i made a quilt!!!

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i made this one for one of my oldest friends. the mister and i went to nyc for a long weekend, and i tried desperately to finish this “demented flying geese” quilt, but failed. thus, i showed to the ‘rents and cooed over baby charlotte, but ultimately ended up finishing the quilt at the mast brothers/ blue bottle coffee shop in williamsburg. such an awesomely hipster thing to do.   IMG_4902IMG_4903IMG_4909i’m all about the hand quilting these days.

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charmed, i’m sure

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i’m getting tired of paris. not the real paris, but blogging about paris. perhaps it’s that i’m in a different head space, back in the states, sick in bed. but i’ve decided to throw linear time to the wind and post things in random, “i’m thinking about them” order.

to that end, today, i’d like to talk about ICE CREAM!!!!! specifically, about The Charmery. it’s a GREAT ice cream spot in hampden baltimore. full disclosure, laura, dov, and by extension baby maggie are some of my favorite, and best people. i’ve know them for eleven years now [yikes!], and as long as i’ve know them, they’ve been working towards opening an ice cream shop. hells bells, they’ve been working on this since college! also, dov thinks he’s the funny one, but everyone knows, it’s laura.

fresh off the boat, but with a cold, so i couldn’t snuggle with baby maggie, boo, i beelined for baltimore. when last i was in the states, they had just started construction on the building, and now, here, just over one year later, they’ve got huge lines, awards, and some of the best ice cream i’ve ever had. and i lived in san francisco. it was so exciting to see this come to life that i nearly jumped out of my skin.

also, after ELEVEN years of promising me that he’d do, dov made me earl grey ice cream. he was skeptical, but if the yelp reviews are anything to go by, the earl of sepi ice cream was a hit!

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paris, part 8 of ???

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so. we went to the louvre on a cold and rainy day. not perfect for standing outside in line for three hours to get in, but hey, if i took anything away from our time in paris, it’s that you have to wait in line. a lot.

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after the louvre, we went to eat at le mosquée. the food was delicious, and the building amazing.IMG_4943 IMG_4942 IMG_4941 IMG_4940 IMG_4939 IMG_4938 IMG_4937 IMG_4936 IMG_4935 IMG_4934 IMG_4933 IMG_4932 IMG_4931fertig.

paris part five of …?

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guys, i’m really far behind here. i don’t even live in berlin anymore, and i’m still posting about vacation. my goal is to get three posts a week up till i’m up to date. so let’s pretend…

we saw the paris opera ballet student exhibition. this is when the upper level students get jobs. directors from the major ballet companies across the world come to see who they think would fit well into their companies. no pressure.
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we went to the luxembourg gardens. still too much gravel for my taste, but a sunny glorious day.

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the oldest street sign in paris.

then we went to notre dame. on this trip to paris, i learned the art of waiting in line. it was worth it though.

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paris: part three of ?.

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we climbed the mountain, and i must say, the sacre coeur is one of the prettiest churches i’ve ever seen. i dig the relative simplicity.        IMG_4753IMG_4760 IMG_4762IMG_4772IMG_4751IMG_4754IMG_4771 2lest you think for even a moment that any part of paris isn’t a theme park…

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paris: part two of?

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life with eddie entails a LOT of museum going. seriously. in my 11 days in paris, we went to seven museums. the orsay was one of them…

one is not supposed to take pictures in the museum, but the french aren’t so rule bound as the germans, so i took some liberties. one of the coolest parts of the museum is their cafe. it’s BEHIND the clock. very “hugo.”

 

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paris: part one of ?

so! i went to paris! eddie spent march in leeds england, and then april [i know, i’m really behind in adventure sharing] in paris, were i met up with him for my mandatory 10 days of vacations as part of my 6 month contract. i love germany. we planned this month in paris last may when we were getting ready to move to berlin as a hopefully celebration of eddie finishing his manuscript. and i’m proud to report that it all came true! the mister has sent the manuscript to his editor!!!!!

we stayed in the 16th at at victor hugo in an apartment owned by my father-in-law’s friend. it was perfect, and nice to pretend we’re fancy for a few weeks on the heels of moving to neukölln here in berlin. the first day was one of much walking and hot chocolate drinking. not too shabby.

 

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