Drinking Rut

Answer…get pregnant.  I’m 9 months pregnant and in a drinking rut.  I haven’t had a glass or a sip of alcohol yet throughout the whole pregnancy.  At this point, I kind of just want to go the whole time without it for no other reason than just to say I did.  There are a lot of preggos out there that have the mantra “I don’t even want alcohol” – could be because they are sick their whole pregnancy or could be because they are scared that even a sip will hurt their unborn baby.  To each their own whatever the reason is.  My mantra is the opposite.  I want alcohol every day.  My biggest desire, ironically is a nice, cold draft light beer.  This is strange because I usually drink this beverage the least in my non-pregnant life.  I would much rather extend my reach for a glass of vino or a shot of vodka.  One of my theories is that I am housing a baby boy.  Boys like beer.  Coincidence?  Maybe.

It’s not necessarily the taste of alcohol I miss, it’s the socialization aspect of it.  I miss going out to dinner and splitting a bottle of wine with my hubby.  I miss going out with my mom and indulging in a good martini.  I miss hanging out with friends at a bar sipping on a Greygoose on the rocks with two lemons.  Don’t get me wrong, I know it is all more than worth it every time I look in the mirror and see my growing baby belly, but for me, drinking alcohol meant engaging in a good time with friends and family.  Of course I still have fun when I go out but it’s not quite the same.  I wasn’t sure how I would feel once I got pregnant but I can honestly say, I have missed it…I do miss it and I will continue to miss it until he makes his debut.  Which by the way could be any second.

At this point, part of the reason I haven’t indulged in a glass of wine or anything is because I feel it to be a tease.  One glass would leave me wanting more or leave me wanting one every night and that my friends is a slippery slope.  Furthermore, why would I want to drink something I know is going to make me feel guilty in which case I will probably not enjoy it anyway?  I of course am in control of feeling that way but I know I would think like that with every sip.  And finally, isn’t the first glass of alcohol going to taste that much better after I give birth?  I believe the answer is yes.  Now that I have spent this entire post sounding like an alcoholic rather than a pregnant person I think my rant is over.  Sparkling water tonight to take the edge off of my workday it is.  Or maybe a cocktail from my Preggatini book or Margarita Mama.  Mmm.  Jealous? ;)

Baby You’re A Firework

Happy Birthday America.  July 4th has always been one of my favorite holidays.  Well I like all holidays really.  Because you get a day off work, everyone is happy, you (hopefully) get to spend it with family & friends and it’s a great excuse to drink and eat a lot.  But July 4th is extra special because it’s in the heat of summer and I loooove summer.  It also brings back great memories.  Every year growing up we had a big 4th of July party at my parent’s house.  They live across the street from a big park that has an annual fireworks show.  We gathered the troops, grilled out, filled the coolers, played horseshoes, badminton, went swimming and partied till the pitch black.  Over the years once us kids took on the profession of college students, the party transpired and we added beer pong (kids vs. dads) tournaments to the activity list.  Fun times were had by all.  I made vodka punches that could have killed a group of small animals but everyone left buzzed, happy and with a full bladder.

4th of July party circa 2005ish??  Gosh we are young and spritely.

4th of July party circa 2005ish?? Gosh we look young and spritely.

With where we are now in our lives, the July 4th holiday holds a new, unique meaning since its always the week Mr. Dr. embarks on the next year of his doctorhood training.  Another reason to celebrate an already favorite holiday?  Sign me up!

Have a great holiday

You Know You Make Me Wanna

BEST WEDDING SONG EVER RIGHT?!  via

BEST WEDDING SONG EVER RIGHT?! via

Technically wedding season commences in April.  Funny actually, when we chose our wedding date I spoke to a couple that said they had gotten married in April and it was a great month to do so because their wedding kicked off wedding season for most of the guests.  It makes sense for us east coasters.  April-October and really now November is even just as big to say those two joyful words ‘I do’ with your soul mate.  And so I guess it was nice to get everyone excited for the upcoming months of wedding festivities for other friends and family members.  Throw in a tornado and voila, we really kicked off wedding season with a bang 2 years ago!

This wedding season for us has started off quiet which has been a nice change from the last 2 years.  Last year we had 7 weddings, yes 7.  We are just at that age.  Unfortunately Mr. Dr. was also an intern/2nd year throughout the wedding madness.  This = only made it to about half.  50% is a pretty accurate count for things he misses in a year.  So hopefully that increases year over year.  Even if it’s just to 56% this year.  I’ll take it.  Although for June that 50% rings true.  This weekend kicks off our first wedding of 2013 and I am looking forward to spending a fun weekend with family and friends.  I mean really, how fun are weddings??  And when you know the majority of people there, it’s even better.  Mr. Dr. is working so he will miss this one but that’s ok because wedding #2 of the season is next weekend and he will be there in the flesh.  I can’t guarantee he won’t be tired and I am not to blame if he falls asleep next to the dance floor, but I can guarantee that we will be celebrating the end of his 2nd year as much as the nuptials of the bride and groom.

Confession: Ever since the movie Wedding Crashers I have wanted to crash just ONE wedding to see what it would feel like.  Is that weird?  I think it might be.  I blame Vince and Owen because they make it look too fun.  My next confession is that I secretly hope that never comes true because it’s probably creepy and not cool.  I digress…

This weekend I will be in my hometown, good ol’ Bmore, with fabulous family and fantastic friends.  The good news at this point in the game instead of the “Where’s your husband?” question, I have been to enough events solo that it’s more like, “So he’s working?” and all I have to do is shake my head yes.  Saves me a few breaths.  But despite being unaccompanied by my favorite human accessory, it will be a great time and I’m really looking forward to it.

And then I am rushing home on Sunday because it’s our first year attending the residency graduation dinner for our program.  Mr. Dr. is getting relieved from his shift for 4 hours on Sunday so we can go as it’s pretty mandatory for the PGYs 2-4 to be there to support the graduating 5th years.  Which I think is great by the way.  I will report back on that one.

Cheers to wedding season and Happy Cocktail Friday.

I Carried A Watermelon

I have been really into watermelon lately.  I think it’s because of the weather and the season.  Summer is the season for melon so I guess it makes sense.  I have seen them everywhere – street vendors, bodegas, grocery stores, you name it they are staring at you in the face all over Manhattan right now.  It’s fresh, juicy and can be great as a snack or lone ingredient.  I have been making watermelon and feta salad on the weekends for us to munch on.  It’s easy and very tasty.  I just add some red onion and basil and voila.

But whenever I see watermelon all I can think about is the movie Dirty Dancing.  That infamous scene when Jennifer Grey meets Johnny and in a moment of panic says, “I carried a watermelon.”  Embarrassed, she then pretty much wants to crawl in a corner and forget that sentence ever came out of her mouth.  But apparently it worked for good ol’ Johnny because they sure hit it off by the end.  What a great movie.

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Another great fact about watermelon?  It is a perfect key additive for a summer cocktail.  Lots of restaurants have a cocktail on their drink list with watermelon as a main component in the summertime.  I reckon I will be indulging in more than just a couple of these this summer.  Starting with this weekend.

Watermelontini

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2 watermelontinis and 1 over ice enjoying each other’s company with a couple friends at a local spot in Manhattan.

-Generous Amount of Vodka
-3 Splashes of Watermelon Juice
-2 Splashes of Lime Juice
-Dash of Simple Syrup
-Notes: Blend all ingredients really well in the shaker and serve in a chilled martini glass. This drink screams refreshment.

Happy Cocktail Friday.

Crystal Light Got It Right

When it comes to martinis, I recently have been sticking to the oldies but goodies, specifically the dvm.  The dirty has been a staple in my pre-dinner cocktail food outings.  But while simultaneously craving a new flavor to try I was presented months ago with these little guys.

Crystal Light

Crystal Light has taken a turn from powder to liquid and I must say, it’s working.  I have only tried the Pomtini and Strawberry Lemonade flavors but both are pretty good.  The Strawberry Lemonade takes the cake though.  It is such a simple drink to make and you can spice it up any way you want.

-Generous Amount of Vodka
-A Few Shots of Water (that’s right…H2O)
-2 Squirts of Crystal Light Flavor of your Choice
-Notes: Serve this over ice. A couple of times I have added St. Germain which gave the drink a hint of elderflower and complimented it very nicely.

These little containers are compact, convenient and bursting at the seams with flavor.  A few spritzes is all you need when using these polly in your pocket size delights.  It’s no mystery that these mixes should be used to quench the cocktail lover’s thirst with flavors like Peach Bellini and Pomtini.  But feel free to use these to enhance a non-alcoholic beverage as well such as just plain water.  After all, you and I both know that is probably what they are really supposed to be used for. ;)

Did I mention the best part?  They are a whopping zero calories.  Happy Cocktail Friday.

It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere On The Road

When Mr. Dr. and I travel for weekend trips we often take turns driving.  It usually depends on who is most tired.  I like to make the deal of “well if I drive you have to stay awake and talk to me.”  And usually if I end up behind the wheel he is out cold 10 minutes later in the passenger seat.  But if he is driving I am usually the little energizer bunny next to him talking his little ear off.  I think we both don’t mind longish drives because it gives us a chance to catch up on conversation we miss with each other from the week.  This happens a lot with our non-routine lives.  So sometimes believe it or not I think we both look forward to some time spent in the car.

But one thing we (and probably every other person in the world) have in common is how much we hate traffic.  Ugh.  Just thinking about it makes me annoyed.  Why do people rubberneck?  Yes I am curious too but for the love of God just try and resist and please keep up the pace.  Why do people drive 50 mph in the left lane?  If you are 85 years old and haven’t revisited your eye exam to maintain your license please refrain from keeping your 1993 Buick in the fast lane.  Why is there always construction at every single hour of the day on every single highway?  I mean it really cannot be that difficult of a concept to begin construction well before or well after rush hour.  It is worth it to pay the Union construction workers overtime to avoid the delays it causes.  And furthermore, I doubt we really need to expand every single solitary road on the east coast.  Because it certainly seems like that is what happens every weekend.  And lastly to my friends operating the NJ Turnpike – while I do appreciate the “Use Alternate Route – Major Delays Ahead” warnings, if you are not going to update it to coincide with what is actually happening 5 miles ahead it is completely useless.  I would much appreciate it if you stayed a bit more prompt in your delivery of digital highway messaging to avoid an even bigger clusterf*** of traffic on the unnecessary alternate route.  On the flip side if you tell people to “Reduce Speed” they will listen so please do not ask drivers to do so when traffic is moving smoothly.

On a positive note, there was one idea that came out of sitting in traffic a few weeks ago.  As I sat there in the passenger seat counting down the minutes until I could start happy hour outside of the car it hit me.  Why not have happy hour inside the car?  Wouldn’t traffic be 1000% more bearable if we were able to sip on martinis?  Yes and Yes.  Now I’m not talking about bringing your own bottle of wine and enjoying it out of a red solo cup in the passenger seat (I may or may not have ever done this…).  No I am talking about a much more sophisticated idea.  Meet the traffictini.  Traffic + Martini = Traffictini.  You know how they have vendor food and beverage carts set up on the streets of NYC?  Well why in the heck haven’t they invented a Traffictini cart that sits on the sides of the road during traffic and rush hours?  Tell me this isn’t the most brilliant idea.  We could have Highway Happy Hour with Roadside Ruby Reds and Rum Punches.  They could even make Box Car Martinis and Sidecar Cocktails to follow theme.  The only negative that could come from this is the number of arguments that might stem from who has to drive but that’s what the rock paper scissors game is for before you hop in the car.  Think about it.  You (passenger only of course) roll down the window, pick up your cocktail and move on seamlessly.

Let’s take this a step further.  In standstill traffic they could even have a waiter taking orders.  Thanks to Zazzle we could have the above made into a bumper sticker magnet for our cars.  The passengers could stick it on the outside of the car while in traffic if they want a drink which could be the waiter’s cue to come over.  Trains have bar cars and planes have flight attendants so why can’t roads have traffictini carts and waiters?  I might just be writing a letter to the Department of Transportation about this one.  I once again think I might be on to something.

Mamma Mia Here I Go Again

Me and mom

In honor of Mother’s Day this post is dedicated to all of the moms out there who we love, who deserve some recognition and who have helped shape us into what we have become.  My mom fits all of the above criteria.  I think like her a whole heck of a lot, I just don’t really look like her.  Our hair color may be the complete opposite but our boobs, heart, soul and ring size are pretty spot on.  Oh…and I definitely got my dad’s height because I am not a petite section shopper.

Despite what my younger years of rebellion and adolescence brought, we have come a long way as I am sure a lot of moms and daughters do, and I am so thankful for what she has done for me in my 28 (almost 29!) years of existence.  I have come to truly believe that saying “Mom knows best” which is something I never thought would happen.  I also never believed she would be the phone call at too late an hour on numerous occasions when I am home alone while Mr. Dr. is in the hospital.  Venting is a term that she probably didn’t fully understand until her daughter married a doctor.  Or if she did, it took on a whole meaning when she gained a Dr. Son-In-Law.  Through it all, she is always there for me and I just hope one day I can be there for my own children like she has been there for me.

Another fabulous, and perhaps unsurprising similarity we share is our taste in drinks.  We love a good martini.  So in honor of you mom, I have chosen one of your favorites for this week’s Cocktail Friday.  Here we have a very traditional yet delicious tarty treat.

The Lemon Drop Martini: aka LDM

-Generous Amount of Vodka (Mom prefers Absolut)                                                             -2 Splashes of Triple Sec                                                                                                       -2 Splashes of Lemon Juice                                                                                                    -Splash of Simple Syrup                                                                                                          -Notes: Obviously if you enjoy an extra bit of sweetness add the sugar rim but I know that some moms (including mine) prefer it without.  I must say I agree.  In place of simple syrup you can add a dash of fine sugar.  Make sure to blend all ingredients really well in a shaker and chill before serving.

I am also lucky enough to have gained a great Mother-In-Law 2 years ago.  If it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t be married to my Mr. Dr. and who knows where I would be…I can almost guarantee though that this blog would not exist.

So to my Mom-In-Law: Happy Mother’s Day.  And to my amazing Mother who sat through hours of labor for me and then probably had daily heart palpitations while I was growing up over all these years, thank you, I love you and Happy Mother’s Day.

And of course…Happy Cocktail Friday.

A-MAY

We are officially on day 3 of the month of May. And that means…A-MAY is upon us. Yes, my glorious birthday month. I am fortunate that my family and friends have embraced this tradition over the last few years because that means I get a month long celebration. Usually after about 2 days Mr. Dr. has had enough. Last year, he tried to really give me a birthday week and we agreed to celebrate in some way every night the week of my birthday. I think we got to night #3 and we were so worn out by the time my actual birthday came around we didn’t do anything. Maybe that was his plan all along!

So in honor of A-MAY I am going to share a staple A-MAY cocktail for this week’s Cocktail Friday. The drink can be found at Seacret’s in Ocean City, MD where we like to traditionally indulge in a day drink-fest with family and friends to celebrate my birthday and kick off summer. With Mr. Dr. now in residency it’s tricky for us to make the trip and for us all to celebrate together.  But we still try and pick one weekend in the beginning of summer, near my bday and head down to OCMD with the family. Here is the ultimate frozen drink that if you drink too many of…will live up to its name the next day during your hangover.

Pain In De Ass

PIDA

-Half Pina Colada
-Half Rum Runner
-A whole lot of sugar & fruity flavors combined to taste like the tropics

I can’t wait to indulge in my first one of these in a few weeks.  Until then I will hold you over with some of my favorite moments captured from previous A-MAY celebrations.  Enjoy…

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Amay 3

Amay 7

Amay 4

Amay 5

Amay 6

Amay 2

Happy Cocktail Friday and happy weekend.

Cheers To 2 Years

Today is  Mr. Dr. and I’s 2 year anniversary.  It is pretty remarkable how fast the last two years have flown by.  I can still vividly remember coming home a week before our wedding to find him staring at the TV screen engrossed in a project.  He had downloaded a software program to help with the seating chart and hooked up the computer to our TV screen so we could look at the ballroom layout big picture.  (This was post-match, pre-wedding/4th year graduation so he had ample free time.)  It was pretty amazing.  The fact that he cared enough to help with last minute planning and went the extra bit to lay everything out for his bride to easily approve was very thoughtful.  Reason 381746564 why I married him.

If you would have asked me 9 years ago (the year we met) where I saw myself in 10 years I probably would not have said living in NYC, married to a doctor.  I probably would have said hopefully living in NYC, married to a doctor. Bahaha.  Yeah right.  All the way up until that becomes one’s reality.  Then you realize all too quickly that reality is a bit harsher than anticipated.  No, I probably said I’d be married with 3 kids, and have a nice little home out in the burbs somewhere with my sweet little family.  But that is just too boring right?  And boring is not a word that people use to describe me or Mr. Dr.  So I guess it’s fitting that our relationship 9 years later has turned into a beautiful, blossoming tilt-a-whirl ride that you might enjoy at your nearest carnival.  Up, down and all around.  We are crazy, our schedule has no routine, some weeks we hardly see each other, we barely have a savings, we fight, we laugh, we cuddle and we love each other so much that he gives me 3/4 of the bed most nights so I can sprawl, and I meet him down at the hospital every chance I get even if it’s for 5 minutes when he is on an overnight call just so I can give him a smooch.  But at the end of every nutty day, every hardship, every little speed bump and every next turn, I wouldn’t trade this marriage for the world.  I guess that feeling is how you know you picked the right guy.

I woke up on the day of our wedding to dark skies, pouring rain and a tornado warning (thankfully my family and maids spared me of the tornado news until the next day by keeping all TVs and news outlets turned off).  But for every dark cloud in that sky and every drop of rain that soaked Baltimore, there was a smile that day.  There was so much love surrounding us on our wedding day and we felt so lucky to be with all of the people that share in our happiness each and every day.  Despite what the weatherman said, the sun was shining…in a beautiful church and a stunning mansion where we celebrated with our favorite people.

Check out our fun highlight video: Looze Wedding Video

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And here are some more of my favorite moments from our special day…

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Umbrella Photo

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Jamaica 2.0

We are fresh back from our Jamaican vacation, the second annual siblings trip and a fun time was had by all.  I am loving the warm weather we came back to here in NYC.  It has been a beautiful couple of days and I am hoping it stays that way.  We left over a week ago in 30 degrees and came back to upper 50s.  Spring has shown it’s face and I couldn’t be happier.

Our vacation was everything we hoped it would be – relaxing, carefree, cell phone-less, sunny (with a few spots of rain), pretty, a bit adventurous and most of all a ton of fun.  We arrived to a slightly overcast horizon in Ocho Rios but the weather got better each day.  And we were awarded the most amazing treat as we were departing JFK at 5am to start our vacation.

First Class

Enjoying my spread in 1st Class

We got upgraded FOR FREE to first class.  A few things.  #1 Neither Mr. Dr. nor I have ever sat in First Class and to be honest, it’s probably safe to say that before this trip I never thought we ever would.  #2 We are never the people that get lucky when it comes to this kind of stuff.  In fact, when they called us up to the front desk over the loud speaker at 5am, I was half asleep taking a bite into my McDonald’s hash brown and my first 3 immediate thoughts were:

-”Damn you Caribbean Airlines for losing our luggage before we even board.”
-”Shit, what did we do wrong this time? I swear I abided by all of the carry-on luggage rules.”
-”No I am not going to be OK sitting apart if you are going to tell me that you need to separate us.”

But low and behold the lady behind the counter says “We are giving you a complimentary upgrade to First Class.”  Mr. Dr. looked at me with the eyes of someone who knows his wife all too well.  You know…the eyes that are telling me not to ask why in God’s name we were chosen because we are just 2 normal people who don’t fly that often and are way too frugal to ever actually pay for an upgrade like this ourselves.  His approach is keep mouths shut and accept the generous offering.  But my instincts took over and those 2 little words trickled out of my hash brown-filled lips…”But why?”  Luckily the answer was simply because occasionally people are chosen at random if seats are available.  Phew.  We did nothing wrong.  I couldn’t believe it.  Well now I know why people do pay for the upgrade.  It’s amazing!  I was drinking mimosas at 6am not because I wanted them, but because I could.  I was exhausted but didn’t want to sleep because I wanted to enjoy every minute of my flying experience.  It really was a treat.  As expected, the flight home was sub par compared to the flight there and we were quickly reminded that coach is where the recliner option is broken and you get served crackers and juice instead of blueberry pankcakes and champagne.

Here are some other highlights from our trip.

Beach Pic

Lobby

Pool Relaxing

Italian Dinner

Coconuts

Beach Volleyball

ShuffleBoard

Ziplining

Our Great Company :)

Our Great Company :)

We rotated from the pool to the beach and from the boardwalk bar to the pool bar.  We drank, ate and laughed for 5 straight days.  We played beach volleyball everyday to get our workout in and tipsy shuffleboard after dinner.  We went zip lining for the first time and after the initial shakes prior to the first one, we had a blast.  And never have I ever…had Easter dinner at a Japanese Steakhouse with a chef named Shannon the Cannon.  That will probably be a first and a last but it was great!

Our Easter Dinner

And now we are back to reality…another vacation down and already looking forward to the next one.  Until then I will rely on this to hold me over.

Cocktails