We are beginning the college tour adventures.
I thought Hogwarts was a highschool.
Actually this is the entrance to a coffee shop at Brandeis. Local lore has it that it was the inspiration for the Coffee Shop on Friends. The connection is not nearly as secure as Tom’s to Seinfeld but still a fun rumor.
I went to Brooklyn yesterday to visit some friends. They have three kids, a son and two daughters, and I have some really fun images of the girls “getting married”. I was planning on using them for the blog today.
I posted a few of the pictures on FB and then I made a mistake. I started thinking. On FB I had set the privacy level to friends of friends but I can’t control who can see Quotidian Hudson and I don’t want to control who can see it.
Sadly there are some really bad pieces of work out there who troll the internet. For what? Pictures of young children.
Here is a picture of Borough Hall in Brooklyn and a shot taken from Columbus Park.
We have a long-standing tradition in our family of the Christmas Eve Party. Every now and again we have been unable to have one for one reason or another but it is important to the three of us and come hell, last year, or hell and high water, this year, we do our best to throw a party and have a family (in the modern sense of the term) celebration. We have people who have been coming to Christmas Eve parties since we first moved to NYC from CA. all those years ago. I always have my camera. It is a snap shot sort of night but here a few pics to give you a sense of our world.
Pre-show: Cookie making
Abigail and Eva Best friends since they were 9 months old
Dessert is here!
Stick ‘em up
Time to start the party…
One of my favorite holiday songs: Dar Williams “The Christians and The Pagans”
Dinner for 23 – Thanks Katherine
Dessert – Chocolate, Pecan, Pumpkin, 2 types of Apple. Thanks family
Today was my last day in Wellfleet. I needed to get home for an appointment and Abigail was just ready to be back in NYC. Luckily Katherine has another day and may finally get to play.
Before leaving I took a last kayak with our friend Anne.
“Never say good-bye because good-bye means going away, and going away means forgetting.” –
A day of goodbyes. So we wouldn’t have to get up at 4am to get to Putney by 9am we drove to Northampton and stayed with our friend Lindsay (Katherine’s high school roommate) last night. She is getting ready to sell her house and is not sure she wants to or is ready to say goodbye to it but she and her partner need more space. This allowed us 2.5 more hours of sleep, most of which we burned talking deep into the night but so it goes.
At 7:30 we headed off to Putney and Abigail. Stopped at The Putney Diner – a great little place for good food and local chatter – for a muffin and some coffee and arrived promptly at 9am. Spent the next four hours looking at people’s art (very good work if I do say so), visiting the barn, packing Abigail up, listening to spoken word poetry, and singing, but mainly watching teenagers alternately laughing while exchanging numbers and emails, and melting down, crying and hugging. Abigail’s friend, Anya explained post-Putney depression to everyone (It was her second year). We hear it lasts one to two weeks and you really can’t get into anything for a while. You see your old friends and try to pretend you are happy but you just want to be at Putney with your session 1 buddies.
Abigail and Holly
Safae, Mario and Abigail
Safae and Zoe (should have an umlaut over the e)
Final Sing – 1
Final Sing – 2
“Friends are god’s way of apologizing to us for our families.”
I didn’t take any pictures of the river today but did spend some significant time driving along it on my way to get stuff for our party. Pulled off and just sat by the river for a few minutes but didn’t bother pulling out the camera or the phone just relaxed and watched.
The image above is from 1/1/11 – my first “official” day of shooting.
The image below is from 12/20/11, the first night of Chanukah. I am still hoping only the hat fell in…
A few pix of the party just because..
The incomparable Maxine and Jordan
H'mm, hope we have enough...
Eve and August - whose chasing who?
All hail Susan Rosenfeld, baker supreme...
Thank you all for coming...a toast to our friends
Went and had dinner at friends last night. Abigail and Eva have been friends since they were babies. We were originally set up by a third couple who believed that we would like each other and since we both had new babies… Best blind date I have ever been on.
Their apartment is on the top floor overlooking the river and the park. It is a great place to contemplate the randomness of life and fate … and to drink really great wine.
We brought a contribution back from Wellfleet…