Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011 IN REVIEW

2011  was a good year. I think reviewing the past 12 months at the end of it will make me remember all the fun things that happened (lousy things are not worth remembering anyway), appreciate and realize that I got a pretty good life going on. Although the worst thing that happened in 2011 hit really hard and close, we are moving forward and my mom is cancer free now. She has adapted healthier eating habits (green smoothies every morning!) and watching out for the toxic chemicals in cosmetics. I have forbidden her from using the microwave and keep pushing healing foods and health articles her way. Just doing my part. :)
In January I had fun night with Aveda and Urban Girl Squad and made a connection to yet another like-minded Finnish girl in NYC. The same time we also celebrated very dear friend's birthday with some sushi, sake bombs and later in the evening few yucky green shots at Stonewall Inn.
February I attended my very first baby shower (!) for a very sweet little boy Preston. I was happy to be invited to his baptism as well in the summer that was held at the gorgeous St. Patrick's Cathedral on 5th Avenue.  In February I went to see the much anticipated "Purge" at La Mama Theatre and discovering yet another wonderful vegetarian restaurant, Angelika Kitchen.
March I hosted my very first giveaway that was inspired by the ever glowing Kimberly Snyder, attended many birthday parties (including my own) and spent a rainy weekend in Pennsylvania countryside. I love the peace and quiet of the country side. I wish we had a country cottage out there. Actually we probably would if I hadn't resisted my husband's wishes to get one few years back. Back then I wasn't feeling the need for it, but now I totally can. I would love to get away from people and traffic on the weekends.
In April I fell in love with raw vegan food from Pure Food and Wine, got my hair bleached blond by accident and visited Limelight Marketplace for the first time.
In May Mr. and I spent beautiful time in Negril, Jamaica in our own private beach house, I saw my beautiful and talented friend perform in a off-Broadway show and got my butt up and did wonderful yoga and meditation workshop "Get Your Flow on!" with Gabby Bernstein and Latham Thomas. 
In June we celebrated another friend's birthday in Atlantic City with a fun group of party people. Haven't stayed up that late partying in years. Good to know I still got that soiree loving kid in me. June was also when I visited MoMa for the first time during the DocPoint festival and saw Reindeerspotting.
July we had some funfunfun times at Fire Island, spent a day in Sandy Hook, rented our house to a family that could really use all that space and moved in the heart of a cute town into a townhouse. But we're staying here only a year. Therefore we gotta start looking for new place soon.
In August my parents came to visit us and we took a trip to one of my favorite places; Sedona, Flagstaff and Grand Canyon, survived Irene, but missed our friend's wedding... and escaped to the lake in the middle of the week on a hot day with a friend.
In September there was Fashions Night Out and my first visit to the HighLine Park. I also became regular on Saturday mornings at our nearby (5 min walk) Farmer's Market,
In October I was interviewed by Crash Course City, spent wonderful, long vacation in Finland (oh boy did I need that) and was hugged by Mother Amma. Happy, happy, happy times.
In November we celebrated the grand opening of my friend's shabby chic hair salon,  attended Spirit Junkie lecture to deepen my spirituality and then got my party mode on during Halloween in the Village gay bar. How fun!
December is the party month and we had few memorable celebrations, had fun with the Mr. in Philadelphia celebrating our 7th "first date anniversary" and had warm, cozy Xmas with the family here. And, December I also found a new job after being stuck at the old one for way too many years. Cheers to that!
Have a peaceful and joyous New Year! Thank you for being on this journey with me! Let's make 2012 be filled with even greater and happier memories and exciting adventures!
Love & Light,
K

"Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things." ~Robert Brault

Friday, December 30, 2011

OH LOOK WHAT SANTA BROUGHT

 There's nothing I look forward to more than my little package from Finland. Mom knows exactly what I like. Simple and useful stuff, but something that I need. Such as colorful designer dish rags. Reindeer napkins. Licorice. Wool socks. Candle. Oh mommy. You are precious. Wish I could be back home in Finland next year this time. 
My favorite holiday movie that I used to always watch as a kid was The Snowman. Still just as awesome. The music takes me way back to my childhood memories. "We're walking in the air. We're floating in the moonlit sky. The people far below are sleeping as we fly".
 We used our fireplace for the first time in this new house and does it set the mood or what! Love it so much. I could sit there for hours and stare at the flames. Get some much needed thinking done. 
It's almost New Year... And we have no plans. Let's see what we'll come up with. I was hoping for a spa retreat in Pennsylvania countryside, but that is very unlikely to happen. What's everyone doing for New Year's Eve? We need some ideas!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

LIFE AS WE KNOW IT

 Just a short note to say hello to you. Hello! Long holiday weekend is over and I'm swamped with work again. The new job has gotten a bit easier and I don't feel so tense and stressed anymore which is something I've been looking forward to.  Luckily there's another holiday weekend just around the corner (another four days off!!! Yiihaa!) and I will once again have more time for myself, friends and family. The ones that really matter in this life. My husband. My parents. My grandmother. My sister. My dearest friends. My mother-in-law. My sister-in-law. I like the above guidance for living the life the way you should. Let the universe guide you. I also like the sutras below from one of my Facebook friends Yogi Arwind. Say it like it is!
Take care and do good until we meet again,

Saturday, December 24, 2011

MORNING OF THE XMAS EVE

We've been enjoying this stress-free morning hanging out, napping, watching The Snowman, eating some deliciously colorful beetroot soup and soon we'll head out to Ikea to get some glogg and other goodies because I've been extremely busy/lazy, working long hours and our oven still hasn't been fixed so no baking.

HOLIDAYS AT DYLAN'S CANDY BAR

Friday, December 23, 2011

HAPPY HOLIDAYS 2011

 It's great to be off for the holidays after all these years working in the hotel. Today we had an early-release as our office closed at 2.30pm and no work until Tuesday! Oh, corporate world, how happy am I... By the way, I haven't bought one gift yet and our e-cards just left my computer last night. Yeah, I'm not very good with this holiday stuff. I would like to try to transform our holidays from materialism to a meaningful, loving time to spend with our family and friends. One gift each. That's it. And tons of great food.
Have a beautiful Christmas, Xmas or whatever it is you celebrate!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

PHILADELPHIA MAGIC GARDENS

SOFITEL PHILADELPHIA

Our suite was huge, beautiful, clean, nicely decorated and had an amazing, big bath with separate stand-in shower as well as big soaking tub. Service was excellent too. Only minus was that it did not have a balcony and it's important for hubby for certain reasons... Otherwise Perfect place to stay! Our new favorite! 

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

DINNER IN PHILLY

We are huge fans of Korean food so no surprise, we chose Korean restaurant for dinner. And a very good one it was. Miga is good size, pretty, has nice atmosphere, strong lychee martinis, spicy enough food and great service.
After dinner we took freezing walk around town and back to our hotel. Philadelphia is so beautiful, quiet, but still happening. Small streets, murals, old buildings, historical, diverse, not as crowded as New York City. In many ways the perfect place to be. 
Philly, we love you and be back very soon!