Bad Dads 2

October 31, 2010 § 3 Comments

I just stumbled upon more pieces from the Bad Dads artshow. It looks like a really great collection! If you’re a Wes Anderson fan in San Francisco, you best take advantage and stop by to see the whole thing. (Facebook invite here).

If you’re far away from California, like me, take a look at some more pieces here.

Bad Dads

October 30, 2010 § 8 Comments

Whenever I’m home alone on any night that doesn’t offer good television programming, I get an urge to whip out some Wes Anderson movies and giggle at the same quirks I’ve been giggling at for years now. Now that I’ve stumbled upon these posters by Kevin Tong, in his series “Bad Dads: an art show tribute to the films of Wes Anderson”, tonight is no exception.

Now all I have to decide is: Royal Tenenbaums or Rushmore?

Make him disappear!

October 29, 2010 § Leave a comment

Scott Hammell, the little brother of my friend Chris who also happens to be a Toronto-based magician, is living in a glass box outside of downtown Toronto’s Union Station until 6pm on Halloween.

The stunt is reminiscent of David Blaine except for the fact that he’s not promoting shock value as much as he’s promoting hunger awareness and compassion for mankind. Scott’s goal is to collect enough food for the Daily Bread Foodbank to cover all sides of the glass box while at the same time, raising awareness for the Free the Children’s Halloween For Hunger campaign.

Read more here and visit Scott’s website here.

Wuthering Heights family tree

October 28, 2010 § 3 Comments

In my attempt to read more classic novels, I just finished Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. It surely is one of the all-time great novels, but the story reaches over the span of many years and I would have loved to have found this illustration while reading it to keep everyone straight!

She could have made another one for the housekeepers and various help alone!

Have you read the book? What was your take on Heathcliff?

Pee-wee on Broadway

October 28, 2010 § 5 Comments

Nick and I are going to see The Pee-wee Herman Show on Broadway tonight! It just opened on Tuesday so I haven’t heard much about it yet, but I kind of like it better that way. Now the only expectations I’ll have will be as follows: 1) to laugh 2) to have a good time.

I watched both Pee-wee’s Big Adventure and Big Top Pee-wee when I was a kid, but there was a 10 year period where I hadn’t seen either of them and forgot how funny they were. I remember watching “Big Adventure” a couple years ago and laughing out loud so many times, it surprised even myself. Remember the scene with the burning pet shop where he knows he needs to save the snakes, but really doesn’t want to touch them?

Comedic gold!

In need of Fall fieldtrips

October 27, 2010 § Leave a comment

After reading this article on the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in the Fall, I realized I need to get on that G train, no matter how terrible the service may be, and get my butt along with my camera down to visit before the leaves are all gone!

“I want to go to there” couldn’t be better applied to anywhere else right now.

Photo from the Brooklyn Botanic Garden photostream

Married life conversations

October 26, 2010 § Leave a comment

him: I need you to listen to this record this weekend

me: Sure, I am Dr. Music. haha

him: Dr. Amazing, that’s you

me: Mr & Mrs Dr. Amazing

him: You are PhD level amazing

Altitude Sickness

October 21, 2010 § 1 Comment


Nick and I visited Denver and Fort Collins, Colorado last weekend. It was my first time there (his ninth) and although I was excited to see the mountains and scenery, my prairie girl body didn’t appreciate being plopped into the “mile-high city”. I ended up with altitude sickness (something I didn’t even know existed until a week ago), but thanks to Kate’s Denver-living brother’s advice, I got rid of that ‘trying to piggyback a dinosaur up a hill’ heavy feeling in a couple hours with a Gatorade/Pedialyte/ibuprofen cocktail.


Friday night, we saw Social Distortion and Frank Turner in Denver. We drove straight to Fort Collins after stopping off at the Denver Diner for a late dinner/early breakfast.

The primary purpose of our visit to Colorado was to meet Nick’s best friend Rod’s 14 month old identical twin daughters, Aspen and Madison. We were only there for two days, but we definitely got some serious baby time in. The girls adored Nick. It was really interesting to see how Rod and Sara Anne handle these two little ones on a day to day basis (the trick seems to be an extremely strict schedule). The girls are extremely adorable and well-behaved and even dress in funny matching baby outfits all the time.




We also got some time in to explore the foothills. They are so beautiful!





I think living in New York makes me appreciate places like this even more.

Old Toronto

October 19, 2010 § Leave a comment

I’ve seen a lot of photos from New York City in the 1920s and ’30s, but here’s a treat for Canadians – photos of downtown Toronto from nearly a century ago. It’s amazing to see how much has changed and how much has stayed the same.

Yonge and Dundas Streets

Front Street (Check out the Royal York Hotel on the left and Union Station on the right)

Queen and Dufferin Streets (this looks remarkably the same as it does today!)

Thanks to Jess Baumung for putting up this album. See more on Facebook.

Best birthday, best husband

October 14, 2010 § 1 Comment


Jenn & I at East River State Park

This past Saturday October 9th was one of the best birthdays I’ve ever had.

With Nick away in LA for business, I made plans with my friend Kate to go out for drinks and stop by the Insound Design Store that Friday night. Even though she lives and works in Manhattan and the Insound Store was in Soho, she offered to come meet me in Greenpoint for a beer before we headed out. I thought “great!” We met up at a bar about 10 minutes from my apartment and had a drink. She had been checking her phone the entire time, but told me it was her fiance texting about his new job. After about half an hour, she asked if we could stop by my place before we headed into the city because she had to do something she didn’t feel comfortable doing in the bathroom of the bar. By this point, I should have been suspicious of something, but I must tell you, I am extremely trusting and easy-going.

We walk back to my place and when we’re only about 10 feet away, this girl comes bouncing towards me with her arms reaching out for a hug. I can’t tell who it is right away because she’s backlit by a streetlight. Then I see it’s my sister! “WHAT!?!?” was my first reaction, as Jenn lives in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada and has 2 little ones that kept her from coming to New York for my wedding in July. It turns out, my wonderful husband arranged everything and flew her to New York to surprise me for my birthday! Kate was in on it too and did an amazing job, really committing to the role with the whole poop thing.

After having a glass of wine/beer inside and calming down, the three of us headed into the city to stop by the Insound event, then got some food and drinks at a lovely place on West Houston.

Since Jenn’s flight home was at 6:30 pm  Saturday, we woke up early on Saturday so we’d have more time to spend together. I took her on a walking tour of Greenpoint and Williamsburg. We had some brunch, did a little shopping, and sat in East River State Park for a while, enjoying the view of the city over the water. She loved The Garden in Greenpoint, so we did a little food shopping and came back home to make nachos.

Even though it was a short visit, it was perfect. I can’t believe how lucky I am to have a husband who will do things like that for me and my family.

The birthday surprises didn’t end there. What I thought was going to be a nice dinner out with Nick turned into a dinner with three of my favourite couples in NY at a great Indian restaurant. We finished up my birthday celebration and began his (Nick’s birthday is the 11th) by getting massages together at the Oasis Spa.

You see now why I had to go through all those immigration headaches to be with this man?

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