Monday, October 23, 2006

Monday, Monday

Hi everyone! I had a wonderful weekend that, as usual, went by much too quickly! My sister and her boyfriend were home for a long weekend from school (the same school I graduated from so we have many mutual friends) which ensured that the weekend was going to be lively! Friday night I was planning on attending a cocktail party but an unexpected snowstorm curtailed any possibility of that so I (not-so-disapointingly) spent the evening watching Friday night television and working on a knitting project.

Saturday night the entire family went over to my aunt’s house for happy hour(s) then to my sister’s boyfriend’s favorite restaurant (he is not from the area so we like to go to this place when he’s around.) It’s this great Japanese place that seats you at the hibachi grill and prepares your food directly in front of you. After dinner we all stopped by a party that one of my roommates from college was having which was great for a small post-grad reunion with my college friends currently in the area. One of the drinks of the evening was made with vanilla rum, I don’t know if anyone out there has ever tried it, but it was fantastic. I have been known to appreciate the taste and effect of vanilla vodka from time to time (whenever I stray from wine) but may find myself looking for vanilla rum the next time I head to the liquor store.

My birthday is tomorrow so the weekend was a bit of a celebratory one.

Sunday we had a large family lunch (think Thanksgiving) as I will be out of town this Thanksgiving and it will be the first time our family hasn’t been together for a major holiday. (And it just so happens that Turkey dinner is one of my favorites and I always request it on my birthday!) Dinner was fabulous as was the cake with my favorite homemade frosting and the many (too many?) gifts my family got for me. They really know how to spoil me and know me WELL.

I am also planning a cocktail party tomorrow evening with a few of my close friends to celebrate the best way I know how- - food and lots of wine!

Other activities of the weekend include working out- - I finally got out for a GOOD, LONG run. It felt wonderful. Because it is not yet light out when I wake up I’ve been confined to running on the treadmill which I absolutely despise. I hit the roads around my house whenever I find myself there during daylight hours, which isn’t often given my post-grad fulltime job status. (Note to self: welcome to the real world.)

Since graduating from school and serious, time-consuming organized athletics, I’ve found time to learn stuff that I’ve always wanted to. I have a long list going (I’m a total, type-A, neurotically organized, list-maker-checker-off-er) of things I want to learn but the first two that I have tackled are knitting and quilting. I am currently knitting my first scarf (with the help of a Knifty Knitter- - the coolest thing EVER) and it’s coming out wonderfully! I have about 3 feet of it completed and it’s looking quite impressive! I am also working on my first quilt (a Stack and Whack for you quilters out there) so I spent most of Saturday afternoon cutting and ironing and matching for that. I now have all of my pinwheel pieces cut and ready to go, next I need to work on getting the fabric to complete the square and deciding what to get for background fabric. I’m hoping to finish it by Christmas, but I’m not sure if that is overly ambitious?

It’s a fairly quiet week, I’m trying to use any extra time I have to organize and prepare for the craziness that are the Holidays.


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