Sunday, January 4, 2009

Home for the Holidays

Over the holidays, the FGDs traveled to the East Coast to visit (my) mom and dad and sister. Even mini FGD got to come along this year. The extreme cold temperatures were sure to freeze Mexican-born (so we tell her) Chihuahua-mix mini FGD's booty, so we were sure to deck her out in a new down puffer jacket.

But first, Mini FGD had to check out her surroundings at LAX


but quickly determined that her dad's arms were the safest place to be.


We arrived to frigid temperatures and a snowstorm that had just blown through 2 days prior.


The cold and snow made everything more festive, or, depending on how you looked at it, just really mother effing cold.

On our first full day there, we took advantage of one of the few things I miss dearly about East Coast living:

Good freakin pizza!!!


This was Frank Pepe himself:


The pizza was so unbelievable, and just as I remember *real* pizza tasting. Check out the length of the pizza tosser things (official name) they use to stick into the oven:


After a mind-boggling lunch, it was time to brace the cold and take mini FGD and her cousin to Roosevelt Forest for a walk.

But the entrance was closed!


And we were sad.



So we got back in the car...


with cousin FGD navigating...


and found an entrance that didn't require gate entry. Mini FGD didn't know what the hell to do.

It didn't look like grass.


It didn't smell like grass.


And she sure as hell wasn't about to go for a walk in it.


So what's a Mexican-born (snort) Chihuahua-mix to do?


Damn, it was C.O.L.D.


But it was pretty, and made me miss my old home just the tiniest bit. (Although I'm fairly certain Pepe's contributed greatly to the nostalgia I was feeling).


After a few minutes of acclimating, I was even able to stand still for a picture. (Even though all I could think while this picture was taking was, I hope I didn't eat too much pizza for lunch so that this little bridge collapses and I fall into the ice cold water below.)


After a little bit more walking,


we headed back to my parent's house to warm up.


In a couple days, Christmas came along, and Mr. FGD gave me the Francesco Biasia Dana bag I asked for,


along with a surprise Elsa Peretti star pendant from Tiffany's, which was a nice little extra.


My parents and sister gave me my new skin car regimen, so when you see my new sparkling porcelain skin, you'll know where it came from .


My parents and sister gave Mr. FGD a sweet new Keurig coffee system, to enjoy from his home office. (My handbags, skin care system and this mean, supreme coffee maker are all on their way being shipped back to the west coast and I'm currently waiting for them very impatiently.)


Christmas dinner, with the obligatory Slovak oblatky.


And then after Christmas, it was off to Mohegun Sun for some money on black action!


I won $800 on a Monopoly slot machine (yay!) and was able to snag a necklace mama FGD had her eye on when we breezed into Tiffany's on the way out.


It was probably the best trip "home" I've ever had. Mom and pops waited on the FGDs hand and foot and we pretty much just ate, slept, shopped and relaxed the whole time. It was so nice. Such a simple vacation, and yet a warm and fuzzy one too.

I was sad to leave.

Insert violin sample here.

11 Comments, shout outs, and other gold diggin' love:

WeezerMonkey said...

Pepe's! I ate so much pizza from there when I was in New Haven for a three-week trial in the District of Connecticut!

Ann Marie said...

Sounds like a fantastic trip! Mini FGD is clearly a warm-weather dog -- lol. :-)

NorCalMrs said...

Glad you had a good trip home. I hear you on missing it. I was sad to leave MN when we had to return, but then I got back to CA and realized I like it here that much more. Sorry you miss your fam, but the warm weather sure is a nice perk!

dapotato said...

sounds cold, festive, and relaxing.

amber said...

that looks and sounds like a great vacation :)

i'm also digging the latest in chic holiday headgear. the bow really makes the outfit, m'dear ;)

wan-nabe said...

wait - did you say "handbagS"?

in any case, i don't know how you were able to ship it vs. hug it all the way home.

JD 2 B said...

Looks like you had a great trip! Santa brought me the Clarisonic too I'm hoping it's as great as everyone says :-)

Claire said...

What rocking presents!!! And for some reason, your sad face is very amusing to me, although I of course hate for you to be sad. :)

ssinca said...

I can't believe you let your fab presents leave your sight!

Jessica said...

So apparently all of CT looks exactly the same...

10yearstogether said...

Holey crap what a great time! I love your presents and the $800 windfall. You don't cease to surprise me - you really spent your winnings on the necklace for mama? Or did you mean that to say you bought the necklace that your mama wanted *for yourself*?

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