Hello all! Long time, no blog. My holiday vacation was an absolute blur this year, as David and I traveled to Butler and Utica to spend time with our families before settling in Ithaca for the New Year. Some highlights:
1. I got our brand new car stuck on my parents' hill in Butler during a nasty ice storm on my way into Butler. Can't they just pave that road already?? There were 16 accidents on Elm and Monroe St. that night! Ironically, my dad was able to help me avoid trashing the Nissan (by moving its entire back end with his body before we backed it down the hill), but his car suffered damage from a Ford Explorer sliding down the hill like a Plinko chip at 4 am.
2. Santa was good to David and me, as always. I got lots of movies and books to occupy my winter, as well as the ice cream maker attachment for my mixer. David got an iPod nano and Lego Batman for the Wii -- both are spiffy! My parents always go all out for Christmas, and it really makes every year special. And since I know Christmas at my parents' house is awesome, I can never sleep on Christmas Eve night (even though I am 25 years old rather than 5). I woke up at 5 am excited and ready to open gifts...but I couldn't convince the rest of the house to open gifts with me until 7:30!
3. My grandparents got us the cutest wedding ornament, and I am so excited to put it on the tree as a married couple next year. And speaking of trees, I am very sad that I don't have a picture to post here of our beautiful Christmas tree that we finally took down on New Year's Day. (My camera charger still remains MIA.) I think it is one of the best trees I have ever had -- so big and fat and full of life and lights and ornaments.
4. We also had a nice time with David's family in Utica. Jane and Brian got everyone board games, and it was fun to try them all. I have to say that I ended up with the best game, called Whoonu. It is made by the same company that makes Cranium, and it is really great to play in a large group. Also, Brian made his Christmas tacos that have become somewhat of a tradition (which is great because I love tacos, especially Brian's), and David impressed us all with his fantastic beef bourguignon dinner the following night.
5. I won the football bet I made with David! I beat him by two points! And so, I won an eggplant parmesan dinner that was to die for (which we ate while watching the Sex and the City movie), as well as a trip to see Marley and Me. Better luck next year loserface!
It is always tough to go back to work after the holidays, especially after all that traveling. We spend so much time preparing for the holiday season, and then...it's over in a hot minute (well, okay...more like 10 days of cold and ice). Can't it take a little while longer for our routines to settle back in after Christmas is over and the New Year has started???
And so, with that mentality in mind, I wished my groomy (David's new name) a happy wedding year (so clever, right?) in Ithaca and then drove back to Philadelphia not to go to lab, but for an early bachelorette weekend...where Kristen, Elliot, and Victoria were waiting.
There are not really words that would be good enough or special enough to describe these three fabulous friends of mine. I don't know if we'll ever live in the same place at the same time again, but I do know that there isn't a distance long enough to ever separate us. Still, it would be cool if we could all meet in Boston in say...2010? Just a thought.
What a great party! Joined by Kate and Jen, we went to XIX, NoChe, Naked Chocolate Cafe, El Vez, and Lucy's Hat Shop! I have been in the wedding spirit since I got engaged, and it was really nice to have an outlet for my excitement that included my favorite friends joining me.
A party in pictures...
Me with Kate at NoChe, where we had wonderful coconut Cosmopolitans.
Jen and me at El Vez, sipping our very strong Pink Cadillac margaritas. The frozen blood orange ones were definitely better.
The sombrero needs no introduction or explanation. It was and remains to be AWESOME.
Now that the excitement is over and the sombrero is hung on my wall and not my head, my apartment seems incredibly empty. I am really looking forward to David's visit this weekend to spice things up again.