Monthly Archives: November 2009

Radio City Christmas Spectacular

Last night I went to the Radio City Music Hall and saw the Christmas Spectacular! It’s the first time I’ve ever seen the Rockettes. It was definitely very kid friendly, but it was cute. I enjoyed myself and can now say I’ve both been to Radio City Music Hall and seen the Rockettes.

They did all kinds of dancing from ballet to tap. I was really surprised that the girls actually sang while dancing and they sounded so good. I was very impressed. Not with the child 3 rosw in front of us who threw a tantrum for 45 minutes, but with the show for sure.

Also, some of the schwag they had was crazy. Martini glasses with kicking legs, fans with skirts that spin parallel to the floor as if dancing – all kinds of kooky things.

During the show, I had kind of an idiot moment. There’s a scene where some kids are reading the Christmas story from the Bible. I was like…this is really weird that they have this in there. Why would they include this? That is how much NYC has worn on me. Helloooooo?!? Christmas is one of the major pillars of the Christian religion. Why would that NOT be included?! In my New York mind people would be upset or angry that that was included because they may not be Christian and so many people here are so touchy. But how do you have a Christmas spectacular without including that?! I felt a little ashamed that I actually had that thought.

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Knit Life

I recently finished my first Christmas presents. A hat and matching scarf. I still have quite a bit to do, but I’m proud of myself. One person down. No pictures, because well, they could see this.

I am also trying to finish this wrap I’ve been working on since late summer. I’ve taken breaks from it because the cabling just drove my crazy – it was so time consuming! Then, when I finished the cabled part, I needed to add the edges and picking up 750 stitches seemed so daunting, that I put it down for quite a while. Well, I’m motivated again and have 2.5 of the sides done. It will be done before the weekend. I’m proud of it and it’s one of my favorite yarns ever!

AT&T Commercials with Luke Wilson

This weekend, while catching up on my football, I saw some new AT&T commercials with Luke Wilson in them. Maybe it’s that I really like it, but I really like these commercials. I like his voice. I love how he’s throwing postcards all over the map. That makes me sounds obsessed with him, but I promise I’m not. I just think the commercial is cute. It’s actually 2 commercials. The way I saw them was one was played, then some other commercial, then the second.

However cute, these commercials don’t change my dislike for AT&T. Verizon, AT&T and Sprint probably all have equivalent coverage across the country. It doesn’t change the fact that here in NYC, people with AT&T constantly drop calls, don’t get texts or voicemails and generally have problems getting phone coverage. I’m sure having the iPhone is great and all, but at the end of the day, it’s a phone. My cell is my only phone, and if it doesn’t function as what, we’ve got some problems.

I want:

This! Because, well, it’s cute. My only concern is that the site says for cold drinks only. I want to put tea in it!

Christmas Ads

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It seems to me that this year there has been a delay in the over the top amount of Christmas ads that you see after Halloween, but before Black Friday. I don’t know if it is a product of the Recession or what, but I feel like usually at this time of year, you see a majority of ads on tv that are for something you should buy someone for Christmas. That doesn’t feel like the case to me this year.

I also feel like this is something I should have some insight into, but I don’t work on CPG or Electronics, so I can’t really speak intelligently about whether budgets are down.

I’m not complaining, I’m just saying, it’s weird that I don’t feel like I’m seeing a lot of Christmas stuff yet this year. And typically the more I see the more in the Christmas spirit I get. It doesn’t feel like November to me at all. It still feels like October. Some of that also has to do with the fact that it has been unreasonably nice here on the weekends (for November). At this time last year I was listening to Amy Grant sing Christmas carols all day via my Pandora. This year I don’t even like the thought of Amy Grant yet. I completed my first Christmas present this weekend, but it feels like I’m starting too early…although, I know truthfully, I’m starting a little late.

I blame the weather and the lack of ads. I’m going to need to do something soon to get me feeling like it’s going to be Christmas soon.

Steak Saltimbocca

I’ve had this recipe for Steak Saltimbocca I’ve been wanting to try for over a year in my email box. I finally went and bought all the ingredients and decided to make it this week. I got really busy with work and the steak sat in the fridge for a few days, but it was still good…didn’t smell bad or anything.

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The first night we tried, Saturday, we were in a bit of a hurry to cram dinner in before going somewhere. The cook time wasn’t enough and the steaks weren’t done. We didn’t try to cook longer, just stuck them in the fridge since we had to go. Then we tried them again yesterday.

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The recipe seems so promising with skirt steak, provolone and prosciutto…and the pictures look SO good! It wasn’t. I was so disappointed. It just wasn’t good. I didn’t eat the whole thing and we threw away the left overs. I guess I won’t be making this again.