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The Anti-Black Friday… November 29, 2010

Filed under: Family,Food,Thanksgiving — Kelocity @ 10:25 pm
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We didn’t head out to the stores like the rest of America on Black Friday… But we did relax during the day and then ventured to Costco in the afternoon. (We joked that we are a family of Costco Lovers!)

Irving tried out the new 3D TVs (candid shot!)

After, we went to Sports Basement and scored an AMAZING deal on sneakers! The exact shoes I run in were $130 marked down to $75! I tried to buy two pairs, but sadly, they only had one left in my size.

Dinner was another fantastic (and slightly healthier) meal! Roasted Veggies, Salad and Beef.



With Wine of Course!


Saturday, EJ, Sarah and Mona went down to Monterey and Irving, Julie and I went into a vey rainy San Francisco to see the De Young Museum. It’s such a great museum.

Check out this Church that was built out of guns and bullets!

So Interesting!


We really enjoyed the traveling Post-Impressionist exhibit, but you couldn’t take pictures in there. We saw lots of Van Gogh, Cezzane and Renoir paintings including Van Gogh’s The Bedroom. He actually made three of these paintings and I saw one of them in Amsterdam in 2003!

When we got out of the Museum, the rain had cleared and the city was gorgeous!

We stopped for lunch at Picante in Berkeley! It was SO yummy! The Watermelon juice was the highlight for sure!

Northern California is so pretty. It really reminds me of New England!


Stay Tuned for more later as we take a side trip to Point Reyes!


A Year to be Thankful for…

Thanksgiving was a blast this year. It’s always fun when families from all over the country can get together to celebrate family. This time around, we headed up to San Francisco to Irving’s mom’s house.

We left late on Wednesday night to ‘beat’ the traffic rush. We hit a little bit on the grapevine heading out of Los Angeles…

But after that, it opened up and it was actually a really nice drive. Per usual, we stopped at Harris Ranch for dinner. I love that place. One of these days, we’re going to spend the night there, it’s just so cute.


On Thanksgiving Day, we woke up, and the cooking began!

I made my favorite Sweet Potato Casserole (the recipe from my Aunt Donna that I make for Thanksgiving every year). It’s so good!


Before we knew it, EJ (Irving’s sister) and  her wife Sarah had arrived…and jumped straight into the kitchen!

Sarah’s mom Mona and Nini struck up a conversation and entertained the cooks.IMG_2088


Irving also helped prepare our Thanksgiving meal…

Don’t worry…we woke him up to carve the Turkey!

Sarah made a fantastic Pecan Pie!


All the siblings-in-laws (is that a word?)

Our Turkey was AWESOME! I am not a huge turkey eater, but I really enjoyed this one.

Ok.. ready for the menu?

Wine & Rolls

Cranberry Sauce with Cream Cheese and Pecans

Sweet Potato Casserole

Peas with Pearl Onions


Green Bean Casserole

Pineapple and Cheese (I need to get this recipe, it was sugary goodness!)

Garlic Mashed Potatoes


Happy Thanksgiving!!

My Plate:

Cheers to a great family, all together!

And if that wasn’t enough food… perhaps we should have dessert? We had a whole bunch of treats including the Peacn Pie, Pumpkin Cheesecake and these chocolate covered dates we brought back from Dubai!

We finished off the night with a fun game of ‘Apples to Apples’. Even Nini played, it was so fun!

And then I think we all fell asleep with food comas. What a fun day!


A Year to be Thankful for… November 25, 2010

Filed under: Happy,Thanksgiving — Kelocity @ 4:00 am
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As I get older, I am trying to live more in the present and appreciate all the little gifts life has to offer. But Thanksgiving is the time to be especially appreciative of all the good things there are in the world.


In no particular order, here’s a list of things I’m thankful for this year:


  • My Husband! I fall more and more in love with him everyday. We’ve been married for 1.5 years and I still feel like a newlywed around him. I love giggling, exploring and thinking with him. He’s smart, handsome and fun.
  • My Knees! As they say in the “Everybody should wear sunscreen” song: Be kind to your knees, you’ll miss them when they’re gone! I had a year of uninjured running, and for that, I’m extremely grateful. My knees carried me across the Boston Marathon finish line this year. One of the proudest moments of my life. Thank you knees!
  • Babies! All three of my bridesmaids had babies or got pregnant this year! It’s the most amazing thing to see your childhood friends become parents. I love my little Harper and baby boy Hudson! (And Baby Cheerio on the way!)
  • Family! Living 3,000 miles away from your family is tough! But I was so thankful that I got to go home four times this year!
  • Travel! We will never take our ability to travel for granted. We are so lucky that we both enjoy seeing new places and exploring new cities together. Half the fun is planning our adventures, I don’t think it will ever get old.
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  • My Health! Enough said!


And some not so serious things I’m thankful for!!

  • Keurig Coffee Machines
  • Dunkin Donuts Coffee from Target
  • Netflix
  • Tetris
  • Rain in Los Angeles
  • Skype
  • Having my friends live so close!


What are YOU thankful for?


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