New Beginnings

by Esha Samajpati on September 24, 2014

Blue Cheese and Figs on Flatbread. Photo by Esha Samajpati © All rights reserved

This maybe the post that I leave you with. For most of October and maybe a good chunk of November. See, the thing is, we are moving. Same town, different neighborhood. The boxes are here, some of them already packed. Some semi-stuffed with packing paper, looking like a square bird’s nest. The fridge has been stripped of scribbled notes and wonky magnets. Many cabinets and a handful of closets have been emptied.

I like the idea of moving to a newer better place. It helps us get rid of clutter, sort through the past few years of our lives, and clear our heads. Of course, there are aspects of the old, the familiar, that we will miss dearly. It’s a small price we pay as we strive to recreate the familiar yet again in an unfamiliar surrounding. Having lived in different cities and countries and continents most of my adult life, I can’t say that I don’t like fresh beginnings. I don’t fear the unfamiliar. Instead, I look forward to mastering it. Pretty soon I will be able to switch on the lights in our new place without so much as looking at the walls. After all, isn’t life all about learning to move on, letting go, and starting anew?

This year we are also planning a mega India trip. So what with that and the move, this post is going to be the “latest post” for quite a while. Meanwhile, I leave you with this flatbread topped with figs and blue cheese, soaked somewhat in reduced honey-balsamic sauce. A home-made dinner that makes sure you have enough time left over to pack and label, stack and store.

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Pic(k) of the Week – Stick Letters

by Esha Samajpati on September 16, 2014

At the park today. Photo by Esha Samajpati © All rights reserved

Because swings and slides are here to stay.

But the perfect stick, bent the right way, so as to form a perfect angle, for the perfect A, is a rare find.

    

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The Garden State on Labor Day Weekend

by Esha Samajpati on September 6, 2014

Clockwise from left: Liberty State Park, Point Pleasant Beach, View from Liberty State Park, and Point Pleasant Beach again. Photos by Esha Samajpati © All rights reserved

I know you are looking at the photo on the left, that of Liberty State Park, and thinking how amazing it is. Don’t let the blue-grey skies in the picture fool you. It wasn’t so pretty when we were walking the two-mile promenade with three kids, two of them under four years old. It was noon to boot. The views over the Hudson were stunning, some of them iconic even, but we were busy rummaging our bags for snacks and cold water, and wondering if we would get a picnic table under a big leafy tree. Which we did, eventually. This was the second day of our trip to New Jersey.

It all began with a phone call from our friends who live there. Their younger kid is around the same age as our son and we said yes to this long-overdue-meet-up/family-sleepover. It was the last long weekend of summer. Back-to-school promotions were slowly winding down and too-pretty-to-eat school lunches had taken over the Pinterest-scape. So the prospect of traffic snarl-ups notwithstanding, we made our way to The Garden State. To make most of the last gasp of summer, if you will.

The pictures on the top right and bottom right are from Point Pleasant Beach in Ocean County, NJ, which is where we went on day one. Oh boy, while the boardwalk looked like a whole lot of fun, and the sand looked silky, parking was impossible to find. People were paying upto 50 dollars for a spot and some were schlepping beach gear from far-flung parking lots. After hours of circling blocks and motels and what not, we found a spot.

The beach itself was lovely. More surf than anywhere in Connecticut for sure. And the sand, well, if you ask the kids, they will tell you it was castle-worthy. At the end of the day, that is all that matters, right? Some unscheduled play, waves big enough to knock you down, good food (think deep-fried sugar-dusted funnel cakes), and great company.

Bring it on, Autumn!

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Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey. Photo by Esha Samajpati © All rights reserved

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