1.26.2012

BACK IN THE SADDLE AGAIN


the city as we cabbed in from the airport. don't you just love her?

here's a little public service announcement from me to you: when you have the stomach flu you are contagious a full three days to a week after your symptoms have disappeared. did you know that? i didn't know that. thus, you are fully capable of infecting your husband on sunday when you were sick on friday. 

it wasn't until i was finally feeling like a functioning human being again that poor brandon went down for the count. and then huck woke up from a nap with pink eye? and i was like, holy pestilence, where is the lamb's blood? (passover joke, not terribly funny, moving on.)

we hunkered down until the plague had passed. brandon called in sick, i canceled every possible interaction with every possible human life form ever, and huck emptied all his toys all over the floor and got busy being bored by everything. minus a quick trip to the huck-doc for eye meds, and to the mac-doc for a mac death certificate (r.i.p., macbook), we did nothing but stare at each other until a. the pink eye was gone and b. wednesday happened.  

and then wednesday happened! it did! it happened!! with eye infections cleared and stomach bugs officially dead, the mama bird and baby bird left the nest to finally run all the millions of errands we had been putting off and finally get reacquainted with our city. (which is apparently setting up for fashion week! just wondering, could i get some more construction outside my apartment? cause there aren't enough blocked sideways for my liking. k, thanks.)

and now i present unto you, dear people of my blog, an account of our goings on since then. get excited!


first, mama got dressed. OH YES SHE DID!

and then mama went grocery shopping. yeahh, i bought some arugula. you know.


the city was rainy. and gorgeous! oh dearest city, how i have missed you!

and now this: i will have you know it took a full ten blocks before i remembered to put my city face on. i guess my gazes were lingering and i was smiling at too many people, and it wasn't until one woman gave me the side-eye for admiring her coat for too long that i remembered--duh! friendliness not a requirement here. and what a relief. thank your, new york!

you'll also be concerned to note that it took a full ten blocks more before i overcame my shortness of breath. pushing a stroller in the city is a WORK OUT,  and lo how my car bum's gone soft.

SOFTNESS OF THE BUM.


this is how huck felt about spending time in his stroller in the rain. and just when the dude got the hang of the car seat! tsk tsk, such a shame.

related question: when did those legs get so long and who said that could happen? i choose to be personally offended.

while we were out we refilled our metro card and took a ride on the 1 train uptown so i could wander the michael's for an upcoming project for martha stewart. at the subway i stepped on what looked to be a dead mouse and i got elbowed in the elevator. it made me feel strangely giddy and alive. crap i've missed this place!

and then i had to stop in at my favorite shoe store to visit my clog lover, WHO WAS NOT THERE ANYMORE. what? and where??

this handsome chap was in his place, and you know what they say about loving the one you're with . . .



dear mr. sexy boot, i would very much like to be with you.

three cheers to a house of healthy holbrooks!
and to being back home in the city!

39 comments :

  1. seriously! seemed like you were away from new york for a full month, no?

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  2. I just found your blog and love it. You're hilarious and gorgeous! You baby boy reminds me of mine. And I'm guessing they are about the same age :)

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  3. @marissa--it was A FULL MONTH. i was gone for so long that when one person asked me where i was from i momentarily forgot and answered "idaho." seriously!

    @senessa and nicole-- thanks you guys!!

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  4. i could read your tidbits all the day long. glad you're feeling better!

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  5. I love how effortless your blog is. I feel like it takes me forever to write a post, it seems like it just flows from your finger tips. Also love that stripped beauty, where did you get it?

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  6. Those boots! THOSE BOOTS! Good grief.

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  7. Awh! It sounds like y'all had a good time after the sickness passed! I'm glad you're feeling better! I hope to visit/live in New York one day, but being from the south I feel as if it may be a little bit of a culture shock!

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  8. Nat,

    Did you guys move to the UES. My husband and I are moving to NYC in April/May and we're flying up to look for apartments at the end of March, thinking about the UES. Any broker recommendations? How's the ward? Any tips? If you feel more comfortable answering these through e-mail you I can e-mail you.

    Thanks so much!

    Thais

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  9. oh i just loved this. i've missed the city posts!

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  10. @thais--email me!

    @a fancy day--i got it at the jcrew clearance over the summer!

    everyone-you are all so kind! thank you!!

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  11. thank your, nat! missed your nyc posts...even though i loved you being in my neck of the woods (the 'burbs of slc). there's no place like home!

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  12. Kinda confused about your trip...Portland, Utah, and back to Portland? And then back to Utah?

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  13. Ahh...welcome back to your city, Nat. I love it when you write posts about New York. It is so helpful for me to vicariously city dwell through you.

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  14. thank the heavens above and hallelujah. i needed this tonight. thanks.

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  15. Just found your blog all the way from the UK and love it- Glad you are feeling better. x

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  16. love this post! glad you are feeling better.

    www.modernsuburbanites.blogspot.com

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  17. Just so you know, I got a great laugh out of the Passover joke ;)

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  18. fuuunniest post ever! Natalie you are my favoritestist blogger !

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  19. oh how i've missed your writing and the tall tales of the holbrook family. welcome back to the city.

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  20. Ha! I live in DC but I'm from super friendly Tennessee. I have to remind myself when I am away from DC for too long that friendliness is not required! And I kind of like it too!

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  21. Welcome back! Glad to know the Holbrooks have survived the plague. Also, you deserve those boots for surviving the stomach flu.

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  22. Dear Nat the Fat Rat,
    I'm sooo glad you are reunited with your home! I've missed seeing your pictures of the city (I'm a bit obsessed with New York and since I'm in Alabama I'm living it through your blog, ha!) PS - love Mr Sexy Boot!

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  23. 'Totally caught the 'thank your, New York'; shout out to You've Got Mail! :) Great post, as always, Nat!

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  24. NATALIE - I want to know about your stroller. Do you like it? Did it put you in debt? How do you feel it thinks about being pushed around a lot? I need to know these things. Thanks in advance, Kayla.

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  25. oh i love the city and am forever jealous that you get to live there...the hubs will never agree.

    and those boots. i am seriously in love with them.

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  26. and what is the boot? In case I want one.

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  27. i want that boot too. and i think huck should have a matching pair in baby sizes, just because.

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  28. Just found your blog via Apartment 34 and (naturally) I am very obsessed. You are so adorable and so is your baby! So excited to follow along. :)

    XO,

    Sam
    www.ThePeakofTresChic.com

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  29. So good. Passover joke? Totally made me LAWL. (LOL?) (laugh out loud!)

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  30. I'm a newish reader to your blog but just wanted to let you know that I truly love your posts. I love that you write about daily life and make even the mundane things that everyone does sound magical and comical. Thanks for sharing (and I'm excited to keep reading!)! xo

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  31. Nat, the first time I ever read your blog (a couple years ago) I thought, "Dang. This girl writes like I think." And you know what? I still adore your sarcasm. Happy Friday, doll!

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  32. Sad our pathes didn't cross at Alt this year but I'm seriously crushing on your style and your little dude! Please to virtually meet you! xo Erin

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  33. I always like your blog for the spazzy randomness, and this post is a great example of that! :) glad you are all feeling better!

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  34. The sickness and all sounds pretty terrible, but I'd like more details on stepping on a dead mouse. A mouse!? Yuck. I dunno if I could cut it in New York after being spoiled by Tokyo!

    Motu Viget

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  35. Seriously. City Face? Thanks for the tip. I'm a smiler and eye-looker- I would probably get beat up! :) If I ever get to visit Fair City again, I'll know what I'm doing wrong. Do you get to do the big sunglasses and duck lips? Cuz that's like, crazy bad.

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  36. omigosh, i had to stop reading right at the sentence where you spend a million years in michael's because you will be writing for the martha stewart blog. yes, can't wait!

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  37. it was funny(but not) that i had just read your posts about your fear of being sick. so sorry--the worst.
    love your style, love your blog. almost 50 and still love to shop at f21...love to see your picks!

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  38. Oh man- I am in love with your writing! And we had that darn flu bug at our house too... I had no idea about the 3 day rule. Woopsie. Hope you guys are on the up and up.

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