Sunday, November 30, 2008

Double Trouble

A very dear friend asked me to photograph her brand new twinnies! How cute are they?





In other news, I'm happy to report that I have successfully completed the November
NaBloPoMo. I thought it would be easy because I've already been blogging on a daily basis anyway...naturally, it wasn't. Some days you just don't feel like posting, writing, putting yourself out there, etc. Since I can't do anything half-way and have the need to finish whatever I start, I went all the way. I won't miss it though. Like most things, I prefer to do blogging on my own terms.

Happy December, people!

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Saturday, November 29, 2008

Nature Wills It

Un lago en el cielo

I need to go out and take photos today. We're out in the country and we're going to head over to the beach in search of some inspiration. It's not difficult to find it there.

I love the beach in winter. I like being alone in a place that is usually overcrowded. There is something so raw about a beach in winter. In the absence of loud music and laughing children and the general chatter of conversation is just the cool wind against your face, the crash of the waves breaking on the shore and the sound of the breeze rustling through the long grass on the dunes. The air is so crisp and the smell of the cold ocean inspires me. I like the spot on the top of a wave where the wind catches the water - the force of the sea combined with the force of the wind is like magic. When it's blowing west and the waves are crashing to the east it looks like a battle of nature's wills.

Sos el paisaje más soñado

Today's soundtrack:

Snow Patrol - Run

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Friday, November 28, 2008

ay que linda...que bella!

A couple of weeks ago I blogged about Palomita's obsession with the song Abracadabra by Steve Miller Band. We just started singing it to her one day out of nowhere and, well, she remembers it and she still loves it.

My dad bought her a new jumper and last week we put her in it and wow...you must see this for yourself. I honestly can't tell if that's me or my sister singing in the background (we have the same voice and mannerisms but don't look that much alike) but my dad is taping it, my grandmother and mom my are talking (that's my mom saying "ay que linda! que bella!") and I'm not quite sure who is singing the salsa playing on my dad's Ipod in the bakground. We are a wonderfully diverse family and we are head over heels in love with this child. As my sister would say "it's not right." No, baby sister, it's not.

Oh, by the way, check out her gold, yes gold, slippers and butterfly tights. If Paloma doesn't kill me with cuteness, my sister will send me over the edge with these outfits she puts on her. One of my favorites things is seeing my parents with her. My mother and father literally melt. She's just such a joy. How can such a little person bring so much happiness? I can't take it.

UPDATE: My dad called me to tell me that he didn't take the video...one of my aunt's, Miriam, took it (Titi Yin)...I should have known it was her since she's had a video camera permanently attached to her eyeball for the last 20 years! She loves videotaping and we are all so thankful for it since she has all of our childhood's recorded on tape. Thanks, Titi Yin!

UPDATE NUMBER 2
: My mom emailed me to tell me that actually it was her who was singing and neither me nor my sister. My family cracks me up. As you can probably imagine, it's never a dull moment. The good news is that now I know they actually read the blog! :)



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Maintaining the Hope

My thoughts and prayers are with all of the people affected by the attacks in Mumbai...especially the families of all of the people who were wounded or killed in yet another senseless tragedy.

I've been blogging over the last few days about feeling so thankful for everything from my wonderful marriage and my nieces and nephew to finding the perfect lipgloss and having a good sense of humor. Today I'll add "maintaining the hope of peace" to the list.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The Things I'm Thankful For...

So much...silly and serious(!).

Happy Thanksgiving! What are YOU thankful for?

My list is much longer than even this...perhaps I will update later.

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The few mornings when D lingers in bed past 7am.


my wonderful husband in general.


Shy

Palomita. Emily. Owen.



all the love around me.


us

Starbucks tall skim lattes.

liking my job.

being a wife to a wonderful husband.

rice and beans.



Barack Obama.

health.

the sound of kids playing in the park next to my building.


New York City.

The Sky is the Limit

DVR.

Fall Foliage.




Pandora.

ipod playlists.

a hot pot of coffee ready for me every morning.

the elliptical machine (I hate it but I love it).

a husband who handles things that I can't.

my grandparents.

the love of and ability to travel.

courage.

accepting my flaws.


she has something to tell you

my eye.


Curious Boy


the daily morning good-bye kiss from D.

strong work ethic.

my relationship with my parents and my sister.

good friends.

my Nikon d300.


US Weekly.

photoshop.

Facebook.

a dishwasher.


Google Reader.


New York Magazine.



W Magazine.


Flickr.

chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream.

Free delivery of pretty much anything in New York.

my terrace.

Netflix.

the Sunday Times.

linguini bolognese.

my blackberry.

gmail.

cosmopolitans.

the 24 hour Korean deli across the street.

mani/pedi days.

WNYC.


Rosebud Salve.

all lip gloss (I have way too many - my bathroom looks like the make-up department in
Bloomingdale's.

Speaking of which...Bloomingdale's!

Pinot Noir and Malbec. In fact, the liquor store across the street is something to be really thankful for!

the fact that I have to (I can't help it) save everything because finding them years later is so awesome.

finding a parking space with no meter.

the ability to laugh at myself.

art...even the kind of don't really "get"...


free laundry pick-up and drop-off.

The Foo Fighters.

Pajama pants that don't ride up.

the feeling I get when I wear a new dress.

getting a yellow cab in the rain.

getting a good deal.


shopping.

Holiday windows in New York.

DVF.

Magnum Photos.

the New York City holiday markets.


East Hampton.

Vivo


Central Park.




The Brooklyn Bridge.


Dinner in Brooklyn

So much more...

Today's soundtrack-Seal - Crazy


Inspired by TheAmberShow
...Thanks!

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

A Photographer Grows in Brooklyn

Yesterday I spent the afternoon in Brooklyn. A small collection of my urban photography is currently being featured at Le Chandelier Salon in Park Slope, Brooklyn. If you live in the area, please do go check it out and stay tuned for details for a petite cocktail reception/meet the artist party in January after the craziness of the holiday season passes.

Le Chandelier is located at 264 Fifth Avenue between Carroll Street and Garfield Place in lovely Park Slope. If you don't live in the area, and you are curious, then here is a sneak preview of what you would see on the walls. Incidentally, I did take some photos of the display but I have been so crazed that I haven't had a moment to upload them to the computer.

Today's soundtrack is inspired by the release of the new Guns-n-Roses > album, Chinese Democracy.

CSI: DUMBO

Of a Curious Nature

esta noche volveré

Lego Land

Hot Purple Lips

Working It

PS--talk about things happening for a reason (and I'm a big believer) - I met the owner of the salon, a wonderful woman named Tara, when I sold her an apartment! We became fast friends and I can tell we will know each other for a long time.


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Monday, November 24, 2008

Chiquitita, You and I Know...

My Italian grandmother, my father's mom, who lives in Argentina was supposed to fly up to New York this weekend. She was going to be here until the end of January but she wasn't feeling well and so she had some tests done. I'm not entirely sure what she has exactly but she's much better now that the doctors have figured it out and gave her the proper medicine to control the pain that she was having.

I am 31 years old and my first grandparent, actually my great-grandmother, passed away when I was 21 years old. I traveled to Argentina with my dad to see her but she was already gone in my mind. In all my life I never once saw her in bed like that except for the times when I was little and I slept in the bed with her. Even then, she always came to bed after me and she always woke up hours before I did. She was the most active, vivacious and brave woman I ever met. She was the reason I am here since she was responsible for my parents meeting. She moved to the United States from Argentina, like so many people from around the world, to start a new life. Eventually she moved back but she loved New York, and in particular Washington Heights where she lived - she always told me that no matter what I do, I must, at some point, live in New York City.

I've had that pit in my stomach for the last week knowing that my grandmother is sick. When my grandfather died five years ago it was so fast - well, it was fast for me. I live here in New York so I have always felt like a part of me was missing because they live so far. I did not see him sick and it's a blessing and a curse. A blessing because in my mind I will always remember him as my wonderful, pipe-smoking, healthy grandfather who taught us how to swim when we were little and who would make steaks for my sister and me for breakfast when we would come home from a night of dancing in Buenos Aires when we grew up. But, a curse because it had been a while since I had seen him and he never had the opportunity to meet D. I was so close with my grandfather notwithstanding the huge distance separating us. Recently, while I was cleaning my old bedroom, I found a box full of birthday cards, postcards and letters from them. I'm thankful that I save every last thing.

So, my grandmother is sick but she's better. I wish she was here. She is the kindest, most selfless person I know. She is so wise and it's not just because she is a grandmother. She always says the right thing and incidentally, she's always right. When ever I have a worry about anything or if I'm ever having one of those days, she makes me feel better. That's not meant to sound contrived - it's just true. I've been looking forward to her visit since the last time I saw her when I was in Argentina in July. This would have been the first time in years that I've seen her for three different visits - she was here when Paloma was born, then I went to Buenos Aires and then she was supposed to come here again. This would have been the first Christmas that we spend with her in over ten years.

This photo is of a trip that I took with her to Iguazu Falls. As long I live I will never forget it - we spent four days together, just the two of us, talking and laughing.

Ella

what my eyes have seen...

Incidentally, today is my Cuban grandmother's birthday. We'll be celebrating, like we do every year, on Thanksgiving, with some delicious cake and lots of other desserts. I wish I could be with the two of them but I still feel so lucky.

Today's soundtrack is for Abulin who would sing the Spanish version of this song to me when I was little. I asked for her to sing it over and over again and she always did - it's such a sad song but I loved it and I'm pretty sure I drove everyone nuts with it.

ABBA - Chiquitita

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Sunday, November 23, 2008

the women in my family don't love me.

They must not. Why else would they behave this way. I think they are trying to kill me.

I'm spending the day at my mom and dad's with my sister and the baby. I might not make it back if this is what goes on all day.



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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Pick me! Pick me!

Today is a very busy day because I'm working at an open house. Times are tough but in this New York real estate market but I'm hoping that this beautiful house will sell itself.

In the meantime, you might recall that a few days ago I blogged about my participation in a book created by female self-portrait artists. Well, I've just been informed that a second image has been selected for publication. Check them out!

And, to update my post, I've decided to title the first image: Some Days.

Happy Saturday, people!! If you're in NYC, bundle up! It's FREEEEEZING!!!

Today's soundtrack:


Sting - All This Time


The Dawn

the dawn

Some Days
some days.

Finally, on a completely unrelated note, can any of you other bloggers give me some tips on how to use AdSense? Please? Merci!

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Friday, November 21, 2008

Viva la France!

I'm traveling to Paris in a few weeks to attend a special event at the
Louvre. I'm so excited to be going back there. The last time I visited was for my 30th birthday - I decided that for me a trip to one of my favorite places was better than a big party.

When I was a junior in college I decided to take a semester abroad to France. It was the best decision of my life. I packed up and went without knowing anyone. It was such an adventure - 20 years old, no attachments, going to a foreign country all alone. Up until that point I had never been to Europe but I had studied French all through high school and during my first two years at BU, so I felt pretty comfortable with the language. I had ended a relationship with someone the year before and I was so devastated by the way it ended, let alone the fact that it ended at all, that I jumped into another relationship to spare myself the feelings from the first one. That was bad, to say the least, all around. Years later I understood that my trip to Paris was not an attempt to run away from everything but rather the only real way, for me, to deal with things. I had plenty of time to think about everything and handle it in my own way, and, in the process, I made some wonderful friends, learned to speak a language fluently, learned so much about myself, took some very interesting classes, had a wonderful internship and lived in one of the most beautiful cities on earth.

I will forever be grateful to that city - it changed my life.

Now I'm looking forward to going and taking some more photos. I captured some real
gems while I was there two years ago (IMHO, of course) but I have grown so much in my photography since then. There is so much to see there...every where you turn there is something fresh even though the city is so deeply rooted in its own past. I love that dynamic.

Stay tuned.

Today's soundtrack:

Madeleine Peyroux - J'ai deux Amours

to be young



on the way up and down

a few wishes

the ghosts

Regarde Moi

table for deux

La Femme

un petit jardin


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