5.18.2013

OUR SATURDAY ACROSS THE EAST


every now and then our old borough will call to us from across the east river. "come to meeeeee!" she calls. it's really rather poetic of her. but no, mostly i just get a real good craving for sushi every now and then and since we're too lazy to find a decent place on the uws, a sushi date necessitates a brooklyn day. we should really find a decent sushi place on the uws.

but we do love any excuse visit our old hood. it's so quiet. sometimes i think we'll move back. sometimes i think i'll bump into 23-year-old natalie while we're out wandering around those old fruit streets. i think i'd like that. i'd like to give her a hug.

▲▲▲ the matching toenails, i'll have you know, were huck's idea. okay the matching saltwaters . . . that was mine.
▲▲▲ while poking around those old familiar brownstones and narrow streets we happened to walk right next to lena dunham. theeee lena duhman! my heart skipped a beat. my heart skipped five beats! i lo-oove lena dunham. we were, like, three feet from her, waiting with her for the light to change, and i was thiiiiis close to walking up to her and being that silly person falling all over myself to tell her what a huge fan i am, and how lovely i think she is, and how much her obituary for nora ephron meant to me--oh i was totally going to lead with the nora ephron angle, you better believe it. obviously we would have become best friends on the spot, i mean us nora fans are a tribe, man. i even gave myself a pep talk, but then the light changed and i completely chickened out. womp womp.
▲▲▲ so, okay brace yourself this is cheesy. we've been coming to this little sushi place in brooklyn heights since we lived there in 2005, and this same lovely lady is always there waiting tables. she may own the joint for all i know. we came here for our last meal before moving to idaho, and when we told her we were moving it was sort of an emotional experience for me. i can't explain it but she'd somehow become like a mom to me. like my sushi mom. anyway, i'd always wondered if she remembered us from those old days way back when, and then today out of nowhere she mentioned that i hadn't aged much since we first started coming in. oh hey! she loves us too! (and oh hey, thanks for those great genes, mom) oh it was a sweet moment. she's officially part of the family now. 
▲▲▲ next comes a slow stroll down the promenade, as per official holbrook brooklyn tour rules. and i may be ovulating right now but dang, that husband of mine is dead sexy. ;)


p.s. thank you sonnet james for the play dress!

40 comments :

  1. The matching toenails are so cute. Love this! Hanna

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  2. I adore the matching shoes - an image for the books because of how cute it is and the little memory it keeps!

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  3. An awesome post as always! I always love reading your posts, adoooore the way you write and your little family is so beautiful.

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  4. I can't possibly pick what I love best about this whole post. The matching toenails? So much love. That instagram photo? Melting. The way you write ("that old stinker peter pan")? Perfection. The fact that you love Lena Dunham? Yes! Talk to her next time! She just adopted a dog from Brooklyn Animal Rescue Coalition, you can bond over dog love if Nora doesn't work (although how and when could Nora not work?). I think what I love best is the link to the update on Peter Pan that you wrote last year that I somehow missed because, well, truthfully I have wondered from time to time about that handsome pup of yours and am so glad to have read that. THIS is what reading a blog does to us, no? We worry about the former dogs or the authors we love so? Maybe just me :) Happy Weekending!

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  5. when I visited NY I didn't have time for Brooklyn. But maybe this July! Such a sweet post
    www.thismomsgonnasnap.com

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  6. you should have used the nora ephron angle!!

    once in ny i walked up to a crowd waiting to cross the street and realized i was standing right behind cynthia nixon (during satc's heyday). i was suddenly speechless and frozen?

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  7. so lovely, I love thematching shoesxx

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  8. Such a cute post. The matching toenails and shoes made me smile.

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  9. that wreath is too pretty!
    beautiful photos thanks for sharing....love the matching sandals!

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  10. Lena Dunham AND Ben Afflect & Co.?!?!?!?!
    Best celeb run-ins EVER.
    also - the matching toenails warm my heart. in every way.

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  11. That really WAS the best IG picture ever!! Huck's shirt is darling. Looks like fun! Happy Sunday.

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  12. huck's little face when he's holding onto the fence - too precious. i'm moving to brooklyn next month (goodbye manhattan, i'll miss you forever). i'll make a point to check this place out.

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  13. You're family is just too precious! It's killing me!

    xo Lisa
    Making Life's Lemons

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  14. Gosh what beautiful buildings! New York seems to have more 'old' in it than I realised. :)


    Flora

    www.twowithseven.blogspot.co.uk

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  15. Lena Denham!!! Lucky lady! I bet she would've been down to chat.

    The funny thing is, I bet if any one of your readers saw you on the street, they'd feel a little starstruck too :)

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  16. @Heather - funny you mention it - I am a reader who DID run into her Saturday while she was in the Heights - and YES, I made a complete fool of myself, and YES, Natalie, Brandon, and little Huck were so lovely & gracious to say hello to me as I interrupted their family day!

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  17. Though I live in Manhattan too, Brooklyn Heights is my most favorite-est, almost secret hood of BK. While everyone else is being cool in Wmsburg, I'd rather be on the dowlow in the Heights! Lovely post and photos- will for sure check out that sushi place next time I'm in the area!

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  18. New York is my favourite place in the world, so I tend to live vicariously through you every day ;) Lovee your blog!

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  19. Eek, that Instagram makes me just want to squeal! Sugar overload, it's just so sweet.

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  20. It looks like you had a lovely time. I really want to go to America one day, and this is making me want to go there more than ever x

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  21. Ugh, this post kills me! While I went to culinary school, my dorm was what once was the St. George Hotel on Clark St. between Hicks and Henry St. The promenade was a very short walk away and I would walk there and just stare at Manhattan amazed that what I was seeing was real and not just a picture. I sure do miss living so close to such an AMAZING view! By the way, a really really good Chinese place is White Wall on Henry St. A total dive, but its great!

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  22. Love the matching toenails!!! So adorable!
    Love the post, the words, and the pictures!
    And I saw that instagram photo, and it's so sweet :)
    You have such a beautiful family!!
    And way awesome that you saw a celebrity! AND that you saw Ben Affleck once too! I totally agree that he's gorgeous!

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  23. Natalie... I saw that instagram in my feed and had to pause in the middle of a busy line of Festival goers (@ the Grapevine Texas Main St. Festival). You completely made that special place in my heart that is reserved for my future family (God willing) choke up. A lot of pictures want to creep in and sometimes get close to touching my special reserve, but that one nailed it. I was in the middle of this Festival with all these babies and mothers and fathers and I was single with all my gal pals eating and picturing our way through ... and yet my heart calls out to be somewhere else. Thank heaven we have God. I was thankful I saw your sweet moment in time at my moment in time to bring me back to ground me and remind me where my heart lies. It's nice as women to know we all long at different moments in our life for different parts of our life till they arrive .. and I'm thankful I have something to look forward to :)

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  24. What a lovely tour!!!! Thanks for taking us with you :-)


    xoxo PARIS BEE kids blog

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  25. love love ♥♥...think we got the same pictures !!!!and we also share the same saltwater sandals!!!
    Astrid from France http://cuissesdemouche.canalblog.com/

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  26. beautiful pictures!! & lena!! that must have been such a magical moment! x

    dipped in yellow

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  27. oh, my gosh. the toe nails. it kills me. hahahaha what a cutie! kids are so funny.

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  28. The hubs and I will be traveling to Idaho at the end of June! What are some of your favorite spots to eat, view, sightsee.....? :)

    tisfortiffanyblog.blogspot.com

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  29. Stop it... you saw Lena Dunham on the street?! I could not be more jealous right now. Also I love your matching sandals. Candice at Daily James mentioned that this is one of her favorite blogs, so I wanted to come check it out and say hi. :-)

    Sarah @ Life As Always

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  30. Brooklyn Heights is one of my most favorite places on earth. Remind me to tell you about the time I saw Paul Giamatti walking down Orange street with a newspaper under his armpit. I guess that's probably it. I feel like the cosbies are hanging out around the corner scolding Theo on not doing his homework there. SIIIIIIIIGH.

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  31. Natalie, you should know that I felt the same sort of star-struckedness when I saw you, Brandon, and little Huck on a walk near Lincoln Center one day! I wanted to say hello and see little Huck in person, but I was too nervous to say hello. Should I be embarrassed to admit that? haha. Love your little family!

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  33. Holbrooklyn Tour. Do NOT let that one go to waste.

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  34. You have a beautiful family! And the matching toe nails are precious :)

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  35. Love your boy's stripes shirt! :)

    http://smittenbyangels.blogspot.com

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  36. okay, so i mean i'm always a little bit weepy but this post just made me so weepy and i needed you to know it! sometimes i read your blog and i am just so happy for you, natalie! (okay every time i read your blog i am just so happy for you!) but really, you are simply the best and hearing your sushi story plus the lena dunham story made me extra happy for you because that nora ephron obituary? it is my favorite. unless you've read the tom hank's one. that's my close second.

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  37. i'd love to talk to the 23 year old me too. great post :)

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  38. I just love your writing. It is wonderful and witty and it makes me smile. I always imagine what I would say to the celebrities I admire, but I know in reality I would just chicken out and say something super redonkulous and maybe even creepy.

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  39. Oh New York! How i miss it! great post!

    xoxo kerri

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