Monday, 15 December 2014

A typical weekend in December....

Treat yo'self! Wine & roast beef at a bar with Dora! Parties! Dancing! Photobooth! Trying to find a cab at 2 am! McDonald's cheeseburgers at 2:10 am! Decorating! Baking! Drinking mimosas at Hannah's birthday party! Meeting Elsa! Soup at Whole Foods! Random carriage rides down Fourth Ave! Dinner at Fable with Rachelle! 

Who am I kidding? This could really have been any weekend of the year....

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Those moments...

...when you feel like you've been thrown under the bus, left on your own with zero support, everyone angry at YOU despite not knowing the all the pieces...those moments when you'd rather be at home, reading, while the rain slams against the bedroom window...hiding, not having to see...those moments when you want to say "REALLY?" but instead smile and nod, thinking of the emotional rollercoaster you've had to endure but can't really do anything about...yet...those moments when you feel trapped and cannot fathom having another conversation about IT...they are all trying and defeating and make you wish you had thicker skin while wondering if you're being whiny...then, suddenly, the rain stops and you can't help but muse if it's for a reason (even though you KNOW it's just because of the condensation in the clouds or something else you didn't pay attention to in Geography 101) and you pick yourself up, smile, put on Mariah Carey's Christmas, PLAN, scheme, think of the good before you keep going...

If all else fails, watching this helps.

It also helps when you read your horoscope for the day and it coincides EXACTLY with your life. Boom.

PISCES (Feb. 20 - Mar. 20):
Put your worries behind you and have fun with your friends. Some people, inevitably, will say you are neglecting your responsibilities but you can safely ignore them. You desperately need to take a break – and few would dispute you deserve it.

Monday, 8 December 2014

Weekend Round-Up

On Friday night, Anonymous Law Firm had its annual holiday party. JL, NI and I had picked CinCin last February and made the executive decision to switch it from a Saturday night to a Friday night (GASP!) so we could compare the turnout to previous years. 

I am so glad the event planner convinced me to use Firebird Live Art. Surely the artists loved having drunk people standing over them, sipping on bourbon sours while trying to find themselves in the painting.

Firebird Live Art // Door prizes

I heart this girl!

Next year's Christmas card?

In case you were wondering, the after-party was the perfect blend of McDonald's cheeseburgers and Joie Noble Blend.

Unfortunately, this was the first thing that came to mind when I awoke Saturday morning.

I, for one, LOVED having the rest of the weekend to workout, run errands and just chill. I am working my way through The Goldfinch and was happy to lounge/read/recover on Saturday. I hope the Friday night party -- avec more food -- continues!

I'm probably the last person on earth to start watching, but I am REALLY into The Good Wife. What did I do before Netflix? Have you guys seen it?

Coming fav holiday cocktails I've been sipping on....

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

(Un)Domestic Goddess: Homemade Pie Crust

We did it! C-Mah and I nailed our first attempt at homemade pie. Yes, it took two of us and there were a few curse words and exasperated sighs -- not too mention "top ups" of our martinis -- but we QUITE enjoyed the finished product (pictured below).

I love, love, love my Cook's Illustrated subscription and was eager to try their fool-proof recipe (which happen to include 80-proof):

Makes a 9-inch double-crust pie

  • 2 1/2cups unbleached all-purpose flour (12 1/2 ounces)
  • 1teaspoon table salt
  • 2tablespoons sugar
  • 12tablespoons cold unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks), cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1/2cup chilled solid vegetable shortening, cut into 4 pieces
  • 1/4cup vodka, cold
  • 1/4cup cold water

  1. 1. Process 1 1/2 cups flour, salt, and sugar in food processor until combined, about 2 one-second pulses. Add butter and shortening and process until homogenous dough just starts to collect in uneven clumps, about 15 seconds (dough will resemble cottage cheese curds and there should be no uncoated flour). Scrape bowl with rubber spatula and redistribute dough evenly around processor blade. Add remaining cup flour and pulse until mixture is evenly distributed around bowl and mass of dough has been broken up, 4 to 6 quick pulses. Empty mixture into medium bowl.
    2. Sprinkle vodka and water over mixture. With rubber spatula, use folding motion to mix, pressing down on dough until dough is slightly tacky and sticks together. Divide dough into two even balls and flatten each into 4-inch disk. Wrap each in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 45 minutes or up to 2 days.

Things to work on:
~the outer edge of the crust (I might just buy one of these)
~put foil over the crust halfway through to keep it from over-browning
~next time, make mini-pies! Then we won't feel the need to keep. eating. pie.

Let me know if you give this recipe a try!

Monday, 1 December 2014

Headlines (What I read this weekend)

In between Grey Cup festivities, I managed to read some interesting articles this past weekend...

"this is a war between those who remember the Soviet past with nostalgia and pride – and who wish the empire still stood – and those who can no longer bear its lingering influence"
This long read was a great reminder of the turmoil still happening in the Ukraine (it's amazing how fast the media will move on to the next thing and forget about events still happening).


Michael Kors is refusing to take a promotional posture: Why Michael Kors Can't Afford to Cut Prices


"Peer reviewed" scientific journals hit a new low when Get me off Your Fucking Mailing List is accepted by a scholarly journal.