January 3, 2014

2014 Started Off with a Bang

2014 has begun and I can already tell this is going to be a good year.  Here are my random thoughts on the happenings of the New Year so far:

I discovered Arrested Development.  Not sure how I had gone the last 10 years without watching a single episode, but Netflix for the win.  Jason Bateman is in my life for the next few weeks while I binge watch all 4 seasons.

Speaking of binge watching, our Netflix has been quite busy.  We decided about 6 months ago that we were going to rewatch Jack Bauer and all his glory.  We just finished season 6 in record time. This is the kind of stuff I love about winter.

NYE was low key for us, but it was impressive that we made it until midnight (since we were up at 4:30 that morning for a training on Long Island.) But the best surprise was being able to have a perfect view of the Central Park fireworks right from my couch.  Starting the New Year with a bang is always good.

My first meal of the new year was French Toast from my favorite diner.

We bought a juicer.  I love it and my husband has volunteered to be the cleaner of it.  WIN.

We drank this on New Year's Day just to make sure all the champagne was consumed. That was an amazing idea.

We are working on our NYC bucket list and we have 20 months to complete it.  Any suggestions are appreciated.

The first real snow of the year happened last night and the storm was named Hercules.  As much as storms suck, I like that they name them now.  Also, my phone notified me last night that I was under a Gale warning. That has never happened to me before.

I joined a DietBet and I'm determined to win this time.  It's the 3rd and I've had no dessert or beer yet this year.  That also might be just a coincidence because I haven't been to the store, but I'll take it as a win.

We have received a few messages regarding weekends in the spring that we have open for visitors and that makes my heart OH SO HAPPY.  

Minnesotans make up so much of the Olympic hockey teams this year, including a New York Ranger that went to my high school.  I will be GLUED to the television this year with my red, white and blue gear.  Plus, it's another excuse to get myself new sweatpants.

One of my favorite people in the entire world is a consultant for a software company and she received her assignment for the first part of this year and she will be in the NORTHEAST.  I'm so excited to spend a few weekends with her.  She is the ultimate partner in crime and I miss her SOOO much.

So, I will be making up my "resolutions" over the weekend and I'm pretty excited about them.  Happy first Friday of 2014.  Make it count people.  


  1. Our Netflix has been getting a workout too! It's so hard to say no to just "one more episode" ;-)

  2. arrested development is the best!!! i love it so much. and that drink looks soooo good.

  3. Arrested Development is amazing. We just recently discovered it to and watched all the seasons. I cannot believe they cancelled it....boo:(

  4. No dessert or beer so far this year FOR THE WIN! You are gonna kill that DietBet!

  5. Yay for starting the new year right! I can't even talk about this stupid storm though. And best of luck with the Diet Bet :)

  6. Oh gosh I love you.
    Any excuse for new sweatpants!

    And yes, one of those spring weekends is US babay!

    Also, my crazy co-worker is Mike Gale and I told him I am going to steal the icon and send it around the office to be on "Gale Watch" and then of course the treaded "Gale Warning"!! Hahaha

    Love you boo.

  7. That drinks looks really good! When it comes to the diet bets, my mom loves them! She has lost so much weight because she knows other people are keeping track of her. It is a great way to keep up your determination!

    xo. Kailagh

  8. That drink looks so good! I can't wait until the Olympics are on and it's awesome that you got to see the fireworks right from your window,

  9. honestly, once you get used to not eating dessert or any of the sweets, you just don't want to anymore. sometimes you get cravings so i'll tell you a secret: eat some fruit. all you really want is the sweet taste and once you have that (via healthy fruit), the craving goes away. eat some fruit and then drink a huge glass of water. works every time.

    Vodka and Soda

  10. Netflix has taken over my life. Between Breaking Bad & Lost I am watching way too much television!

  11. LOL - "it might be a coincidence that I haven't been to the store." That so sounds like me.

    I've been binge watching on Netflix, too. Orange is the New Black, I've just started Sons of Anarchy, and we watched the first couple episodes of Arrested Development season 4.

  12. I haven't been binge watching lately and that makes me sad.

    I want you to eat family style at La Mela in Little Italy and ring the bull's balls bell for your NYC bucket list. Also walk over the Brooklyn Bridge. That one is on my bucket list.

  13. Ahhh, hooray for binge watching. That is exactly how I caught up on the first 5 seasons of Son of Anarchy! And Jack Bauer, be still my heart!!!

    I just bought a juicer on NYE, what brand did you get? I'm not sure if the one I got is very good...

  14. I love that you are taking the time to sit down and figure out what you want to do for your resolutions. Dietbet is a great way to start the new year off. You can do it!! ANDDD That drink looks absolutely fabulous.

  15. We did a low key NYE too. Hung out with friends at the apartment and celebrated. Did an unlimited booze brunch on New Years Day!

    Hercules was weak. They should have named that storm Hurricane Wussy.

    Happy New Year!

  16. Oh I would be really, really happy if I got a juicer AND a juicer cleaner! That is definitely a win-win for you!

  17. I WISH my first meal had been french toast- yum! And NYE being low key is def the way to go!

  18. Happy 2014!! What kind of juicer did you get? I've been looking for one!

  19. My cat's name is Bauer for a reason and I loooove AD but still haven't watched the netflix season. I watch a rerun at least once a week though!

  20. Is it Derek the Ranger you went to HS with?

    We haven't gotten into Arrested Development yet, but my Netflix binges have been at an ALL TIME HIGH!! I blame it on the cold weather, but I've busted through Hart of Dixie, Revenge, Flashpoint, The Lying Game, and I just re-started Glee. Mind you, I've watched all of them in the last 1.5 months. Honk the loser alert.


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