My True-Love Hath My Heart

My true-love hath my heart, and I have his,
By just exchange one for the other given:
I hold his dear, and mine he cannot miss;
There never was a bargain better driven.
His heart in me keeps me and him in one,
My heart in him his thoughts and senses guides;
He loves my heart for once it was his own;
I cherish his because in me it bides.
His heart his wound receivèd from my sight;
My heart was wounded with his wounded heart;
For as from me on him his hurt did light,
So still methought in me his hurt did smart:
Both equal hurt, in this change sought our bliss,
My true love hath my heart and I have his.

-Sir Philip Sydney

With New Years Eve upon us, It is time to look back and reflect on the year past, and the year to come.

New Years Eve also happens to be Our Anniversary.

As my husband and I set forth on year 15 together I thought it appropriate to take a look back at the years gone by. Let’s break it down by the numbers.

1998 – The year we met.

2003 – Our First Commitment Ceremony

2005 – Our Civil Union

2008 – Our Wedding

So that’s 14 years complete, 8 years committed, 6 years Civilly Unioned, and 3 Years Married.

My True Love truely hath my Heart.

Our Commitment Ceremony 2004

Our Cake that our Good Friend Corey Made.

To the left of the cake you can see the Champagne Glasses that we made to give to all of the guests.

2005 Our Civil Union

As part of the Civil Union we had a Candle Lighting. Each guest lit a small candle while the Hubby and I lit the big Silver candle in the middle.

Our Wedding in 2008.

We figured since we had subjected all of our friends to 2 previous ones, we would forgo the big wedding and invite a small group as witness.

Mid Week Entertainment

Well Christmas has come and gone and it’s the downward spiral to New Year’s.

As part of the Hubby’s Christmas Bounty, I got us tickets to go see Priscilla Queen of the Desert on Broadway. Let me just say the show was FABULOUS! RUN don’t walk to this show if you get the chance. Now I will admit they took some liberties with adapting the Broadway show from the movie.

The costumes were spectacular, the actors wonderul, and most of them damn sexy, the music was amazing.

We made a day of it and went in early, grabbed lunch at Roxy’s Delicatessen, then we wandered up to Rockefeller center and saw the Tree and the Skating rink. We popped into the Lego store, then a chocolate shop, and then took in the Holiday Windows at Saks. After the show we grabbed  bite to eat, after walking 12 blocks in the rain, and headed home.

These are just a few of the pictures from the day, unfortunately we weren’t able to get any of the show.

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Twas the Night after Christmas

And all through the house, all the doggies are stirring, and I’m on the couch.

Another Christmas has come to an end. What a busy busy week we have had. I was off from work on Monday for an appointment, which made the rest of the work week drag on and on. Thankfully Thursday afternoon we got the email saying the office was closing at 2pm on Friday, which meant my mini vacation started that much earlier. I am off from work now until January 3rd, which also happens to be my 6yr Anniversary at work.

I came home Friday and had to get some of the Desserts for Christmas Eve at my uncles house baked. I made Cookies and Cream Cheesecakes and Maple Cupcakes with Maple Buttercream Frosting.

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This was one of the best Christmas Eve’s in long time. The tradition is that we go to my Father’s families house, usually one of his brothers hosts the evening. It was this particular uncle’s first time hosting. Thankfully none of the cranky out of town brothers or sisters showed up.

Christmas morning the hubby and I got up to finish the prep of the food items we were bringing to my parents house for Christmas Dinner. We were in charge of the Bread, Sausage Dressing, Turkey for deep frying, and the 30 day dry aged Prime Rib. The other item I supply for Christmas dinner is the Centerpiece for the dining room table. I am always thoroughly happy with the flowers that get delivered, and I always order from 1800flowers.com.

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20111226-183447.jpgHere is the Prime Rib post cooking.

20111226-183453.jpgMy Drink of the day was French Martinis

20111226-183510.jpgThis was the funnest gift I got from the Hubby for Christmas.

Actually one of the best gifts the Hubby and I got was that the Foster Pup Nacho is going to his forever home on Tuesday. This also happens to coincide with a trip into NYC which is the Hubby’s present. I got us tickets to see Priscilla Queen of the Desert on Broadway, so we are going to make a day of it with lunch the show and dinner, maybe even a drink or 2 with a friend if we can make our schedules work out.

So now I will enjoy my week off, our trip into NYC and our Annual New Year’s party. The next week will be just as busy as the days leading up to Christmas. Hope you all had a Joyous Christmas, and a Happy Boxing Day!

Merry Christmas

Cookie Mania

So I spent Sunday Baking cookies. I counted and I was 1 cookie short of having baked 21 dozen.

Hark, the Harold Angels Sing

Wow, have I been way behind on things around here. I have no one to blame but myself.

I can’t say it has been a very eventful 2 weeks, but there was a bit of business all around. Work has been picking up into high gear with month end madness. I am off on Monday and then off the last week of the year. I am so looking forward to it.

Last Friday was my companies Holiday Luncheon. We worked until 11:30am, then they had set up 4 conference rooms, 2 each for BIngo and Left Center Right. I chose to play Left Center Right as I had never played that before. I didn’t win but it was a fun game none the less. After Games we had lunch which was catered by a local place, then Raffle prizes which I didn’t win. We then got to go home as the office closed early at 1:30.

Saturday was our usual day of errands, with an added stop for a couple hours doing a doggie Meet & Greet to help find Nacho a forever home. Saturday night was our friends Monthly Game Night, which was a blast as always. Some new faces, and a lot of the regulars.

Sunday we headed on out to IKEA to pick up some wine shelving for the basement among a few other things, then spent some much needed time with one of our Bowling Wives and her new neighbors, who also happen to be good friends of ours from the  bowling league as well. We had a great lunch then just hung around the house catching up and gabbing.

Another week snuck up on us and in a whirlwind it was over. I worked from home on Tuesday as I had an appointment in the afternoon and it was just easier to work remotely. Tuesday night we finally dragged out all of the Christmas Stuff and Decked the Halls here at the house. I’ll post some of those pics later this week. Thursday I had a night out to attend the Initiation of my Sister into the local Elks Lodge. My Father, myself and now my sister are all members. Friday night we babysat for our 1 1/2 yo niece. She is such a cutie pie, dancing and singing and just being a big old ham while we were out to dinner.

I’m sitting on the couch recovering from our crazy day of haircuts and errands. We hit all of our usual stops, Costco, Shoprite, Stew Leonards. We had a very long list of things we needed for Christmas and for Cookie Baking which I will be doing on Sunday. It’s hard to believe that Christmas is only a week away…..

 

Five on the Fifth

Steven over at the State of the Nation UK is bringing to a close his Five on the Fifth series.

He is trying to get as many participants as he can for this final showing. He mentioned a new project coming. Can’t wait to see what it is and participate.

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20111204-202444.jpgWho doesn’t love a free sample of bacon. Even if it is Turkey Bacon

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Do you hear what I hear?

It’s the tail end of another busy weekend here. Sitting on the couch thinking it’s way later than it actually is.

Friday was a crazy day it work. It seemed like everyone wanted everything and they wanted it NOW NOW NOW. I work in customer support, we sell data, not the kind of data you want. Well maybe you want some, no not you, you over there. We update our database every 2 weeks. Normally this isn’t a big deal. This weekend is one of those update weekends. This past week was also the week a few of the clients I support needed to have their data at the set quantity and price previously quoted before the update is to happen. So of all the day’s this week, on top of covering a coworker, Friday was the worst. Once I finally left the office at 6:45 I had had enough.

Dinner Friday was at a local Mexican restaurant that was new to us. It’s been there for a while and for the life of me I don’t know what took us so long to actually go there. I started with a nice big Sangria.

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As I did the last time I started with 2 Fried Pork Tacos for an appetizer, the hubby had 2 tostadas for his. My main course was Rancheras – corn tortillas rolled and stuffed with Chicken, Beef, or Cheese (I had one of each as 3 came in in a order), simmered in red hot tomato sauce, topped with sliced onions and cheese. It was delicious and had just enough heat for me.

Saturday morning was the day we finally finished cleaning up the yard of leaves and stuff. It was relatively painless and thankfully mother nature cooperated and made it seasonably warm for the time we were out there. After that we headed out to our normal weekend errands. Some people may think us crazy but here is the places we went

    • Walmart
    • Lowes
    • Home Depot
    • Costco
    • Kohl’s
    • Stew Leonards
    • Home 1

Just another normal Saturday running errands. Saturday night we stayed in and the hubby made homemade pizza. It was delicious as always.

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The other big thing of the weekend is the doggie sitting of my best friend’s Beagle-Boxer mix, Maggie. She is short and stout, think a baby Hippo with fur. The dynamic between her and our 2 is pretty good normally. But this time we have added in the mix the Foster Dog Nacho. Thankfully they got along well enough, 1 slight growl and teeth snare but nothing major.

This morning we enjoyed a leisurely cup of coffee and a bagel, then down into the basement to try and wrap up that project.  The final touch is finishing the painting/sealing of the floor, and painting the metal columns and the chimney with the $7 bottle of Oops paint we bought. Once the painting is done we can move all the stuff back into the basement. Still not finished but the end is near for this.

To wrap up the weekend we met some friends for drinks at a local pub. I wasn’t sure what the drink of choice would be today, the hubby and friends all drank beer since this place has quite a few on tap. When I sat down and saw the brunch menu was offering $2 Mimosas i was SOLD! 4 of them, some Short Rib Chili and a Ceaser Salad and it was time to call it a day. A quick trip to Kohl’s (this time to buy the stuff we looked at yesterday but didn’t have the coupon for) and then it was home to sit on the couch and relax. The best part, the doggie we were sitting for was picked up while we were out hehe.

And now another week is upon us and the holiday is inching closer and closer……

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Recap here we go….

December 2nd already? Where the hell has the year gone?

So I know I am way behind, but let’s just jump right into it.

Thanksgiving! What a great day. The hubby and I spent the holiday as usual at my parents house. And as per the holiday tradition we Deep Fried the Turkey to perfection. This year my father also decided along with the 2 Baked Turkeys and the Fried one, we were going to have a deep fried duck. He really likes leftovers, though the only leftovers were from the baked birds as the deep fried carcass was practically picked clean. The hubby and I took that one one home and made soup.

My older brother had also requested some deep fried pickles this year. I had done them before, but this year they came out better. I chalk that up to the hubbies idea to bread them the day before and freeze them. The breading seemed to stick better to the pickles and they fried up perfectly.

There was no black Friday shopping for us. I left the house during the day long enough to meet the hubby for lunch, then didn’t leave again until we went to our favorite Asian place for dinner. It’s getting to be soup time and they make a delicious Udon Soup. Plus since they are a small business we feel good frequenting the place. They have gotten to know us, and some nights we don’t even have to actually order. Is that bad?

Saturday we did venture out for our weekly errands, had a nice NY Strip Steak for dinner, then went to see The Muppet Movie. I LOVED IT! I am a big fan of the Muppets and was excited when I saw they were coming out with a new movie. Now if only they can resurrect the Muppet Show! All of my favorite characters were in the movie and to avoid spoilers, there were quite a few human cameos that caught me by surprise.

Sunday we worked a bit more on the basement. Since the install of the new heating system, we have also painted the basement walls with a waterproofing sealer, and this week the hubby has been painting the floor with a sealer as well. We will have the fanciest unfinished basement when all is said and done.

It was rough coming back to work after the long 4 day weekend. It didn’t help that month end fell right in the middle of the week. With the year winding down here I am looking forward to my week off between Christmas and New Year’s.

Well that’s about all I can think of at the moment. Happy December everyone.