Bowling Week #4 2014

Game #1 – 152

Game #2 – 152

Game #3 – 148  thought I was going to say 152 didn’t ya!

My average is  154,  down from last week’s 155.

This week we played Alley of the Dolls, and yes they are all women.

We took 1 point for the week putting us in 8th place .

Next week we play Team Scared Straights.

Bowling Week #3 2014

Well I hoped for as good a week this week as I had last week but the pins fought back.

Game #1 – 147

Game #2 – 142

Game #3 – 130

My average is 155,  down from last week’s high of 163.

This week we played Bowling Bad, who are our very good friends and 2 of the officers of the league.

We took 1 point for the week putting us in 9th place .

Next week we play Team Alley of the Dolls.

As time goes by

So Slowly, said no one ever, unless they were at the office the day before a vacation starts. But that’s not where I am going with this.

It’s been a pretty uneventful life here since our fabulous dinner at the Culinary Institute. Mostly just work and home, and home and work, and work, and commute.

This past Sunday was another Jon Hamm Brunch get together with the gang, the theme they hosts picked was White Trash. The table was beautiful, although I commented that we should have used paper plates and napkins. As usual everyone outdid themselves with the dishes they prepared. The Previous hosts made a delicious Tater Tot casserole, breakfast sausage, eggs, cheese, and tater tots, how could you go wrong. The token Straight couple made these frozen desserts of strawberry, whipped cream, cream cheese, and nilla wafers. The Hubby and I brought Corn Chips and homemade chili along with cheese and sour cream which we managed to leave in the fridge, Oh well. The hosts had a lovely array of dishes, Chicken Pot Pie, Enchilada Casserole, and this Mashed potato whipped cream dish that he found a recipe for. It was a great time as always and up next is our turn, I am still working on the theme.

The time that has gone by as referenced in the title is the Year it has been since my Mom’s illness. You can read the whole story that I finally posted last April here. It’s been a struggle dealing with this but we have all become stronger for it. Mom is still in the Nursing Facility, hopefully coming home soon. She has her good days and bad days, hell I have my good days and bad days. I visit her as often as I can. The holidays were tough but we made the best of it and were able to bring her home for the day for both Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve and Day. She is confined to a wheel chair as she is unable to use her left leg, or arm. It is life and we play the hand we are dealt. It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year, I am thankful to have the time still with her, and wish there were more I could do. Give your loved ones a hug, and always remember to tell them you love them.

In work news, it’s been roughly 4 months since they made the change to our position and moved under the sales umbrella. This past week we finally got some news around the organization of the Sales Dept and how things will be moving forward. Wednesday I am joining a Relationship Manager (I guess that is what the sales reps are being called now) from our Chicago Office, in NYC for a client call. I am very excited by this, I went into this restructuring with an attitude of every man (or woman) for themselves. Of course I will look out for those I care about but will distance myself from those with “bad” attitudes. I am the most excited about going to our Chicago office in February for Team meetings, I have worked in some fashion with all but one person who is on my team, and look forward to spending time in the Windy City with them.


Bowling Week #2 2014

Bowling League season is in high gear and here are the latest results,

Game #1 – 161

Game #2 – 175

Game #3 – 208 My best game of the season so far.

My average is 163,  Up from last week’s starting average of 145. This puts me with the 2nd Highesst Average for Men in the League so far.

This week we played Lickety Splits, who are our Bowling Wives formerly known as Holy Splits.

We took 2 points for the week putting us in 8th place still.

As a Team we hold the Highest Scratch Series, and as an Individual I hold the Highest Scratch Game, Handicap Game, and Handicap Series.

Next week we play Team Bowling Bad (formerly known as Split Happens).


As is tradition for us, for about the last 8 years at least, The Hubby and I trek the hour(ish) to The Culinary Institute of America for an Anniversary Dinner. Over the years they have closed a couple of the Restaurants on Campus, I am happy to report as of right now we have been to 5 of them, this includes 2 that have since closed. The only food offering establishment on campus we have not visited is the Apple Pie Bakery.

This year we decided on The Bocuse restaurant which is the schools newest restaurant replacing The Escoffier, offering French Cuisine. As described on the school website, “Sleek and strikingly contemporary, this French restaurant is named for the most famous chef in France, Paul Bocuse. The Bocuse Restaurant re-imagines the execution of classic French cuisine through the lens of ultra-modern cooking techniques, brings a new style of casual yet sophisticated service, and offers a breathtaking architectural interior design. With a great French wine list and innovative cocktail program, The Bocuse Restaurant is a unique and exciting, world class dining experience.” Honestly I couldn’t agree more, this was by far one of the best meals we have had at the CIA.

Since we were a little early for our 7pm reservation, we wandered over to the bar at the American Bounty Restaurant. As a side note we will be dining at the American Bounty next month with our fabulous friends JP and Earl. We each ordered one of their current cocktail offerings, and sat in their comfy chairs enjoying the ambience.


From here forward it is probably just best to let the Pictures do the talking. The pictures are mine, but all captions have been taken from The Culinary Institute of America’s website menu.


20140111-013156.jpgOn the left is the Hubby’s White Whiskey Sour

On the Right is my Bocuse Special – Creme de Cassis, Framboise, Sparkling Wine and Lemon Peel

20140111-013201.jpgChefs offering Amuse Bouche

Lobster Bisque with Parsley Oil

20140111-013206.jpgBlack Truffle Soup VGE
Soupe aux Truffes Noires Élysée Paul Bocuse 1975
Beef Broth, Vegetables, Black Truffles, Puff Pastry

20140111-013212.jpgOctopus Basquaise
Poulpe Basquaise
Saffron Potatoes, Pequillo Pepper, Sweet Onions, Grape Must Gel

20140111-013218.jpgRoasted Venison Loin
Rôti de Venaison
Amaranth, Root Vegetables, Pomegranate and Chestnut Confit, Sauce Moscovite

20140111-013224.jpgBraised Beef Short Rib
Plat de Côte de Bœuf au Jus de Genievre
Celeriac-Potato Purée, Hibiscus Infused Parsnips, Wild Mushrooms and Beef Jus

20140111-013233.jpg20140111-013229.jpgComplimentary Cheese Plate -the cheese definitions are in the top picture and start at 12 o’clock on the plate.

Floating Island, Caramel Anglaise, Passion Fruit Coulis
Date Cake, Toasted Walnut-Brown Sugar Sauce
Braised Pineapple and Salted Butter Crumble
Coffee Macaron

20140111-013244.jpgBurnt Orange Ice Cream, Smoked Chocolate Sauce, Pizelle, Caramelized Cocoa Nibs

20140111-013248.jpgComplimentary Chocolates, Jellies, and Almond Cake

It is very safe to say we will be making a return visit to The Bocuse Restaurant again. For now I look forward to our return visit to The CIA next month, stay tuned for a follow up to that meal as well.

Bowling Week #1 2014

So year 7 of the Bowling League has begun!

Game #1 – 157

Game #2 – 120

Game #3 – 160

My starting average is 156

This week we played Team Up Your Alley, a brand new team that The Hubby and I brought down to the league this year. 3 of the 4 guys are Teachers and the 4th is a Retired Teacher.

We took 1 point for the week putting us in 8th place to start the season.


This year with the loss of the League President, they decided to change up the way the league is run, instead of 3 officers, there are now 2 officers and 3 members at large. I have volunteered to be one of them. It’s going to be a fun year!

For Auld Lang Syne


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

I know I post this poem every year but it has special meaning to us as it was included in all 3 of our Ceremonies (Commitment, Civil union, and Wedding) in some fashion be it Invitations or Wedding vows. As the clock strikes Midnight we will be toasting in the New Year with our Friends and loved ones, my favorite way to celebrate. Wherever you may be at Midnight I raise a glass to you! Year 16 was like no other, but we persevered through the good and the bad, and we set forth to make year 17 together better than ever.

Some of the good Highlights are below, the bad highlights I will leave to blow away in the wind as 2014 settles in around us.

 Jan – Bowling Year # 6 Started!

Feb – A great day spent in the City with Friends Seeing Avenue Q.

March – One of many lunches with our Friends Walt and Ken and a St Patty’s Day Lunch with my Girlfriend while the Hubby basked in the heat of Ft Lauderdale for a work conference.

April – My Birthday Month celebrated with Dinner and seeing Kinky Boots on Broadway.

May – Spring Sprung and with it was The Hubby’s Birthday, along with our Annual Memorial Day Meat-a-Palooza, the Wedding of our Friends Matt and Robin, AND the Final night of Bowling League season with Team Alley Oops (that’s us) clinching first place.

June – We found ourselves celebrating a friends graduation from Med School and Parade Season for the Drum Corps in full swing. It was also the annual Greyhound Adoption Group Picnic.

July – A winery hopping we will go and this year was no different. This was year #4 for us to attend the Grapehounds Winery Weekend and yet again we had a most fabulous time.

August – Along with the 4th Anniversary of Gayme Night, Mom’s Birthday, and Mom and Dad’s 40th Anniversary, the Hubby and I managed to squeeze in a little cruise to the Southern Caribbean.

September -The Drum Corps marched in the Mardi Gras parade at The Big E in Massachusetts and along with that we met some new friends we who knew from Twitter.

October – For the 2nd year in a row we found ourselves attending a benefit our Friend Hosts for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. We also started up Season 3 Recap nights for Downton Abbey to get ready for Season 4.

November – We managed to sneak in another Winery Weekend this time Called Deck The Halls, sans dogs, and realize we really enjoy visiting the Finger Lakes and wine touring.

December – Aside from the holidays, we attended the concert of my favorite A Capella group Straight No Chaser, and celebrated over dinner the 50th Birthday of a good friend of ours.

I leave with Good Wishes and Much Happiness in the coming year, and the accompanying song from Straight No Chaser to my Blog Title.