Monday, October 20, 2014

Pumpkin Patch 2014

Gratuitous pumpkin photos post. There's nothing to say we just went to a nearby pumpkin patch, took some photos and bought a few pumpkins. Maybe if we actually carve one I'll add that picture to the bottom of the post.

Pumpkins 2014
My little pumpkins!

Pumpkins 2014
Love this one! Thanks Kevin!

Pumpkins 2014
Loves of my life

Pumpkins 2014
Picking out one to carve

Pumpkins 2014
Miranda has never seen so many pumpkins!

Pumpkins 2014
Group photo fail! Miri was too distracted by the pumpkin.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Atlanta with Chrissy and Allison 2014

We went to Atlanta! Chrissy has been nursing Owen back to health since April 2013, so she was overdue for some relaxation and girl bonding time. Coordinating was a little tricky but Allison, Chrissy, and I could all get direct flight to Atlanta, so off we went!

Atlanta, GA 2014
Allison, me, and Chrissy- together!

We decided to stay in the Buckhead area close to our hotel to make the best use of our 36 hours together. Allison and Chrissy arrived before I did on Friday so they had dinner at Cook Hall and drink on the patio, and when I got in we had drinks in the W's lobby, affectionately called "The Living Room." We were off to a good start. 

First order of business the next morning was sleeping in late. This was super exciting for me, and I suspect for Chrissy too since she also has two kids. Allison was an angel and kept quiet for as long as she could handle and then ran out to get us coffee and breakfast goodies. Also, we had to Facetime with all our husbands and kids before we got going, which was actually pretty fun as we crossed over into each other's conversations and Allison and I got to see Owen, Hailey, Jason, and Dan, and vice versa with all our families.

So we missed brunch where we were going to go, it was late and the place was overrun with football fans. But we did a little walking tour of Buckhead and a local Uber cab driver recommended a place to us. It turned out to be one of the best tapas place in Atlanta, Eclipse di Luna, and the music was all Cuban salsa. We were beyond pleased.

Atlanta, GA 2014
Allison and Chrissy with a Palm Tree hat at Eclipse di Luna

Somehow we ended up at the mall which was not the original plan, but it kept us out of the rain. Allison and Chrissy had big frozen yogurts and I saw my first ever cupcake ATM. I almost took a picture of it, but it's one of those things... it looked like a pink ATM, the picture wouldn't do justice to the genius of the idea.

It was time for more lazing about. We went to check out the hotel pool, but the people there were all quiet and intense, and we're loud and relaxed so we passed. We sort of nap-rested, which was necessary after sleeping in(!) and then got ready for dinner.

Atlanta, GA 2014
Buckhead Diner- Actually an upscale restaurant

We had dinner at the Buckhead Diner which does look a diner from the outside- and how appropropriate to our Jersey roots!- but is actually an upscale restaurant on the inside. Apparently, celebrities are seen there all the time, but we didn't see any. So we pretended with the celebrity photo wall. And we had lots of delicious food and drinks.

Atlanta, GA 2014
Chrissy, Billy Crystal, and me

We walked to and from dinner, so I'm sure we burned off all the calories from dinner and our after party. Right? We went to Whiskey Blue which ended up being kind of clubby bar with nice views of Atlanta on its porch. We even made some friends. Then it was back to Cook Hall so we could sit on the patio and have loud inappropriate conversations by ourselves. Definitely some quality bonding! Time to plan our 2015 getaway!

Atlanta, GA 2014
Porch at Whiskey Blue Bar- tried and failed to get Atlanta's skyline in the picture

Happy birthday, Chrissy!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A Look Back- October 2014

Five Years Ago in 2009
We went to Lukas and Sarah's Engagement Party in Astoria, Queens. Kevin wrote a Things My Wife Complains About: #8 Loving Fake Football Players More Than Her.

Sarah and Lukas Engagement 2009
Lukas and Sarah's engagement party at Astoria Beer Garden

Kevin gave a lecture in Florence and we used it as an excuse to do a big Tuscany trip. We went to Florence, Fiosole, Pisa, and Lucca. When we were at the airport on the way back, I found out that Donald and Sarah had gotten engaged. Brian and I went to a Brad Paisley concert. I got so sick that I had to go to the emergency room, and though they failed to diagnose me I'm pretty sure I had the Brooklyn Mumps.  Halloween was a non-event, I moped around Brooklyn looking at kids in costume, desperately wanting my own. Kid, that is.  Well, I wanted a costume too.

Florence, Italy 2009
Ponte Vecchio in Florence

Pisa, Italy 2009  

Lucca, Italy 2009
Walking the romantic streets of Lucca

Ten Years Ago in 2004
Meghan visited DC for her Class of 1999 reunion. I went to the reunion with her, and later in the weekend we also celebrated her birthday with dinner and drink in DC.

Meghan Visits DC 2004
Dyana, Meghan and me at Buffalo Billiards

  GW Alumni House 2004
Laura and I crashing the 1999 Reunion

Meghan's Birthday 2004
Meghan and I celebrating her 28th? birthday in Chinatown

Aubree and I and a big group of friends went to the fall Gold Cup together. The fall Gold Cup was a great deal more sedate than the spring one, and it rained, but we still had a lot of crazy fun.

Fall Gold Cup 2004
Me and Aubree at Gold Cup (we're the pot o' gold)

Chrissy and I went to Kings Dominion and rode every roller coaster we could, some twice. I also threw an epic Halloween party, but I just refuse to get into those pictures. I will give you a picture of my winners for best costume though.

King's Dominion 2004
Me and Chrissy at King's Dominion (and also that random kid)

Halloween Party 2004
Best costume ever: Aaron and Julie are iPod and Mini-iPod

Fifteen Years Ago in 1999
I was a junior at GW. Alia and Candice threw a semi-formal wine and cheese party at their apartment. So fun!

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Me and Candice

Soraya tricked us. She asked if she could have just a few girls over before our sorority event that night. Suddenly sisters started showing up with trays and trays of jello shots. Then the entire sorority arrived. We rolled with it and it was a blast!

1999 10 16 ADPi Initiation PreParty 972b
Fall semester roommates: Teresa, Janice, Soraya, and me.

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Some of the sisters at the event that night

1999 10 31 Halloween 995b
Meghan (the spiderweb) visited us on Halloween

Twenty Years Ago in 1994

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My parents on their way to Ann and Jeanette's Halloween party

Twenty-five Years Ago in 1989

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Dad, Richard, Elaine, and Elaine's sister at Richard & Elaine's wedding

Thirty Years Ago in 1984
Can you find me?

1984 10 31 Halloween 666
My kindergarten class

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Kevin's Midwest Book Tour 2014

Kevin left for his big Midwest book tour very early on Wednesday morning!*

On Wednesday, September 24th he read at Prairie Lights in Iowa City. Since Kevin attended the Iowa Writer's Workshop, they promoted the event widely. He read with Mike Meginnis who was also published through Black Balloon, and who is an Iowa City resident, so between the two of them, the reading was packed. They even broadcast the reading on local radio because Iowa is awesome. He read part of his title story, "We Were Flying to Chicago," and part of "Puritan Hotel, Barnstable." If you missed it the first time, they archived it here (Kevin's part begins at 18:30):

Midwest Book Tour 2014
Kevin and Mike acting "authorly" at Prairie Lights

Midwest Book Tour 2014
Kevin's book is shelved just under Chekov here!

Thursday, September 25th, Kevin and Mike read at The Book Cellar in Chicago. Kevin read parts of "T-Bone Capone" and "On the Highway Near Fairfield, Connecticut." Kevin also had the chance to visit and stay with his friend Nate. He went to a White Sox game by himself and caught a foul ball, because it was just that sort of amazing trip.

Midwest Book Tour 2014
Chicago Skyline

Midwest Book Tour 2014
White Sox game

On Friday, Kevin started posting things like this on Facebook. "Am I actually alone in a Belgian bar in Chicago reading Flaubert with not one thing I have to do tonight or tomorrow?" I started getting jealous!

On Saturday, he went on a little hike, then he went to Madison, Wisconsin because why not? Then he went to Milwaukee for a Brewers game and noted, "The casual boredom with which the gigantically mustachioed Brewers mascot hurls himself down a slide after a home run is wonderful." While he was in Wisconsin, I sent him on a cheese curd mission. They did not disappoint.

Midwest Book Tour 2014
Hiking outside of Madison

Midwest Book Tour 2014
Madison, Wisconsin

Midwest Book Tour 2014
Cubs v. Brewers

Midwest Book Tour 2014 
Milwaukee art museum

Midwest Book Tour 2014
Wisconsin cheese mart!

Sunday Kevin and Mike drove together from Chicago to Minneapolis and it took forever! On Monday he read parts of "Open House" and "Third Prophet" at Magers & Quinn, in Minneapolis. But first he went on a bit of a Fitzgerald tour. "You're goddamned right I'm having an early-afternoon Manhattan at the bar of the hotel where Fitzgerald lived in St. Paul."

Midwest Book Tour 2014
Hello, Fitzgerald

Midwest Book Tour 2014
Books on display at Magers & Quinn 

Tuesday he came home! Yay!

September 2014
He was missed by all!

September 2014
Showing James his foul ball

September 2014 
Showing Miranda her new Iowa cheerleader outfit

*Kevin was gone Wednesday morning until Tuesday afternoon. Kevin and I haven't spent a whole week apart since January of 2007, well before we were married, and never more than two nights since we've had kids! Thank goodness Grandma came to help me and the kids!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Grandma Visits- September 2014

While Kevin went on his Midwest Book Tour (more on that soon), Grandma Clouther came and stayed with me for 5 nights and 5 days and helped me with the kids and with meals because she super awesome. As if that weren't enough, she got up every morning when the kids and I got up, and she took them to the park in the afternoon, so each day she was here I had some alone time and time to do work. Seriously, Mary Poppins is alive and well and she lives in Cape Cod!

Okay, here are all the pictures:

Grandma- Sept. 2014
Making Pumpkin cake with James!

Grandma- Sept. 2014
Can he be trusted? Sure.

Grandma- Sept. 2014
Eating the fruits of his labor

Grandma- Sept. 2014
Itty bitty loves her too.

Grandma- Sept. 2014
Feeding Miranda oatmeal

Grandma- Sept. 2014
Facetiming with Great-grandma

Grandma- Sept. 2014
Feeling a little sad but grandma's hugs help

September 2014
Sending a picture to dada

Grandma- Sept. 2014
Serious face!

Grandma- Sept. 2014
Group pic!

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