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Much Deserved!

Sunday, January 10th, 2016

Last night this was much deserved after a very long day meeting and planning with my Sorors! #DeltaSigmaTheta

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The New Year Is HERE!

Sunday, January 3rd, 2016

2015 went by fast. Here we are in 2016, and for me, it feels like yesterday when 2000 arrived.

On New Years Eve the Hubs and I decided to bring in the new year at a Speakeasy in Albuquerque. I love the dark, secretive and classy atmosphere of this Speakeasy. It’s gangsta all the way. You need a pass word to get in, they ask if you are a cop, and the bookcase opens and leads you into the lounge area where people are laughing, drinking and chatting. I love it!

Al Capone

Al Capone

 

Pictured are various gangsters from back in the day when they were young and then older. Lucky Luciano, Carlo Gambino, Al Capone, ?, John Gotti

Pictured are various gangsters from back in the day when they were young and then older. Lucky Luciano, Carlo Gambino, Al Capone, ?, John Gotti

2015 was our first New Years Eve out as a married couple. Our first two years married we dressed in matching lounge clothes and stayed home. Our third year my sister-in-law had an 80s themed New Years Eve party at her house. So this is our first New Years Eve going out out as a married couple.

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The Hubs had salmon and I had a vegan dish. The food was really good.

The Hubs had salmon and I had a vegan dish. The food was really good.

At the Speakeasy around 9:45 we ate dinner, then we went to the party and cheered in the New Year with champagne and kisses. By 12:30 we were in the car and by 1:45 we were home half way asleep.

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It was a short night but we had fun! We didn’t need much. We partied up a storm all of our adult lives on New Years Eve and didn’t feel we needed to do a lot.

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Besides I was tired from cleaning the house and doing the laundry earlier that day. Yes I am superstitious and every year I bring in the new year with a clean house and no dirty clothes. I continue to follow the folk lore by cooking and eating on New Years Day; greens (for money), black eye peas (for luck) and sweet cornbread (to make the journey sweeter). I added rice and gravy just because and left over Christmas lamb for The Hubs.

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Then I read all of the blessings we received in 2015. We wrote each blessing on a piece of paper and placed them in a mason jar. Now some of the blessings we put in the jar turned out to be questionable but God has a plan and we are just going to have to see it through in His time.

I am looking forward to 2016. There is so much I want to accomplish.

Xmas!

Monday, December 28th, 2015

I don’t know how it happened but I ended up hosting Christmas dinner as well this year. I didn’t let my family influence the menu, like on Thanksgiving, and because of that, I was at a much calmer state.

As far as food goes during the holidays I decided to start the following traditions. For Thanksgiving I’ll prepare turkey and a rib roast and for Christmas I’ll cook lamb. My husband likes those meats so it’ll be good to keep it going. My vegan dishes will vary according to my mood. However, if I can find vegan turkey, roast and lamb I’ll keep those foods as traditions for me.

Below are just a couple of photos I took from the fab evening with family.

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The Ancestry DNA kit is my favorite gift. Every time I see the commercial I say I am going to take a DNA test. I mentioned this to The Hubs like once maybe twice and on Christmas he gave me a kit of my own. I can’t wait to use it and will keep you all posted on the results.

Merry Christmas!!

Friday, December 25th, 2015

Merry Christmas From The Miceli’s!

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The Season

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

Enjoying the season!

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My Favorite Time Of The Year

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

Christmas is here and I am excited for all of the holiday sparkles, glitter, colors, events, movies, photos, family gatherings, food and presents. However, most importantly, I enjoy being surrounded by the mystical and magical affect the season provides.

I never get too old for all that comes with Christmas and apparently I am not the only one. The Hubs bought a too big tree (7 to 8 feet) for the two of us and has been decorating the house with colorful Christmas lights. This year he said he did it last minute on the cheap but next year he promises to blow things up big time. I am a little nervous about that.

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We purchase a Noble Fir every year.

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At my sister-in-law’s house for a pre holiday diner.

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Chillin’

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Someone gave me that boa for the picture. Said it looked cute. #funtimes

What A Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 27th, 2015

I decided to host Thanksgiving dinner this year.

I started planning in early October. First I decided I wanted to host a small group of people. Seven is more than enough to have a sit down Thanksgiving dinner. Then I selected a theme: modern, harvest, woodsy and rustic. Next I put together a menu that changed several times because my southern family wanted to eat this and that but I wanted to keep things simple with no more than five or six items. It didn’t last. I ended up adding more food to accommodate everyone. I wonder if Barefoot Contessa has this problem?

A pretty table was a must. I purchased a few home items I put off for years such as water glasses, wine glasses with stems, (the stem less glasses were used for desert,) plate chargers, holiday napkins and napkin holders that matched the chargers. To accent the table I ordered a center piece made of fresh wheat, lilies and citrus fruits. I watched cooking shows for additional inspiration. I shopped around town and on the internet for anything I needed. I received broken glasses from Amazon that I returned. I bought stuff, returned it, and bought something else. The shopping part was fun, but at the same time, I was worried I wasn’t going to find what I needed before Thanksgiving. However I was lucky. Everything was in place weeks before the big day.

The Hubs had a To Do List and to my surprise I didn’t have to remind him to complete his tasks which were mainly things to do around the house and yard.

The vegan and traditional food was delicious. I cooked the meal. My mom pitched in and prepared a couple of items and the family ate, fussed, laughed, drank and was merry! I am blessed and thankful!

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Halloween Ghost Tour in Old Town

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

I heard about the ghost tour in Old Town as soon as I moved to Albuquerque. I figured there was some type of legend of ghosts in a place called Old Town so on Halloween night we decided to experience the stories of this tourist attraction site to see if we would feel or see something interesting.

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Soul sister and soul brother #1!

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The Ghost Tour is about to start.

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Way back in the day this tourist shop of New Mexico collectibles was a high class brothel. A new “service girl” named Scarlett was murdered here by another “service girl” because she was beautiful and popular with all of the clients. Scarlett has been seen all around Old Town naked and wearing a purple mini skirt.

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Scarlett has lured several men to this door and if the men were nice or jerks she appeared in a pleasant or evil form.

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A violent man murdered his good-natured girlfriend under this tree then killed himself. It is known as the “Murder Tree” in Old Town. Today the girlfriend’s kind spirit has been known to do helpful things around town just as she did when she was alive.

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The Hubs with the Hatchet Lady.

After seeing her boyfriend with another woman the Hatchet Lady went crazy and chopped up the boyfriend with a hatchet. Today The Hatchet Lady is seen around Old Town haunting loving couples.

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The spot where the Hatchet Lady saw her boyfriend with another woman.

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Old Town.

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The Story Teller…