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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Do Something!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Friday This & That

Fluxi Malou 2 AM NYC © Emily Shur
The weather has been a mixed bag. But last night was Wrist Worm weather. BTW Sandra Juto now also makes Writs Worms for kids!
Looking at the Hollywood Heroines feature in The New York Times I was reminded how talented Tierney Gearon is. Her vision is fresh and inspirational.
I suffer from internet/media fatigue, however I continue to enjoy Sandra &Camilla's blogs. I do enjoy seeing the Instagram shots of Emily, Hank & Wyatt (particularly his work post Sandy was gripping). And Kottke remains one of the best general blogs.

Monday, November 5, 2012

How To Help

Rockaway Beach © Wyatt Gallery
We were fortunate during the storm. But many were not.
The reports from places hard hit like The Rockaways are disheartening, Help cannot arrive soon enough! It's getting really cold here in NY/NJ.
The city can assign you if you can & want to volunteer. Find out more at: www.nycservice.org
or check: www.ny1.com for more ways to help.
Social Media is yet another way how to find out how you can help. It's the easiest way to find out what is needed by whom and where. And it helps fill in the gap where government has not (yet) provided help.
All efforts matter. Don't be shy. Do or give something!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Sandy (& Barry)

Lone Pretzel Vendor on 5th Avenue © Nina Buesing Corvallo
So that happened. I live in lower Manhattan also briefly known as SoPo.
Our electricity was restored about 24 hours ago. We spent five nights in the dark, which was not a big deal. The weather was not too cold and our building retained a lot of heat inertia.
Friday night the outside temperature dropped into the 30s which was worrisome, especially because we have a baby. But just in the nick of time power came back on and we did not have to evacuate.

I long ago absorbed the lesson that anything can happen at any moment. Nor do I like to go shopping every day or do laundry too frequently. As a result we were well stocked on water, food, cat food, medicines, flashlights, candles, battery & crank radios, diapers, clean clothes and we even have a land line (which works on the electricity supplied from the old copper phone lines and works in a black out). We are also lucky to reside in a solidly constructed building, so we did not even hear or feel the winds. Our basement did not flood.We also retained our gas service and most importantly we had running (cold) water (if you live below the fifth floor in Manhattan water  is apparently gravity fed). The baby still breastfeeds so that was not an issue either.
Of course we were saddened and horrified to hear about the loss of life and the devastation in New York and New Jersey and as far reaching as Connecticut, but for us the black out was also a somewhat magical experience or perhaps a bit of time travel. All but the locals disappeared, all the noise and traffic stopped. Downtown returned to the 70s/80s for a couple of days. We plugged in an old phone and ever time it rang it sounded like the Rockford Files ;)
We cooked and ate dinners by candle light, listening to NPR. Heated water to wash the baby and ourselves. Put on a sweater (I hear you Jimmy Carter), cuddled for extra heat and went to sleep earlier. During the day we just focused on the essentials and were not distracted by the internet, text messages or noise. We felt actually quite sane. It was a bit like we went on a cleanse.
I grew up mostly outside of the US and spend time in Belize every year, so I am used to power outages and the idea of conserving. As is my husband and we quickly fell into the rhythm of our temporary situation. Now that power is back, we realize once more how power hungry a nation we are. It's really time to change.And for that reason, I hope that President Obama gets re-elected.
And I think we can change. Someone said to me after Sandy, that maybe it was time that we moved. Are you kidding me? We do not run, certainly not from Sandy (Romney is much more frightening). I have no intention of moving anywhere any time soon. Every time New York and I go through something , we love each other more. Yes, we were struck by disaster but no matter where you run to, tragedy can strike. It's a New Yorker's favorite pass time to contemplate living elsewhere, brought on by quotidian frustration related to cost, noise, etc. Whatever. I'm staying put.
This experience has been oddly invigorating and inspirational. Nothing like a little kick in the butt to remind you what's what.
This is a great town. At no point did I feel unsafe while in the dark. Yes, there was reflected light reaching us from midtown and NYU's campus remained somewhat lit by their generator. And yes, I have the undercover robbery squad near me. And NoPo was only about 15 blocks away. All that helped but more importantly this is a city that for the most part pulls together when in need.
My husband needed emergency root canal therapy during the black out. Our awesome dentist Dr. Boyd was also without power. But he met us at his practice, dispensed medication and arranged for a dental appointment uptown for my husband in an hour. That's New York for you. So much opportunity and so many resources. If you want it, it's here for you.
And before I finish this post, an extra special Thank You to all the Non-New Yorkers helping us! It was great seeing utility trucks from everywhere stationed in Union Square. Two Thumps up for our local government as well as our federal government.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Baby Love: Breastfeeding

I am saying nothing new, when I say that while new mothers are urged to breastfeed, often they do not have the support (not at home, nor at work nor from society at large - and sometimes not even the infant is cooperating) it takes to do so. Most mothers-to-be fret about labor & delivery, but breastfeeding can turn out to be a much longer lasting challenge.
Feeding your child should be the easiest thing in the world, but it no longer is. And everyone has something to say about it (even Mayor Mike). Mothers can feel a lot of judgement for their choices, especially if they choose to formula feed.
However mothers choosing to breastfeed are not exempt from judgement either (note there are 2 links to two separate Applebee incidents in two different states).
When I stumbled across the latest LUVS commercial, I was surprised and pleased. I hope the commercial is an indicator that attitudes are shifting. Oh, and trust me, you can be a confident breastfeeding mother first time out. Of course I did have support: my husband and my doula were totally behind me. Thank you.


courtesy luvsdiapers

If you want to read more about how the commercial was received and a good opinion about it, read Ana Veciana-Suarez's Chicago Tribune op-ed piece Here we go again: Wholesome commercial stirs breastfeeding brouhaha.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Ildikó von Kürthy

If you read in German and are interested in the topic of motherhood, I recommend reading Ildikó von Kürthy's Unter dem Herzen: Ansichten einer neugeborenen Mutter.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Another This & That

You have to love Stellan Skarsgård! Here what he has to say about living in Sweden: www.the-talks.com

The Style Files always provides inspiration: www.style-files.com

And Carly Ries project Breast Cancer Portraits is arresting. I have never thought all that much about my breasts, in part because they are small and were easy not to think about. But with nursing that has changed. The size not so much, but my relationship to my breasts has. It's my son's primary source of food and comfort. I am confronted with people's hang ups about breastfeeding and breasts in general.And of course physically my breast are different too, harder to ignore if you will.
Carly Ries' work would have always impacted me, but now these portraits speak to me even more intensely.
See them at: www.carlyries.com.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Friday This & That

Washington Square Park Summer 2012 © Nina Buesing Corvallo


My friend Hank recently took his first trip to Berlin, and he said it felt like this.
Watching this video made me smile (and dance with the baby) and I thought you might like to smile (and dance) today too and thus I am sharing.

I have been revisiting the photography of Corey Arnold, and I think he is only getting better. He excels at capturing what many never see and also at capturing that that many do not want to see. Take a look at: www.coreyfishes.com and also at the selection of images of Corey Arnold's Wolf Tide images at: www.myloveforyou.typepad.com.

Washington Square Park.. If you are in New York, I recommend spending some time in Washington Square Park before it gets too cold. I don't know if it is the redesign or my age, but I am in love with this park now.
Former NYC Park Commissioner Adrian Benepe said the city's parks are the residents' backyards. I think it's true and than some.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Postcards from Italy







                               Italia  © Nina Buesing Corvallo

Monday, September 10, 2012

Lufthansa

Lufthansa Jet on a foggy day by Nina Buesing Corvallo
For many years my preferred airline was a US carrier that will remain unnamed. Suffice to say a merger in recent years caused a decline in service. And even though that airline - or what has become of it - still flies non-stop to all three destinations I have to fly to a least once a year, I opt mostly to fly a different carrier. To and in Europe we fly Lufthansa. And the difference in service is jarring.
I must admit that I have a soft sport for Lufthansa. My dad traveled a lot when I was a child and my mom and I would pick him up at Hamburg airport. I watched many Lufthansa planes land and take off. I remember the toys the blue & yellow clad Lufthansa flight attendants gifted me when I was en route with them. I think their logo is iconic, very Wes Anderson. My memories of Lufthansa are all happy ones.
However even objectively speaking Lufthansa is a great airline: a good safety record, a well maintained fleet  and outstanding service.
My friend Alex, who travels frequently, says what he likes about Lufthansa is that  that the minute you sit down, even if many thousand miles away, you feel like you are already home.
OK, the man is in advertising, but really that is exactly how I feel too.


Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Cicada

Magicicada (it's really called that ;) )
















Summer's almost over. Because we had a baby a couple of months ago, summer went buy even faster than usual and I kind of missed most of it - we did not even leave the city once. There is a tree in my street that is home to a cicada. I like to sit by the window and listen to it late at night. The song of the cicada transports me. Hearing the cicada reminds me of summers long gone in Woodstock and Texas.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Neat: Brooklyn Toile


I like Toile with a twist. My friend Emily had a dress several years ago with a red toile print that looked great and I am still obsessed with a blue toile print summer dress I saw a woman wear in Soho a few years ago. Mike Diamond of the Beastie Boys went local with the Toile concept and worked with Vincent J. Ficarra of Revolver New York to create a NY themed Wallpaper. Take a look: www.revolvernewyork.com/portfolio/brooklyn-toile/

Monday, August 20, 2012

Fondness

I have one or two more baby posts. I wanted to post those and then get back to our regular programming. But never mind.
We have been re-watching all of Seinfeld and recently also chewed through most of Curb Your Enthusiasm. I am majorly fond of Larry David and by extension Jerry Seinfeld, whose new show COMEDIANS IN CARS GETTING COFFEE is sweet.
Watching it reminds me of being younger and hanging with friends that made you laugh and being care-free. It also makes me think that some of that lightness perhaps will return to me once I am older. Nice thought. You can catch these vignettes online at: www.comediansincarsgettingcoffee.com.
My favorites so far are the ones with Alec Baldwin and Larry David. Enjoy!
PS: But why did Alec Baldwin order a Tuna sandwich?!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Baby Love: Birth

Mt. Sinai Maternity has its own building beautifully overlooking Central Park. © Nina Corvallo
My pregnancy was so enjoyable that I was in no rush to give birth. Our baby apparently agreed.My due date came and went and there were no signs of labor. Our baby finally came into this world at 41 weeks and 6 days.
The extra time gave me time to pack and re-pack my hospital go-bag.
At first I was a bit timid. I didn't want to bring a big bag to the hospital. But in the end, I brought a suitcase and surprisingly I used everything in it.

Pillow. I brought a very comfortable pillow. In it I stuffed a huge bag of dried lavender. I had read that one should use a colorful pillow case to distinguish one's pillow from any hospital pillows. So I  treated myself to a pillow case from Saffron Marigold. However I did not have to worry about pillow confusion. I was never given or offered a pillow. My pillow made all the difference in the world to me. It was indispensable throughout my entire hospital stay - helpful during labor, recovery (something soft to sit on! ) and it was even good for nursing ( I did not bring a nursing pillow and my regular pillow filled in just fine). I now have an emotional connection to that pillow ;)

Blanket/Shawl. I swear, while Mount Sinai is an exceptional hospital, my stay at at times felt like I was flying a budget airline. No pillows or blankets were made available to me during labor. Nor was there any ginger ale avaialble in the hospital vending machine or on the delivery floor. In the movies you always see patients being offered jello. Nope. None of that here.
I vacillated between being hot and cold throughout labor. Luckily I had brought a pashmina with me, which kept me warm. The softness of the pashmina and the lavvender scent from my pillow gave me a little luxury. Again, a bit like flying: As any frequent flyer knows, making yourself as comfortable as possible is the key to airline travel - and it helps in labor too.

Food & Drink. In true ailrline tradition, the food at the hospital was awful.
Once I was admitted there was no solid food for me.  But I consumed low sugar organic lollipops, ginger ale (brought from home), coconut water, pedyalyte (bring it in powder form to save on space & weight in your bag), electrolyte enhanced water and vegetarian broth (again pack it in powder form). For the husband we had brought power bars, chocolate , Japanese seaweed crackers and some nuts.
Good thing we did, because I had a long labor that ended very early in the morning when there was no food available at the hospital. I was starving once labor was over and dug into the left over snacks.

Private Room. The minute I gave birth and I knew my baby was alright, I dispatched the husband (while Maiysha , my doula, stayed with me) to fetch us a private room. In NYC you generally cannot reserve a private room ahead of time. You have to wait to give birth before requesting one. Real Estate, even inside the hospital, is competitive in NYC!
At Mount Sinai a private room starts at $600 a night. The only thing that is good about that, is that it regulates demand. My mother-in-law kindly treated me to the private room. But it was so important to me that I would have splurged for this luxury myself. Why was it so important to me:
A) because a private room meant that the husband could stay
B) because a private room also meant a private bathroom. My labor was not easy and sharing a bathroom would have been difficult & annoying.
C) because we needed the privacy. Labor was long and our baby was placed in the NICU for observation. All that emotion I wanted to process privately.
D) because I am not hot on sharing a room generally.
The Private Recovery Rooms at Mount Sinai are nice and feel good. Some of them have a view of Central Park, from others you can see the East River. The entire staff was flawless and really kind. It's expensive, but worth it.

Noise Cancelling Headphones. My Bose headphone are great. I used them to listen to my hypno birthing affirmations with my smart phone.(And yes, these are great on airplanes -or the gym- too ;) ).

Clothes: I brought a long black Natori robe. It made me feel presentable and I wore it a lot, especially when shuffling down to the NICU. Robes are also easy for breastfeeding. I wore/wear it a lot at home too, so this was a good purchase.
I love Lucky Jeans Sweatpants. They are really cozy and I brought a black pair, which I wore in the hospital during recovery and also on my way home. I also brought a big black & soft v neck t-shirt of my husbands. Roomy clothes are just more comfortable after giving birth. And I brought all black clothes not because I am one of those New Yorkers who only wear black, but I figured you would not see stains on black so much.
We also packed a change of clothes for my husband, since he also stayed in the hospital for days.
I also brought a pair of flip flops. That was helpful, because my feet were so swollen from all the extra fluids I did not fit into my regular shoes right away.

Toiletries: I brought my own shampoo, deodorant, shower gel, etc. Mount Sinai provides decent stuff, but when I finally took a shower, it was nice to have my own products with me.During labor the husband rubbed my legs with Weleda Oil, which I also used during pregnancy and now post-pregnancy as a body oil.
My doula has the best lip balm. And I was grateful for it. My lips were so dry during labor.

Little Pouch. My friend Minette had gifted me a little pouch from Asia. It fit my cell phone perfectly. During labor and after I kept the little pouch around my neck with my smart phone in it. I found this very helpful. A hospital gown does not have pockets and I wanted to have access to my phone -- to listen to things and so that I could receive phone calls and emails.And the pretty little pouch reminded me of my friend.

Birth Plan: The other day while going through some paper work I came across my original birth plan. It made me laugh. Just as everyone tells you, birth is unpredictable and my birth went differently than planned in almost every way it could. Luckily at some point during my pregnancy I tossed out that original birth plan. Instead I wrote a paragraph in which I simply stated that I trusted that my doctors would do whatever was in my best interest. When I gave these new birth preferences to my doctor he asked me if it was a joke. After all we had discussed all my ideas and wants in great detail over months.I told him it wasn't a joke and then he smiled.
He said he never thought I had lost sight of the end goal. But I felt I did and that I had become someone I did not want to be. I chose a hospital birth and I believed in my doctor. That was the reality. My original birth plan set me up to be a difficult patient and not a team player and quite frankly I don't think it was realistic.
I did not want to end up like so many women I heard about who had a terrible birth experience in the hospital.  I realized if I was going for a hospital birth I needed to accept hospital culture and be part of my team. That was a smart decision.
In the end I had an amazing experience. Yes, it was not what I had imagined. And yes it was a long and difficult labor. But now I am a mother to a wonderful baby boy. My doctors, nurses, doula and husband took outstanding care of me. I feel that my doctor gave me the birth I wanted to the extend possible under the circumstances. I never felt ignored or disregarded. On the contrary, I felt empowered!
So if you are embarking on the adventure of reproduction, take the time to learn about your choices and to  inform yourself, find the right team - and then relax, surrender and enjoy!


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Baby Love: Pregnancy


Family Portrait © Nina Buesing Corvallo

We waited a long time before sharing that we were pregnant. It gave me time to adjust to this change in my life. I avoided unsolicited advice, comments and questions. It taught me quickly that I know what's best for me, and perhaps most importantly the husband and I really enjoyed experiencing the pregnancy privately.

Not telling people that I was pregnant for several months worked for me. I had an amazing pregnancy: no nausea, no pains, no nothing - just happiness :)

Here are some other things that worked for me and perhaps helped me have a beautiful pregnancy:

Food. I ate. I made sure to eat regularly, lots of little nutritious vegetarian meals throughout the day and often even at night. I think it helped keep nausea at bay. I gained about 35 pounds which is the the upper limit of what was recommended for me.

Ginger. If I felt on the verge of feeling queasy I ate crystallized ginger. It's easy to find at any health food store. I just wish they made it with less sugar.

Sneakers. The minute I found out I was pregnant I didn't wear anything but sneakers. No flip flops, no heals, nothing uncomfortable. I wanted to make sure I would not fall and I wanted to be kind to my joints and back. I had a little back pain briefly around the fifth month, but nothing a massage from the hubby could not help.

Body Oil. I used Weleda Stretchmark Oil (formerly Weleda Pregancy Oil) every day (and continue to do so now). I did not get any strecth marks even though I ain't a spring chicken and I had a huge belly by week 42. The Weleda Oil helped but I also think one is genetically predisposed (or not) to stretch marks. My mother did not get any strecth marks from pregnancy and neither did my sister. The Weleda Oil contains Arnica, which I suspect aided in me feeling well.

Sleep. I slept a lot. Especially in the first trimester. I was very lucky that I was in position to sleep as much as I wanted. I work for myself and I have no other children that could have kept me from sleeping. So whenever I needed to sleep, I did. This was totally new for me. I suspect that all that sleep also contributed to my feeling great throughout pregnancy.

Exercise. I like to exercise daily. I am not a great athlete nor amazingly fit. But I do like to be on an elliptical machine or treadmill for at least 30 minutes every day. I kept this up during my entire pregnancy with the encouragement of my doctor. I did have a little bit of spotting at the beginning of my pregnancy and I chose to not exercise for two weeks during that time until it went away. In addition I continued to walk everywhere. Good thing I live in a walkable city.

Massage. My husband would massage my legs and back and feet once in a while. And at 8 months I sought out a certified pre-natal massage therapist, who also happened to be a doula. Kristy Zadrozy has an amazing touch and great kindness. If you are in NYC I highly recommend her (even if you are not pregnant). I love massage, so this was a way to treat myself and I am sure it helped in my well being.

Doula. Originally the plan was to have my friend Amy attend the birth.  She is very gifted with regard to massage, someone I confide in who never judges. She is funny and makes you feel good and is also a Registered Nurse.  But Amy was offered a great job in California and moved.  So there went my plan.  At first the husband and I thought that we needed no other person attending the birth, especially because we were so fond of and confident in my doctor.  But the more I read and the closer to the end of my pregnancy we came, the more I started to think that hiring a doula would be a good idea.  It was.  Even the then reluctant husband now agrees.  If you find a well trained doula that you like, you can skip all sorts of prep classes.  A doula can teach you breathing techniques, tell you about birth options, tell you about what to expect and teach you how to take care of your newborn.  Many doulas are also lactation consultants and can help you get your breastfeeding on track.  Doulas are great.  I wish every woman had access to a doula.  To us Doula Maiysha Campbell was invaluable.  I will write in more detail about my doula experience later.


Health Care Practioner. Like the doula, you must trust and like your physician or midwife.  In addition I think you have to be honest about what you want.  I wanted a doctor, someone who had done a surgery rotation and who had privileges at a top hospital.  I did interview a (home birth) midwife and considered every sort of birth in every hospital or birthing center or home.  I even pondered returning home to Europe to birth this baby.  I did this even though my doctor had been my doctor for over a decade and I had found him after searching high and low for a good OB/GYN.  I just wanted to make sure I knew my options.  I have no regrets.  I never felt scared or worried about the birth, because I had a good team of my choosing and because I felt informed and respected.

(No)Chemicals. We live in a modern world and I live in a big city. I try my best to be healthy. I never wear make up, but I took it a step further while pregnant. I did not get any pedicures and only used organic and products with few, natural ingredients. I figure our skin is a very large and absorptive organ, so I want to limit what I put on it. Especially while pregnant. Some old Yogi once said that he doesn't put anything on himself that he would not eat. I tried to take this as a guideline but did not adhere to it entirely.
I also continued to wear natural fibers. I like cotton, silk and cashmere (yes, I feel guilty about the cashmere and perhaps even the silk). No polyester for me please.


Pre-Natal Vitamins. I took them before I became pregnant, continued to take them throughout the pregnancy and am still taking them now while nursing.  I like Rainbow Light Just One Prenatal Vitamin,they are easy to digest (these contain ginger).  I also took plant derived omega 3 to supplements daily (Spectrum Essentials Vegetarian DHA).  To make sure I took in enough calcium, I consumed a lot of Kale, dairy and Tropicana Calcium and Vitamin D enriched OJ.

Vegetarian Lifestyle. Some people still bug out about vegetarian diets. But you do not need to eat meat to be healthy. I think one even can be healthy as a vegan. One just has to be very conscientious in regard to their nutrition - especially during pregnancy.

Travel. I usually travel enough to feel guilty about my carbon footprint.  I was in another country when I first suspected that I was pregnant, but after we made it home, I did not do any air travel for the entire pregnancy.  I just didn't feel like it. I enjoyed staying put.  However I think if you feel like traveling while pregnant, go for it!
We did treat ourselves to a mini vacation nearby on Shelter Island during my third trimester.  We stayed at La Maison Blanche which was comfortable, quiet and lovely.

Caffeine. I never acquired a taste for coffee, but I drink tea and used to drink sodas.  Once I knew I was pregnant I switched to decaf Earl Grey and cut out any other caffeine.  It was easy for me.  I still only drink decaf Earl Grey, not just because I am nursing, but also because I realized I just do not need it.  So I think that's the end of caffeine for me.

Hypno Birthing. Many years ago I suddenly developed a fear of flying. My friend Melanie recommended a psychologist who helps people through self-hypnosis in overcoming their fears. I went to see him twice and the fear went away.  This has made me very open to self-hypnosis and so I practiced the Hypno Birthing technique before birth. I was not as diligent as I should have been, but it still helped me. Not just during the birth but also during the time leading to the birth. I never felt fear or apprehension and I think Hypno Birthing had a part in it.

Partner. Last but not least, I must give a lot of credit to my husband. He came to every prenatal appointment, practiced hypno birthing with me, looked at every hospital with me, came to workshops and classes and interviewed doulas with me. He was excited, supportive and loving.  I felt beautiful, happy, safe and content throughout my pregnancy.  Thank you, my love.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Baby Love

34 Weeks - My View © Nina Buesing Corvallo

















While I was pregnant I did not blog about it. But I do want to share some of the things that I found helpful. Everyone has (unsolicited)advice for the pregnant woman or new mother. I think it is best to have the woman seek advice instead of offering it.
I figure blog posts are a good way to share some information. Thus I will be posting some baby related posts in the next couple of days.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Nora

"Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim."

"Here are some questions I am constantly noodling over: Do you splurge or do you hoard? Do you live every day as if it's your last, or do you save your money on the chance you'll live 20 more years? Is life too short, or is it going to be too long? Do you work as hard as you can, or do you slow down to smell the roses? And where do carbohydrates fit into all this? Are we really all going to spend our last years avoiding bread, especially now that bread in America is so unbelievably delicious? And what about chocolate?"
-- "I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman"

"Oh, how I regret not having worn a bikini for the entire year I was 26. If anyone young is reading this, go, right this minute, put on a bikini, and don't take it off until you're 34."
-- "I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman"

Words to live by. I will miss the wonderful Nora Ephron!


Quote sources: www.huffingtonpost.com

 

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Summer Get Aways


Fire Island Resident courtesy Ida Pearle

I have pretty much always lived in places where there are distinct seasons. I like it that way.
It's summer in my hemisphere now. Because we have a newborn, we are currently housebound. But I am itching for a get away. Today I received the above greeting from my friend Ida who is on Fire Island, my friend Henny just returned from Sardinia and another friend posted a picture of her family out on Montauk. The sea. I want to go to there.