Category Archives: Friends

Bonus Birthday Gift!

Posted by: Maggie

When the Schuberts were over for New Year’s Eve, they mentioned the books they had given Eleanor for her birthday. We asked, “What books?” We had asssumed that they had given her another gift that was cardless. So we searched our cars into which the gifts had been loaded after Eleanor’s birthday party, and there it was under the front passenger seat! It was a lovely four volume set of history books for children featured on The Pioneer Woman. Although they are meant for an older child, it is a fantastic gift. I can’t think of a better gift for the daughter of two history majors! I can’t wait to read these myself. I plan to start right after I take the bar. Thanks guys, you are the best!

Should Auld
Acquaintance Be Forgot

Posted by: Maggie

One of the reasons why I love the holidays so much is that we get to spend time with our oldest and dearest friends. Some of these friends live in the area but we don’t get to see often enough because of our busy lives and others have moved away from California since high school and only come to visit their families once or twice a year.

The first visit of the holiday season was Betsy and Justin’s holiday party at their new house in Silver Lake. Eleanor wore her fanciest party dress. Betsy and I have been friends since junior year of high school and Betsy and Justin were high school sweethearts so I have known Justin for about as long as I have know Betsy.

Last week Rachel was visiting from Albany where she just graduated summa cum laude from SUNY Albany. I have know Rachel since Junior High, but became close friends with her in our Junior year of high school. She once predicted that we would only stay friends through college. She has clearly been proven wrong.

Leslie was also home that week visiting from Vancouver where she lives with her Canadian husband Mike. Leslie and I also became good friends in high school, my Junior year and her Sophomore year. We lived together for a year while we were in college. That didn’t work out very well. We are great friends, but incompatible roommates.

The three of us went out for drinks and a Pizookie at BJs as is our tradition when we are all in town.

We had so much fun catching up on what everyone has been up to and reminiscing about high school.

Brian, Josh’s best friend, was also in town. Brian and Josh have been best friends since high school. They have always been able to bond over their respective dysfunctional families, mutual love of Radiohead and disgust with their hometown. Brian lives in Philadelphia where he is working on his History PhD at the University of Pennsylvania.

Brian’s sister Lauren sent Brian with a gift for Eleanor, pig ears so she could be just like her favorite literary character Olivia.

We usually only get to see Brian once when he visits, but because he is single this year we got to see him four times! We were so happy to be able to spend so much time with him. He is easily our smartest and most entertaining friend. Did I mention he’s single ladies? During his visits he regaled us with riveting tales of internet dating and made us thank our lucky stars that we are not single.

We finished off the holiday season with a New Year’s Eve movie night with the Schuberts, who seem to be in our blog a lot lately. I think they were pretty disappointed when they arrived and Eleanor was already in bed.

We had pomegranate bellinis, gin neat, cheese and crackers, cheesecake, and bon bons while watching my very favorite New Year’s Eve movie, When Harry Met Sally.

Andrew and I have been friends since my Sophmore year of high school which was his Junior year. He and I spent pretty much every Friday night at Betsy’s house and every Saturday night at his house watching movies for about two years of high school. Until last night, I don’t think that we had watched a movie together since.

Andrew met his wife Amy at Michaels where Andrew, Amy, and I worked along with Leslie and a few of our other friends for a few years after high school.

Andrew and Amy moved to Arizona a year or two after high school and only recently moved back. I am so glad that we were able to stay friends despite the distance and that we are able to see them so much more often now that they are back in LA.

We are thankful to have all of these dear friend in our lives and to be able to spend the holidays with them. We love you guys!

Holiday Baking

Posted by: Maggie

I baked this week. I’m not really into baking, but it seems hard to avoid at the holidays.

Amish Friendship Bread, moist and delicious:

My favorite Chewy Gingerbread cookies for our friends Betsy and Justin’s holiday party:

I let Josh handle the power tools.

I don’t usually dress up to bake, but we baked immediately before leaving for the party.

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