Hi There!

It’s been over six months since I’ve written, so I owe you a few greetings: Happy 4th of July; Happy Halloween; Happy Thanksgiving [Canadian & American]; Merry Christmas; Happy Hanukkah; and Happy New Year!

Sean and I had some lovely adventures in Summer 2016 — Vancouver, California, Cape Cod, and savoring our last days in NYC. We’re now all nice and settled in Northern California and doing some true nesting; we’re expecting Baby Bourne at the end of May!

Vancouver in the summer: a food tour with my mother-in-law, snuggles with Winston the Schnauzer, a get-together with family, and quality time with friends

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Cape Cod: hydrangeas galore, Cameron’s family estate, Cameron’s pride and joy (the ’86 Lincoln), and chillin’ in Provincetown

In the fall, we got to go up to Vancouver again to announce our big news to the Bourne side of the family. In addition to having two amazing Thanksgiving dinners, I ran a 10K Turkey Trot with some yoga friends. At seven weeks pregnant I really wasn’t feeling well, but I managed! Sean and I also ran a 5K Turkey Trot in November with my sister, Aly, and our future brother-in-law, Ryan.

Canadian Thanksgiving:

American Thanksgiving:

And since then, we’ve been able to escape to Bodega Bay, hang out in San Francisco, relax in Petaluma, explore Sacramento, see old friends in San Jose, and generally enjoy our California livin’.

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Five Years In

Five years ago yesterday, I attended my dear friend Alison’s wedding (Happy Anniversary!), where I danced all night with her cousin, Sean. Now on our fifth date-iversary, Sean and I are packing up our Soho apartment and preparing for our move back to the West Coast.

Instead of British Columbia, this time we’re relocating to my hometown of Pleasanton, California, where Sean’s office is opening up its American headquarters. And I get to be the Science Lab Teacher at an elementary school in the town of Danville, a few miles north! Meanwhile, Alison and her husband, Cameron, and their two adorable sons are moving from Brooklyn to Portland, Oregon. We’re feeling the typical mix of emotions people feel when moving — sadness, nostalgia, anxiety, excitement, and hope. We will miss having the other Bournes just an iconic bridge away, but we are excited to watch their happy family thrive in Portland, and it will be so convenient having them halfway in between our new home and Sean’s hometown of Vancouver, BC!

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Selfie cred: Alison // Location: Lincoln Center

 

Leaving New York is something I’ve thought about ever since we moved here, 18 months ago. We always knew this was temporary, so I believe we’ve done a really good job making it count! We have checked pretty much everything off our NYC bucket lists — broadway shows, museums, landmarks, sporting events, etc. The final two items we need to check off in the next month are:

  1. Going to the top of the Empire State Building
  2. Visiting Staten Island, the only borough we’ve never stepped foot in

Even with our checklist completed, we will be sad to leave this incredible city and the friends that we’ve made here. We’re thankful for planes, trains, automobiles, and the fact that our new place will have a spare room for our friends and family who span the entire globe.

Since it is our date-iversary, I’m reflecting on the past five years of my life with Sean:

6/26/2011: just getting to know each other during the post-wedding celebrations

6/26/2012: I had just moved to Thailand, and we went to Surat Thani with some friends. Here we are in the rainforest:

2012

6/26/2013
: Another Thai anniversary — heere we are eating mango and sticky rice on Sukhumvit 38:

2013
6/26/2014: In June 2014, we were getting ready to get married, visiting California’s wine country with Aunt Becky, pre-wedding-honeymooning in Zurich, and partying it up with Sean’s cousins in Barcelona

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Zurich

2014

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6/26/2015: Last year we celebrated Pride in NYC after the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage (love wins!)

2015
6/26/2016: Sean made us fish tacos, and our little apartment is in boxes. I’ll miss our cool brick wall.

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No and So of Ho

I love living in New York City. Sights like the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge are truly spectacular, and I feel very lucky to live among them. On any regular day, though, I pay more attention to the quaint and architecturally stunning blocks around my apartment in Lower Manhattan.

Below are two slide shows – one from a walk around Soho (South of Houston) and one form Noho (North of Houston). By the way, I don’t know why, but that street is pronounced Hows-tən, not Hews-tən (like in Texas).

Enjoy!

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SOHO

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The Bournes & The Bournes

Sean and I had the Brooklyn Bournes over for dinner in our tiny Manhattan apartment tonight, and we all had a lovely time.

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Dinnertime for the grown-ups!

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Miles

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Eland and his mama

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Uncle Sean with Miles

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Miles, going over a letter Sean and I got from the bank, and Eland in the foreground

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So sweet!

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Hi Iggy!

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Playin’ around

The younger Bournes ate their macaroni & cheese with carrots, followed by the adult Bournes enjoying some red wine, lentils with honey-roasted carrots, kale, and latkes…while the young ones played. And then the six of us ended the evening with ice cream and homemade chocolate chip cookies.

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coriander close-up

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kale close-up

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cilantro close-up

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our California wines for the evening

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crooked dinner plate

It was such a fun time, and I saved the best photo for last:

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Eland loves his Uncle Sean! (For the record, neither of these Bourne men were injured and both ended the night with smiles on their faces!)

Thanksgiving Day Parade

Here are some photos from Thanksgiving 2015, when Alison, Judy, Miles, Eland, and I checked a major item off our bucket lists by attending the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!

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I would have loved to have taken some photos of Santa, but the jumping up and down and screaming took precedence (I mean Alison, Judy, and me….not the children).

And after all that fun we still had a fabulous Thanksgiving dinner in Brooklyn and Cameron and Alison’s place! It was certainly a Thanksgiving to remember.

Saturday Snow Day

Sean and I babysat our nephews in Brooklyn last night, and as we were leaving, the snow started to fall. When I woke up at eight this morning, I went straight to the window and saw a good few inches on the ground as snow continued to come down. I jumped on Sean, who was still sleeping, got him out of bed, and then we went downstairs to hang out with the guys who work at the Italian restaurant below our building. Carmine and Nicky are about as New York as humans can get — brilliant Italian-American accents, stories from growing up on the mean streets of the Lower East Side in the 50s and 60s, and a kind of toughness that I find endearing, but only because I’m on their good sides. We drank coffee and chatted with the monsignor of the basilica down the street, who advised us to have children as soon as possible.

When we finished our coffees and a fabulous muffin, Sean and I trekked around the neighborhood to see familiar streets, which are usually jam-packed with pedestrians, cyclists, cars, taxis, trucks…completely calm and whited out. People who passed said hello to one another; there was a general sense of fun and camaraderie. Kids were making snow angels, dogs were curiously leaping in the drifts, and extremely hardworking superintendents and city workers tirelessly shovelled the snow away from door entrances.

We decided to do a bit of shopping while some stores were still open. We grabbed some chocolate chips at our local grocery store so I could make cookies, and then we went to our home away from home, REI. My parents got us gift cards for Christmas, and I used them both up today by buying an awesome backpack for a trip Sean and I are planning in the spring. TRAVEL ANNOUNCEMENT! We’re going to Ireland! And the most exciting part is that we plan to do a day or two of true backpacking….hence my need for this sweet Deuter that we have affectionately named Sinead O’Connor. (Sean already has a backpack, which is currently nameless; we’ll work on that).

I spent most of the remainder of the day baking and cooking. Sean watched a lot of hockey. For breakfast I made us scrambled eggs on toast, in the afternoon I made these really tasty chocolate chip cookies, and then after another tromp through the snow, I made honey-roasted carrots with tahini-yogurt sauce (recipe from Yotam Ottolenghi’s amazing book, Plenty More) and these potato latkes. Deliciousness all around.

Now the snow has slowed. I’m blogging and dreaming of Ireland. Sean is switching between hockey games and consumer report-type YouTube videos about cars he might want to own one day. And we’re both enjoying the warmth of our “fire” (along with sound effects from an app). An overall great snow day.

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Happy on Prince Street

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Cafe Gitane (still open at this point)

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St. Patrick’s

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“Dramatic Tone” setting on my camera; view out our kitchen window

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Elizabeth Street

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lumps of bikes and cars

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Sculpture Garden in Nolita

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Mulberry Street

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Mott Street

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fire, maps, & Sinead

Never-Ending Entertainment

I have been absolutely spoiled rotten by the amount of entertainment that is at our fingertips here in New York City. Over the last year, I have had the privilege of experiencing:

  • The Barber of Seville at the Metropolitan Opera House
    • a  Christmas present to ourselves!

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  • Chicago 
    • a surprise from Sean for my birthday!

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  • Kinky Boots 
    • a fun girls’ night out and a gift from Uncle Dave

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  • La Traviata 
    • We actually watched this on a big outdoor screen in Lincoln Center with Sean’s dad and stepmom – super fun!
  • Mets games
    • two spur-of-the-moment summer afternoons

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  • Michael Daves
    • awesome bluegrass musician who plays at a venue super close to our apartment; I went with my Dad when he visited in October!
  • Milk Carton Kids
    • I went solo in September and had a blast; they are incredible!
  • Phantom of the Opera
    • a super special gift from Sean’s dad and stepmom

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  • Punch Brothers
    • my favorite band. ever. I’ve already seen them twice – once at the Beacon Theater and once for free in Prospect Park
  • Rangers games
    • thanks to our friend, Marc, and Uncle Dave, both Sean and I have been to more than one game at Madison Square Garden

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  • Rhiannon Giddens
    • another incredible performer I’ve seen twice – once at the Town Hall in April and once for free in Prospect Park
  • River Whyless
    • a fantastic band we’ve seen twice in three times in NYC!
  • The Rockettes Christmas Spectacular
    • an awesome evening in Rockefeller Center with Alison, Judy, and my Auntie Bec!

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  • Spring Awakening
    • a gift from Nancy and Wally who visited us in September; our favorite Broadway show we’ve seen! Seriously amazing.
  • Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind
    • attended with our friends Elizabeth, John, and a Lily; a hilarious and powerful act by talented improv actors who perform 30 plays in 60 minutes
  • Watkins Family Hour, Fiona Apple, Aimee Mann
    • an incredible free concert at Lincoln Center – bands collaborated to play the entirety of Bob Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited album
  • Wicked
    • another gift from Sean’s dad and stepmom – we had a blast!
  • Yankees games
    • once with Nancy and Wally and once with Cameron, Alison, and our pilot friend Michael (who had just enough time on a layover for most of a baseball game!)

I’m looking forward to another year of entertainment!