Monday, March 31, 2008

I'm a Vermonster!

I don't know why, but one of the things I have been looking forward to the most is getting my Vermont license and plates. I think maybe it's because it means that the vacation is over and that we really do live in Vermont now. Maybe also it is partly my need to fit in. But anyway, we made a trip to the DMV today (which was super fast, painless, and efficient. Bonus!), and I am now officially a Vermonter. Whatever that means. Drivers here are kind of crazy, so hopefully I won't end up in that bracket, but it's kinda cool to have those green plates! Too bad they clash with my car...

oh, we are just so happy to be legal residents.

And for those of you Ithacans who think this means that we don't miss you... We DO! We are just working on settling in here. We still miss being Ithacans very very much. But, the DMV here is much nicer, and more efficient. And you know how I love me some efficiency!

Moroccan Dance Party

There's a new Moroccan restaurant in Potsdam, and we went there last week with my parents, and Margot. They had great food, a really nice atmosphere with beautiful decor, and best of all! Middle Eastern Dance music. Lilian practiced her belly dancing techniques!

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Bike Rides!

So. It is almost April and it is still really really (really) cold up here in the NorthEast. Of course I am exaggerating. But wouldn't you be too?

After our tremendously fun and relaxing week in Potsdam (more on that in another post... where's the video Margot???), we came back to a sunny but cold Btown where the first order of business was to get Lili's bike seat attached to my bike. Why in the world are we riding when we still have to wear snowsuits? Well, it's because Keith and I have signed up for the NYC 5 boroughs bike tour, and it's in a month, and it's 42 miles and we have. to. train. And really the only way for this to happen, since we don't have a sitter yet, is for Lilian to come with us. Hence the installation of the seat this afternoon.

It was a great ride, just up and down the street to get the feel for it. We discovered that necessary adjustments had to be made but the big happy surprise is that Lilian LOVED riding in it, and pretty much refused to get out. So in order to get her off the ride, we literally took the seat off the bike. She thought that was funny. But when it was time to get her out of the seat, she did everything she could to prevent that from happening. It's great that she loves it so much, because that will make riding with her so enjoyable!

gettin' ready to roll (that's our apartment behind us)

action shot! look, I can even do it one handed!

yay! she loves her bike seat! yay!

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Samurai Lilian

Our friends G&C came to visit us yesterday, and G took the opportunity to do Lili's hair. It was way too super cute that I wondered why I haven't done it yet. And then I remembered. She's been wearing a hat outside every day for the past 6 months, and before that she had very little hair. But now we can bring our accessorizing to a whole new level with barrettes and hair bands. Yay!

Thursday, March 20, 2008


Okay, now that we have Lilian back it is much less unpacking and much more exploring of our new surroundings.

Some favorites:

City Market Coop - So awesome! The biggest coop market I've ever been in, and complete with a beautiful vegetarian buffet. I will have to restrain myself, I think.

Skinny Pancake - a cute, cozy creperie with some super-scrumptious fare.

Fletcher Library - I'm sure this will be a staple in my life as a mom. Lili and I are already signed up for "Music with Robert and Gigi". Here's hoping that Gigi lives up to her name...

And, our house now smells more like sesame oil, and less like paint due to a last-minute stir fry!

Pictures soon, I promise.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

We're here

In case you didn't already know... we survived the move unscathed (relatively). Lilian had a great time at my parents' house, and they were just as happy to drop her off here as we were to get her back. She can now speak much more clearly (Bl-oooo: "L" sounds are being formed!), and also is showing signs of having been spoiled. Or maybe she was just super tired this evening and therefore cranky and hard to please.

Cons: The apartments reeks of VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds, think fresh paint smell)
We can't get dish after all because of a row of pine trees next to the house
The kitchen cabinets are shoddy and the drawers are shoddier. And soooo much less space!

Pros: Unbelievably close to a nice (cheap!) bagel shop.
A Garage!
A big room for Lilian (TBD whether this ends up being a pro or a con...)

I miss Ithaca terribly. Give me a shout out if you're reading this so as I can remember that friends don't have to be down the road from me to still be friends!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Desert Compost

Hey! Don't misread the title of this post!

We are cleaning out the contents of our cupboards and here is the result of our dry goods purge. It's a beautiful desert landscape, right in our own compost bin.

Whole wheat flour on bottom, then CoCo-Wheats, then corn starch, and finally sundried tomatoes on top

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

See you, Sadie.

This is a very bittersweet post. Earlier this week, we found a forever home for our dog, Sadie. For almost a year now, she has been having tremendous difficulty getting along with Lilian, and so in the end we decided to find her a new home, one where she could get the exercise and attention that she deserves. In the process, we were able to confirm what we already knew: that Sadie is an extremely intelligent, adaptable, and loving dog. Her new owner, Jane, is a wonderful match for her and I hope that they have many loving years together. I thank the universe for bringing Sadie to me, and I hope she remembers that she is cherished by many!

Love always,

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Lilian Low Rider

We had a lovely goodbye party with our Unicycle friends this afternoon into evening. We will surely miss our weekly unicycling sessions in the gym, and Lilian most of all. She loves having all of that space to ride around, and there always seems to be new ride-on toys for her to experiment with there. Today was a low-rider trike that she could almost reach the pedals all the way on. She so enjoys being active there and watching everyone Uni and running and playing with the big girls. Thanks so much to A, M, and T for being such a great group of "big sisters"!

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Little Ukulele Lady

We currently own two ukuleles. Keith has recently been taking them out to play with them with Lilian. She LOVES it, and often asks for it ("yOU, yOU"). Here's a great shot of her jamming.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

My First Installation

When I was in undergrad at Cornell, I took a really cool senior design class called Kinetic Sculpture. It was taught by Prof. Francis Moon, who is himself very cool in a quirky kind of way (dude, he's been on Nova).

Anyway, I made three pieces during this class, and one in particular I am very proud of, and so I have kept it for all these years. But, because of the impending move, I really felt like I might end up dumpstering it.

Luckily, I found a really really cool shop downtown whose style totally matched my piece! Nature meets industrial, and so I asked the owner if she wanted it and Lo and Behold a few hours later my wonderful art has a new home right in the entranceway of the store. If you're ever in Ithaca, you should go check it out.

Tuff Soul owner, my art, and me

my art, and it's new owner

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Political Breakdown

So, whilst getting deep into conversations about politics that I really shouldn't be getting into, I was told of a website that can help you determine which Presidential candidate you most closely align with. And more importantly, why you are closely aligned with them. I took the quiz, and of course didn't click on any of the whys. That's my problem, taking everything for face value. Which would make you think I would be an Obama supporter, but maybe not.

You decide for yourself. Click here. Comment Away.