Happy Thanksgiving

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Happy Thanksgiving!  I’m taking today and tomorrow to relax and spend time with family and friends in New Jersey and New York.  Hope you have a wonderful day filled with food, loved ones, and lots of pie!

A couple of fun memories from this time last year:

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Travel time

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We’re hitting the road early today, happy to have a few days off and eager for time with babies.  Are you traveling for the holidays this year or staying cozy at home?

Autumn strolls

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Beaujolais Nouveau Day Celebration

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There’s probably no holiday I look forward to more than Beaujolais Nouveau Day.  It’s my favorite excuse to gather all my friends for a night of cheap wine and expensive cheese, and this year’s celebration was one of the best.  All told, I think we managed to cram fourteen cheeses, eighteen wine bottles, and more than twenty friends into our tiny apartment.  It was a cozy, laughter-filled night, and I still feel so warm and fuzzy from spending a wonderful night with such good people.

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Drink up baby, stay up all night

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Yay for the weekend and upcoming holidays!  We’re kicking off the season of celebration tonight with our annual (day after) Beaujolais Nouveau Day party.  Cheap wine and lots of cheese are my idea of a perfect night, and I definitely look forward to this one all year long.  Here are a few photos from past celebrations.  While its a great night for cheap wine, I tend to get a little carried away with the cheeses.

  • Photos from last year’s Beaujolais Nouveau Party 2013
  • A selection of cheeses from our party in 2012
  • The first Beaujolais party back when I still had roommates back in 2009

Hope you have a great weekend!

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Here are a few links to some awesome art and photography projects to get you through your Friday.

  • Stories of debt and identity told through photographs [The Debt Project]
  • Teen Ballerinas improv in NY [via Noisey]
  • Photos of starry skies set against familiar darkened cities [via Wired]
  • Just some lovely photos of a gooey Camembert [via David Lebovitz]

She don’t even break the branches where she’s gone

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Hoboken, NJ.  November 2014.

The words are written in the air

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Hoboken, NJ. November 2014.

I’ll wait for you until the stars dominate the skies again

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Hoboken, NJ.  November 2014.

Wanderings: Hoboken

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Earlier this month we had a chance to visit Hoboken for a family event and we were excited for a chance to explore the city on the other side of the Hudson.  It was windy and drizzly during our stay, but we had a few great meals, visited some beautiful homes, and I was surprised by how much certain streets reminded me of Brooklyn.  Our visit was ever so brief, but now that we have family in the area we’re looking forward to getting to know Hoboken better.

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It’s Friday, I’m in love

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Winter has been moving in this week, which can be so hard after the loveliness of summer and fall.  This year I’m trying to find ways to appreciate the colder season, instead of being taken over by the winter blues like last year.  I’m planning to cozy up inside with warm blankets, a steaming mug of tea, and maybe make a dent in my Netflix queue.  There’s an entire series of House Hunters International with my name written all over it.

Hope you have a great weekend!

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Here are a few links to some great art and photography projects to get you through your Friday.

  • Beautiful long-exposure photos transform rush hour crowds into haunting forms. [City of Shadows via The Clothes Horse]
  • Nighttime timelapse videos in Moab, Utah [via BoingBoing]
  • Hot air balloons over Capadocia [Hiroaki Fukuda]
  • Dark Ice, Camille Seaman’s photos of iceburgs [Camille Seaman]
  • Glowing bike paths in the Netherlands [via De Zeen]

Were you sleepless?

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New York City, NY.  November 2014.

Lady, would you love me?

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New York City, NY. November, 2014.

Blue Ridge Mountains

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Shenandoah National Park, VA.  October 2014.

Monday cheese

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Creamy blues and earthy burrata on a chilly afternoon in the Big Meadows at Shenandoah National Park.

What a life I lead when the wind, it breathes

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Shenandoah mountains, VA.  October, 2014.

The Golden Wood

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“For in the autumn their leaves fall not, but turn to gold. Not till the spring and the new green opens do they fall, and then the boughs are laden with yellow flowers; and the floor of the wood is golden, and golden is the roof, and its pillars are of silver, for the bark of the trees is smooth and grey.”  —J.R.R. Tolkien

Are there passages of books that stick with you?  Words evoked again and again through your varying experiences?  One of the descriptions in a book that I remember best is of the golden forest, Lothlórien, in the Lord of the Rings books.  Honestly they weren’t my favorite books and I don’t remember much about them, but for some reason, that one description is lodged in my memory.  Every year, I look forward to that very late part of fall, when the only leaves left on trees are the pale yellow ones, because it reminds me of that passage from the books.

On our recent trip to Shenandoah, we passed through a short section in the northern part of the park, and the sunlight was streaming through this patch of trees in just the right way to light up all the leaves and cast a golden glow on the surrounding forest.   My mind, of course, went back to that description in the book, and I would have been happy to wander through those golden woods for the rest of our visit.

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Wanderings: Shenandoah

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Fall has been moving in on the east coast, and we had perfect weekend weather for a last minute trip to Shenandoah National Park in Virginia.  Fall colors were peaking, temperatures were crisp, and our bellies were full of fresh apple cider donuts.  Driving through the glowing yellow forests and past overlooks that opened out onto red valleys and the Blue Ridge Mountains, I can hardly believe I’ve lived so close to such a beautiful place for so many years and never visited.  I’m already plotting a return visit for next year.

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I pick my friends like I pick my fruit

 

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Maryland, October 2014.

Cider and donuts

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What is your favorite part of fall?  As much as I love red leaves, crisp temperatures, and beautiful pumpkins, there’s nothing I look forward to quite as much as hot apple cider and fresh apple cider donuts.

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