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I believe my family has been doing this for four years already, one year is documented on City Mitten already and this year’s is being documented now. The night before Thanksgiving all the floats for the Detroit Thanksgiving Day Parade are lined up on Woodward Avenue in downtown Detroit ready to go. They block off the streets to cars but smart people like ourselves are free to park around the corner late at night and go for a stroll and say hi to all the floats from last year as well as the new floats added as well.

Above is my sister Emily and I. It got really cold for some reason this year and we were not wearing gloves so I think we are lucky to still be in possession of all of our fingers. All for the sake of the floats. And the photos, of course.

This is a new thing. The caterpillar is there every year but usually he is reading a hardcover book. This year – not so. A laptop! Times are changing! He still hasn’t gotten Lasik eye surgery yet though…

And here’s another new float! This one promoting recycling. As you can see, Emily is a big help. Nice work, Emily – let’s keep our environment clean!

I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving. I got back to New York yesterday and have plenty of things to post about from my trip to Michigan. Stay tuned!

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Hello, hello, hello. The Big Gay Ice Cream Truck (one of my favorite things, ever) opened a brick-and-mortar shop in what already seems like years ago (although it was not) and I was finally, finally able to check it out a few weeks back and say hey to my buddies Doug and Bryan. Two cool cats, for sure.

I went with Miss Kelly Purkey, THE partner in crime for these things and there are even more fabulous pictures on the post she put in her blog.

Here she is playing texty with her new unicorn friend:

Unicorns are kind of a thing at The Big Gay Ice Cream Shop, naturally:

Look at how pretty this one is! (And look at the slacking employees in the back… Doug!!!)

And if you don’t have the BGICT menu memorized by heart already, the ice cream at the above would be the Salty Pimp: vanilla ice cream, dulce de leche, sea salt, and chocolate dip. It’s kind of amazing. I don’t go here enough.

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I made a cake this weekend! Specifically, this kind. Specifically for this guy:

It was his birthday this last Thursday. And he needed a cake.

I am proud of myself for baking a cake from scratch and not from a box. It wasn’t as good as when my friend Laura made it, but it was still pretty good. The birthday boy liked it, which was most important. And cake for lunch can never be bad anyway.

This past week was terrible, hence the no posts. This weekend was fantastic. Friday night – worked late and then went to the UWS for dinner with my cousin, her boyfriend, and her dad (my uncle). Family time always a good time.

Saturday – gym time and grocery store time and then I baked an awesome cake! After the cake came out (btw the batter was amazing), I went back to my cousin’s for her housewarming party. Talked to lots of people, ate lots of cheese.

And then today – walked the Brooklyn Bridge, hung out at Brooklyn Bridge Park and then walked the Brooklyn Heights Promenade (lots of Brooklyn!) followed by actually eating some cake and then later on drinks and dinner at The Clover Club.

Have I mentioned lately that I love Brooklyn? And chocolate cake. And other things, too.

Here’s to a better week!

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Um…

I checked into one of my many mobile apps last night and it informed me it was my fourth night in a row at a bar. Umm… at least two were work-related? And, inside scoop, last night I only drank a Coke. BUT on Tuesday, I did drink beer with my ZogSports volleyball team.

In case you’ve been wondering how my team is doing… Well, I don’t *think* we’re going to make the playoffs. But I do think we have a chance for best team spirit!

So after the game on Tuesday we went to the nearby bar where ZogSports sponsors a happy hour. Pitchers were $13, not bad, so we got a few as well as some appetizers (I saw tater tots come out of the kitchen and was like HEY). Anyway, I won’t lie – the happy hour turned out to be way more fun than the actual games. It’s nice getting to know new people and laughing so hard the team next to you tells you to pipe down. Maybe cause they beat us. :). While at the bar, I suggested we play a game. I was actually thinking a “get to know you” game since I’m new to the team but next thing I knew, we were playing flip cup. First time since college? Maybe. Did my team win three times in a row? Definitely.

I love ZogSports.

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Life has been good. Monday I went to a Ranger’s game, Tuesday I had Zogsports, last night I had a crazy fun work dinner and here I am the other day at Mile End, a “deli” in Brooklyn if you can be a deli and serve poutine on the side. Or maybe that’s the way it is in Canada, where the owners get bagels shipped in from. It’s supposed to be the real deal. And the poutine… that’s the real deal, too I can say.

Lucy helped me eat my poutine, which was nice. She’s basically the best roommate ever. She also got a sandwich to go. At night, you only have one choice of sandwich.

And here’s a shot of the interior:

It’s kind of real small, but it’s kind of real good. And it’s also a part of Zagat’s 140 chefs, restaurants, and bloggers to follow on Twitter. Now you know.

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