christmas tea is the best tea

merry christmas!

we are in utah right now - far away from our blessed nyc home...but i must say it's nice to be removed for just a short while. to get some peace and quiet, to sleep a little, to see family and of course enjoy the mountains!

on saturday we went to the grand america hotel for their christmas tea service. very delicious and very fun. our nephew, zach got to sing jingle bells with a nice couple dressed as santa and mrs!

i love tea. so christmas tea is definitely the best tea.


an island in the sun

we were super lucky and got to spend our long weekend in the sun. even though ben was only halfway through finals - we just blew it off (jk, he studied on the beach).

and we went and partied, relaxed, partied (dance party), got massages, relaxed, partied, relaxed with all the great people that i work with and their families. i totally won the lottery with a great job and really excellent coworkers.

i can't thank geography enough that the caribbean (specifically grand cayman) is such a close plane ride from nyc. i love nyc but i also really have a thing for sunshine and sand and the caribbean sea in december. 


a little holiday market

i convinced ben to leave our apartment for a couple hours yesterday. i wanted to visit the union square holiday market.

ben lost all of his reading days because of the hurricane :( and so he had class all last week and is starting finals tomorrow. not so fun for him but i knew he needed a break and i knew he wanted to share a mini cannoli with me. and i know he's going to ace his finals.

the holiday market was fun - with a cool poem of hanging words, spices and wooden bowties. it wasn't amazing --- but mostly it was awesome to get outside in the pleasantly not-so-cold weather and have a little break. there is also (ending today) an art installation in union square park --- a projection of war veterans being interviewed (and some family members) onto the statue of abraham lincoln. i feel lucky to be perpetually surrounded by art - not just the cutesy and pretty but also profound and important.

this has been a strange holiday season for us because we have been exceptionally busy and crazy. we bought our christmas tree at midnight (thursday, november 29) and didn't get it decorated for about 5 days. ben hardly even participated too...and i have barely listened to any christmas music. it all feels like a blur but in a few days or a week or so i think i will start feeling more holidayish. if anything, i am always willing to splurge a little more on my electric bill in december. you can't take those christmas lights away from me. 


to have a friend

over the weekend, lindsay come to visit.

we have been friends for so long that i don't even remember what it was like to not be friends with her. linny left her cute family behind for the weekend and came to play in the city.

we were able to visit some of the best museums, MoMA and guggenheim (i guess it's cool to call it the goog). we ate pizza, burgers, curried rice, smoothies (at home), really big cookies, thai food and frozen yogurt. we saw the famous rock.e.feller. tree.

we saw once...you've heard of it right? that musical? that i've seen 4 times? yeah, that one. one of my favorite quotes from the show is, "love's all very well, but in the hands of people it turns into soup." then one guy asked another if he's married, "yes." "still in love?" "yeah." "fair play man...good soup."

we also got our nails did. linny's first manicure! 

and upright citizens brigade. that great improv comedy place. we went to the assscat 3000 show on sunday evening (the 7:30, $10 one) - because it's the best and something about a ninja with bad gas and someone getting pulled over for singing katy perry too loud in arlington, va.
so. funny. we laughed our guts out. 

and we got to take a sunday nap. oh bliss.

but what i wanted to say is i am grateful for friends. and grateful for linny. to have a friend - that knows me, that knows the back story, that knows that i am still middle school emily, high school emily, spanish class and yearbook emily, college emily-insecurities and all, top-bunk emily...and just that it's ok that even though i've grown up and moved away and i have strong opinions on feminism and social issues and church and life --- we understand each other.