Saturday, August 31, 2013

a prince edward island weekend.

this weekend, ben & i have whisked ourselves away to...wait for it...prince edward island! 

earlier this year i mentioned going there someday, far away in the future, as a fulfillment of lovely childhood dreams. little did i know sneaky benjamin frandsen filed this information away in his mind only to surprise me a few months later with a trip to pei completely planned for my birthday weekend! we just arrived tonight & i can't wait to share with you our adventures that will be coming up over the next few days. "prince edward island"...just sounds so dreamy, doesn't it? speaking of dreamy - in the meantime, check out the beautiful landscapes of these photos...& prince edward island in the background! ha!

and you guys, YOU GUYS. you've got to check out gilbert blythe's hilarious "twitter account."

& this wonderful article on why he's a great literary crush.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

a night at the u.s. open.

we completely missed the memo on the u.s. open the last two years. it's one of those sporting events we had always heard about, & then we moved to nyc & saw u.s. open photos show up on the instagramz & facebookz of city friendz & we suddenly realized, "wait, the u.s. open happens here??" well, to answer your question, it does happen here - in flushing, queens, to be more specific. this year we decided we absolutely & unequivocally would not miss the party, & so i hopped on the onlines & got us some tickets. it's kind of a ways out there - well, about 40 minutes i'd say - & mets stadium is also that same subway stop, so the train ride out there was packed &, like, 120 degrees, to say the least...but ultimately worth it! ultimately worth it.

{cardigan is gap, dress is cynthia rowley, shoes are superga!)

our walk post-subway, pre-entering the stadium, kind of along a nice boardwalk-y area (we went to arthur ashe stadium, the largest tennis stadium IN THE WORLD! cool, right?)

once inside the u.s. open complex, there's this entire little village with multiple small stadiums, restaurants, stores, large electronic score boards, tournament brackets on the side of a building, large screens of all matches happening at the time, information booths, & practice courts. it was all quite bustling & fun to look at/people watch (a subject in which i have a bachelor of arts degree).

we tried to sneak into a shot so we could make an appearance on espn:

the practice courts:

so, i just randomly bought tickets - that is, the tickets did not indicate who would be playing, they only indicated time & location - but we ended up watching the number 1 ranked men's player in the world! novak djokovic, to be exact, & he was so fun to watch. we had such a great time, & wouldn't you believe it? tennis matches really are completely silent most of the time, with only small applause after each point. it was the quietest sporting event we've ever been to. i could have yelled out, "djokovic! you're quite attractive!" & the ENTIRE STADIUM - & remember this is the largest tennis venue in the world - would have heard me, & the "quite attractive! quite attractive! quite attractive!" would have echoed about the walls for a while. & djokovic won! he gave an interview afterwards & was totally cute. he's from serbia & his halting english + sense of humor just melted the hearts of the general populace.

we also had a great time trying to remember the scoring of tennis with all its points within games, having to win a certain amount of sets, "love," "deuce," & the fascinating, hilarious enigma that is...the ball boys, who were often almost as entertaining to watch as the actual match itself.

djokovic (often called "the djoker," my brother informs me) below in red:

photos in between matches (or points or games, or what have you):

gosh. night games & other sporting events under the lights beat all, i say, THEY BEAT ALL.

we asked this nice lady to take our photo for us & she said, "okay! but i have to warn you, my kids say i take shaky pictures":

our subway ride home was filled listening to slightly drunk mets fans discussing why the architecture/feng shui of citi field is better than yankees stadium because, and i quote, "when you walk into yankees stadium there's just this HUGE WALL. that really sends a message." deep! good night.

Monday, August 26, 2013

the sworn virgins of albania.

happy women's equality day! in honor of the occasion, spend a few minutes reading about albanian women who, for reasons related to culture, identity, or outdated laws, take a vow of chastity & live the rest of their lives as men - they're the "sworn virgins of albania." while the practice of these women, or "burrnesha," is a fading tradition, one photographer was able to capture stunning images of these women. interestingly, they are completely respected & accepted in their communities.

extra extra, read all about it HERE.

photo from the article.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

benny's back! tell your friends!

benny boy made his triumphant return from vancouvah on friday morning & it's been pretty much party party party ever since. well - mostly. there was some unpacking there for a while, general business to take care of after being gone for almost 5 weeks, & a bit of catching up on sleep because a certain physicist took the red-eye flight back (& this is a triumph - ben hates naps but he somehow managed to take a few since being back?!).  i am SO happy he's back. just look at how happy i am:

that night we ate at flor de mayo, which is a restaurant i've been noticing a lot lately because of the zagat stickers dating back to 2003 plastering its front door. anyway, we discovered flor de mayo's menu features a complex, intricate pastiche of peruvian, chinese, & mexican food...& it won. it all won.

spot us in that mirror we were sitting across from??:

ben ordered their peruvian chicken & it was so. much. FOOD. i ordered this huge noodle dish & we ate our meals at about the same place, & when i finished all up, ben still had this much food left:

& he ate it all!! every last bit. welcome home indeed, benny boy.

saturday morning we rode the A train all the way out to beach with some friends. the rockaways were hit pretty hard by hurricane (superstorm?) sandy. our church was pretty involved in the cleanup out there for a while, & our friend made a wonderful video of the cleanup effort (a video where ben makes several appearances!). anyway, these days the rockaways are looking clean & bright & beautiful, & there was just fantastic weather there on saturday. we tried out rockaway taco, a tiny place a few blocks from the beach, & it completely lived up to everything we heard about it. they were the best tacos i've had in the city! i'm still dreaming about those fish tacos. :) 

fish tacos & pineapple mint lemonade:

that night we ran, not walked, up to amy ruth's in harlem (with the same friends from the beach! the 6 of us spent a combined total of about 12 hours together on saturday, ha) for chicken & waffles! oh man oh man. ever since the last time we ate at amy ruth's i had been thinking it was high time we went back, & all of it, all of it, was even better the second time around. drizzled with syrup every few minutes? the best

this bottle of syrup became my kindred spirit that night:

so, wow, there you go. lots of eating, lots of fun, & mostly, LOTS OF BEN BEING BACK!

Friday, August 23, 2013

40 days of dating.

have you heard of 40 days of dating

it's a pretty addictive blog chronicling the dating experience of jessica & tim. both graphic designers living in nyc, they were long-time, good friends before they decided to try an experiment to date each other, & only each other, for 40 days straight. their "about" page says, "the dating life in new york city can grow tiresome & wearing. tim is afraid of commitment, often dating many girls at once, and he's losing sight of what a healthy relationship means. jessica is a hopeless romantic, jumping into relationships too quickly, always looking to find 'the one.'"

the 40 days come with some pretty specific rules:

1. they will see each other every day for 40 days.
2. they will go on at least three dates a week.
3. they will see a couples therapist once a week.
4. they will go on one weekend trip together.
5. they will fill out the daily questionnaire & document everything.
6. they will not see, date, hookup, or have sex with anyone else.

the blog features a post every day of the 40 days with the thoughts, feelings, & reactions of both tim & jessica. it's been really enjoyable to read & is a fascinating look into how guys & girls see & interpret things differently. they will have gotten into an argument & have two completely different viewpoints of what they were fighting about or how they're individually feeling towards the other person & their relationship.

things like health issues, memories of previous relationships, peer pressure, feeling closed-in because they have to see each other every day, mixed signals, & completely opposite dating speeds & problems pepper their relationship. & then also it's like, you really do want them to get together, but even by day 36 you're not sure if they will end up together after the 40 days are over, & even more importantly, they're not sure if they want to end up together. it kind of hits you that this is a real-life thing for them, not some movie where you can feel confident that there will be a happy, picture-perfect ending.

phew. so many feelings. like i said, it's fascinating!

recently (& while this is a few days ago within the 40 days, it was a few months ago in real time - they ran the experiment back in april or something, so it's actually already over!) they met up early sunday morning & tried a fun little thing: they held hands for eight hours straight! as in, they did not let go hands that entire time. they went to the bathroom together, (!) tied shoes holding hands, they couldn't even put one arm in their coat sleeves because that would have meant letting go. they wrote about what a great time they had doing that & even made little videos about it. i watched the video below & just smiled the. entire. time. i couldn't handle the cuteness!:

anyway. go check it all out if you have a sec!

fancy lady hair.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

a sunny walk in the village.

it was such a beautiful day today! 

ben comes home the day after tomorrow (FINALLY! he stayed behind in vancouver to continue his research while i came home to go to girls camp & other things - it's been about two & a half weeks since i've seen that ocean-eyed punk & i'm going crazy over here) & i decided to take advantage of the amazing weather & go on one of those adventures that you kinda make up as you go along. 

i headed down to greenwich village which, by the way, is just so, so dreamy to me. i worked down in that area for about a year & got to know my way around pretty well. in my heart of hearts that is the place i would live in in nyc if we had unlimited amounts of money, but since we don't have unlimited amounts of money i mostly keep that bit of information a secret.

but before the village, let's talk about this house at the end of our street, this little cute shorty tucked in between its tall neighbors. this is the direction we walk to get to the subway, so we see this little cutie pretty much every day.

another house on the corner of our street with some intense scaffolding going on. i'm in love with its curved shape!:

a lovely entryway on our street:

a lovely window on our street:

& on to the ever-colorful, the ever-energetic, the village!

"improving, non-stop"/"sh*ts." thanks for that one, manhattan:

oh you know, just a little piece of hogwarts on the corner of waverly (!):

lots of things there are stylish, like these bikes (except for that plastic bag, maybe?):

just, this exteeeerrior!!!

i mean, this cobblestone!:


"a salt & battery"! well done:

i'd pick that flowery white & teal clocky in the bottom left quadrant:

adoring the curves of the roof there on the left, & just the color of all those bricks there (they were doing a ton of renovation in that place on the very right. can you spot the wood entryway they put in front of the real door?):

ugh, these green juices. how do you feel about them?? have you ever had? you'll find a juice place practically on every corner here (that's maybe a slight exaggeration). i'm on the fence about them until i remember there are so many fruits & veggies packed into one drink that it's just so easy peasy to get your daily serving of them in a few sips. just ignore that $10.99 price tag you see there in the corner. welcome to new york city!

a tiny park tucked behind perry street:

this arrrrrchway above the bench!

c.o. bigelow's is the oldest pharmacy in the united states. it's eclectic & charming & a favorite nyc spot for me:

well, that looks like all the photos i have. greenwich village i love you, but your soaring apartment prices are bringing me down! until next time, over & out.


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