Hellooo, from the worst blogger in the history of the world.
I have absolutely no excuse - I miss you all, and I promise, promise, my New Years resolution is to be more on top of blogging...I promise you though, I think of you all often (and mention you to J often - even though I still haven't showed him my blog!).
So, in case anyone was just on pins and needles waiting for this...my surprise for J was a very long and complicated story, that resulted in us breaking up. Just kidding! (We celebrated 8 months yesterday, yayy!).
He had originally told me to get to his house as early as possible...which then changed to "by 4:30,"...which was pushed back to "don't come over until I text you and say it's okay." My mind was blank. 100% blank. I had no idea what this nut was planning to do - all I could think was that he had waited until the last possible minute, and couldn't get a reservation at the restaurant he wanted. Or that he forgot to buy a gift, and was rushing out to the mall to pick something out. I was wrong on all counts.
I arrived at his house at 6:30 (after being harassed by my parents the entire time with the fun questions, "When are you leaving?"..."What is he doing for you?"..."What are your guesses?" ..."I don't know" was the appropriate response for each question).
As I stepped out of my car (which is fixed, PTL!), he popped out of the front door, informing me that was the way I should walk into his house (usually I walk around to the side, which is how everyone goes in...the front door usually goes unused), and I walked into J's version of an Italian restaurant. He had spent the whole day cooking my favorites - really yummy bruschetta; tomato, basil and mozzarella; garlic bread; salad with goat cheese; and penne with vodka sauce! He had red wine already poured, pulled my seat out for me...it was per-fecttt!
And if that wasn't enough, he also bought me one of those journey diamond necklaces...except this one looks like a little heart with the diamonds going around one of the edges. Seriously, the prettiest thing I have ever seen, and so thoughtful and sweet. A+ job, J! I don't know if anything could top it!
Not the besttt picture of me obviously, but you can kinddd of make out the necklace at least! =)
Such a cutie.
And then, right when I thought it was all over, he surprised me with homemade red velvet cupcakes and delicious Mochi, which is one of my favorite desserts EVER! If you've never had it, you can buy it in Trader Joe's in a million flavors (I like mango best), and they're ice cream balls covered in dough...it is DELICIOUS!
Then Christmas came and went so quickly! We had Christmas with my dad's side of the family a week before Christmas, which made it seem like the celebration was going on for the entire week.
Cute bow, dad.
Obviously if you were to see my brother and I, and our two cousins together you would think we were related ;) And yes, my brother wore that sweatshirt the entire day. (Plus, I think his hair makes my point that Jersey Shore can just appeal to all!...Gross).
I had absolutely no idea what to ask anyone to get me for Christmas - I really have everything that I want, and even though I need things like pots and pans and bedding, I didn't really want to open up a nice big box of pans for my apartment (which inevitably will be burned by my roommate who has scorched every pot we have...and she's the one getting married in June!).
I ended up with some fun stuff though... my mom bought me some nice Le Creuset pans, which I haven't used yet, but I'm loving the fun, bright colors! My mom absolutely SWEARS by these, and said I should start my collection soon. Like I said, I really didn't get too much else... a really pretty yoga mat (it's gray with pink flowers on it), a medicine ball (I actually asked for this haha), these really cute Badgley Mischka blue sequined flats, clothes for student teaching (which really makes me feel like an adult), TONS of OPI nail polish in really fun colors, jewelry, and a pair of those new Reebok sneakers that are supposed to tone your legs...we'll see how that works out, haha.
One really fun thing I got for Christmas (and a great reason for having a blog!) is that I was contacted by a company selling different furniture and home accessories, asking if I wanted to try out one of their products and write a review! So, in the spirit of the holidays, and my borderline alcoholic family (just kidding, sorry mom and dad!), I selected this cocktail shaker.
Let me tell you - this little stainless steel shaker is absolutely brilliant. It blends drinks perfectly - even my grandfather, who always takes his martinis stirred, not shaken, complimented me on my fabulous skills. I hope my parents realize that now that I have this, they have thrown $38,000 a year down the drain on my college tuition, because now all I want to do is make fun drinks for everyone!
As for now, the tree is down, the decorations are in boxes waiting to be brought back up to the attic, though there is the soft light of the Christmas lights flickering into my window from the lights outside, so I feel like the holidays aren't completely over yet =)
I hope all of you had lovely holidays...I'm looking forward to catching up on blogs, and getting better at posting/commenting!
How did you all spend the holiday - and New Years Eve?! I can't WAIT to hear all about it! xox
P.S. I finally got a Twitter...I'm still getting used to it, but if you want to follow me, you can here.
Currently listening to: The Bravery - Slow Poison