Friday, September 19, 2014

Calm.

Sorry I've been a bit sporadic with my blog posting lately. I am wrapping up my novel manuscript--FINALLY! I am on my third rewrite and I still have one more editing pass to go before I am ready to query it. It's not so much that I am spending a lot of time working on it these days (I feel like the hard work has already been done). It's more a case of me having a ton of mental burden thinking about it all the time as I prepare to release this puppy into the world. The whole writing process has completely transformed me and even if nothing comes from this project, I am happy with my accomplishment and thankful I got to take this sort of sabbatical from the real world to indulge in my personal pursuits. I will definitely post more about how this book came about and what my life has been like the last two years while I was working on it. For now, here are some pictures of my baby at a yoga class we took together last weekend.


Yoga class
Before our class began, babes showed me a pose he picked up from me.
Yoga class
Excited and ready for class.
Yoga 2
We did a lot of sensory games. One of them was picking up pom poms with our toes.
Yoga 2
Pom poms everywhere!
Yoga 2
Final relaxation complete with a warm blanket, lavender eye mask, and a glass bead representing the third eye that we have supposedly awaken during our practice.
Yoga 2
In certain angles I catch a glimpse of the handsome boy my fella will grow up to be one day. ;)

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Toronto 2.0

I love Toronto. It's just one of those nice big cities I NEED to visit every few months to get my city grit fix. It is three hours from us so a weekend trip is always a welcome treat. The last time we went was during my sister's visit. We went again on Labor Day to catch Derek Jeter's last Canadian games before he retires from baseball. Truth be told, I'm not really into baseball but if that's what it takes to get me to Toronto, I'm there. 

Toronto 2
The Rogers Centre.
Toronto
Edward enjoyed watching.
Toronto
The CN Tower.
Toronto 4
Hanging out with Grandpa.
Toronto
Posing with some cool hockey dudes.
Toronto 7
We passed by the Hockey Hall of Fame but didn't go in it.
Toronto 7
The building is incredible!
Toronto 7
This sculpture is called The Immigrant Family. It did something to my heart so we took a picture with it.
Toronto 6
We ducked into a bar for some refreshments after the first game. Better to grab a beer than to sit in traffic!
Toronto 6
This time, instead of staying at King Edward's Hotel, we stayed at One King West. Both places were really nice.
Toronto 6
The city at twilight...what can be better?
Toronto 6
Something about Canadians and their love of hockey...
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Edward during the U.S. National Anthem, My heart be still.
Toronto 9
The Blue Jays did a nice tribute for Derek.
Toronto 10
Not going to lie, it was emotional watching his career highlights. Such an inspiration when you see people who have lived on a higher vibrational frequency.
Toronto 11
Edward just loves his dad so much.
Toronto 12
During this trip, I discovered seriously the best grocery store ever. They had tons of organic food but the best part was this vertical plant wall that was by the checkout area.
Toronto 12
Driving back to good ol' Rochester. Chasing the sunset...
School 7
A few days later, Edward started his first day of school. I was a bit emotional but we are all good now. Plus this was only preschool...wait until he starts Kindergarten!
School 6
We bought him this lunch box at the Mexican airport. He needs to pack a snack every day.
School 6
For the first day, I was a super good mom and packed him healthy treats. He only ate one almond at school so from now on, it's going to be packs of gummies and energy bars! Oh well...

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Be right back...

We've had quite the week...Edward started school. Waahhh! I will recap that plus our latest trip to Toronto later this weekend. See you then!


Toronto 3
Edward at the Yankees game in Toronto. He has recently come up with a new pose for every picture. Here he is modeling the hand-over-the-chest move.
Toronto 2
We saw Derek Jeter play his last game in Toronto. Here is he stepping up to bat. Can you say nose bleed seats?

Friday, August 29, 2014

One month to go.

I've decided...I'm going to query my book on October 1st. That means in one month, I need to let my book go. I've sat on it for close to two years and at some point it needs to be released before I can make it better. I'm editing page 200 out of 260. A month is a bit of a push but it's time. Creativity and art is a product as much as it is a process so I need to take the first step in getting it out there even though it's scary and may bruise my ego.

Through writing this book, I've learned so much about what it means to be a writer and what it takes to write. To sum it up, I sent this text to my sister: "I thought writing was tripping on acid, sorcery, a moment of divine inspiration. It is mostly just sitting in a chair, writing. Very unsexy."

I'll leave you with that and see you after Labor Day weekend!


Magical
My son experiencing a bit of magic this afternoon.
Magical
A quote I found on Google that I really like (I don't own this image).

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Cancun in pictures.

Arriving in Mexico
Landing in Cancun on Friday. The clouds made beautiful shapes on the trees below.
Arriving in Mexico
We were greeted with pina coladas in our lobby for check-in.
Arriving in Mexico
Our resort.
First meal 2
My first meal there--fish tacos for lunch.
First meal 2
Steve got the shrimp ones with tamarind sauce.
First dinner
Ribs for dinner.
More resort
The beach at our resort.
More resort
More food. The food never ended. I don't do well at all-inclusives. I feel too much pressure to keep eating!
More resort
Our resort at night.
Hotel room
Our hotel room. Edward unpacked right away.
Hotel room
We had a hammock on the porch. The picture is fuzzy because of the humidity changes from the room to the hot outdoors--it fogged up my phone lens!
Trying to sell us the resort
The ocean view from the 8th floor. The resort is still under construction.
Trying to sell us the resort
I see pool and ocean.
Trying to sell us the resort
Too...much...sun...
First meal
Sangria...yes, please!
First meal
Shrimp cocktail and chips and salsa.
First meal
Pretty details throughout the resort.
First meal
Edward pretty much survived on quesadillas the whole time.
Bus tour
We took a bus tour into the Yucatan region. It was three hours away.
Bus tour
Their version of a union square.
Ancient Mayan rituals
We were in Mayan country.
Ancient Mayan rituals
We watched a man perform a Mayan welcome ritual. We were then blessed with special water for mind, prosperity, and health.
Bus tour 2
My boy looking cute like he does so well.
Ancient Mayan rituals
We got to sample Mayan liquor. It tastes like licorice.
Chichen itza
Finally we hit one of the seven modern world wonders!
More ruins
Unbelievable day.
Ruins
Seeing the ruins up close and personal.
Ruins
The mystery of the Mayans continues.
Ball court
The ball court.
More ruins
Some carvings up close.
More ruins 2
Mysterious columns.
More ruins 2
Steve walking with a European backpacker we picked up along the way.
More ruins 3
Wow.
More ruins 3
The iguanas were huge.
Cenote 8
Our favorite part of the trip--the sink hole, or Cenote.
Cenote 3
My babes being so brave.
Cenote 4
Find Steve.
Cenote 5
He was the first person out of our group to make the 21 foot dive.
Cenote 5
Come on, buddy, the water is nice!
Cenote 7
Words cannot describe how magical swimming in the sink hole was.
Cenote 7
I am so happy my boy decided to go into the water. It was clean and cool.
Cenote 8
The water is so deep you cannot see the bottom.
Cenote 9
There were 91 steps down into the sink hole. I had to climb up twice because I left things at the bottom.
Cenote 8
Half way up.
Last full day
I drank coffee and green juice every morning.
Last full day
And a Bloody Mary. Why not?
Last full day
Taking a dip in the pool.
Beach feet
Putting our feet in the ocean for the first time.
Last day 2
My afternoon drink for a cool down.
Beach walk
We walked the small pier our last afternoon in Mexico.
Beach walk
Checking out the turquoise water.
Last bit of Mexico
We watched a reenactment of a Mayan sacrifice ritual.
Last bit of Mexico
My last dinner there included octopus legs.
Last bit of Mexico
We had a layover in Atlanta on our way back to New York. I'm loving the city lights.
Last bit of Mexico
Home at last. We brought these little guys back with us.