yup, alive, and back, and kicking, and blogging.

greetings ya’ll.

hope you had an excellent holiday, whatever you celebrate. over at the aversa household we partook in christmas festivities. christmas eve brought the tradition italian seafood dishes – bacala (no relation to bobby), smelts, crab meat, shrimp, pasta with fish sauce.

on the 25th we cut up a ham, and mom served it up with her trademark rice pilaf – melts in your mouth, not your hand. the fried potatos glazed in feta cheese also served as a crowd pleaser.

the entire week home brought about more food favorites – from jim’s steakout chicken finger subs at 3am to western new york pizza and wings at various locations – with truck loads of homemade italian cookies enjoyed in between.

i left western new york this morning, a bunch of fun gifts in tow. but the items and gift cards pale in comparison to the time spent with loved ones. not to mention the one-year anniversary celebrated between my girlfriend and i, along with the delicious dinner we enjoyed atop the skylon tower in niagara falls, on, ca.

that being said – so much for kicking my starbucks addiction. i now HAVE to spend $50 there. plus my new travel mug earns me a discount.

and don’t get me wrong, i like the cds sold in the coffee shop, but there’s only so much johnny cash and etta james i need in my life.

big shouts to d-dubs for holding down while i was away… now back to your regularly scheduled blogging.

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