this was a good week because…

January 2, 2012 |  Category:   holidays life nyc outings press

I thought I would have to work right on December 26th on a new project, but in fact I didn’t end up working the entire week. To be perfectly honest, I didn’t do much at all.

I went to sleep very late almost every night (3am!) but slept in till 9 or 10pm. The girls did not wake me up.
The Wall Street Journal picked up a story about our calendars online and in print over the weekend and I sold a bunch of calendars.

I finally bit the bullet and bought a new and bigger dining room table and chairs that I’ve been wanting to buy for the past 3 years. Sure, the table ended up being backordered, but after 3 years, what’s another 5 weeks?

I went and bought our plane tickets to our annual August Seattle trip because I found a good deal. I bought trip insurance for the first time because geez, that is more than half a year away.


The weather stayed mild and sunny and it was a pleasure to walk around Central Park and climb big rocks and watch ice skaters at Wollman Rink (even though it’s now TRUMP Wollman Rink – when did this happen, have I been living under a rock) and watch tourists snap all sorts of pictures of themselves in front of…trees.

Despite swearing we’ll never go to midtown during the month of December if we can avoid it, we found ourselves doing just that very thing because we forget that it’s special kind of hell reserved only for the holidays, but this year, not only do we survive the crowds and walking against a wall of people coming at you down Fifth avenue, it’s bearable because of the nice weather.

Continuing on with the “why are we doing this” line of holiday activities, we ducked into Trump Towers (what) for a little ice cream break in the cafe. Sure, Claudine had a mini tantrum when she realized that what she really wanted was lime sorbet and not coconut (grrr), but other than that, it was almost pleasant to sit there, stare at the Christmas tree and listen to holiday music even though I was asking myself “why are we here” pretty much the whole time.

The tree at Rockefeller Center, which in past years has always been a bit of a let down when we go see it in person, looked more enchanting this year. Maybe because as we were walking away towards the Subway Station the tree started *twinkling*.

By the way, doesn’t Claudine look fancy in her shiny new silver coat? She looks like a little lady.

Happy new year.

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  • Karen January 2, 2012 at 2:07 am

    Oh such beautiful NYC pics make me miss it so much! My annual trip been missed because……I had a baby!
    Happy New Year x

  • Jess January 2, 2012 at 2:19 am

    Happy New Year…Beautiful photos. I felt the same way about walking down 5th Ave in early Dec. πŸ™‚ Madness.

  • Tim McMurdo January 2, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Happy New Year!

    I am very happy to see that you and your family had a relaxing holiday. This new year is full of promises and if only a few of them come true for you, then you have a wonderful year ahead of you. Make the most of it.


  • Annie From Seattle January 2, 2012 at 9:47 am

    1) My favorite thing on the list was the toy purge. Love toy purges!

    2) The silver coat. Adorables. Al kind of adorables. And Mia continues to just be so radiant and pretty and growing up so fast. Her face looks so different to me this year….but still precious.

    3) Seattle! Yea! Maybe this year we’ll actually be having summer when you arrive. And…food for thought here…I know that trip is about family but have you considered a jaunt to Vancouver for eating? I was surprised while we were in SF that the foodie boards are all in agreement that Vancouver has become the north american place to head for really good chinese food. Plus, FABULOUS aquarium with beautiful Beluga whales and Stanley Park, etc. Amtrak departs daily from Seattle.

  • Sue January 2, 2012 at 9:59 am

    Love her silver coat, super fancy!

  • Clara January 2, 2012 at 10:29 am

    I noticed the twinkling, too! We went to see the tree Thursday evening around 10 pm and it was still packed with tourists. As we got closer to the three and I realized just how much people were there, I did feel a little like “Why did we do this??” But by the end of it I’m so glad we did. There’s something about NYC cheesiness around the holidays that makes it ok!

  • Atsuko January 2, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Happy New Year, too! Claudine looks elegant in that silver coat. The post reminded me of the day my fiance and I went to the Rockefeller Center for the Christmas tree before the Christmas. Oh men, your description, a wall of people, was exactly a thing I felt. But I felt NYC from it… I am very glad this holiday seasons were very calm in term of weather. What beautiful NYC pictures you took! Thank you. Wish the best year for your family.

  • Kelly / Mod Human Vintage January 2, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Happy New Years!
    The silver coat Claudine is wearing is way too cute on her!
    I look forward to reading your post in this new wonderful year of 2012 πŸ™‚

    Best Wishes!

    Mod Human Vintage

  • jodi January 2, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    looks like you guys had a great time. even though it usually sucks, i do like going to see the tree and the shop windows. kind of sad that i didn’t have a chance to this year.

  • Tom January 2, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    Love seeing what you and Claudine are up to!

  • tooodayi January 3, 2012 at 7:40 am

    Wow! I want to vist New York!.

  • dee January 3, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Mia looks so happy and beautiful in that photo of the girls!

  • Renita January 3, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Congrats on the mentioned in the NY times (not the first, not the last) …. the calendar is an awesome piece of work!

  • Renita January 3, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Oops … I meant Wall Street Journal … coffee has not ‘kicked’ in

  • clee January 3, 2012 at 11:31 am

    adorable pictures! ps although i’ve been following your blog for a few years now, i had never tried your treats. i purchased two samplers as hostess gifts recently and couldn’t have been more pleased with them (not to mention the fast shipping). i managed to convince one of the hostesses to share the treats with me, and they were delicious (especially the brownies). many thanks and best wishes for the new year!

  • MCC January 3, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Congrats on the WSJ press. I hope 2012 brings you all the recognition your amazing talent deserves. (I love my calendar and was excited for Jan 1 to come along so I could get it up!) Happy New Year.

  • Lia January 3, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    We went on the 24th and it was also very packed! So funny your post from last year, that is how I felt this time, wondering if I should write it down so next year I don’t do the same thing!

  • Justine January 5, 2012 at 9:21 am

    Ok, which table?

    And thanks for reminding me. I have to book Seattle tickets for summer too. My little brother’s getting married!

    Lovely post.

  • claudia January 6, 2012 at 8:08 am

    Wow! You really capture our beautiful city. Fabulous photos.

  • Vanessa Rae January 7, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    She does look like a little lady! So good to start the year by peeking into your. Cheers to the toy purge and to a happy 2012!