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a warm house

last night lindsay and I had our housewarming party and it was totally lovely. Spent the day being real house-wife-y: cleaning and taking out the trash and sweeping and baking cookies and cleaning the bathroom.

put on my party dress and some sweet tunes. we both painted our nails.

and then the apartment filled up with friends from Hampshire & the Valley, from Elsewhere, from Landmark, from my extended family (woah cousins!), from down the street, and more. Our bellies filled up with cole slaw, potato salad, pasta salad, delicious cheese and bagette, picnic basket wine, ginger-beer, and then later joe’s famous spice cake, my famous macrobiotic jelly cookies, and some brownies with candy-canes in them (I was cleaning the cupboards and found them….). Our kitchen was filled up with conversation and new/old friends, and then our living room was filled up with Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, Britney Spears, and other great musicians who I can’t remember because they aren’t vagely ironic but actually make great dance music.

The house warmed up so much I had to open a window! And as Lindsay said, “Aliya’s always cold.”

Thank you for welcoming me so warmly, New York.

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a sea of flags

Almost immediately upon returning from Israel the Bonar Family Residency had its First Resident of 2011!! Haley Morgan arrived to the shores of Sunny South Florida to a week of Salvadoran pupusas, flag making, beaching, eating, trivia nights, exploring, photoshooting, communication, sushi making, triangles, everglades-ing, and jumping in the pool (even though it was too cold for this floridian).

It was so great to have her in this Florida life. She reminded me to enjoy all the things around me instead of being so caught up in all the things and projects and plans I have to do. It was certainly more fun than going back to work after all that Israel-touring.

In a way it was an excuse to see all my favorite places in Florida before I leave. My favorite day was when we went to the Boys Market — a bakery/deli/specialty store out in west Delray that is notorious for ample samples, small aisles, grouchy in-a-hurry or basically-standing-still older patrons. We ordered some bakery things and they guy behind the counter threw in 2 extra chocolate ruggelah — my fav. which made up for the cannoli which haley and i decided was filled with frosting and not ricotta goodness which accounts for why i was literally on the most insane sugar rush after eating two bites REALLY. it was weird. We left The Boys with (a belly full of samples and) a picnic lunch of baggette, brie, carrots, a plum and a peach, strawberries, hummus, and sliced salami (in a moment of craziness from these two almost-vegetarians).

Haley is really the master documenter, so she documented the trip so well that I only have a few pictures myself. Here is my montage:

During her residency, Haley and I explored Delray and Flag-Making. Flag-making as a way of turning any place into a party, flag making as a way of declaring yourself in one place, flag making as a way of showing the world what you’re all about. We are all about triangles apparently. It became the theme. I think that is fitting. Triangles are forward-moving shapes. they keep the action going. They are angular and intentional and make things happen. They are both intimidating and a little scary, as well as being just cute and a harmless shape. So they are a lot like Haley and myself. Here are our totally delicious triangle crowns that I really do think we should start marketing/selling.

Would you want to purchase one for yourself? we could call them “Just Press Play” Crowns. oh haley would like that. she LOVES puns.

Haley being here was like exploring a place I already know newly. THANK YOU HALEY for this special experience of having a sleepover 5 nights in a row, for sharing yourself and your life and your art with me, and for making it a party everywhere we went, no matter what we were doing or how stressed out I made it all seem. Thanks for helping me to make my last big (art) mess in the Bonar Family Residency Program and inspiring me to just play and have fun making flags in a whole new way.

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you’re invited too!

come on down the street and let’s drink some sodas in the heat.

hopefully all the neighborhood hotties show up.

also upcoming: high school 5 year reunion? maybe? can’t decide if I’m lame if i go or what. all my friends who I’ve talked to have remarked about how silly it is or how they’re definitely NOT going. hmmm…. maybe I can bring them with, then we all feel less lame.

Also upcoming: Miracle Forts! at Milagro Center!

Also upcoming: West Coast Bonar/Friedman/Leher Family United! for dinner, for celebration, for Bubbie and Zaydie’s 60th anniversary, for love, for family. It’ll be almost as cute and awesome and together as we were here:

aliya, daniel, sam, michael, david

I can’t wait. I love my family.

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