andWeek: Thanksgiving edition / by and Play


What a week, am I right?! There was so much to be thankful for, and spending time with family and friends was pretty amazing. Hannah and I took the week off from each other after the intense California trip, but boy did I miss her. I am sure she felt the same, but she hates encouraging my fancies and will never admit it!

I spent the weekend hanging with my dad, his wife Katie, my two sweet brothers, Lucio and Matteo, and their pup, Pippo in DeKalb, IL. Family came into town from all over the place for Thanksgiving dinner and my cousin’s baby shower. Many games were played, Pippo was walked, and pies were consumed.

PIE. If you know me you know that I love pie. If you want to get to know me, offer me pie and I will be yours forever. 


Pippo is a mega goofball with a tiny frame, a big personality, and an assortment of winter accessories.


Downtown DeKalb. Where all of the magic happens.


We are stuffed full of food but enjoying a brisk family pic on the back porch!


Looking forward: I CANNOT wait for the andPlay + David Bird meeting/dinner this coming week. Two of my favorite people to talk big ideas with in one place! Also, the weather is getting cooler and I have plans to whip up a batch of meyer lemon cranberry scones (yum)!


I traveled to Pittsburgh this Thanksgiving to see my family. It was a relaxing few days full of funny conversations, good food, and the constant "click" of my dad's selfie-stick. Here are a few shots from my past week!

This picture was actually taken in New York earlier this week, on my run in Inwood Hill Park. There is a turn in the path where people have discarded their Halloween pumpkins -- including this Cinderella-sized one!


My mom cooked Thanksgiving dinner this year and it was delicious. This was my first Thanksgiving as a meat-eater in a long time, so I enjoyed trying turkey again!


The day after Thanksgiving we took a family walk through Frick Park. It was a beautiful day and a perfect way to walk off that gigantic meal. 


Our walk landed us at an exhibit at The Frick Pittsburgh  where we saw their latest traveling exhibit, "Undressed: A History of Fashion in Underwear." Strange family activity, but actually pretty interesting. I'm glad women don't still wear corsets -- ouch!


My youngest brother has become quite the chef and cooked schezuan beef for our family dinner one night. I was shocked by the schezuan peppercorns that make your mouth go numb -- it was such a strange feeling, but really tasty!


Looking forward: I'm figuring out how to cook some strange vegetables I received in a farmshare this week, including a yokohama squash. Any suggestions?