Friday, August 26, 2011

Scenes from Life

Reading materials and snacking materials.

This red velvet cupcake came from a bakery in our neighborhood called Best Buns. Supremely delicious.

We've been spending a lot of time outside lately as temperatures have cooled a bit.

We went for a walk on a nearby jogging/biking trail that has these funny signs from the 1980s with tips on how to get fit. Very helpful.

Little dog was introduced to little shark. The meeting went well.

This is the shower curtain I ultimately decided to get: a bright and colorful print from Marimekko.

I took this photo right after we moved in (notice the randomly placed furniture). I was excited about these big windows...that is, until the first night it rained, and water started leaking in from the top and sides of the frame. The windows are no longer my favorite.

And then, of course, there was the earthquake on Tuesday! My boyfriend and I were in the apartment, and suddenly, the whole building started shaking and swaying back and forth. It felt as if the floor was dropping out from under us. Lamps toppled over. And it was so loud! Needless to say, we got out of there as fast as we could. Someone had been mopping the stairwell when it happened and abandoned the mop and bucket in the middle of the wet stairs, so our exit wasn't quite as speedy as we would've liked. By the time we got outside, the whole thing was over. Apparently, it only lasted about 20 seconds, but it felt like forever. We live on the 8th floor, and I imagine it was even worse for the people in the floors above us. We've had several aftershocks since then, but nothing as scary, thankfully. My boyfriend and I joked that it was a good thing we hadn't hung any artwork on the walls yet; finally, my procrastination pays off.

And now everyone's bracing for Hurricane Irene, which should be here sometime this weekend. Let's hope she veers back out to sea.

I'm wishing everyone a safe and relaxing weekend, wherever you are. xo, Mary


  1. Mary, the red velvet cupcake looks pretty inviting. Did you really do with just one? It is funny how you spend more time outside because it has cooled down and we spend more time out because it is warm! I am loving the clouds in the photo. And as for the earthquake - good that your windows are still there, leaking or not. Can you imagine them falling off like the artwork you procrastinated hanging on the walls? :) The shower curtain is awesome by the way. Have a nice weekend. And no Irene.

  2. Loved the photos, especially "snack time." Also LOVE your view! It's quite different from mine since I live out in the country. My living room has a wall of windows too but I see trees, my pool, my gardens, and deer (among many other little critters).

    That shower curtain is awesome! I'm in the process of trying to think of a theme for our guest bath and there are too many choices out there!

    Hope the hurricane doesn't do any damage. My daughter just moved out there and I told her that she is being welcomed to the east coast so well. First a rare earthquake and now a hurricane! Also told her it's a sign that she needs to come back home to her mom.

  3. Looks like you're having a fine week! Cute dog!!

  4. Mary, so glad you guys are OK with that earthquake. Loved all of your photos of nature. And the one with the comment as I am still drooling:):)

  5. Oh my! Hope you have a safe weekend too. Love the pic of the exercise sign. Saw one of those recently too, and thought "really?" Could work.

  6. I can't even imagine what it's like to be in an earthquake! I'm so sorry you had to go through that. And those windows are awesome, bummer that there was a leak.