A Ressurection!

I won’t even look at how long it’s been. Suffice to say, I’m back.

cumberland island, may 2010


Where I’ve been…

Please come visit me and my best friend Ally at firstshotlife.wordpress.com.

we're starting a company and a blog and turning 25 and it's terrifying! (and exciting)

happy new years

new years in new york
the winds whip chapped cheeks, red lips
come midnight kiss me

wishing you a happy and healthy 2010.

happy, merry, healthy

I’m home in New York for the next ten days, celebrating Chrismukkah with my family and New Years’ with friends. We have tons planned; museums and Van Cortlandt Manor, the Nutcracker at Lincoln Center, a few days of skiing. And I have tons planned; I want to tear through two or three more countries (I’m re-writing my travel blog (http://melissaleighe.blogspot.com) into a cohesive collection of essays), fool around with writing music for the storm poem i wrote (a few posts down), and work on an art project I’ve been daydreaming about for a few weeks.

This union suit was on my wishlist this year – I don’t think I’m going to get it but I like to imagine myself running around the house in it, eating bacon every morning and never putting real clothes on.

Chrismukkah tonight!

Tonight we’re serving up latkes and christmas cookies, with homemade apple sauce. All pretty easy, a little messy, and totally delicious.

latkes for 4
4 baking potatoes
4 tbsp flour
2 eggs
1/2 onion
veggie oil
grate (or food press) potatoes, add in onion, eggs – put in food processor/blender (you want it lumpy though, not smooth). add flour, salt and pepper. put about 1/2 inch oil in pan, fry up. just like breakfast pancakes, when your spatula can flip without issue, it’s time to flip. lay on plates covered in paper towel because those babies are going to be oily.

apple sauce
6 medium apples (i do 4 red, 2 green, why not?)
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
1 lemon
cinnamon to taste
bring water, sugar and apples (cubed) to boil, then let simmer for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally. remove from heat, add fresh lemon juice and cinnamon to taste.

christmas cookies
nestle tollhouse recipe; sub chocolate chips for red and green m&ms

pomegranate seeds
green onions
paul newman’s own salad dressing


When I was growing up, Christmas in my house had one constant: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. We watched it without fail, every year, until around the time I hit high school.

This year, I’m going to start watching a Wes Anderson movie on Thanksgiving. I love the families he creates; dysfunctional, delusional, loving. I’m going to start with The Life Aquatic.

Have you heard the soundtrack, full of Bowie tracks recreated beautifully by Brazil’s Seu Jorge?


corey presha

Corey Presha

Corey is an talented young photographer with an amazing eye for capturing the Everyday and making it iconic. If you like The Sartorialist, you’ll appreciate Corey’s work. Instead of on-the-street fashionistas, he highlights on-the-street Americans. Oh, and he was also my date to senior prom.

Corey is currently selling four prints at his photography blog Eye of Artists. Here he talks about photographers, artists, upcoming exhibits in New York, photography books, sites, and more. Really a great daily read for anyone who loves the art.