Monday, December 4, 2023

Hello Monday (December 4, 2023)


Hi Friends and Happy Monday!  How was your weekend?  If you blogged about what you did, then Sarah and I would love for you to join us here!  Just grab the graphic above and link back up with us below...here is what we were up to....


We were all up at 4:30am to get Diana to the high school for 5:30 so she could head to NYC with her theater company.  Even Eva jumped right up to see her sissy off :)

I followed along with the social media updates :)

When I got back to my desk, Rob, Papa and Eva headed out for her hockey tournament in Vermont.

What is a woman to do with ALONE time?  I wasn't sure at first....working...listening to the dog snore...that was all normal but then my computer crashed...oh of course!  My IT guy is wonderful and calmed me down Thank God...just as we ordered a new computer for me (yes three weeks before Christmas how perfect- par for the course this year I guess) anyway...I digress....my computer mysteriously came back up an hour later but we agreed to get a new computer set up for me just in case...I can't be without...it is just debilitating!  

Anyway, I got a great day of work done with NO interruptions and then started preparing for my evening with besties.


But first....Remi needs to eat and go out...and I was already dressed in my "party attire"  which was pj's...not sure what the neighbors thought...snapped a few pics for Rob ;)


Meanwhile...in Vermont...

Then, it was time for My Favorite Things Party...it was an amazing night...full of laughs...yummy apps and desserts and cocktails of course!


A few pics while I prepped...

Everyone was decked out in their Holiday PJ's and Lisa R. won for BEST PJ's in her Hanukkah get up- so cute!  Her bag was my favorite :) 

We ate yummy aps and Cass and her Crab Rangoon Dip won for BEST App!

We enjoyed my Cranberry Citrus Paloma Cocktail along with Wine and Seltzers and then for dessert?

Beth Ann won BEST Dessert with her Peppermint Cheesecake Bites!

We all LOVED going through our Favorite Things Exchange- there was everything from cosmetics and perfume to blankets and house ware items- so fun!


Just a great night...next year marks 10 years so will have to dial it up!


Meanwhile...in NYC...someone on her way to Wicked...


So I was in bed a little after midnight and did not sleep well at all..BOO!  I am all brave and stuff until night time when I realize I am alone...well with Remi...though he protected me, it was a rough night of sleep so I only managed about 4 hours- ugh.  Anyway, I still popped out of bed at 8, got showered and ready for my day and met Lea for coffee at Village Bean.

Then I hit up the grocery store for a few dinner items and headed back home where I cleaned up and got organized....and went through the lovely gifts some friends brought me....this bad boy?  I can understand why you all rave about it...grateful it was brought to my house this year- ha!



Anyway, I continued the big task of wrapping. It was so nice to have alone time and quiet to get this done.  What I think is funny is that I was not interested in keeping Hallmark on in the background and kept up my binging of Beverly Hills 90210- ha!

Meanwhile in NYC...an acting workshop with a Broadway Star...amazing!



and in Vermont...

I then prepped my dinner which consisted of apps- my favorite kind of meal- I made shrimp cocktail dip and buffalo chicken deviled eggs- yum!

I got Remi outside for a walk...it was so beautiful and mild out!  He came back wiped out so mission accomplished- ha!  Time to guzzle some water....

After a luxurious nap, I poured a glass of Chardonnay and enjoyed some apps while watching Hallmark.


Meanwhile, In NYC, someone enjoyed Aladdin on Broadway too!

I then finished the wrapping and headed up to WHS at 11pm (yawn) to pick up Diana from her epic trip.  The drive home was full of entertaining stories for sure!


We were up bright and early and headed to Tuscan for breakfast together...and I got to hear about the rest of the weekend.  That capped off my Tuscan gift cards from my birthday and such a great way to use them :)

The Elves kept Mama on her toes all weekend too...needed to send pics to Eva in Vermont as she monitors their every move ;)

When we got home, the rest of the family had arrived so we caught up and then Eva and I headed off with Mary and Aby to Jane's Birthday Party at a rock climbing place - very cool.

After that, we just snuggled together...watched the Patriots get destroyed yet again and then watched Les Mis while sipping hot cocoa.  Diana headed to a choreography session after finishing all of her homework and studying for a test this week.

Though I loved my alone time, my heart was happiest when my family returned home...it is always the way right?  So...what were YOU up to? :)

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Friday, December 1, 2023

Friday Favorites (December 1, 2023)


Hi Friends and Happy Friday!  I am so excited for a festive and RELAXING weekend...I am being selfish and I am not mad about it at all!

Here are some faves/glimpses of JOY from my week

Wishing you the very BEST weekend!  Linking up for Friday Favorites HERE

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