Wednesday, December 31, 2014

the end of 2014, around the internet.


the 14 best movies of the year, according to buzzfeed....& the 17 best new shows. the list of shows to watch grows by the minute.

speaking of buzzfeed - 24 amazing under-the-radar movies of the year (we watched snowpiercer a few nights ago & it was pretty fantastic).




the best tv shows of the year, according to one nyt writer.

the best movie trailers of the year, & why.

the men of jane austen - ranked! (do you agree with the #1 choice?)




in case you ever need to double check whether or not the current day is christmas day. juuuuuuust in case you need to double check.

one {admittedly pretentious} magazine's take on the best movie fashion of 2014...

...& it's {admittedly mostly silly} list of what to look out for in 2015. you'll have to keep me posted! i'll be too busy breastfeeding, or whatever.

a few from the new yorker:

do you feel "excited and scared" about the release of into the woods? we saw it on christmas day & this is a good read.

children's christmas letters to "satan"...& his responses. so funny!...there is a bit of language.

the new yorker's list of the best books of the year...so you know you'll be familiar with, like, maybe 5% of them :)

Sunday, December 28, 2014

our day after christmas.


on friday, ben & i slept in to an unreasonably late hour - while visions of sugarplums danced in our heads - then got ourselves up & over to the park avenue armory to see the "tears become...streams become..." exhibit. the armory is this gorgeous* building on the east side, originally built as a drill hall & social club for the {wealthy} new york city civil war militia. now it houses all sorts of unique plays, performances, & art installations & in general is almost too gorgeous...as previously mentioned.* i'm really excited to share pictures of this amazing space. you can read more about the armory HERE.


the armory's drill hall is a gigantic room (photos in a second), with this high arched, industrial-type ceiling (the website likens it to giant european train stations & they're exactly right). the armory's website told me that it's one of the largest open spaces in the city! it's pretty impressive that it's remained an untouched, unobstructed space in a city that sometimes feels like it's closing in on you on all sides.

anyway, besides that, the armory has all these other side rooms that i liked just as much. the armory is this really warm building...let me see if i can describe it: the rooms are dimly lit, but comfortable, like the lighting you'd find in a fancy restaurant, & everything smells like smooth wooden floors. as always, our pictures in no way do this place justice. let's get started:


note to self: buy life-sized peacocks to place on our tree next year. since our tree will be approx. two & a half feet tall, probably one of the birds of this size in the photos will do.


such menacing, medieval light fixtures:


ah, the hallowed halls of the menz...


you know what i think we all need is more recognition given to menz:


one of the main hallways of the armory's first floor:



please for you to notice not only this fantastic display in front of the window, but the fact that ben is holding my purse:



silver trophies & awards + A SHIELD NBD:





have you heard that the bird is the word?


this guy was one of, oh, about 17 heads on the walls of this one room:



okay, now on to the "tears become...streams become..." exhibit in the drill hall! OBSERVE:


almost the entire floor of the hall is covered in water, & in the middle of it all are two grand pianos that look like they're floating. the legs of one are submerged in the water, while the other sits on a black plank.


while the water is only an inch deep or so, it looks incredibly deep & endless. it was actually a little disorienting (maybe even scary?) to stand on the very edge & look over into the water. you felt like you were going to fall into space!...or something like that.


we really tried to manipulate the light in the camera so these photos would be easier for us all to see, but in person, it was really dark in there.


water = crazy reflective = science!



ben's reflection in space the water.


space! the final frontier!


we missed it, but for a series of nights this month a pianist would walk out through the water to one of the pianos & play a series of water-themed works by liszt & debussy.


 you can read more about douglas gordon's "tears become...streams become..." here, or in this article, that says, "what’s beneath the surface is unknown, a possibly infinite darkness, which you might read as a psychological metaphor for the unconscious, whence spring inspirations of creative imagination." 

Friday, December 26, 2014

our christmas day.


merry (day after) christmas! how was your day yesterday? ours could not have gone better. first of all, how gorgeous is this silver nativity? ^^^^ we invested in it this year in the hopes that it will become a beautiful heirloom in our family, something that our kids will come to love & admire. plus i really need to start collecting nativities, because my mom does that, ben's mom does that, & it just seems like a thing one does when one becomes a *mom.* i bought it from this website.

anyway, here's what our little christmas corner of the house looked like. a 2 & a half foot tall {fake} tree (plus the box the tree came in in the corner there, see it? classy.), the shiniest string of lights you ever did see, a pleasant pile of gifts from each other & from loved ones, & a single, sweet ornament on the tree:


this baby onesie!...that will have more significance next year, when it will actually be our child's first christmas, but it was still exciting to hang nonetheless.


we draped a few lights over this little greenery that was right there by the tree, because it's a plant too & we wanted to be fair. it's not even a fake plant, at that:


here's a peek at a few of the goodies we received for christmas, & some other photos as well:

1. i bought ben a white thermal that happened to be THE EXACT SAME ONE he was wearing at that moment, haha (he wears it so often he needed another one).


2. i wanted to try something new this year in the hopes that it would stick as a tradition: making horchata for christmas morning! & it turned out to be a huge, delicious success. i used this recipe, & added more milk & cinnamon after to taste. also, i would definitely double, at least, if not triple, the recipe.


3. i loved this calendar we received from ben's sister rosalynde. afterwards, i checked out the site that made this calendar & discovered they have lots of other cute stuff.


4. this picture maybe makes them look kind of disgusting or weird, but bubble pancakes have long been a favorite breakfast at my house. they're the best with a little spoonful of powdered sugar on top:


5. aren't these book covers fantastic!? well done, ben.




6. it was about time we had our own set:


7. a new apple technological device (in preparation for late-night nursing sessions & to keep a toddler happy on an airplane :) ) 


later on that day, we skyped into my family's christmas morning (with the exception of ben & i, all of my siblings were at my parents' house for the big day this year). it was really fun, & more than that, it was really funny. this shot of feet was particularly good:


a classic eli pose:


ma & pa:


we took this picture to send to ben's mom, but i thought i'd share: we have baby's small corner of the house {mostly} ready to go! a little crib (it's called an "urban crib" - intentionally small to fit into small city spaces...like our apartment :), a print above it, & a cozy blanket (that we won't actually keep in the crib, don't worry). setting up the crib was one of the last things stressing me out, so it was a big relief to get it all situated. in other news, my pj pants have polar bears on them:


later on in the day, we headed out to have dinner with friends. coincidentally, the theme of the meal was a "shepherd's dinner," which ben & i were originally planning to have for the two of us, seeing as having a shepherd's dinner for christmas is a longtime tradition in ben's family. (here we are admiring the reflective ceiling of the elevator in our friends' building)


a shepherd's dinner is meant to include simple food items that **could have** been eaten by shepherds in bethlehem in new testament times. as you can see from the photos below, we ate things like dried fruit, nuts, olives, cheese, pita bread, & crackers. it always turns out to be really delicious & we were so pleasantly surprised that other people, namely our friends jon-david & becky, were hosting a dinner like this as well so we could bring the food we were already planning on eating.


in ben's family, they would gather around their fireplace, sitting cross-legged on blankets, & eat the food without utensils. i think it's a really cool tradition. also, this table set-up was so beautiful:


after dinner, we went to see into the woods with said friends mentioned above (here are a few reviews of the film, in case you're feeling skittish/skeptical). it was a great movie choice for christmas day: the perfect blend of festiveness, subversive wit, tonal shifts, & the oft-fraught parent-child relationship, all set to song. if that's not what christmas is all about, i don't know what is.

i'll include a funny song from the film, which takes place when one character is trying to seduce another (i'm trying to avoid spoiling anything for anyone, although the musical itself is almost 30 years old [insert eye roll here about people who become very weirdly intense about spoiler alerts]) :


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