1 week has past since we brought Scarlett home! Lets rewind…
When I gave Mariah her promise ring (quite some time ago), we exchanged a list of random things we wanted to complete or to have within the next few years. On her list was “a hairless cat”. As soon as I saw that, I thought hell to the no. I’m really not fond of animals and I didn’t plan on ever having one. Buttttt since it was on her list, I decided to say ok… (In the back of my mind I was hoping she would just forget about this idea).
While having dinner 2 months ago, it just hit me that I also wanted one! I asked the family how they would feel and they all had their own input but what really mattered was that Mariah really wanted one. It’s funny because she says I made it sound like it was my idea meanwhile it really was hers! So I cleared that little confusion up with the fam lol
So for a month we were doing so much research on the Sphynx breed. We read everything out there and started looking for a breeder. It’s so hard to find a good one that you can trust especially because these kittens sell for an average of $1,500!
After much research, we found a breeder in the Bronx with 5 super cute kittens who had been born on July 3rd and would be approximately 13 weeks old when we would bring one of them home over the first weekend of October.
Mariah and I set up a date to go see the kittens and we brought my old college roommate Jess with us too. When we went to visit, we initially were interested in one of the boys but fell in love with the cute little girl who looked so different from her siblings! All the boys were tuxedo color and the other girl was tortoise. She instantly came onto our laps and curled up and fell asleep.
We decided right away that we would be taking her! We left a deposit and then had to wait 5 WEEKS until she was old enough to leave her mom! Those must have been the longest 5 weeks ever! At least we had a good amount of time to prepare and slowly buy all the things we would need for her.
While we were waiting and preparing, we were trying to think of a good name. Mariah thought of “Scarlett” and I absolutely loved it!! We said we would wait until she came home so we can see her personality and then make our final decision but her name was practically picked out way before that ;)
We picked her up late on a Saturday night and headed home. That first night was straight out of a movie! We were under the impression that she would just sleep for the night (wishful thinking) but that wasn’t the case! About every hour she kept waking us up with face licking, toe biting, running all over the place, and finally, after getting about a total of 4 hours of sleep, we decided to wake up at 7am (on our day off). We woke up and looked at each other with zombie eyes and just both said we hoped this wasn’t a preview of many sleepless nights to come.
Since then, Scarlett has been sleeping at night! YAY! She wakes up around 730am and after some purring and cuddling, she falls back asleep until 930am. This is perfect for Mariah because this is what time she usually wakes up but I on the other hand, am still getting use to this. It works perfectly when I have class but not so much on my days off but it’s ok!
So for anyone who doesn’t know, Sphynxs are probably the most affectionate breeds out there! Scarlett has definitely proved this for us. She loves to wake us up by purring and rubbing her face on ours, she likes to sleep in the bed cuddled up with us, and she probably is the smartest cat I know (I’m being biased). All jokes aside, Mariah and I are both obsessed with her. My entire family loves her as well.
On Sunday we gave her a bath for the first time (this breed needs weekly baths due to the fact that they have no hair and oil collects on their skin). She did SO good! No meowing and no scratching but we did have to hold her with one hand because if we let her totally sit on her own in the water, that’s when she would try to leap out. From what I’ve read, we are extremely luckily because other people have horrible times with bath time!
So the thing we are not so lucky about… When she wakes up at 930am, she thinks it’s play time! BUT when I have worked an overnight shift and I just get home at 8am, I do NOT think it’s play time! I attempted to get into the bed with her and Mariah when I got home from work the other day and within an hour, I thought I was having the worst morning of my life (I’m being dramatic but I take sleeping seriously). She was running all over the bed, licking my hair, biting my legs, jumping on my back, and she would not stop! So here is my plan, until she learns to either calm down in the morning or just play on her own and not involve me lol, I have to sleep in the guest room. It’s the only way I will get some sleep. I read that they calm down a bit after they’re spayed so let’s cross our fingers!
Overall though, Scarlett is really the best. I am so excited to learn more about her and see what she does next to amaze us! She really has an amazing personality and unless you meet her, you can’t judge her! Poor thing gets judged because she has no hair but trust me when I say that if you meet her in person, you will fall in love also !
we have a million more pictures of her but I am taking it slowly for the first post about her lol
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I can’t believe the time has come :( A few months ago, my sister Mariana was contemplating moving to Chicago when she found out that her company was opening a new location there. After being offered another great position at the new location, she decided to make the leap and take it! We have always been very close and this is the first time we will be so far apart from each other. Moving to college was pretty far in my head but in reality, I was about 45 minutes away from her and now she will be about 12 hours away!
I guess one good thing comes out of this, I will have a new place to visit! I really am happy for her and I think this move will be amazing for her, I will just keep hoping she will move back in a few years! Haha, wishful thinking!
One of my close friends and I decided to throw Mariana a “surprise” going away party last weekend. The surprise part was that she had no idea where the party was, what the theme was, and what we would be doing but she basically knew who was coming and what day it was being thrown on. I’ve come to realize this is an easier version of a surprise party. Don’t tell them the details but tell them the day so that you won’t be super stressed out trying to hide it from them!
The day came and we were all so excited. We decided to have brunch because I feel that it’s more intimate and it would give Mariana a chance to really speak to everyone rather than doing a night event. The weather was perfect and all her closest friends made it to the party. I placed a special order for a cake from the bakery I got my first job at. I worked with them for 5 years all throughout high school and I know they make amazing things so I had no doubt in my mind they would make an amazing cake for her. The cake came out amazing!!! (go look at the pictures and see for yourself)
Mariana was able to talk to everyone, say goodbye, and we all had an amazing time! Now we just all have to make sure to go visit her in Chicago a lot! (I already have a plane ticket booked for the first week of October)
how cute are those license plates?
my gorgeous sister with her cake!
we were missing a few in the picture :(
Mariana & I
Mariana with her best friend Shaina!
this card was huge & amazing
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Lucky me, my cousin Andrea came into town from Ohio for a week so we got to spend this morning/afternoon exploring in the city! She had never been to Le Pain Quotidian so that was our first stop.
They have so many locations and every time I plan to go there, I end up going to the wrong location! I really like the one on 88th and Lexington because its big and has lots of windows (they have a few locations that are way too dark) and they have outdoor seating at times also! Luckily, Mariah reminded me where this one was so Andrea and I headed out there and made it to the right one.
I always like to try new things when I go to restaurants but for some reason, whenever I come here, I almost ALWAYS get the same thing! The Smoked Salmon Tartine. Oh my is all I can say!!! It is just so delicious and the perfect portion that I’m just stuck on it and can never find myself ordering something else. Andrea got their raspberry parfait which I’ve actually tried once when I opted on straying a bit from my “usual”. Hers was really good and had chunks of banana in it so you can already imagine how yummy that was (anything with banana in it is amazing to me).
After a long great conversation and turning into that table that finishes their meal but continues to sit and talk, we walked down to a place called Laduree that Andrea wanted to go to. She had already told me about this place before she even got here so I knew we had to make it a stop in our day. They sell macaroons and wow, they are amazing! We got a box of 6 with the flavors chocolate, vanilla, chocolate/coconut, pistachio, coffee, and coconut. We walked over to Central Park and decided to sit on a bench and both try every flavor we got. I wonder how we looked to bypassers, 2 girls sitting their devouring macaroons, haha I’m sure everyone must’ve realized how good they were! I think my favorite was the chocolate which had a filling that tasted like brownie batter and the vanilla!
After our macaroon party, we wanted to rent bikes and that was pretty funny trying to find where exactly the bike renting stand was within the park. If you ever want to see the entire park (and don’t even attempt to memorize where everything is), you have to spend from sun rise to sun set exploring it. It’s just so big and filled with interesting things that you can’t and shouldn’t just race through it. After some walking, we found the stand and unfortunately they only had ginormous bikes that we couldn’t fit on so we ended up not renting bikes. Oh well, next time.
We walked about 50 blocks in total today and it was great. The heat and humidity wasn’t that amazing but at least it wasn’t very sunny so we didn’t have the sun beaming on our necks. She will be back in October when the weather should be perfect so I already have many plans for us!!
Look at the leaves on the ground!! It’s looking like Autumn even though it was 85 degrees today!
can you tell we tried a piece of each one?
the awesome bubble man
only in NYC
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Today is a very important day, it’s my dads birthday! I’ve noticed the older I get, the more special I want to make each and every birthday for everyone in my family. If I could throw a little party each time, I definitely would but we celebrate in our own way by either going out for dinner as a family or cooking at home and enjoying time with each other (that is still like a party, right?). I did go out and get a few balloons which unfortunately stayed in the closet for most of the day because our ridiculous cat is afraid of balloons but at least I got a quick shot of them looking festive.
So if you knew my dad, you would know he definitely opted for the cooking at home option. His definition of a enjoyable birthday (or any day) is sitting in some relaxing clothes (a.k.a pajamas), watching a movie on the couch with everyone, and having a home cooked Greek meal (with no healthy substitutions). So that’s exactly what we did. My mom made dolmadakia, a Greek dish which is a stuffed cabbage roll with rice and meat with a thick lemony sauce. OMG my favorite part is that lemony sauce and I usually have the sauce with the dolmadakia on the side rather than dolmadakia with the sauce on top haha ! It’s my dads favorite dish so you already know that he was happy and he was exceptionally happy that I didn’t have my mom substitute brown rice for white rice or a leaner meat for the ground beef (it’s his day!).
My mom made one of his favorite desserts as his birthday cake, Napoleon Cake. It was all home made and the cream inside was to die for!
counting his candles to make sure we didn’t put “too many”
the aftermath of blowing out candles on a cake covered in powdered sugar!
Happy Birthday Dad, we love you!!
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Last night my friends from college came over for a big dinner and my mom cooked us a feast! Once again, living so so much closer to NY is working out so nicely because more people can come and visit and they don’t have to drive over an hour to get to the house (like they use to when we were living further out into NJ). Good company is a must when it comes to a dinner because honestly without it, the food is not enough to leave you beyond satisfied and happy (at least for me).
Now that my friends have graduated, I really want to make sure to plan gatherings at least once a month. When we all lived at school it was so easy because we would just knock on each others doors at random times and hangout but now that everyone has graduated and are starting their careers, we have to actually plan to see each other. At least that makes the time spent with them even more special, right?
So on the menu we had pork chops, baked chicken, my moms special 3 cheese mashed potatoes, tomato & avocado salad, rice, and baked ziti!! Dessert was apple crisp with ice cream, this special chocolate/cheesecake my mom is known for, and a sort of cheesecake flan. Everything was delicious like always and my mom definitely received a bunch of “thank you’s” from everyone. I can only hope that I will have her energy and desire to want to cook so much for a group of people when I get older. I definitely want to be that parent that my mom was growing up, everyone loved her and she always spoiled us with cooking and baking (oh and course cleaning, laundry, etc. the list can go on forever). . So thanks mom for setting that example. If I turn out anything like you, my future kids will be very happy ;) .
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