I am fully aware of the futility of saying things like "Sorry I've been an absent blogger lately" and "I swear I'll be better". Most of the time when I read things that that on other blogs, I'm not even aware that they've been posting any less than usual. As much as it pains me to say, a lack of posting generally means I'm happy and busy with, you know, things not involving a computer. My interest and commitment to internet has been waning. Real life can be so.... enticing? Distracting? Exhausting?

Also, a few weeks back I found of that there is a certain subset of grown men who are obsessed with amputee girls (no matter how small the um.. loss?). The swarming hive found me and it's sort of turned me off blogging for a bit. All's rectified, the point of entry had been taken down, but it still makes me feel a little uncomfortable. Talking about it makes it more bemusing/bizarre and less terrifying. Sorry Dad. Just needed to get that off my chest.


We're on to blizzard number 2 in Brooklyn and I've been making soup like it's my job. I finally bought a shovel to dig out my car and I'd probably still be spinning my tires if I hadn't gotten a 20 minute coaching session from a older Russian man who, through my rolled down window, gave me his philosophy on driving in the snow. When a man with a beard and a Russian accent tells you about snow, you listen.


My neighborhood is charming. Full of characters- hipsters and grandparents and tony soprano types. We all share one thing in common and one thing only. Vinyl siding. Sometime in the 1960s, everyone got together and decided to cover every house on every block with it. My house is 100 years old and it has it. So does everyone else's.


But the snow makes even vinyl siding look delicious. It turns a neighborhood with a face only a mother could love into a John Hughes movie set, but with more cultural diversity and higher rents. Girls with snowflakes and pinks cheeks are helped out by boys wielding shovels. Snow gets pushed into mountains and I get an excuse to sit in bed on a Saturday night. Cynics will be cynics, but I refuse to stop loving the snow.

42 comments:

  1. Really amputee girl freaks? Crazy. Love the snow shots. Hope your cozy and warm.

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  2. your neighborhood looks dreamy, lucky lady! (sorry you're experiencing internet-creep-peeps!)

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  3. Loved the part about the russian old man telling you about driving in snow. :)

    Sorry I have a hard time appreciating your snow since I live in MN and we have had plenty, have plenty, and probably will have plenty for some time. The dirty snow in Feb and March always kind of colors my world gray, so personally I am ready for GREEN!
    But your excitement did make me think of the magical first snows. The first dozen snows make me feel like a little kid, all aglow... I agree, they make everything look incredible and it makes you feel like you can talk to strangers. :) truly a gift from God!

    have a lovely snow-day!!
    Kelsey :o)

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  4. Still haven't had the snow experience....living in tropical Queensland Australia makes it well nigh impossible...however it's on my bucket list! As for that other thing....I was dismayed to read about it....makes me wonder a lot about humankind and the not so kind. Stay well and happy Amy....xx

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  5. I'm so sorry people were creepy to you.

    Btw, I understand the "real life keeps you busy" thing....and how one doesn't always notice an absent blogger, but I have to admit...I DO notice when Apple A Day isn't posting. I don't say that to pressure you but rather to let you know how much I enjoy your blog.

    Thanks for keeping it up in spite of the busyness. :-)

    You are charming...to say the least!

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  6. I don't get a ton of snow, so I know exactly what you mean! Snow seems to transform all that icky, muddy, brown winterscape into a wonderland. It's not so fun when you have to be somewhere, but often it gives you an excuse NOT to be somewhere. Gotta love it!

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  7. PS--May I suggest that when you win the lottery you use it to buy the whole house and invest in some wooden siding? Vinyl siding on a century-old house is a crime.
    (hint: did you know that you actually have to enter to win those jackpots? shucks!)

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  8. Well, you should be on the internet just as much or as little as you want, I say. Though I'm glad to get an update every once in awhile.
    And Ithink you have more snow in NY than we have in NH right now.

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  9. "When a man with a beard and a Russian accent tells you about snow, you listen." - loved that part. so true!

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  10. Your neighborhood looks magical!

    There are crazy people everywhere, I hope you can take a deep breath and just ignore them.

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  11. your neighborhood reminds me of this film...

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tin_Men

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  12. Beautiful pictures of the neighborhood. Sorry about the creeps. Post when you feel like it. We always enjoy them. Stay warm!

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  13. So sorry to hear about your icky internet interaction with adult men! yuck. I would be turned off too!
    Glad you're out there having fun and living life.
    best wishes for a cozy rest of the winter. I'm in FL and envious of your weather!

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  14. Aw what a great neighborhood! I'd loved to live there!!

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  15. I have never lived in snow and this is like a gift. The neighborhood looks beautiful.

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  16. "a John Hughes movie set" - I love it! Snow may be trying but it doesn't half look pretty. London has just been all rain rain rain and then some more rain. Very miserable. Gorgeous photos.

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  17. I love when it snows in New York and it's still white & pristine, especially in Williamsburg! I used to live right in your area and think you summed up the mix of people very well.

    i miss the snow! snow here is laughable :)

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  18. what is up with the creepos?!!!! and how did you discover this????????? eew, i am so sorry.

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  19. I noticed my blog hits had been growing for a week and after doing some snooping in google analytics, turns out someone had posted about me on a fetish site. Around 10,000 guys clicked through a link to my blog. There were all of these comments. Photos of me. Etc... I got it taken down.

    I think it'll be very funny in a month or two.

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  20. I wondered if your admission wouldn't call out not only those who care but well let's face it...the freaks.

    Your neighborhood is beautiful.

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  21. Hi. I found your blog a little while ago, and liked it immediately, and have been following it ever since. The first time I posted a comment was your post about your anniversary, simply because I was moved by it. I'm honestly not one of the creeps. Keep up the good work. sam.x

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  22. Loved your photos! Generally I love snow but I'm tiring of it now. I'm thinking I need a dose of Spring.

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  23. Hip hip hooray, you did it!
    Hip hip hooray, Catherine & Olive!

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  24. I'm highly suspicious of the amount of freaks and fetishists on the interwebs. I'm especially sensitive to it with regards to my flickr account. I keep an eye on the number of views a photo gets, and if it's unusually high, I immediately make it "friends and family" only. One example not that long ago was a picture of my friend 8th months pregnant. Another was a photos of some cheerleaders during a holiday parade.

    It's gross how I see those photos in such a benign light and others see it as a dirty turn on. But c'est la vie!

    Also, vinyl siding is so sexy.

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  25. You got a lot of comments but still, I want to add mine. I enjoyed your post and views of the world, a lot. You have a gift for writing...I wonder if you are a professional author. Contentment with life does keep us busy and offline. Me too. Besides, its bad for the back to sit here like a statue for hours...which I've done countless times. I'm always as careful as possible not to reveal my exact town though online...hey, have a nice day...be safe...from this nana.

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  26. So sorry for the invasion of your privacy and the abuse of your open nature. I agree with Sam that the anniversary post was very moving, and want you to know that those people can't take any of that magic away. Congrats on getting their offensive content taken down--I know it's no easy feat!

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  27. I don't know if you've seen the show "white collar" on USA, but every time they show the FBI agent's house I cringe, it's the only one on the block of row houses with vinyl siding. I guess it's not that uncommon.

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  28. Awww, what a cute neighborhood :) So it was comments on your anniversary post that you got taken down? I'm glad you didn't take down the post. Too bad there are weirdos who like to ruin lovely things.

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  29. Haha! Yes, that is the very place, and your comment made me laugh because that guy is SUCH a knob. He keeps running for city council too, it's crazy.

    Regarding your mass perv encounter... what is with people?! Thank goodness for google analytics.

    Happy snow days!

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  30. One thing I love about Brooklyn is how different it looks from neighborhood to neighborhood. I live in Brooklyn Heights and I almost always feel as if I am walking through a picture book, because the brick buildings are all so welcoming and homey. So I'm happy we have the snow. Because now every part of new york looks so inviting!

    x
    Jess.

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  31. Despite the troubles of vinyl, I do love that brick-red, black, & blue-green together.
    On a completely unrelated and perhaps peculiar note, could you happen to recommend someone in this general vicinity who might make me a petticoat? I am in search.
    Thanks :-)

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  32. This is totally unrelated to your post, but I wanted to tell you that I'm reading the letters of Ellen Emerson for a project right now, and (as I'm sure you know), they're fantastic (especially her early childhood letters). I can now say I'm a fan of the writings of TWO Emerson women!

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  33. From my perspective, the more time you spend IN the world, LIVING, the more interesting your blog will become, even if you post less frequently.

    There's nothing like having good stories to tell when you're old, and if you spend your entire youth staring at a screen, you won't have any.

    LIVE! (And then tell us about it!)

    8-)

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  34. Come down under (Australia). We are just emerging from a gloruious summer and enjoying the first few cool days of autumn. Heavenly.

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  35. I think online life can be distracting and exhausting!

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  36. That's funny about the old guy. They know what they're talking about!

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  37. Aw, i really love this post.
    I love the snow too but i dont get much of it where I'm at actually i have to get to the snow it doesnt come to me like you lucky one ;)
    And wow your neighbourhood sure does look like something out of a movie or something.
    Cool blog keep it up.
    GEM.

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  38. Missa told me that one of the pictures I posted on my blog yesterday is you. If it is, I adore your style!

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  39. Love all these photos, what a great place you live in, really have enjoyed reading your blog for the first time, will be back for sure !!!!!

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  40. I love your blog - great mention on the Mercer museum!!! :)

    and just ignore the creeps - ew :(

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  41. So beautiful!
    Just came across your blog!

    It is lovely!

    colormenana.blogspot.com

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