Archive for December, 2011

December 29, 2011

Caving In

Finally took the plunge and ordered the iPhone yesterday… Come January 4th, I’ll be a whole new woman! 

Seeing as I absolutely despise change, I’m very nervous about this decision, but I think it’s time.

We shall see!

December 28, 2011

Merrrryyyy Mikemas!

My brother-in-law came up with a clever new holiday, in honor of his new “BFF“, while he was visiting New York this year… Mikemas.

Mikemas consisted of extremely competitive tennis matches (team BFF, The Supremes, and Sista/Sista– The Supremes, which consisted of my mom & dad, obviously dominated us all), classic tunes and a failed attempt at karaoke to Tom Petty, Neil Diamond, Dion and The Steve Miller Band,  lots of deliciousness including bruschetta, caprese, garlic bread, baked ziti, and of course, red wine (you’d think we were Italian, but we obviously had to have a strictly Italian dinner in honor of Mikemas). 

To wrap up the holiday, we all played a very competetive game of Apples to Apples, which lasted well over 2 1/2 hours, and got in some much needed family time. 

Some lessons learned from Mikemas:  Pokemon is violent, Carey Grant is dainty, killer whales are magical, and Barney is legendary. 

I think we’ll make Mikemas an annual family tradition from now on…

December 25, 2011

Ho, Ho, Ho!

Thrilled to be celebrating Christmas this year with my family…

Merry Christmas!!!

December 24, 2011

’tis the season

…for festive nails!

When’s a more appropriate time to get a sparkly manicure?

Essie’s “Alligator Purse” and OPI’s “Rainbow Connection”

… Thanks girl, for the inspiration!

December 23, 2011

so long, real world

See you in 2012!

Hoping to leave my Blackberry untouched for the next 11 days, and can’t wait to snuggle with my favorite munchkin for a week straight.

December 23, 2011

Counting Down…

Spent all day Thursday being NYC tourists with these kids… back to work today, but can’t wait for 1 o’clock so I can start my Christmas vacation!!

December 21, 2011

Pre-Christmas Dinner Date

Each year before Christmas (the past 4, at least), Mike and I plan a Christmas dinner date, followed by the much anticipated ritual of opening presents.  Well, we decided to go to LAVO this year…  It’s within walking distance from our apartments so we figured we wouldn’t have to worry about holiday traffic, and the last time we ate there, the food was delicious and the service, excellent.

This time… not so much.  Apparently all of NYC decided to go to LAVO last night.  Tourists, regulars, newbies… On a TUESDAY night!  We had an 8:30 reservation, and we weren’t seated until 9:30Yep, one hour wait.  That is just poor planning on their part, because never in my life have I had to wait that long for a table when I already made a reservation.  Given the wait, they gave us two drinks from the bar on the house, which slightly helped ease the pain, but still!

Once we were finally seated, drinks in hand, it was almost ten o’clock.  The food was delicious, but the fact that I’m paying $36 for a piece of Chilean Sea Bass that’s so similar to that of my Dad’s, it’s creepy, did not settle well with me either.  However, I now remember why I was so uncomfortably full after the first time I went.  But I have to say, the service and the long wait left a sour taste in my mouth…  Not to mention the noise!  It was so loud I could hardly hear myself talk, let alone Mike, who was sitting directly across from me.

Next time I dine at LAVO, I’ll be making a 6:00pm reservation.  Unfortunately, we were too full for the fried Oreo dessert, which is the main reason we went, so I’m sure we’ll be going back for some of that very soon.

December 20, 2011

It’s Beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

December 20, 2011

I need to try this…

I’m not a big fan of chocolate, and never in my life have I ever been able to bake a big cake because cake batter is my weakness, and I eat it all before I can even place it into the oven.  This is why I must try making this “Funfetti Cake Batter Fudge” immediately!

December 19, 2011

His & Hers Tartan

Getting into the Christmas spirit in our “his and hers” plaid button downs!