Sometimes, Maddie really takes advantage of the space on the couch while Paris sleeps on the bed. This was apparently not one of those time.
Saturday night, we went over to Amy's to meet her new dog Loki. She's smaller than both our cats! Isn't she adorable?
There's no better feeling than coming back from the laundry room to find a cat snuggled up in your nice white cat-hair-free duvet.
The first snowfall hit just in time for the removal of the The Rink at Bryant Park. Didn't stop construction next door this morning, though it did seem to give the guys working on our roof a day off.
Saturday, after playing around with my new computer for the majority of the day, we ventured out into the rain to BAM to check out Pan's Labyrinth (very very good), and then ventured to The Smoke Joint, which was a great as we remembered.
Then on Sunday, we christened our renewed living/dining room by having my parents and brother over for brunch. I made Asparagus Quiche and Scones, heard (and saw most of the pictures) from my brother's recent trip to Southeast Asia, and my mom taught me how to use my sewing machine. Very exciting Sunday in my opinion. Can't wait to get cracking on some more sewing fun.
Last week, my dad sent me a link for a clip from America's Test Kitchen, and after I finally watched it, I couldn't wait to try out the roast chicken recipe. I picked up a whole chicken on Sunday, but we were having so much fun with my parents that I didn't get around to brining the chicken until it was too late because we were hungry. So since I had to work today, Sam became an expert at butterflying a chicken. And let me tell you, boy did he do a great job. Among the tastiest roast chicken I've ever had (not really comparable to Peruvian Chicken since its a totally different taste)! It looked and smelled so good when it came out of the oven that we dug in before I could take a picture of the end product.
Its here! And I uploaded these pics via a snazzy little memory card reader in my computer! Sweeeeet!
I had to answer the phone and do, you know, work, so I missed snapping a pic, but trust me, it was snowing outside my window on the 33rd floor in midtown just ten minutes ago! But it stopped so I don't know if it even hit the ground.
On Saturday, I took advange of the warm weather and walked most of the way home from brunch with Lucy in the West Village. The fact that I was walking around in a t-shirt in January kind of freaked me out, but it doesn't mean I didn't enjoy it!
For New Years Eve, Sam and I decided to stay local (much like the rest of our lazy weekend). A nice dinner at Ici, followed by steam engine room festivities at Pratt. They brought up the calliope (which I had captured on film on our visit there last year) and some steam whistles from the engine room onto the quad and though it was empty when we arrived about 11:15, but midnight the area was pretty packed. Slight confusion ensued as to when the actual countdown was, without the Times Square ball dropping for reference. I think the crowds may have counted down 3 times before they realized it was 2007. Lots of fun, highly recommended.
My new years resolutions? I like the one from a few years ago to try at least one new recipe a month. I haven't been all that adventurous recently, doing a lot of familiar stuff instead. And post more often. I hope this will happen once I obtain a new computer, which I plan to do soon since I received a nice fat (engineer fat, not Goldman Sachs fat) year end bonus this week! Woo hoo!
Happy New Year!