Well friends what a year it has been – I am literally up in the air at 30,000 feet as I type this first post of the New Year. 2011, yikes, not sure if I can wrap my head around that number… but I have a feeling this year will be even better than the last – and I am itching for something incredible to happen.
This Christmas Vacation was one of the best holiday breaks I have had in a long time, complete with holiday parties, chilly weather, tons of food, time spent with loved ones, and play dates with friends. I have a feeling this blog might seem a little outside my normal tone – but I’m feeling a bit thankful and sentimental – so deal with it.
1. SUN: 12/19 – Attended a cookie exchange party with my mom; I made the vegan apricot, cranberry, oatmeal cookies (recipe below). Then I put on a fancy dress, high heels, and a smile to attend the Full Sail end of the year holiday bash – it was massive. I ran into several friends, including Thomas Thorspecken, Brian Feldman, Chris McCown and even a family friend I hadn’t seen in ten years. I was invited to the event by a Mr. Krauss – he was my hot date for the evening and he basically snuck me in.
2. TUE: 12/21 – I dragged (no pun intended) my parents and my close friends Nick and Joey to Bananas – my newest obsession. It was the first ever “Broadway Night” at Bananas and it was FABULOUS! Despite a few technical difficulties the show was cute and heartwarming and we laughed A LOT. It was holiday themed, complete with drag queens and a snow machine outside the front entrance. After that Nick, Joey and I headed downtown. We stopped off at my place and spent about an hour on Facebook laughing hysterically about our new venture with Evan Miga, University of College Online. Evan had just finished creating the site and made the mistake of giving Nick and I admin privileges on the Facebook page… check it out it’s quite amusing. After we laughed until are tummies ached we headed over to Backbooth to shoot the shit with our mutual friend Aaron.
3. FRI: 12/24 – Christmas Weekend was spent with my family – we attended Christmas Eve service and had a Christmas Dinner with Terry Olson and family, a very random occurrence but we didn’t have dinner plans that night and it was generous of Terry and Robin to invite us to join in on their family gathering. That night I upheld my Christmas tradition and made my annual decorated sugar cookies – best batch ever. The next morning I was spoiled rotten, and my most favorite random gift was an avocado slicer. My mother requested I make sure to tell EVERYONE that SHE gave me the avocado slicer, just in case there was any confusion. My other favorite gift is my new SAMSUNG Galaxy Tab, it is pretty freaking sweet and can kick your iPad’s ass.
5. TUES: 12/28 – Tuesday kicked off my five-day retreat to Ocean City New Joisey to be with my family. Much of the time was spent hanging out at home where it was warm, but we did freeze our asses off in Philly for the Eagles Vs. Vikings game. Our cousin Thomas is on the Vikings roster, and although he didn’t play, we saw him use his mad clipboard/note taking skills…
6. FRI: 12/31 – On New Year’s Eve everyone had parties to attend except for my sister Sarah and I so my mom, Art, Sarah and I made plans of our own and headed to Atlantic City for a lovely dinner at Izakaya, a rather posh Japanese restaurant located in the Borgata Hotel and Casino. The food was excellent! Menu items worth mentioning are the Edamame Dumplings, the BBQ Pressed Duck Buns, and the Chilean Sea Bass. Afterwards we split up, Art and Sarah headed to a late night movie, and my mom and I decided to ring in the New Year Atlantic City style – we enjoyed a couple of cocktails at the swanky Water Club Sunroom – then headed over to Gypsy Bar where we enjoyed a live cover band and lots of sloppy drunks. We loved every second of it, and laughed until our sides hurt… In fact my abs are still sore.
Now here’s the mushy bit – It’s during the holiday season that we have time to reflect on what truly matters, and in these moments, for me at least, the people I really love come to mind. I was lucky enough to spend time with my loved ones, well most of them. I hope you did the same.
Happy New Year.