Although I pride myself on being willing to try new things, I'm afraid I've settled into a rut of repeatedly frequenting the same handful of establishments I've grown to love during my brief stint here. Today after work, I first swung by Momofuku Milk Bar (my fifth visit in two months!) to purchase my favorite compost cookies and their spectacular, one-of-a-kind blueberry and cream cookies. I also snagged a free sample of the mind-blowing salted pistachio caramel soft-serve, which I imagine God himself will serve daily when we get to heaven. For dinner, I stopped by the Rio de la Plata Bakery Shop a few blocks from my house (my fourth visit in two months) for their delicious and dirt-cheap espinaca (spinach) and jamon y queso (ham and cheese) empanadas.
Upon arriving home, I was beset by three-year-old Kayla, who has developed quite a fondness for me. She now is bold enough to follow me into my bedroom and pops in and out all night long, toting with her a steady stream of toys. In response to her incessant demands for a playmate, we did a grocery checkout with her plastic cash register, made a Play-Doh birthday cake, and read a pop-up book on dinosaurs. While I initially was afraid living with a family might be awkward and inconvenient, I've actually found I quite enjoy the simple domestic pleasures of having the kids around. It makes my evenings more lively, and there's a familiar, safe, and comforting atmosphere that makes it actually feel like a home.
|What's in the heart of New York City?|
|Bronze sculptures by renowned artist Tom Otterness in a breezeway off W. 56th Street.|
|See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.|
|More of sculptor Tom Otterness's strange creations.|
|A dance-themed installation of aluminum and enamel by artist Red Grooms. This one is called "Charleston"|
|Red Grooms's "Tango Dancers."|
|Red Grooms's "Swan Lake."|
|The feet on the "Swan Lake" dancers.|
|I read to Kayla from her Pop Up Dinosaur book.|
|Kayla doesn't focus very well on the reading.|
|This, boys and girls, is a Archaeopteryx. Can you say Archaeopteryx?|
|The aquatic Macroplata give Kayla a kiss!|
|And our good ol' standby, Mr. Stegosaurous.|