Jan 5, 2010

No sleep 'til Brooklyn

Just got back from a trip to NY to visit my lovely sister and her entertaining husband. We were there for a week and probably did more in that week than most visitors do in a month. Seriously. It was crazy. The girls walked longer distances than they've ever walked and were so good--hardly any complaining. And, to make it all perfect, it snowed while we were there! It doesn't get any better than that!

Dropped the 'ol life savings on entertainment for the urchins, and their favorite part? Clairey's was the subway and Jenna's was the public library. Go figure. I should've just given Claire a MetroPass and let her ride the trains all week and locked Jenna in the library. You could get lost for a week in that place. Of course, I would've given her a bag of Goldfish for sustenance--there's a water fountain--she would've been fine.

My favorite part? Just seeing my sister. I hate not being near her. Totally sucks goat balls. SMM's favorite part? I'd venture to say it was eating at the restaurant in Little Italy. "Cafe Napoli"--i highly recommend it. The eggplant parmesan is delicious enough to make me resign my Irish heritage and pretend to be Italian. Yeah, it's THAT good. Also, the little cafe in Bay Ridge--Rustica--needs to be enshrined. DELICIOUS. Every desert I had while there was to die for. And, amazingly enough, I only gained a pound. HOORAY!

However, we never did get a good pie while we were there. SMM and Johnny went out to grab one on New Year's Day, but apparently, pizzerias are closed to celebrate...um...beginning the new year?? Who knows. They brought one back, but it was only okay--next time we'll dine at Pepino's...next time.

And i plan to gain at least 5 pounds.

2009 wrap up

Let's see--2009:
  1. Lost my job 2nd week in February.
  2. SMM and i celebrated our 2nd wedding anniversary, March 17th.
  3. Spent the summer trying to entertain the chicks on a very small budget--actually worked out well.
  4. Spent a week in Costa Rica, thanks to my 401k that we had to cash out in order to pay for our house. Yeah, we'll get screwed in April, but we still have our house!
  5. Got my job back August 1st. WOO HOO!!! Best company in the world.
  6. September--Jenna started piano lessons, and I kid you not--the girl's a freakin' musical genius. But yes, i'm her mother, so i think she's great at everything.
  7. Clairey got moved to the girl's gymnastics team in October. Yay my little gymnast! I also started the P90X workout. I nearly died that first week.
  8. My sister came to visit from NYC in November. :) I hate it when she goes back. Nice Thanksgiving with friends.
  9. December was awesome. Lost 18lbs doing P90. Spent a week in NYC with my babies and SMM visiting my sister and brother-in-law. Too much fun. Hated coming back.
And, that's pretty much it. All in all, it was a great year. Six months without a job, but stronger for it. :) Got to spend more time with the chicks than ever.

Looking forward to 2010!!