November 26, 2013 Comments Off
I’m not usually into promoting big business on my blog (or anywhere really), but we just ended an amazing run with Dunkin’ Donuts and I am in mourning. For the last eight weeks, I’ve enjoyed a free medium iced coffee to kick off my work week.
I owe it all to Zevi. Every week, all the homes in our neighborhood receive a free “newspaper” on our doorsteps stuffed with all the coupons a saver could appreciate. I’ve never bothered to unpack the bag to look at what’s inside. Instead, I usually toss the paper directly into the recycling. We were on one of our neighborhood adventures one day in October and Zevi dumped out all the coupons in front of a condo down the block. Inside, we discovered a golden ticket. Then we scoured the neighborhood looking for more coupons to share with others. Almost everyone in our neighborhood must have gotten the memo because we could only find two more Dunkin’ Donuts coupons. (Some papers were still out on stoops, but the DD coupon had been removed.) Yesterday Joe and I drank our last free iced coffees while commuting.
Check out this amazing turkey ice cream cake at Dunkin’ Donuts/Baskin Robbins, just in time for Thanksgiving. Thank you for the free iced coffees, Dunkin’ Donuts. You’re welcome for the free advertising.
November 22, 2013 Comments Off
Now that summer is but a distant memory, McCarren Park Pool has been converted into a little ice skating rink. (Last year the Parks’ Department forgot to purchase the ice, so this is the first year to ice skate anywhere in Brooklyn.)
October 14, 2013 Comments Off
Sandra is one of the best house guests I know. She is super conscientious and eager to help out around the house. This past weekend she came to visit us from the Bay Area. She came up with the idea to pitch a tent in our backyard and camp in Brooklyn’s great outdoors. The weather was warm enough and we lucked out with no rain. Since I don’t enjoy camping, it’s impossible for me to believe Sandra when she said she slept well and wasn’t too cold. This is my new favorite idea for hosting guests. With four people, a cat, and a dog, our space is kind of tight. But we could easily fit a few tents in the backyard. Maybe we could even charge rent?
October 6, 2013 Comments Off
Our neighborhood is blowing up and as it rapidly gentrifies, I have reminded myself to appreciate all the people who we’ve come to know over the years, people who we talk to everyday when we’re walking around, many of whom we have lovingly nicknamed as we haven’t always known their names.
Some of these nicknames are:
The “enjoy that baby” woman
The guy who sits outside who looks like my grandpa
The woman with the lunger dogs
The Linked In guy
The guy on Withers who got rid of all the homeless people
The woman with the off-leash pit bulls
The couple who sit outside and give Nukah treats
The old woman who tried to give Zevi a pint of ice cream
The firehouse woman
The sweet man who played mandolin and fiddle for Zevi and Ezra
The man who looks for cans with his corgi
The improbable couple
The guy who we suspect was a famous childhood actor
The 102-year old woman who goes to church every Sunday
We are so blessed to know all of these people. They make our neighborhood what it is.
September 22, 2013 Comments Off
September 8, 2013 Comments Off
Big changes are happening all around us right now. This morning we said goodbye to my parents who have been staying a few blocks away from us for the past ten weeks. Tomorrow will be my first day without any help at home with my two children. The weather is cooling down; leaves are falling from the trees. Rosh Hashanah is here again.
We decided to bake challah with Zevi and Ezra this afternoon.
August 31, 2013 Comments Off
My friend, Rick accused Joe and me of being hippies when he found out that we didn’t give Zevi a bath (beyond sponging her down) until she was three months old. Judging by how Ezra’s size, he could be a three-month old, but he’s only five and a half weeks and today he enjoyed his first bath.
August 18, 2013 Comments Off
After hearing that song about the wheels and the wipers and the driver and the doors and the babies and the mommas and the papas for so long, it was time for Zevi and Ezra to stop watching the buses go by and to start riding them.
July 24, 2013 Comments Off
After spending the afternoon with my parents, Zevi, and Joseph at the newly reopened post-Hurricane Sandy New York Aquarium, we arrived home. I started to feel contractions shortly after. They were regular and steady, but I waited to make plans to go to the hospital.
We put Zevi to bed at her regular time and had dinner. Once the house was prepared for our absence, we made our way downtown so that we would be closer to the hospital. My contractions were clocking in at two minute intervals. Sitting down for a car ride didn’t sound like fun, so we opted for the train. I figured that if things became imminent, we could get off the train and call a car. I felt good after our first train ride, so we transferred for the second half of the trip.
When we arrived downtown, I wasn’t ready to admit myself into the hospital. We became tourists for a couple of hours. Our baby’s due date was nine months after Hurricane Sandy, and a lot of his pre-birthday was spent visiting areas of the city that were damaged during the storm. Joseph and I had fun walking around South Street Seaport, which is still being repaired.
July 13, 2013 Comments Off
I’ve been hoping to not go into labor until after today so that we could attend my first ever, Dol. Our friend, Emmett celebrated his first birthday with the Korean traditional Doljanchi.
Zevi had other plans for today and so she took a monster midday nap, which meant we missed the amazing part of Emmett’s ceremony where the above happened. Emmett chose the recorder, and will therefore become a rich musician.
We did make it to the party in time to eat the most delicious Korean buffet. The above is just a tiny sampling of all the yummy food we consumed. I could have eaten way more, but we were only there for the last forty minutes of the party.