Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Today is a special day...


This would be the perfect time for me to recap 2009... There were some highs and some serious lows, but I'll save that for another day... maybe.

... Because today is one of my all time favorite days of the year. It's Paul's day. What a great guy to celebrate!

Happy 28th Birthday, Paul!

Let's all raise our glasses and say "YAY for Paul!" Three cheers for my dear!

Love you Dollface!

Friday, December 11, 2009

I'm bad at blogging...

Out of three photos, this one somehow is the best...

Or I'm bad at remembering stories... b/c so much is going on, but I cannot think of anything to write about. Oh well. Thanks Mom for reminding me that you care to read!

I went to Chicago for work last week. The highlight was not the meetings, however (shocker, I know). My SIL & BIL were nice enough to host me for a night, so I could see my precious, darling, adorable nieces. They are the cutest around... and super cool too. E and I (as in me, not I, my baby niece) played some serious "Tag, You're It" (as she calls it). Plus, she told me that she loves me the most, that I'm her best friend and that I'm her favorite aunt. Obviously, I feel honored... She also told me that she's way smarter than me... too true, I said. One day when she grows enough to think such thoughts, I hope that I (my baby niece, not me) will feel the same about me too. Must up my game.

In other news, I head to Vegas next week for work. Fortunately, I was able to extend my trip for a night to see my bud, Aiko and her HUSBAND (yay!), Corey since I missed their Hawaii wedding. Oh, the fun times we'll have.... then I'll be off to Phoenix to enjoy some warmth (yay 60 degrees!).

There, we'll see the whole fam... most notably, our dear nephew T who is looking all too grown up in the most recent photos. I'm sure that he'll tell Paul how awesome he is because T sure likes Paul... Adorable? You better believe it.

Hmm. What else? What else? It's way too cold now, so I'm freezing at the moment.

Oh, and we wrote the biggest check of our lives last night, as we signed over the earnest money on our new digs... Actually, we didn't write the check; the attorney felt it would be easier if he wrote it, so Paul just signed it. Interesting. Also, interesting - Said attorney said "Fuggedaboutit" quite a few times in our meeting... Awesome. Oh, and he sat by Guy Fieri during a private dinner, and Guy kept saying, "I'm having dinner with Tony Soprano" referring to our attorney. Yep, we're in good hands.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Gobble Gobble Goo and Gobble Gobble Giggle...

I love Thanksgiving. Best day of the year.

I noticed this year that Paul and I have created a Turkey Day tradition of our own... not cooking on actual Thanksgiving. Rather, we go to a friend's house for the big day and then cook for ourselves the following weekend. See, I cannot live without leftovers. Cannot.Do.It. ... But I also cannot imagine a Turkey Day of just two people; the day is all about bringing people together, so I will always forgo Thanksgiving at my house if it means spending the day with awesome people.


Also, we held our 3rd Annual Turkey Day Wii Bowling Championship... Paul won this year, which seems ridiculously unfair to our guests... but oh well. (2007 Champion - Cecilija, 2008 Champion - Joanie)


Oh, and in case you are wondering... the gravy graved; the jello gelled; the turkey turked; the rolls rolled; the stuffing stuffed; the potatoes mashed; the green beans casseroled... You could say it was a good day.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

A few old faves...

Sadly, Paul worked all day today, so after my homegirlie left (to see New Moon), I went through some old photos on the computer. What a treat.

And now I shall share.

We went to SF once, and it was awesome.
We went to the beach with M&M when we were in CA applying for visas.
On that same trip, we met G's new vespa.
And I posed for our new camera.
I visited Paul when he was in Madrid, and we visited Barcelona.
Paul turned 24 almost 4 years ago, and to celebrate, I bought a new camera for myself before taking him to sushi for bday dinner.
We went to the HPOE a month or so before getting engaged.
Paul was very adorable on that trip.
I was my crazy, normal self.

Get ready for it...

It's my favorite time of year: ELF YOURSELF time!

Unfortch, I didn't save my videos from last year (which is sad b/c those made me lol, rotfl...), but I may just splurge this year once I find the perfect pictures. Until then, enjoy these of Paul, E, T, I & me! I love my little darling sobrinos!


Send your own ElfYourself eCards

(Another one to come... but for some reason it is taking eons to load.)
Send your own ElfYourself eCards

Monday, November 16, 2009

I'm a professional.

Don't try this at home. You might not be quite so successful.

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Well done, Steffa. Well done.

(Get it? Get it?)

Three Wolf Moon + Twilight = How Could It Not Be Awesome

Watch it.
You'll thank me.

Fall Fiesta 2009

Last weekend (as in 11.6 - 11.8), we rented a cabin up near the Catskills. We had a jolly-good time. Here's some proof.










Friday, November 6, 2009

Wha?!?!

For reals? This is talent.


Thursday, October 29, 2009

HalloWEEZER!

I love Weezer... ever since '94 with the release of the Blue Album, and anyone who has visited a home of mine (before Brooklyn) should remember my huge W wall hanging. (Thanks Angy for buying said wall hanging and promptly handing it over.)

Terrible photo of me... but you can see the Weez on the wall.

Anywho, Weezer is playing a show in NYC on Saturday - Halloween! The second tickets went on sale, I snagged a pair - good thing, too, because they sold out super-fast.

... And then my friend called and invited me to a super exclusive 220 fan show courtesy of iHeartRadio.com. Unfortunately, Paul couldn't make it - so sad!

The House of Weez rocked a short set... kicking it off with a Rivers + orchestra rendition of Coldplay's "Viva La Vida." THEN the full band did the unexpected and played "Why Bother" from Pinkerton; Weezer rarely plays anything from Pinkerton, so this was a treat. 2 new songs and 2 classics rounded out the set, and I'm now ready for the Hammerstein Ballroom Saturday night for my HalloWEEZER extravaganza!

... Oh, and I'm definitely considering purchasing a WUGGIE - the Weezer Snuggie, of course.

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oh, and this is awesome for CSI fans... just click on the image to zoom and then proceed to chuckle.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

We (apparently) Did The Mash!


Thanks Melissa!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

It's the Great Pumpkin, Steffa-Effa!

Linus: He'll come here because I have the most sincere pumpkin patch and he respects sincerity.

Sally Brown: Do you really think he will come?

Linus: Tonight the Great Pumpkin will rise out of the pumpkin patch. He flies through the air and brings toys to all the children of the world.

Sally Brown: That's a good story.

Linus: You don't believe the story of the Great Pumpkin? I thought little girls always believed everything that was told to them. I thought little girls were innocent and trusting.

Sally Brown: Welcome to the 20th century!

My mom should love this post...


When I was maybe 13 or 14, my mom made the executive decision that we would no longer purchase real punkies to carve. She, instead, purchased a plastic, electric punkie that lit up all on its own... since Angy and I were old enough not to entertain ourselves with such childish (read: messy) tasks. Sadness filled our hearts. Angy loved carving the punkie, and she always cleaned the guts. I, on the other hand, loved the carving but refused to do any of the gut-cleaning. (For me, this brings to mind the story of The Little Red Hen but never mind that now.)

Somehow, and I really don't know how, my mom has never lived down this story. For Angy and I, we relive how ridiculously we acted as kids. For my mom, she relives the memory of the fake Christmas tree simultaneously.

Anyway, after many, many, many years... Paul and I carved a punkie tonight! Not only did I help carve the thing (the eyes & nose are courtesy of moi), but I helped gut it... AND I toasted the punkie seeds. DELICIOUS! (Lots of salt, thank you.)


Our Brooklyn buds, T&D, cleaned and carved alongside us. Paul & I actually bought a little punkie carving kit (this one), and within minutes (literally), all of the carving pieces broke. The only piece that remained intact was the gut-scooper - also known as the 'orange spoon,' also known as the 'least useful tool in the kit.' Oh well. Butter knives did the trick. Each punkie is a sight to behold. Much pride. Much pride.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Killin' time...


As it turns out, I'm a teensy bit sick. Not flu-sick or anything... Just a hefty cough and a slight sore throat (and maybe a fever and dizzy spell here or there).

Anywho, today we had planned to go see Where the Wild Things Are since I've been going stir-crazy the past couple of days (sick girls stay home). Plus the CMJ Music Festival ends tomorrow, so we wanted to hit up an Au Revoir Simone show tonight. First, though, I convinced Paul to treat me to breakfast. About 3/4 into the walk, I coughed up a lung... then about 3/4 through the line, I felt dizzy; I thought that just maybe I would pass out right there and then... but sure enough, I hung on... Though the entire situation was embarrassing; I sat on wet chairs and ground; I lay my head on the counter as Paul stood in the waiting line. The owner inquired about my well being not only while we were in line but also while we ate. Paul made the executive decision that I am not yet well enough to be in public.

No movie. Boo.

Believe it or not, I feel far worse for Paul than I do for myself. For 1, he has to hear me complain about being slightly sick and then just seconds later reassure him that I am not sick. Plus, he lives for weekends... seriously. He gets down if we do not adequately fill up weekend days with amazing adventures. Today, though, has looked something like this (rather than the afternoon movie and evening rock show we had planned on)...

After returning from breakfy, I napped for a couple of hours, and my dear husband cleaned our apartment... including unpacking from our week in Phoenix. Isn't he a doll? And then, he let me make a grocery list for the week but refused to let me join him on the journey. He's a doll and then some, no doubt.

Anyway, he's been ridic-productive (and unfortunately for him, productivity that involves cleaning the house does not equal fun nor adventurous), while I have napped, read, played on Facebook... and now, while he's at the store, I'm blogging and sharing my new hairdo with ya'll... and coughing a little bit too.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Yep, it's true.






We're weirdos.


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Fall & Randoms





Okay, so Blogger totally kills vibrant photos... Blurgh, I say. Anyhoo, Fall is in full swing in the northeast, so I thought I'd share. We've actually rented a cabin a few hours north of the city for a weekend in November. Can't wait to roast marshmallows and make ooey-gooey s'mores!

In other news, I saw Ivanka Trump on some terrible morning show speaking about her new book, and man, that lady is composed! Are we really the same age? I now realize why she's a gazillionaire and why, well, I'm not. (You know, aside from the whole gazillionaire-father thing she's got going on.) Does anyone want to invest in sending me to her Charm School alma mater? Or maybe I should start by reading her book... and practicing my ol' SAT vocabulary.

Aaaaannnnnd my bestie's Dad was on Glenn Beck (Blech, more like) last night. Word to having a celebrity in my extended family!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

How can you not love these pups?!

Seriously, Paul and I oooo'd and aaaaw'd over these commercials. Adorable.



Friday, October 2, 2009

Yeah, Diana!



My new Diana F+ camera rocks in its plastic-lensed glory. Love it... Paul picked up the first roll from processing this week, and while they're not all awesome, I am dreaming of what I can create with my new dear friend.


Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Same Ol' Steffa


I wrote this on Christmas in 1998. My friend, Brie, found it recently and knew that I would appreciate it, so she sent it to me... She also sent me a letter that Paul wrote to her that I'm forbidden to publish due to embarrassing handwriting... The handwriting is that funny.

Anyway, this cracks me up for so many reasons. It proves that I've always been the same combination of wacky, dramatic, happy and loving of Paul!

Enjoy... and try not to be too embarrassed for me.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Reliving Our Youth - One Punk Rock Show At A Time...


Every now and again, a band from our punk-rock-teenagedom tours through NY. It's always hilarious b/c there's never a soul in the club under the age of 26... and yet we all rock out as though we're still 17.

Last night was one such night. A high school fave of mine, Face to Face, blew through NYC, and we were lucky enough to get tickets. I actually purchased tickets months ago - the day they went on sale to be exact... and Paul and I just knew that we were totally going to forget about the show until after it passed.

Fortunately, we didn't forget. Fortunately, I had my oh-so-lovely point-and-shoot camera, which took some sweet video. Fortunately, neither of us were injured, and the camera was fine too... even though I was elbowed on the top of my head, and my precious camera was accidentally slapped by some girl.

Many funny moments occurred... There's just something about a group of pushing-30s to late-30s and early 40s rockin' out to punk rock that just seems hysterical. I overheard and participated in many a convo about 'back in high school' and 'what was it - 1997 - or something?'.

But three things stood out for me, and I'd like to share...
  1. I was never a mosh-pit-girl per se, but every once in a while I would jump into a more happy-go-lucky pit (as opposed to an angry pit). This really only happened during my most fave bands... Last night, I kept thinking, "Hmmm... It doesn't look so bad during this song." Or, "There's that slower part coming up." I tried to convince myself that it'd be okay, but some things kept popping into my mind that I never had to think about back in '97 (or whenever)... "I'd look pretty bad if I showed up to my meeting with a black eye tomorrow." "Hmm. I have to catch a flight on Saturday, and I have so much work to do tomorrow to get ready for a week off, so I really can't afford to spend time in the ER or in pain with a broken collarbone."
  2. As I walked out of the venue, I heard a fella in a similar vein say, "Yeah, I totally wanted to crowd surf, but I have more expensive things in my pockets than I did when I was younger... Yeah, I didn't have credit cards back then. It was basically, 'Hey, Dad! Can I have some money?' So if I lost something back then, I could just ask my Dad for more money."
  3. Face to Face is playing another show in NYC next week, and Trever Keith (lead singer) asked if anyone in the crowd had enough money to go to that show too... Pretty much everyone in the crowd cheered and raised their hands to which Mr. Keith said, "I love punk rockers with a bank account!"
That pretty much sums it all up. We've (mostly) all (mostly) grown out of the whole punk rock lifestyle - with the late nights, angst and crazy fashion sense, but we're all trying to keep it alive even if just one night a year when a fave band from high school comes to town...

Sunday, September 13, 2009

My spare time...



I may be the biggest time-waster ever.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

A Laborless Labor Day (and then some)

It wasn't a photogenic week for me.

Labor Day Recap

Paul had Thursday through Monday off because of the looooooooong hours worked the previous few weeks. I decided to join him on Friday with a pre-Labor Day vacation day. We enjoyed one of the greatest weekends in existence... it's true. We even celebrated by staying up late on Thursday!

Friday - Coney Island with some friends. You know what that means... Delicious hot dogs and chili-cheese fries. Mmmmm! Pat, Paul's co-workin' bestie, ordered a corn dog with sauerkraut. Didn't work out quite as he had planned (as I'm sure you can imagine).
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See what I mean?
The very beginning of our Dorney Park adventure!

Saturday - Dorney Park & Wildwater Kindom in Allentown, PA with a friend. Paul and Brad rode vomit-and-death-inducing rides, while I took photos with my delightful point-and-shoot. I rode the 'kiddie' roller coaster, and I must admit that it was the most terrifying ride of my life... No, really. Anyway,there were 0 lines on the rides, and we figured out that everyone was at the water park... The water park was a blast (x10), but seriously, what fools - they could've ridden every single ride in less than an hour.
They rode this for me b/c I was obsessed with how deadly it looked.
They were literally facing the pavement on this - 90 degree angle for 175 feet. Can I get a "where's the vomit?"!
Seriously, the highest drop ever... Ugh! No thank you!
I was almost convinced to go on this ride. Maybe next time...
Admittedly, this is not my best photo, but c'mon, I had been wave-poolin' it up!

Sunday - A deliciously relaxing picnic in our one and only Prospect Park.

Monday - Fun times in Manhattan spending my b-day gift cards and a deliciously raucous picnic in T&D's 'hood park.

Sadly, the long weekend had to come to an end... soooooooo sad. But you know what follows a long weekend? ... ... ... A short week, of course! Can you believe it's already Thursday?! WOOOT!

Oh, and last night I prepared Chicken Curry for dinner... as in INDIAN food. How astonished are you? PLUS, T&D brought us awesome place mats from their trip to India, so the setting... er, table-scape was uber-authentic.