My boyfriend has spent the last several days shopping and the last 24 hours cooking up a storm.  My participation has been minimal, depending on what you call “participation.”  I mean, yes, I made the corn medley, but … well, do you count holding on to the plastic bag while my boyfriend pulls out the turkey and puts it into the brining solution participation?  How about photographing our culinary progress?  If you do, then yes, that takes my participation up a few notches.

This is Thanksgiving:  My boyfriend spends most of a 24-hour period cooking.

This is Thanksgiving:  I’m watching the parade and then the dog show on Thanksgiving morning.  While I’m out of the room, my boyfriend switches the station to Fox to watch the football game, and then promptly falls asleep (see the previous 24-hour period).

This is Thanksgiving: Just before 1:00 the doorbell rings.  Moments later a cloud of Axe Body Spray containing my brother enters the apartment.

This is Thanksgiving:  Our entire apartment now smells of cooking turkey, the ham glaze that spilled in the oven and started to smoke, and Axe Body Spray.

This is Thanksgiving: I document some of our more photogenic cooking progress:






This is Thanksgiving: Soon we’ll be heading out to my boyfriend’s parents’ place, where the real fun (and all the eating) will begin!


Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!!!

We’d heard of the Brooklyn Army Terminal a while back — they’re sometimes used as a location for Open House New York — but today was our first opportunity to visit.  My boyfriend got us tickets to a guided tour today, but because we were worried about traffic getting out to Brooklyn we ended up getting there REALLY early.  We walked around by ourselves for a while, which turned out to pay off because I had time to photograph more stuff without anybody in the way.  When the tour started we were wondering if it was going to be worth it because we’d already seen everything, but it turned out to be awesome nonetheless.  That’s because the tour itself was very informative AND we also got to explore several floors of one of the buildings that were off-limits to the public because they’re still “unrestored” and haven’t been renovated yet.









Today turned out to be my free day, which didn’t make a lot of sense because I just had a whole week off and I’m actually ready to go back to work now.  But it was okay, because I kept thinking about what ELSE I could do with my free time that I don’t usually have time to do.  Get my hair cut?  Do more Christmas shopping?  More food shopping?  All of those things were on the table last night when I set my alarm for 7:10 and asked my boyfriend for a wake-up call at 7:30 to make sure I got up in time to get to each location when it opened so I could beat the crowds.

Now cut to 10am, which is the time I actually rolled out of bed this morning.


Well, I spent some time staggering around my apartment, getting caffeine into my system and listening to podcasts.  And then I decided that I wouldn’t write off this day after all, but I’d just channel my energies differently.

Several years ago we put a lot of our stuff into a storage unit.  It was mostly books and videos, but we also put in lots of other stuff, as well.  I’m going to estimate that 90% of it has remained untouched since then.  Oh, we’d visit a couple of times a year to swap out bags of winter clothes and summer clothes, but hundreds of other items just stayed behind.  Then last year we moved from a studio apartment to a two-bedroom apartment, and we fully intended to get all of our stuff out of the storage unit at that time.  But it’s been slow going.  When my boyfriend didn’t have access to a car, we didn’t take anything.  During the warmer months when he borrowed his parents’ car, we would take home a couple of boxes a month, and depending on their contents unpacking could be a swift or lengthy process.

Anyway, we had the contents of several boxes from last week that had to be shelved, plus more boxes from yesterday that we hadn’t even opened yet.  So that’s been my task for the day — unpacking, sorting, and periodically saying things like “Oh my God.  THAT’S where this was?” and “Why on earth did I save this?” and “Wow, I’m going to need to hook up my VCR again!”  Oh, and since I always try to document stuff, I’ve been taking pictures of our storage unit experience, including a bonus shot of Kitty checking out the unpacking process :)

Unpacking each of these boxes is kind of fun and kind of weird.  It’s kind of like opening presents, only each of those presents turns out to be a time capsule of who we used to be!










In addition to catching up on stuff that needed to get done — doing laundry and listening to podcasts — I also did more cooking than usual and also visited several different food halls / shopping destinations.  I made BBQ Short Ribs in the slow cooker and Kung Pao Chicken in the wok, which was the most cooking I’d done in a while.  And I shopped at Urban Space Vanderbilt and the holiday markets at Bryant Park, plus my boyfriend and I visited Chelsea Market and the Gansevoort Market on Veteran’s Day.  So we got a lot of Christmas shopping and even more food shopping done.  Here are a few highlights from our urban expeditions: (more…)

As is usually the case, my eyes were bigger than my stomach when I went shopping for fancy foods.  My plan of getting one thing for lunch and one thing for dinner went out the window pretty quickly, so I ended up having a lobster roll and an Asian shrimp dish for lunch, and then I put together “sampler plates” containing chicken dumplings, chicken sandwiches, and two kinds of pizza for dinner.  All in all, I thought that UrbanSpace Vanderbilt was a great place to visit, and it really lived up to all the hype!


I know, I know.  I haven’t posted since last month, which really sucks.  Most of my busy schedule boiled down to running around and conducting class visits at my local middle and high schools, restarting (and developing new content for) my website, and finishing up my work on this year’s YA book committee.  Add to that my general “I have stuff to write about but I’m too tired to write” syndrome, and … well, here we are!

I have next week off, so in addition to checking out some new food destinations (UrbanSpace Vanderbilt, here I come!) I also plan to do some cooking and some catching up with my backlog of pictures.  Stay tuned!

Once again, I used my free professional pass to attend NYCC on Thursday.  I usually attend a panel or two, but this year I wasn’t interested in any of the morning panels and by the time the ones I wanted to see started, I was already on my way home.  So these are all photos I took coming and going from the convention and on the show floor, over the course of 3 1/2 exhausting hours: (more…)


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