Tuesday, December 18, 2012

"In 2013, I pledge to conspire with you to achieve more mixtures, connections, accords, and unifications than you ever thought possible. I will furthermore be a fount of suggestions about how you can live well in two worlds. I will coach you to create a peace treaty with your evil twin and your nemesis, and I will help you develop a knack for steering clear of other people's bad ideas and sour moods. I can't of course guarantee that you will never again experience a broken heart, but I swear I will do everything I can do to heal the broken part of your heart that you've been suffering from." ~Rob Brezsny

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Day. Well. Spent.

10 left...

The last part of that last post was to say....NOPE.

That said, I'd strum a guitar til the sun rose. Never feeling quite as close to the bass of those chords.

And I know there's a mountain and I'm riding a city steel horse.

Comin home...

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

One of my favorite times of year

Dueling plaids.

Read the story here. And can I just say hot. Annnnd I've been really, really good this year...soooo....

Sunday, November 25, 2012

my 32nd year

  • "wanted: a team of fearless sailors to put some old ghosts to bed"; a beautiful ship and orion = permanent
  • Porgy and Bess
  • Faust
  • Family dinners
  • How the World Began
  • Phantom of the Opera
  • 2.10.12
  • scarf hunting
  • corn nuts
  • Kenya!
  • ED^2
  • Out of Iceland
  • beast.botanical gardens.branded.roof.
  • best.date.ever.
  • nautical stars
  • Diego Rivera
  • Bethany's wedding in VA
  • Gossip
  • Crossfit
  • Detroit
  • Mets/Yankees
  • Brooklyn Bridge Swim
  • Fire Island
  • Governors' Island Swim
  • Happy Friday
  • Sigur Ros
  • Funky Bus Maiden Voyage 
  • DNC Platform Committee
  • wandering blocks AND
  • Keith Haring
  • Erin's longest home party
  • DNC Convention
  • swimming pools with Carlos
  • MDNA with MW
  • Judicial Delegate 
  • Work retreat and elevator lessons :)
  • Gossip/Gotye
  • Joseph Stiglitz
  • Women's Bus REDUX
  • 11.2.12
  • Pittsburgh for OFA (redux)
  • victory
  • om
  • Nevada
  • volunteering with Carlos
  • Thanksgiving with the family
notes: went to way fewer concerts than I think I have since moving in NYC - I attribute this to the new job. This will change in my 33rd year. I saw way more movies in the theater than usual - 9 - that is a lot for me...

I'd have to say, all in all 32 was a really, really good year. I can't begin to tell you about the lessons learned or the the beauty I've seen - this year was phenomenal. I was not without its low points but they too were filled with lessons. 32 meant saying goodbye to a childhood friend, R.I.P. Benji.

Tomorrow morning at 8:50 I entered this world 33 years ago in a small British hospital, they handed my mom a pint of Guinness.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Since we were uptown for the parade, I decided we'd check out another iconic NYC spot.

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Back in the beginning of October, I suggested to my family that we should take Cailynn and Jeremy to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. I am so glad we went, so much fun!

Sailor Mickey, my favorite balloon.

This right here captures exactly why I thought we should go to the parade. love.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

i'd give just about anything for a desert road...or a boat ;)

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Can't think of a better person to spend a Sunday with. So much love, xo.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

before and after

When you're looking out over a precipice and you think it can't get more beautiful as you watch the fog lift and the clouds shift, don't forget to turn around and change your vantage point.

"Don't Give Up the Ship"

words. words. swords.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Sometimes healing takes place in unexpected ways, and nature knows better than we do about how to make it happen.

smart guy

My lovely roommate sent me this last night...

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Monday, November 5, 2012

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Everything is a lesson, and some make our hearts hard. Reminders are everywhere, city steps that were parts of many journeys to catch the moon. Climb on.

Saturday, November 3, 2012


"Chaos should be regarded as very good news." Pema Chodron

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Monday, October 29, 2012

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Rest In Peace my Beautiful Friend

Benji Greenfield you will be missed. Flannel PJ pants all summer long. Chats outside the art smash. Cruising around on a sunfish. The best hugs in the world. And some of the best laughs out there. You are one of the kindest, most generous and hysterically funny people I've ever met and had the pleasure of calling my friend. Shine On.

May you rest with the song of a thousand angels. 

Monday, October 15, 2012

Saturday, October 13, 2012

The story of a scarf...

Years ago I was given a lovely scarf and last winter due to an unfortunate miscommunication between my old roommate and I, my scarf ended up in a donation bin in Dobbs Ferry. Soooo the morning after one of my closest friend's birthday party with commitments from a gaggle of friends I was going to head to Dobbs Ferry to get the scarf back. Well the team I assembled all bailed, but I was determined to find my scarf. After borrowing my friend's car, I made my way to the grocery store parking lot in Dobbs Ferry. I plotted my course of action after assessing the situation. I called the number on the donation bin with no answer, it was a Sunday of course. I then went inside and asked the grocery store if they had keys to the bin, the answer, tragically - no. So I headed back out to the bin, eyed some crutches next to the bin and figured out a way to use the crutches to prop the bin open. I then rolled a grocery cart over, wedged the other crutch under the wheels and then hopped into the cart and standing there bent over, into the cart and began digging. I quickly realized that the other crutch would be better used as a rack and so I wedged some boots under the wheels. So there I was in the middle of Dobbs Ferry on a January day with a camping headlight on my head digging through a donation bin, getting all sorta of looks for the grocery shoppers. There I was, the dyke version of MacGeyver determined to find my scarf. I didn't find it, but did located the bags that contained my items, the thing was is that I needed to get back to Brooklyn, so I had to call it quits, sooo I left a note that included the above picture and hoped that the kindness of strangers would bring my scarf back to me, it was a family heirloom and older than me. As it turned out the note and picture worked and the next night I received a call about the scarf. Turned out that my Spanish isn't so great and somewhere lost in translation, I never received the scarf. We text and while there was perfect communication, the scarf never came. I continued to try to call the number and text but eventually the phone was shut off...was super sad to lose this scarf, it was certainly my favorite. It was hysterical trying to retrieve it and I wish I had, but now it's out in the universe and hopefully someone else is enjoying it as much as I did and others in my family. I will note that since losing this scarf there has been a team on the hunt consisting of two friends, a friend's mom and a request from a friend's father....something tells me if I this scarf doesn't make its way back to me, I'll find one pretty close to it :) 

Friday, October 12, 2012

Fall Loves

My new grey shoes
Crisp mornings
Tea and hoodies on the roof
Zoe Keating and her cello
Trees on fire
Wool - I know, I know who talks about wool with such passion but it's simply great. I bet Ado and I could go head to head on why wool is so great. The truth is wool never really leaves the rotation but with fall it adds sweaters and scarves (though my favorite scarf is out in the world somewhere having it's own adventure...did I ever blog about losing it and attempting to retrieve it? If not, be on the look out because it was hysterical, though a sad ending in that I parted ways with my favorite scarf that was older than me...)

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

why I wish I was in Pittsburgh today

the only thing my mom would like more than building rockets for the museum christmas tree with me is building rockets for the museum christmas tree with you and me.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Lancaster OFA and a lesson in civic engagement

Four years ago while making the trip to Lancaster for my nephew's 4th birthday I spent a good deal of time at the OFA office and out in the field canvassing. One of the things that I really appreciated at that office was a wall where folks could write why they were there.

Today I headed back to the office to spend the day canvassing and this year I brought my niece and nephew because it is important that they learn the importance of civic engagement early.

Today Jeremy, Cailynn and I knocked on doors and talked to voters.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Lil Mittens musta read this...

Tuesday, October 2, 2012


"Ships are launching from my chest; some have names, but most do not."

Monday, October 1, 2012

When a man moves away from nature, his heart becomes hard. ~ Lakota Prayer

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Friday, September 28, 2012

Gotye opened for the Gossip

well, sort of...you know, if you are lucky like me :)

i don't need to tell you why i like this video...okay, okay...love this video :)

um, can we recall this piece of genius?

and for the gossip, we'll reference an old favorite here, but also this:

check back for a video from last night and a real sing along treat :)

so glad i danced last night...boogie down.

smiles for miles.

Urban Swinging, yes please

Ok. So if you know me at all, you know that one of my all time favourite things to do is to swing. It's always the same, it's always 'after-hours' and always, I'm talking always puts a smile on my face. And not just one of the smiles that's there, it's one of the sincere ones, the ones you feel all the way through to your toes. The ones that happen in the moments that every thing is just right.

I just stumbled upon this blog: Playground Designs, and um, Urban Swings as a topic of discussion? Love. It. And with this, it looks like I have some work to do...uhh, the Red Swing Project, in love.

(it's hard to take a photo whilst swingin'...)

Thursday, September 27, 2012

From the other night, sauntering over a bridge. The next night I went to the swings. Two things that make me incredibly happy.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Monday, September 24, 2012


Forget all the other wants, this one's at the top. xo

Boating to work

In thinking about ways to traverse this city, I've still gotta tell you, boat is my favourite. I'm sure this comes as no real surprise. And of course the list then goes on to include: biking, busing and steel horsing. If it includes a bridge, I'd prefer to walk over it.