January and February have been full of GUESTS, GUESTS, GUESTS!
We love guests. Are you next to visit?
Our many plants are displaying fresh shoots in response to the longer days and brighter light. In anticipation of spring, Dan felt like a change, so I offered to give him a haircut. I kept the strands long so he could mail them off to Locks of Love.
I couldn’t help myself and gave him an intermediary mullet as the haircut progressed. It appears I still have something to learn about sideburns, but overall, not a bad first attempt.
We are VERY excited to share that Dan will be working in Dalian, China for the month of August as the lead engineer on an Intel fabrication plant ramp-up.
My current dream plan is to: visit friends (Cara, Carrie, Sari) in California towards the end of August, meet Dan in Dalian and together visit the Great Wall, Vietnam, and Japan. Dream is the imperative word right now, but some version of this travel mélange will emerge.
The Lonely Planet describes Dalian as,
One of the most relaxed and liveable cities in the northeast, if not all of China. Tree-lined hilly streets with manageable traffic and fresh air, a surfeit of early-20th-century architecture and an impressive coastline, complete with swimming beaches, are just some of its charms. Toss in a decent restaurant and bar scene and serious shopping, and that frequent Dàlián epithet, the ‘Hong Kong of the North’, looks like more than just bluster.
Lizzy Knickerbocker was one of our first guests. Our friendship began at Mohonk fourteen years ago. She brings spunk and joy in abundance, and this helps me make friends in a new places.
Saratoga’s 18th Chowderfest was February 6th. Ma and Pa Cocciardi and Josh and Ashley Cocciardi joined us. We braved the crowds for a bit, slurping hot varieties of chowda.
SUPER EXCITING NEWSFLASH:::
My brother-in-law Josh and his wife Ashley are expecting their first child this coming August. This marks a first time grandchild for the Cocciardis and it makes me an aunt amongst four uncles!
I AM BEYOND EXCITED!
During my years at Manhattan College, I loved with Bee from Sekonk and Katya from Moscow. Bee’s manfriend lives in Saratoga so after fourteen years, we find ourselves in the same city again.
Dan and I hosted Katya and her husband Dima, and Bee and Josh for a Manhattan College Reunion. Highlights included an incredible brunch that the men whipped up while the ladies swapped wigs and decorated the table, a trip to nearby artist’s retreat Yaddo, and dinner with live music at our favorite One Caroline Street Bistro.
I then visited Kelly and twins in Rhinebeck and felt full of love, both for Kelly’s brilliance as a climate change economist and for the sweetness of the twins at a toddler music/movement class.
I went from Kelly’s to the East Village where we celebrated the birthdays of Pa C and Timbo Cocciardi.
The next morning Dan and I made it to The Falcon in Highland, NY where The Don treated us to a jazz brunch. We think this might be the only venue in the Hudson Valley with this type of offering; we really recommend it.
I leave you with words from Rumi, whom I hope to read with/for my August-arriving niece/nephew.
The Guest House
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
As an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.