Dumdeedumdeedum. It’s Sunday night and my modem is broken. What better way to pass the internet-less time than with creating a blog post on ecto?! I have no idea when I’ll be able to press publish, but there’s no harm in working ahead 🙂
Last Thursday marked the final day of work for the nursing supervisor at my agency. She was retiring after 13 years! On Wednesday night, we had a party to celebrate the amazing work she has done at my agency.
We had music, thanks to DJ Jose:
But, more importantly, we had food (obviously, since we cannot have any sort of event at my office without it)!
A couple of things in particular caught my eye, such as this giant tray of roasted vegetables with hard-boiled eggs:
And this stunning dessert selection, including Heather’s pumpkin chocolate chip bread, Pansy’s ambrosia, Pura’s coconut flan, and a special bakery custard fruit tart (my favorite dessert ever):
When we got the go-ahead to dig in, I was not quick enough to be first in line. The boys beat me! But then there was some confusion about who got there first …
… and they had to step away to resolve the dispute:
When the boys got a grip on their drama, I was finally able to fill my plate and park at this elegantly set table:
My plate had roasted veggies, Greek salad, roast chicken, Mediterranean pasta, and maduros (LOVE THEM!!!!!!):
While we ate, we listened to several moving speeches and witnessed the presentation of this retirement quilt. Everyone on the nursing staff decorated a square, and Dorothy put them all together in one quilt. The finished product was a beautiful work of art!
And then dessert was served!
Since I’m working on not dropping dead due to a heart attack/diabetes, I took it “easy”and filled a baby plate with teeny slivers of coconut flan, custard fruit tart, tres leches cake/frosting crumbs, and more maduros:
Mmmmmmmmm, dessert perfection:
There was a ton of food leftover, so we all ate it for lunch on Thursday. After lunch, there was STILL a ton of food, so I packed up as much as I could possibly carry to bring home in this giant H&M bag:
The loot included pasta, roast veggies, roast chicken, lettuce, and maduros:
Different angle to better display volume:
I put one container of veggies and one container of chicken in the freezer, and the rest is just about gone! Quite a significant portion actually went to fuel the New Years Eve fun run that Erik and I did in Prospect Park at 11:15 Thursday night. Before:
(I was obviously soooooooooo excited to run three miles in freezing slush in the middle of the night through a pitch black park in Brooklyn. I was maybe more excited to be taking these pictures with the help of my new gorilla-pod, a present my dad gave me for Christmas so I could attach my camera to random things like the back of a chair in order to get a better angle for the self-timer.)
Pre-race support from roommate etc. cheering squad:
We finished the race just in time to gulp down some free hot chocolate (the best thing I had ever tasted) at Grand Army Plaza and watch the dazzling fireworks display as the clock struck 12.
Attempted tough faces because we braved the elements and survived:
I have a hard time with tough …
(Notice the soaking wet attire and beads of melting snow on our hats.)
And that is the story of how I ended 2009 with two of the best things that ever existed: delicious free food and exercise-for-fun.
By the way, do any of you know of someone who needs a spacious furnished room in a gorgeous Brooklyn apartment from now until 4/30 for $700 per month??
4 thoughts on “Freeeeee-zing!”
You did a New Years Eve run?!?! That sounds so fun!!!!! I almost replied that I would take the room because I’m so desperate to get back to Brooklyn, but the husband might kill me and blood stains would make it difficult to rent the room again! 🙂
Wow, how brave of you to run at night, but sounds like a fun time! 😀
Happy New Year!!
You are hardcore!!! You couldn’t have paid me to do that fun run. In fact, you couldn’t pay me to run. 😉
You have been up to quite a lot this holiday season! All the pictures of that holiday party with your friends (who streaked in the snow mayhaps?) were cracking me up.
See you soon!
Your work knows how to throw a party! All that food sound fantastic.
That sounds like a great race. It is so cold but at least the run kept you warm.