I'd use this post to illustrate what I mean by an unfocused essay. But honestly, I'm having kind of an unfocused day - based my students' behavior today you'd think we were already on Christmas vacation. So please bear with me, I've got several random tidbits to share, and they may be a bit scattered.
As I promised a few days ago, I wanted to provide you with links to my favorite designers at the Bust Craftacular and the other little craft fairs that sprouted up in bars and cafes in Brooklyn last Saturday. Imogene had a great booth with several pieces of jewelry that I fell in love with. Marcie McGoldrick makes dainty little pendants and earrings with delicate imprints that were also speaking to me, but alas, her website is not yet up and running. Perch! by Amy Adams had beautiful ceramic pieces for the home, like the basket bowls that I covet. WREN handmade was showing some adorable softies, designed by Laura Normandin. And Jane Buck's printed notecards were sweet.
In other news... over the past couple weeks, Barry took several vacation days that he had to make use of before they expired, so I've been arriving home to some amazing meals. Last Friday, it was flounder with tomatoes and olives over asparagus spears, and tonight I was greeted with tilapia wrapped in prosciutto and sage. Damn.
As if the meals themselves weren't great enough, he picked up some great old-style Porter to have with dinner and a bottle of ginger beer for later. (Coincidentally, Erin also posted about beer today. Our post titles the other day were eerily similar, too. Hmmm...)
Speaking of Barry, (I was a second ago, at least) it always kills me how he can pick up the same camera that I use and take pictures that blow me away. Like the one he took of the sun setting over the Queensboro Bridge this evening:
And the one that he snapped of our Christmas tree, which puts my earlier-posted shots to shame:
I sat in front of the tree tonight and finished knitting the scarf that I've been working on for months. I'm ready to tackle something more interesting now - perhaps lace.
Our car sold last night. Finally. Kind of. Sniff, sniff.
Last but not least, some shopping news: Loveday 31 in Astoria now has 20 new pairs of sulu-design earrings for sale. For those of you looking to do some shopping in Brooklyn this weekend, the Gift on Grand should have some great sales and holiday events going on tomorrow, in Williamsburg. And of course, there's always the recently-updated sulu-design etsy shop for your jewelry needs (got to get in the shameless plugs where I can).
Happy birthday, Jennifer, and a wonderful weekend to you all!