"Our most ancient metaphor says life is a journey. Memoir is travel writing, then, notes taken along the way, telling how things looked and what thoughts occurred. . . .This is the traveler who goes on foot, living the journey, taking on mountains, enduring deserts, marveling at the lush green places...as a pilgrim, seeking, wondering." -Patricia Hampl

October 15, 2006

Moxxie Turns 34, World Keeps Spinning

34! This year's birthday weekend was all about getting out and about: I finally convinced Heath to wake up and join me on a stroll through our Public Market, applesatmarketthrough bushels and baskets overflowing with apples and pumpkins, jars of homemade maple syrups and jams, bundles of flowers, wheels of fresh cheeses, pumpkinsatmarketwine vendors and grape purveyors, delicious treats and all the odds and ends (more odds) that make our market so wonderful. Especially fun was a enjoying a luxurious moment to sit and people-watch from Java's, sipping coffee and shooting the breeze; and in the spirit of the moment, Heath fell in love with a local artist's rendition of a neighborhood, not far from our own: and so purchased it!
From there, it was on to the new local eatery Bodhi's Cafe, as our friend Andy was celebrating its opening after much hard work putting it together: Andy's delicious seared tuna and tasty paninis were outstanding--but we couldn't stay long, for the afternoon was sunny, warm, and had more in store. Off to Canandaigua's Culinary Institute wine tasting at culinary institute for some more local flavor-savoring and a delightful walk along the lake, the trees turning their autumn hues that coincide with my birthday. afternoon in canandaigua detail

With Sunday came our Sukkah-hopping, jack and stuart in the sukkahmore birthday cakes, mitch and monica share a birthdayand good wishes all around!

October 06, 2006

Little Logan Turns One

Aaron, Logan, Auntie Mo It's been a big year: new job, new house, new husband, new niece: with the end of summer and the beginning of the Jewish new year brought Logan's first birthday. I suppose any parent already knows how fascinating it is to watch an infant develop into a person, but to this new auntie the transitions and their fluid rapidness was just awesome to watch. Staci had asked me to bake Logan a Clifford the Big Red Dog cake, and I wasn't sure I could deliver. For one, I'd never baked a birthday cake for anyone. Then there was the issue of having absolutely no artistic talent. But somehow, with a little patience (and some wine), I managed this:

Mo's first masterpiece Not too shabby--and Logan must have thought the same. It didn't take long to get knee deep.

Frosting feels wonderful, everywhere.Soon, it was time to clean up and open presents, Naked babies are delicious too....but Logan has set the bar very high when it comes to the art of eating cake. Here's to many more!