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All of it

Hi, all. I’ve received a number of concerned e-mails and comments in the past few days, wondering if the quiet around here meant that the baby has arrived, so let me say first: NO BABY YET.

I am, however, in my 36th week of pregnancy. And as of about ten days ago, I finished writing the manuscript for my next book - or this draft of it, anyway. There’s still plenty of revising and hand-wringing to do, but at least I now have something to improve upon.  And Essex, the bar we’re putting in next door to Delancey, is opening in less than a week. (!) Lots of Big Life Stuff. Huge Life Stuff. Giant Life Stuff.

Oddly enough, or oddly for me, I’ve been feeling okay with it. It was only this past Tuesday afternoon - as I stood in the dining room at Delancey, surrounded by power tools, cases of newly delivered wine and vegetables, upended chairs, slips of paper, wine samples, and dozens of jars of housemade bitters and liqueurs - that, for the first time, I felt like cowering in a corner. And screaming. Just briefly.

But mostly, it’s been okay. And I’m glad for that, because I want to be present for all of it, for every stupidly stupidly stupidly full minute of these last pre-child weeks: the late-night pizza at Delancey, the Essex menu-planning meetings and spot prawn tastings and cultured butter tastings and beer-boiled pretzel tastings, the errands, the quiet moments between errands, our fifth wedding anniversary, the half-days off, the feeling of driving around with the stereo* up and no baby yet in the backseat, no one to take care of but myself.  It feels right to pay attention now - to this summer, to my life Before. I know that sounds very final and dramatic and sort of sad and possibly even apocalyptic (dun dun DUUNNNN), but I don’t mean it that way. I just mean that it feels good to be in the middle of so much, and to pause and look around. Because I know everything will look different soon.

I took the photographs in this post over the past two weeks.  The ones of Essex, in particular, were taken last Friday. They’re already out of date. Along that wallpapered wall, there’s now a walnut banquette and a row of porcelain sconces, and there’s white marble on top of the bar and walnut cladding along its face. About an hour ago, pendant lights were being hung. I cannot possibly say enough complimentary things about our friend Joe Burmeister, the man who’s overseeing the whole mess and making it into something with actual shape. This time - unlike three years ago this Sunday, when we opened Delancey - Brandon and I are not the ones swinging the hammers. That may be part of why I’m not writing this from a psychiatric ward.

Instead, I’m eating my weight in tomatoes. No small feat, given that my weight is something special lately.

I’ve also made that blueberry crumble I mentioned in my previous post, and a fresh blueberry pie, and a peach crumble, and a loaf of zucchini bread. It was all tasty.

But to be 100% honest, none of it made me feel like writing about it. The truth is, I think I like a bowl of raw blueberries, or a few slices of peach, or a pile of plain roasted zucchini, more than anything interesting that I could make or bake from them.  The Life Lessons of Molly Wizenberg, age 33¾.

(Alice shares my sentiment.)

More soon.

* I’ve been listening to R.E.M.’s Murmur since I was 14, and I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of it. The best song, in my opinion, begins at 26:51.

P.S. Sarah Coffey! Are you reading this? You sent me (via Delancey) a very, very kind card and baby gift, but in a moment of overzealous straightening-up, I threw away the envelope with your address on it. Gah. If you’re reading this: thank you.


Blogger Jennifer Jo said...

Oh good! I'm glad you wrote. I've been thinking about you lots these days.

I like the prego shot. (That is a prego shot, isn't it?)

6:23 PM, August 09, 2012  
Blogger Stephanie said...

What lovely sentiments. I'm so glad you're paying attention - those last, few pre-baby days are precious, indeed. Best of luck with what's sure to be a big, big month or two for you!

6:41 PM, August 09, 2012  
Blogger Bethany said...

You have been in my thoughts, as well. Thanks for checking in.

I love Alice. That little soul has stolen my heart.

6:45 PM, August 09, 2012  
Blogger RecipeGirl said...

How exciting- all of it! I have been to Seattle/Tacoma several times since you opened Delancey, and I haven't been able to get there yet. The one time my sis and I had planned to go... it was closed :( One of these days I'll get to experience your much-talked-about restaurant and the bar too! I wish you all kinds of luck and fun with your new little one. Can't wait to see!

6:46 PM, August 09, 2012  
Blogger Sara M said...

Thinking of you Molly, and am so happy for the summer you're having. So full of wonderful things. I can't wait for the baby news. Take good care in the meantime.

6:53 PM, August 09, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh gosh, you must go to Delancey! I managed it about 18 months ago (and I go through Seattle a lot - it's almost always the way out of Alaska!) It was pizza to die for! The thin crust of my growing up on the east coast, but sooo much better. And the salad, wow. We couldn't finish it. :)

Glad to hear from you Molly, I've been wondering. Another blogger I read is also due around the same time and my great-niece at the end of September, so I'm full of pregnant ladies to be concerned about. Enjoy these last days!

6:58 PM, August 09, 2012  
Blogger Floridagirl said...

I too, was wondering.... glad you and the babe and husband are ok and you're relishing the moment. Take care.

7:14 PM, August 09, 2012  
Anonymous Jen said...

Thought you might like this:


7:26 PM, August 09, 2012  
Anonymous sara said...

doesn't sound depressing at all. sounds wise, as per usual coming form you. I hope you get special moments between now and when the babe comes. Love the shadow of your belly in that photo of essex, so cute! Can't wait to visit, looks like things are shaping up beautifully.

7:36 PM, August 09, 2012  
Blogger Michelle Stiles said...

I have been wondering how things have been going - thanks for the update. Take care and I can't wait to make the drive from Bellingham to the new bar!

7:59 PM, August 09, 2012  
Anonymous Megan said...

I'm so excited for you both! And I'm also pretty darn excited about the bar, to be honest.

8:01 PM, August 09, 2012  
Blogger Melanie said...

You have absolutely no idea how different the rest of your life is just beginning to become :) I know what you mean about eating stuff unadulterated. I've been eating strawberries, fresh from my garden, everyday for the last three weeks, although I was forced to preserve some in brandy and sugar because we just couldn't keep up with the harvest.

8:19 PM, August 09, 2012  
Anonymous Shannon said...

What a nice update! I think it's great you're enjoying these last days before all the changes take over. Best wishes to you!

8:43 PM, August 09, 2012  
Anonymous SMITH BITES said...

The Professor and I had the pleasure of dining at Delancy's w/Shauna & Danny earlier this week; Brandon took very good care of us 'gluten-free' folks and i have to say the food was to-die-for. Essex looks gorgeous and i know it will be a huge success - wishing all of you much joy as you enter this next phase of your lives!

8:58 PM, August 09, 2012  
Anonymous Hannah said...

Wow love that wallpaper! And your belly shadow is beautiful too :) We are counting down the days with you ... and is it just me or does Alice look like she suspects something might be up?

9:06 PM, August 09, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This stage of your life, the word I'd use to describe it is:
wonderfulment Wonderful and amazement all in one word.

9:16 PM, August 09, 2012  
Blogger Emily said...

So excited for you!!! Good luck, m'dear. You don't need it, but you've got it.

9:22 PM, August 09, 2012  
Anonymous Sarah said...

Thinking of you, and so glad its all trucking along. Here to help if you need anything. xo

10:06 PM, August 09, 2012  
Anonymous phi said...

That wallpaper is divine.

10:21 PM, August 09, 2012  
Blogger Nouveau Chef said...

Yay! I've been thinking of you and wondering if your new family member has arrived yet as I am helping my youngest son pack for his first year of college. We couldn't wait to leave L.A. for Seattle 25 years ago and now he is excited to be going to San Diego. Dorky circle of life! Blessings to you and Brandon and all of the excitement of new beginnings.

10:37 PM, August 09, 2012  
Anonymous Jennifer said...

It's so fitting (to me) that you're finishing up the second book just now. I began reading A Homemade Life yesterday and am charmed and already looking forward to the next book. I just bought and moved into my first house a couple of months ago and so it suits my very homey, nesting feelings very well. All the best to you and B!

10:50 PM, August 09, 2012  
Anonymous Allie said...

Happened to be in the neighborhood visiting family and walked to Delancey with my fiancee for dinner and drinks tonight. The food was amazing and we both felt like the staff went above and beyond the call of duty. And the bar looks like it will be great. Wish we were still going to be in town on Wednesday to see it's opening!

12:17 AM, August 10, 2012  
Anonymous Victoria said...

I can't think of anything eloquent to say in response to this post. It's lovely, and it got me a little choked up - in a good way. What a wonderful time for you. Keep us posted as you can.

Thinking of you.....

3:04 AM, August 10, 2012  
Anonymous SarahB said...

My baby just turned one, and you are rightrightright to do all you have been doing. Do take moments to pause and look around, to note what will and won't be different, to ready as much as possible before you enter the tunnel vision of newborn life.

Around this time of my pregnancy, I asked my friends what I should be doing to get ready, and they all said to go on dates with my husband. So we did, and that was nice too.

Best wishes to you for a smooth delivery and a baby that sleeps and eats well.

5:00 AM, August 10, 2012  
Blogger Caitlin said...

So glad you and baby are well. Take care and enjoy these last few weeks before everything changes. Xx

5:28 AM, August 10, 2012  
Blogger Katy Salter @ Pinch of Salt said...

Enjoy these busy, crazy days and good luck with the baby!

5:31 AM, August 10, 2012  
Anonymous phoebes mom said...

Hi Molly:
Glad you checked in. It's hard to be pregnant in the summer - you think I would have learned my lesson the first time around, but no.
enjoy these last few weeks of life before baby. be well. congrats on all of the new adventures.

6:10 AM, August 10, 2012  
Blogger Marcia K said...

Yeah, Molly. We're all so excited, for all your new ventures!

6:25 AM, August 10, 2012  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Congratulations on finishing the draft of your book in time for the arrival of the bambina! You two manage to pack 10 pounds into a 5 pound bag, but as long as you are enjoying it... more power to you!

6:31 AM, August 10, 2012  
Anonymous Kasey said...

So very excited for you, Molly! I feel much the same way about the awareness of the now (I'm just about 4 1/2 months pregnant). It being summer and all, I'm mostly enjoying cooking without doing much cooking. Looking forward to hearing more about Essex and dreaming about the next time I visit Seattle!

8:04 AM, August 10, 2012  
Blogger quinn said...

So happy to hear about the glad excitement! I, like everyone else who will comment here, have been thinking of you and hoping all is well. Turns out, all is splendid!

8:20 AM, August 10, 2012  
Anonymous Lys said...

So glad to hear that everything is well with Essex and baby. I recently tried roasted zucchini for the first time this summer and am in love! I can't get enough of it. Have you had it stuffed with pesto? So good!

Wishing you an effortless opening and safe, quick delivery when the time comes. x

8:21 AM, August 10, 2012  
Blogger blueberry said...

No one else sees creepy angry faces in the wallpaper?

8:29 AM, August 10, 2012  
Blogger robyn said...

Ahhh, those last few weeks/days before the baby comes were so precious to me. I remember many tiny moments about that time...things that will always remind me of being pregnant and preparing for the birth of our little boy. I listened to one particular song (by Blitzen Trapper)every single day in those last weeks. It will always remind me of those sweet days before he was born.

8:49 AM, August 10, 2012  
Anonymous Sharyn DImmick said...

So nice to have an update, Molly. Enjoy your days and hours before your life changes forever.

9:32 AM, August 10, 2012  
Anonymous Cynthia A. said...

Love the whale wallpaper!

I remember waiting for baby #1. I wasn't quite as sanguine as you (plus it was the middle of winter). Eating your weight in tomatoes sounds very appropriate and I'm sure the baby approves. Best wishes!

9:35 AM, August 10, 2012  
Blogger Molly said...

Hi, friends. Thanks so much for stopping by, and for the encouraging words! How weird to think that, depending on when this little girl arrives, the next post might be about her. We'll see...

Jennifer Jo, that big round thing in the fourth photo is indeed my belly! This baby is all out front.

blueberry, yep, it's a damask-style wallpaper, so you're bound to see different patterns, depending on how your eye takes it in. I think the face you're seeing is what we've been referring to as "the monkey."

10:01 AM, August 10, 2012  
Blogger A Bit of Brooklyn said...

You have such a great attitude-- I wish I had had that "big picture" attitude before my baby was born, I think I would have appreciated those last weeks of "freedom" a little more. Good luck to you!

10:04 AM, August 10, 2012  
Anonymous AmyWK said...

You are wise to mark and remember your last few baby-free days, not because things change for the worse or anything, but because you forget what it was like not to have a baby once they arrive. I look back on the things I wrote and did right before the arrival of my little boy and I am grateful I have them because, otherwise, I wouldn't have a clear memory. Good luck to you as you begin all your new adventures.

Oh, and my pre-birth advice is about food. Whip up something you love (such as mac and cheese or chocolate cake) and pop it in the freezer before the baby comes. My experience is that you will be so glad you have it in the middle of the night sometime in the second week. That and English muffins with lots of jam.

10:06 AM, August 10, 2012  
Blogger West Coast Girl Friday said...

OMGoodness - Thanks for introducing me to REM Murmur!! I can see how you would never tire. Fantastic.

10:17 AM, August 10, 2012  
Anonymous Amy E. said...

So glad to hear you are well! I was thing about you today as I wrapped up your first book to give to my friend for her birthday. Much luck to you on Essex & more portably your little one!

10:59 AM, August 10, 2012  
Blogger Beth said...

Glad to hear you're doing well. I'm 34 weeks and right there with you; totally overbooked with last minute non-baby to do's, but feeling mostly okay, with occasional panic attacks sprinkled in for good measure. Hang in there. :)

11:48 AM, August 10, 2012  
Blogger LLA said...

I'm so pleased to hear that there will be a nice place to drink after we demolish our pizza and salad. Our daughter is at her dance class next door on Saturday evenings and we have often wished for somewhere close to have an adult beverage after dinner and not hog a table for 3 hours! Can't wait.

And I agree with Amy above - you are wise to remember these moments before your babe arrives. Our daughter turned 7 this summer, and only recently have we had enough space to catch our breath and have some experiences that remotely resemble pre-baby life.

We talk fondly of those days, mostly the sleeping in part! Our days now are harder than before but also better. Nothing feels sweeter to me than my daughter's soft cheek, and the way she slips her arm under my neck while she is sound asleep and I go in to check on her. We are wishing you well!

11:58 AM, August 10, 2012  
Blogger OMG! Yummy said...

Hi Molly! I've been thinking of you since our panel at BHF in June. It seemed like it was about time for the little one to arrive (my baby radar still works despite my advanced age and teenager-filled home).

My husband and I have historically done several big life changes all at once. It always amazes me that I can glide through baby, job change, new house without a thought but sometimes buying a pair of pants can just stop me in my tracks!

I am very excited for you and all the new additions. Keep enjoying every moment. ..

12:08 PM, August 10, 2012  
Anonymous amy h said...

You have a very good attitude about paying attention to the present moment. Yes, it will change so much!

Also -- that whale wallpaper is crazy good. Crazy.

And I'm a Murmur fan, too -- my husband and I danced to "Perfect Circle" for our first wedding dance.

12:57 PM, August 10, 2012  
Blogger meg said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely things. Your life sounds very full right now (your tummy, too). I wish you the best of luck and the insight to keep living in the moment.

1:28 PM, August 10, 2012  
Blogger Emily Groth said...

That's so exciting that your little one is going to be here so soon! I will pray for a smooth transition for your family. And no, I don't think you sounded "apocalyptic" at all ... I think that is just learning to be present in the moment. Very wise to notice this, and not let life fly hastily away from you, and THEN wonder where your quiet time went. Blessings, and excellent post as always.

1:58 PM, August 10, 2012  
Anonymous Linda M. said...

I had our son the month after I turned 42. What no one mentioned was how wide your heart opens up - even more than when you got married! You will find it amazing!

May your delivery be as gentle and easy as possible. May you be surrounded by love. May blessings abound!

4:51 PM, August 10, 2012  
Anonymous Maureen said...

Holy cow! When I was 36 weeks pregnant it was a full time job. I had little thought for anything but the new baby. I'm in awe of all you are getting done.

Alice is gorgeous. Nothing better than a fuzzy dog.

5:06 PM, August 10, 2012  
Blogger sbethcoffey said...

Molly Wizenberg! I am reading this, and am so, so glad you received my note and package; am also glad that you're a) in the middle of lots of exciting, life-changing things and b) taking the time to appreciate where you are now, before things change and c) still healthily pregnant and d) FINISHED with your manuscript, which is great for you and also SO GREAT FOR YOUR READERS! thinking of you in Massachusetts.

5:40 PM, August 10, 2012  
Anonymous Asmita said...

Hi Molly. I am so glad you wrote. Because I too as wondering.... Totally OK that you don't feel like posting any recipes. Your post reminded me of when I was in the same stage. There is a before and a after stage in these last few weeks, and now with a four year old, my husband and I don't remember the before so much sometimes. But it is "lovely" the waiting, and knowing you have a gift coming your way very very soon. Take care of yourself, and be well. All thoughts and prayers with you.

8:02 PM, August 10, 2012  
Blogger Danica said...

What a fun time in your life! I loved the 33 and 3/4 shout out. My dad, on holidays and birthdays, always writes ages and always includes the fraction. Fun :)

8:26 PM, August 10, 2012  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

already such as wise mama :) You are totally right though. When there is a birth there is also a death - not in a morbid sort of way, but in a transformative one...a part of you will never be the same.

9:50 PM, August 10, 2012  
Blogger Niisei said...

My third child is now fifteen years old and has a job and glorious dreams for the future. Sometimes I don't know how or quite when I arrived in just this spot. So wise of you to stop and think of this present because the next present will be entirely different. It's so easy to get overwhelmed with having a baby let alone running a restaurant and opening a new one! Remember this time and tell the kids stories about it one day!

4:47 AM, August 11, 2012  
OpenID girlseeksplace said...

Can't wait to hear baby news and see pictures!

11:22 AM, August 11, 2012  
Blogger Pippilotta said...

What a lucky baby!

1:27 PM, August 11, 2012  
Blogger michele said...

So glad you posted. I've been checking every day - figured your baby had arrived! Your shadow on the wall is so cute!

6:59 PM, August 11, 2012  
Anonymous AlexKPDX said...

Nobody is seconding the R.E.M love? Equals high school in Tacoma and college in Santa Cruz for me. Love your blog, despite the not-always-vegetarian-happy content (it's not you, it's me...). Cheers.

7:29 PM, August 11, 2012  
Blogger M. Larson said...

Hi Molly, I was thinking about you and the babe when we were at Delancey last week. I adore that wallpaper and would love to have it in my baby nursery. Can you tell me who makes it or what it's called?

1:14 PM, August 12, 2012  
Blogger Molly said...

M. Larson, so happy that you like the wallpaper! I wish I could say that it's available commercially, but it was custom-designed for Essex and printed at Flavor Paper, in NY.

6:35 PM, August 12, 2012  
Anonymous Merrymom said...

Hi Molly,
Hope you have a few more weeks to go before the baby arrives. If you have the chance to go out to dinner or a movie (or both) try to do it every week if you can.
I am looking forward to your next posts and your next book!
Love the photos, as always!

8:27 PM, August 12, 2012  
Blogger Work said...

I remember watching a woman wrangle a small child when I was pregnant with my first and thinking, it won't ever be this easy to get in and out of the car again. (I was right.) You are right to enjoy these last weeks as they are! Best wishes!

8:35 PM, August 12, 2012  
Anonymous dervla @ The Curator said...

Sounds like lots of things are moving along at the moment! Can't wait to hear the baby news.

8:24 AM, August 13, 2012  
Blogger Unknown said...

Just got around to reading your latest blog. My baby (or at least my first one of two) just got married on the 3rd. Hard to believe since it sometimes seems like I was just a 33 1/2 year old having my first little one. The time is magical. The pre-baby is blissful, but the baby time is unimaginably wonderful and oh does it go quickly. Enjoy your sleep now, but relish the moments that are about to arrive.

9:59 AM, August 13, 2012  
Blogger Rocky Mountain Woman said...

You are wise to savor these last few babyless weeks. Having a baby is a wonderful LIFE CHANGING event that you never could or would want to go back from, but it is different and it is good to savor what you have now.

I just have to come and see your new bar when it's open! How fun...

12:13 PM, August 13, 2012  
Anonymous Shut Up and Cook said...

Such exciting life moments ahead...all of them, and yet you are very wise to enjoy the moments that are happening right now.

I grew up in a little seaside town in Massachusetts, and the town one over was called Essex, so very excited to try your newest foodie destination once it opens up.

12:23 PM, August 13, 2012  
Anonymous Elissa I PoorMansFeast.com said...

Well my dear, when you do something --- anything --- you do it big. Very, very big.
I had a dream last night that you had the baby. I woke up and said "Molly had the baby!!!" And I was fully expecting to go on line and find that you indeed had the baby. Who can predict these things.
Anyway. I can't wait to give the Petunia a smooch. And then give Alice and Tater a smooch. And can't wait to celebrate with you and for you.

1:27 PM, August 13, 2012  
Blogger M. Larson said...

Oh my! Bummer about the wallpaper (for me) but I will just have to enjoy it at Delancey and Essex!

2:22 PM, August 13, 2012  
Blogger red ticking said...

so many blessings in your life... truly wonderful and good wishes coming your way for bebe and delivery... and cant wait to ck out essex... and of course... a pizza pie... xx

4:49 PM, August 13, 2012  
Anonymous kate said...

Good luck with everything and good for you for taking in those last moments where you are not driving around with a baby in the back seat. I didn't take in those last solo trips to the grocery store and then missed them like crazy once my kiddo arrived. Nearly four years later, a trip to the grocery store without him feels somewhat like a vacation. Have fun with your Before and After. :-)

3:01 PM, August 14, 2012  
Anonymous Dave said...

Not depressing at all. Photos are nice! "But to be 100% honest, none of it made me feel like writing about it. The truth is, I think I like a bowl of raw blueberries, or a few slices of peach, or a pile of plain roasted zucchini, more than anything interesting that I could make or bake from them. The Life Lessons of Molly Wizenberg, age 33¾.
" ha ha, typical for pregnant women :)

3:17 PM, August 14, 2012  
Blogger tori said...

So thrilled for you- such exciting times. Can't wait for the next book.

7:42 AM, August 15, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update, Molly. Blessings on all the new endeavors! Cathy

1:39 PM, August 15, 2012  
Blogger ann's daughter said...

Molly, there are many things I could say about how beautiful you make everyday life sound. But mostly I want to say: that gorgeous white ceiling! Oh, and best of luck with life's Big Things. I've heard 33 and 3/4 years of wisdom is helpful in such times.

8:22 PM, August 15, 2012  
Blogger Danielle said...

My maiden name is Essex, and so I wholeheartedly endorse and bless this new venture :) And congrats on the babes. You'll be posting new babyfood recipes in no time!!

4:38 AM, August 16, 2012  
Blogger Mariko said...

Hi Molly! I can't imagine being uber-pregnant in the heat wave we're supposed to have the next couple of days! I hope you are comfortable and happy and that everything goes smoothly! We're all sending you good vibes!

8:00 AM, August 16, 2012  
Blogger Rosie55 said...

So much energy, you young things have, even when you are very pregnant!
My daughter is expecting her first baby, my first grandchild - a girl! - in mid-September and she too is still working. But will be stopping next week to take things a little easier and to enjoy those last weeks of pre-motherhood.
I shall look forward to reading about your little one, and of course my own little one so close in age here in the UK.
Hope all goes well for you when the big day comes, blessings!

10:15 AM, August 16, 2012  
Blogger Jill said...

You are right to be present in your life now, Before, because it does change. Mostly in amazing ways, but also in trying ways. After this, you will always be someone's mother, and that feels most definitely different than right now. Enjoy both sides :)

3:42 PM, August 16, 2012  
Anonymous kickpleat said...

I'm so happy for you Molly!! Gorgeous photos and I can't wait for more. I'm feeling a bit like Alice is looking too. Up and up!!

5:19 PM, August 16, 2012  
Anonymous Janie V..H. said...

You are a very wise 33-3/4 years old. Enjoy every moment, before and after the baby. You are right, it will be different...you'll be even more blessed!

5:21 PM, August 16, 2012  
Blogger Megan Gordon said...

Love that photo of your belly on the wall of Essex! xx

6:14 PM, August 16, 2012  
Anonymous Beth said...

Great shot with pregnancy in the shadows. Save that for the future!

11:24 AM, August 17, 2012  
Anonymous andrea said...

What an exciting time for you! I managed to snag an early table at Essex last night and enjoyed each and every moment of it. What a fantastic addition to our neighborhood. Looking forward to a baby announcement soon!

5:51 PM, August 17, 2012  
Blogger Andra said...

Molly, I just finished your book and I'm so glad I picked it up. Your writing is wonderful, the food terrific, and I was touched by your telling of your father's death. My father died last winter, after about 3 months fighting his cancer, and I felt such kinship with your story.

I'm so happy to hear you're expecting. I wish you the best!

11:04 AM, August 18, 2012  
Anonymous love wintersweet said...

love your pix.. special the preggie one and your beautiful doggy

6:39 PM, August 18, 2012  
Blogger Grayson said...

My first babe was born early August & I remember standing in the garden eating cherry tomatoes off the vine. I can't eat a sun warmed tomato from the vine without remembering being in awe of my body and the babe alive in my belly and missing it!

8:12 AM, August 19, 2012  
Anonymous Juanita said...

I finally made it to Delancey. The wait was worth it. The pizza (white pie) was sooo good.
Also had a glass of wine at Essex. Very nice.
You may have had your baby by now. If so, my congratulations to you!

10:16 AM, August 19, 2012  
Anonymous fuyunohoshi said...

your shadow on the wall is so beautiful!
i can see like fairy...

10:19 AM, August 19, 2012  
OpenID freshscratch.net said...

Girl, enjoy the Before. It will soon feel like the Beyond. Being present is a beautiful thing. Congratulations!

And I'm lovin' the wallpaper.

2:18 PM, August 21, 2012  
OpenID moonshinekate said...

Loving your blog!! I am visiting thanks to your book and also my friend Christina who dropped it off to my front stoop only a week ago. I immediately made two of your Winning Hearts and Minds cakes and am about to make the What France Tastes Like things. I can't wait, because I've never been.

4:47 PM, August 21, 2012  
Blogger Sandy said...

Hi.Just read your first book. Thank You. So, then I went to your blog. Num-Num.Good luck, it looks like you have a lot on your plate! PS- My "real" name is Margaret too. I dont use it. Love your style. I'll keep reading.
Your new friend

7:45 AM, August 22, 2012  
Blogger moroma said...

It is all about to change - so stay in the moment as long as you can. It is a very beautiful, surreal time to be atop a cliff of change and be able to look over both sides simultaneously.

Wonderful post, as always. Keep writing.

7:59 AM, August 22, 2012  
Blogger Ms. Shypoke said...

You are exceedingly brave to open a new business in this economy.. especially a bar/restaurant.. they can be so tough to get going! (personal experience and observations) I wish you all the luck with all of your big changes. If it were easy.. everyone would have their own business.. it is nice that you will have something you built for yourselves!

11:14 AM, August 22, 2012  
Blogger Jesse DeLucca said...

Congratulations on both the new opening and the wonderful photo essay. Wonderful!

5:11 AM, August 24, 2012  
Blogger yum said...

We had such a wonderful meal (again!) at Delancy the other night. Family from Spain thoroughly impressed and delighted. The bar next door is a perfect alternative while waiting to be seated. All the best with your new baby!!!

7:42 AM, September 06, 2012  
Anonymous Bonoca said...

Wishing you and Brandon all the best with your new little munchkin. I'm assuming you have had your little bambino by now since we haven't heard from you. Get some much needed sleep and look forward to hearing your good news :-)

10:03 AM, September 07, 2012  
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12:09 PM, September 17, 2012  

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