Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Moving horror story

I'm moving, y'all!  I'm moving out on my own to live by myself for the very first time!  ...and of course, life can't throw me a bone and be easy for once.  No, no- that would be too wonderful. 

The place that I was supposed to move into in TWO DAYS fell through.  The guy that I had been talking to- I guess he's the leasing agent?- stopped taking my calls and now his phone has no voice mail message.  It just repeats the number in that computer voice before asking me to leave a message.  I went by the apartment yesterday after work and to my surprise it was open!  And it looked exactly the same as it did a month ago when I decided I wanted the place- half renovated.  There were no light fixtures, no faucets, and the entire kitchen still has to be renovated/redone.  Luckily I haven't given him any money except for the application fee- thank goodness!!

I've done my crying and come to the realization that I just need to buck up and find a new place.  And fast.  Today after lunch, I'm meeting a sorority sister who is an Ebby Halliday realtor (fancy!) to look at what will probably be my new place.  It's in what Dallasites call "The Gay-borhood", and I bet you can't guess why!  This apartment actually looks nicer and is cheaper than the original apartment, so it might end up being an even better situation than before.

But moving still sucks!  It's the worst!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

I sell beer!

I got a job!  Well, I got a second job.  Eventually it will help me pay for some of my schoolin', but for now it's to pay off my big 'ol credit card bill$.

I'm working at my favorite bar on the weekends and I'll pick up weekday shifts if someone needs a day off or some emergency comes up.  AND I'M SO EXCITED!!

My first day was Saturday and it went great.  I was only there for a few hours but I learned the POS system and generally where everything is-- there are close to 600 beers for purchase or consumtion on-premise.  Yeah, it so awesome that it's not only a bar, but also a retail store AND we sell Growlers.  Don't know what a growler is?  It's a 32oz jug that we fill with your draft beer of choice.  It generally costs around $10 so you're getting 5 beers for a bargain!  Look at me sellin' to you?  I'm a pro already!

Now I know what you're thinking, Mom (hi mom!).  How on earth am I able to take on a second job with a full time job, studying for the GMAT, planning my sorority alumni fundraiser, and raising my child?  Yeah, I don't know.  But hey, I always say I'd rather be busy than bored so I'm just never going to be bored.  Ever.

Tonight I'm cooking gumbo and a black eyed pea casserole.  I'm doing the gumbo the lazy man's way and it's currently in the crock pot a.k.a. my favorite kitchen appliance.  Tomorrow night is my Galentine's Party for a bunch of my girlfriends that live in Dallas.  The menu isn't completely set for tomorrow, but I'm thinking tilapia over wild rice with steamed broccoli and cauliflower, and a big ass salad with homemade balsalmic vinegarette.  There will be crafting and chocolate involved as well, duh.

Oh, and life is really rude.  I have to go to Rich's to pick up a gown I left there and some other odds and ends I left (because I'm terrible at keeping track of my personal belonging), and the only day this week that I'm not available is Thursday.  Valentine's Day.  What is that shit?  Not funny!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Dating dilemma for the girl who isn't dating

This past week has been the best week in a while!  Friday night's party at the DMA was a lot of fun.  It's always nice to see old friends and catch up.  My weekend in Austin was amazing.  We went to Zilker Park on Saturday to enjoy the absolutely gorgeous weather.  I was in shorts and a t-shirt and sweating on the second day of February.  {File that under reasons why Texas is perfect.}  Sunday we went go-kart racing and I crashed into Creighton.  That guy really needs to learn how to drive.  After that it was a Super Bowl party with friends, and I stayed until Destiny's Child {and Beyonce} performed and then hit the hay.

Monday I was at the dentist all day (which doesn't sound great, but I got a $50 Target gift card and it was free so suck on that sucka$$$!).  My friend is in dental school and needed a patient.  Tuesday I met with some ADPi girls to discuss our upcoming fundraiser party and work out some details.  Wednesday was a Dallas Summer Musicals Associate Producers happy hour so Caitlin and I enjoyed a few drinks and made new friends.  Last night I had a Big Brothers Big Sisters event and hung out with my little for a few hours, and today Caitlin and I are heading to The Nasher for more boozin' and schmoozin'.  It's a rough life.

About the dating dilemma...I was asked to grab a drink this Sunday by a super cute guy with a beard.  {Ooooh I love beards!}  Soooo is that a date?  Grabbing a drink?  I guess it could be, but then again it could just be new friends grabbing a drink!  I'm not cheating on my no dating until 2014 by going out for a drink, right?

Today in the elevator, I met a really hot guy who works in my building at Red Bull.  We flirted (we were the only ones on the would have been real awkward if others were around/listening) and as he got off on his floor, he said to come by and ask for him any time I want some Red Bull.  Um, ok!  Can I just follow you now, you super hot man?  I didn't, for the record.  But do I go back?  I over think everything.  This is probably one of those times.  But I definitely don't NOT think I'll be going back.  In other words, I'm going to go back and ask him for Red Bull.  And probably his number.  Still not dating!  Just friends exchanging caffeinated beverages and phone numbers!  Completely platonic. 

Friday, February 1, 2013

It's February! And the weekend!

...and thank goodness for that.  January started out very high and ended lower than low and all I can say is GOOD RIDDENCE!  I'm glad that it's a new month.  It feels fresh.

Tonight I'm volunteering at the Curator's Choice at the Dallas Museum of Art.  Emma works there and it's always fun to help out.  I meet the most interesting people at the events there, including a wonderful, incredibly handsome guy I dated until he quit his job and went on a worldwide adventure (which he's still on!).  Last night I was using up my Christmas gift cards and found an adorable high-low chevron dress at The Impeccable Pig that I plan to wear with some nude patent leather heels.  It's a very striking dress, and the attire is "museum chic," whatever that means, so hopefully I hit the mark.

My big plans for the weekend are to run my first run with the Dallas Running Club and celebrate my amazing friend, Scott's, birthday in Austin.  This is what his friends at work did to his cube this morning.

HA! How hilarious is that?!  His stories from work are always really funny and I think this is proof that they have an amazing culture there.  I still think the company I work at is better. :P

I'm so happy we're in a new month!  I plan to celebrate this month of love by showering my friends with affirmations and gifts and affection out the wazoo.  I hope they love it!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Sunny days are here again

Taco Tuesday was delish last night!  I made regular ol' beef taco salad with a black bean soup.  Yummo!  It was the smallest Taco Tuesday I think I've ever had- just my roommate, David, and Emma.  Next week we're celebrating Fat Tuesday because the following week's TT will be a special surprise!!

After dinner, we started to watch a really weird movie with Eva Longoria called Without Men.  I thought it might be good even though it was on Netflix {and we all know Netflix doesn't have the best selection of movies...} because it starred Eva and Christian Slater!  Emma couldn't stand it but I was so intrigued as to why Eva would choose to do this movie.  The acting was really out-of-this-world terrible.  And everyone is so complacent with their gender role in the community, but I was thinking well maybe it's like this in Latin America?  {I think that's where the movie took place.}  Guys boss around girls and the girls can't seem to function without men.  I want to finish watching it.  I don't think we gave it enough time to get past the suckage.

I'm currently digging these guys on the YouTube:
  • A red-headed Alabama boy singing my favorite Marvin Gaye song: Bam!
  • A super intense Brit who likes Twilight singing R. Kelly's "Ignition": Zing!
If I like a song, it's on repeat until I find the next song I'm obsessed with.  The song I've been obsessing over before these two lovely gentleman is really popular right now {sidenote: ohmagah I am about to cut a bitch!  There is constant construction on the floor above me and they keep dropping shit and banging and drilling.  Rull annoying, guys.  Make it stop!}.

Swedish House Mafia - Don't You Worry Child: Kablam!

This afternoon (aka in like, 15 minutes) I'm heading to do some recon for our company volleyball tournament.  After such an ugly day yesterday, it will be nice to have a meeting while soaking up some sun on a patio.  Good 'ol Texas weather-- it's never boring!
Yesterday 4:00pm
Today 3:30pm
Then I'm meeting an ADPi friend to plan our alumni group's annual fundraising party.  I'm super excited about it all!  We're trying to appeal to a wider community audience this year so hopefully our committee approves all of our ideas.  Like the safari theme.  And a DJ.  And lower ticket prices.  Those are the big things.  Oh, and a complete name change.  Go big or go home, people!  I really hope they approve it all...

Tonight I'm heading to TurboKick and I know it's going to kick my ass.  It's so tough!  I sweat buckets and want to die while I'm doing it, but I feel so accomplished afterwards.  Anything to keep busy, though!

Off to the sunshiney patio!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Trying to find my happy place

I'm an outwardly happy person.  I try to be because I myself can't stand to be around Debbie Downers, but ughhh I cannot shake the sad.  It's been really tough this past week to not stop thinking about and analyzing every detail leading up to the break-up. 

I have stopped crying.  That's a win!  I only listen to NPR and songs that have nothing to do with love.  Because right now I just feel sick to my stomach any time I think about it.  I have been constantly surrounding myself with friends.  And as much as I want to stop talking about it, I can't!  It's the only thing on my mind and I hate that!

A friend suggested a book to me, It's Called a Breakup Because it's Broken, that should be arriving to my door in the next few days.  She and a friend of hers read it and it helped both of them to heal from their heartbreak.  I also love that there's a pint of ice cream on the cover.  Ha!

I've made a few goals for the remainder of the year to help me keep my focus and not just wail about how much life sucks.  Because it doesn't suck.  It just sucks right now and I know it'll eventually get better and I'll be able to move on with my life, not constantly dwelling on the past.

By December 31st, 2013 I will:
  • Take the GMAT and get into business school (which means I also need to decide on which program I want to do!).
  • Not date until 2014.
  • Strive to eat healthier and drink less.
  • Find my zen at yoga at least once a week.
  • Go on a trip, just me and Coop.
  • Move on
I had such a great meal with Katie, Nathan, and Brian last night, and I will miss those two boys while they're off exploring a new city.  We ate at Coal Vines in Uptown and I had the roasted chicken with arugala salad.  Super tasty!  They have these zuchinni chips as an appetizer that are incredible!!  And lots of wine. :)

Today it's raining in Dallas.  The storm moved in really quickly and the radar had a red line going across the screen, but actually being in the thick of the storm 17 stories up, it's not too bad.  I expected more lightning and thunder.  Here's a view from my desk.

Tonight's Taco Tuesday and I'm going old school with some good 'ol crunchy beef tacos.  Except mine will be over a bed of lettuce with no cheese or tortilla shell.  Yeast Free has helped me lose two pounds so far!  {It was four but then I ate and drank my weight this past weekend.}

It's 5:00 now.  Goodbyeeeee!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Weekend Update: Single in the City

This weekend was a little bit out of control, but I had so much fun that I don't even care that I didn't get any laundry done, or get groceries for the week, or deal with anything for my sorority alumni party planning.  Or be frugal.  No, no.  I had fun.  And a lot of it.  And I was surrounded by friends and went back to my favorite bar of all time AND DRANK BEER!  Beer is not on my diet.  But beer is delicious.

I'd like to say the weekend started on Thursday when I went home from work sick and napped in the sunshine for five hours.  Heaven!  I'm so thankful for sunny days in January.  It makes me so excited for summer!

Friday we had a work happy hour at St. Ann's and a couple of us decided to stay for dinner.  Oh man.  St. Ann's is so freakin' delicious.  And valet is free so that makes me like it 10 times more.  I had the bacon jalepeno bites.  With wine.

Then I went back home and took forever trying to find an outfit I liked.  There were none so I settled on one that was meh and met up with friends at The Lemon Bar.  I hadn't been there before and it seems pretty swanky.  The upstairs bar is cool and lounge-ish.  After that we went to The Old Monk and that's where the night ended.  Sadly it wasn't the Slip Inn.  But it was a good night!  An old (really old) man at The Old Monk offered to take me on a trip to go skiing in Colorado and a girl gave me an Uber gift card (Sweet!) and also possible freelance doing copy for her PR company!  Makin' out like a bandit, I tell you!

Saturday morning I was awoken by Molly telling me to get my ass ready for brunch.  So I did!  We went to The Cedars Social and ohmagah SOOOOO great!  Ask for Danny.  He's a cutie and an awesome waiter.  Our bottomless mimosas were never empty.  Ever.  And I had the steak and eggs.  Paleo FTW!

Then we went back to her place for some wining and dinosaurs.  But Jurassic Park didn't record!  BLAST!  So one Walmart trip later we were back with Jurassic Park and a meat tray.  Mmmmmm meat.  We slumbered for a short while with the pups before heading out for dinner. 

Max's Wine Dive, y'all.  Do yourselves a favor and go.  The waitstaff is awesome and the food is sooo good.  We started our with Chicken Fried Brussels Sprouts and Duck Leg with White Bean.  Then we split a 26oz steak with au gratin potatoes and bone marrow.  And now my mouth is watering.
That's my empty plate with three wine glasses because Molly couldn't decide which wine she wanted.  Gotta try 'em all!

Sunday morning I went to yoga with Sarah and then met up with friends at the best bar in the entire world, The Bottle Shop.  That is seriously my happy place

On top of such a fun-filled weekend, Cooper let me sleep in until 9:00am both days!  He's usually an early riser so we're up by 7:00am at the latest, so it was the cherry to my delicious Sundae of a weekend.  If this is what single is like, I think I'm going to be just fine." target="_blank">"/>>

Friday, January 25, 2013

Moving on

I'm feeling a lot better and I'm in a much better place since Tuesday night.  It still hurts to know that our relationship is over, and I know that most of that hurt is from the abrupt ending and lack of closure, but I'm trying my best to move on and stay positive.  I'm pretty good at seeing the positives in a situation, and I do, but that doesn't make the hurting just stop.

My friends have been doing an amazing job of making me feel loved and taking my mind off the situation.  And they're there to hash everything out and go over the details when I want to and give me the reassurance that I need right now.  I'm feeling vulnerable.  They're helping me pick up the pieces.

But I know that you can't make a person love you and I have to keep telling myself that.  The crying has mostly stopped.  The pain is still there and sometimes it really does feel like there's a part of me missing.  This was the first relationship that I was in that I fell hard and fast and I couldn't help but put his happiness above mine.  I thought he was perfect for me.  I've never felt so committed to anyone as I was with him.  He made me happy just being around him.  And I miss him. 

I've had this thought in the back of my head that maybe we'll get back together, but we could never do that.  His actions, the way that he ended it with a lack of emotion or care for me, make me realize a major character flaw.  I still think he's a wonderful person, but I could never trust him with my heart again.  And that really makes me sad.

This weekend will be really good for me.  Tonight I'm going out with friends to dance and drink.  A lot.  Tomorrow I'll wake up late and maybe go shopping before heading to yoga with some friends.  Kacie, one of my closest girlfriends, has her birthday party tomorrow night at a restaurant that is probably amazing.  She throws some of the best parties and is so thoughtful to the people invited, atmosphere, and of course, food.  I'm looking forward to it.  Sunday will be a run in the morning and then yoga with Jill.  She's incredible and I'm so looking forward to zenning out with her.  I need to keep myself busy to move on, and I'm doing just that.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013


After sleeping on it for a night, I'm feeling slightly better this morning.  But only slightly. 

I'm so angry at this point.  I'm still really sad that our relationship is over, and I feel really dumb that I was so blindsided by the end, but I'm angry because I feel like I had no say.  It was just over.  There was no talking about it {because it was via text, which is just a really shitty way to have any serious conversation.}

I'm trying to see all the positives in my life, and I know they are plenty.
  • My friends who immediately offered to come to my house at midnight to cheer me up last night.
  • My dog who snored by my side all night long.
  • The Dallas Running Club that I just joined.  Endorphins! 
  • The weight I'm going to lose because I have absolutely no appetite.  Although I will need to force feed myself if I'm runnning...
  • The money I'm going to get back from returning his Valentine's Day present.
  • The extra time I will have to focus on studying for and taking the GMAT.  Finally.
  • The cute guys I can flirt with when I go out. 
  • My awesome coworkers who comfort me at work when I'm a crying mess.  I really do wish I weren't so emotional.
  • My friends' husbands/boyfriends that send me nice messages to cheer me up.  I'm so thankful to know that there are mature, stand-up guys out there.
  • Can I say my dog again?  I just really love my boy.
  • My mom and stepdad who are so supportive of everything I do, even when I fail miserably. {cough:: half-marathon:: cough}
So I know I will get through this crappy time, but I also know it will take time.  This isn't my first break up.  Unfortunately, I've felt heartbreak before.  In the meantime I'll keep myself busy by surrounding myself with friends and focusing on what makes me happy.  I am so thankful for the time that we did have together, because he is a really good guy even though his actions this past day might not reflect that.  I just don't think I can see him for a while.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

So I just got broken up with over text message.

I'm so mad and so hurt right now. I want to curse him for making feel this way OVER A TEXT MESSAGE(!!) but my feelings for him aren't just over and gone because he broke up with me.  This sucks so bad!  I can't believe that a day ago he was telling me he loved me and today it isn't working. Wouldn't it have not been working last night too?  Why couldn't he have waited to tell me face to face? I feel like I deserve that much.  

How could I have been so delusional to think that he was in love with me? Did he ever love me or just until he got tired of me? That fucking asshole made me fall in love with him and then he broke my heart! I feel like I should have paid more attention to the signs when he was seeming distant. I tried giving him space and then when that didn't seem to help I talked to him about it...and a week later we're over. I should have been preparing myself for the worst instead of hoping for the best. 

I feel like my confidence is gone. God this really sucks so bad. I feel so alone right now. I fell really fast for Rich and our relationship is ending almost as abruptly. 

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Saw it. Pinned it. Did it. - Hair Bow

Linking up with Steph and Katie again today!

I pinned this bad boy a while back, but thought it would be fun to wear today to work.  I have a Minnie Mouse sorta look going on, but I still think it's cute.

I think I have more layers than the girl in the original pin, so I also wrapped the extra pieces around the bun.  It took me less than five minutes to do this style this morning.

I still can't figure out how to add their button to my blog so if you can help, please let me know!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

13.1 on 1.13

I ran my first half marathon this past Sunday, and I'm so glad I did!  One of my life goals is to run a marathon so I'm slowly getting my mileage up there.

Everyone asked if I was nervous before the race, and I really wasn't.  I didn't train for the month before the race (bad move) but I knew I would finish because I'm incredibly stubborn.  It's a gift.  What can I say?

The furthest I had run prior to the race was seven miles, and that was torturous.  I did more of a run/walk and by the end of it my thighs had chaffed and I was worn out.  So 13.1 miles should be fine!  Right...

The night before our race, Andrea and I loaded up on carbs thanks to the incredible Chef Ron and my dear friend, Julie.  Andrea picked me up at five in the morning, and we headed to the start line with her friend, Kim.  It was right at 30 degrees outside with 5-25 mph winds.  Pretty dang cold!

Before the race-- I had no idea what I had gotten myself into...

We all ran together for the first seven miles, and I surprised myself by feeling perfectly fine, even enjoying the run!  And then my knees started aching.  It was so painful so I did a walk/run until mile 10 where my body quit on me.  It took everything in me to get through those last three miles.  I was also really cold after I had to stop running and my hands were freezing!  I was in so much pain in every part of my lower body-- my hips joints, my knees, my ankles, my arches, my toes-- it all hurt.  But I refused to give up and have a friend or the EMS folks zip me to the finish.  No, I was going to finish this beast if it killed me. 

You can see the pain in my face.
 (Sorry for the proof mark. I am NOT buying these terrible photos.)
It about did.  I limped through the finish line. 


Then I grabbed a cookie from Tiff's Treats and a banana, and sat down until Andrea picked me up.  Walking was painful for the next two days, but it's Day Three of my recovery and I'm feeling great!  I can walk without a limp and the only thing that's hurting are my thighs whenever I sit or stand.  Other than that I think I'm ready for this weekend's run! 

Andrea and I have another half marathon in one month so I have to keep training.  Though I'm pretty sure I can finish this one with a better time than Sunday's race...

Monday, January 14, 2013

Days 4 and 5 - NYC

After a night of fun, we slept in and woke up to get bagels and coffee.  It was very strange to walk around New York on New Year's Day--the city was dead.  There weren't hoards of people walking on the sidewalks or driving around.  It felt like we had the whole city to ourselves!

We stopped in to Brooklyn's Bagels for a full breakfast {and lunch}.  I had a whole wheat everything bagel with plain cream cheese, lox, tomato, onions, and capers.  It was humongous {so was Rich's bagel} so we ended up eating them for our lunch.

After getting some breakfast, we wandered the city.  We decided to walk through Central Park, and I guess this is where everyone we didn't see walking the streets had gone to.  There were tourists taking pictures and lots of people exercising.  Oh, and tons of people walking their dogs who were all the cutest!  I wanted to pet every single puppy but I don't think Rich would have been very amused.  {My puppy is sitting next to me helping me blog right this second!}

As we were wandering, we looked to our right and noticed The Guggenheim.  Our original plan was to go to The Met, but that was closed so we decided to warm up and admire the art and architecture {mostly the architecture} of this gorgeous museum.  This shot is looking up from the lobby of the museum.

Here we're trying to get the cool spiral ceiling behind us.  Fail. 

The next day we went to the Chelsea Market to check out all of the cool shops.  There was this meat shop.  Mmmmmm meat. :)  There was also an Italian grocery store with meats and cheeses and chocolates and LOTS of espresso.  I had some split pea soup from the soup shop.

The whole place was decorated with really fun art displays and there was a guy who was amazing on cello.  I really liked this column that was covered in Christmas lights.

After checking out the Chelsea Market, we had to run into CVS and OHHHH MYYYY GOSHHH do you see this ceiling?!  It's the prettiest CVS I've ever seen.  I think it used to be an old bank.

Then we went to Rich's friend's office to visit and this is their view.  It's looking North over Chinatown.  What a view!

And then I turned into a tourist.  NYFD Fire Truck!

Here's a look at all the cheap chotchkies for sale in China Town.  
We were heading to Ferrara's for some canoli and coffee.

This is Little Italy.  All of the fire hydrants are painted like the Italian Flag (red, green, and white) and they still had their Christmas decorations covering their businesses.  I loved it!

After getting some delicious sweets in Little Italy, we headed to see Ground Zero and the memorial, except you can only see it with advance passes.  Wamp wamp.  We didn't know that so instead we walked around.  I had no idea how huge this area was.  It's 16 acres, which is HUGE in NYC terms.

This building is The Freedom Tower, and when they put the spire on, it will be 1776 ft tall.

View from another side.

We were freezing after walking around so we stopped in at O'Hara's, except it wasn't.  It was an Indian restaurant with this cool ceiling, so we had a few drinks and warmed up before heading back to the hotel.  The food smelled delicious but we had plans to go to Butter that night.

After dinner at Butter (we love our Iron Chefs!), Rich took me to Washington Square.  The park is really pretty at night.  Can you see the Empire State Building behind the arch?

Couple shot with the arch!

And another shot of the arch.  We need some of these in Dallas.

That night we went to McSorley's Old Ale House to meet up with one of Rich's friends.  That place is so cool!  It's the oldest pub in New York and Abraham Lincoln used to get a drink there.  They even have an original John Wilkes Booth Wanted poster.  We met some nice NYU kids and had such a fun night!  Probably a little too fun...haha!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Saw it. Pinned it. Did it.

Today I'm taking a break from my trip recap to join Stephanie from A Beautiful Mess with her link up -- Saw it. Pinned it. Did it. 

I freakin' love Pinterest, though my obsession comes in spurts.  Right now I'm all over Buzzfeed.  It's addicting and hilarious and informative and just great.  Go read it!

Anyway, I've been wanting to link up with these girls (Katie from Keep Calm co-hosts) for a few weeks and remembered that I have photo evidence of a SIPIDI (saw it, pinned it, did it, ya dig?)!

I actually saw this somewhere else in the interwebs (Buzzfeed maybe?) but it's all over Pinterest in a variety of ways (why oh why didn't I paint with sparkles?!?).

The Pin:
Source: via Nicole on Pinterest

All you need are:
1. Keys that look exactly the same but are not, in fact, the same.
2. Nail polish.
3. Something to stick the keys into (I used a potted plant and stuck them in the soil).

What you do:
Paint the top portion of each key with a different color nail polish.  I used two coats on each key, letting them dry in between coats.  Let them fully dry and put them back on the key ring.

Ta Da!
And I use 'em every day!
Click here for the other links because I'm to slow to understand how putting a button on my blog works...lame.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Days 2 and 3 - Philadelphia to NYC

On our second day in Philadelphia, we woke early and a little dreary-eyed (Thanks a lot Dirty Frank's) to take the train to see Rich's parents in another part of Pennsylvania.  It was my first time on a train!!!  Yes, I've been on subways before, but this train went ABOVE GROUND!  (though it did start below.)  So I documented mundane things like....

Rich standing in the train station!

And a train behind us!

Once his parents picked us up we immediately drove across the river to Jersey to pick up his younger brother and head to the Shore.  Sick, Bro!  We drove around looking at the destruction Hurricane Sandy had caused-- houses filled with sand, once flat boardwalks warped and twisted, entire homes moved off of their foundations, but I didn't feel appropriate to take pictures of anything.  I'm not a fan of destruction and devastation unless it's on Emma and David's Kinect Party.  (Check out the dragons at 1:01)

After roaming around in the freezing cold, windy weather, we stopped at his parents' friends' house and I met Lucky Cat!  I can't resist a cute kitty picture.  Can you see the crazy in his eyes?  It's there and I had the bite marks to prove it!  Then we grabbed pizza, opened Christmas gifts, and headed back to Philly.

New Years Eve we woke up hungry and found a cute little cafe called Sabrina's Cafe and Spencer's Too.  Delicious and HUGE servings!  I had one of their specials-- Eggs Benedict with Canadian Bacon, Avocado, and home fries on the side.  They didn't serve mimosas so we went in search of a watering hole.

Pretty cherry blossoms (I think) we saw on our trek.

We found what we were looking for at Kite and Key.  Of course, that's after we walked around for 30 minutes because nothing was open at 10:30 in the morning.

And then we got on our train to New York City!!  There's a train person taking tickets up there.

The most flattering picture of us on the train.  New York bound!

Once we got in, we went to the Corner Bistro to get the Bistro Burger, and it was THE best burger I've ever had.  Juicy and delicious and it makes my mouth water just thinking about it!  After that we went back to the hotel to get ready for our swanky New Years Eve party in the Meat Packing District.

Here's our NYE goodies at our own private table at STKFANSAY!

We didn't sit alone at our little table for long.  We made friends!

Me and my honey all dressed up :)

Another new friend!  She and her friend were on the prowl for fresh man meat.  Hopefully they found what they were looking for!  They were pretty hilarious.

Mellini (pronouced like bellini), our new Brazillian friend.  She's a personal trainer in Brooklyn AND Brazillian so obviously she's gorgeous!
We left around 2 in the morning and grabbed food from a street food cart and I forgot my purse, which had my ID, which I needed in order to get back home to Texas.  Thank goodness for moms who overnight passports!  It was a fun, eventful New Years and I'm so happy I got to spend it with the man I love!