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An Uplifting Cookie Swap

If I didn’t love this damn city so much, I’d live somewhere near a beach. I hate winter unless there are skis on my feet. The only saving grace is that my birthday is in February, so at least that gives me something to look forward to midway through winter.

This winter is shaping up to be pretty awesome though. One of my best friends is getting married at the end of March, so there will be lots of festivities related to her wedding, including a tropical bachelorette. I’m planning on running a race in March, and today I got an email about a potential tropical race next month. I’m also planning a ski day with coworkers, and this makes me absurdly happy. My skis are sad sitting at my parents’ in NJ. I’m not one to wish time away, but before I know it, it will be warm again and I will be a happier camper.

Yesterday I was pretty damn happy though.

For the fifth year in a row, I hosted a cookie swap.

2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013

For the second year in a row, I hosted it at Uplift. I’ve been sick for the past week, and on Saturday my mom asked if I needed help setting up. Normally I’d be stubborn and say no, but … I was too sick to put up a fight and knew she’d enjoy coming to the party, too.

We did some food shopping in the morning, and I had a case of wine delivered to my apartment.

Which I then had to get to Uplift. Enter this cart that I borrowed from my building. Don’t mind me, just a random girl wheeling a case of wine to a gym. As you do.

Chocolate Chip Nutella Cookies

I’d made these Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies, and I regret nothing. Thank you to FreshDirect for sending me the ingredients — and bubbly — so I could participate in their 12 Days of Cookies.

Uplift at Christmas

The stockings were hung by the dumbbells with care!

Cookie Swap

I picked up a bunch of cheese and veggie platters, and some dips and called it a day. After all, there were wine and cookies to be enjoyed!


Lacey again wins Best Friend of the Year award for helping me set up.

Cookie Swap2

These two put up with me at work all day, errday and still chose to hang out with me willingly on the weekend. I love you too, guys!

Uplift Cookie Swap

Some of my favorite ladies.

I’m so glad I’ve created this little tradition for myself and my friends…and that I have a kitchen full of leftover cookies.

I also didn’t really intend for this blog to become a Christmas blog this month, but alas… (I also haven’t worked out in a week because I’ve been sick. Thinking of making my triumphant return tomorrow though to the land of fitness.)

What’s your favorite holiday tradition that you’ve created as an adult? 


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Stepping Up the Sunday Game

I love my job, so I don’t typically experience much Sunday night dread (woo!), but I do like to have nice, relaxing Sundays. Don’t get me wrong, I love a boozy brunch, but I prefer it on Saturday, so I have more time to recover because I’m old.

The Sunday before last, I had a really fun, relaxing day going to the Park Ave. Christmas Tree Lighting (new annual tradition, for sure) and writing out Christmas cards with a friend.

This week though, I picked it up a notch.

I started the day heading out to Brooklyn to meet my coworkers to go ice-skating. You know you really like people when you spend 50+ hours a week with them…and choose to spend more time with them outside of work. In their borough on a Sunday morning

Ice Skating at LeFrak Center

We went to LeFrak Center in Prospect Park, and got there right when it opened at 10. Jordan and Alex both used to skate competitively (NBD) and were doing all kinds of awesome tricks on the ice. Me? I was just trying to keep my balance. But by the end, I wanted to play, too, and asked them to teach me some tricks. I am proud to say I didn’t fall after this one. What you cannot see is that I am gripping Alex’s arms within an inch of their lives. You don’t have any marks on your arm now, do you, Alex? We skated and listened to Christmas music and drank hot chocolate. And it was PERFECT.

I hopped back on the subway and got off at Union Square and slowly made my way home, stopping in the stalls in the holiday fair there before having a near panic attack with how crowded it was, and then meandering up Fifth through Flatiron, crossing some people off my shopping list. Finally.

Lincoln Center

NEXT! My parents came into town to see the Nutcracker. We’ve been doing this every year since I moved into the city except last year, since my dad was about to have knee surgery and in a lot of pain. I have seen this show so many times now and it never ceases to amaze me. I got us, um, not the best tickets, and we had to crane our necks to see over the balcony. We had a great view of the orchestra, though, which made me appreciate what an amazing job they do. Every single thing about that show is on point, from the music to the dancing to the costumes to the sets.

I am so lucky to have my parents close by and in good health, and I will treasure special moments like this forever and plan to continue on this tradition with kids of my own one day. Tutus required.

What’s a perfect Sunday for you?

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