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Familiarity

December 30, 2010

After seeing one too many stacks of gorgeous Christmas decor relegated to clearance sections everywhere I turned, I realize that I either had to escape Los Angeles or I had to find someone to prescribe me some Zoloft.

Needless to say, Ali agreed that a little vacation was a cheaper and more efficient way to overcome my post-holiday slump. So instead of searching in vain for a shrink, we packed up, hopped on a plane, and flew up to San Francisco.

We’ve been here for a little more than 24 hours and I can already tell that despite the change in venue, it’s basically business as usual.

After checking in at our hotel Ali created a satellite office and settled in with his phones, computer, and various cables.

Same s@#$ different desk...

Maya’s questions and demands continued in rapid-fire…can I watch TV…I need a snack…I want to go ice skating…why do YOU get a robe and slippers and I don’t?

Why is Ali incapable of telling Maya that NO she can't have every single thing she wants?

For a moment I wondered why we spent money to get away when nothing really changed at all. But then I saw some old familiar names…

Well hello there Saks...it's been a while.

And suddenly I realized that familiarity isn’t such a bad thing after all.

I’m about to re-familiarize myself with my favorite place in the world – Bloomingdale’s – and Ali’s credit card. I guess you could say that despite the change in venue, it’s once again business as usual.

Touche.

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  1. December 30, 2010 1:25 am

    Hope you guys are enjoying your vacation! We usually take a vacation after Christmas as well, it’s my attempt at making the holidays last extra long and avoid having to get back to reality. Aren’t the holidays such bitter sweetness? Have fun at Bloomingdale’s.

  2. December 30, 2010 2:18 am

    Aaahhh, Bloomingsdales! I’ve heard so much of this magical word….., I must explore.., I must, I must 🙂
    In the meantime……, I’m in Melbourne on the 11th floor of a fab hotel having a blast checking out this hotel…. overlooking the world on the last day of 2010 (well, herw in Oz…. its the last day of 2010 – you guys have to wait another turn of the world :)……, I know, I know, I know….. we’re show off’s we have to be 1st at everything 😉
    business as usual…. what can I say 🙂

  3. December 30, 2010 4:04 am

    he he he… happy shopping!

    And seriously- the Christmas clearance is dangerous. And may have sucked me in. I have my cards for next year already?!? Who wants to bet I lose them and have to buy more anyways?

  4. December 30, 2010 5:51 am

    Ah yes, the ever present computer. I happen to married to an entrepreneur who is the CEO of another new start up (that is what he does, starts and guides the company until it can stand on it’s own and/or is sold)…that means that the computer is always with us. That has been our life for 25 years.

    Many years ago I began to call her “The Other Woman”.

  5. December 30, 2010 5:54 am

    Love it! What a fabulous idea!

    My husband and I just took that very trip in June. This is the post I wrote about it

    http://nickiwoo-thehomeguru.blogspot.com/2010/07/coconut-basmati-cilantro-rice.html

    It looks like we may have been staying in the same place. The view was identical.

    I say, when all else fails shop. It always changes the view in my eyes.

    Here’s to Ali’s credit cards and the same ol’ same ol’.

    Gotta love it.

    Happy New Year!

  6. December 30, 2010 6:01 am

    haha – have fun on your little vacation. I have afeeling when we have kids, the Husband will have a hard time saying no as well. I have NOOOOO reservations about not giving children what they want.

  7. December 30, 2010 7:10 am

    haha- glad you’re making the most out of your vacation!!
    enjoy

  8. December 30, 2010 7:32 am

    are you down town near the triangle building?

    I’ve been there. On my honey moon. (not Saks or bloomingdales) but there!
    go to the ghirideli (sp) factory!!!!

    I wish I was there with you.

    touche! haha that was funny

  9. December 30, 2010 7:45 am

    Have a great time in SF! How I *DO* love that city! Hope that you make your way to the Ferry Building (and sorry if that is too obvious of a wish for you!). And that you eat well!

  10. December 30, 2010 7:46 am

    Enjoy San Fran! I went there a couple of years ago.

    The pic of Ali made me laugh – my boyfriend is exactly the same way, wherever he is he sets up his little technology station and gets sucked in immediately! 🙂

  11. December 30, 2010 7:46 am

    Can I ask if my comments are posting? They don’t show up…

  12. Kath (Eating for Living) permalink
    December 30, 2010 7:46 am

    San Francisco is one of my absolutely favorite cities on this planet. I’ve only been there once for two days, 14 years ago, and I’d so much love to go there again! I cried when we left for L.A. Sigh. The hills around there are so beautiful, they look so tender and comfy that I just wanted to get out of the car, run up there, bowl myself into them and never go away again. I never understood why they’re called “Devil’s Range”?! They rather looked like heaven to me.

  13. December 30, 2010 7:48 am

    Little spur-of-the-moment vacations are always the best! Have fun shopping!

  14. December 30, 2010 7:59 am

    Have fun shopping!
    I’m not sure I would love California (heat and beaches aren’t my thing), but I have always wanted to go to San Fransisco. Hope you enjoy your time there!

  15. December 30, 2010 8:13 am

    You really can’t go wrong with shopping. Have fun!

  16. December 30, 2010 8:17 am

    So true! Funny I was about to go shopping at Union Square today as well until some plans fell through! But yesss go have fun at Saks, Westfield (love the Bloomies over there), Nordstrom, and check out the new(ish) Prada boutique on Post Street 🙂
    Hmm and aren’t there usually two bath robes in the hotel rooms…so if Maya got one, you should get the other 😉

  17. December 30, 2010 8:59 am

    oh that little sign does wonders over the holidays. Enjoy the familiarity and of course BLOOMINGDALES!

  18. December 30, 2010 9:09 am

    Did you guys get any of that famous European hot chocolate at Union Square? Oh, and I can’t wait to see your newest shopping treasures tonight!

  19. December 30, 2010 9:12 am

    haha I hope you manage to get in some quality bonding time with Ali’s credit card. 🙂

  20. December 30, 2010 9:42 am

    NICE! Impromptu trips are the best! Hehe, I think Ali’s credit card could use some lovin’. Enjoy your shopathon! What I love about San Francisco is the nice mix of small boutiques and big-ass stores.

  21. December 30, 2010 9:47 am

    Maya’s too cute in her robe and slippers. I can see why Ali gave in. Have fun shopping in San Fran – it’s a great place for it.

  22. December 30, 2010 10:33 am

    Have fun in SF and with Ali’s credit card 🙂

    I love the new blog header. I changed jobs and have been working crazy hours, hence no blog posts and no cactching up wit my favorite blogs 😦

    Have a Happy New Year!
    G

    • December 31, 2010 7:27 pm

      Happy New Year to you as well Gelareh! I hope that you and your family have a wonderful 2011! And congrats again on the new job.

  23. December 30, 2010 10:43 am

    enjoy the shopping. on ali’s card.touche indeed. i need a man, if only for that.

  24. December 30, 2010 10:56 am

    I’ve always wanted to visit San Fran. Enjoy your vacation! And Happy New Year!

  25. December 30, 2010 11:05 am

    I love this Ameena! what I wouldn’t give for an impromptu trip to SF right now! You are a lucky family.

  26. December 30, 2010 12:23 pm

    Darling, if we had gotten stationed in cali instead of boring north carolina… i’d whip out my hubs credit card and join ya =)

    and im really flipping ticked that I cant come with. stupid east coast helicopters

  27. December 30, 2010 12:39 pm

    i love shopping. at least that one thing will never disappoint us, no matter where we are.

    don’t blame ali, how can he say ‘no’ to that cute lil angel. maya is looking adorable in that robe.

  28. December 30, 2010 1:24 pm

    See, the familiarity is a good thing! The 5-year-old girls just TALK so much. I’m getting a refresher on that over Christmas break. Yikes!

  29. December 30, 2010 4:30 pm

    Sounds like you’ve found the perfect cure for those post holiday blues. I smell a new pair of shoes…

  30. actorsdiet permalink
    December 30, 2010 4:38 pm

    ok where did maya get that robe and slippers?! ADORABLE!

    • December 31, 2010 8:17 am

      Ali called down and requested them…he is incapable of letting his little girl go without!

  31. December 30, 2010 6:03 pm

    Hehe I have dragged Dave into that exact Tiffany’s when we were in San Francisco. Have fun with Ali’s credit card on your vacation ;-)!

  32. December 30, 2010 6:28 pm

    Same s@#$ different place… Enjoy San Fran don’t forget to bring back some wine.

  33. December 30, 2010 7:16 pm

    What a nice retreat, lady! I completely understand the need to get away after the holidays. We all crave the comfort that routine provides, but a change of scenery just…helps.

    If you hear Godiva’s siren song, look away!

  34. December 30, 2010 7:25 pm

    Oh boy!! I only WISH I could shop right now but those days are over for a while. Enjoy it!! Oh, and what a great little getaway. Hubby and I are planning a trip to San Fran for May.

  35. Samantha permalink
    December 30, 2010 7:29 pm

    Ahh–have fun on the vacation! Do a little shopping for me 🙂 I love the satellite office!

  36. December 30, 2010 9:19 pm

    Saks…familiar is good at times 🙂 Hope you have a great time!
    Happy New Year again to you and family

  37. December 31, 2010 2:52 am

    why does maya get to be on vacay and I dont? so wish I was there with you in some much better weather and shopping conditions! have a great time

  38. December 31, 2010 4:22 am

    Happy shopping 🙂
    Enjoy your mini vacation! Happy New Year, here’s to an amazing 2011!!!

    Jen

  39. December 31, 2010 8:26 am

    Yay Saks!!!!! Do tell us how you spent your vacation money daaaahling! Hope Ali bought you some lovely stuff ;).
    Wishing you and beautiful family a very Happy New Year and a fab 2011.
    *kisses* HH

  40. December 31, 2010 8:46 am

    Have a great time in San Francisco with both the new and the old.

  41. December 31, 2010 8:52 am

    I find familiarity comforting… except when it involves the all to familiar image of my husband’s sweaters on the staircase! I love SF… can’t wait to hear where you guys ate. So much good food, so little time…

  42. Jessica permalink
    December 31, 2010 11:57 am

    For me, familiarity is comforting.
    Hope you guys enjoyed your vacation and had a good holiday together.
    An early Happy New Year!

  43. galitbreen permalink
    December 31, 2010 12:13 pm

    LOL Enjoy, Mama! You’re on my old stomping grounds! Love it! The pics and & captions are priceless- as always! Happy New Year to yours, friend! I hope that you got to use the robe & slippers, too! 🙂

  44. Ayla permalink
    December 31, 2010 12:52 pm

    Shopping + Vacation? Sounds good to me!!

    I didn’t even know they made robes that small at hotels. They’re actually kind of cute looking. So tiny!

    Happy New Years, Ameena! 🙂

  45. December 31, 2010 4:53 pm

    Vacation to SF? Now, that is one great vacation. What else are you doing besides lounge around looking at Ali play his gadget stuff and shopping? 😉

    Happy New Year, Ameena!

  46. December 31, 2010 5:14 pm

    Have fun in San Fran and keep warm! It’s been pretty freezing here in LA and I’m sure SF is much much colder.

    Happy New Year!

  47. December 31, 2010 5:53 pm

    I hope 2011 is FANTASTIC for you!

  48. December 31, 2010 8:02 pm

    I miss SF. Hope you guys are having a good time. I think I’d do the same thing as Ali if I traveled. I’m sure I would. hehe…

    Happy New Year. 🙂

  49. December 31, 2010 8:06 pm

    Oh lucky you! Saks, Tiffanys & Bloomingdales ..oh my! I love that Saks, I remember staying near that area and my hubby almost had a heart attack when he saw all of those stores especially Tiffany’s since I’m a jewelry nut! btw my sis in law loves your blog too, I e-mailed her a link!
    Happy New Year!

  50. December 31, 2010 9:59 pm

    Enjoy shopping! I need to get out and do some retail therapy myself. Ryan and I were just talking about going out to San Fran. There is so much to do (and to buy!) Thank you for sharing with me all that you do. I wish you and your precious family many blessings and much joy in the New Year!

  51. January 1, 2011 7:11 am

    Oh I wish I could get away!

    I love the “satellite office” though haha 🙂

    Happiest of New Years To You!

    I didn’t get this post in my inbox and I subscribe – so I’ll have to check that I’m still subscribed! What’s the difference with RSS posts as well – I don’t get that…;)

  52. January 1, 2011 10:53 am

    You’re in my neck of the woods! I love SF, especially Union Square at Christmas time.

    Make yourself very familiar with the shoe section at B’s =)

  53. January 1, 2011 11:03 am

    hit up those after xmas sales, girllll! happy new year and hope you had a lovely time in san fran! *hugs*

  54. January 1, 2011 3:27 pm

    Your new blog header looks vibrant 🙂 I am running crazy too with all these clearance sales around here.Dun know what to shop n what to leave:) The only difference is that my hubs has got me a debit card on his account so that I feel independent and do not overspend!! Coz he knows that I have the ability to get his credit card blocked for infinite expenditure!! he he
    HNY to you n ypur family!

  55. January 2, 2011 6:31 am

    Enjoy your vacation and happy shopping!

  56. January 2, 2011 8:10 am

    I say head over to Tiffany’s for a little therapy over there. 😉 Hope you have a fabulous time!

  57. Liz permalink
    January 2, 2011 11:58 pm

    Hubby sounds like a doll! He takes you on a shopping vacation in order to raise your spirits and rescue you from your post holiday blues. You might want to keep that one ;^)
    Liz

  58. January 3, 2011 4:19 am

    Hi Ameena, Happy New Year!

    >>”Why is Ali incapable of telling Maya that NO she can’t have every single thing she wants?”<<

    It's a father-daughter pact, I think!! 😦 I have a 3 yr old, soon-to-be spoilt brat, growing in my house. And that's because her dad thinks she should get everything she asks for, and some things even before she asks for it/needs it/knows the purpose of!!!!

    Which is why we have a stack of toys on the way to the trash without even fulfilling their original purpose…grrr…dads and daughter….now I know how my mom felt… 😛

  59. January 7, 2011 6:00 am

    everytime I see a bloomingdales I wonder if I can get the same Hello Kitty pajamas that maya has. 🙂 Hope you enjoyed your holidays…meaning hope Ali left you alone.

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