Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Is there a Dr on the Subway?

I had my first celeb encounter on the subway today. It was VERY exciting.

We were on the way to the East Village on the B train. I sit town and immediately across from me is the one and only Neil Patrick Harris aka Doogie Howser MD.

My friend had actually met him and hung out with him on the past and we were talking quietly about how she should approach him. Sadly...he got off at the next stop.

It is super fun to know that EVERYONE takes the subway in New York.

Who will I see next...stay tuned!

You installed WHAT in your studio apartment?

This past December I turned 30. I was not very happy about it. It probably did not help that Eric had to work 2 shows and it was like my 3rd day in New York (therefore...did not have anyone to hang out with). Needless to say my 30th birthday was not very eventful. Toby and I chilled with a bottle of wine and watched some reruns on TV. Definitely not the big blow out that most 30ths are. Eric and I did have a very yummy brunch at least we had that!

Bottom line...not a very exciting birthDAY.

But a few days later my gift arrived.

So what do most people wish for on their 30th birthday. Jewelary? Clothes? A new Marc Jacobs purse? Yes ... those would all be nice. But this year...I got a very fun ... different.... fabulous gift!

You see, ever since I have started to take my S-Factor classes I have been telling Eric how I wanted a pole for home. That was obviously very hard to have on the road...its not easy to move a big bulky stripper pole from place to place.

Once we got to NYC I continued to bother Eric for one. Please keep in mind...we live in a small studio apartment. Probably not the ideal place for a large pole in the middle of the room.

Let me just interject this story by taking you back to the beginning of my blog days when I first starting talking about these stripper aerobics classes. My favorite comment was from my grandma in reference to the post. Here is what she had to say:

"Hi Sarah - I just finished reading your latest blog - Don't worry you can't shock me - what you do behind closed doors is your business - as long as you aren't stripping in public or pole dancing on stage it will be fun - who knows
you might get a pole for home & entertain Eric - See I'm modern!!!
Love you both,

Well Bubi...I guess you predicted the future because now Eric and I are the proud owners of a shiny black pole right smack dab in the middle of our pad. The day after my birthday a huge box that was about 10 feet tall was delivered to my door. Eric told me I was not allowed to open it until he got home...but the packaging spoiled it. I mean...what else could be in that box?!?! It took us a few tries to actually figure out how to put it up in our apartment (considering the stud finder we had was a piece of crap)...but now it is up...extremely sturdy (go eric!) and there for all my practicing needs!

Being that it is black it actually blends right in with the furniture...well not really...but it does fit in with our design theme I guess......

We are almost done decorating our hopefully I will have some pics of the entire apartment soon!

Better late than never!

Eric and I never took a honeymoon. Basically he only got a week off for vacation while on tour and that was reserved for our wedding. Don't get me wrong...our wedding in Punta Cana was AMAZING...but every newly married couple deserves a honeymoon right???

Well...we finally booked one! So it will be our *late* honeymoon/one year anniversary vacation all in one!

Usually when I go on vacation I know exactly where I want to go. I have researched EVERYTHING on tripadvisor. Torn apart various websites and know everything about where I want to go. This time I had no idea. Good thing I had the best travel agent in the world.

If you are planning on taking a vacation I definitely suggest you contact Marcie at Beach Bum Vacations. I came to her like a lost little puppy not knowing where I wanted to go. She sent me a plethora of itineraries outlining everything about the resort. It was great to have all this info at my fingertips. Once you contact her you will never want to book your own vacation again! Thanks again Marcie :)

SO! Where are we going?!?!?

On April 28th Eric and I will be hopping a plane and setting our sights on the fabulous Sandals Whitehouse in Jamaica. I have never been to Jamaica and am super excited to just chill on the beach and relax.

Check out the beach....

We are very excited to finally take our much deserved honeymoon. Now we are just counting down the days!

Puggle Meetup!

So let me preface this blog by saying that I KNOW that I have not blogged in a while. If you did not know my computer met it's demise my falling off the kitchen counter and breaking on the floor. So...I have been computerless for about a month. My shiny new black macbook arrived yesterday so hopefully I will get all caught up.

**end sad computer breaking story**

One of the nice things about New York is that they have random groups for everything. There is a national site called which is basically a site that lists gatherings for EVERYTHING. You like clowns...lets all meetup and discuss it. Enjoy brussel sprouts? There are a group of people that enjoy them as much as you do! Well last sunday Eric, Toby and I went to possible the best kind of meetup around. A Puggle meetup!

We did not know what to expect. We took a cab ride down to Soho and entered this cute looking store. They advised us to go upstairs to the playroom and when we looked through the door we could not believe what we saw. There were probably about 40 - 50 puggles in the room. It was insanity. If you have never met a puggle let me explain. Most of them are super crazy and LOVE to play. They also have part beagle in a lot of the dogs have a pretty loud bark.

It was a hilarious 2 hours. A mass amount of puggles just running around this room. Toby was so happy. He had a permanent smile on his dog face the entire time. Needless to say...when he got home he immediately went to sleep for several hours. Puggle meetup is the best thing to happen to NY Puggle owners and it is definetly going to become a monthly event for us!

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Happy New Year!!

Happy 2008!

So ... I have not written in a while...maybe that should be my New Years Resolution? To blog more? Eh...we will see.

So as you probably figured out we are all moved and getting settled in New York City. I will have to write later and give you a tour of our tiny apartment...but I will wait until it actually looks cute. Right now it is just in a state of disarray.

So the week of my move to New York was totally a blur. Lets see:

*I flew in on a redeye and took my first New York taxi by myself in morning rush hour

* Toby flew on a different flight than me (he flew Continental since they are supposed to be the best airline to fly dogs on). I was pretty much freaking out flying him. He does not like his crate so flying him under the plane was causing me much distress. Our friends dropped him off at the airport and reported that he was a very good dog. His flight got in at midnight the same day I flew in. Eric and I rented a car and left in plenty of time to get to him on time...or so we thought.

The moment we got into New Jersey (keep in mind it is midnight) there was some of the worst construction traffic we had ever seen. We were literally stuck in a parking lot on the freeway for over 2 hours. Tobys flight time came and went....and I began to have a nervous breakdown (please keep in mind I am going on no sleep). I was literally balling my eyes out in the car worrying that Toby was not ok and that the people at the airlines would think we were the worst pet parents ever.

We finally got to the airport around 1:30am (Tobys flight got in at 12:15). Eric runs to the pickup area fully thinking that Toby would be there freaking out and barking. He looks...and there Toby is ... chilling in his crate just taking a nap. The ladies at the counter were like...he has just been sleeping the whole time. Who knew we had such a good dog??

*The next day we found out that Eric's grandmother had sadly passed away. We quickly booked a flight home for the funeral and were lucky enough to find someplace to board Toby (On Christmas Eve!). Our trip to Michigan was very short (I believe it was a total of 36 hours) .. it was very nice to see both of our families .. we just wished it would have been under better circumstances.

So you can arrival into NYC was quite a whirlwind. But now the whole family is here and we are just trying to get our apartment to look like a home vs. a college dorm room.

Our New Years was very "Sarah & Eric". You see ... we are self-proclaimed big dorks. Here we are in New York ... the New Years capital of the world and what do we do? Stay in.

We got some carry out, rented some movies and cuddled on the couch with Toby. Its sort of our idea of a perfect evening.

I also made some Yummy Pomegranate Sangria (see recipe at the bottom). In one of my food network watching marathons Bobby Flay made this delicious Sangria. I knew I had to whip some up.
I was totally ghetto. I had no I had to make a makeshift pitcher out of an old water gallon jug. Classy huh???

But I gotta say it turned out great and it was the perfect way to ring in the New Years.

So as Fireworks were going off in the distance and the millions of people were celebrating in time square just a few blocks away...we were happily sipping Sangria all snuggled up on the couch.

Pomegrante Sangria
from Bobby Flay

1 bottle fruity red wine
2 cups pomegranate juice
1/2 cup brandy
1/2 cup Triple Sec
1/4 cup simple syrup (equal amounts sugar and water, heated until sugar dissolves, cooled)
1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
1 large orange, halved and thinly sliced
1 green apple, cored, halved and thinly sliced
1 cup red grapes, sliced in 1/2
Combine all ingredients in a pitcher, cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or up to 48 hours before serving. Serve over ice.