Insound: t-shirt spotlight

April 28, 2010 § Leave a comment

Insound, online music retailer extrordinaire, is having a week-long sale that gives you 20% off all t-shirts and posters, so I decided to take advantage and pick up a couple for myself today, including this Radiohead t-shirt and this Land of Talk t-shirt. I also finally picked up a limited edition Vinyl is Forever sweatshirt and a good part of the reason I did is because it’s freakin’ freezing out there today! As soon as I found this in the warehouse, I put it on top of the clothes I was already wearing and instantly felt better. Good enough, in fact, to march right across the street afterwards and buy some craft beer from Brouwerij Lane. I sense another great night in! (Last night Nick and I watched Fantastic Mr. Fox in bed, while eating popcorn and candy. I don’t know how we are going to top that, but I’m sure quality beer will help.)

Brooklyn Brine

April 27, 2010 § 1 Comment

I had the pleasure of meeting Brooklyn Brine‘s owner and mastermind, Shamus Jones, for a beer on Friday. We spoke about Toronto, metal bands, Katy Tackett, food, and of course, pickles. Check out the resulting interview on Greenpointers here.

Material Pleasure

April 26, 2010 § Leave a comment

This wedding dress is gorgeous and non-traditional: just the way I like em!

It’s “letter press week” over at Oh Hello Friend blog. Check out the lovely prints.

Custom-made and super cute wedding cake toppers

Thumbprint and tree ring rings

One day, my blog will have a header as amazing as this one

Movie Posters

April 26, 2010 § 3 Comments

Nick and I had a wonderful weekend together that included walking and shopping around Brooklyn, going to the movies (we finally saw Death at a Funeral), and doing some serious Best Buy shopping. I had been meaning to get a huge external hard drive to back up my nearly 7,000 photos and spent all day Sunday working on whipping my iMac into perfect shape! We also purchased Fantastic Mr. Fox and Away We Go on Blueray. I was going to wait to find them used, but I kind of needed FMF immediately ;)

I stumbled upon Claudia Varosio’s movie posters via Indie Fixx and I love them! What a collection! I could choose enough out of her collection to decorate my entire apartment! Unfortunately, my fiance and I don’t always share the same tastes in movies, so I won’t do that to him…. I’ll wait until we’re married.

Week two

April 19, 2010 § 2 Comments

I haven’t been updating as much as I’d like, considering ¬†now I’m actually doing things that are noteworthy, but I promise you, I have been and will continue to keep busy here in Brooklyn.

Have you checked out Greenpointers yet? I’m enjoying writing for a blog that is so specific, plus I get to put my curiosity of the neighborhood to good use. After walking by a cute new french spot a couple times, I just posted Le Gamin’s official arrival to Greenpoint. I also hope to set a date for my interview and pickle tasting with Brooklyn Brine soon! I really do love you, Greenpoint.

Tomorrow I will finally go shopping for a new lens for my camera. After much consideration and contemplating, I’m thinking I’m going to go with the Nikon 50mm 1.8. Look forward to many photos!

Cats are the best

April 16, 2010 § Leave a comment

This one’s for my two year-old nephew, Ben, AKA my my excuse to watch baby animals on youtube.

$19 of pickles and chocolate, please!

April 16, 2010 § Leave a comment

I’m finally getting back into the swing of things here in Brooklyn by getting my temporary life sorted out! It’s pretty overwhelming after spending 4 months in Whitby, Ontario then trying to jump right back into New York life. To be fair, I have yet to set foot in Manhattan, I’ve just been in Greenpoint and Williamsburg, but it’s still a huge change!

Today I had one of those great ordinary days that you can only have in a place like Brooklyn. I began my work as a yogi at Namaste Yoga this afternoon where I mostly helped organize the studio, manned the front desk, and crafted new signs for the front of the store. The hippie side of me was very pleased with the happy, laid-back environment. On my way home, I stopped by The Bedford Cheese Shop and spent $19 on chocolate and pickles. The chocolate was this amazing dark chocolate, rocky road bar that I devoured while walking down the street! I can’t remember the last time I ate something that sweet that fast. I have yet to try the pickles, as they need to get cold first, so I’ll keep you posted. Don’t let me down, Brooklyn Brine!

I also stopped by the tiny park parallel to McCarren Park after I noticed how many pretty flowers were blooming and placed at the foot of a statue. Greenpoint is a hugely Polish area and there are several mini-shrines for the Polish President that recently died. I’m sure it’s a huge tragedy for these Polish-Americans, but on the bright side, at least Greenpoint is decorated with flowers.

5 weeks in Greenpoint!

April 14, 2010 § 1 Comment

I’m back in Brooklyn! My long travel day on Monday wasn’t as long as I expected it to be and my border crossing went about 15,000 times more smoothly than it did in November. My super duper parents came along for the adventure again and were wonderful company, as always. Everything went so smoothly, that I was able to catch an earlier flight out of Buffalo, even after stopping for lunch! I came home to the apartment I hadn’t seen in 4.5 months, sparkling clean, and Nick came home early from work so we could get dinner together.

This week is all about getting used to being back. It’s a pretty big culture shock going from Whitby to New York. My immediate observations include: everything seems so close! I love walking! I can do yoga at a studio again! I forgot how comfy my bed is, especially when my fiance is in it! The trees here are blooming and they’re tickling my nose!

So what will I be up to for the next five weeks besides basking in the glory of a metropolis? Well I’m going to become a “yogi”, which is basically a volunteer worker at a yoga studio, working for karma and free yoga classes. I’ve also been invited to become a contributer for the Greenpointers blog, the (nearly) official website for my neighborhood. Check out my introduction and first post here!

I also need to buy a new lens for my D80 and need some help from any photographer friends who want to come shopping. I hate buying expensive electronics, but love guidance! ;)

Goodbye for now, Canada

April 11, 2010 § 1 Comment

I wasn’t going to post anything about going back to New York tomorrow in fear of jinxing myself and the border finding some reason to refuse me, but this photo is just too good, I had to use it for something and this seems perfect!

Here’s a short explanation of what’s happening for all of you confused followers of my immigration woes. I am going to drive to Niagara Falls tomorrow, where I will need to get out of the car and meet with an immigration officer who knows my case and has spoken to my lawyer, and I will promise them I will indeed return to Canada and not disappear into America, never to be seen again. I will then fly to NYC out of Buffalo. I will be there for approximately 5 weeks, then Nick and I will fly to Montreal together for my visa interview at the end of May. I will cart my chest x-rays, medical history, police record (a very boring one), long form birth certificate, etc. to the American Consulate and present it all to them nicely and they will hopefully tell me “Come on in!” but of course, it won’t be instantaneous, I will have to leave my passport with them, they will go through some bureaucratic stuff, insert my K1 visa into my passport, and mail it back to me (with my own prepaid self-addressed envelope, of course).

So there you have it! Please cross your fingers that I will receive less harassment and feel less like a criminal than I did in November when I went on this journey. See you in a couple weeks, Steve & Chad!

If you were a bookshelf, which would you be?

April 10, 2010 § Leave a comment

How many of you have headed straight to friends’ personal libraries upon first visiting their home? It’s one of my favourite things to do when let loose in a new place. With so many books to choose from and so many ways to arrange said books, it really speaks volumes (no pun intended!) about a person.

Jane Mount has created a series of art inspired by the book collections of friends and family. With so many pieces to choose from, I think there’s a print out there for every avid reader. Although many of the pieces had just one book I loved, I personally was drawn to the one pictured above, sprinkled with some of my favourites like Geek Love, Catcher in the Rye, and Harry Potter.

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