Friday, December 10, 2010

5 For Friday

Our presentation to our client yesterday went well and we were all glad when it was over! Stressful week and only today left until the weekend!

1. Mark Zuckerberg is the latest millionaire to join Warren Buffet and Bill & Melinda Gate's effort to enlist the wealthiest people in America to pledge at least half of their wealth to philanthropic causes and charitable organizations. While The Giving Pledge isn't a legal contract, all participants (also including Michael Bloomberg, Ted Turner, Diane Von Furstenberg and Barry Diller, and many others) must make a public statement announcing their intentions. It's a great initiative and I'm happy to see whenever someone joins this elite group.

2. It's the holiday season and, like me, you might be stumped on what to get a friend or family member. If you are, check out the Grub Street Gift Guide for some great ideas for your favorite foodie! So far there are 3 parts to the guide and I wouldn't be surprised if more are added. The first highlights regional specialties from all across the country, the second features expert picks, and the last is a list of classes and tours. Woody and I can personally vouch for the Grasshopper portion of the Momofuku Frankenpie (so good!).

3. Also while hanging out on Grub Street I read the sad news that IHOP is planning to open 24 locations in the NYC metro area, including one in Times Square. Now, I spent my fair share of hours at the IHOP in East Lansing after High School football games and Woody and I even went to one a few times while we were dating, but it's just not cool for IHOP to be moving into Times Square. Just like TGI Friday should not be in Union Square. A quick note to anyone who may visit NYC, please, please, please do not eat breakfast, lunch or dinner at a national chain restaurant. There are so many amazing places to enjoy a quick meal or a luxurious lingering dinner, try something uniquely New York City when you're here. If you're worried about knowing if it's a good place or not, chances are that if it's really busy, then it is!

4. When the temperatures get cold, I love a cup of really good hot cocoa. Travel & Leisure magazine has put together a list of the best hot chocolate in the country. Once when my parents were visiting, we visited my favorite chocolate shop in the city and tried their hot chocolate (which is also the first one on this list). It was so thick, it was literally like drinking liquid chocolate. I couldn't even finish the whole little cup and I LOVE chocolate! It is delicious though!

5. I was made well aware the other day that there are only two weeks before Christmas. We have yet to buy a Christmas tree, and haven't even started our holiday card list or shopping. I need to work on the menus for our Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas day meal. I have to find a church downtown so we can attend a Christmas Eve service. I haven't put up one decoration. Thankfully my parents sent us a mini-tree and advent calendars (yes, the chocolate ones of course!). We have a lot to do!

How are your holiday activities going?
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today's workout -
45 minutes/5mile elliptical
3x10 weighted side bends
1x40sec plank
stretching

12 comments:

Kate said...

Good luck on getting your Christmas started. I'm not too far ahead of you, and where I am it's mostly not bc of me: house is decorated (husband), tree is up (husband), some gifts are bought (mostly husband), Christmas cards are bought (bc I didn't get them sent last year), family picture is taken (unless I just give the ones I bought and didn't send last year), etc. Feel better? Lol

Lauren @girlwiththepinkhat.com said...

That is so cool about Mark Zuckerberg!

Stacey said...

I haven't even started my shopping yet...not one gift is purchased. ugh! But we do have our Christmas tree up.. Have a great weekend!

misszippy said...

Seriously, cannot imagine ever going to a chain restaurant in NY! So much good stuff there!

Detroit Runner said...

Yum, that Hot chocolate looks good!

saucony running shoes said...

Great job...Congrats that's something to celebrate...

Gina; The Candid RD said...

I love the initiative to try to get the wealthiest American's to donate half of their wealth to a good cause. I always say if I was RICH I would donate half my money. I know it's easier said than done, but right now I live the happiest life on very little money so I know I could do it (and obviously I would still have a ton of money if I was LOADED and donated half!!). I just htink this idea is fabulous.

Yes, Christmas is coming way too fast. I will admit though, I have almost everything finished! Nick and I have been good this year. I just need to wrap, and make pepperoni bread (7 loaves...).

Susan said...

I don't understand why someone would come to NYC and eat at some place like an IHOP...blows my mind!

Karen said...

Wow you are busy busy!! Hope the rest of your Holiday season goes well! :0)

See.Kate.Run said...

Congratulations to a good presentation!! :)

My good friend came here to California to go to grad school - we are in the same cohort.. She is very adamant about avoiding all chains (says it is from her NY roots). Since shes arrived I have found some great places here in LA that never would have tried.

Now I am all about finding off the beaten path foodies. :)

Christmas is in the bag this year! Started early and finished it up. thank goodness. Great post! :)

Jamoosh said...

IHOP in Times Square; TGI Fridays in Union Square - if you think that is bad, imagine travelling all the way to England and being stuck in a small Hamlet in the middle of nowhere and the only restaurant is a TGI Fridays...

Jenn said...

I know it. When we went to Boston, my sister wanted us to eat at the Cheesecake Factory. Good chain but totally not what I was thinking. IHOP would just be wrong in NYC!!

Is it Christmas....I hadn't really thought about that..lol!