In case anyone was wondering, I can carry two children at once.
(My cousin’s kids, who I hadn’t seen in over a year, who were super excited to see us, and it was wonderful. It was also a bit like wrangling wild animals sometimes.)

In case anyone was wondering, I can carry two children at once.

(My cousin’s kids, who I hadn’t seen in over a year, who were super excited to see us, and it was wonderful. It was also a bit like wrangling wild animals sometimes.)

2 years ago  #gpoy #my life #mom #addison #hayden #ella  3 notes
    me: Where are we going to be on the 1st of September?
    mom: Granny and Granddad's, why?
    me: Doctor Who premiers that night. Do they get BBC America?
    mom: I don't know, but you won't mind spending time with your grandparents if they don't or if they don't want to watch it.
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    me: Doctor Who premiers the night we're at Granny and Granddad's.
    papa: SHIT.
    me: Do they get BBC America?
    papa: They get all the channels, Granny pays for satellite.
    me: But she only watches the Weather Channel.
    papa: They're not going to want to watch it.
    me: What will we do?
    papa: Worst case, we say "sorry, we're going to pop down to the basement for an hour" and watch it on the tv down there.
    me: No one but us is going to be okay with that.
    papa: Well...
2 years ago  #my life #mom #papa  2 notes
Post-graduation dinner: Queens Kickshaw in Astoria.
If the idea of gourmet grilled cheese sounds like heaven to you, this is the place.
I had the gouda grilled cheese on brioche with black bean hummus, guava jam and pickled jalapenos. Papa had the gruyere on rye with pickled and caramelized onions and a fantastic caraway & napa cabbage slaw. Mom had the great hill blue on cranberry-walnut bread with prune jam and fresh pears.
Mom and I drank craft beers and Papa had a blueberry shrub. (If you’ve never had a shrub, try one. You will be pleasantly surprised.)
This is one of those places you should visit before you die, it was possibly the best meal I’ve ever had in my entire life. And the atmosphere! Punk music and dim lighting and salvaged wood and lovely.

Post-graduation dinner: Queens Kickshaw in Astoria.

If the idea of gourmet grilled cheese sounds like heaven to you, this is the place.

I had the gouda grilled cheese on brioche with black bean hummus, guava jam and pickled jalapenos. Papa had the gruyere on rye with pickled and caramelized onions and a fantastic caraway & napa cabbage slaw. Mom had the great hill blue on cranberry-walnut bread with prune jam and fresh pears.

Mom and I drank craft beers and Papa had a blueberry shrub. (If you’ve never had a shrub, try one. You will be pleasantly surprised.)

This is one of those places you should visit before you die, it was possibly the best meal I’ve ever had in my entire life. And the atmosphere! Punk music and dim lighting and salvaged wood and lovely.

2 years ago  #my life #mom #papa #queens kickshaw #astoria #grilled cheese  7 notes

The day before graduation, my parents and I went to The Cloisters. We take a lot of photos of each other taking photos, as you can see.

(the one where I am photographing was taken by my father, the one where I am pretending to be a tree was taken by my mother)

2 years ago  #mom #my life #my photography #papa #the cloisters #gpoy  3 notes

New favorite hobby: stalking my parents on facebook and trying to figure out which of the baby boomers are trolling and which of them are just completely inept at socializing on the internet. I’m not friends with my parents, aunts, uncles or grandparents on facebook, so I base it all on comments on public photo albums, such as this one from my parents’ trip to Tuscon last week.

My current money is on my dad trolling the shit out of everyone, and my mom being completely inept. I base this on my dad’s judgment of his sister-in-law’s like and my mom naming herself “Aunt Ann” on facebook.

Also, mom, while we’re here, we talked on the phone 3 times last week and you never mentioned being attacked by cacti…

2 years ago  #my life #mom #aunt jan #papa #aunt karen 

That Christmas special was fantastic. I love ending Christmas day with Doctor Who.

I discovered upon opening my gifts today that my parents’ method of Christmas shopping is buying things and then showing me those things while we’re out shopping together to see if I like them. 90% of the time I don’t, and then I open the gifts and they say “sorry, we bought that before we knew you didn’t wear/use/whatever that thing.” They don’t seem to understand that I appreciate the gifts no matter what, and will use them no matter what.

the haul:

  • my parents staying awake to watch Doctor Who with me even though they were both exhausted from the family party
  • kindle fire
  • circle scarf
  • oven pot (slow-cooked veg french onion soup, here I come!)
  • Tegan & Sara’s Get Along
  • mad sweater tights
  • a hammered metal bracelet
  • a collection of mini alcohol bottles, all different kinds, about 20 of them—courtesy of the family gift exchange, my dad snagged it for me
  • two bottles of wine and a bottle of olive oil, keeping the olive oil and giving my mom the wine—courtesy of the family gift exchange
  • cheese grater—courtesy of the family gift exchange, mom snagged it for me

Christmas was really small this year. About 25 people, maybe 30, but that’s tiny for us. Katie and her family couldn’t make it because of car trouble, Steve and his family stayed in Washington, et cetera. We skyped with Steve & Holli & their kids, which was cute. Kim (almost 20) brought her boyfriend, which I feel like shouldn’t happen until you’re engaged, but he’s a nice guy and he’s been around for a few years. Alexis (19) IS engaged, but her fiance is a Marine and currently stationed in Bahrain. Stacey (29) was rather disturbed by this because she is single, but I told her I admired that she put her career first—she’s a lawyer with her own business and she isn’t even 30, she doesn’t need a husband right now.

The gift game was great this year, though the pickings were a little lackluster. Too many sets of lotto cards, which I don’t care about at all. The funniest one was the one my dad brought: gummies soaked in everclear, hilariously disgusting. I made an alliance with my dad so he could snag the mini bottles if they got stolen from me (they did, he did) and then got the wine for myself for the sole purpose of getting the olive oil that came with them. I’m collecting kitchen things, obviously.

Excellent holiday. Great times with a great family.

2 years ago  #my life #mom #papa  95 notes
I asked my parents, “Can you scan and send me that adorable photo of me in my halloween tiger suit with Grandpa?”
My father responded, “I just wanted to say that it was very heart warming for you to refer to your Grandfather as adorable. I just know that you weren’t referring to yourself as such, even if, on occasion, we thought so, as you will see by what we send.”
My mom sent this set of photos and said, “my sweetie.. still dressing up. ;)”
(And you know, I think I was referring to Grandpa… look at him!)
(Also I’ve been informed that the first photo is me dressing up like Shirley Temple in The Little Princess… of course.)

I asked my parents, “Can you scan and send me that adorable photo of me in my halloween tiger suit with Grandpa?”

My father responded, “I just wanted to say that it was very heart warming for you to refer to your Grandfather as adorable. I just know that you weren’t referring to yourself as such, even if, on occasion, we thought so, as you will see by what we send.”

My mom sent this set of photos and said, “my sweetie.. still dressing up. ;)”

(And you know, I think I was referring to Grandpa… look at him!)

(Also I’ve been informed that the first photo is me dressing up like Shirley Temple in The Little Princess… of course.)

2 years ago  #gpoy #my life #grandpa #mom #papa  109 notes
Today is my mom’s 50th birthday. I couldn’t be there but luckily my cousin Stacey took this gorgeous photo of her! (And my father’s impressive beard!)

Today is my mom’s 50th birthday. I couldn’t be there but luckily my cousin Stacey took this gorgeous photo of her! (And my father’s impressive beard!)

3 years ago  #mom #papa 

My parents called at 6am shouting about how they were evacuating me now, that the storm had gotten worse and was going to ruin Purchase for days and death and pestilence or something. Then they got here and realized that there’s already generators set up and tree service people going around and decided I could stay. Then they went out and bought me mad supplies, including a Toy Story candle. Meanwhile, the maintenance guys came and fixed my window.

Roisin and I taped Xs on the windows (so if the glass breaks it sticks together) and I’ll tape a tarp over the door later. 

We’ll be waiting out Hurricane Irene on mattresses in my hallway, which has no windows and is conveniently connected to my windowless bathroom. So glad I live on the second story, this campus is going to be flooded. A new episode of Doctor Who airs in a few hours, as well!

3 years ago  #my life #mom #papa #roisin #Hurricane Irene  6 notes
Picnic my mom and I went on a few days ago. A few seconds after I took this, we realized I was having an allergic reaction on my hand and we had to leave. (My allergic reactions tend to ruin nice days outside.)

Picnic my mom and I went on a few days ago. A few seconds after I took this, we realized I was having an allergic reaction on my hand and we had to leave. (My allergic reactions tend to ruin nice days outside.)

3 years ago  #my life #phone photos #mom