January 2013 – A Recap

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Today I turn 38 years old.
Saturday marked 20 years since the first time I kissed Karl. We were on the phone late at night, I said I was craving Beefaroni, he said he had to get off the phone and 30 minutes later was tossing pebbles at my bedroom window, holding a can of Chef Boyardee. I came down, we talked, we kissed, and who would have guessed 20 years later we’d have this awesome shared life!
Last Saturday marked one year that my sister was brain tumor free. A “just in case” MRI for headaches showed a meningioma, a couple months later she went to Georgetown University Hospital to have it removed and today she’s alive and well and wonderful!
The day after Debbie’s anniversary was her birthday – talk about a festive weekend and for a fabulous woman!
On the 11th was my mom’s birthday. While she may not love the age on her driver’s license, she is proof that age is but a number with her great health, great style, and great attitude!
Four years ago on January 8th I delivered one of the smartest, funniest, and most determined people I have ever met, and a person who has changed my life drastically and oh so for the better!

Saturday, my husband planned a fabulous birthday/anniversary celebration. We dropped Emerson off at my mom’s, and then we went to get pedicures (OPI’s I’m Not Really a Waitress – a classic!). We then came home and he drew me a bubble bath, made me a cocktail (with a bendy straw) and gave me the latest issues of Bust and Rolling Stone, turned on Spotify, lit my Montauk, and left me alone. After my bath, we got dressed and he took me to the Tabard Inn for dinner. We ate oysters, held hands, and were gushy wushy. However, we were both pretty tuckered out so after dinner we headed home, had dessert of strawberries and bubbly and watched Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. Slept until our bodies woke us up, and we went to brunch with my mom, sister, and Emerson. The rest of Sunday was pretty relaxed – all three of us took a nap, we watched Shrek with Emerson (and she was willing to snuggle on the couch during part of it!), had Chinese take-out and began reading one of the books my mom got me as a present. I can’t imagine any better way to end this wonderful month of wonderful celebrations!


  1. February 9, 2013 / 10:58 am

    Aww sounds like it’s been a wonderful year! So glad your sister is tumor free! Love the story of Chef Boyardee 🙂

  2. Melissa
    February 1, 2013 / 2:00 am

    Happy Birthday! And congrats on all the fantastic family milestones, anniversaries, and birthdays! Your birthday celebration sounds like a heavenly chance to relax and savor the month. Thanks for sharing it with us!

  3. January 30, 2013 / 3:12 pm

    Happy birthday, you whippersnapper you! The Tabard Inn is my favorite.

  4. Maggie's Cell
    January 29, 2013 / 11:39 pm

    Happy 8th anniversary of your 30th!

  5. January 29, 2013 / 12:56 pm

    Ahhh! I missed it! Happy belated birthday! Sounds like January is a crazy month for you all around!

  6. Jamie
    January 29, 2013 / 11:15 am

    Happy Birthday Allie, and thanks for all that you do here! Wishing you many more happy years ahead. 🙂

  7. stacey (this is our jam)
    January 29, 2013 / 9:30 am

    happy happy birthday!! yesterday was my birthday too, glad i share it with someone so awesome 🙂

  8. Jo H.
    January 28, 2013 / 11:51 pm

    What great reasons to celebrate! Happy Birthday, and many more!

    Thank you for the energy and time you put into your blog. It has opened my eyes and helped me with a number of specific challenges I have.

  9. jentine
    January 28, 2013 / 11:44 pm

    Happy Birthday! I love the story of Beefaroni. Very romantic indeed. And congrats to your sister for her tumour free year:)

  10. Jacque
    January 28, 2013 / 9:23 pm

    Happy Happy Birthday!

  11. melinda
    January 28, 2013 / 9:20 pm

    Happy birthday Allie! Your birthday weekend sounds like it was awesome! 🙂

  12. MJ
    January 28, 2013 / 8:17 pm

    It sounds like you had an amazing day! January is a blessed month for you with a lot to celebrate!
    Also, I love your first kiss with Karl story! Romance over beefaroni, I love it!

    • January 28, 2013 / 8:20 pm

      PLUS it was the birthday of many a dear friend too. Quite the month of celebrations!!

  13. Sonia
    January 28, 2013 / 7:59 pm

    Happy birthday! May life continue to bring you many more unexpected surprises and rewards and the joy of being a wife, mother and admired boss!

  14. January 28, 2013 / 7:04 pm

    Happy belated birthday! There’s nothing like being surrounded by the people that you love.

  15. January 28, 2013 / 4:57 pm

    Happy birthday! It sounds like you have so many wonderful things to be thankful for!! 🙂


  16. fashionforgiants
    January 28, 2013 / 4:43 pm

    Happy Birthday! It sounds like it was a wonderful one!


  17. January 28, 2013 / 4:23 pm

    Happy Birthday! What a wonderful time for your whole family. SO glad you have many many things to celebrate! x

  18. January 28, 2013 / 4:04 pm

    Happy birthday!! Sounds like a great way to spend it!


  19. January 28, 2013 / 2:09 pm

    Happy Birthday! What a wonderful birthday and so many reasons to celebrate!

  20. Teri
    January 28, 2013 / 1:52 pm

    You deserve an amazing birthday! Happy Birthday! You are always my inspiration!

  21. Barb
    January 28, 2013 / 1:31 pm

    Happy Birthday Allie, I love ,love , love your blog..a little sunshine added to my day just reading it!

  22. January 28, 2013 / 10:47 am

    it sounds like you had a fantastic weekend celebration. Happy birthday/ anniversary to you!

  23. January 28, 2013 / 10:34 am

    It sounds like you had a wonderful celebration. And I think counting your blessings is an excellent way to mark another year. Happiest of Birthdays to you!!!

  24. January 28, 2013 / 10:10 am

    What a fantastic celebration with K. So happy whenever a fellow woman is able to have some quality time.

  25. January 28, 2013 / 9:48 am

    Wow. It seems like the month of January is a fantastic month for not only you but your family, as well. Happy Birthday, Alison! Wishing you many more memorable years ahead.

  26. Sarah
    January 28, 2013 / 9:23 am

    Happy Birthday!! I read “Grace” last week and adored it, I can’t wait to read it again! I find myself flipping through just to look at the pictures a third (4th, 5th) time. I’ve been reading Vogue religiously for 18 years and with this book, realized that every memorable fashion spread that I’ve loved since the late 80’s was Grace’s work. I hope you love it!!

    • January 28, 2013 / 9:29 am

      Thank you! I have admired Grace Coddington for a while and was thrilled to finally get her memoir. And I’ve always been a big Vreeland fan too!

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