Thursday, October 23, 2008

Sleepy Hollow, NY

In honor of Halloween, last weekend Burke and I visited the real town of Sleepy Hollow, New York. This historic, beautiful Dutch settlement on the Hudson Valley is about 30 minutes away from Manhattan and accessible by train. We went to Philipsburg Manor, where they were having a spooky Halloween tribute to the famous Washington Irving story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." Here's a shot of Burke in front of the manor.

They had these strange, large puppets walking all around the grounds. Very creeeeepy!

And of course, there was an appearance by the Headless Horseman himself! He rode in on a black horse and terrified everyone.

After visiting the manor, we walked across the street to see the site where Ichabod Crane met his demise: the old bridge.

The bridge leads up to an old stone church that was built in the mid-1700s. It had a graveyard that includes Irving's grave. (I don't know why the fence says "Storms," but I thought it made it all the more scary.)

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Happy October!!!

Ahhh, October is finally here. This is my favorite month for so many reasons. The weather is cooler, Halloween is approaching, and here the trees look like this!
Last night Burke and I slaughtered our first pumpkins of the season. It was a messy process.

My gourd design was inspired by the jack-o-lanterns in Tim Burton's movies like Nightmare Before Christmas and Sleepy Hollow
Here I am performing my surgery.

And here are our finished products!

Here's my pump in the dark, with a candle inside of it.

Finally, here it is out on the windowsill, scarin' the hell outta the neighbors.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Monique in Town!!!

Monique came to visit!!! She was here the last weekend in September. It was SO great to see her.

The first night she was here, we took a ride on the air tram to Roosevelt Island. It glides high above the East River in a car suspended by a cable. 
As Mo is demonstrating in the photo above, we took lots of pictures from the tram. The views are spectacular!

The next night, we went to karaoke!! We tried a new place called Duet.
We had a special guest join us: Vanessa, a friend from high school who now lives in Brooklyn! She and Mo had a chance to catch up. 
I think Mo was singing a Neil Diamond song with Burke here.
This would be a good shot if my nose weren't so red from the wine! Oh well--Monique and Vanessa look great.
We also went shopping, ate cupcakes, and generally goofed around in NYC. The weekend went by so fast! It was great to spend time in my new urban habitat with my good old pal Mo.