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Christmas Lunch in NYC

on December 09, 2010

Before I tell you about our New York trip, I wanted to show you what Elfie got into last night. I have to admit it made me laugh at 4:30 in the morning as I was leaving for the airport.
I’m really glad Elfie remembers to move every night and get into something, because it’s the first thing Caroline looks for when she gets up in the morning. (The second thing is that advent calendar. I think I’ve got it filled through Dec. 17th now. I’m always WAY ahead of the game.)

Elfie tipped over the Christmas candy and got himself lodged in the jar. Pretty creative I thought.

Denise reminded me today that last year around this time, their “Elf on the Shelf”, Kevin, got his clock cleaned by their dog, Sooner. He was promptly replaced with his twin, Kevin the 2nd, and her boys were none the wiser. Thank God. Crisis averted.

The only thing worse than a creepy elf, is a creepy elf that has been mutilated by a dog.

This year, our Home for the Holidays tour is being sponsored by a new program of the American Bible Society called “A Soldier’s Hope”. This is an initiative to raise funds to send special military edition Bibles and Bible study materials to our brave soldiers serving on the front lines right now in Afghanistan. It’s an incredible thing that they are doing, and we are honored to be the spokespeople for this project. Their main corporate offices are in New York City, and today we flew up to sing at their company wide Christmas Lunch. We literally flew out at 6am, went straight downtown to the lunch, did a soundcheck, ate, sang, got back in the car, went to the airport and flew home.

Madness. But the good kind. Nicest people you’ll ever meet.

Here we are right before the party with the president of ABS, Dr. Vest and his wife. They actually live part time in Tennessee and part time in NYC. Best of both worlds I’d say.

The lunch was delicious. Catered by an Italian restaurant around the corner from the offices.

Menu in case you care…

Buffalo Mozzarella and Tomato Salad with fresh Basil
Foccacia Bread
Penne Pasta with Tomato Marinara
Butternut Squash Ravioli
Beer-Braised Short Ribs (at ABS, can you believe it??)
Rosemary Chicken

and some desserts we never got to.

Anyhow, the thing that really put this lunch a cut above your normal banquet lunch were the beverages. Usually, at banquets of this sort, it’s watered down ice tea. I don’t like iced tea in the first place, but especially not banquet iced tea. But not at ABS. No sir. They do it RIGHT.

On every single table there were two liter bottles of coke, diet coke and sprite.

That’s what I’m talkin’ about.

When you’re really tired, it’s the little things that get you through. Diet coke gets me through a lot of life’s obstacles come to think of it. I went off it once last spring for like 4 weeks. I felt really good, clearer even. But I just couldn’t shake the feeling that my life was missing something. Like I wasn’t truly happy.

So I started drinking it again. And now I’m super happy.

So there you go.