Monday, December 31, 2012

BECAUSE...2012 has gone like the wind. Like a fast wind. Pshooooo

It has been one of the most challenging and rewarding years - you've been good to me and you will be sorely missed

In 2012 I...
-Finished all parts of the CPA exam
my last, my retake
the day i took it
-Got a new roommate
-Stopped borrowing money and started paying it off. #dieNYUdie
-Bought my first big screen TV. Bought my first TV period
-Took up snowboarding
- Said yes to this guy
-Went to the world discipleship summit in San Antonio, TX and spent a weekend with 18,000+ disciples
-Transitioned and embraced a new ministry at church
-Took a wine tasting class

-Developed a caffeine addiction that I've yet to shake but am toying with the idea of seeking some professional help
-Redecorated my east village studio
-Racked up some major frequent flyer miles and free nights at the Marriott
-Bought my first real Christmas tree and determined to continue this tradition forward in every home I will own

But there were also a few tearful goodbyes in 2012:
-My cherry red Miu Miu wallet and everything that was in it (so traumatizing)
-My long long long hair (it's growing back one day, one centimetre at a time)
-Our beta fish, Bathsheba, more affectionally known as Baba
-Many many pairs of shoes, see *shop my closet*
-The girl I owe everything roommate from Junior year, the girl who introduced me to Jesus, studied the bible with me and put me in the water on May. 11, 2010, moved to Spain to be with her fiance *eye rolling* kidding. I couldn't be more thrilled for you. Alan is a LUCKY man. 

In 2013 I hope to...
-Fly to another state/country to go snowboarding
-Learn to use my SLR that I bought two years ago as a graduation gift to myself. The dial's never left "auto"
-Stop letting things go bad in my fridge before I get to it. Almond milk and peaches you are TRICKY! I've got the ripening avocados w/out spoiling them down to a science though in case you were wondering
-Learn more about wine. I hear Spanish wine is up and coming.
-Baptize someone
-Finish reading the Bible from start to finish
-Learn to budget, Linda does-puts me to shame.

Thank you 2012, you were good to me for so many reasons...

2013, let's do it!

From us to you with all our love,
two best friends ringing in another new year in our beloved city

Sunday, December 23, 2012

BECAUSE I'm searching for the perfect burger...

and I have to say that my favorite...all the 5 napkin burger at 5 napkin in nyc....yes i've had in-and-out and shake shack and i have to say, i'm prejudiced to the shake shack over in-and-out but 5 napkin takes the medal.
shown here w/ sweet potato fries. that gruyere cheese.......
oh that and the big mac at mcdonalds....I probably lost all credibility with that comment but oh well. I LOVE IT. and i will not be ashamed of my true love.

which comes to my next pt....I need to find the perfect burger in LA. I'll be there for a 5th trip this year in 2 days (yes I'm flying on xmas day....) and I plan to eat to my heart's content. Here's whats on my radar:

1..Comme Ça
8479 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood CA 90069
2.  The Oinkster
2005 Colorado Boulevard, Eagle Rock CA 90041
3. Hawkins House of Burgers
11603 Slater Street, Los Angeles, CA 90059
4. Lazy Ox Canteen
241 S. San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 

wish me luck! will report back! 

from us to you with all our love,
two best friends and lady liberty

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

BECAUSE I love figs...

I love figs...figs are expensive in the city and extremely seasonal. I've been eyeing the union square market stands for months in the summer for the figs to come out. And I never thought I'd drop this *news* first in a fig post...but there is a chance (I'm praying for it at least) that I'll be relocating soon to a place where figs are aplenty.
img from seriouseats

so when i saw this post in one of my favorite food blogs, I thought I'd share with the rest of you fig lovers out there.

ten things to do with figs!!!

And now I'm craving a fig and prosciutto open-face sandwich...they seem to pair those two a lot....and what complimentary flavors, sweet and oh so savory mmm

from us to you with all our love,
two best friends and lady liberty

Monday, December 17, 2012

BECAUSE “New York, I Love You XOXOX.”....

WHO IS GOSSIP GIRL!!!!!!! I'm dying to know. I didn't know this was the SERIES finale. oh man!
img from hollywood life

another show setting in nyc still mourning the end of SATC - sigh I can't get enough of you new york...

too bad I'll be missing it. must check on hulu later. I'll be working late again. def way past 9pm. In other words, I'll also be missing jp and ashley h's wedding on abc. on bummer.

I know what I'll be doing during break in 3 days!!!

from us to you with all our love,
two best friends and lady liberty

BECAUSE xmas is just around the corner Part II - for your girl


1. headphones in rose gold 2. diamond ring 3. some more of that gorgeous herkimer diamond 4. snake ring

from us to you with all our love,
two best friends and lady liberty

BECAUSE xmas is just around the corner Part I - for Mama

so buy buy away!!! Idk how far you're through your shopping list but I have my work cut out for me, I need to try out luvocracy soon. my invite waits in my inbox!!!

1. bento kit 2.booties   3. print from minted 4. lid holder 5. more lid guard  6. sippy cup
from us to you with all our love,
two best friends and lady liberty

BECAUSE they did it again...


I'm getting such a kick out of this...

from us to you with all our love,
three best friends who love to text!!!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

BECAUSE Mike'll be back again...

and then I'll take him here

from us to you with all our love,
two best friends and one of them missing her bf...

Saturday, December 15, 2012

BECAUSE I believe in second chances...

I think their cupcake is crap....when it comes to cupcakes, sex and the city got it all wrong. I mean c'mon....of all the bakeries in nyc....magnolia's has the best cupcakes? PUH-LEEZ!

clearly it's billy's... try the banana nut. and buy a bottle of milk from a bodega nearby. you'll need it.

anywayyyy. but check this out

red velvet cheesecake at magnolias....
guess i'll be making a visit to their west village location in the next 7 days. ahem.

from us to you with all our love,
two best friends and lady liberty

Friday, December 14, 2012

BECAUSE Psalm 34:17-18

It's hard to put into words the way my stomach feels. It's twisting so hard I feel nauseous. There is nothing to throw up though, I'm fasting today.

I found out through fb newsfeed. Everyone on fb is posting about praying....Then I googled it. Then I called Mike then mom. I want to pull those twins out of school right now and home school them myself. But what good will that do? My first thought was "when will we just outlaw guns?" but what good will that do? A huge part of me, like 98% is furious. I just want justice. I want them to be punished. The world is so broken it makes me so angry my jaw is hurting....I know God is hurting with me.

This is so nonsensical... so cruel. It's a week before Christmas. I'm seeing stockings with names on it and piles of presents under the tree. If I were a mom, I'd be on my way to pick up my kids right now. I'm trying to pray to God for some kind of comfort but I feel completely shaken. Can we please at least leave children out of this?

photo credit: kara may
What else is there to say?

I'll be praying the rest of today for all the families and children...

I'm leaving work early. I'm not working today. I feel drained.

"for the Lord God is a sun and shield..."
"The Lord is close to the brokenhearted"

Everyone is praying Lord....

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

BECAUSE on 12-12-12....

my two best friends texted me at the exact same time. NO joke.

why yes that's a painting for my beloved new york as my phone background....sigh....feeling so homesick

from us to you with all our love,
two best friends and lady liberty

Monday, December 10, 2012

BECAUSE if you had $12 to spare...

Ya'll, Luke's Lobster rolls out a new item-go try it now. I know I'm going to before I leave NYC for the holiday break. And just my luck, I live 2 blocks from one. Here are the locations for my fellow manhattan-ites but my question is:

why wouldn't you already know where they are?! if you live here and haven't got to one yet...I judge you.

Luke's Lobster
East Village location
93 East 7th Street, New York, NY 10003 (map)
Upper East Side location
242 East 81st Street, New York, NY 10028 (map)
Upper West Side location
426 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10024 (map)

 oh boy...and now I'm craving their BBQ chips and that blueberry soda.

from us to you with all our love,
two best friends and lady liberty

Saturday, December 8, 2012

BECAUSE you're so darn cute!

lookkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk at how TINY this is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm going to put one in Sami's stocking teehee...

she's gotten girly FINALLY and interested in ugg boots and putting her hair up and chapsticks. I'm beside myself. I can't wait to be home in a week and half and take her to hollister but more likely than not, mom will usher us into GAP. stay tuned for L+S's first girls day at the mall EVER!

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday but christmas is a close second and I'm so excited to do all the traditional Christmas things w/ the twins this year. 9....9 and I'm missing everything. BUT NOT THIS CHRISTMAS!!!

SO let the countdown begin! count with me! 10 more days til I'm home!!! 12 more before mike joins us in st. louis. Aaron has already made mike his second best friend (papa's still number 1-but not for long mwahahahha)

From us to you with all our love,
two best friends and lady liberty

Thursday, December 6, 2012

BECAUSE I ate a lot....

here's what I ingested as of late...most of this happened OUTSIDE of NYC- shocker.

hungry at work....

from us to you with all our love,
two best friends and lady liberty