Thursday, March 21, 2013


When the nursery was an office, Izzy would never go in there. He was even apprehensive when we went in there.

As an office.
But now that the office is becoming a nursery, Izzy has become obsessed with being in there. He sits in there when he can, and runs in after us if we go in.

Now he's happy to sit in there to have a nap, or to look out the window.

And tonight, we looked in and saw that he really had taken it to a new level.

I think he wants to remind us who is the firstborn.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Something different - a new haircut?

If you're reading this through a RSS reader of some kind: boy are you missing out. Get over here and look how my blog is different. It got a haircut, of sorts. After accepting that I am waaaay too lazy (not to mention too untalented) to actually update the look myself, I decided to buy a template from Etsy, and I chose the "Vanilla Bean" from Going Going Studios.

When I told H. I was going to buy a template, he said "But you hardly ever write on your blog anymore." OUCH. Well, maybe I'll pick it up again, now that it looks so sleek.

Photo by H.

Monday, March 11, 2013

And then I made something

For Christmas I asked for and received (thanks, Mom!) this elephant march fabric from Spoonflower:

Izzy models the fabric.
I had a vision for the nursery: make a window bench out of an Ikea Expedit bookshelf, some fabric and some foam.

One Saturday afternoon, against our better judgement, but fortified with pancakes, we went to Ikea. Ikea on a Saturday afternoon - I know, crazy. Stupid, even. But we got our Expedit.

On another afternoon we went to your friendly neighborhood foam and rubber store to buy some custom-cut foam. I didn't take any photos of the foam, because it wasn't that interesting. The foam and rubber store, however, was fascinating. It was a place where I wanted to touch everything, and didn't know what you would do with anything. But I kept my grubby hands to myself, got my foam and left.

Just to make things more difficult for myself, I decided my cushion would need welting cord (fanciness) and a zipper (for washability).

In progress.
After my chairs last year, welting cord is easy. But give me a zipper - a 72" zipper no less - and I panic.

Accidentally ordered beige. Didn't care.
But I faced my fears, and while it wasn't pretty, I sewed that sucker in there. And before I knew it I had a bench with a cushion.

And it's Izzy-approved!


Saturday, March 9, 2013

And then I wrote nothing for over a month

Whoops! But I did have a February.And I did things. I did some traveling things.

First, as a birthday trip we went down to the Carolinas to visit the world's best one-eyed cat.

Any idea how to steal your friends' cat? Because I love this guy.

We took a 10-hour (read: 11- hour, thanks Amtrak) train down to Greensboro, due to the Blizzardpocolypse of February '13 that cancelled our flight. What do you do on 11-hour train journeys? Read, watch The West Wing, and obviously eat all your snacks in the first hour.

As an aside, did you know that if you take an extra long Amtrak journey and make a reservation in the dining car (not the cafe car, the dining car), that you are seated with strangers? If I had known this, I probably would have stuck with my trail mix, because I am anti-social and afraid of strangers. However our dinner companion - Bill (I think?) was an interesting guy. A southerner, whose family has been in the US since 1720! At the end of our meal he told us how on his last train trip, his dinner companion in the dining car dropped dead at the end of the meal. 

Well, anyhou, it wasn't a bad trip at all - just long. After a quick night in G'boro we packed into a minivan with friends and headed to Asheville to visit the Biltmore Estate. There, we asked such important questions as, "Is this bigger than Downton Abbey?" (it is!)

After a night in Asheville, we packed up again and went to Greenville, SC where our friend has recently opened a new art gallery, Gallery 17 (go, if you're in town!).

From there, we went to beautiful Charleston.

We took in some Civil War history (well, H. did. I took in some cookies and a lot of french fries), spent the night and headed back to Greensboro to celebrate my birthday with Greek food and a trip to Target. A real Target! Not our crappy Brooklyn one.

What else happened in February? Well, I grew bigger.

No head, but deodorant marks clearly seen!
And then I went to England. For work, so I wasn't taking pictures or having lots of fun or anything like that. Mostly I worked and ate Dairy Milk bars, and picked up this little t-shirt for the baby.

 And then it was March, and here we are.
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