I wanted to write a little bit about my birthday, which was last Wednesday.

Bern and I were to have dinner with my dear friend John and his partner Mikel, but John was just not feeling up to it, so I cancelled telling him it wasn't a big deal and I would see him again in a few weeks right after New Year's when returned to NYC. That turned out to be false, since John would pass away on Saturday.

Bern ended up taking me to dinner at a place at 20th Street and 7th Avenue called Le Zie. The food was excellent, my only complaint being that the place was very loud, it was like being at a frat party or something.

Afterwards, we walked down 7th Avenue to Cafe Rafaella, where he forced me to order a piece of cake. I say forced because just the idea of looking at a piece of cake made me feel like I was going to explode.

When the cake arrived, they had put a candle in it for me. Bern wouldn't let me blow it out right away though, he said I needed to listen to something. He then pulled out his cd player and put the headphones on me and made me listen to Marilyn Monroe singing Happy Birthday Mr. President. It was very sweet and much more appreciated than having strangers sing to me which has always turned me off at birthday's.

Le Weekend

Dec. 5th, 2005 03:29 pm
What a nice weekend I had finally...

Friday, I accompanied my roommate to Encore on W 47th street to my first Cabaret show, yes I was a cabaret virgin.

We went to see this show. Russell is a friend of one my roommate's co-workers. It was really enjoyable, although not sure it was worth the $30 it cost me.

Saturday, I had an eye doctor appointment and I ordered some new glasses which cost me far more than I've ever spent on glasses before, although luckily my insurance company paid a rather large portion of it.

Then on Saturday, Bern and I schlepped up to my friend's apt in Washington Heights where we finally got to spend our first night together. It was really nice.

I intended to make dinner for the two of us but we couldn't find a place open up there in Upstate Manhattan so I couldn't make what I intended. We ended up settling on just pasta with sauce from a jar and wine, lots and lots of wine.

Sunday morning, we woke up to the first snow of the season, and it was really pretty. It was also freezing in the apartment so thank god we had each other to keep ourselves warm.

We headed down to the MET which involved a breathtakingly beautiful walk through Central Park, sadly my camera batteries died and I didn't get any pics of the park itself. I did get four shots of the front of the American Museum of Natural History.

At the Metropolitan Museum of Art, we were joined by [livejournal.com profile] vernnyc and [livejournal.com profile] 42601. Bern and I were hungry so we headed down to the cafe for a bite to eat, and by the time we were done it was 3:30 and time to meet up with [livejournal.com profile] fuzzyjay and [livejournal.com profile] whereispaco. Then came the Van Gogh Drawings Exhibition.

The Van Gogh drawings were really great, and I had no idea he did so many. One of the sad things about Van Gogh's career was that so many of his drawings didn't survive. Basically, no one liked them so even the ones he gave to his family and such were destroyed. They even found paintings buried in the backyard of his family's home. So to see so many things of his there was really amazing. Even in the drawings you could see the beginnings of his famous painting style.

After a shopping trip to the gift store, we headed down to Banjeera for a delicious Indian dinner. Bern even liked it and he can't tolerate spicy food. It was breathtaking to see [livejournal.com profile] whereispaco order Chicken Vindaloo and ask them to make it as spicy as possible.

After dinner we walked up to 11th Street for desert at Veniero's, which was phenomonal. Special thanks to [livejournal.com profile] vernnyc for introducing me to it. Sadly, Jay and Paco had to leave us quickly to catch their train.

After our desert, Bern, Vern and I walked across St. Mark's place to the Astor Place Barnes & Noble, where Bern had to leave for his trip home to New Jersey. I was sad to see him go.

Vern and I had about 10 minutes to spend in Barnes & Noble before they closed, which was a good thing I already spent far too much doing some Christmas shopping :)

Thanks to everyone for making the day special.
Yesterday was a very good Thanksgiving. I spent it up at my friend John and Mikel's apartment in what I refer to as Upstate Manhattan (W 180th Street).

I schlepped up there about 7:15 a.m. but didn't arrive until 8:30, and who knew the trains would be packed at 7:15 am on Thanksgiving! I went up early to do some help with the cooking. My friend Mikel is a phenomenal cook, and I wanted to see what I could learn from him.

We made a turkey (did it in one of the roasting bags and it was perfect), small new red potatoes with olive oil and dill, stuffing, green bean casserole (with cream of celery soup instead of mushroom), cranberry heaven (which was heaven), lots of wine, sweet potato casserole (which had coconut mixed in, and a topping of crushed pecans). For desert we had an 18th century recipe for sliced lemon pie, and we had a pumpkin pie.

Had a great time with all of the guests. Joining us were Mike's cousin Kathy and her husband and their three children, plus the girlfriend of one of their boys. We didn't leave until about 11pm and of course the A train was running locally so it was a long ride down to Port Authority where I waited with Bern for his bus before heading off to Park Slope. Finally arrived home about 1:00 a.m.

And, the first picture of us together. I'm hoping it's just the first of many holidays with him :)


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