Sunday, December 18, 2011

Birthday Week

Tomorrow marks the official end of my totally ridiculous and delightfully perfect self-proclaimed "birthday week."  Also, it is SNOWING in Pittsburgh today. Just lightly though, and it is actually really pretty.  I am still thrilled to be heading back to CA tomorrow for 2 weeks. Woot.
Last weekend Van and I headed to NYC to celebrate my birthday.  We stayed in a clean and kind-of funky hotel in China Town and saw some friends, an amazing theater performance and ate some delicious food. 
My favorite restaurant on this trip was Mario Batali's Babbo in the West Village.  We didn't have reservations, but arrived at the restaurant right when it opened and were seated within 15 minutes.  I recommend that tactic- the bar is fun too.
Anyways, I ordered an arugula salad...It was HUGE. Almost a joke. So big, but delicious none the less.
And as my main course, I chose the beef-cheek  ravioli.  Definitely the best food choice of the night.  Van ate most of mine. Ha.  But seriously, literally probably the best pasta that I have ever eaten in my life.  And I've had a lot of pasta. You can't really beat handmade pasta, filled with beef-cheeks. :)

Van's main course was pretty too- a rabbit dish.
We checked out the MET and the Moma, we always walk so much in that city, which is nice. Cold- but we were bundled.  Below are some night shots.

Then, after we got home from NYC I had a pink red-velvet surprise waiting for me in Pittsburgh.  Thank you LISA SOLIER for my beautiful cake!! I LOVED IT!!

Yummmmm...yes, it was as delicious as it looks.   
Thanks to everyone for the birthday wishes.  As I always say, I don't mind getting older- I just don't want to look any older. Ha. :) Universe, can we make some kind of a deal and make this happen? Please.
The countdown to 12.12.12 begins, someone recently pointed out that Dec. 12th, 2012 is supposed to be the last day on earth.  Let's go out with a bang then, shall we?
Peace, love and happy holidays!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Cuteness're welcome

I went home for Thanksgiving, back to beautiful sunny Orange, CA.  And yes, it really was 85 degrees in November, absolutely perfect.  Couldn't have asked for a better vacation.  :) Although I am thrilled that it isn't snowing yet in the Burgh- and it has been pretty sunny, it's just so cold, my god it's cold outside. Baby, it's cold outside.
Anyways, my parents hosted a lovely celebration at their house- that included 16 guests. Below is me with my Godfather Ric and brother Jack.
After Thanksgiving, Ric was headed to NYC (as the director of Mad Women,) that is now playing at La Mama in NYC.  Go see it friends, Van and I are going to NYC next weekend for my birthday, and are seeing the show, (me for the second time- on Dec. 10th.) Anyways, because Ric was going to NYC my parents were dog-sitting for him.  Sparky and Ric are like two peas on a pod...literally have not been separated for more than 3 days in 8 years...really. So, both were a little emotional about leaving each other for 10 days. 
The first night without Ric, Sparky pulled an all-nighter- and was very anxious, but after that he was fine and chilled a bit.
Below are Bru, (our doggie- Japanese Chin) with her cousin Royal, (Tiffany's dog- also a Japanese Chin) and Sparky, (Ric's dog- Chihuahua mix.)
And my mom with Sparky.
The Chin Cousins, Royal on left, Bru on right.

Bru's cousin Royal.  Looking rather regal. :)
Alas, Royal only joined us for the afternoon- while Tiffany helped with my wedding planning.  Thanks Tiff!
The next day we took Sparky and Bru to Laguna Beach, they loved it.  How could you not?

Me with doggies and my Dad in the sculpture garden.

Very fun Thanksgiving break- so happy that I was able to spend it with my family.  Also, excited to be headed back to SoCal in a mere few short weeks for the Christmas holidays.
Tis the season...and yes, I am listening to my "Mariah Carey- holiday" station on Pandora.  You know it's a guilty pleasure too.