Tuesday, October 30, 2012


*just a quick hurricane-related note: we're doing okay! our upper west side hood stayed pretty safe. the rain & wind was pretty intense yesterday & our power flickered on & off for hours, but ben & i just stayed warm & cozy holed up inside. we caught up on sleep & tons of homework, watched a few movies, wore thick fuzzy socks, enjoyed the free days off of work & school.* & now back to our regular programming! there are a lot of pictures here, meaning lots of great updates. so let's get started:

what our couch looks like when i write mid-term papers:
 washington square park @night:
 pizza date! can you spot benny in this picture? it's a difficult one:
 this picture taken right before ben's slice split in half. you can see the beginnings of the tragedy below:
 & i had a little creeper waiting in line to order:
what do ben & shayla do after grabbing slices at koronets (& why is shayla referring to herself in 3rd person)? top it all off with chocolate malts at tom's, of course! (when we eat out, we go ALL out. we're talkin' dinner AND dessert. gotta live it up before the chilluns come!)
 engrossed in the spanish detective show that was playing at tom's:
 see the black purse my left hand is holding? when we got up to leave, that purse caught on that cake cover thing above it, knocked it over, & spilled all the apple turnovers onto the counter. everyone turned to stare & the tom's workers were quietly really mad at us. it was embarrassing, & we hightailed it outta there. a true story. 
 THESE FEET stickin' straight up while he does homework on his laptop. be still my heart:
 a quick late-night visit to ben's lab at columbia to pick up something he forgot yielded this fright. and NO, i'm NOT talking about my baggy MTC sweatpants (they're really cozy & warm & i didn't want to change out of them when we went outside, okay??)
 ben + new season of downton abbey + sunday night + cuddling = unending delight:
 isn't it nice to know that instead of "tracking sandy," your local news is "tracky sandy"?
 you bet your bottom dollar ben & i went for a quick run before hurricane sandy got too out of control! & what's up with those weird dry spots at my waist is what I want to know:
 lavender mint herbal tea at the library of the hotel my boss is staying at 
while they clean the mold out of her apartment:
 an image from our sleepy hollow adventure:
 & some pretty waters from sleepy hollow:
 this magazine helped make my treadmill date slightly more enjoyable.
 an outstanding view atop the discovering columbus exhibit at columbus circle:
 don't mind if i do nyc view #2: 
 slightly dirty unwashed hair for a date night never hurt anyone, right.......?

phew! you made it here to the end. those were a lot of instagram pictures.
hope you enjoyed. stay dry & safe wherever you are!

Friday, October 26, 2012

procession of the ghouls.

something that's really great about the upper west side/morningside heights/area we live in is that there are actually a lot of really cool cathedrals peppered around our neighborhood. one of these is st. john's cathedral, & every year around halloween-time they put on the ultra-cool "procession of the ghouls." here's what it is: everyone gathers in the huge cathedral at night (which is kinda creepy!). the lights are dimmed, there's an excited energy all around, & then the scary organ music starts. after that's over, they launch right into a black & white silent horror film. tonight we watched "nosferatu" with live organ accompaniment! it was SO FUN. ben & i were saying afterwards how silent films from the olden days seem just kind of quaint now, but we still had a blast watching it. after that, the film screen lifts, everything goes silent, & from out of the smoke emerges the most scary/beautiful ghouls you've ever seen. their costumes are intricate & wonderful, & they silently walk slowly down the aisle with nothing but the organ creepily playing. pictures below!

this chilly cellist was there to greet everyone as we walked in. he was actually really good!:

 the cathedral, pre-show:
 nothing says "halloween" better than a 1920s dracula story in black & white. the picture below captures the wife about to sacrifice herself to save her village & her husband who was too dumb to listen to everyone warning him not to go to count dracula's castle, which brought about all their problems in the first place.
 smoke gathering after the movie!
 this huge skeleton was swinging back & forth in the aisle.
 here come the ghouls! they would walk up really close to people & it was spooky. we had aisle seats & had a perfect close-up of the beautiful costumes. a few of the ghouls got pretty close!
 you guys, i CAN'T believe i forgot to bring our nice camera to this & so we ended up having to use my phone. which did NOT yield pictures as nice as we would have liked. oh well. have to work with what you got, right? like this guy. he was working it:

 okay sorry this one is blurry, but it almost makes it scarier? 
(my pitiful excuse for our bad cell-phone pictures)

 again, blurry, but you get the (blurry) picture.
 the procession went on for about 30 minutes! the ghouls kept 
coming & coming. oh my GOSH it was so fun.


we are so, SO glad we went to this. perhaps it'll be a new halloween tradition?
& now, a few post-procession pictures:

a shot of the outside of the cathedral:
 one of the huge front doors:
 who could say no to posing with such scary lighting?

 creepy cathedral choir seats...well, normally they're not creepy, but they kinda were tonight:
 a mini-gargoyle type dude chilling on the corner of the choir seats:

 more scary lighting pictures:
 if you carved our faces on jack-o-lanterns, they might look something like this:

 in closing, let's hear it for a house of worship embracing spookiness so openly!

husband living on the edge, part ii.

ah, that husband of mine is still living on the edge. he just keeps things so adventurous around here. behold! the edginess continues!

i give you! the floating remote!

there's a book under the paper holding it all up, but that small dvd remote is not even REMOTELY on the table AT ALL.

see the first documentation (that was wayyyy overdue) of when ben was living on the edge HERE.


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