I didn’t realize it until a co-worker mentioned it today, but this is my lest week of Lent. It really flew by me this year. Maybe because I was working in two-week increments due to paychecks, but yeah, I can’t believe I have only 3 more days (good thing too as my Pro Flickr account is due to expire come Sunday!)

Without further ado, Week 5:

Shiny New Haircut

A shiny new haircut courtesy of Nina at Bei Capelli, which I am quite fond of, which is a big deal if you’re me – at least according to Mr. Cleaver.

Travel Essentials

Some travel essentials from Hannaford’s (our local grocery chain). Where did I travel, you may ask? I spent a lovely weekend in New York City visiting friends, which brings us to…

Lent Week 6:

I’m going to preface this by saying my solo weekend in NYC, despite some plane delays and a vigorous rainstorm was incredibly awesome thanks to the lovely friends I stayed with and who guided me around the city. I had a blast – I had so much fun that I didn’t take many photos – I think I took something around 42 before I deleted any out of focus ones, etc. The hardest thing I find about photography, aside from feeling a little awkward about whipping out my large SLR is that I feel like I can either be in the moment or I can document the moment – and this weekend I was far more about being in the moment.

AIrport Water

Airport water and some  snacks from home. 

After a long airport delay I finally reached JFK and took a cab to Monica’s (a friend from the Chicago days), where I was met with freshly baked cupcakes!

Apron 1

Monica with some tasty cupcakes in the apron I made her.

French Toast

The next morning we went out for breakfast, which for me meant French toast and Fresh Apples juice at Gracie’s (?- the diner at the corner of  86th and 1st). 

Monica had to go to a performance for school around 1pm, but before depositing me on a train to my next meet-up she took me to a 107 year old bakery neat her apartment.

B&W Cookies

Tied up with String

I bought a 1/2 lb of black & white cookies for Mr. Cleaver (which I’d never had before and thankfully my husband is the sharing kind) from Glaser’s Bake Shop, whose payment policy was right up my alley (see below)

Et tu!

After I left Monica, I met up with Susie, a friend from high school I hadn’t seen since we graduated back in 2001. 

Susie

She toured me around the East and West villages with stops at Purl Soho and Purl Pactchwork, the latter of which I bought some awesome rooster fabric; downtown yarns where I got the wine-colored malabrigo lace-weight; Lupe’s Kitchen for some mexican food (another cash-ony establishment); and Strand, where I eyeballed several books, but decided after a day of carrying all my possessions around New York that I didn’t want to add any further weight.

Crafty Purchases

We also stopped at lovely little tea shop for lavender and camomille tea, but unfortunately I have no clue whatsoever what the name of it is, though it does have some awesome wallpaper in the back.

Tea

Continuing as a human chain letter, Susie deposited me on the F train around 6:30 and sent me off to Brooklyn, where I met up with college buddies Jenna and Rebekah for a very tasty three-course dinner at the Vinegar Hill House, to celebrate my visit and Rebekah’s news about her job at a summer camp in Maine. Our meal lasted for about 2:30 hours, when once again I was placed on a train and delivered to Washington Heights and Brenna, a roomie from my first go-around in Portland.

Brenna

The next morning we headed out for brunch at Good Enough to Eat, where you knew if must be good because we had to wait in line to get a seat. And good it was, my apple pancakes, though not quite my Katie Cakes, were delicious.

Shop Dog

Because my friends know me well, Brenna and I headed to another yarn store, Knitty City, which lives up to it’s claim of being the friendliest yarn shop in NYC.  I picked up some of my beloved Lorna’s Laces Shephard Sock in the new Andersonville (my beloved neighborhood) colorway. 

Street Art in Brooklyn

 

Street Art in Brooklyn.

We then rode over to Williamsburg for some vintage shopping and hipster watching at  Beacon’s Closet. Though the  stock is overwhelming I didn’t find anything to my fancy. Around this time we both realized we had to go to the bathroom and started the great Brooklyn bathroom hunt.

We stopped in Penny Licks bakery for a cookie and found their bathroom out of order. We kept peeking into shops hoping against hope and meeting no luck until a friendly store employee sent us to a nearby bagel shop. 

When we made it back to Washington Heights it was around 6 and we were both pooped so we picked up some snacks at a convenience store, ordered a pizza, watched chick flicks on HBO on demand and knitted socks.

The next morning we ate bananas and bagel and I took a cab to the airport, reaching a waiting Mr. Cleaver at 2:30pm. 

I didn’t visit Time Square, Central Park, or the Empire State Building, but I had the best New York trip I could have imagined.

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