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a new year, a new me

January 1, 2010

clock faces, source of image unknown

There is something about the start of a new year that exhilarates me. I always start January with an abundance of confidence and optimism… like the world is mine. I love that feeling, that extra push to do big things and to find your happiness in life. So that’s where I am right now.

I must also mention that as of today I have been blogging for one year! Some days I thought I would never make it. Other days I just wanted to give it all up but mostly I felt good about sticking to it and seeing one year through. I can’t say to what capacity I’ll be blogging in the new year. But we’ll work it out, k?

I have big plans for twenty ten. Some are big secret plans and others I can talk about freely. And as much as I feel like I have the next year planned out there is still a lot left in the air, I think I like it that way. Given all the things I need to work on I have major plans to morph into a frugal girl. Not sure what, if any, home decor plans I’ll be working on. I do want to read more. I only read one book in 2009 so I’m gonna try and increase that by 4 more books. I know, I know, that just seems pathetically funny but it’s my goal and I’m gonna own it. I’m sticking to books that will either enlighten me, or make me a better person. I’m also excited about getting the Martha Stewart Encyclopedia of Crafts. Apparently I’m disillusioned enough to think I have that sorta time on my hands.. plus, how do MS crafts fit in with my new frugal life style. Who knows, but I hope to make it work.  I’m feeling blissfully happy about all of this right now. So to all of you –

Go forth young ones and make big things happen. Live life and enjoy it.

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six images, six years

August 31, 2009
our wedding day, august 31, 2003   our wedding day, august 31, 2003

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today in the presence of God to witness the union of two people, Frederic and Rebecca in holy matrimony; which is instituted of God, blessed by our Lord Jesus Christ, and to be held in honor among all people.

That was how it all began. Six years ago today. My favorite part of the ceremony is ever changing but today when I read over our vows, the part I love most is this…

Above you are the stars, below you are the stones, as time doth pass, remember….

Like a stone should your love be firm, like a star should your love be constant. Let the Lord guide you in marriage, let the strength of your wills bind you together, let the power of love and desire make you happy and the strength of your dedication make you inseparable. Be close but not to close. Posses one another but be one with yourself. Have patience with one another, for storms will come, but they will pass. Be free in giving affection and praise. Have no fear, for the Lord is with you always.

I have said hundreds of times that I am a lucky girl. Marring Fred is proof of that. To have found someone that allows me to be me and loves me for me is all I ever wanted.

Happy Anniversary Fred!! We made it six years. 

our wedding invitation

our wedding invitation

time square, new york

time square, new york

casa italiana at the campus of columbia university

casa italiana at the campus of columbia university

inside case italian

inside case italian

the end

the end

* all images by the amazing husband and wife team – Something in Blue

light breakfast

August 29, 2009

 

Image by David Sykes

Image by David Sykes

Fun.

a wonderful life

August 27, 2009

Naomi Campbell photographed by Peter Lindberg

Naomi Campbell photographed by Peter Lindberg

I have always considered myself to be a free spirit. I spent my youth imagining up big things and then rushing off to live out all the great thoughts I had dreamt up. I miss that energy. I miss that feeling of the world being mine to take on.

One of the greatest things I did was move to New York. I had always known I would end up here. The details were blurry back then but I knew New York would be my home. One hot summer the ball was finally set into motion during a ten day trip to Puerto Rico. It was a wonderful vacation with my mother and my lovely boyfriend. It was a vacation where I fell out of love and then madly in love. Like that Katy Perry song…

We fight, we break up

We kiss, we make up

I deeply love that song and I deeply love that man I vacationed with. It was on that trip that I begged my lover to make the move with me. It was a hard sell but my free spirit won him over. Shortly after that I found myself on a road trip with the same crew of people, my mother and my lovely boyfriend. It took us eleven hours but at the end of that trip I was finally in the city I loved most. In my small luggage I had forged papers that had been meticulously assembled in hopes of convincing someone that I was worthy of being their tenant. It took one look, at one apartment, in a grimy neighborhood, for me to sign my first lease. In that moment I experienced one of my biggest highs. It had happened, I was home. For $600 a month I had my 200 sq. feet of Manhattan real estate. All that was missing was a job to pay to pay rent.

This month I celebrate my ninth year in New York. And that boyfriend I fell madly in love with while vacationing in Puerto Rico… well, he’s my husband now. I am so fortunate that in just a few days we celebrate our sixth wedding anniversary.

These days I am much more subdued. Yes, my free spirit has been tamed… but this year I have been feeling restless. I have a lot of things in the works and the energy I had as a youth is simmering back up. And with that energy I now have these strong urges to break out in dance. It’s as if I’m body wants to start channeling characters from the Ally McBeal show except, all my dance moves are Michael Jackson inspired.

I think at some point I’m just gonna have to do it. Dance and spin and scream in crazy high pitches. If you’re in the city and you see me – the crazy looking girl with the happiest grin and the most wacked out dance moves… give me a high five and some kind words of encouragement.

Michael Jackons on his Victory Tour. Photo by Lennox McLendon.

Michael Jackons on his Victory Tour. Photo by Lennox McLendon.

motivation monday

August 17, 2009
Me with my Wonder Woman cake

Me with my Wonder Woman cake

Look, that’s me with my Wonder Woman cake! Gosh, I hope in that moment I thought I could do anything. My thoughts may not have been that advanced.. but maybe they were.

I’m all grown up now and for the last several weeks I have found myself making my best efforts on Monday morning to psyche myself up for another week doing the same ol’ same ol’. My methods for doing this vary. Some days the voice in my head chatters away. On other days I make my best attempts at quieting my mind.

Today I found balance with music. There are so many lines from this song that I could quote but I’ll simply start with the beginning..

Look, if you had one shot, or one opportunity
To seize everything you ever wanted in one moment
Would you capture it, or just let it slip?

Lose Yourself – Eminem

I’m pretty certain this is going to be a good week.

birthday plans

August 6, 2009

I haven’t become obsessed (yet!) but Graycen’s birthday is definitly on my mind. I’m so excited, for me… of course. Yeah, yeah.. it’s HIS birthday but at two I don’t think he really gets that. Me on the other hand, I get it.. we I get to plan a party.

party prep, image via country living

party prep, image via country living

cake stands in sweet pastels

cake stands in sweet pastels

image via daisy chain, cake stand by miette

image via daisy chain, cake stand by miette

summer party planning

July 25, 2009
food: catered by SpaHa Cafe

food: catered by SpaHa Cafe

 

I’m finally able to sit down and share the details for the summer party I mentioned here. I was on the Planning Committee with two other amazing tenants that made the whole experience a lot of fun. As I mentioned before, we had a tiny budget but I think we pulled it off wonderfully. People in my co-op are still buzzing about how much fun it was. I highly encourage everyone to get out and meet their neighbors. Plan your own party and have fun doing it. 

And if you find yourself planning something, here is one tip: be open to change. I always say this, then I always forget this and then somehow I find myself in a bind remembering what I swore I wouldn’t forget – be open to change. Example, we had a color pallet pretty early in the planning stages. Then after a search for beverage buckets I found a sweet deal at Bed Bath and Beyond for some dirt cheap buckets that were perfect in every way. As in great summer colors, an ideal size and priced perfectly at $5. They weren’t in our color scheme so we come up with a new color scheme that I even ended up liking more. It was so much easier to adapt to the situation and accept the change. In the process we saved money which is always ideal in these tight economical times we live in.

I know with myself, I often have these ideal images pretty quickly in the planning process. Then I want to stick to it and see that image come to life. But somewhere, somehow I always get a curve ball. Life is just so much more pleasant.. so much more beautiful if you just roll with the curve ball.

I didn’t get to take as many photos as I had hoped but I think this gives you a good sense of our summer soiree. 

decor: balloons in red, yellow and blue

decor: balloons in red, yellow and blue

 

balloons, beverages and buckets

balloons, beverages and buckets

 

wine: trader joe's

wine: trader joe's

 

dessert table

dessert table

beautiful living

July 16, 2009

Amy Atlas Events via Amy Atlas

Amy Atlas Events via Amy Atlas

Amy Atlas Events via Amy Atlas

Amy Atlas Events via Amy Atlas

Score!

My nanny, who you might recall my son is OBSESSED with, will be sitting for us on Sunday. This means we are officially in for Sunday Supper. I think I need to holler “score!” one more time. Oh, and can I share the Moroccan Feast Menu that we’ll be cooking up.

M E N U

pan seared harissa brushed lemon sole filet, parsley and mint puree, lemon cilantro yogurt sauce

tajine w/chicken, preserved lemon and cracked olives

coriander and feta polenta

roasted beet salad with fresh mint

fig and sesame tart with orange cardamom cream

Doesn’t it sound lovely!

Now here’s the thing. I’m so not creative about what I eat and yes, I’m a bit picky. I’m not really into feta, beets or figs. Those just aren’t my thing BUT I’m all about the experience which is what I’m most looking forward to.

Forgive me, I just lied. That’s the second most important thing I’m looking forward to. Most important, getting to see an Amy Atlas table in persons. I hadn’t mentioned it but she’ll have a dessert table at the Sunday Supper. And even though she never got back in touch with me after my love letter I still adore her work.

Swoon!

summer party prep

July 1, 2009
color selection for a summer party

color selection for a summer party

I’ve mentioned that I live in a co-op, which for non-New Yorkers who might be wondering what that means it’s kinda sorta similar to a condo. Just last week we had our summer party and I was on the Planning Committee. It was fun to organize and even more fun to see our ideas get executed on the big day. We had a pretty small budget that initially gave me heart palpitations. Feeding and boozing up 80+ people is not cheap but I am so proud to say we ended up under budget.

How’d we do it? Our biggest cost savers were everything. As in, cheap décor like balloons. Balloons, really? Well that’s what I thought. As in, yuck (!!) but they actually looked perfect. Our building garden is really beautiful so not much was needed and balloons ended up being a great compliment. We also got yummy (but cheap) wine from Trader Joes. Two buck chuck, people! We did this amazing dessert table that was more then enough yummy goodness for crazy cheap by using a local baker that supplies cakes to restaurants. And for the steal of the century, I found dirt cheap beverage buckets at Bed Bath and Beyond. If you need beverage buckets for a summer party, run and pick these up. They were $5 where as the metal ones were running thirty plus dollars.

I’ll try and post photos from the final event in the next few days but here go some party prep details. Our color scheme was selected for us when we purchased the buckets. Red, yellow and an aqua blue. All the food and dessert was tagged with labels that I put assembled. I’m always a fan of doing this since I myself am rather picky and I like to have something there that tells me what it is I’m selecting from.

buckets from Bed Bath and Beyond

buckets from Bed Bath and Beyond

signs and labels for food

signs and labels for food

 More images soon…