Music: I Want Your Love – Chic
Drink: Sweet Tea
Mood: Excited

Once bitten and twice shy, I keep my distance, but you still catch my eye…tell me baby, do you recognize me? Well, its been a year, it doesn’t surprise me….
Me with my new sock monkey friend

Me with my new sock monkey friend

As I was typing my ‘drink’ above, I just had the strangest urge to have Ovaltine. They still make that, right? That would be sooo good right now cuz its kinda cold out. Man, now I really wish I had some Ovaltine…

Anyway. Its been back to the gym (gym? what is that place??) for me. I have a cruise in like 4 weeks! OMG. And ALL I have been doing is eating and eating. I have been eating so much its borderline gross.

So, has anyone seen that article going around on Facebook about the “7 things you can’t say anymore if you’re in your 30s”? I say almost all of them. If you haven’t seen it, here they are and here is what I feel about them:

1: “Totes” – Ok, I JUST started hearing this being said THIS YEAR. I think this is a new word, and since it wasn’t around in my 20s, I am going to say it now, damnit.

2. “I know, right?!” – People have said this forever. I know, right? And will say it forever. I mean, what else are you supposed to say when your friend goes “Omg, I hate those new jeans everyone is wearing!”

3. “Amazeballs” – I think I personally made this word famous. If something isn’t just plain ‘fun’ or isn’t quite ‘epic’ or just plain ‘amazing’, what else are we to say? ‘Awesome’? I am not reverting back to saying ‘awesome’, its not 1995. If you don’t want me to say ‘amazeballs’, then come up with a new word.

4. “Cray” – The fact that this is on the list is cray. Period. ‘Cray’ is the perfect term to use when something is beyond crazy. What else is there!? Everyone knows EXACTLY what you mean when you say cray!

5. “I will cut you/I will cut a bitch” – Well, this phrase is just fair warning. Fair is fair. Honesty is the best policy, right? I mean, am I going to say “No, I won’t cut you if you hit on my girlfriend”

6. “Adorbs” – I think its cute when a girl says this in reference to baby clothes, girl clothes, or anything girly. If I hear a man say this, I will totes cut you and it will be cray.

7. “Feels” – This one I have never heard. Its used when you feel emotion, like “oh, so many good feels!” or “This story hit me right in the feels”. If you’re saying this, then please note it is not amazeballs that you say this.

I know, I still need to blog about the rest of my France trip, my summer, and people have been wanting me to teach them ‘how to blazer’. I will catch up on this, I promise! I just haven’t found time around the holidays.

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Wow, Christmas has come and gone. Crazy! This year I became addicted to peppermint mochas at Starbucks. Mochas have always been what I order each time at Starbucks, and normally I don’t venture from my usuals, but I tried the peppermint one this year and lets just say, I have had one EVERY DAY since I first I had one this season. I got the last red cup for the season at the Starbucks in my Target near my house. That should like good luck, right? Starbucks should give out a prize for that or something…

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I don’t even really know everything I have been doing! I know I have had funny stories to tell, but I haven’t been blogging so I don’t remember them all 😦

This was the first Christmas since 1989 my grandparents from KY didn’t make it down here just because they are getting too old to travel. It was so different this year. But my mom is up in KY now visiting them.

This Christmas season started off with a trip to DC to see my Valerie! We have been best friends since high school and then went to college together. She is pregnant now so I went up for one last Val and Brandon weekend before her baby comes πŸ™‚ She was like ‘I wish you could come up for my Christmas party!’ and I was like ‘Well, how about I come?’ so I did it! A few weeks before Val calls me at work and says ‘Brandon, I need your social security number and drivers license number….I am taking you to the White House!’ Her friend Raya works there and was going to bring me, Val, and Val’ brother Norman to the White House for a party open to employees and their guests!!! OMG!!!!

The second night in DC we had a great dinner in Old Town, then went for wine and dessert. The day also included shopping at Costco for everything for her and her husbands annual holiday party they throw! We even got a chocolate Capitol building. Too cool.

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Shopping done!

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During the day however, I got caught in the rain going shopping in Old Town, as I ventured out to hit up Starbucks and shopping and started on my walk. And then it started raining. Oh that’s ok, I’ll make it I thought. Oh, I certainly didn’t make it. Half a mile from the house, soaked and standing under a Chico’s awning, I saw a Ross and sprinted over to buy an umbrella. I bought the only one that wasn’t pink or girly, solid black. Score! I popped up my new umbrella to find not only did it have Jones New York emblazoned on it, there was a huge hole in it. I made it to Starbucks soaked, thankful there was a dryer in the bathroom for my soaked hair. As I ordered my mocha, I noticed it had stopped raining. FAIL.

The next day was White House day! OMG OMG OMG. I, of course, got a special bowtie for the occasion. This was going to be an EPIC selfie day! As we walked up to the White House, we went through a security checkpoint. Then another. Then we had to into this trailer to have a bomb dog sniff us. If he barked, you were basically in a lot of trouble LOL. After that, we were in! We walked up to the side entrance and entered.

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Upon entering, we were given a story book about Christmas at the the White House. Portraits hung on the walls of all the First Ladies, and they had each White House official Christmas card ever sent framed and hung.

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We entered in the cross floor and saw the library and china room, where we saw each official White House china pattern from each past president.

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We walked upstairs on to the main floor. The White House is like a palace! Everything. Is. PERFECT. Its way more palatial than you’d think it was. The ceilings are insanely high. We wondered through the East Room, the red and green rooms….all the furniture was so pristine even though it had been there for years! It was amazing. As we entered the East Room, an orchestra was playing Christmas music!

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We then saw the official White House tree and the annual gingerbread house!!! It was amazing, it even had a working fountain. As we walked through, we couldn’t believe we were there. We even saw where the helicopter lands!

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We were given cookies from the White House chef and exited through the front door! AMAZING!!!! Truly epic.

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I still can’t believe I was there. It seems like a dream.

Then we rushed home and got ready for Val and Brian’s big party. We got the cheese out as the bartender and server arrived, changed into our dressy clothes and we were ready for a great night. Me and some of her law firm coworkers convinced one of their coworkers I work there with them in ‘securities’, I was like ‘Yeah man, you’ve never seen me?? I work with Dixie on the 5th floor!” When he got back to the office, he emailed people trying to find ‘that dude from the party’ LOL guess I was convincing! I met soooo many new people and got to see some old friends as well.

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The next day I was leaving, and omg it was SNOWING. HARD. There were icicles all over the plane, and we sat on the plane 3 hours before we took off because of the severity of freezing rain. WHY do people live where its COLD?!!?! I will never understand this. Thankfully the lady next to me offered for me to plug my dying cell phone into her lap top so I could update on Facebook how annoyed I was. I really didn’t think we were going to take off!

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The next weekend was MY annual wine and cheese party. I had the worst week ever that week, car trouble, work stress, everything was going wrong! My friend Leila thankfully came Friday night to help me and restore my sanity! We caught up Friday night with some pizza and she made me relax, then the next day we did ALL the shopping and cleaning!

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I always feel like Gatsby on this night every year. Since I live about 30 minutes from most of my friends, most people never come to my house except for this party. Always reminds me of Gatsby, how people would drive far just to get to his house for one of his epic parties!

As people walked up to my party, they were greeted with a red carpet and red velvet rope. As I answered the door, I through open both doors and had to ‘check the list’ to make sure the guests were invited, and then opened the velvet rope to let them pass. I had a ton of cheese and other things, even petits fours my grandma sends me each year for the party.

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Deana of course brought jell-o shots. Some people came that I hadn’t seen since high school! I expected about 65 people, but had 42 show up. It was the perfect amount and perfect mix of people. Best one yet! I had a blast, and everyone else did too. And each year, Michelle always brings me a flamingo gift. And there was a little drunk dialing goin’ on with my rotary phone LOL. Things got a little cray…

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It took me a few days to clean up…for realz.
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The next weekend was more parties! Friday night was Del Frisco’s for my best buddy Jon’s annual firm Christmas party. What a blast. A very special night that I am always so thankful and so honored that I get to attend. As its a very special and very private affair, I will just leave you with a few pics.

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The next night was the Sasso’s ‘Very Sassy Christmas Party’. I put on a sassy bow tie and arrived to find an ice luge! I met some really fun people, had a bit of bourbon, and played this game called Cards Against Humanity. If you haven’t played, you need to. We played for hours!

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The next day, I listened to Christmas music, did some Christmas shopping and wrapped presents and had a super Christmasy day to myself.

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The next night, another party! I got to see TONS of my friends that live in LA. I am sure you’ve seen a LOT of them in movies, commercials, sitcoms, etc πŸ˜‰ They are all on TV and movies and stuff, and I’m an accountant. I must have taken a wrong turn somewhere….

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Christmas Eve, I went over to my mom’s for a few nights. We had George’s kids over for an Italian Christmas feast and played Win, Lose, or Draw. Omg, I am so glad I brought it over! We had sooo much fun laughing at each other’s drawings. George tried to make fun of my mom’s drawing of a car, but his castle was horrible. And we drank coquito! That night, I sleep with my little stuffed Santa like every year, in my room at my mom’s house.

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Christmas day was just the three of us. I got everything on my list! A featherbed, comforter, 2 new sets of sheets, a special pillow for my sleeping disorder – I have a really rare case of sleep apnea called a central apnea, and this pillow will help me be able to wear my breathing mask at night – tons of things for my house and a ton of new clothes. My mom really blessed me. She even filled my old 6ft stocking with so many amazing things! And George got me a old fashion popcorn machine!!! We feasted on a tenderloin and watched movies the rest of the day while wearing Santa hats.

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The next day, my old buddy Andrew, who was one of my best friends in high school, texted me out of the blue for lunch with him and his wife Amy! OMG! I didn’t even know they were in town! What a joy to get to see them and catch up. I didn’t want to leave that lunch, I could have talked to them alllll day!

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I also spent most of December wearing Christmas socks.

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This past weekend I ate at Charley’s steakhouse with Jon, Jill, and Tom. Jon and Jill had got a ‘Chef’s dinner’ at a charity auction, and we didn’t really know what that entailed. Well, we soon learned after we got there we could order ANYTHING on the menu up to $1,000! OMG! I had chateau briand, and it only came in a 22oz size! One steak on the menu was 44oz! It was crazy. We had amazing wine and conversation, and every side you could ever want. Escargot, fried green tomatoes, the list goes on and on. It was the most special night ever! I mean, when would I ever be able to do THAT again?! They are always doing something amazing for me, I feel like I will never be able to repay them for everything they have done for me.

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Saturday I studied. Lame. And that night we had a little guy’s night at Jon’s for the Phish concert we watched on TV. Very chill and very cool.

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Sunday I studied all day, and it was back to work today.

And now I’m tired. Tomorrow is New Years!

Good night disco stars, wishing you champagne wishes and caviar dreams.

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xo
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