"not yo mama's craft fair"

arts and crafts,
knick knacks,
food trucks,
live music
& people watching.

i really enjoyed this craft fair, though i wish there could have been more shade to sit under, or maybe some grass to sit on. but other than that it was nice to see what the local artists and craftsmen/women have created. i'm starting to really like jersey city. it's chill, but it got it's own spunk. i also really like the old industrial buildings in that area, which i'm pretty sure will soon turn into some converted lofts... it would be awesome if i could do some sort of urban anthropology project to document this.

but anyhow, i feel like my words are just reiterating the pictures i'm showing you.

i really wish i could take better street photos. it's so hard to just take a picture of some stranger standing in front of you. and is it just me, but does it feel like when you are holding a camera people notice you more? i get pretty intimidated to take pictures of some real characters worthy to be photographed. but i feel like i should ask for permission first, but then it would just feel unnatural to do so. i really don't know how to get past this. any suggestions or stories from your own experiences, good or bad? do share. i am curious.

Happy 3rd Birthday, my big girl - who refuses to be called a baby or a little girl.
"Only big girl." She corrects me every time to remind me how fast life goes by.

This morning her dad said to her,
"Happy birthday Sofia! What do you want to do today?"
Sofia goes, "I want to go to my party!"
"But your party isn't 'til Saturday.."
So she says, "I want to go to Saturday!"

She's developed quit a clever logic and also a sense of humor.
The other night I was worried that the milk I gave her might have gone bad,
so I asked her, "Does the milk taste funny?"
She takes the bottle out of her mouth looks at me and says,
"mommy, it tastes funnnyyyy..." and starts giggling.
"mommy, it doesn't taste funny! it tastes... crazyyy! hahahahaha.."
We had a good laugh at that. Such a funny girl...
or how she says it, "pho-nee."

So we're off to Sesame Street Place today!



haven't been feeling well all weekend and have been sort of stuck at home. it started friday after lunch, i had a massive headache that wouldn't go away and i left work early because of it. that night i had chills in my bones, the feverish kind. this happened a few times before and i've since learned to manage it. you have to really wrap yourself up so that you can sweat the cold out of your body. that helps a lot. unfortunately, it's not so easy to call in sick when you have a child. so even when your sick, you still have to attend their needs. i finally feel like i have time for myself, which i really need. more and more lately i realize how much i prefer being alone. i don't like chaos, and anything that is out of control. it is exhausting to me. don't get me wrong, i also do not like things to be perfect.. that just weirds me out. i appreciate and find beauty in the imperfect, i just don't like loud and crazy and belligerence. i've also been feeling weird vibes. like something isn't right. and i worry about such things...

anyhow, these pictures are completely unrelated to this post, but they are making me happy at the moment. they were shot throughout the month of may/june. it is taking me a while to complete a roll of film these days, which i now find to be more satisfying.

the first picture was shot one morning at home before i left for work.
the second one is from a bakery in lower east side on our way to a street fest. this was the bakery i went to the first time i visited new york in 2007.
and the third one is from inside a mcdonald's in coney island.

ps. carla morrison saved me today