Back when most of us Texties were wee little nuggets, the world was introduced to a girl by the name of Britney Spears. Little did we know that this person would change pop culture forever. We’ve stuck by her side through thick and thin, through shaved heads and brief marriages (we’ll never forgive her for KFed), and today she turns 30.
Happy Birthday, Brit Brit! Here’s to 30 more years of bad hair extensions, diamond encrusted body suits, and non-stop hits on the radio.
Please enjoy this selection of a few Britney classics:
- Lauren & Sara, a.k.a Britney Fans 4 Life
A few weeks back, the ROC office volunteered at Dimitri House, an organization dedicated to supporting Rochester’s poor and homeless through programs including a winter shelter, a food cupboard, and drop-in program. We asked Dimitri House how we could continue to help out as the holiday season got closer and we found out about their Thanksgiving basket program - which involves “adopting” a family and providing everything they need for a traditional holiday meal.
Amber and I ventured to Wegmans to get all of the fixings for our adopted family - which included a cart full of vegetables, pies, potatoes, stuffing, the ingredients for green bean casserole, and of course an extra large turkey for the family of seven.
Looking for ways to volunteer in your town this holiday season? Check out this article from Huffington Post all about ways to help out those in need.
Ahhh, it’s our favorite time of year. ‘Tis the season for family, friends, and most importantly – FOOD! Text 100 takes its holidays very seriously, and Thanksgiving is no exception. “Textgiving” is our age-old tradition when we all don our chef’s hats and baker’s aprons to dazzle each other with our delicious Thanksgiving side dishes and desserts and Text picks up the turkey.
This year, our spread included much-loved traditional favorites of cranberry sauce, stuffing, green beans and corn casserole, mixed with jazzed-up versions of mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes and even a butternut squash risotto! Other highlights included some delish bacon-filled deviled eggs, Asian slaw and a pasta salad (hey, as long as it’s delicious, anything goes!). And for dessert? The CUTEST turkey-shaped cupcakes and pumpkin ice cream sandwiches. Yes, I said pumpkin ice cream sandwiches. Sorry, we don’t have any pictures of those – we ate all of them too fast!
Check out some photos from our feast below – you can see why many of us are thankful for stretchy pants and large flowy shirts…
Last week’s happy hour got hijacked by the winos of the Rochester office - and I am in NO way complaining! The appropriately named “Fancy Pants Happy Hour” kicked off promptly at 4:30 p.m. on Friday when the office was treated to a selection of wine, beer and cheeses that I’m not going to even try to name off or describe. This week’s happy hour organizers will certainly have to step their game up - just saying.
Take a look at the spread that Alyssa Weir and Amber Rinehard prepared for us - YUM!
We continued with the wine-infused fun through the weekend with a wine tour (complete with fancy limo bus) along the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail. The ladies of Text 100 joined forces - along with a few new friends - for a day long journey full of laughs, beautiful fall scenery and lots of wine.
Welcome to Part One of our ongoing “Meet the Texties” series! Over the next couple of months, we’ll be introducing you to each and every person who makes up our little dysfunctional-yet-loving Rochester family.
First up, meet Brian Carnevale, Senior Account Director and our office’s Managing Consultant (which means, he’s the boss!). At first glance, Brian seems like your everyday guy. You would never believe that he might be Text 100’s rebel without a cause. He’s a true wordsmith (he’s our go-to when we need a snappy headline) and master of persuasion with a little bit of a wild side. Take a look…
If people were thrown in jail for bad habits, what would you be thrown in jail for?
Answer: Chewing everything. It annoys most people in the office. Pens are always exploding in my mouth or on my clothes. I also pace on the phone at my desk. I’ve done it since I was a little kid.
What embarrassing incident would you absolutely refuse to tell me about?
Answer: My mother had balloons sent to my high school for my 16th birthday. The delivery guy was in a monkey suit and barged right into band practice, heading straight for me. What boy gets balloons at 16? What mom does that? I know she meant well, and I’m not proud of this, but I yelled at her.
If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be?
Answer: I’d want to be like Mel Gibson in “What Women Want.” To know what people are thinking all the time. There’s no harm in having all the information, even if it is negative.
CUTENESS ALERT: Meet AJ Carnevale. When he is not riding ponies, AJ can be found watching the Yankees with his sports fanatic father, Brian, or chowin’ down on some grub. He is also quite fond of Elmo and striking a fierce pose – case in point:
Welcome to the Junior Texties Club, AJ!
What’s better than warm, cheesy spinach dip? Warm, cheesy spinach dip in a pumpkin!
This was a new fall recipe for me, but it quickly made its way to my favorite list. My inspiration came from an AllRecipes.com daily dish email. I took a few creative culinary liberties.
Disclaimer: In my personal life, I am directionally impaired. My internal compass definitely does not point North and my knack for instructions is subpar. I consider speed limits more of a suggestion, and I don’t like directions, especially in my kitchen. So, pack those measuring cups and spoons back in the drawer. There will be none of that today!