rearranging the living room

as you may or may not know, we recently had a leak in our living room that damaged the floors. this necessitated a move, plumbers, hvac technicians, and finally, new maple planks. after weeks (unbearably long when you are already very pregnant and wanting to hang nursery prints rather than deal with stripped concrete floors), we are finally moving everything back this week. hhh and i contemplated a new arrangement for the living room, but i'm not totally sold on it. here are some photos: 

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just as a reminder, this is what it used to look like: 

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what do you think? should we stick with the tried-and-true or embrace the change? 

i finally made it to coney island

After living in New York for 11 years, I finally made it to Coney Island! HHH got an invitation to check out the opening party for Coney Island Art Walls, and when I heard that there would be free Smorgasburg food, I got in the car. :) 

Boardwalk snacks. Photo by hhh.  

Boardwalk snacks. Photo by hhh.  

We arrived early so we could wander a bit and check out the boardwalk. It was a gorgeous, breezy day and perfect for a walk on the beach. Even though it's just at the end of the R line, it feels like a different world. The beach itself is not anything special to look at, but it's sand, sun, and water right in Brooklyn! (And clam rolls and oysters and Nathan's hotdogs. Yum.) 

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Sweets. 

Sweets. 

We went over to the Art Walls party after our walk, and ate a lot. I'm not even going to say all the things I ate, since there's no need for written records of that kind of thing. The art was pretty cool too. 

The party setting up in the shadow of the roller coasters. 

The party setting up in the shadow of the roller coasters. 

The band getting ready.  

The band getting ready.  

I ate here. 

I ate here. 

I ate this.  

I ate this.  

I may have also eaten a lobster roll. 

I may have also eaten a lobster roll. 

Some of the other vendors, including Blue Marble Ice Cream. 

Some of the other vendors, including Blue Marble Ice Cream. 

More art. 

More art. 

The famous Nathan's.  

The famous Nathan's.  

taiwan series: maji maji

It's been a few weeks since I returned from Taiwan, and I'm already again craving all the delicious food that we ate there. One of the new-to-me spots for tasty treats was Maji Square, an outdoor food court/flea market that occupies the former site of the international flower expo a few years back. There are clothing and tchotchkes, wine and Taiwanese tea-flavored ice creams, and a long line of savory food stands with all different types of food (Taiwanese, of course, but also Middle Eastern, Indian, Thai, American, etc.). The Maji Food and Deli is also pretty cool! There are lots of locally made and produced dry goods, but also a deli where you can get bento lunches, and more ice cream. There are also some nice kitchen wares. 

The entrance. 

The entrance. 

A line of non-food shops and vendors.  

A line of non-food shops and vendors.  

Some more of the shops.  

Some more of the shops.  

Inside the food market.

Inside the food market.

Some kitchen goods.  

Some kitchen goods.  

Soups, teas, and all manner of pantry goods.  

Soups, teas, and all manner of pantry goods.  

A view of the deli.  

A view of the deli.  

Some additional restaurants around a courtyard. 

Some additional restaurants around a courtyard. 

Our visit was pretty short, but I'm definitely looking forward to going back next time around!