Winter wonderland

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Monday, February 11, 2013

We might not have had a white Xmas but there are blizzard warnings being forecast at the moment (Thursday) for the weekend! We've had a bit of snow the past two weeks, but only enough to last a day or two. Lulu absolutely loves it – check out the videos of her going nuts in our backyard.

I started cutting away some of her matted fur the other day and she ended up looking a bit hacked-up. So the poor dog had to be groomed and now looks a bit like a skinned rat and needs to wear her coat to the park. She doesn’t seem to mind the cold but we’ve invested in some snow booties to protect her paws from the salt snow-melt. She’s getting used to them but walked really funny for a while. She sounds like a horse at the park – loud galloping sounds that spurs her on till exhausted. I like that…

On Australia Day we went to the Whitney Museum of American Art. We went to the Guggenheim first but when we got there half of it was closed due to new exhibitions being hung. I saw some cool Calder hanging sculptures I remember learning about in high school art…pretty cool. That night we went to an Australia Day Aussie meet-up where we ate some complimentary pies, lamingtons and caramel slice. We saw a few people from the previous meet-up and also met a few new ones.

On Sunday we went to the Chelsea Market and ran into an old friend, Simon, and his girlfriend at the entrance. Small world! The market is really cool – not "real" markets like the Vic or South Melbourne markets, but lots of gourmet speciality food stalls and gift shops. They even sell Aussie pies here! Afterwards we walked around the Meatpacking District a bit but it was absolutely freezing so we headed home. We were supposed to go out with Luke, Matt’s work friend, and his girlfriend, Sylvia, to a Polish restaurant but they cancelled at the last minute. They’re both Polish so we’ll be heading back to the restaurant soon to try their national dishes!

We celebrated the start of February at Amy’s apartment in Hell’s Kitchen. We met her at the Australia Day meet-up. There was a whole bunch of people there mostly from Australia, but also an Englishman and a few Americans. It was a good night and we’ll hopefully keep in touch and catch up again soon.

On Saturday we had a pretty lazy day. We tried to have dinner at Talde in Brooklyn. We arrived there before 6 and there was already an hour-and-a-half wait! Looks like it may be a bit similar to Chin Chin in Melbourne (one of my favourite restaurants) so we’re definitely going back! We had Mexican instead at Fonda where Matt took me for a birthday breakfast last year. Also very yummy!

On Sunday we were invited by Luke to join some of his friends to watch the Super Bowl. It was quite funny that no-one was American. Needless to say we watched mostly the adds and not much of the game itself!

Matt’s supposed to be rolled off the Israel case, but is still spending a lot of time working on it. He’s been assigned to a case with General Motors in Detroit which he is looking forward to. It will involve a bit of travel but it’s a much shorter flight than to Israel! His neck is slowly improving which hopefully means he’ll be able to avoid surgery.

Our couches arrived. And then had to be promptly sent back as they couldn’t get them into the apartment. :-( Measured the clearance rates and double checked it would fit with sales people… Might try the slightly smaller one.

About halfway through the Spanish classes – still full steam ahead but some of it is slowly sinking in. Once I’ve got a bit more vocab under my belt I’ll join a Spanish conversation group to put all the rules into practice!

The forecast blizzard did not end up being much at all – we had about 15cm of snow but no high winds or power outages. It was exciting to look out of our windows and see everything covered by a blanket of snow! Lulu went absolutely nuts in our backyard – check out the pictures and videos. We had to go to the park on Saturday after I took a photo of two people walking to the park with their skis! There were hundreds of people tobogganing, building snowmen, igloos, skiing and just enjoying the snow. Unfortunately Lulu had to stay on her lead as it was after the dog off-leash time.

On Saturday night we met up with Hayley (who we met at Amy’s) and a few of her friends at a South African restaurant called Madiba’s. We ate boboti, oxtail potjiekos, biltong, droewors, boerewors pap, monkey gland ribs and tipsey tart– any Saffas will appreciate our feast! I also bought some ProNutro – yum!

Lyndsay, a work colleague of Matt’s, has invited us to Chicago for the weekend towards the end of February so that should be fun! Hopefully there are no real blizzards and it’s not too cold! Chicago’s colder than New York and often has snow…
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