Tuesday, December 30, 2008


I know, I know. I live in the biggest baddest city in the country. But I still get bored. And I've got all week off work, which, don't get me wrong, I'm thankful for, but can inevitably lead to boredom. So what are your favorite time-wasting websites? Blogs? Games? Share.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Catching up, Part I (Christmas)

Alright, so I've been hesitant to blog lately because all I have are photos to post. And while I know you enjoy them, they take me forever to upload. But I'm finally getting to it so you can enjoy the fruits of my labor. But not too much labor, as I'm not Photoshopping these at all in the interest of time. Make sure to check out parts II and III further down the page.

On Christmas day, Scott and I slept in and then had a nice quiet Christmas at home, just the two of us.

The presents before we dug in

I got ... new slippers

Scott got the new Batman movie on DVD

My favorite wrap job by my husband. A travel-size shower gel disguised and wrapped in a toilet paper roll.

Scott got a book

I got two pairs of really good, thick socks

Scott got a CD (Radiohead's In Rainbows)

I got ... another two pairs of socks, for a total of four pairs (these suckers are like $10 a pair, so...)

Scott gets a pair of headphones. (I didn't get a good shot of this.)

I get the first season of The Office on DVD

Scott gets an ice cream maker!

I get ... my raincoat!

And the matching galoshes

And Scott's big gift...

A really nice watch. Hard to see here, but it's stainless steel with a brown face that has diamonds at the 12, 3, 6, and 9 hours.

Look Mom! He's wrapping things in towels!

And I got the soundtrack to the movie Once, which I'm thoroughly enjoying.

The carnage

So I know it looks like I made out like a bandit, but the deal is that we set a budget, and you can buy one thing or as many things as you want within the budget. Scott had a few more gifts for me than I did for him, but it all adds up the same. He did get a few other little stocking stuffers I don't have photos of. Overall, I'd say it was a really great Christmas.

How was yours?

Catching up, Part II

Scott's parents came to visit us last week, and so we made Trip #2 to the Rockefeller Christmas tree, and this time we got to see the ice skating rink too. We also slowed down for a few of the window displays lining the streets at this time of year. I've enjoyed New York at Christmas, I'll be sad to see it all go.

Scott's parents at the tree

Us at the tree

The tree and the statue at Rockefeller Center

The ice rink (that speck in the middle is a little kid who was having trouble keeping his feet under him).

Saks Fifth Avenue and St. Patrick's Cathedral

The flagship Macy's

And its window displays

It was nice to have them come visit. And thankfully, our second trip to Rockefeller was much less crowded.

Catching up, Part III

A few weeks ago, Scott's friend Mike (well, he's my friend too) and Mike's friend Trish came to New York for the day. We met them to catch the ferry over to Ellis Island.

From the ferry

Ellis Island

From there we went to the Statue of Liberty

This woman had the brightest coat I've ever seen

Sunset from Liberty Island

Waiting for the ferry to come pick us up. It was frickin' freezing!

On the ferry back to Jersey

The next day, my friend Kristin (we met in 8th grade and went to high school together) and her husband Jason came to town to visit. We met the three of them (Kris and J and Kris' uncle) at St. Patrick's Cathedral. (with a view of the Saks snowflakes)

It was freezing, so we stopped for some Starbucks. I had chai since I don't drink coffee, and boy was it good. Uh, no coffee in this photo, you'll just have to trust me that we were at Starbucks. Actually I think this was while we were waiting in line.

The Rockefeller tree (visit #1). It was soooo crowded.

Kinda blurry but I still like this shot

The tree!

Walkin' around

Radio City Music Hall (I like Kristin peeking around the corner of this one.)

After we were all thoroughly frozen, we called it a night and said our goodbyes, but it was great to see them!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

I'm on CNN!

Well, my headline is. Check out this CNN piece about the Bush shoe-throwing incident. Mine's the one that says, "Bush makes a not-so-lame duck." And notice it's NOT in the category of completely awful headlines. Call me crazy, but that's pretty awesome. (For the record, the other headlines on this page are mine, too.)