Thursday, July 12, 2012

England in Pictures, Part 3

I played tour guide for the most part, making sure we hit all the classic London tourism spots.  
We walked through Trafalgar Square,

 visited the Houses of Parliament,

took classic England tourist shots,
and strolled through Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens to see
the Peter Pan statue
and the Prince Albert Memorial

We visited St Paul's Cathedral, one of my favorite places on earth,

and Buckingham Palace as well.
Of course, we drank lots of tea,

and even caught a glimpse of the Queen herself!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

the ultimate milkshake

Chiles Pies in San Fransisco makes a mean milkshake.  Apparently, you choose your ice cream flavor and then a slice of pie -- it all goes into the blender together to make what I am sure is the most extravagantly delicious concoction known to man.   Woah.  

via sayyestohoboken

Monday, July 9, 2012


This dude is a "Lego certified professional."  How cool is that?  I really, really love Legos and have often thought about what a fun job it would be to design the Lego kits... but my imagination never took me quite this far.  Wow!



Saturday, July 7, 2012

England in Pictures, Part Two

We spent a day visiting a couple villages in the Cotswolds.   
It may be one of the most charming places in the world.  I want a cottage in the Cotswolds.  Definitely. 

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Keep Calm and...

For all the ballyhoo surrounding the Keep Calm and Carry On slogan,  I never knew the back story.  I found this video to be enjoyable (and educational).

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Happy Summer!

It's official.  Summer is here. 

 [image via pinterest]

Friday, June 15, 2012

Happy weekend!

[quote by Amelia Earhart; image via pinterest]

Thursday, June 14, 2012


How cool is this plant?  I love it!  It belongs in a Dr Seuss book, don't you think?  It's called a Euphorbia.  I had never heard of it before, but now that I have, I kinda want one!

via pinterest

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Summer Tunes

Here's another song I'm gonna be playing a lot this summer.  Oh man, I'm digging it.

You Are the Best Thing, Ray LaMontagne

(my other summer tune)

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

England in Pictures, Part One

Bath, England

The Pump Room

Our charming tour guide talks about the Royal Crescent
(The free walking tour is awesome!!)

Human use of the hot spring for which Bath is renowned 
dates back to before Roman times.

The spring pumps out 1,170,000 litres of water each day.    
Your tub would fill in 8 seconds with that kind of water pressure!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Oh, hello there

Hi Friends.  It's been a long time away from the blog, hasn't it?  Life has been totally crazy on this end. 

When I got back from England (pictures coming later this week), I spent some time in PA with my family.  I came back to NY last week to start a new job!

I'm working for these guys: 

and let me tell, they are just awesome!  My first week was unbelievably great.  I am so psyched!

Anyway, I'm back.  And ready to play!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

London Calling

I'm headed off to England tomorrow, so this is me signing off for a bit.  

Let's meet up back here in June, okay?  

See you soon.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Have a wonderful weekend!

Happy Mothers' Day!

My family is coming up to Brooklyn for mothers' day.  It's gonna be awesome!!


Thursday, May 10, 2012

Brenton Wood

 Speaking of things that make me happy to be alive....

This is my new favorite song.  It makes me happy.   I'm dancing in my chair to it right now - just can't help myself.  

Oogum Boogum, baby.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Nick Meek

Looking at these photos makes me happy to be alive.   

by Nick Meek via Eat Drink Chic

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

happiness is sidewalk chalk art

There's a girl next door who is a master chalk artist.  Her murals make my day.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Thursday, May 3, 2012

new apartment

So, there's been a lot of change over on this end lately.  Another item being that I may have to find a new apartment come June.   Not sure yet, but no matter - I've found my new place!  Unfortunately, I'll have to move to Hong Kong. 

This place is SO COOL!

(Thanks for showing me this, Mom!)

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

why I love blogs

So, the other night, I was checking out an old friend's blog - where she mentioned a blog she'd been enjoying lately.  So I clicked and found an awesome looking recipe for an asparagus tart. 

I had been planning to scramble some eggs and saute some asparagus for dinner (so glamorous, right?)  But divine providence clearly intervened.

I had to adjust the recipe a bit.  I didn't have puffed pastry hanging around in the freezer, so I made an almond flour biscuit.  Atop the biscuit, I spread mascarpone cheese, roasted garlic, and an egg.  Then I laid in the asparagus, and sprinkled on fresh parsley and pine nuts.

It was an excellent dinner.  Thank you blog world!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012


We did it, guys!  We made it through the trauma of early spring!  
I don't know about you, but I am very much looking forward to May.  

Happy May Day!

Monday, April 30, 2012

Friday, April 27, 2012

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Rob Ryan

Handmade Portraits: Rob Ryan from Etsy on Vimeo.

 I ran into this artist's work at Liberty of London back in the fall (when I fell in love with the quote on this notebook cover).  I love his work, and I think this video is super charming.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Knife Skills

 Some chefs wield a knife like a magic wand - one flash and they're done!  I picked up a few tricks working in restaurants, but there's still a ton I don't know.  I'm hoping this Knife Skills series by Illustrated Bites isn't done yet!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Relaxing all cool

I don't know about you guys, but I am dreaming of summer right now.
I have big plans for making this summer all magic and pixies.  Seriously. 

images via pinterest

Monday, April 23, 2012

David Whyte

When your eyes are tired
the world is tired also.
When your vision has gone
no part of the world can find you.
Time to go into the dark
where the night has eyes
to recognize its own.
There you can be sure
you are not beyond love.
The dark will be your womb
The night will give you a horizon
further than you can see.
You must learn one thing.
The world was made to be free in.
Give up all the other worlds
except the one to which you belong.
Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet
confinement of your aloneness
to learn
anything or anyone
that does not bring you alive
is too small for you.

I had forgotten this poem.  So glad to have it back in my thoughts.  Thanks, Amy.
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