Archive for December, 2007

Holiday Party Weekend

The weekend after INFO Christmas and Nutcracker, it was company holiday party time. (I really need to work on this “recency” thing when blogging. Eh well.)

INFO Crew at Avanade Holiday PartyIt started off Friday for Ryan’s Avanade Party at the Pacific Science Center. He got out of work pretty late, so we only caught the tail end of it before heading out with some of the crew to go to Schultzy’s. However, it was neat to see some folks from the Vegas Flyback there.

AA|RF Holiday Party at the SAMOn Saturday night, we went to the my agency holiday party at the Seattle Art Museum, which was pretty sweet. I hadn’t been in the SAM so in a while so it was neat to go again, let alone with a pretext of a party. Admittedly though, I enjoyed the mini crab cake sandwiches over the current exhibit. ;) Bravo to the folks who organized it, it was pretty well done.

INFO Christmas & Nutcracker Weekend

And Jamie’s holiday blogathon continues!

The following weekend Ryan and I hosted our 4th Annual A Very INFO Christmas dinner party. Saturday was spent all day in preparation, i.e. setting up a table for 18(!), planning the oven sequence, stuffing dates with goat cheese, etc. It was pretty fun getting things together, though crazy as usual during the final hour.

The Menu

Dubliner cheese
Sweet ‘n sour meatballs
Coconut shrimp
Eggroll wrapped shrimp

Zuppa Tuscana Soup (by Trevor)
CPK salad (by Kelly)
Sesame salad (by David & Teresa)

Main Meal
Aus gratin potatoes
Pilsbury biscuits
Almond lemon green beans
Christmas ham

Sea Foam Salad (by Jessica)
Strawberry cheesecake (by Kat)

It was a night of much much eating, White Elephant gifting, and general holiday merriment. Success! Thanks again for everyone who made it, it was great having the whole crew together. :)

The following day I went shopping downtown with my cousin Ernelyn and had lunch at Il Fornaio. Later that evening we met up with Ryan and Ben to see Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Nutcracker.

I had never gone and have always heard about it being a Northwest Christmas tradition, so it was good to have finally seen it, though I’ve decided that the ballet isn’t my cup of tea, despite my short ballet career as a Kindergartener.

Afterward we all went out to Via Tribunali for pizza with my cousin Eric which was really good. The place is quickly becoming my new favorite pizza place in Seattle. Overall, another holiday-tastic weekend.

Holiday Weekend in San Jose

The weekend after Thanksgiving I was in San Jose on business and decided to stay for the weekend. Ryan joined me and we spent two nights checking out San Jose and took a day trip Saturday to the coast, namely to Monterey and brief visit to Santa Cruz.

Day 1 – San Jose

San Jose’s Winter in the Park. Think community Christmas trees and dolls.

Day 2 – San Jose

Ryan in Santana Row
Dinner on Santana Row. Had fantastic scallops, though not pictured here.

Day 3 – Monterey / Santa Cruz

Asilomar Park in Monterey. My favorite of the trip, beautiful beautiful place.

Sunset on the 17-Mile Drive – That’s me! (Photo by Ryan)

Ghiradellis hot chocolates on Santa Cruz’s Boardwalk. Note chunk of fudge.

Day 4 – San Jose

The San Jose Holiday Parade. On NBC and right outside our hotel!

View our San Jose/Monterey Photo Slideshow

Thanksgiving Weekend ’07

Happy Holidays! I’ve been doing a lot of sweet holiday stuff lately and feeling like blogging it–so here goes. We’ll have to rewind a bit…like to Thanksgiving. (Let’s see how far I get.)

Thanksgiving was nice and a much needed 4-day weekend. Rather than go into specifics, here were the four themes:

Pancit batch 1 of 3
My mom’s pancit for the annual Thanksgiving party

Seeing the Fam
Thanksgiving at the Wright's '07
The cousins on our annual Thanksgiving post-eating/napping walk

Cousins in Seattle
Girls meet the Fremont Troll
Took mis primas to the center of the universe to meet the Fremont Troll

Night out with Friends

The crew at Belltown Billiards, photo from Ly’s camera

There was also visiting Jen’s family, Rock Band, dinner at a casino, and Black Friday Super Mall shopping in there too, but didn’t have representative pics for those. In any case, it was a great way to kick off the Christmas season.