Monday, November 21, 2005

All's Well That End's Well

The Party was great! A huge success! I was worried about 5 pm as I was finishing everything up because I ended up with only 23 chocolate mousses instead of the 26 I was shooting for. But I had some cheese and apples for those not in the mood for chocolate (how could THAT ever happen!) or just too full to consume any. Turns out that I had about 8 left over! Everyone had a fabulous time, even the babies! And no one had to stand in the bathroom unless on purpose. Pigs is right, small apartments make for a cozy party. Afterwards we took the party to our favorite drinking establishment, The Dive Bar, and proceeded to stay out until 3 am. WAY too late to actually make it to church the next day! We are bad, I know. And I'm still trying to recover from not getting enough sleep over the weekend. Wish I had the week off like some people.

FYI Pigs, I served these little individual chocolate mousses I found in Southern Living, February 2005 issue. They were excellent and really quite simple. I made strawberry sauce instead of raspberry, though, because I couldn't buy frozen raspberries. I'd highly recommend them for your party!

Friday, November 18, 2005

Party Central

I'm having a party at my place on Saturday. Bubba and I are participating in a Progressive Dinner with our Couples Class, and we are having dessert at our place. I have never participated in a progressive dinner party, so I'm pretty excited. The difference here is that this is Manhattan, and space is limited. We have 31 people, including children (all under the age of 10, mostly babies) who are coming. That's a lot of folks, even if we were all to be in a house! So our organizer has split everyone into 3 groups for dinner so everyone can sit down, and we are all together for appetizers and dessert. Now, the most people we have ever had at our apartment at one time is 12, I think. Even if a few of the parents don't make it to dessert (which means they miss out on my fabulous mousse!), that leaves roughly 2-dozen people coming to my small one-bedroom apartment. I was thinking about it last night, and decided it will just have to be like the big party Audrey Hepburn throws in Breakfast at Tiffany's where there are so many people that some end up standing in the shower. That means I better make sure the shower is clean! Yikes! Talk about good, clean fun!

Saturday, November 12, 2005

That's A First

Joel and I were walking down the street today and passed a man who was....knitting. That's right, he was walking down the street whilst knitting. Looked to be a pot holder or hot mat or something, but the needles were a-goin', and the yarn was in a bag on his arm.

Not something you see every day, even in New York.

Friday, November 11, 2005

Is That Dandruff?

Bubba and I spotted snow flurries on our way to the subway this morning! Woo hoo! Not having grown up in the Cold North, I'm always excited for the first snow. Makes me want to break out the skis or build a snow-man.

Happy Veterans' Day!

If you're like me, you probably didn't realize today was a National Holiday until you were on your way to work and there was significantly less traffic on the roads. Or in my case, people on the subway. Or if you have kids in school and they are at home today. My memory lapse does not in any way reflect my gratitude to the Veterans and Active Service men and women who make my way of life possible. It just sneaks up on me, and as I have to work (not being a government lacky or bank teller), I usually don't have any idea in advance. But here's a big THANK YOU from lil' ol' me to all of you out there with a family member who was or is in the service. I myself have a handful. You make me proud to be an American and thankful I live in such a great place.

Do You Want Fries With That?

I watched Super-Size Me last night for the first time. If you haven't seen it, rent it, put it on your Netflix list, borrow it from a friend. It's great. Maybe the best documentary I've ever seen. Needless to say, I may never eat at McDonald's again. There will have to be dier circumstances. I was amazed at what the food does to your body. Makes me want to go on a diet or run a mile or something.

The best part was one of the deleted scenes showing the decomposition over 8 weeks of various sandwiches and a large fry. After 8 weeks, the fries had NO mold on them. Ew. Gag a magot!

Tuesday, November 1, 2005

Quick Update

So sorry to not have posted since the NLCS victory for the Astros. Somehow I never got around to posting about the actual World Series, but I've been busy. And am seriously sleep deprived from staying up late to watch all those games! ~Yawn~ But now that baseball is over I can concentrate my sports efforts on college football! Go Horns!

Nothing much going on, I had a concert last Monday night at Juilliard that went so well our director is wanting the group that sang to make a recording of some sort this summer! Exciting stuff, I'll keep you posted on that. Bubba's folks were in for the weekend, we had an excellent time shopping and running around the City. I always love for them to come visit and only wish I had room in my tiny apartment for them to stay so they wouldn't have to get a hotel. Oh well. The new job is going splendidly, I'm really enjoying it and can't believe I stayed at my old one for as long as I did.

Guess that's about it, nothing much to report. The City is fabulous this time of year. "I love New York in the fall, makes me want to buy school supplies." Bonus points for those of you that can get that quote (besides Mols).