Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Catskilled

{Ostriches, Aliens and the Comfort of Pasta}




Summer ended in the Catskills. We left the city behind and drove north through the rolling hills to a farmhouse-turned-artists-space for a night of camping and "arting," as P. calls it. We tromped around the goldenrod looking at installations, met some lovely people, enjoyed a group exhibition and marveled at a field of grazing ostriches (also, dromedaries, llamas and sheep). Things turned Kubrickian later that night when we walked up a dark country road to what can only be described as a pagan variety show hosted in a church-turned-performance space called -wait for it- Church of the Little Green Man. Which made a night out in Joshua Tree look like an Amish quilting bee. And that's all I'm going to say about that.

P. left Sunday to make his way back north to Boston. Instead of wallowing in self-pity and listening to Emmylou Harris I went for a run. And then promptly came home, put on Chopin's cure-all nocturnes* and comforted myself the best way I know how, in the form of a bowl of fresh butternut squash ravioli. Which was, as anticipated, utterly, perfectly, devastatingly delicious. And just like that, it was fall.

*Listen to my favorite Rubinstein recording here.  Happy fall everyone.

27 comments:

  1. That pasta looks amazing. And good for you. I used to be in a long term thing as well. Goodbyes are never easy, and pity never helps. If it's any comfort at all we are now wed with a toddler and never apart. :)

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  2. thanks lady! two years of long-distance is a drop in the bucket compared to the lifetime of opportunities and togetherness it will afford us. or that's what we're hoping:)

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  3. Those nocturnes are my favorite ones. You're unspeakably brave, dear lady.

    Happy autumnmnmn to you.

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  4. must be fall that gave me a hankering to listen to chopin last night too. glad to see that part of the catskills looks ok, there's been some terrible flood destruction up there.

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  5. weird - you're second blogger on my roll to go to the catskills recently! is there some secret i should know? (i mean, other than all the awesome you just mentioned up there? heh.)

    that pasta looks delicious! and man-oh-man am i ever dreading fall. i love fall food, don't get me wrong, but i feel like i can never eat enough watermelon...and now summer's gone!

    that art-farmhouse looks super cool...i think i need one of those getaways to recharge the batteries soon. lucky you! :)

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  6. That sounds like an absolutely amazing end of summer trip!
    Your pasta looks super delish, it's making me hungry!

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  7. Crazier than Joshua Tree? Sounds like an awesome time! :) Lucky you with your fall weather, I'm jealous.

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  8. Love the link to music. I know nothing about classical music. As I study (to try and get into grad school myself) I could really use more of this. Would love to see more on this subject. -gia

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  9. What a great way to welcome in fall-with a good dose of crazy! Also, it sounds like you have found a good way to fend off missing the mister-cardio and a bowl of comfort food. technique noted.

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  10. i would have wallowed, but that's just me. as always, love your adventures.

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  11. Oh my god, that pasta.... mmmmm! I'm so hungry right now and that just looks devine! (I'm new to your blog and just love it - what a beautiful space you have here. Found you through Polaroid Dreamer blog) :)

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  12. Ahh, Rubenstein! The Eb Nocturne's always been my favorite--thanks for the reminder.

    Curious happenings in the Catskills, I s'pose.

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  13. yum yummy. that ravioli looks too good!
    xo
    sami

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  14. Comfort comes in many guises. Separation anxiety after being joined at the hip is tough to overcome. Your weekends will be bliss.

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  15. saw this and thought you might be interested:
    http://www.facebook.com/LandrethSeedCo?sk=wall

    and i fell asleep every night in high school to the nocturnes!

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  16. the camping. the ravioli. the chopin!

    i adore it all.

    your love will be back before you know it!

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  17. Thanks for the nice comment, ya'll!
    The Catskillz were beautiful, but I'd be lying if I said I weren't massively homesick for the desert.

    Anon- more classical music posts are in your future. Thanks for the recommendation. To answer a few of your quessies...

    Jo- welcome! So glad you stopped by.

    Stace- glad I'm in good company.

    Katie- NO. WAY. I love that they've got a Facebook page! Thanks so much for the link!

    xoxo.

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  18. Eek I forgot to add -- I sent because Landreth is potentially going out of business! Read this: http://landrethseedco.chipin.com/landreth-seed-co

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  19. All your latest posts have been so green and lush. I can't imagine the desert being any nicer. But I'm sure the heat is nice.

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  20. Art in the country- and camping (which I have never in my life attemped...)(but it sounds and looks great here),and curiosu happenings and pasta, and some almost wollowing(which I have done soooo many times in my life)- all sounds wonderfully familiar and exciting...and fun...and Chopin as well-xx

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  21. Longtime reader de-lurking to wish you the best of luck with your NYC adventure, and also to recommend two places I think you'd really enjoy: Marlow and Sons in Brooklyn (heavenly, delicious) & Saravanaa Bhavan on 81 Lexington (if you're ever in a nostalgic mood for rava dosa or a big thali, with a tiny cup of masala chai on the side).

    PS That Chopin is one of my favorites, too... :~)

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  22. that rav looks un-be-effing-lievable and i want it. right. now. happy back to school my little pumpkin spiced muffin. miss you!

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  23. FIrst of all, the brooklyn apartment looks amazing. I sense wonderful things are going to happen there!
    Second, I love the way you ended your summer, nut it's not fall here yet, and I don't even want to talk about it. I'm a summer girl, so depression it's just around the corner.

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  24. p.s.
    I grew up listening a lot of classical music and opera, I come from a family of singers and musician...still, op. 9 makes me cry hard. Every time.

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  25. Just yesterday, The Nocturnes turned off the subway noise so I could finish my reading on the long ride up to school (rain = no bike). Couz mind meld. If you're jonesing for more ravioli... I'm right down the street!!! x

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  26. i read that last photo as HOHO! - and i challenge you to a beer on the lower east side.

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  27. well hello and welcome to brooklyn ! your trip to the catskills sounds like it was absolutely divine. i'm quite jealous.

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