Saturday, 29 November 2014

Under The Knife In Mineola

Well, six weeks into our new life and a lot's happened. Last Wednesday I had my surgery to remove a cyst, as it turned out, on my fallopian tube. Tube also had to go so now I'm one tube down. The cyst was huge and 'basketball' sized. Yup. Pretty nuts and hard to believe. But I have gone from looking 6 months pregnant to just a bit fat 'n' podgy now; the more normal 4 months preggo look. The surgeon was great, all went really well. Only issue was that I couldn't have the surgery in Manhattan, instead we had to trek out to Mineola, Long Island to the Winthrop University Hospital. I have to stay the staff were fantastic – every single one of them. Super friendly and attentive, and caring. Aside from the surgery all going to plan, we had an ultrasound of Mini Pou #2 – Dash, as we call him/her – both before and after the surgery and s/he's doing fine. Must have a lot more room now! A big relief. No more fear of making one false move with a ticking time bomb in your tummy; having the cyst rupture or contort, both of which would have been excruciating and emergency surgery. Bullet dodged. Should be recovered in a week or so. But for now it's just resting, recovering, relaxing, enjoying the pregnancy more, and then looking forward to properly living our new life in the city. Not really the romantic weekend away Edu and I had in mind for our first trip away in the US, but I for one did wake up in our hotel room the day after surgery on Thanks Giving day very thankful indeed.

Friday, 21 November 2014

Super Flemish

French Photographer Sacha Goldberger has a asked of his pop culture childhood characters; What if Superman was born in the sixteenth century? And what if the Hulk was a Duke? How might Van Eyck have portrayed Snow White?
Sacha wants to confront these icons of American culture with contemporary painters of the Flemish school in his series Super Flemish. Re-appropriating he takes them back in time to foundations of modern western art. Using 17th century techniques of light and shadow to portray these hero's and heroine's nobility and fragility. Science fiction meets art history creating a new nostalgic mythology. I think the series is just brilliant. So many time superhero iconography has been used but none so refreshing as these.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Settling In

Five weeks in New York. Wow, can't believe it's over a month already. It's been a pretty full-on last few weeks; we got our stuff from Amsterdam delivered, and moving into our house was great. I was a little over the sirens blaring all night long by the corporate housing apartment. Didn't help we had a fire station right on the corner. Now comes the fun part; the unpacking, sorting out, buying furniture to replace the items we didn't ship over with us, and then figuring out all the little things like where to get a decent kettle, vacuum cleaner, and mop and bucket from. Slowly but surely, we're settling in. Though I already have a few boxes ready for our first tag sale; trying to downsize is so tricky! And still with all the pre-move de-cluttering, there is stuff I can get rid of. How?! Where does it all come from?
We have one Ikea run under our belt already – you can see the Statue of Liberty from their restaurant in Brooklyn. I think that's as close as I've been to the statue to date. Our new house is beginning to feel like a home. We're still surrounded by boxes, eagerly waiting for some key furniture to arrive, are yet to baby-proof the stairs, and finding a decent shelving system for Edu's records and my vases is proving to be like searching for the holy grail. Tips welcome.
We've tried to get out and about see some of the city on the sunny days. So far we've been to Times Square (around the corner form where our corporate housing was), Central ParkThe High LineChelsea Market, Soho (first celeb sighting; Meg Ryan waling into Dean & Deluca as Edu and I walking out. Dressed very much like Meg Ryan... baggy pants and clodhopper shoes!), 9/11 Memorial, and the Renegade Craft Fair in NYC, and a fantastic view of New York from the Standard Hotel's Boom Boom Room (above) for a friend's 40th, amongst other things.

On top of all this running around, Edu and I are expecting baby number 2! We're very excited to have a playmate for Oscar on the way, but I've also been incredible tired and that's limited a lot of what I can do in a day. In addition, we have a slight complication with the pregnancy, which has meant lots of doctor and specialist appointments, resulting in a surgery planned in two weeks. I'm a little bit anxious about it all as there is a small risk to the baby, but I'm trying to remain positive and I'm sure all will be fine. Surgery is scheduled for next week, so fingers and toes crossed, people!
Gradually discovering our hood, there's a killer donut store called Dough just down the road, and so many playgrounds for Oscar. The area is nice and quiet and calm, the trees are all beautiful and in full autumn colours. I love all the brownstones, but I'm thankful we have a ground-floor entrance place with a pram, and being preggers.

Loving so many things here; everything being in English, I've eaten my body weight in Mexican food, and have to say we've had so many great meals since we've been here. A little overwhelming the choice you have when your menu's not limited to toasties! I had grits and fired green tomatoes last night at Edu's welcome dinner. Both amazing.

Ok, back to unpacking boxes...