Hope your 30th year is filled with joy, happiness, life changing moments, and many unforgettable times with family and friends.
Family and Friends
The weather has me in a funk.
My deadline at work as me in a funk.
Heading into work when it’s raining and leaving 14+ hours later in the dark got to me yesterday. And I have a few more days of that schedule to look forward to. Yes, I’m being sarcastic. But I look forward to getting the dinners we want and the OT.
Since I can’t do much about the weather, stress at work, lack of time to pack this week, and lack of sleep, I’ll just cheer myself up by watching these cuties bust a move.
Price’s family was in town a few weekends ago. We headed over to one of their friend’s places for dinner and allowing the 3 kids to play together.
How can I be in such a funk when I get to see a skillful ballerina and break-dancer?!?!
Price’s nephew Addison always says my name ‘ummnicole’. It’s all one word, really fast. But we can still hear the ummm- part of it. I’m not sure when or why he picked it up, but it’s adorable.
When we were back in Skaneateles a few weeks ago, Addison showed off his skills riding his bike. Sure a little kid riding a bike… big whoop… well I’m really impressed since he is 3 1/2 and is a master of a 2-wheel bike.
This is Cobi. He sounds like Chewbacca.
That is all.
my mom took this photo of the dogs this morning and emailed it to me. these are our family’s dogs… Piper, Macaroni, and Cobi.
Piper aka Pipes, Piper-do… is almost 14 years olds and was ‘my’ dog, a gift for my 13th birthday, but when I left for college is stayed in Greenwich. She did come up to live in Boston for a few weeks when I was not working at one point. Now she pays more attention to Price when we go back to visit then me.
Macaroni aka Mac… is the newest addition to the crew. My mom rescued him last month or so from a shelter. He was 1 of 2 dogs that this homeless woman had. When she got housing she had to give one up. He is has fit right in with Piper and Cobi. He is afraid of the getting sprayed with a water bottle so you just need to pick it up and he will stop barking, which he really likes to do.
Cobi aka Cobi Monster, Chewbacca… is the sweetest dog ever. His named is derived from Cohiba cigars. He sounds like Chewy when he wants attention. Cobi is starting to go a little grey, under his chin and now has a patch on the back of his neck. I usually get him to sleep with me when I am visiting the boat.
Yesterday was my friend Emily‘s birthday. We went out to celebrate with food and drinks at Post 390. This place always impresses us with their amazing service, fantastic food, and tasty drinks. Those drinks go down just so easily! Esp when your best friend is yelling at you to drink another one because it’s her birthday and that means you have to do what she says.
The Hedgehog Ornament, one of the gifts I got for Emily, was getting cozy with the butter, and confusing all the servers. It’s not a porcupine people! The hedgehog started to off having plenty of room but soon he lost out on real estate when all our appetizers and sides came. It is perfectly reasonable to make a meal out of appetizers and sides.
We had a great time catching up. Yes, we live live 3 miles away, email each other every day, Price and her work together… but we still need long dinners like this to really catch up on the shit storms that are our lives. Oh, the hilarious insanity.
Happy Birthday Emily… may this year bring you happiness and success. But really… let it bring more (controlled) backyard/kitchen fires, drunken nights playing Trivial Purist, overnights sleeping on the Cos, and adventures driving to random towns.
My love for all things Martha is undeniable and pretty well known. Martha magazine, cookbooks, show, products, and radio. Well when there was a chance for the ‘first 5 people to email to get to attend a live broadcast for the Tree Trimming holiday show on Friday’. I jumped at the chance thinking I would be way to slow. Luckily I was not!
On Friday morning, I left Brookline before 6am to drive down to CT to meet my mom so we could go into The City together. Of course I stopped on the way for breakfast at Bill’s Bread and Breakfast to get the BEST english muffins around.
We encountered some issues with the train since service was down. Luckily, as soon as we ran back to my car to try to another station on a different line there was an annoucement saying it was just restored, so we ran right back. And very randomly, I ran into someone I had not seen since HS so we got to catch up. Fate… maybe?
I love New York City. I doubt I could ever live there, but I love to visit it. I love the energy of the city. We arrived in busy Grand Central and then headed over to 5th Ave. We saw really interesting window displays at Sack’s as well on our way up to St Patrick’s Cathedral. After that we wandered over to Rockefeller Center to see the tree.
We then headed over to grab some light lunch at ‘Witchcraft in the concourse of 30 Rock.
The McGraw-Hill Building is the Sirius HQ, so we went there next to see the radio broadcast. We arrived to a busy scene with with Martha Stewart Staff decorating the tree in the lobby. Even Greg Kleva was there!
The group of us went into the Fish Bowl Studio, where the show was being broadcasted from that day. The studio was just as busy as the lobby with Mario (the host), Lauren Gloud (the producer), engineers, interns, and the incoming guests.
The first guests were 2 Rockettes, Allyson Kelly and Elizabeth Sousek, from Radio City Music Spectacular. They were stunning. The explained how they became Rockettes, what it is like being a Rockette, their healthy life styles, and they even brougth recipes with them. But the most impressive things about Rockettes… their kicks! They told us they do 300 kicks per show. Clearly they had to show how they do the kicks, and clearly, I had to volunteer to learn now. I was really embarrassing and hard! I have this on video so I will have to post all this embarrassment later. ha
The next guest was Sal Scognamillo, head chef and co-owner of New York City’s Patsy’s Restaurant. He brought Baked Clams, Shrimp Scampi, and Strufoli for everyone to try. Sal discussed Christmas traditions and some of the ways to prepare for the Feast of Seven Fishes.
The third guest was Event Organizer David Monn. David explained various ways of setting the holiday scene at home or at a party. He explained that creating the mood does not have to be expensive since a candle can add a lot to a space but you can get them for as little as $3. He brought 2 centerpieces with him that were stunning, inexpensive, and creative. The centerpieces are ‘low’ because you want to have pieces that are not in the way of your guests looking across the table to someone. He explained that centerpieces should not go much higher than your wrist when you have put your elbow on a table (see photo)
Abby Dodge came with some desserts. She wrote about book about desserts using only 4 ingredients in each recipe! She brought chocolate cheesecakes, bourbon balls, and pistachio shortbread. I loved the shortbread! Abby took questions during the show about baking recipes and problems- even from audience.
So the show has covered… appetizers, entrees, decorating, and dessert… what else does it need? DRINKS! Allen Katz, mixologist, brought 2 suitcases with him to haul up his drink ingredients. Allen made 5 drinks to fit perfectly for the upcoming holidays- like Run, Run Rudolph. Sadly, we did not get to try the drinks there but I think that the punch recipe is calling for me to make it.
After the show mom and I rushed back to Grand Central to get a train back home. We then did some dinner with my grandma- fried calamari on pizza is amazing! I was back on the road by 9pm and picking Price up from his poker night by 12.15. It was a L-O-N-G day but really worth it.
Check out the Martha Radio Blog post about that show, including recipes, here. (My mom and I are with Mario in picture #31!)
Price and I went down to CT this weekend so we could pay my brother and his girlfriend a visit since they had a very important person to introduce us to.
Cara Alexandra born 10/31/10 at 9:59. 8 lbs 5oz
Cara has just gotten up from a nap when we arrived so she was in a really good mood when we were over there. She was content laying down, getting her diaper changed, and being held.
She is very expressive. From puckering her lips, raising her eyebrows, looking around, squinting, and giving little smirks. Cara is absolutely adorable with the load of hair she has. The mohawk suits her well.
I can’t wait to really get to know her. To see her grow up. I wonder if the expressive nature she has now will carry over and she will be that way when she is older. I hope so. She is an absolute joy.
Yesterday was Price’s 28th birthday!
My original plan was to try to leave really early so we could see The Town at the 2pm show. Well things did not work out but I think it was for the best…So Price went on a job interview in the morning and GOT THE JOB!!!! So we had to celebrate his birthday and a new job in the same day! So off to dinner we went…
I met Price at the bar at Fugakyu, a local sushi place. It’s pretty cute that he picked this place weeks ago because when I got my current job 4 years ago he took me out there to celebrate. We ended up getting drinks and recapping the day at the bar.
We started with Edamame and Shrimp Tempura. Normally we stick to just edamame but I skipped lunch and we hardly ever come to Fugakyu since it’s a little more pricery than other places so we figured we might as well go all out for so much celebrating.
We shared a Pine-tato Roll (Fried sweet potato & grilled pineapple) to try something new. And Price got his usual Tekka Maki and Crazy Maki (Shrimp tempura, cucumber, avocado, spicy mayo, scallion & eel sauce).
I got a Philadelphia Roll (Smoked salmon, cream cheese, cucumber & scallion) which is kinda a big deal since I don’t like Salmon. At all. But I figured I should try something new since I didn’t like tomatoes or avocados a few years ago and now I love both of them. In the end I liked it but I probably won’t order again for awhile. But I also got a Jalapeño Tuna Maki (Tuna, jalapeno pepper, onion, avocado, pickled daikon radish & black sesame). That might be a new favorite.
We had such a great time cracking up at jokes, discussing the new waiter (he did a good job), talking about first day of fall and the full moon (first time since ’91), and everything in between.
Since I didn’t make a cake we went to Finale to get a little something. Which I think worked out fine since we were sooooo stuffed from sushi. But Price did pick out a cake and I am going to make it on Monday as a New Job Cake.
Love you Pricer!!!
Happy Birthday Mom!!!!
Okay so this photo is from last year but I love it. Plus I was stupid and forgot to take photos while we were out at dinner. So I only have a few shots from when we were doing presents. I’m lame. But, again, I love this photo. This was from my Mom’s big 50th birthday bash. So that should count!
Have a fantastic year full of laughter, great memories, quite moments, strong drinks, books you can’t put down, beautiful sunsets, sloppy dog kisses, great food, lots of knitting, clear blue skies, brightly colored scrubs, dogs that sleep in, time to relax, and whatever else you can imagine!!!! I love you!!!!
Today is my Dad’s 70th Birthday.
My brother, Me, and our Dad
Last night we had a little party for him at the boat club. I love to cook so I took on the responsibility of the dinner for the 10 11 of us. I planned grilled chicken with roasted veggies and a salad. Robin, my dad’s girlfriend, brought the appetizer- muscles and garlic bread. I also made a chocolate cake with chocolate icing. He told me her had a slice for breakfast today. I think that is a perfect start to any day, let alone your birthday.
It was nice to be able to make something for everyone to enjoy, even though I had to do 3 trips to the food store that day. (sigh) It all came together and we had a great time.
Happy Birthday Dad.