Wednesday, May 13, 2015

I Listen: The Miniaturist

I follow someone on instagram. I am not even sure how I started following her, but she often posts books and she posts a book so often, I think she reads a book a week or a book a weekend. I saw this instagram and I immediately borrowed the audiobook.

I loved it. I keep thinking about it, wondering about the characters.  At first I was a tiny bit lost, but then I also borrowed the kindle version and once I read a few pages I was all straightened out and could go back to the audio.

I learned some things, there were twists at the appropriate time, the strong characters in the book were all women, and I was satisfied with the ending.

I liked the performer as well- especially the way she pronounced the word cloth.

Next up, I really need to read some books on parenting a teenager, so if you have a recommendation--let me know please.

Monday, May 11, 2015

I Knit: Hat and Booties

My neighbor had a baby boy! I wanted to make him something soft and masculine at the same time. I discovered this AWESOME YARN--cascade yarn-- eco duo. It is SO SOFT and beautiful and variegated in such a cool way.

I love how the hat turned out, but then the booties were so big, they fit Pickle.  I hastily bought a smaller ply yarn with a similar vibe (bottom right photo) and knit up some more on my 2's.  Then I had just a tiny ball of this very small yarn left over after many projects and I knit up one more tiny pair. I don't have enough yarn for the ties, so I need to improvise---probably with some sparkly pink.

This pattern is SO CLOSE to the one used for the booties for my Pickle. Her great grandma's neighbor knit them and then wrote up the pattern in chicken scrawl that I can't decipher. I am so glad I found it online!

They are the best booties because they don't fall off! It's definitely my new baby gift go-to pattern!

Friday, May 8, 2015

Prom Night

We were invited to a Black Tie event with about 1 week's notice. Eek! We were also preparing to move up to our "Crunchy House" (as Pickle calls it) and it felt like absolute chaos.  After hours searching Rent the Runway and Bloomingdales and Shopstyle and every single website, I remembered ASOS!  I purchased about 5 pieces and had them shipped express.

While we waited for the dresses to come we went Tuxedo shopping--my favorite quote from the shopping trip:
JASON: This looks just like my suit. Only black.

I tried on all the choices and LUCKILY my first choice fit perfectly and I loved it. I tried on my second choice and the zipper got stuck. After 45 minutes having everyone try (kids, neighbor, husband) I finally seam-ripped the zipper off so that I could get on with my life. 

The event was the annual awards ceremony for the Becket Fund.  It was really interesting DELICIOUS food, great company and at the most beautiful Pierre Hotel.

This is one of the client's of Becket Fund:

I got my hair done at the braid bar at Birchbox. Best $30- I ever spent. It even lasted all day the next day too! I wore my great grandmother Mabel's crystals around my neck.

I felt so beautiful walking down the streets of New York City. So many people complimented me on the streets and at the event. It was nice to feel like NOT a shabby crazy Mom.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

my loves

you are getting more and more articulate.

your "booty dance"

I've never seen a girl collect as many sticks as you.
The other night you were standing up in the tub and peed, and I called you out on it and you completely denied it. It was so funny.

Playing doctor, I Asked: what is your baby's name? Her reply: Shly (like SHY with an added L)

Always wanting to watch a show in the car, I usually respond: Look out the window and use your imagination. One day whilst obeying she asked: What does a unicorn say?

I said to her: You are the FUNNIEST girl I've eve known, she replied: YES, I MAM

Still dress obsessed.

You also love Doc McStuffins and playing doctor

Waking up and the first thing out of your mouth is singing "Just around the river bend" only replacing river bend with LIVER LEND

Calling Pocahontas: Pocahonkus

YOU Love animals. 


you always want to talk about something in the future. You have ALWAYS done this: Let's talk about Texas, let's talk about Grammy's house, let's talk about Christmas and right now it's--Let's talk about the country house!

you resist reading, but when you like a book, you really love talking about it.

You turned 10 and I am not ok with that. Stop Growing.

you are your friends wrote a song for elephant activism. I loved watching the process of your composition. One of the gals in your band has a musician Dad and he helped a lot along the way. The final performance at school was very touching.

Teaching yourself to play the piano, love seeing your reactions when you succeed! You are thrilled.

Every night you ask me as I am tucking you in: What should I think about?

You are just growing and changing so rapidly. I feel I have to buy you clothes more often than the baby!

You keep saying: "I have big plans for the country house!" I can't wait to see them come together! I hope it is inspiring for you!

you still need hugs and loves from your Mom. I try to remind myself of that everyday. I am trying to keep the connection open even when I feel you shut it down. Let's hang on together ok?

you learned how to sew stitches on an actual pigs foot for a young woman activity. you loved it. you are so brave.

Oohing and AAhing over the metallic pink kitchen aid mixer, she asked me: "Mom, WHEN have you MIXED?:

Going on an adventure with your friends: the book signing of a youtuber! It was fun to see you adventure on your own!

First Chair Violinist at your concert was fun to see, as well as your duet that I didn't know about!

Going after those two youtube meet-ups this month. I was really proud of your sense of adventure and following through! I loved seeing you excited and enthusiastic!

You are such a great sister to the pickle: