my family just moved to ithaca, new york so last weekend i went to visit them. to my surprise they've shed their city ways and decided to build a lake house. (this is shocking because my family has never been a big fan of large bodies of water. once when we were at the beach, my aunt decided it was too dangerous to play in the ocean because large bodies of water are evil and sweep you away. her solution: the whole family stood in one long line, held hands and carefully waded into the water and let the tiny waves dance around our feet. i'm pretty sure we looked like a cult.) here are some views of one of the lots they are considering. hoping this one is the winner--it's so serene.