Sunday, October 25, 2009

Jack-O-Lantern Day!!

We carved while the dogs played. It was a beautiful Fall day. What's more to say? Thanks Aaron & Lauren!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

"The Jet" Turned 25!!

Last week was the big bash at Chapin St.
WooHoo!! Lots of friends, cotton candy, Ben's hard cider, lots of great food, campfire, pumpkins and yellow mums. The yard and house were all gussied up for the event. The pups all had a blast too!

Trading Post YAY!

Yesterday I managed to squeeze in my first trip to the trading post in weeks. Lots of fun seeing Louise and Gina and plenty of treasures found. May have to stop back in today.... don't seem to have come home with the maps I had in my pile.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Open House New York

Note: click on pictures for larger image!

For the third year in a row I was at Open House New York this weekend. It was a great time, visiting 8 "Open House" sites in 2 days.... and countless others sites along the way like the dog park in Washington Square Park where we socialized for a bit. Some of the OHNY sites were places not generally open to the public like an amazing private residence and other sites are places open but where someone gave a special talk about the design of the place, such as the lighting design for the new High Line, for example. We also had fun with Athena and Trevor, including some great arugula pasta and a meal at the wonderful Oscar's in Brooklyn.

Here's the list: Spice sales at 5th Ave street fair, fountain at Lincoln Center, the Warner/CNN bldgs at Columbus Circle, B & C at High Line, T & A at High Line, street musicians at Washington Square Park, one of our large furry friends at the dog park, roasting corn at Washington Square Park's street fair, Washington Sq. Park arch and pool, B in Edward Hopper's studio, view of Hopper's studio, 2 views of Illy Push Button House (aka a shipping crate that "pops" into a 5 room "house"), 2 views of the kitchen in private residence in Greenwich Village.

Friday, October 2, 2009

New job devours the rest of life..but it's GOOOOD!

I have a new job... in addition to teaching (3 courses at UMass this Fall) I am also the Director of Community Service Learning at UMass. I started the new job the first week of August, on 3 days' notice. So, there went my summer. It's great though..... a wonderful opportunity for me and a chance to spread the news about CSL and to hopefully expand on what we have already built at UMass Amherst. I have been setting up the new office (literally) moving furniture in, acquiring computers, getting phone installed, working with a tech person to set up a new web site, setting up social networking, designing brochures name it. I've also been meeting with many people about ways to expand the number of courses and students in CSL and working to expand out community partnerships as well. We held the annual Community Service Fair last week and had an interview with the NYT's the week before Just today the NY Times sent a photographer to one of our Holyoke meetings to get pics to go with the upcoming article in Education Life (out in late Oct). So, life is incredibly the brim and overflowing.... but... it is all good.