnie Raitt with David Crosby and Graham Nash:
“Love Has No Pride”

Bonnie Raitt and Crosby, Stills and Nash:
“Midnight Rider”

Jackson Browne with Crosby, Stills and Nash:
“The Pretender”

James Taylor with David Crosby and Graham Nash:
“Mexico”

Crosby, Stills and Nash with James Taylor:
“Love the One You’re With”

Crosby, Stills and Nash:
“Rock and Roll Woman”

Crosby, Stills and Nash with Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne and James Taylor:
“Teach Your Children”

Paul Simon:
“Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes”
“Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard”
“You Can Call Me Al”


Dion DiMucci with Paul Simon:
“The Wanderer”

Paul Simon with David Crosby and Graham Nash:
“Here Comes the Sun”

Paul Simon:
“Late in the Evening”

Little Anthony and the Imperials:
“Two People in the World”

Simon and Garfunkel: “The Sounds of Silence”
“Mrs. Robinson”/”Not Fade Away”
“The Boxer”
“Bridge Over Troubled Water”
“Cecilia”


Stevie Wonder: “Blowin’ in the Wind”
“Uptight (Everything’s Alright)”
“I Was Made To Love You”
“For Once in My Life”
“Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours”
“Boogie On Reggae Woman”


Smokey Robinson with Stevie Wonder:
“The Tracks of My Tears”

John Legend with Stevie Wonder:
“Mercy Mercy Me (the Ecology)”

Stevie Wonder with John Legend:
“The Way You Make Me Feel”

B.B. King with Stevie Wonder:
“The Thrill Is Gone”

Stevie Wonder:
“Living for the City”

Stevie Wonder and Sting:
“Higher Ground”/”Roxanne”

Stevie Wonder with Jeff Beck:
“Superstition”

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band:
“10th Avenue Freeze-Out”

Sam Moore with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band:
“Hold On I’m Comin’”
“Soul Man”


Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band with Tom Morello:
“The Ghost of Tom Joad”

John Fogerty and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band:
“Fortunate Son”
“Proud Mary”
“Oh. Pretty Woman”


Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band:
“Jungleland”

Darlene Love with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band:
“A Fine, Fine Boy”
“Da Doo Ron Ron”

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band with Tom Morello:
“London Calling”
“Badlands”

Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band:
“You May Be Right”
“Only the Good Die Young”
“New York State of Mind”
“Born To Run”


Darlene Love, John Fogerty, Tom Morello, Billy Joel, Jackson Browne, Peter Wolf and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band:
“(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher”

comprehensive story here

Sunday, January 04, 2009

a day in the life...

My first weekend of the year was perfect:

Saturday:
-Brunched at Extra Virgin in the West Village with Suraj & Glen. Split the Monte Cristo sandwich, banana french toast, and moroccan scramble since we were so ridiculously indecisive. Surprisingly all 3 of us made it there on time- and before noon!

-After the leisurely brunch, we went uptown to look at tourists and the big tree in Rockefeller Center.

-While in the nabe, we had to wander around Anthropologie... I tried on dozens of sweaters- ended up buying a set of gorgeous gold & orange salad plates and a cheery tangerine colored sweater.

-Tried to catch the end of the Van Gogh exhibit at MoMA but it was completely mobbed. We were mesmerized by the colorful large scale film in the atrium though.

-Instead of being cultural, we ended up popping in and out of the fancy schmancy places on 5th Ave... and on a complete whim- up to Bergdorf's 7th floor bridal salon! I've probably been in there once, and never imagined that I'd try on wedding dresses for the first time-- there! It was a blast though and I guess this is what many girls always dreamed of. S & G daintily snacked on the complimentary chocolates while I disappeared into a massive dressing room with a window (view of the LV building across the way). I shimmied in and out of these opulent, lavish gowns by Oscar de la Renta and Vera Wang (each one cost about the same as a new car) and dutifully showed off each gown to S & G who dutifully oohed and ahhed (the Vera Wang was the unanimous favorite). Was it me, or did the carpet feel extra sumptious in those Manolo Blahniks? (another first). Wow- way to start off the wedding dress shopping- at the top!

-Came back down to reality by joining the common folk browsing through H&M and taking the subway downtown to Chelsea (We rode on one of the new "E" trains!!). Stopped in at Billy's for cupcakes and cakes (for sharing). Savored our sweets at Glen's apartment, helped him plant his New Years amaryllis.

-Finally headed home since I had made dinner plans with Jenny for that night. Caught up w/ P for about 15 minutes before J came over. She admired the new couch, and then we headed out again.

-The frigid wind unexpectedly caught us off guard so we just went to Tripoli the first/closest restaurant to my house. I had been planning on going to this Lebanese restaurant since we moved here, and I was soooo happy that we went! Poor (dim, fluorescent) lighting and very sketchy bathroom situation, but great food and a mellow vibe. Wasn't sure whether to be impressed or repulsed by the vividly painted murals covering all the walls and ceilings, but I'd definitely go back- just won't go to the bathroom unless I had backup.
I got the Malfouf which was OK, but J got the Sheik al M'ehshi which was delish, as was our combo appetizer with silky smooth smoky babaganouj, hummus, cheese, olives, falafel, and veggies... mmmmmm!!!

-Headed across the street to the closest bar for a drink. Well, Floyd was mobbed, so we went next door to Chip Shop. Unfortunately, the smell of fried fish permeates everything- your clothes, hair, etc. so not hot. Midnight came, the restaurant closed- man, Brooklyn closes "early"!! Walked J to the subway, and finally walked back into the apartment at 1am. What a long, full day- but so satisfying to have a free weekend!!

Sunday:
-Karen came over for brunch. Paul made his amazing frittata and I made rosemary potatoes and a fresh fruit salad. We went through at least 3 pots of espresso and finished off a carton of juice. It was a lazy afternoon of poring through wedding/bridal magazines and catching up. Stopped off at Trader Joe's and the local produce shop and then P made a fantastic homemade pizza for dinner. So wholesome!

Friends are back in town from the holidays and life should be getting back to normal when we all go back to our first full work week.

2009 is going to be good.

Friday, January 02, 2009

Happy New Year!

It's my first blog entry of the year!

NYE was mellow, and I kind of liked it that way. Going out w/ Suraj & Glen until 6am the other night pretty much was my NYE celebration, so a civilized dinner and a couple drinks at a bar were fine by me!

Plus, it was brutally cold that night!



An interesting perspective of NYE in NY: