I’m Here!

I feel so guilty that I’ve neglected the blog this week. But there is just way too much going on right now. In order to maintain my sanity, Week in Review will be back next week with a double-dose of goodness.

In the meantime, I’m dreaming of summer (er, I’m dreaming of July and finally being finished with my class) and listening to Billy Idol. So here’s a music video for your enjoyment. (And a little shout out to one of my favorite ladies, Jen P. on her birthday!)

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Day Dream Decorator: Desk Chairs

Ken will tell you: I am absolutely obsessed with desk chairs right now. It’s all I can think about. Watching the Eames documentary only fueled the fire. But why are the cool ones so expensive? I keep trying to convince Ken it’s an investment piece. I’m not sure he’s buying it. (Ha! Pun not intended!)

Here are six of my favorites. I’ve also decided I MUST have the Eames bird. Stat. Too bad my birthday is months away. Oh well, that’s why I call this column Day Dream Decorator and not Stuff I Own and Love. Maybe one day.

(*If you click on the box it will take you to Polyvore where you can find out all the information on where the chairs are from. If you’re curious.)
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Mid-Century Madness

Have you seen the documentary, Eames: The Architect and the Painter, about husband-and-wife design team, Charles and Ray Eames? Ken and I watched it on Sunday night and it’s just lovely. I found it so inspirational, though it left me wanting to know more. Here’s a trailer. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend:

(I have to admit, I always thought Ray was a man and that Charles and Ray were brothers. Whoops!)

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Week in Review: April 15, 2012

(Spring in the city.)

Another week bites the dust. April sure is flying by. Luckily, it’s not been living up to T.S. Eliot’s immortal words about being the cruelest month. Things are busy, but for once we don’t have too much to complain about.

Weekly Highlights:

Sunday: Nanna’s 90th Birthday! What a monumental day! Unfortunately, I woke up with a killer headache. Went back to bed while most of the family had a second breakfast at Cindi’s (what can we say, we know what we like). Luckily, mom brought me an egg salad sandwich to enjoy after my nap. Dropped Rachel off at the airport and then back to Nanna’s for leftover birthday cake and coffee. Shopping at Nordstrom with Mom and Nanna. Bought a beautiful blazer from Theory and some gold dancing shoes to wear to all the upcoming weddings. Amazing dinner at Mi Cocina. Cheese tacos might just be my second favorite food after hot dogs. Drinks at the hotel with Janet and Hugh. It was so nice to spend time with family this weekend. We really don’t see the Thompsons enough. As Nanna would say, love those guys!

Monday: Back to New York! But not before mom and I shared a chopped brisket at the airport at 9:30 a.m. before our flight. Delicious. Unremarkable flight back to the city. Met up with Ken for drinks at High Dive. Such a beautiful evening. Glad to be home. Watched the new Mad Men. What a great episode! The show just keeps getting better and better.

Wednesday: Since Rachel’s in Austin visit family (and wedding planning! They set a date, people! Exciting!), Ken and I had Martin for dinner. I made my mom’s chili and guacamole. If I wasn’t so tired, it would have been a great night.

Friday: Typical Friday night: Dumplings from Vanessa’s, drinks at Local 138, and then a show at Mercury Lounge. Ken and I had fun dancing around to Terry Malts, but we’re less than impressed by Bosco Delrey.

Saturday: Such a gorgeous day! Good run in the park with Jen. Ran a bunch of errands in the neighborhood. First beer on the stoop of the season. Chili nachos for dinner with Ken. Drinks at Uncle Barry’s. We’d never been there before and while I liked the space and the beer selection, the bartender was a total jerk. Might give it one more chance. We’ll see.

Links of the week:

I’ve blogged before about how much I disliked Lena Dunham’s first full-length movie, Tiny Furniture. But I was curious about Girls, especially after I read the article about Dunham in New York Magazine. And then after hearing about all the backlash, I was dying to see it. Luckily it’s available on HBO.com. And you know what? It was so much better than I thought it would be. Sure, she’s a little deplorable. But in many ways, I can relate to her. But maybe I just have a soft spot for the show because they were playing Camera Obscura during the dinner party and that’s totally something I would do. Ken and I agreed we’d watch another episode.

I love these tiles from artist Camilla Engman.

OK, it’s true, I’m dying to see the Newsies musical. Anyone want to go with me?

Song of the week: New single from Beach House. Exciting stuff!

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I Heart Park Slope

(At the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, within walking distance of my apartment)

I’ve been out of sorts with New York lately. It’s not a completely new feeling either. About once a year or so, I start to daydream about moving some place new. I’ll spend a few days looking at blogs about LA real estate or trying to convince Ken it would be a good idea to move to Nashville or Kansas City, get ordinary office jobs, and drop out of this crazy New York rat race.

Those sentiments usually just mean I need a break from the city. Last year, a week in Paris renewed my love of New York. Paris is lovely, don’t get me wrong, but it didn’t seem any more fresh or exciting than New York.

Last week, my weekend trip to Dallas pulled me out of my anti-New York funk with a swift kick to the butt. I love Texas, don’t get me wrong. I have a fantasy that one day Ken and I will live in Austin. And I feel very sentimental toward Dallas. I’ve spent so much time there visiting family, it feels like a second home. But last weekend, I just found the city so unappealing. All that time in the car on the highway, surrounded by big box stores, confirmed all the reasons I live in New York and many of the reasons I can’t imagine living anywhere else.

And then yesterday dawned so bright and beautiful in Park Slope. I had a great run in the park with Jen. I ran errands and poked around the local flea market with Ken. I strolled down Sixth Avenue and enjoyed the flowering trees and the warm spring weather. I couldn’t help but think how much I love Park Slope.

I love that I can walk everywhere and I don’t have to own a car. I love being able to support amazing small businesses: BierKraft and South and Scaredy Kat, my local dry cleaners and hardware store, and so many others. I love that I don’t have to shop at chain stores. I love that I live within ten blocks of three great rock venues. I love that Martin and Rachel are less than a mile away and that so many friends live within walking distance. I love Prospect Park and BAM, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and the Brooklyn Museum. There is never a shortage of things to see and do and I don’t even have to get on the subway.

And this walkable, local lifestyle is very important to me and I am very lucky to live here. I may live in one of the biggest cities in the world, but the truth is, in many ways, I live in a small town.

 

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Week in Review: April 8, 2012

(Some of my favorite girls)

Sorry this is a day late (I know you were waiting for this post with bated breath). I’ve been busy living it up in Dallas, TX, eating my weight in Tex-Mex. More below.

Weekly Highlights:

Sunday: Easter! Dinner with Ken, Mom, and Dad at Junoon. Adam Platt named it to his list of New York’s best 101 restaurants and it was the only Indian restaurant to make the list. We had a lovely evening, but no one loved the meal. Not sure we’ll return.

Thursday: This week was a whirlwind of work, but Ken and I ended the week on a fun note. Pizza and beer and a show at Mercury Lounge. Crocodiles were great. Ken interviewed them last week (story to come) and said they are a bunch of stellar guys. It’s always more fun when the band rocks plus you know they’re nice to boot.

Friday: Up early to catch my flight to Dallas for Nanna’s 90th birthday weekend. I was on the ground less than an hour when the feeding-frenzy began. Tex-Mex at El Fenix for lunch with Nanna, Dave, and Mom. Checked into Hotel Palomar (where coincidentally, my parents wanted to spend their honeymoon, some 40+ years ago, but couldn’t afford at the time). Complimentary wine and chair massages with Hugh and Janet in the lobby. Dinner with Rachel and Mom at Bone Daddy’s between airport trips to pick up Dad and Martin. The barbecue was delicious, but I had no idea it was a Hooters-type restaurant with skimpily-clad waitresses. As my dad said, no wonder that Papa liked it so much!

Saturday: Up early to get some work done. Breakfast at Cindi’s, my favorite New York Deli west of the Mississippi. Amazing migas, pretty good pancakes. So fun to have everyone at one table: Mom, Dad, Martin, Rachel, Janet, Hugh, Chris, Jen, David, and Nanna. After breakfast, we stopped by Nanna’s to set up her new TV. Back to the hotel, where we hoped to swim, but the wind and cool temps kept us from donning our suits (Janet accused us of being wimps, but I didn’t see her getting in the water!). Drinks at the hotel bar instead. So good to catch up with cousins! Dinner with everyone at Yao Fuzi to celebrate Nanna’s 90th birthday. Amazing food, good company. Birthday cake at Nanna’s, and then more drinks back at the hotel bar. Crashed before 10:30. Woo, what a day.

Weekly Inspiration:

Oof, it’s an off-week for inspiration, as I’ve been so busy there hasn’t been much time for reading or blog-trolling. Back with a double-dose next week, I promise.

Song of the week: Ken had to write about the hot new boy band, One Direction last week. This song stayed in my head for days. So now I’m going to get it stuck in yours! You know you love it!

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Welcome to the Working Week

Ken made me a killer playlist for my first day back to work. All of the songs have something to do with working. I laughed out loud when “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now,” came up. That’s the problem with life — either way, things are miserable (not really, but sort of).

It’s a got a little bit of everything: some power pop (my personal favorite), a few classics (Bowie!), and the requisite Bruce. Ken always makes the best mixes. One of these days I’ll share one of his running playlists. Gangbusters, as he would say.

The only thing missing is Sheena Easton’s “Morning Train,” which we’ve both been singing all week. So here’s a totally cheesy YouTube video to satisfy that craving.

And here’s the list of songs from Ken’s mix. Or you can click here for the entire playlist. Enjoy!

Lindsey’s First Day of Work Mix

Welcome to the Working Week — Elvis Costello
Get a Job — The Silhouettes
Finest Worksong — R.E.M.
Changes — Bowie
Rat Race — The Specials
Summer Job — Art Brut
Work Song — Nina Simone
Work All Week — The Mekons
Step into My Office, Baby — Belle & Sebastian
Working Part Time — The Henry Clay People
The Working Hour — Tears for Fears
Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now — The Smiths
Work Day — It Hugs Back
This Fucking Job — Drive-By Truckers
Working on a Dream — Bruce Springsteen

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Week in Review: April 1, 2012

(View from the High Line on my way to work.)

Week in Review will be changing a little bit. Between class and the job, my weeks aren’t nearly as action packed. So for a while, I’m just going to do a list of the week’s highlights, along with some of my favorite links from around the web. We’ll see how it goes!

Weekly Highlights:

Sunday: Brunch at the Standard with the fam, including my uncle John and his friend Judy (in town from Dallas). I usually love this restaurant, but they seemed off their game last Sunday. Book club at the Magician to discuss the Steve Jobs biography. Good conversation and company as always. Quiet dinner with Ken to calm my nerves before the big day.

Monday: Back to work! Yikes!

Wednesday: Ran into my brother exiting the subway. I know it’s silly, but it was one of the week’s highlights. So fun to just randomly run into him that after so many of living so far apart. Drinks with Jen at Mission Dolores. Good to have a midweek break to catch up.

Friday: Amazing dinner with Martin and Rachel. Rachel made us a feast with pan-fried flounder, collard greens, cherry tomato cobbler, and an orange and olive oil cake for dessert. Such a treat after a long week at work.

Saturday: Good run in the park. Drinks with Flavia (in town from Paris!) at Wilfie & Nell to discuss a design project. Finished The Language of Flowers, which was beautiful. I couldn’t put it down. Dinner at home and then drinks at the Black Horse Pub.

Weekly Inspiration:

This piece on the Times blog was a fun read and especially appropriate now that I’m back to commuting.

I’m dying to see this movie.

I wouldn’t mind living here.

I want to make almost all of these recipes.

I’m really excited about this new bar.

Song of the week: Bono came to Ken in a dream and told him everything was going to be OK. That was swell of him, except now Ken has fallen down a U2 rabbit hole. I’m not saying Achtung Baby is on repeat, but we’ve listened to it quite a bit. I’m not the biggest fan, but I can’t deny my love of “Mysterious Ways.” Hope you enjoy!

 

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Choice Platters: Tex-Mex Night

(Dinner at our house pretty much always looks something like this.)

Welcome to a new Lindsey Show feature: Choice Platters. Ken and I have talked for years about doing a blog together where I talk about food and he talks about records. Now that I’ve got this blog up and running, I thought this would be the perfect place to do just that. And what better cuisine to start with than Tex Mex. Every month or so, I’ll offer up a new dinner menu and Ken will share a brief review of the record he chose to go with the meal.

Menu:
The Homesick Texan’s Sour Cream Enchiladas
Goya Refried Black Beans
Dr. Stanberry’s signature guacamole
Chips
PBR (of course!)

Record: Joe Ely’s Happy Songs from Rattlesnake Gulch

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Week in Review: March 25, 2012

(City views from Jimmy.)

The big news around these parts is that I got a job! Week in Review might be changing slightly as a result, but we’ll see how it goes. Not sure I’m going to be so interesting now that I’m working full-time!

Sunday: Good run in the park. Quiet day working on stuff around the apartment. I made a big dinner just for me and Ken that will be the subject of a blog post later this week (with a guest post from Ken — I’m excited!). We started watching Portlandia, which is weird and funny and oddly satisfying.

Monday: Run in the park. Homework. Martin was officially sworn in as a lawyer this afternoon, so we celebrated with my parents and Rachel’s mom (who was in town from Austin). Drinks at Jimmy (amazing views, crazy drink prices). Dinner at Public (Ken and I ate kangaroo). It was a really nice evening with the family.

Tuesday: Early interview and a walk along the High Line. Home to focus on homework (though more like focus of obsessing over my email). Class. Met up with Ken at Rock Shop for Field Mouse and Poliça. Such a great show. I highly recommend both bands.

Wednesday: Adventure Wednesday! Up early to hang out with mom. We met up with Rachel and her mom for brunch at Balthazar (delicious). And then dress shopping for Rachel at Lovely. She is going to be the most beautiful bride! Drinks at Gottino to celebrate our shopping successes (though she hasn’t decided on a dress yet there were two definite contenders). I rushed home to get ready for Jeffrey and Brittany to come to dinner. I made lemon fusilli with arugula and tomatoes. It’s such a good easy recipe. It was great to see those two (with lots of good career news from BK!).

Thursday: Up early for laundry and a busy day of errands. New running shoes! Class. Home for dinner with Ken.

Friday: Good run in the park to try out the new running kicks. Lunch at home and then into the city for errands and shopping. I tried so hard to buy some new clothes, but no luck. Drinks with Rachel and Cristina at Woodwork in Prospect Heights. Rachel bought me some beautiful flowers (and Cristina bought me a beer). Sushi with Ken at home. We finally got to watch the Mad Men premiere, which we liked but didn’t love. I’m not sure that show lives up to the hype.

Saturday: Mom and Dad made a rare Brooklyn appearance. Brunch at Fonda with them and Martin and Rachel. A little shopping along 7th Ave (new shoes!). I finally finished the Steve Jobs biography. It was such an inspiring read. I highly recommend it. Breakfast for dinner (including coffee) — it was a fun change of pace (and TJ’s biscuits are so delicious). Off to Queens to celebrate Lisa’s birthday.

Song of the Week: Poliça was amazing on Tuesday at Rock Shop. So the song of the week goes out to them. Dark Star is a great song on record, but if you get a chance to see them perform it live, go for it. Channy Leaneagh is gorgeous and completely mesmerizing.

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