Epic post No. 2!
Deep breath! Ready. Set. Go!
Let’s start with the story of Amadeus. Amadeus was a Christmas tree looking for a good home. This is where my roommate Jessica and I came in.
Yes, I name my Christmas trees. Christmas is a serious business, guys. It’s my faaaaaavorite thing!
A little “getting to know you” selfie with A.
Amadeus was shy to start.
But he soon warmed up to Jessica’s 8th grade dance style wooing. Is there room for Jesus in there?;)
Amadeus in all his glory. He wore rainbow lights, tinsel, and literally leaned a bit to the left. Needless to say, he fit right in;)
Mom came to visit (for reasons I’ll go into later. Maybe.) Anyway, we had a really nice day of roaming around and taking in the Christmas windows. It can’t be all business when you’re in NYC.
Bryant Park Christmas tree. This was before it was lit, but you can just imagine how pretty it is all lit up.
Roaming around the Bryant Park Christmas Market with a Max Brenner hot chocolate. Happiness.
Ice skating with the roomie!
View of the city looking up from the ice rink. It’s so nicely nestled in the middle of everything:)
A night out with the girls. We went out to dinner and saw The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I highly recommend a viewing of this movie if you haven’t already seen it.
This was the first of many Christmas parties:) My friend Christine hosted a lovely get together at her place in Brooklyn. This was early December.
Cut to: 2 weeks later. With Greg who hosts a Christmas cookie exchange every year. This week the cookie exchange was the first of five (yes FIVE) events I was attending in one week. Social butterfly right here.
Sarah was my date to the Blue Man Holiday party. Event number 2 that week.
With the boss.
Couch lounging at the after party with co-workers.
Event number 3 that week: the Jujamcyn Holiday party! My hearts and his snow flakes kind of match so, TWINS, I say!
pretty face. So many pretty faces.
In case you forgot: this happened! Maybe the prettiest face. Sorry, friends. Only I’m not really sorry.
Event number 4: Kristy’s Birthday dinner!
Aaaand event number 5: Alison’s annual Holiday party. These are 2 of my favorite ladies:) And party week concludes. Phew!
Sarah and I roamed around the city. It started as a search for a tacky sweater for her to wear at work on Christmas Eve. But we ended up covering some other fun Christmas attractions and sight seeing:)
Mall trip to Jersey with Kristy. This was my obligatory selfie. It screams Myspace, no?
Look at all those Christmas cards! I feel so loved.
My Christmas up through Christmas Eve. I went to Christmas Eve service at a local Lutheran church, had a Christmas Eve morning breakfast of eggs Benedict (thanks, Jessica!), did some crafts with Tara (painted a water bowl for Cocoa and Tara and I ended up getting each other different variations of the same thing for Christmas.), at the airport with my puff, and a decked out house in Astoria. Basically my dream house;)
I flew home (to SC) on Christmas morning. This is my family’s tree.
This guy is camera shy. Sorry, Benji, I’m not sorry.
This lady loves it when I come to visit because she gets to sleep in the bed with me. A treat for her due to some bladder issues.
My aunt, uncle, and 2 cousins came up the day after Christmas and we went hiking. This is my skeptical hiking face.
My cousins. The manliest.
I went out to dinner with some of my girlfriends and their babies (babies!) This is Abbie’s baby – Liam.
Becky’s girl – Brie. Fierce.
My Southern ladies. These are some of my favorite people in the world. Also, when did we all grow up? I mean, babies!
These ladies also rank among the favorites. This was after eating some sushi and viewing some Les Mis. Btw, Les Mis from the 5th row is too much. Too much, I say.
My step-niece, Lydia. Ugh, stop growing up!
A little coffee date with this lady before heading out.
Back in NYC just in time for New Years!
Tara and Joe taking selfies. We celebrated at the beer garden in Astoria. They gave us free hats and noise makers, there was no cover charge, they showed all the Times Square festivities on TV, and there were enough people there that I felt cool but not so many that I had to scream at my friends to be heard.
And on that note, I conclude the second portion of “everything I didn’t blog about.”
One more to go!