Friday, December 17, 2010

The LOST Girls

Sometimes I'm crazy and sometimes my imagination runs wild and then all of a sudden my life is over. In my head, at least.

My girl friends are wonderful. I'm lucky to have them in my life. Even if we aren't BFF's and we don't hang out all of the time, it's good to know I have them as sounding boards and that I have their support.

I'm going shopping.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

House Full of Friends

I have been MIA lately. Sorry. I've been pretty busy.

Friday B1 and I hosted our first dinner party. It was, if I do say so myself, a great success. Our friends enjoyed our food and drinks and had fun laughing and talking the night away. B1 and I had so much fun's so nice when both of us can relax and enjoy the drinks because we don't have to drive. :) We had beer, wine and my now famous ginger martinis. Yes, I self proclaimed them to be famous, but everyone who has them loves them and people talk about them from year to year. They're deadly. In a good way.

We had a cocktail hour and served bacon wrapped scallops, a cheese platter (with home made blue cheese crackers) and these:

They are little puff pastry cups (that I made) filled with mushrooms, garlic, wine, thyme and cream. Delicious! I've made them before and always get the same reaction-an empty platter. They're really easy to make too, which makes them a obvious winner.

We headed to the dining room and started dinner. The first course was shrimp bisque.

We served the soup and sat down and I heard my favorite sound ever. "Hmmmmm" and then silence. It was fantastic.

This, my friends, was the last picture of our dinner party. Why? Because I had a lot of ginger martinis. And wine. And I wasn't up to taking pictures. In fact, the whipped cream on the dessert was a little lopsided...but no one noticed because it was so delicious. :)

I love entertaining-but even more, I love entertaining with my B1 in our home. It's an amazing feeling to look across the room at the man you love knowing that he loves you just the same. And that the people visiting are visiting because of the two of us...together.

I've been having a really hard time lately and I can't really explain it. I've burst into tears for no reason, gotten upset over things that normally would not bother me and have felt like I'm not worthy of B1's love. I think it's partially hormonal, partially a wiring issue and partially stress. But Friday sort of kicked off a really warm, happy feeling again. I feel great and am so happy and excited for the rest of this Christmas season.

I've been busy shopping and wrapping...and driving B1 crazy because the big silver one is for him.


It's December 16th for crying out loud-and I haven't seen any major snow yet! Grrr...

However, we ARE supposed to be getting some snow this weekend. Hopefully in the late afternoon/evening so that all of our travel will be uninterrupted.

This weekend is another busy one for us. Saturday we're heading down to CT for my Father's annual holiday party. It's a work function-he's one of the partners and he likes it when we can all make it. I like it too, it's mostly fun. There's an open bar, lots of good food and usually good music. This year he isn't going to play his guitar though, so I'm a little sad about that. But this year I have a date! :) It's going to be fun. There's a shuttle to and from the hotel we're staying in too, so we don't have to worry about driving. And there is also a pool and a hot tub, which we'll use before the party. Good times.

Sunday we have a holiday celebration with B1's Mom's side of the family. They're such fun, nice people and I'm looking forward to sharing this time with them. It's so lovely to have extended family and friends-holidays were always wonderful, but now they're even better.

It's no secret that I love the winter season and specifically Christmas. And I'm so excited to have someone to share it with.

Monday B1 took me on a date. We went to see a Christmas display at a local furniture store. It sounds weird, but this store has rides and attractions and movie theaters. It was so pretty and cute.

Afterward, we went and had dinner at one of our favorite restaurants; IKEA. :) I'm only sort of kidding-it's not our favorite restaurant, but we have been known to have date nights at IKEA. It's a cheap date and fun, too! And c'mon-$0.50 hot dogs? You can't beat that!

Dinner was over and we headed to yet another holiday display. This one was at a shrine and had lights splayed out all over the grounds. It was so pretty. The pictures don't do it justice. I didn't take the time to change the settings on my camera because I was enjoying walking around in the cold air with my B1...but you'll get the idea:

So pretty! After we walked around a bit, B1 bought us hot cocoa and we made our way home.


I love him.