Beneath a Patch of Grass, her bones the old Dutch master hid

Earlier this month we went to see Joanna Newsom perform at the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn (which, side note: is an incredibly beautiful theatre) and Andrew has had her album on repeat ever since. This was our second time seeing her perform and both times she has left us in awe - she sure is one super talented lady! Whilst usually my monthly song pick is more to do with a song that I haven't been able to get out of my head, this month's is mostly about how much we've enjoyed the video to Sapokanikan - we love to copy her movements in it! Basically, my husband & I like to skip around our apartment, doing the occasional half turn with our hands in our pockets. We call it the "Joanna Newsom", for obvious reasons, and it's a lot of fun (we should probably get out more...).

Oh, and also - HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

You can see all my other monthly music posts from 2014 & 2015 here!

Reasons to be Cheerful - November 2015

  • Celebrating 1 year in NYC by going to the top of Lady Liberty & Ellis Island
  • Eating delicious cereal milk ice-cream from Momofuku Milk Bar
  • ...and treating ourselves to pie from Four & Twenty Blackbirds
  • ...and having a pretty great burger at the Burger Joint!
  • Enjoying the unseasonably warm weather & never-ending Autumn leaves
  • Making a pecan pie, cooking our first proper Thanksgiving dinner...
  • ...and feasting on delicious turkey-featuring-meals for a week after!
  • Receiving my first order from SSTUTTER - incredibly beautiful jewellery!
  • Adding to our VitsÅ“ system and making this apartment feel more like home
  • ...and signing on for a second year living here!
  • Celebrating Andrew's birthday with theatre, cake and dinner at Edi & The Wolf
Read/Watched/Listened To/Saw/Visited:
  • We saw The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 and Spectre at the cinema - both great!
  • We also watched the first 3 Hunger Games and all the Daniel Craig Bond movies (mmm, Daniel Craig), as well as August: Orange County, more of The Office & Gilmore Girls.
  • I read Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling and Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding.
  • I bagged some bargain tickets to A View from the Bridge at Lyceum Theatre and I took Andrew to see The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at Barrymore Theatre.
  • We visited The Morbid Anatomy Museum, MOMA & the Brooklyn Museum.

Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade 2015

Because it's never a bad time to share pictures of dogs wearing costumes...
When I found out that we would be moving to New York towards the end of 2014, I begged Andrew to try and swing it that we could arrive in time for the Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade - something I was desperate to see! Sadly, however, we were scheduled to arrive the following weekend instead and thus began my year long wait for it to come around again!

The Halloween Dog Parade is now in it's 25th year and is described as "the largest dog costume parade in the world" - yes! I'm a biiiig lover of dogs, and cuties in funny costumes slay me. Every. Time! But I have to admit to feeling a little overwhelmed by the crowds at this event - turns out there are a lot of dog fans in NYC. Not that I wont be going again next year, because, dogs. Below are just a few of the pictures I took... Enjoy! :-)
This last little guy was super friendly! We were the best of friends for about five minutes but then we had to say our goodbyes and go our separate ways... :-(

NYC Hallowe'en Displays 2015

So I know it's like less than a week to Christmas, and really I should be posting about Christmas trees or Santa Claus or mince pies or something, but I totally forgot to post these pictures back in October and I really want to post them, ok? Also, heads up, I'm probably going to post more pictures from Hallowe'en before the end of the week, but this time it'll be dogs in funny costumes so you know it's worth it! ;-)
I loved stumbling upon all the fab Hallowe'en displays; whether it be simple carved pumpkins on stoops, zombie hippies, "Fleshdirect" vans driven by skeletons, giant spiders adorning buildings or scary clowns (though I am pretty terrified of the latter two!) - New Yorkers really know how to do Hallowe'en!
There was one particular Hallowe'en display that I really wanted to see, and even went out of my way to do so (though spending time in Boerum Hill is really no chore). Every year on Bergen Street, between Bond & Nevins, one couple turn their small front yard in to an awesome Hallowe'en display, and this year's treat was a scary clown crashing a kid's birthday party - complete with pooping child. The display really was incredible! While we were there we got to speak to one of the geniuses behind the idea and she informed us that everything they use is salvaged from the trash/left on stoops/being given away, and they spend the year collecting things, making it pretty much completely free - the base of the clown's body is a female mannequin, rescued from a dumpster outside Macy's! They already have an idea for next years display and I can't wait to see what they come up with!

My 2015 Festive To Do List

So it may be just over a week until the big day, but it's never too late to put together a list of things I want to do over this festive season - after all, Christmas ends in January, right? Last year I didn't feel very Christmassy as life was all a bit up in the air, but this year I am in significantly higher spirits and thoroughly enjoying getting my festive spirit on!

1. See the Dyker Heights Christmas Lights
2. Bake some gingerbread or sugar cookies
3. Buy our tree and decorate our apartment (done!)
4. Make a new decoration for our tree
5. Attend What the Dickens?: A Christmas Carol Marathon Reading at Housing Works (also done!)
6. Visit the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree
7. Go ice-skating!
8. See the Christmas windows on 5th Ave
9. Bake a (non-fruitcake) Christmassy cake
10. Watch all of the Christmas films! Especially...
      A Muppet's Christmas Carol (obviously)
      Love, Actually
      Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
      Jingle All The Way
      Die Hard and Die Hard 2
      The Holiday
      The Nightmare Before Christmas
      It's A Wonderful Life
      Holiday in Handcuffs*

* watching this movie has become a tradition for us - we stumbled upon it 3 years ago and have watched it every year since! We were intrigued by the combination of Melissa Joan Hart (aka Sabrina) and Mario Lopez (aka Slater), and whaddya know - it's so bad it's good! (watch it.)