July 10, 2013 § Leave a comment
Nick and I flew up to Toronto for two days this past weekend for what would be our last trip home before Henry comes. Since it was such a short trip and we were actually going so that Nick could see some bands that he works with, we stayed downtown the whole time, which was a nice change.
Despite a delayed flight, a fight against traffic to get from the airport, and waiting for an hour to check into our hotel, we made it to Fort York’s Garrison Commons for the first ever Toronto Urban Roots Festival.
We saw one of Nick’s favourite clients, Frank Turner, play plus Matt Mays & El Torpedo, and a few others. The best part for me was seeing all the Canadian music industry friends I hadn’t seen in quite some time. It was overwhelming having my ex-coworkers and all the other great people there, each one a surprise to run into! One of the best moments: Nick telling me how much he loves to watch me interact with “my people”. Ha!
I also ran into some friends like Alex and her cute little family. Her daughter, Addie, is Frank Turner’s #1 fan.
On Sunday, we got lunch with Julia, Jay, and Karen at our favourite spot. Then I headed back to TURF without Nick to meet up with friends, even though the sky looked threatening…
I got there in time to see Yo La Tengo and meet up with Alex, Jana, Sarah, and more (thanks to Sarah for the photo!) We got in some hangs before the skies opened up.
That night, we headed to Lee’s Palace to see Frank Turner, Northcote, and Larry & His Flask. You may ask “Hey wait a minute, aren’t you nearly six months pregnant? Where did you find the energy to do all of this, plus attend a wedding on Friday night?” Well, I was just so excited to see as many people as possible that I pushed on through two days of festivals and two nights of club shows. By 9:30 on Sunday night though, my belly felt strained from yelling over loud music and I was getting a headache so I sent myself home.
Sadly, I didn’t get to see everyone I hoped to, but I didn’t want to hurt myself. I had such a great time there though, and I’m so glad we got back home to Brooklyn before the massive storm and flooding from Monday night!
I love you, Toronto! The Storches will be back when we can.
January 14, 2013 § Leave a comment
When I moved to New York, I gave my parents about five boxes to store. Those boxes included irreplaceable things that I didn’t feel comfortable shipping to myself, including my collection of photo albums from the pre-digital camera days. I wouldn’t look at those old photos too often when I had them, but thinking about something happening to the only physical copies of these memories gave me so much anxiety! So this Christmas, while I was visiting my parents, I managed to scan about 300 old photos.
It’s so funny to see how I’ve changed throughout the years…
September 11, 2012 § 3 Comments
Saturday September 8 was the best day of the summer. Possibly the best day of the year. Definitely the best day of Julia and Jay’s lives. It was the day these two lovely, brilliant, loving people got married.
The day started out with hair and makeup at the bridal suite at the Ivy Hotel.
What a gorgeous hotel!
Us ladies were soon joined by Rick the super wedding photographer.
After much primping, we were finally ready! But first, some shots of Julia in her dress before we leave for the church.
The most beautiful bride I’ve ever seen? Yes.
The ceremony and reception were both held at the Berkeley Church. The ceremony was beautiful. Obviously there are no photos from me (yet!) as I was lucky enough to stand up for Julia. The best part? When Julia started to get choked up saying her vows. Cathy, the maid-of-honour, was ready with a tissue for Julia, but Jay took out his handkerchief and gently dabbed away her tears. That’s the moment we all lost it and succumbed to our tears of joy for these sweeties.
After the ceremony, the wedding party had a little photo shoot then got to relax and mingle in the courtyard with the guests. It was so fun to see all of my friends all dressed up!
After a short while, we all headed back into the venue for the reception. After the bride, groom, and wedding party were announced, we sat down to dinner. Following dinner, Julia and Jay had surprises for each other.
Jay serenaded Julia with a Johnny Horton love song and Julia played Jay a surprise video she made for him. Did I mention this is a talented couple?
Nick didn’t get to sit with me since I was at the head table, but his seat was right behind mine at a table full of friends. I’m so lucky!
Our place cards were written on the back of Tattly temporary tattoos! Heart badges that read “loved”.
Paul did a great job as MC! He even got us to make barnyard animal noises between toasts.
We all had fun playing in the photo booth.
Before long, the entire wedding turned into a giant dance party.
Oh look, it’s the best man in a beaver hat.
I think Julia had a good time.
All in all, a fantastic day. I was so happy to be part of the wedding, even though I no longer live in Toronto. Can I tell you how hard it was to leave the wedding that night, surrounded by some of my best friends in the world? Very hard! What wonderful people I have in Canada.
Congratulations again, Julia and Jay! Enjoy your honeymoon in Belize and your first week of married life! xo
September 5, 2012 § 3 Comments
This Labour Day weekend, some of my best friends and I celebrated the remaining single days of our good friend Julia with a cottage bachelorette weekend! I flew to Toronto on Friday and met up with Sarah and Karen to drive up there together.
Unfortunately, we managed to lock our car keys in the trunk and the trunk release button inside the car was broken. Luckily, this very nice Thrifty man came to help us and wait with us for an hour until they could send someone to save us. I don’t think he was too upset about hanging out with some pre-bachelorette party girls for that long.
We missed all the traffic and got to the cottage just in time for tacos and to see Julia open her obligatory embarrassing bachelorette gift from her cousin.
Slutty lingerie? Check. Gaudy “Bachelorette” wine glass? Check!
The weather was lovely all weekend. Not too hot, not too cold. We managed to get in a good amount of sunshine time on the dock and in the yard. Is Sarah naked here? Only we will ever really know.
We also got in a lot of cardio, thanks to the 800 stairs down the hill to the water!
What a pretty bride-to-be!
Canadian reading and Karen’s gimp. (Remember gimp bracelets, girls?)
There was kitchen dancing.
And Jana’s famous Magic Juice.
And best of all, lots of lady friend times in the sun.
Together, we helped Julia choose the music for her ceremony. By the way, it’s going to be AWESOME.
Dock pilates, for some reason.
The last night there, we had the best dance party in ages, all of us outfitted in vintage gowns by Sarah Curtis. Those photos won’t make the internet, so you’ll just have to use your imagination. Karen was very excited about the pile of silky gowns!
All in all, a fantastic bachelorette cottage party weekend and the perfect send off for Julia into married life. Love you, ladies!
August 30, 2012 § 1 Comment
Tomorrow I’m flying to Toronto to spend 10 days in Canada, all in the name of one of my best friends, Julia.
Julia and I met for the first time in 2004. I knew right away she was a keeper from her sense of humour alone.
We have since had parties…
Karaoke nights & food fights…
(Yes, that’s Julia dressed as a worm with a bottle of gin in her lap)
Heart to hearts & so many laughs…
And thank goodness, visits back and forth from Toronto to New York.
Julia is one of the best people I know. I’m so lucky to be able to stand up for her in her wedding on September 8 when she marries Jay, the perfect man for her.
I’m also fortunate to watch her get silly this weekend at her bachelorette cottage party, where there will be many more funny photos to come (if you’re lucky, internet!)
I love you, Julia!
May 21, 2012 § 3 Comments
August 5, 2011 § Leave a comment
On Tuesday night, I went to see Death Cab For Cutie and Frightened Rabbit at the Williamsburg Waterfront. While waiting for Nick and Annie to meet me, I was interviewed by Winkball.com about how long I’ve been listening to DCFC and I realized I had been listening for ten years! It’s amazing how time flies when it comes to great music. It seems like only yesterday I was listening to “Something About Airplanes” and it certainly doesn’t feel like 8 years have passed since I saw them at the tiny Toronto club, The Horseshoe.
If you live in New York and haven’t been to a show at the Williamsburg Waterfront yet, I urge you to go. It’s great to listen to music while the sun is setting and you watch the Manhattan skyline light up.
Plus, you can sip on Australian wine, like Annie & I!