Sunday, December 2, 2012

First Snow of the Season

Happy December! Here are two super-short videos I shot on my phone showing the snowfall we had recently...

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Hurricane Sandy

As you no doubt have heard, a combination hurricane/nor'easter called Sandy ripped through our area on Monday the 29th. I've had many people ask me how we fared during the storm (and thank you all for your concern). We were unscathed, but other parts of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut were not so lucky. 
Burke and I went on a walk the day the storm hit. Here's a shot I took showing the heavy winds.
Nearby Fort Tryon Park has been closed for almost a week now, and several of its trees have been blown over or snapped. And the day after the storm, I found this light post down near a subway stop down the street. 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Happy October

Well, it's that time of year again! My favorite time of year, during which I slaughter an innocent, defenseless squash.
On Saturday, Jeff and Ruby came over, and we carved the following creations.
Mine was inspired by this headstone from the 1700s, which I saw in Salem, MA.
Here are some more shots of the festivities...

Ruby's Hello Kitty Witch.

Our scary-movie viewing while carving: The Ring.

Jeff's Daft Punk-in.


Thursday, September 13, 2012

Smells of NYC

I know what you're thinking: New York stinks, right? I mean literally, of course. Yes, there is lots of exhaust, garbage set out near the side of the road, dog excrement, etc. ... all ready and willing to offend the nostrils!
However, there are some scents in New York City that are really delightful--though these are admittedly rare. For example, the bushes and flowers in the city parks make walking by them a delight. And there is a NYC chain called Sabon that makes heavenly scented soaps; every store always has its front door propped open, even in the dead of winter, and the fragrance spills out onto the sidewalk. But the best scent in New York is probably that which emanates from these homely little sidewalk stands:

Their name is "Nuts 4 Nuts" (terrible name, I know), and they sell sugar-coated, roasted nuts of all varieties, served warm in wax paper for like $2.00. You can smell the mouth-watering aroma if you're within a block's radius of one of these babies. And it's hard to resist picking up a snack when you walk by. Now if they would just make scented candles...

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Summer of Good Friends

This summer, I visited so many wonderful out-of-state friends! I miss them all so much, like all the time; so glad I got to spend some time with everybody.
First, we went to Texas for the 4th of July...

We got to spend time with Jennifer and Patrick...

Tim and Nora...

Thomas and "Little T"...

Mat and Beth, their boys, and Doreen...

Larry, Christy, and Sully...
Sully wears this pirate hat 24-7.

We even got to do my favorite activity...

Post-karaoke chillin'.

Enjoyed time in the park with Brooklyn and Yvette (and several others who are not in this pic)...

 And had a huge Mexican feast at Guero's with lots of people!

I even got to see Amie and her family (she lives in Utah but was in Texas for the week)!

Not to mention hanging out with my own wonderful family, including my mom...

And my brother (and niece Hailey)!
Please ignore how low-res this photo is (thanks, iPhone).

 Then, in August, it was off to Boston, MA, to visit Pat!

After that, I went to Columbus, OH, to see Monique!!
Parking meter shot!

Good times, indeed. Thanks for the memories, everybody; you made this such a fun summer. Love to you all!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

B-Day Weekend

Ah, birthdays: the time of year when we are forced to think about that number associated with our all-too-quickly dwindling existence. The only thing that takes the sting out of pondering mortality is... KARAOKE! :)

In all seriousness, though, the celebrations this year were epic. Over the weekend, I ate at Benihana for the first time since high school. I had forgotten how fun it is to have food cooked fresh in front of me by an entertaining chef. Who loves me.

Another advantage to birthdays: cards and gifts!

After dinner we went to Sing Sing for private-room karaoke. Highlights of the evening include Jeff's rendition of "Poor Unfortunate Souls" from The Little Mermaid, Chris singing "Complicated" by Avril Lavigne, Ruby with SWV's "Weak," Burke hamming it up on "Dang Me," and my duet with Beth: "Steppin Out."

Chill out / Watcha yellin' for

On Sunday, we went to Rockaway Beach to enjoy some sand and saltwater.

For my birthday dessert, my friend Kim (a talented baker) made me some delicious cake pops! Sooooo gooooood...

Monday, June 4, 2012

Portland, Maine

Over Memorial Weekend, we visited Maine. It was a beautiful state! In Portland, I ate blueberry pancakes (twice!), went to a cool bar that was having a Smiths Tribute night, visited the art museum, toured the Victoria Mansion, and found a ton of independently owned shops that sold crafts, art, and vintage stuff. 

The Victoria Mansion
A quaint Maine painting from the art museum.
But I really wanted to see lighthouses because I had always been fascinated by them (and FYI Maine has over 60). So we drove to the coast to take in the seaside views that Maine is famous for. 
The Portland Head Light
The "Bug Light"
The Bug Light at night.
A sad message on the rocks near a lighthouse.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Pool Shark!

In celebration of turning in my big paper, I got to play pool at Break last weekend! The night basically went something like this (haha):

Sunday, May 20, 2012


As many of you know, I have recently reached a milestone in my PhD program: turning in my Qualifying Paper. The QP is a massive essay--definitely the largest writing project I've ever undertaken (yet nothing compared to the dissertation). It takes months of planning, research, collaboration with two professors, and several drafts (four, in my case).
What linguistic topic could I have possibly filled up 40 pages on, you ask? Merely the semantic difference between the conjunction "and" and the conjunction "but." In other words, the linguistic differences between the phrases "X and Y" and "X but Y."
Yep. That's it.
Anyway, I now have my life back! On my list of things to do are the following.
Take lots more pictures!
Snuggle with the kitty!
Maybe go back to Paris!
Play pool!
Sing karaoke!
Me in like a month.