The Saturday before Christmas, Gavin and I had our last minute holiday party at the apartment (the one we suddenly decided that we MUST have because the tree looked just so stunning.)
The day began quite early, however, when Kris rang our bell at 9:30am. He had just finished his last qualifier for the NYC Marathon next year. Granted, I did tell him that I would be up baking magnificent Christmas cookies by 8am, I realized how ambitious that was considering I got home around 1:30am from my work holiday party after flying back later that day from a client meeting. (I was, understandably, “fashionably late.”)
But I’m glad Kris and Amy were able to come over so early because we got to spend tons of quality time with them, while I continued my marathon cookie-making-session from earlier that week. Early that afternoon, the four of us (Kris, Amy, Gavin and I) took the Metro North up to my parent’s house and got busy getting the tree.
We spent some time decorating. Jim and Momma came over for that. After some delicious local pizza, we were refueled and got ready for the party (actually, by that point we were all ready to sleep but we pulled ourselves together for a few more hours.)
Momma gave us these ornaments she crocheted. We hung them on the tree immediately after we got back to the apartment.
Our little holiday party had a nice spread Christmas (and Hanukkah!) cookies. (I got a little carried away this season): chocolate crinkles, sugar cookies, linzer tarts, chocolate fudge and peppermint martinis. Most, for the first time ever. Yum!
Colleen and Tom brought homemade sugar cookies. Super delish!
All we needed to add was the fireplace channel on the PS3 and some Spotify holiday tunes and we were set!
First day back from vacation at work is almost as easy as the first day starting a new job. No meeting invites (except the one I got pulled into because I ran into my producer in the hallway), no immediate deliverables and definitely no scheduled client presentations. After walking around to talk to everyone about the projects and see how things went last week, I decided to bask in full appreciation of the down time and was completely content with laying low.
I decided to take the full hour for lunch (that I hardly ever do, well except for Friday lunches with Colleen.) In lieu of eating right away, I raced out to take care of some errands instead.
I took the 4/5 to 14th street and dashed to Paragon to try on some Vibram Five Fingers. They had a special foot measuring device and apparently my toes are all the wrong sizes. But I found a pair that fit! I thanked the sales person and said I needed more time to think (ahem, order on eBay – brand new with box – for $30 less than retail.)
I saw some corn at the farmer’s market in Union Square so of course I had to buy it.
This is definitely a place I need to come back to. I think it’s there on Mondays and Wednesdays. I have no idea why I haven’t come here more frequently in the past.
After the corn purchase and shoe fitting, I quickly stopped to pick up some dry food for the cats at Petco and got back on the train to work.
For the record, I did not finish The Hunger Games. I got to page 174, then begrudgingly returned the book and immediately subscribed to the waiting list yet again. On a positive note, the library had on hold one of the interior design books I had been interested in.
Now I just need to get Gavin interested in letting me take the doors off one of the kitchen cabinets (aesthetics, of course) …