Forgive the long absence. I'm back from a couple of little trips (and starting to get ready for a longer visit to San Francisco). First was a quick midweek visit to New York, where I caught up with old girlfriends; had a yummy lunch at this place in Chelsea Market; bought some goodies for my kids (Japanese erasers at Pearl River Mart, art books at Posman); checked out the gorgeous bedding, jewelry, and china (and everything else) at ABC; and finally got to walk the High Line. It really is a spectacular open space and an amazing addition to the city. Wildflowers, curving concrete benches, wooden lounge chairs that are readily available on a weekday at lunchtime. A few pop-up stands selling paletas (coconut, mango-lime, delicious) and cold drinks. Fairly clean public bathrooms. Ridiculous views—from the Empire State Building, to the roller rink at 30th street, to the fantastic modern architecture of Frank Gehry's IAD building, to the funny little shrines in tenement buildings that now have a front-row seat on the walkway itself.
It felt great to be back in the city where I lived for 10 years. I love that New York always comes back to you; I love discovering new corners of the city, like the High Line, and seeing others that haven't changed (Carl Schurz Park, Union Square, the subway).
Then we had a family trip to Deep Creek Lake in western Maryland, where despite the clouds we managed to do exactly what we wanted—namely play with water and mud.