Oy with the hats! (an update)

January 11, 2014 Comments Off on Oy with the hats! (an update)

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Zevi wore her owl hat (pictured backwards above) to the library yesterday. She had it on for the stroller ride home from the library, but it did not make it all the way back.

Nobody noticed it was missing until this afternoon when Joe was walking home in the rain. He found Zevi’s hat, soaking and dirty, lying on the sidewalk about six blocks from home. We are going to have to attach some sort of clasp to both the monkey and the owl hat. Leaving things up to fate has worked so far, but I imagine our luck is bound to run out.

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And the hat came back, they thought he was a goner…

December 17, 2013 Comments Off on And the hat came back, they thought he was a goner…

Sometimes things come back to you and maybe it’s karma or maybe it’s just other people being good people. Our wonderful nanny made hats for our children for Hanukkah.

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Zevi got an owl hat.

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And Ezzie got a monkey hat.

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Sometimes they switched hats because their heads are improbably almost the same size. This hat-switching was the case on the day the monkey hat disappeared.

When the children arrived at their play spot, our nanny asked Zevi for the monkey hat, but Zevi pointed at our nanny, understanding that she had taken the hat. We are guessing that Zevi tried to pass it out of the stroller and thought our nanny took the hat, when in reality it fell to the ground. They decided to take their chances and play for an hour before bundling back up to go look for the monkey hat. As they were leaving, our nanny said, “Let’s go find the monkey hat!” A man who was standing nearby asked our nanny if she meant a hat that sort of looked like a sock monkey, and our nanny confirmed this. He said, “I found that hat and stuck it on a gate.” He walked with them to the spot, but the monkey hat was gone and in its place, someone had set a black baseball cap! Who wants that?

That evening I wrote a note, pleading with the local parent listserv to return said hat if found. Not a peep from anyone. Crushed, we continued our daily routines, losing a little more hope every day. A couple days passed and as we were walking back to the same activity center where our nanny and the kids were going when the monkey hat went missing, I looked up at the skatepark to see our old friend, smiling down at us from the fence.

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Nobody except the monkey hat will ever know the adventures it had before returning to close to the scene of the crime.

Welcome home, monkey hat. You’ve had a good scrubbing and are ready to go back into use. The babies are happy to see you again.

It’s a Hanukkah miracle!

Goodbye amazing deal. Hello winter!

November 26, 2013 Comments Off on Goodbye amazing deal. Hello winter!

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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.

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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.

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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.

Rest

October 27, 2013 Comments Off on Rest

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For many months after Zevi was born, we played Lou Reed’s Hudson River Meditations piece, Move Your Heart on a loop during the night to help her sleep. This meditation is 28 minutes and 56 seconds. According to my iTunes, we played the piece 1,921 times. There were nights when I thought I might throw up from listening to Move Your Heart. This is to say Lou Reed has been pervasive, ever-present, always here. In every part of my life in relation to music, Lou Reed has existed. Intellectual, academic, smart musician, I am so sad to say goodbye and so thankful for you. You are and forever will be part of my family’s narrative. Thank you.

These are the people in my neighborhood

October 6, 2013 Comments Off on These are the people in my neighborhood

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.

Happy birthday, babies!

September 22, 2013 Comments Off on Happy birthday, babies!

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Today our beautiful chunk, Ezra turned two months. Tomorrow, his brilliant big sister turns twenty months.

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We finished off an action-packed, celebratory weekend with some relaxing time in McGolrick.

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So proud of my babies and excited to find out more about who these two people are. Happy birthday, Ezra!

Square Root

September 8, 2013 Comments Off on Square Root

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.

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We decided to bake challah with Zevi and Ezra this afternoon.

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Zevi was an excellent bakers’ assistant. She helped us knead the dough.

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And she volunteered to taste the unbaked loaves.

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While the loaves rose, we met up with old friends in the park for some afternoon exploring.

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On our walk home, I spotted a license plate that seemed to be made for us in this moment.

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Upon our return, our loaves had more than doubled in size.

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The challah came out perfectly.

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This is Zevi and Ezra’s first experience baking bread. I’m looking forward to many more baking sessions as markers of time.

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