The last few weekends

May has been sorta crazy. To start off I flew to Orlando for a couple days to see my cousin Ian graduate college. Then 2 weeks later I flew to SC for a solid 40 hours to attend my friend Kayla’s wedding:) And this weekend I’m flying back to Orlando to see my younger cousin Connor graduate high school. Since I was traveling so much I left Cocoa with my family in Orlando (they drove her back to SC with them) and it turned out to be s mart decision. Poor thing ended up being diagnosed with bladder stones. She had surgery yesterday and is totally going to be fine. But if she had been with me when all her bladder shenanigans were happening it would have been more difficult to handle and I probably would have had to take a day or two off work. Which I’m willing to do, but if it can be avoided all the better. Thanks, mom!

Anyway, here are photos from the college graduation, wedding, and all the shenanigans in between:)

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He looks like a celebrity greeting his adoring public.

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Ian with my mom. It’s unintentionally candid (redundant) and I kind of love it.

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The cousins!

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Ian gave a little speech at lunch. He looks like a young Jon Hamm, no?

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Photo on the menu. Celebrity.

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Baby girl lounging in Orlando. Life is hard.

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Work follows me.

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We went to Harry Potter World! If you don’t understand the next several photos, you don’t understand me.

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Except this one. This was just a cool duck hanging at the restaurant where we ate lunch.

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The following weekend My friend LeeAnn and I ate here and saw Macbeth on Broadway with Alan Cumming.

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Tara and I checked out a rooftop bar for her bachelorette party!

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I guess these views are okay;)

I also went to a coworker’s Burlesque show with some girls from my new office. I don’t have any photos but I can assure you it was a lot of fun!

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Sunday brunch with Alison!

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I entered a healthy cooking competition at work. I don’t know how healthy this actually was (which is probably why I didn’t win) but my original plan ended up disgusting (pumpkin quesadillas) so spinach dip and rice chips for the (not) win! All the entries (including mine) were vegan and gluten free. Also, I fried up those rice chips myself:)

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Then it was off to SC for Kayla’s wedding! Here she is as her dad walks her down the aisle.

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This is the groom’s face as she walks down the aisle. I always look at the groom but this time I took a photo and I kind of love the expression on his face!

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After the ceremony they danced down the aisle!

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There were some mad libs and this is the advice my friends and I left for the happy couple!

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With Ashley, the maid of honor:)

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With Kate!!!

I also saw The Last 5 Years off-Broadway and I saw Matilda! All thoroughly enjoyable!

I didn’t really take any pictures from this past weekend (Memorial Day), but it was (for the most part) a solid balance of being lazy vs. being social. On Saturday night I met up with Sarah. We got a light dinner at Le Pain Quitodien, a cocktail at The Smith, and then saw Iron Man 3 (really enjoyed this!). On Sunday I rented On The Road (not sure how I feel about the movie, but I feel the same way about the book. On the bright side, Kstew may be a reasonable actress after all!) on demand and took a bike ride. Monday I got up earlyish and saw Frances Ha (highly recommend…super charming).

The weather on Monday was lovely, too:) I also got to see my friends Tara and Joe, but it was under some unfortunate circumstances which I’ll tell you about later:( I mean, we’re all physically and friendship-wise fine, but it’s something that deserves its own post and I’m not prepared to write about it now.

And on that ominous note I leave you with my super grown up realization that I had on Thursday/Friday: I don’t have time for things that don’t make me happy.

Right?! Do you feel me? I can’ t go super into detail here (it wouldn’t be professional), but I will say that I was ushering a show and for one specific reason (not involving the show itself or the other ushers) I no longer enjoy working that theatre, so I will work that theatre no longer. I will come back to it in a few months maybe. I’m not protesting it, I just need to be at other houses for a while. And I feel super relieved to have made this declaration! Not like it was bothering me, like I knew a declaration was coming but didn’t know what it would be. It’s just nice to realize things like this sooner in life as opposed to later, I think.

Okay, I’ll stop being deep now. Talk soon, sweet friends!

 

PS I worked on my layout a bit, just simplified the side bar, moved some things to the footer area, and changed the title. Thoughts?

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All the things I didn’t blog about: Winter 2012 edition (or lots of faces and non-apologies)

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!

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A little “getting to know you” selfie with A.

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Amadeus was shy to start.

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But he soon warmed up to Jessica’s 8th grade dance style wooing. Is there room for Jesus in there?;)

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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;)

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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.

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Bryant Park Christmas tree. This was before it was lit, but you can just imagine how pretty it is all lit up.

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Roaming around the Bryant Park Christmas Market with a Max Brenner hot chocolate. Happiness.

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Ice skating with the roomie!

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View of the city looking up from the ice rink. It’s so nicely nestled in the middle of everything:)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Sarah was my date to the Blue Man Holiday party. Event number 2 that week.

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With the boss.

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Couch lounging at the after party with co-workers.

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Event number 3 that week: the Jujamcyn Holiday party! My hearts and his snow flakes kind of match so, TWINS, I say!

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Pretty face

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pretty face. So many pretty faces.

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In case you forgot: this happened! Maybe the prettiest face. Sorry, friends. Only I’m not really sorry.

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Event number 4: Kristy’s Birthday dinner!

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Aaaand event number 5: Alison’s annual Holiday party. These are 2 of my favorite ladies:) And party week concludes. Phew!

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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:)

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Mall trip to Jersey with Kristy. This was my obligatory selfie. It screams Myspace, no?

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Look at all those Christmas cards! I feel so loved.

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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;)

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I flew home (to SC) on Christmas morning. This is my family’s tree.

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The aftermath.

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This guy is camera shy. Sorry, Benji, I’m not sorry.

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That face!

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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.

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My aunt, uncle, and 2 cousins came up the day after Christmas and we went hiking. This is my skeptical hiking face.

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My cousins. The manliest.

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I went out to dinner with some of my girlfriends and their babies (babies!) This is Abbie’s baby – Liam.

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Becky’s girl – Brie. Fierce.

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My Southern ladies. These are some of my favorite people in the world. Also, when did we all grow up? I mean, babies!

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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.

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My step-niece, Lydia. Ugh, stop growing up!

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A little coffee date with this lady before heading out.

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Back in NYC just in time for New Years!

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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.

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Classy.

And on that note, I conclude the second portion of “everything I didn’t blog about.”

One more to go!

All the stuff I didn’t blog about: Fall 2012 edition

Are you ready for this? It’s pretty epic. Two more like this coming your way. Then we’re all caught up and I will hoooopefully get my act together and update this thing on a regular basis:)

*Huuuuge inhale*

My friends Tara and her hubby Joe had the good fortune of car sitting for a month or so in the Fall. So Tara, Cocoa, and I drove up to our friend Henry’s house – about an hour and a half outside the city – to hit up some apple orchards:)

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This is what we did with our apples:

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Apple pie & apple crisp. Nom nom.

Tara, Joe, Henry, and I  are also avid Downton Abbey fans. I mean if you didn’t already know I’m a huge Downton fan and you’re one of my 8ish regular readers, then I’d like to know what rock you live under. So avid in fact, that we literally could not wait until January for the new episodes. Literally. We would have exploded into tea cups and fancy hats;) So we watched online each week after it’s UK airing. Naturally, the occasion called for a fancy hat!

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Crazy kids:

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3??

My mom came to visit in mid-October and among other things we hit up the New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx. Neither of us had ever been before, and it was the last day of their Monet exhibit. They designed (I don’t know the proper word) garden clusters to resemble his paintings. And they had a couple original works of his on display, too.

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Me in the rose garden

Aside from Monet my favorite exhibit was definitely the children’s garden. Since it was Fall they naturally made everything out of pumpkins!

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Pumpkin bug! I would be way more into bugs if they looked like adorable pumpkins. Take note, bugs. Be adorable.

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Pumpkin Zombie! This doesn’t make me like zombies but who knew you could do that with a pumpkin!?

We also took a mini road trip to Pennsylvania to visit some family. This is outside the Central Market. It’s one of my favorite places for food shopping and general merriment.

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Halloweeeeen! You guys, my halloween costumes (yeah, multiples) were epic. But that hurricane Sandy had something to say about Halloween this year.

Halloween outing #1 took place the Sunday before. The St. James had a little shindig and we all ate a lovely catered brunch in the mezzanine lobby in costume.

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Hair preview for costume #1

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Sandy from Grease drinking a hurricane. Get it? Get it? Hurricane Sandy. Boom! Mind blown, right? The drink is actually red Gatorade. This was a work party. Employers: please note my extreme responsibility here;) I also chose to do 2 Halloween costumes because in the event that the hurricane was really bad (and it was for some) I didn’t want to be insensitive.

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The St. James crew! I won 3rd place in the costume contest:) Oh hey, Starbucks gift card!

During Hurricane Sandy I had some free time so I carved a pumpkin. A Mckayla Maroney pumpkin. You’re welcome.

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In all her glory!

In all her glory!

Please note: It is possible to get sick of oreos. At the grocery store I really thought cereal, oreos, and peanut butter would last me for at least a week. After 2.5 days I was done. No worries! I’ve since recovered my oreo appetite.

Halloween was the day after Sandy and Cocoa decided to get festive with her pumpkin costume.

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I was Lady Mary (in mourning?) Black was the easiest costume option.

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Lady Mary ready for a night on the town!

The trains still weren’t running so Tara and I tried to go to our favorite bar but there was a line out the door. Not to be a snob, but we don’t do lines. Especially at a place you can usually walk into and get a table. So we roamed around but everywhere was packed. Cabin fever. We ended up opting for wine on my couch in costume. No regrets.

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Cocoa also had 2 costumes. This is her as “sexy” Dorothy. Legit, they just miniaturized the adult sexy Dorothy costume.

Birthday shenanigans pt. 1:

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Drinks at Glass House Tavern on my Birthday eve with lots of lovely people all in one place:)

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Alison gave me this Birthday card. It’s maybe my favorite Birthday gift ever.

Birthday shenanigans pt. 2:

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Birthday Brunch the morning after. Squish! This is probably my favorite ever photo of Alison and I.

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After brunch we did a little shopping. Some of my favorite people in this photo!

Birthday shenanigans pt. 3 (because I’m the Birthday girl and I can!):

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Hat party. It was small but super fun! Cocoa doesn’t have any hats so she wore my favorite party dress instead.

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Threatening to eat Cocoa. So basically a normal day at home.

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Cocoa & Henry love. Maggie Smith face.

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Ellen! I don’t see this lovely lady enough!

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I voted! So so so important. If you don’t vote, then when things don’t go your way you can’t complain. And now I have fulfilled my preaching quota for today.

Fuerza Bruta:

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You can take photos in the theatre during this show. Unheard of and amazing!

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Dan really enjoyed the show, too. He’s like Flat Stanley. Only grown up and hotter;)

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Thanksgiving(!):

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The ensemble. Remember, I’m vain;) Guys! I curled my hair.

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Me and Kristy!

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My delish cooking. That stuffing is what I’ve eaten since I can remember. I made a few small adjustments to vegan-ize it. The gravy is also vegan and I found the recipe online. And the “turkey” is actually fake meat from an Asian grocery mart in Soho. I’m not vegan, but I have vegan tendencies and Kristy is vegan. And, even the meat and dairy lovers really enjoyed it:)

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We’re fuuull!

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Of course Cocoa dressed up for the occasion.

And breathe. Phew!

Winter 2012 edition coming soon to a blog near you;)

Happy Friday! It’s weekend time:)

All you really need to know about me…

…is that I met this guy!

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I work as an usher for a company that owns 5 Broadway theatres. Dan was in The Heiress on Broadway which played in a theatre my company owns. So, natch he was at the company Holiday party in December.

I legit fan-girled all over the place when I realized he was there. I’m basically 13.

Now, when there is someone I really want to meet/talk to I don’t like to interrupt them while they’re eating or talking to other people. I think it’s considerate and respectful and starts us out on the right foot for what’s bound to be a lifelong friendship. Or a 30 second conversation. Same thing;)

So, I did the only thing I could. I kept an eye on him (in a totally non-creepy way) and when he went to the bar for another drink I followed along (dragging my friend Mark behind because I wasn’t going this alone and I needed a witness). While he was waiting on his drink I made my move.

Here’s how it went down (roughly):

Me: Hi Dan…?

Dan: (turning around a dreamy slow motion movie kinda way) Hi

Me: Sorry to bother you, but I’m an usher and I haven’t had a chance to work The Heiress yet but I’m a huge Downton fan and I just wanted to say how much I enjoy your work.

Dan: Oh, well thank you. What’s your name? (putting hand out to shake mine)

Me: (shaking hands with Dan) I’m Elizabeth

Dan: Well, it’s very nice to meet you!

Me: You, too! Um, would you mind terribly being in a picture with me?

Dan: Of course not!

Me: (looking around…everyone’s pre-occupied. Witness this moment, people!) I’m not sure who can take it…

Dan: Well we can just take it ourselves

(I put my camera {iphone} on self portrait mode, we sort of lean in, and voila!)

Me: Thank you so much!

Dan: No problem! It was nice meeting you.

Me: You too! Have a good show tonight (I pat him on the shoulder. Weird? I don’t know. It felt really right in the moment).

(I walk away and promptly freak out! I mean, he took a self portrait with me so obviously, we’re going to be bff’s!)

End scene.

Dan is legit one of the nicest people I have ever met. Well, as nice as you can be in 30ish seconds. This will forever be my facebook profile picture. Sorry, future friends, husband, and children. I definitely have my priorities in order;)

On a completely different note, I am working on some more posts, but I’ve been slow getting to the blog this week and they are a bit more thoughtful and less fan girly so they require some time. Hopefully I’ll post again this weekend.

Happy Friday, friends!

 

 

New Years/2012 begins on the blog!

Well, first and foremost, there were cupcakes for my mom’s Birthday.

And that would be me and my mom in Central Park for New Years Eve!

Fireworks through the trees to welcome the new year:)

2012, you must be pretty fancy to be welcomed with such lovely fireworks.

After the New Year and Birthday shenanigans, we made our way to Pennsylvania to visit some extended family. This is the market aka deliciousness!

Whoopie pies!!! Best ones are found at the market!

Tasty Cakes at the grocery store. I imagine heaven looks something like this only tasty cakes will be good for you.

And these doughnuts! Oh these doughnuts!

And I got to hang out with this guy. This guy by the way is very against having his photo taken. It was a lot of work to get a reasonable photo of him. Silly Benji!

All in all, not a bad New Years/mom’s Birthday/belated Christmas celebration!