Weekend Attendance Changes
- Julie didn’t end up coming to our Best Blend Valentine’s Day Long Weekend, because she was sick. Major sad face. We missed her bunches, but also were able to video chat with her several times throughout the weekend, which ALMOST feels like she was with us IRL, too.
- My dad was stranded in CDNY. At the same time we were on our way to the airport to pick up Kelly last Thursday, my Dad was headed to the airport to fly home after a week of work travel in Schenectady. Due to all the snow storming taking place across the US last week, his flight ended up getting cancelled and the next open seat wasn’t available until Monday. I was so lucky to be able to spend some extra, unexpected time with my dad this weekend and also
Snow My Gosh; Snowed-In Happenings
- Snowstorm Pax put a major damper on all the plans we had in store for Kelly’s visit. Our blogger night out got cancelled and the two straight days of snow falling from the sky and mucking up the roads made our adventure time minimal. We did manage to get out of the house for dinner one night, but other than that, we were completely homebound.
- We got a lot of work done, had fun creative planning together, and watched a bunch of fun stuff on Hulu+, YouTube, and Netflix. Kelly and I have similar tastes in television, from the guilty pleasure to well done dramas, but especially in the comedy department. One comedy special we watched that I’d recommend you check out is John Mulaney’s New in Town. While we were watching, Kelly informed me that he co-wrote the Stephan character with Bill Hader on SNL. It’s streaming on Netflix, so if you subscribe there you should consider checking it out.
Beverages Enjoyed via My New Latte Making Station
- Archer Farms Lattes. Peppermint for Kelly and sugar free toasted hazelnut for me. The sugar free purchase was a complete accident and I was terrified it would be disgusting, but alas, the syrup makes a delicious latte! I bought this Life is Good coffee on impulse at Target and really enjoyed the Light Hearted blend. Light roasts go best with flavor in my opinion and this may become our go-to for using with the latte machine.
- Trader Joe’s tea lattes. We were excited to find the new spiced chai during our last visit, and frothing up a latte with this stuff and some of the DIY vanilla sugar Nicole made is the perfect treat after shoveling 18 inches of snow. The Candy Cane Green Tea is my favorite tea of all times and makes a damn good latte, too. I was devastated to not find ONE BOX during any of my trips to Trader Joes over the holidays. I thankfully have two boxes I’m rationing to last until Christmas comes again.
Reading Done Over the Weekend
- Several pages in Jen Kirkman’s I Can Barely Take Care of Myself, which I am enjoying when I make time to actually open a book.
- At least 10 articles that I had saved to my Pocket app. I don’t know if I’ve ever actually taken the time to read anything I save for later, no mater how hard I pretend as if I will do it each time I press the little pocket extension button. [Don’t know what I’m talking about in regards to Pocket? Read this: Get Pocket]
Drinks Enjoyed in Schenectady of Late
- Sangrita at Bombers. Half sangria, half frozen raspberry margarita, wholly delicious. Two of these got me tipsy, and the sugar rush made everything seem fun. I’m always a fan of a ball jar for a glass and this place serves all their margaritas, teas, and punches in them.
- Blueberry Vodka & Soda, at Marotta’s Baristo. Crisp and refreshing, this was served in a stylish cocktail glass garnished with a thin lime wedge and a bamboo skewer of beautifully bright, fresh blueberries. The bartender was also super friendly and fun to chat with, without being annoyingly clingy or inquisitive like other bartenders I’ve come across.
Dining Out with Dad
- Dinner at Marotta’s, Dad, Nick, and myself. I have found my favorite “real meal” in Schenectady. Typically when we go out to eat, I will order some sort of sandwich. Not that a sandwich and fries doesn’t constitute a meal, but do you know what I mean by this? Often at work functions, you see a table full of steaks, pasta dishes, and sea food being enjoyed by my co-workers and then there’s me eating some sort of burger or sandwich often reserved for the lunch [or children’s] menu. I simply prefer sandwiches, wraps, tacos and the like over dishes served in bowls, or anything I need to cut with a knife. [Excuse me while I realize I am just a lazy woman who wants to eat with her hands.]Last Monday, however, I found myself blown away from an actual meal that required a fork. The Tortellini Marotta is out of this world, and may have set me on a path to always chose the item on the menu with the establishments name in the title. The tortellini was cooked perfectly [there is not much worse than mushy pasta] and tossed with eggplant, sausage, broccoli, and sun dried tomatoes in a marsala and pesto cream sauce. This is a dish I will definitely be going back to have again.I see a blogger meet-up in our future, CDNY friends! I’m going to contact them to see about a tasting menu dinner for the spring for a group of local blogger friends if anyone is interested in joining us, let me know!
- Blue Ribbon Family Restaurant. I’m pretty sure we’ve been to this popular restaurant just about every time Dad comes to town. To me, this place is exactly what you imagine when you picture a classic New York family owned diner. This place seems special, though, with both Greek and Italian specials on the menu, including something called Mediterranean Nachos, which I’m eager to try.I love coming here because the menu features three full pages of just sandwiches, plus many more pages of other delicious options. We’ve come for breakfast, lunch, and dinner over the years and I’ve never been disappointed by the service, portions, quality, or deliciousness from Blue Ribbon. I have been craving Greek food for weeks now and ordered a Gyro Pita, followed by a piece of coconut cream pie for dessert. Both were wonderful, but next time I’ll be trying something new. There were so many sandwiches that were calling to me, and the mini lemon meringues were basically begging to come home with me from the bakery case. It’s a miracle I made it out of there without one.
Happy Birthday, Mom!
- Chicago-area friends and fellow Fannie May lovers; did you know Trinidad Cheesecake existed? My sister wizened me to the fact and I’m oh-so-glad. My mom’s favorite Fannie May is a Trinidad so sending her one of these delightful treats to celebrate her 50th birthday was a must!
- My siblings and I contacted as many loved ones from my mother’s past and present as we could to put together a fun gift of 50 Years of Memories. It was such a great experience to read so many wonderful stories from Mom’s life! I know she really appreciated everyone’s words.
Random Giant Goal-Focused Decisions I Made This Past Week
- I’m going to run a half marathon this year. I’m planning to register from the Mohawk Hudson Half Marathon on the day registration opens, since I know it sells out major fast, and as long as I get a spot before it fills, I’ll be training to run my first half in mid-October. Here I come, 13.1!!!
- I need to set office hours and keep them. This is all part of my plan to become un-addicted to working while still remaining passionate, focused, and productive. But more on that later, I’m sure.