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Palette to Palate

Posted on March 20, 2019 by under Events.    

Brian and I got to experience a super fun party thanks to tickets from work and my coworker/friend Ebony. I’d always been curious about Palette to Palate but we’d never been able to go. With tickets at $300 per person, it’s definitely one of the more exclusive charity benefits in town. As you can imagine when I email came through about tickets being available, I jumped at the chance.

Here are a few pictures from the event.

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This is my coworker Yuvina and her sister Daisy.

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Us with Sierra Scott.

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Bonnie Bing and me.

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With Brandy (left) and her friend. I worked with Brandy at Spiegel 20 years ago. She and Brian also worked together at T-Mobile almost 20 years ago also.

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With Rachel and Joe at our table.

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Here’s a picture of the beautifully decorated hall (click on the pic to enlarge).

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Here’s a pic of one of the table centerpieces. The tables looked very elegant. They really did a great job.

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Our dinner menu for the evening.

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The salad course.

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Main course.

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Dessert!

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Here are just a few of the wines we got to try that night.

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There were so many wines to sample. I completely lost track!

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I should have gotten a better picture of this one (above) because it was Brian’s favorite. The one below was my favorite out of the wines we tasted.

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Besides all the wines during the tasting, we also had several full sized bottles of wine at our table. These were the selections:

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Out of this group, the Caymus was the one that Brian and I liked the best.

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We looked for our favorites at Groves and found them to be way out of our price range! They’re even more expensive than our favorite “expensive” wine. LOL.

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Besides the wine, we were also treated to some performance art by child prodigy Elisabeth Anisimow and Le Petit Cirque.

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Here are some fun photo booth pics from the event.

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This was such a fun event! I’m so glad Brian and I got to go. By the way, there are way more pictures than what you see here. Hop on over to Flickr to see the rest of our fun pictures from that evening!

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Dani D’s Birthday Lunch at DT

Posted on March 2, 2019 by under Events, Food and Drink.    

Just a few pics from Danielle’s birthday lunch at District Taqueria a few weeks ago.

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Here are some pictures of the delicious food we enjoyed.

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Pic of me with Missy and the birthday girl.

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The rest of the gang went to watch What Men Want after lunch. Brian and I opted out because we originally had plans to go to the Busted Pallet. However, the workshop that day ended up being canceled so we probably could have gone to the movies but we didn’t find out until it was too late.

Instead Brian and I ended up enjoying a nice quiet night and even had time to hit the nail spa. We ended up running into Teresa and Ross there.

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It was a great day overall!

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2019 YMCA Annual Celebration

Posted on February 20, 2019 by under Events.    

Brian and I have been attending the YMCA Annual Celebrations a few years now. I don’t think I documented each time we’ve attended but I found a blog post from 2017 and also one from 2018.

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The event was back at the Andover Farha Sport Center again this year so that was convenient. As usual, they did a great job of decorating and turning the courts into a banquet hall.

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I am always so impressed with the volunteer and coach of the year nominees. These folks give so much back to the community in terms of their time, effort, and other resources. There’s always just one winner in each category but it’s a huge honor just to be nominated.

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These are some very generous people.

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Besides the awards, they always unveil new marketing campaign videos and it’s always fun to see your friends in them. This year we had a Joel sighting.

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We also ran into Brandy, who I know from Zumba class and is also the cousin of one of my friends from work.

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Speaking of sightings, we also ran into Greg and Karen Perkins. You will remember them from our dinner at Prost back in December. They do shared seating at Prost so, since they had space at their table, we ended up getting seated with them. We had a lovely visit over dinner. We finished at different times but must have had the same idea because, when Brian and I went to the Little Lion Cafe for a bit of dessert after dinner, we ran into them again.

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Fast forward to the YMCA Annual Celebration last month when we ran into them again. I joked that we should probably plan on intentionally getting together next time instead of accidentally running into each other at various places.

I’m not sure it’s wise to be exchanging phone numbers and connecting with complete strangers but they seem like a lovely couple. We’ve enjoyed both of our visits with them. Anyway, if they support the YMCA then they must be good people, right? I may be wrong to assume this but that was my assessment.

That’s all for now. Until next time. GNG.

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New Year’s Eve Festivities

Posted on January 18, 2019 by under Events.    

Brian and I got roped into throwing a New Year’s Eve party this year. Although, I did offer so it’s not like we were forced into it. I did it to myself. LOL.

Leading up to NYE, our friends were talking about going to this party that costs $75 per person. I don’t care if it’s all you can drink, I’d rather not pay to go to a party. It’s one thing if it’s a charity benefit. Plus, I don’t drink that much. And, if I’m drinking, I’d rather stay home and drink.

Other people were fine with the cost but the Phelpi weren’t so keen on the price either. I’m glad April said something. But then we were trying to figure out how to get together for NYE in the group chat. That’s when it came to me. If we just want to get together and we’re not really particular about where, then they should all just came over. And, that’s how the party started.

I usually don’t prefer to host on NYE because we have this superstition that whatever you’re doing on NYD is what you’re doing all year so if you’re hung over or you have a messy house or you’re stuck cleaning the house on NYD, that’s pretty much what your whole year will be like. Our typical MO is to hit other people’s parties (my parents’ for the food and Hideki’s for the booze — most of the time) and then be home by midnight so we can ring in the New Year by having sex. Yes, it’s been our long running tradition. We figured if we’re having sex on NYD, then we will be having sex all year long. And, yes, it’s important enough to us that this is a must. Our friend all know that we have to be home by midnight.

It was fun hanging out and ringing in the New Year with everyone but we obviously didn’t get our midnight sex this year. We had to wait until later on NYD. At least we got it done before the day was over otherwise we would have been cursed with lack of sex all year. And that just cannot be. LOL.

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No midnight sex aside, we had a great time celebrating with everyone. Here are some of the pics we took…

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I’m glad Jess and Marc took a photo in front of our gold fringe backdrop. At least it didn’t go to waste.

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Me and Jess with our party tiaras.

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Jay and Brian (with Becca and April in the background).

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Me and the Massingills, my favorite Zumba family.

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Jess and me and Madison and Brian.

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I made a jug of Carlos O’Kelly’s margarita.

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We laid out the party favors for everyone.

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I may have overestimated how many people would show up.

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We pulled out some of our favorite games and decided that’s what we would do to pass the time because I wasn’t allowed to have Zumba.

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We played What Do You Meme? downstairs and Disturbed Friends upstairs.

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I love having people over but I’m not a huge fan of hosting NYE parties because of our superstitions. All things aside though, it was a great night overall. But, I suspect we will resume our normal NYE tradition next year.

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Our First Time at Twin Peaks

Posted on January 12, 2019 by under Events, Food and Drink.    

Twin Peaks is one of those restaurants that’s been around forever but we’d never had a reason to go there. Brian said he’s heard from several people that the food is actually decent. I guess it’s just not a place that immediately comes to mind when we’re looking for some place to eat.

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We finally had a reason to go recently. We met some friends there for Brynden’s birthday dinner. We tried it for the first time and, I have to say, it wasn’t bad.

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Here are some pictures of our food… Madison had the fish and chips, which I thought of getting but decided against since I had fish and chips at Hereford House just a couple of days before.

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Brian had a hamburger and Lindsay had the pot roast, which was presented in a cast iron dish — the presentation was better than what I was expecting from a sports bar type place. It looked good, actually.

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I was dull and just got chicken tenders. I wasn’t that hungry so I didn’t even eat much of it. I think I had one chicken tender and then Lindsay and Madison helped me with the rest. Brian ate most of the fries.

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Here’s what the inside of the restaurant looks like.

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I can understand why it’s popular with the guys. I’m not just talking about the scantily clad girls either. They actually have a bunch of TVs showing various sporting events. I suppose if you want to watch sports and drink some beers with your buds, this would be a good place to go.

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It was a convenient place for us to meet for dinner after Zumba and before the rest of the evening’s festivities in honor of Brynden’s 19th birthday. I had just subbed for Joel at South YMCA and, after my crazy work week, didn’t have the energy to continue on to Club Rodeo with the rest of the gang. We were only in it for the dinner part. I’m glad I got to celebrate Brynden’s day, even though it was just a small part of it. It gave me an opportunity to give Brynden’s mom Laurie her prize for winning my little guessing game on my Zumba page (I’d been hanging on to her prize for a few weeks because we hadn’t been able to connect until then) and also give Brynden her present, which I purposely matched Laurie’s prize so they could be matchy-matchy together at some point.

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Oh! One of the Zumba guys, Luis, made both Missy and Brynden pineapple Zumba birthday cakes. I missed Missy’s but Brian and I got to share a slice of Brynden’s cake. It was delicious!

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