Slice of Life

The month is continuing on and we're moving into the rhythm of how our winter days will be spent. Mackenzie and I try to wake up early every day - a task that is proving to be rather difficult as the temperature outside remains a cold 40-degree median. We've had a rather warm spell this week which got me thinking about the possibilities of planting a couple of camellia trees into the church yard because the ground isn't frozen anymore. Melina and I went to the flower market and I found two beautiful Camellia japonica. I am thinking I will keep them indoors until the Spring and plant them then so that their roots can establish without too much stress. 

I'm keeping a sweet little hellebore plant in our front window box and it seems to like the shade and faded sunlight there. I clipped a little bunch and stuck it in this flower arrangement for the house.

I'm keeping a sweet little hellebore plant in our front window box and it seems to like the shade and faded sunlight there. I clipped a little bunch and stuck it in this flower arrangement for the house.

I'm working from home more often now that I have a new MacBook Pro. It's been 3 years since I've had a laptop, so this is quite a big deal for me! Anytime I would need a computer I'd head into the office to use my desktop, but it's been nice to start my day early and end earlier working from home. Melina came by last week to do a little work with me and we had fun running our usual errands of picking up art supplies and buying bread (primary essentials for us!). Mackenzie and I have been cooking a lot more lately. I made a delicious French quiche from a baguette that had gone dry. I soaked it in a bowl of milk until it was soft and added all sorts of delicious things, like gruyere & Comte cheese, eggs, spinach, garlic, sea salt, black pepper, duck fat from the farmer's market....the lot of it was blended and placed into a pastry dough to bake. Cooking things like this help me to take my attention off of work things at the end of the day. Macke and I both realize the merit in giving attention to our hobbies. Alex came over last week to make udon noodles from scratch with us. We spent a long time preparing them and drinking wine to try to curb our hunger while we waited. It was funny that the prep time was probably 4 times as long as the amount of time it took to slurp them down!

I'm working from home more often now that I have a new MacBook Pro. It's been 3 years since I've had a laptop, so this is quite a big deal for me! Anytime I would need a computer I'd head into the office to use my desktop, but it's been nice to start my day early and end earlier working from home. Melina came by last week to do a little work with me and we had fun running our usual errands of picking up art supplies and buying bread (primary essentials for us!).

Mackenzie and I have been cooking a lot more lately. I made a delicious French quiche from a baguette that had gone dry. I soaked it in a bowl of milk until it was soft and added all sorts of delicious things, like gruyere & Comte cheese, eggs, spinach, garlic, sea salt, black pepper, duck fat from the farmer's market....the lot of it was blended and placed into a pastry dough to bake. Cooking things like this help me to take my attention off of work things at the end of the day. Macke and I both realize the merit in giving attention to our hobbies.

Alex came over last week to make udon noodles from scratch with us. We spent a long time preparing them and drinking wine to try to curb our hunger while we waited. It was funny that the prep time was probably 4 times as long as the amount of time it took to slurp them down!

Sometimes the winter discourages me from doing activities. This year I somehow feel differently and much more active. For once I feel really happy and perhaps that's because Mackenzie and I are building such a lovely home and we are so happy to invite people in now for dinner parties and whatnot. Tomorrow we have my two favorite little munchkins (Henry age 6 and Sophia age 9) coming over while Melina goes to a flower workshop in Red Hook. We'll most likely order sushi, skateboard in the park, or watch Avatar: the Last Airbender.

Exploring our neighborhood has been really something fun to do as well. Mackenzie and I never run out of fun things to check out! We discovered a new coffee shop today and last week a friend showed me a restaurant that serves as half skate/surf shop, and half asian food fare. Brooklyn is the best! I don't miss living in Manhattan and it feels good to be back in a zip code I used to have 4 years ago. 

Life is trekking along and I don't find myself short of freelance design requests and art commissions on top of regular work. I'm working on practicing new design methods and exploring design theory too.

xo