Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Commercials that make me smile

This is one of my all time favorite commercials.

And this one always made me smile, but then Nisha sent it to me & Orla saying it reminded her of the 3 of us - it made me love it more.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

A Perfect Sunday

rain from here, crossword puzzle from here, paintbrushes from here, coffee from here

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Monday, March 23, 2009

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Following my nose home

The smells as I walk the five floors of my apartment building take me into the lives of so many people.  As I begin climbing the stairs, the smell of onion and garlic make me realize how hungry I am.  The aroma of a cooking dinner draws me up the stairs at a quicker pace.  I breathe in the smell of italian food as I pass apartment 2E.  

I continue climbing towards the next floor, now thinking of what I have in my refrigerator & how it will never compare to the dinner I just walked past.  

The next level brings me to the fragrance of a newly cleaned apartment, one that smells like Febreeze and maybe even a scented candle.  The excitement of Spring being just around the corner carries me beyond 3B’s spring-cleaning-scents.

Making my way to the 4th floor, I am immediately transported back to my first month in New York City.   In the SOHO sublet apartment I was crashing, there were many people who ended their evening - or maybe began it, by toking into relaxation.  The unmistakable scent reminded me of the excitement I felt being new to the city & dreaming of all the opportunities that lied ahead of me.  

As I pass the open window on the final set of stairs leading up to my apartment, I feel the chilled air rushing in and smell the comforting scent of laundry tumbling slowly around in a hot dryer as the fabric-softened-scented-exhaust wafts into the stairwell.  

My final few steps of the climb to the 5th floor bring me the scent of South Asian cooking.  The exotic smells transport me to a place of color, beaches, coconuts and lemongrass...

And then I open my door and find myself home. 

Monday, March 16, 2009


I went to the Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden this weekend.  This is something I would not have had the desire to go to on my own.  Lucky for me though, my friend Jon asked me to join him & I am so glad I did.  I went crazy taking photos of every flower.  I'm embarrassed to even admit how many I took - let's just say it was a lot. These are amazing flowers that exude poetry in their mere existence.  I now have an appreciation for them that I never had before.    

Sunday, March 8, 2009

I've got a new toy

Last year when I bought my new mac, I also purchased a Wacom Tablet (because when you're dropping a few thousand, what's an additional few hundred?!).  I was told I could bring it back if I decided I didn't like it.  Well, what I didn't know was that I had to take it back within 14 days...I assumed I had a month.  Long story short, this brand new, great piece of equipment has been sitting unused in the box in the back of my closet for the past year.  So, what better thing to do on a rainy Sunday afternoon than finally get it out and play with it?!  Sadly, I'm afraid it will take me another year to really learn all of its bells and whistles.  But for now, I will take simple pleasure in drawing on everyone's photos; and whose better to start on than my own. :)  

Monday, March 2, 2009

Amazon Pulling

I talked for a long time today with a traveler who is dreaming of a trip to Peru.  She wanted to know all about the Amazon because it scared her & she didn't want to go.  Talking to her about it made me want to go back so badly.  I've been sitting here looking at photos now & want to go back even more.
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