Toledo, Sandy, and Halloween.

As quiet as it has been on the blog front lately, it has been almost non-stop activity over here in the real world. I felt like I could barely keep up with things this month- school has been super-heavy on the workload front. I am LOVING my classes, and so I really enjoy my homework, but it doesn’t leave a whole lot of time for much else. I have also been traveling and spending time outside with the kids, so what little time I have at home has been dedicated to schoolwork. However, because of the hurricane that came tearing through our area, classes have been cancelled for the week, leaving me with plenty of time to share some pictures and update you on what we’ve been up to!

First and foremost, we have been fortunate enough to be spared any serious aftermath from Hurricane Sandy. There is an evergreen tree uprooted and leaning next to my window, but it parallels the house, and is part of a cluster of trees we’ve been wanting to have removed anyway, so no huge loss there. We didn’t lose power, which I am SO thankful for. Last year we did lose power during the big freak snowstorm, and were stuck in a freezing house for days.

This is a picture of me and Jack sleeping in my bed last year, because it was too cold for him to sleep without a down comforter but he was too young to sleep alone with such a big blanket. Looking at this now, I find it hard to believe that it isn’t Carolyn in the picture- they really do look like twins…

I’ll never forget sitting in the living room in the afternoon and seeing my own breath- it was miserable. I like to think we paid our dues last yeat, and were spared that hardship this time around. That being said, I know that many people are without power, and have extended invitations to my friends to come by the house for hot coffee, showers, food, or just company. I have done the power outage thing, I know how lame it is, and so we’re happy to help out anyone in need.

As far as plans and trips, we have gone in to New York a few times, and are actually planning to go in again on Sunday for the marathon! My friend Deb is running, and the kids and I are going to stop by her post-marathon party before meeting Patty for dinner and Babycakes (if they haven’t been flooded- I have to remember to call and check on that tomorrow…) Most recently, we went in for Luis’ birthday.

We all went out to breakfast at a midtown restaurant where his cousin heads up the kitchen. I was delighted to find vegan blueberry buckwheat pancakes on the menu- incredible!

Another thing I miss about New York- most restaurants sell FRESH orange juice- as in, from a juicer. We only drink fresh juice, but around here most restaurants only stock bottled stuff. I was thrilled to find that this was not the case here.

Fresh OJ: one of my favorite things ever.

After breakfast, we left, only to realize I had locked my keys in my car. Womp womp. We ended up waiting an hour for AAA to send a locksmith, which wasn’t bad at all. It was a beautiful day and we were right near the park, so it wasn’t a big deal. It took about an hour, after which I dropped Luis off at his job in Brooklyn and met Patty in Queens. More food ensued:

This soup was so outrageous- the serving was huge, but it was really light with tons of veggies, so I didn’t feel like I was over-eating. It was also c-h-e-a-p, and so delicious. Definitely on the menu for Sunday.

Of course we made it over to Babycakes, and got a bit carried away- though, in our defense, they gave us an entire box of assorted baked goods for free because it was the end of the night and they wouldn’t keep overnight, so we’re not so ridiculous.

I’m just going to put this out there: Patty is probably my favorite person to eat with, for obvious reasons. We both LOVE food, and we’re both vegan- and she’s gluten-free, so I never worry about 1) being able to find something to eat on a menu when we go out together, and 2) feeling like a pain when I ask for all kinds of crazy modifications. Grande, sugar-free, light syrup, decaf, soy, pumpkin spiced latte, anyone? Patty is my culinary soul mate. Looking forward to Sunday… 🙂

We’ve also had some gorgeous CSA pickups the past few weeks- lots of greens, carrots, and the beginning of fall veggies! This past Sunday was the last summer share, but I am signed up for 7 weeks of winter shares, so I’m really looking forward to that!

 

We also went pumpkin picking! I forgot my camera, so I don’t have very good pictures of the kids in the field, but here is a picture of our Mommy-Jack-Carolyn pumpkins:

Jack picked that lumpy pumpkin. We found a beautiful one at the farm, but Jack found this one and insisted that it was the one. So be it! The kids have been pumpkin-crazy this season, but then again, so have I, so I guess it runs in the family!

Speaking of family, we took a big trip last week just before the hurricane hit- out to Toledo to visit Big Ron! But as this post is getting rather long, I am going to cut it short here and save the Toledo recap for tomorrow. Also to come: Halloween pictures! Though I’ll tell you now, Jack was an absolute riot.

I hope you all weathered the storm and came out of it alright. We’ve been thinking about everyone who is currently challenged by the aftermath, and are willing to help any way we can. Seeing the pictures of New York broke my heart, and I am anxious to get in to see my friends on Sunday.

I am also going to make an effort to be more consistent on here. There are a number of posts I’ve been meaning to write, but haven’t yet gotten to. I am hoping this week off from school will allow me the time to get to writing them! Until tomorrow-

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