Have you cooked up anything fun for the holiday?
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010
Rocky's a vampire. (Count Von Rocky!)
And Kali's a butterfly.
They're actually being really good sports about the costumes, surprisingly enough. Though, they both have had, "What did you put on me?" moments.
What are you dressing up as for Halloween?
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Lucky for me, my bucket really does look like that! I did a Halloween swap with my online book club. The directions were to send something to read and a treat to go with it - my swap partner totally spoiled me! Not only did I get all of those books, I got some great candy too.
It's Halloween come early around here!
Saturday, October 23, 2010
The characters dressed up too! Super Pooh was my favorite. Ever.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
It’s okay – you can laugh. I won’t mind. Really.
Black Friday shopping started as a way to stretch my broke, college budget but my sister and I have got it down to a science. We’re usually back home, in bed and done shopping by 9 am. We’re that good.
Since graduating and getting a “real” job, though, our shopping has changed. We’re picking up less for our own friends and family members and spending more time grabbing up the good sales for the kids we adopt for Christmas.
I can’t wait to spend the next month stalking bfads.net and planning my shopping route for November 26!
Friday, October 15, 2010
I pulled the winner using Random.org and the lucky winner is:
Before the trip, I had asked Laura if they wanted to do something classically NYC or something touristy, like Mars 2112. She interpreted that as I wanted to go to Mars 2112 (I didn't really, oops!) and said they'd love to go.
So, we went.
It sounded good in theory. It's like Rainforest Cafe with Martians.
The place was borderline creepy, though - it was empty! There were only about four tables of people and this place was in the middle of Times Square. I'm not sure what it was, but something was definitely off about it!
Still, we had fun.
When we went to leave, it was raining like crazy - and since the restaurant was below street level the courtyard was starting to flood!
After waiting for a few minutes things let up enough to start walking. Laura didn't want her new, Canal-street purse to get wet, though!
Thursday, October 14, 2010
The boys weren't really interested in baby stuff. They spent the day watching football (and, according to this picture, some Katie Holmes movie).
One of the girls, Krissy, has an adorable little girl. Another, Maria, is expecting a girl early next year. The rest of us put together a little celebration. Not a full on shower, more like a sprinkle.
We managed to surprise both Moms simultaneously - no small feat!
After the sprinkle, we all went up to Krissy's parents house for Sunday dinner. In true Italian style, they had fresh-made pasta, gravy, meatballs... the usual. It was all fantastic.
And so was Krissy's family! Dinner was fun - full of conversation and laughing.
After dinner we had to head home, unfortunately. Five hours doesn't sound like a long trip until you're driving it!
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
We spent the weekend in Boston and Monday evening in New York. I spent the better part of last week getting things ready for that - and everything else was, of course, neglected.
The hamper and laundry basket are overflowing. The litterbox really needs to be cleaned. I haven't grocery shopped in about two weeks. And the cherry on top is that we're pretty much booked solid through the rest of the month so there's no end in sight.
When I got out of work yesterday, I was stressed and overwhelmed thinking about all I had to go home and do. So, like any respondisble adult would do, when I got home I ran myself a hot bath and laid there reading until the water was too cold to handle.
It was fantastic.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Only 79 shopping days until Christmas! Yes, I realize it's only the first week of October but Mark and I have already been talking Christmas. What can I say? We're planners.
I could make this post a mile long with all of the cute things you could snag up with a $45 gift. So, are you ready to win and start your own Christmas shopping?
To enter, just leave a comment on this post letting me know what you'd get with the gift card if you won AND an email to contact you at. Would you get something special for yourself or buy a gift for someone else? Any special item in mind? You have until midnight EST on October 14, 2010 to leave a comment - I'll announce the winner October 15th.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Despite the fact that we've been together for more than six years, I'd never actually seen him play until Saturday. I always left it to be "guy time". It was fun to see him on his game.
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Mark's brother Andy joined the two of us to make our small (but awesome) team.
For the uninitiated, Light the Night is the only fundraising walk that takes place at night. Everyone who raises at least $100 gets a lighted balloon to carry during the walk.
It's really beautiful.
Supporters carry red balloons. Survivors have white balloons. The gold balloons are carried in memory of loved ones lost.
Our tiny team raised $462 to help find a cure for blood cancers. It was a really good night.
Saturday, October 2, 2010
When I started this blog more than two years ago, it was intended to chronicle the wedding-planning journey we were in the midst of. It was supposed to encompass anything and everything I thought was pertinent enough to write about. By all accounts, I feel like I've succeeded on that front.
I've noticed, though, that since we've moved one of my hobbies has dominated the blog more and more - my cooking. The fact that I cook is nothing new; I've been doing that for years. The new kitchen has really given me the room to spread my wings.
I don't want this to become a food blog, though. I still want this to remain a potpourri of life. But, at the same tim,e I still couldn't help but feel my cooking deserved some sort of organized forum of its own.
So, today I'm introducing Kate's Recipe Box, my new food blog: http://www.katesrecipebox.wordpress.com/
If you've been enjoying the recipes here, I hope you'll join me over there.