Monday, June 26, 2006

New Yorker

New Yorker, originally uploaded by Robbi Baba.

Our trip to Manhattan was great. But we've had to jump right into preparing for the Oregon Country Fair! So sorry, I should've told you some New York stories!
Aside from the airport, we spent all our time in Manhattan, mostly around Greenwich Village. We got to stay in a lovely apartment on the 15th floor, right on Washington Park, and visit with my aunt and uncle, cousin Sandy and her son Wilder--though not all at the same time.
The licensing show was mind bending. We were such a little drop in that bucket! And we really won't know how it went until August or September, according to our rep. It takes time for the companies to go over all their contacts and make decisions. With any luck we'll land a few good contracts. Wait and see...
We really enjoyed visiting the big city and you can see most of our photos over on flickr. I actually wrote notes on some of them. But in a nutshell...Aunt Marian made us breakfast and showed us how to navigate the tranist system. She got us to the right subway terminal to zip up to our show, and then headed home to Connecticut! After attending the licensing show, we came back to the apartment, met up with Sandy and Wilder and went out for an incredible vegan meal, wonderful desserts at a dark little cafe and a walk around the teeming village.
The next day Sandy guided us up to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and we spent many hours there. Krista and I walked back down Fifth Avenue and through Central Park (a very long walk!) and had a nice romantic dinner at a hole in the wall gourmet Italian place.
Uncle Carr came in late from winning a backgammon tournament at his college (?!) and we had breakfast with him the next morning. Then we walked with Sandy, Wilder and their friends from Cape Cod on up to Chelsea to see some real New York art galleries. Oh my god! It's just like in the movies.
Then we subwayed back to the village, had a wonderful lunch and caught a taxi back to JFK and home.
Sorry, this isn't the best narrative. Just go see the photos! Krista and I each have our own set.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Flickr Madness

Kitty Kat Family, originally uploaded by Robbi Baba.

I just uploaded a bunch of photos from 2005 to my flickr page. Check it out! The whole batch is under my 'archives' set.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Off We Go (into the wild blue yonder again)

On monday Krista and I take to the friendly skies again for a short visit to New York City and the LIMA licensing show. We worked like dogs for about a month getting new, more licensey artwork done and the display boards put together. Our new rep will have them up in her booth and we'll be wandering the (many) aisles to see what the show is all about.
Thanks to my Aunt Marian and Uncle Carr we'll have a really nice place to stay in Greenwich Village! Alas, we'll have only two full days there and one of those will be taken up with the big show. We're also planning to visit the Met. Otherwise we'll wander.
This is our first time being away from the girls. I mean, both of us being away. It's bloody well about time. Thanks to the Krista's folks we've got the chance.

Monday, June 12, 2006

The Harmony Festival

Chakras, originally uploaded by Robbi Baba.

This weekend we had a booth at the Harmony Festival in Santa Rosa. It was really fun. The event has really matured and developed in the last few years and it was the best ever.
We had a booth in the Goddess Temple area and were able to test out some of our newest offering, like Krista's Yes Notes (which were very well received!) and the sarongs.
On Saturday night we got to go dancing at the Techno Tribal Dance, but actually found a nicer scene and ended up dancing til 2am! We're still very tired.
I've got some pretty good photos over on flickr. Check 'em out!

At the Techno Tribal Dance

At the Techno Tribal Dance, originally uploaded by Robbi Baba.

It was a scene.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Zephyr the Slider

I was watching Zephyr to give Jon and Lux (and India) a break during Coco and Jeff's wedding reception. All he wanted to do was climb this tall slide, over and over and over. At one point India came runnig out saying "no no! he needs someone to go up and slide down with him! Jon says so!!" Well by that time he'd gone by himself about twelve times. So I thanked her for her concern and said to forget it. Much later Jon came running out, looking distressed and gave me the same story. By this time Zephyr had gone down about fifty times! I pointed out that the soft springy turf around the slide would probably prevent a fatal injury. Anyhow. I thought this video was pretty cool.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

A Wedding!

The Happy Couple, originally uploaded by Robbi Baba.

On sunday we travelled up to Mendocino for Coco and Jeff's wedding. Most of the celebrants had been staying up there for three days worth of festivities! It was my first full on Jewish wedding and I was really impressed with all the beautiful traditions--culminating in the couple being hoisted aloft on chairs and danced around.
The ceremony itself was outdoors on the beautiful Mendocino Headlands and it was one of those mostly overcast and very cool days on the ocean. Me and the girls came away with sunburned faces!
During the reception, the klezmer band began playing an old Andrew's Sisters song that had been featured in my swing dance class with India. Sure enough, India came and grabbed me and we danced like crazy. Fun.
It was a beautiful wedding. The kind that feels true and real.


Amina, originally uploaded by Robbi Baba.

Red Shoes

Red Shoes, originally uploaded by Robbi Baba.


Untitled, originally uploaded by Robbi Baba.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Oregon Country Fair

Quintessential Parade, originally uploaded by Robbi Baba.

I just added a number of OCF photos from 2004 to my flickr page (see the OCF set) as well as a host of new old photos (see Archive set).

Hippily Bunny

This is just about the cutest thing I've ever seen. Thanks to Meredith Hamilton for posting it on her blog: Monster town. Check it out.