Monthly Archives: April 2010


My parents are coming this weekend, which means lots to do before then.

I need some lilacs (my favorite flower) and some white tulips on my dining table, stat! I always forget how much I love lilacs until spring rolls around and then I’m pleasantly surprised when I start seeing them around. It takes me back to the bushes we had in the yard when I was younger and how I could have spent all day with my nose stuck in a bush.

Photos found on Oh, Happy Day!


Tim Burton

Last Monday, while A was visiting, I took the day off and, among other things, we went to the Tim Burton exhibit at the MOMA. I was pretty indifferent about it, but thought she might like it, so I suggested it. She was excited and we went. I ended up liking it much, much more than I expected I would. I could have spent so much time in there looking at the observations he makes of the world in drawings – very similar to somet of the things in my “idea journal” from portfolio school. It was also really interesting to see artifacts from some of his movies, although, I was disappointed that there was nothing from Alice in Wonderland of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. All in all, I really enjoyed the exhibit. I wonder if Tim Burton has kept all those things and they were on loan from him, or if movie studios and collectors own the things on display.

Nikon D3000

I have had the same camera for almost 6 years. I had it in college, I had it through grad school and I’ve had it here with me in New York for the last few years. It has been dropped, it has become outdated, and it has started to show signs of its age. For the last couple of years I’ve wanted a new camera, but not really felt the explicit need for one. In the last couple years, I’ve also become much more interested in photography and taking pretty pictures.

Enter Nikon D3000:

I’ve made the decision to spend the most money I can remember spending on just one thing, other than furniture, and consider it an investment. I’ve been wrestling with the idea for a couple of weeks, but finally decided just to bite the bullet, because we all know I will eventually give in and buy it and the longer I procrastinate, the more reason I’ll have to kick myself later for not having it and missing pictures I wish I’d been able to capture appropriately.

New camera, ordered. Pit in stomach from amount spent, gained. Overall happiness, promised.

The Yoga Room

About a month and a half ago a friend of mine suggested I join The Yoga Room, a yoga studio very near my apartment, which is actually quite far from hers, but she goes out of her way to go there. I’ve wanted to test out yoga for quite some time, but have never made it. They were running an intro special where it’s $89 for the first month and you get a free mat and mat bag. Sign me up, I’m in!

The first class I tried to go to was a Hot Vinyasa Fusion class, I believe. I started to see stars and nearly passed out. I left the class after 30 minutes. I have yet to go back to a hot class. I’ve spent my time taking beginner and basic classes as well as this killer pilates class on Saturday mornings – I love it! My month ran out a couple weeks ago and I just renewed for a monthly membership.

Last night I went to a Tuesday class for the first time. So. Hard! I’m glad I went because it was certainly a challenge and it definitely forced my out of my comfort zone. I was definitely sweating buckets (and it wasn’t a hot class!) and it looked like I was the only one…awkward.

Anyhoo, I will definitely go back. It was great!


I FINALLY finished the socks I started making a year ago! The problem with sock, or gloves, or anything you make in twos is that you finish the first, are so happy to have it finished…and then you have to start all over to make the second. This is why so many people learn the “magic loop” method, where you’re able to knit both socks on the same needles at the same time. This way when you finish, you’re done and you don’t have to start all over on the second. It also ensures everything is the same length and has the same number of rows. I started the first sock last Easter and finished it within a month. I didn’t start the second until Christmas and I just couldn’t get into it – it took me 4 months…

Anyway, I’m done and they’re beautiful and I’m so proud of them!

Purl New York

Yesterday I took a trip to Purl, not knowing they had just moved to a much, much larger location where they have combined their yarn and fabric stores. The result is gorgeous. I spent at least a half hour there and would love to spend half my day just browsing the books and admiring the beautiful design of the space.

This wall is to the right of the door and right inside the front window. Just perfect.

This is where the registers are – I LOVE it! I want a wall like this at home!

Salad Bowl

I want one of these! I would LOVE to grow my own lettuce and some of my own herbs at home. The sad truth, however, is that I have a black thumb.