Heartbreak; new dress and a trip; sorting

Last night I received the impossibly sad news that my friend Laurie has died. I am still reeling and can hardly believe it. She was the funniest, warmest person I knew. And oh, she loved Sam. Whenever she was down she would ask for a Sam story to cheer her up. She was also my knitting pattern line’s #1 fan.

Laurie loved movies. We went out at least once or twice a year to Cinefamily (formerly the Silent Movie Theatre, aka where I got married), and to the Egyptian Theatre for the American Cinematheque’s Noir festival. This is the first year we missed it.

I feel like there is a hole in my chest.


Because life goes on, I will also blog about the stuff I was planning to write about.

I finished sewing this in time for my friend Jim’s wedding:

100 Acts of Sewing Dress No. 1

100 Acts of Sewing Dress No. 1

I swear that huge wrinkle didn’t really show in person, and the pocket is sewn on evenly.

I flew to New York BY MYSELF overnight last Wednesday-Thursday. I bought a SIX DOLLAR MOCHA at JFK, then took the AirTrain to the A train and rode into Manhattan. I got off in the village and had breakfast with my dear friend Nova, then walked to the 1/9 and went up to Lincoln Center.

Lincoln Center, aka my favorite place on earth

Lincoln Center, aka my favorite place on earth

Tiny Amy met me there and we wandered up Amsterdam to 72nd street, where we got some amazing falafel at Soom Soom Vegetarian Bar. Then I headed to Grand Central Terminal and took a commuter train up the river.

View of the Hudson River from Metro-North near Sing Sing Penitentiary.

View of the Hudson River from Metro-North near Sing Sing Penitentiary.

I spent the long weekend with my mom. This is the first time I’ve been childfree since Sam was born, and the first time I’ve ever been away from Grace. The first night I slept twelve and a half hours (though to be fair, I’d only slept about two hours on the airplane).

It was nice to be back in Woodstock.




In my grief and confusion today, I did not know what to do with myself. So naturally I signed up for Pottermore to get sorted.

HUFFLEPUFF, BITCHES. Common room next to the KITCHEN.

HUFFLEPUFF, BITCHES. Common room next to the KITCHEN.

This is so appropriate that I cannot even.

8 thoughts on “Heartbreak; new dress and a trip; sorting

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    S. J. Pajonas (spajonas)

    May 14, 2014 at 3:26pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Annika. It’s so sad to lose a beloved friend. Hugs.

    I do love the top/dress you made. It’s super cute and a great color for you! You got to spend time with Nova! You lucky girl :)
    S. J. Pajonas (spajonas)´s last post ..Full Moon Report – May 2014

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    May 14, 2014 at 3:33pm

    I am SO SO DAMN JEALOUS that you got to see Nova AND Amy in NY. So Damn Jealous.

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    May 14, 2014 at 4:13pm

    I am sorry for your loss. The hole in your heart will never fully heal but the pain will lessen with time. Be patient with yourself and let yourself grieve. Sending good thoughts.

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    May 14, 2014 at 4:29pm

    I’m so sorry Annika. I’m sending hugs and light.

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    May 14, 2014 at 7:02pm

    The pain of losing a dear friend so suddenly and unexpectedly is one of the worst things to experience. Everything seems so unfair: why do I get to see another sunset, why do I get to exist for another day, why do I get to make future plans. (That’s my train of thought at least when this happens.)

    I only knew Laurie briefly through Will and Nina’s parties, but how I remember her is exactly how you described her above. I’m glad I got to meet her.

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    May 15, 2014 at 7:57am

    Annika, I’m so sorry for the loss of your friend. Sending so many hugs.

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    May 15, 2014 at 9:08am

    Also, you inspired me to log in to Pottermore, and I’m in Hufflepuff, too. :)

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