My sister received this game, Quelf, which she had been going on and on about since playing it at camp. I see what she means, it’s a pretty fun game. Basically you move your character around the board and stop at the various colors and pick up the corresponding color card and follow the instructions, which include things as: “Read this and every card throughout the game as a charismatic pastor,” or “touch everything through the rest of the game with only your pinky and thumb,” etc. I need to get my own, played with certain personalities, I might just die from laugher.
Despite trying to cut down on the sweets, my mom has been raving about these chocolates she received from work, so I had to try one.
She was right, this was one of the best chocolates I have ever had, in fact, I might be reaching, but I think it was the best. I had a hazelnut praline.
Yesterday, the 28th, was my sister’s 13th birthday. To celebrate I took her into downtown Philadelphia. I was shocked when we arrived in the train station of my little town to see the ticket counter line nearly out the door. Thankfully we purchased our tickets right as the train arrived and jumped on board.
This is the Christmas tree in the center of our town. Next year the township will be using a tree from our backyard. My mom sent in a picture of the tree last year, the township came around, inspected and gave her the go for Christmas 2009. She’s so excited and making plans for the empty space that will be available in the backyard post tree cutdown.
Once in Philadelphia, we immediately headed to the Comcast center for their Christmas show. Every year since I was a little girl someone, usually my grandma, has taken me into the city to see the annual light show and The Christmas Carol village. Comcast recently added their 3D show into the mix. I was impressed by the quality, and it was nice to see something new, it will definitely be apart of my annual tradition.
Before heading to Macy’s, where both the light show and village are now located, my sister and I grabbed lunch. We headed to La Creperie cafe. I love this place and have been coming here since a 9th grade French class field trip.
While I originally ordered a crepe with mozzarella, tomato, basil, apple, and roasted almonds, the busy waiter misunderstood my french and I ended up with mushrooms, egg, and cheese. It wasn’t what I had a taste for, but it was good. I’ve never had an order mix up at this place and they were understaffed so I didn’t feel like sending it back. Oh, and when I say misunderstood my french, I don’t mean to say I ordered le champignon (mushroom) instead of le pomme (apple) but rather he misheard the name of the dish Le Normande.
For dessert, I was going to order a sweet crepe, but my sister loves creme brulee, and it was her birthday, so…I had a few bites, and it was pretty good. My sister polished it clean.
We got to Macy’s with about 40 minutes until the next light show, so to make the most of our time we headed to the christmas village. Unfortunately, the line was misleading and kept wrapping around. After more than 30 minutes we finally were in the village itself which takes about 10-15 minutes to walk through. Thus we missed the light show and didn’t have time to sit around for another hour for the next.
The village begins with Charles Dickens explaining the premises and background of his story. “Marley was dead: to begin with. There was no doubt about that…”
Scrooge and his nephew.
Ghost coming to hunt Scrooge for the night, this part always scares the little kids.
Ghost of holiday present.
Before returning to the train, we took a look at the holiday train setup at the Philadelphia Convention Center.
It’s an impressive train display, and so many fast moving trains!
To continue my sister’s 13th birthday celebration we went to Dave and Busters that night. I was hungry but at the same time still full from lunch so I ordered a greek salad and some fries to munch on.
At home we had birthday cake of course. I originally just wanted icing, I love good icing, but the cake was amazing as well so I went back for a second small piece.
Given everyone’s preference for lots of icing or a small piece, the cake ended up looking like this.
Of course we used stoneware!
Not so long afterwards we had tons of cookies.
I loved the sugar cookie recipe, it included a bit of orange zest to give it a bit of zing. We made lots of cut-outs including the norm, christmas trees, stars, holly, snowmen, but I also had to add in a giraffe. I love giraffes!
Later in the afternoon, I headed to my grandma’s.
Dinner was also at her house which consisted of salmon cakes, spinach, potato salad, string beans, ham, and deviled eggs. I had a bit of the first 3.
Also had some pound cake, love my grandmother’s pound cake!
There was also a huge apple pie which my grandma was raving about it, but I didn’t have a taste for apple pie last night.
Oh my gosh was this good!
A few minutes later I found a bag of my own under the tree 🙂
After yesterday’s bus debacle I’m glad to keep my traveling to a few hours this year, and I get to play with the doggies.
What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace.”
~ Agnes M. Pahro
As it turns out I should have taken the bus yesterday after all! My bus broke down 15 miles outside of Philadelphia at 1:30 and I’m just now on the new bus, at 4:07 pm.
It’s finally beginning to feel like Christmas! I know I’ve been baking, and partying, and seeing Christmas lights, but it just didn’t seem like Christmas to me until this morning. Originally I was planning on going back to Philadelphia yesterday afternoon, but I really wanted to get some additional lab work done so my mom paid to switch my bus ticket to today, thanks Mom!
Look how pretty they are! Can’t wait to try them out, unfortunately I left them in NYC so they’ll have to wait until I return.
I was seriously so excited when I opened up the package and saw McNulty’s. I’ve never been to the place my 5.5 years in the city and had intended on going last Thursday but my bags were already heavy and I needed to get home. Sorry, I should back up, McNulty’s is a gourmet tea and coffee shop in Manhattan, and I’ve seen nothing but great ratings about the place on Yelp!
My cousin also decided to come visit this weekend so I’ve been playing tour guide for the last 24-hours. Despite the cold and snow today it was great seeing New York all decorated for the holidays!! We hit just about every spot from 34th st to 63rd, walking the entire way!
My gift was perfect, a vegan cookbook. I can’t wait to give the recipes a try!
For the rest of the day I see:
- lunch with old coworkers
- picking up my cousin and doing christmas things around the city
- spin class