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blogging about: my life as a new mum, living in NYC, wishing for things I can’t afford, borrowing from NYPL, where to get the best deals in town, sharing resources and other cool stuff, wanting to make time to make things, listening to NPR, quilting, sewing, cooking, singing, whistling, cycling, watching films, being hooked to the web and loving my family…

Friday, January 27, 2006

With a little help from her friends


I found out this week that a dear friend of mine was facing cancer again. She underwent surgery about a year ago, three months after she gave birth to her first son Leif. My heart goes out to her and I want to do as much as I can to help her raise funds for her treatment.

If you are in or around NYC tomorrow and you feel like some funky live music please join us:

'With a Little Help from My Friends, A benefit for Valentina Akerman's Cancer Treatment'

When: THIS Saturday Jan 28th, 8PM
What: A great night with a big line up of Bands and DJs featuring Artanker Convoy, Blood on the Wall, The Hong Kong, The Jewish, A magical act by Marco the Magician DJs Silkpurse, Reaganomics, Black OPs, Corduroy, JJJ and much more.
Where: Supreme Trading in Williamsburg 213 N. 8th St. 718-599-4224
Who: you and everyone you know to help raise money for Valentina Akerman's cancer treatment

Come out and celebrate LIFE!

pump up the jam!


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Originally uploaded by lovelibelula.
Rosa had her first crawl on Wednesday the 25th. I kept wanting to blog about this but got busy trying sort out "Films in Van Vorst" things... She then proceeded to wiggled her butt to the sounds of her favourite Canticuentos. We also learned that she is pulling herself up by holding on to the bars of her crib and amusing herself with her own reflection in our bedroom mirror… She is growing up so quickly…… ;)

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

talking about films....

I did a search on google blogsearch (my new favorite thing) and I found several links to the blogsopt blog of a fellow blogger who attended last year's film series.... I am hyped. (my fellow blogger also called my J "our local hero".. :)

Monday, January 23, 2006

Films in Van Vorst

We are about to start the fundraising for this year’s summer film series. We need to submit a potential list of films to the city by the end of February so they can publish the event in their Summer Cultural Calendar.

So, here is the deal, how about you people who come and read the blog and never dare post a comment, help me figure out which films we should run….

We have eight screenings planned and the criteria to select them is that they have to be apt for all audiences (no sex, durgs or explicit violence)……. I would love to have a couple of classics, a western, and one kiddies friendly movie….. Please bare in mind that these are free open air film screenings in our community park, therefore the films should appeal to the vast majority of people…. …

My list of potential films goes as follows (it's 6 films too long….)

I. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
II. High Noon (1952)
III. Cabaret (1974)
IV. Raising Arizona (1987)
V. L.A. Confidential (1997) (can’t remember if sex is explicit here??)
VI. All About Eve (1950)
VII. Big Fish (2003)
VIII. The Searchers (1956)
IX. Twelve Monkeys (1995)
X. Rushmore (1998)
XI. Arizona Dream (1993)
XII. The Man Without a Past (2002)
XIII. Singin' in the Rain (1952)
XIV. High and Low (1963)

My BIG list goes as follows:

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
12 Angry Men (1957)
The Third Man (1949)
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
All About Eve (1950)
Touch of Evil (1958)
High Noon (1952)
North by Northwest (1959)
Notti di Cabiria, Le (1957)
Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)
The Magnificent Seven (1969)
The Searchers (1956)
The Apartment (1960)
Bullit (1968)
Johnny Guitar (1954)
Donnie Brasco (1997)
Spirit of the Beehive (1973)
Rear Window (1954)
Cabaret (1974)
The Usual Suspects (1995)
Spirited Away (2001)
Barton Fink (1991)
Raising Arizona (1987)
Oh Brother Where Art Thou? (2000)
L.A. Confidential (1997)
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Jaws (1975)
Blade Runner (1982)
The Sixth Sense (1999)
Annie Hall (1977)
Big Fish (2003)
The Straight Story (1999)
Monsters, Inc. (2001)
Twelve Monkeys (1995)
The Big Lebowski (1998)
Almost Famous (2000)
Lost in Translation (2003)
This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
Babettes Feast (1987)
Barfly (1987)
The Butcher Boy (1997)
King of Comedy (1983)
The Purple Rose of Cairo
Rushmore (1998)
The way we were (1973)
What’s eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
Arizona Dream (1993)
The Man Without a Past (2002)
Raising Victor Vargas (2002)
Romeo + Juliet (1996)

Please do post your choices..
Thanks.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

house cleaning

When I was younger I used to read loads….sooo much more than I do know… I did not have a baby then and I did not have broadband either…... while I read I used to keep a diary where I wrote quotes that I liked, the meaning of new words and/or moments that touched me…. today, while cleaning up, I came across one of those journals and I found a quote that moved me, specially considering how fast my baby is growing….. the quote is from “The Sheltering Sky” - Paul Bowles.

Because we don’t know when we will die, we get to think of life as an inexhaustible well. Yet everything happens only a certain number of times, and a very small number really. How many more times will you remember a certain afternoon of your childhood, some afternoon that is so deeply part of your being that you can’t conceive your life without it. Perhaps four or five times more, perhaps not even that.
How many more times will you watch the full moon rise? Perhaps twenty. And yet it all seems limitless.

Friday, January 20, 2006

love actually


playa, brisa y mar
Originally uploaded by rosa bella coco coffey.

It's official.... my mother has fallen in love with my daughter... I hear them play every morning while I try and get some sleep past 6AM. It melts me to hear them. I wish we had this baby sitter nearer …. She won’t be easily replaced….

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Google Blog Search

Maybe you guys all new about this, but I didn't....I discovered that Google has a new search engine that searches for key words in all blogs……in simpler words: a blog search.

Isn’t that amazing??? I mean, yesterday J told me that The Onion had a headline that read “ Sean Penn wants to know what asshole stole seanpenn@gmail.com” - how could SP not be pissed off....Google is GOD and having your name in gmail is like having a safe place in that heaven.... I use to think Iggy Pop was God.... I was innocent then.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

What I owe to 2005 –

All annual-event-compilations should really be done before the year ends, but we were so busy doing nothing in Naples, Fl that I found myself short of time……I feel however, that summary of the year is a must when one hits 30. I no longer remember when it was that we spent that gorgeous summer in Annecy or which year was it that we met Leslie for the first time. …. so here I am twelve later and for all it’s worth, here goes my list……

Mayor events in 2006 –

In February we sold Bola de Nieve, our 1988 Turbo SPG Saab, that was costing us more money than we could afford. It was truly sad to let Bola go, I do not think that I will ever be able to love a car as much as I loved this one, no matter how many times it broke down on me/us.

I turned thirty in April. 3 + 0, ladies and gentleman t h ir t y = 30. I finally hit the third floor and the elevator just won’t stop!……I had built myself up for getting completely hammered and celebrate the End of my youth in great style….instead I ended up drinking ginger ale, falling asleep in Niamh + Billy’s couch and going to bed at 11.30pm. In fairness though, I owe it to Rosa that I did not wake up the day after feeling old, achy and miserably hung-over.

J finished his masters at Columbia in May.

Our first daughter Rosa was born on June 1st 2005 at 10:42am at St, Vincent's hopsital - Manhattan.

J, Niamh, Tony and I successfully pulled together our first film series in our community park this summer.

Maeve and Derek moved from Donegal to our neighborhood with their two clever kids, Aoife and Anthony.

Leslie moved to Chicago in September. :(

I started blogging in October.

Rosa got her American, Irish and Colombian passports.

Our friend Edgard Cobo died of lung cancer at age 30. This was a very sad moment as he was a dear friend.

J & I spent our first Christmas as parents and as much as I dreaded spending it here in the US, away from family and friends, we had a wonderful time. Actually it was good for us to be alone as a family……on holidays…

I feel well rested and I look forward to going back home (NJ/NY) despite the winter…

2005 was a year full of events, some sad but mostly happy for our family. Rosa is our favorite “bundle of joy” and we look forward to the years ahead of us…

Sunday, January 01, 2006

New Year - New Teeth

I discovered a little white bud in Rosa's mouth that seems to be making its way up her lower gums. How exciting... new year - new set of teeth.

I saw it today for the first time and my mom, who just arrived, saw it too.... What a way to star a year!

Good Morning 2006!





Rosa is seven months today!

Our year ended in great style…we woke up in sunny Naples and walked down to the beach to do some shell picking, some swimming and some walking….it was so beautiful.. we even got to see two dolphins playing very close to the beach… Rosa was charming everyone ….she is getting bigger too…(and heavier, mind you)….we had a very relaxed and easy day…

We ended up going to bed at 12.09AM, after playing a few hands of Backgammon (I winning every single hand) and drinking champers (aka – champagne). I was so relieved to receive 2006 in my pajamas while everyone else in this building was “dressed for success”. I loved meeting a few of them in the laundry room while they were frantically drying their favorite shirt while I was doing our beach gear. J & I had a great time, we had bid 2006 farewell during our trip to Naples that proved very relaxing…..

We crossed the Everglades on our way in via route 41. I wish I had Conrad’s ability to narrate so that I could do justice to the astonishing landscape. There is something profoundly romantic about swamps and I can’t quite put my finger on it. The alligators were taking the sun on the side of the road while eagles nested on the top of the trees and many other strange birds hid inside the mangroves watching the cars go by. I was temped to take an air boat tour (and I think I will actually go back and get it) but we were eager to arrive as Rosa was getting impatient in the back seat.

I think I will never forget where I was in 2005. I turned 30 and I had a baby. This has been one of our most beautiful years but also one of the toughest – I am looking forward to 2006 !