8.24.2012

LINCOLN CENTER BY NIGHT AND OTHER SILLY THINGS


this week seems to have completely escaped me. between last-minute preparations for my panel at alt nyc, trying to meet deadlines, and holding down the fort sans-daddy (busy season, i'm officially over you), i feel like all i've done this week is sweep the floors, make and clean up after meals, ask huck what a lion says a million times (lions are our favorite topic right now), and feel bad about how behind i'm getting on things. by the time 7:30 rolls around each day i feel like my head weighs a ton and that spot in my lower back that's never been the same since i got pregnant with huck is screaming obscenities at me.

i seem to be doing my fall cocooning early this year. i always get all introspective when the temperatures change. usually i make long to-do lists, try to plan a few fun projects, and obsessively edit my pinterest boards like a crazy person. i just want to crawl inside myself and sort things out until i can come out at the end a beautiful butterfly! i'd even settle for an organized butterfly. :)

i've been sitting on these photos all week because i couldn't figure out what words to put with them, but that's silly. so here are some photos without words instead.

 

37 comments :

  1. I think I do the same thing when the seasons change with new lists, ideas, goals and even Pinterest haha I always love your posts, this is one of my favorite blogs to keep up on! :)

    http://bronsonbloopers.blogspot.com

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  2. i am ocd much about my pinterest boards too! happy friday!! huzzaaahh!!

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  3. What a lovely post.

    And my husband works for the Big4 too, and I'm not feeling this second busy season he's suddenly having this month and next. Saturday solo parenting is not for me.

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  4. Aren't you so glad to be in a place that experiences changing seasons? It's kind of therapeutic for me. I love it. And when we lived in Florida...it messed me up. Yuck.

    But yay! Lovely photos and writing. As usual! ;)

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  5. I love cocooning, too. Nice thoughts here. And I wish I could have attended Alt NYC! Can't wait for January...

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  6. It's so fun to have a little one around....big ones too!

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  7. it's because it got hot so early this year, is what it is. i'm all messed up.

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  8. Great photos! And Henry is soooooo cute in his little sandles and shorts combo.

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  9. beautiful photos and so with you on the cocooning. i've started half lists and ideas and decorating all over the place. and can i get you started on blog theory because I really want to hear?!

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  10. Natalie, you make me excited to keep reading about your parenting as Huck keeps on getting older. The parenthood articles you post always blow me away!

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  11. Yes, the change in seasons brings out the nesting instinct in me! I am totally looking forward to buying a new shower curtain... how weird is that? I love the new Kate Spade collection you mentioned, and I'm also in love with dark lipsticks for the fall. Thanks for sharing!

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  12. The pictures are beautiful. It's not quite fall yet here. Still hot and summery.

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  13. Great pics! Love your blog. ;)

    Marissa
    The Simple Swan
    A Fashion, Beauty, and Mommy Blog

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  14. May I ask if you have any tricks for getting your nighttime pics so non-blurry? I have just about the same camera as you (Canon T3 so I think the newer xi?) with a 50mm lens and anytime I try pictures in the dark it is just one big blur....

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    1. Set your iso to the highest setting. Usually around 1600 is a good setting. Hope that works out your problem :)

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  15. Alright, I'm officially jealous of your photography skills dang it!

    val
    The Daily Distraction

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  16. I feel you on this stuff. Jumbly brains and all. My mind is about to explode with obsessive reading of all the September issues. And wanting to die at the end of each day with mommy demands with a busy husband, but still staying up till crazy hours to get in "me" time. You're noooootttt aloooonne. Even though you're on your own, you're not aloooonne (name that tune and I'll give you a million fake dollars).

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  17. i LOVE that outfit from Jennie Kayne. I remember your cocooning from last season. I think we all have it to some degree. I'm trying to plan life and refrain from bready goodies for the next week. And I've never checked your pinterest! going to do that. :)

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  18. YES to the cocooning early!! I just tackled cleaning out our closets and pulled out all of our fall clothes. Yet it's still 95 degrees in Texas. I just can't help myself :)
    And I hear you on holding down the fort with no husband...we're in the throws of football season over here and we're in survival mode over here with no dad:) (he's a coach)
    Hope your weekend is good!

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  19. Not to be creepy or anything, but I missed your posts all week and I'm glad to have you back! I have no idea how you do it all. Love the pictures of your cute family.

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  20. I love that you are doing the "mom hold" on the back of Huck's pants so he doesn't get too close to the water. :)

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  21. i'm the same way about my pinterest boards! great pics :)

    http://babybakerlove.blogspot.com/

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  22. I've been the same way with "cocooning" lately- I feel like my brain is on overdrive! Definitely something to do with the seasons- though I wish NYC weather would make up it's mind. It's been all over the place!
    And that Miles Davis door was a.maze.balls.

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  23. Huck's Blog??? Missing it. Love your writing and how you love your family. Always makes me happy when I stop by to check in on you.

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  24. oh my YES to cocooning. i had not put it in those words, but the introversion "phase" i entered about a month ago has begun to feel somewhat permanent. i just take it to mean i'm turning into my father the older i get, but we can go ahead and blame autumn!

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  25. you are not aloneeee, i am here with youuuu.

    but really..i am definitely picking up what you're putting down. i'm pretty sure the three hours of pinterest board rearranging and renaming after work the other day is a lot less embarrassing (or...maybe not), or slightly less embarrassing, knowing somebody else understands. what's more embarrassing is how long it took me to spell "embarrassing" correctly.

    it's sort of a spring cleaning for the seasons..?

    and, for what it's worth, as a fellow blog theorist- there are just some days where there's not a whole lot to express in words.

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  26. Natalie, I just discovered your blog last week and have really enjoyed reading through your archives. I love blogs that have nice long wordy posts, and you write beautifully. And Huck is just gorgeous.
    (Also, that article on authoritative parenting is excellent - I'm saving it for when the time comes...)

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  27. I can totally relate! Changing seasons do something serious to my heart -- and fall especially is when I start thinking deep thoughts and craving new beginnings. Really love your blog by the way (this is my first comment :) OH and I just did this same thing yesterday evening with my boys and was planning a post in my head as it was happening (hanging out by the Lincoln Center fountain, that is)!

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  28. i am right there with you with jumbled thoughts; long to do lists and not having the words and my back aches--we could be twins.

    i am sure when fall finally arrives it will help sort all this out for me--well that is what i am hoping.

    and i am getting myself a dark berry lipstick too--cannot wait :)

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  29. I am 100% the same with the cocooning and endless list making and Pinterest board OCDs.
    Makes me feel like I'm so much older than my birth certificate says.

    http://cupcakesandcalamity.blogspot.com/

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  30. i do feel the same with the change of seasons - sometimes those ideas pan out (like the shoe closet i built some march) and some, well...they just don't. love these photos of you and your family - you guys are pretty rad ;)

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  31. Yes! I'm also feeling that Fall is in the air, expectant sort of feeling. Makes me want to drink chai tea and crunch leaves under my feet and go out and buy new notebooks or something. I love the east coast in the Fall! :)

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  32. I love the picture of you holding on to his pants to keep him near you! little boys are so adventurous!



    www.studentswife.com

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  33. Everything about this post makes me smile. And I totally cocoon -- it's the seasons, I swear it doesn't happen without them... like that darn cold I get that I never knew existed before I moved to a place with the seasons.

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  34. Lions are very en vogue at our house too! My 18 mo. old is very much into growling like a lion. If you ask him what a lion says, he looks at you blankly but if you say growl, he brings his A game :)

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  35. I just edited my Pinterest boards and it was a total exercise in masochism and I'm never doing it again. It was suckville. :)

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  36. I'm right there with you. Also a few months ago I edited my boards and I'm with Melissa@Julias Bookbag on the experience.

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