I distinctly remember the first time I heard the word “Smorgasbord.”
A few years ago, during our annual family vacation to Michigan, we were debating what to have for dinner when Danny suggested we just throw together a “smorgasbord.” I was intrigued, it sounded so exotic. Then I learned it just means a variety of different hot and cold dishes (I’m sure a Swede could tell me I’m missing the full meaning of the word).
Nevertheless it still makes a random collection of food taste better. There’s a reason they call it The Smorgasbord: Brooklyn Flea Food Market.
Anyways, all that just to say, here is a random mish mosh of things—hopefully made more exciting by the fancy title.
1. Sister Date Day
Last Saturday, Anna and I spent a lovely day together and caught up after not seeing each other in what felt like weeks (as I was on vacation and then working the night shift). First we went to our Boot Camp class at the YMCA, which sounds more intimidating than it actually is.
Then we walked arm in arm down all the most charming, brownstone-lined streets of Brooklyn until we reached the East River. And I mean we literally walked arm in arm, à la the Russians.
Once at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Anna picked up a lobster roll from Maine and I had this grain salad. Though my dish of broccoli, grains and cheddar cheese was tasty, it was amusing because it looks like a meal I would throw together out of refrigerator leftovers.
On our walk home we discovered Ample Hills Creamery, which gets its name from Walt Whitman’s poem “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry“: “I too lived—Brooklyn of ample hills, was mine.” Now that is all very romantic so we had to share a kiddie cone. To our delight they make very unique flavors, like the one above stuffed with St. Louis Ooey Gooey Butter Cake.
T’was a very happy day.
2. Now to get caught up on Katie’s mousepad drawings:
3. Lola is obsessed with sleeping on newspaper or magazines.
Doesn’t she look like a clever little kitty as she hugs her reading material with a smile?
4. In March I went to Washington, D.C.
Not much to show for it but some colorful buildings and a man building a patriotic snowman.
And now it’s finally spring in NYC and everything is beautiful and everyone is happy!