Saturday, October 4th: We had our Connect Group leader, Leslie, over for dinner and to watch the start of that evening's Auburn game. Her husband had gone to Scotland to photograph a wedding and we thought it'd be nice to host her since she was alone at home all week. She was impressed by Clay's spread of fall veggie soup, scallops, and bruschetta. I then went to my coworker's birthday at the famous Campbell Apartment in Grand Central before heading to Club Macundo cigar lounge in the Upper East Side.
I later posted a print of this picture in my coworker's cube so she can remember her birthday night of whiskey and cigars, and to celebrate her love of Mr. Duke.
Thursday, October 16th through Sunday, October 18th was Hillsong's USA Conference at Madison Square Garden. We heard from Hillsong's founder Brian Houston, NYC pastor Carl Lentz, Hillsong pastor and A21 founder Christine Caine, and Seattle City Church's pastor Judah Smith. It was an amazing experience having such great people of faith speak and bless our lives with refreshing words. We also made the decision to sponsor a little boy in India named Hari through Compassion International at Conference. After Saturday's session we joined our Connect Group to celebrate Linda's birthday for dinner and then headed to an 80's club in SoHo called Pyramid Club. We're going to Las Vegas in January with Linda and her husband Joe.
Friday, October 25th: Clay and I attended an event called Whiskey Washback at the Bowery Hotel on Houston in Soho. Different distributors were passing out samples of whisky while local restaurants provided foods such as chili and cornbread, mini bbq sandwiches and ribs, oysters and ceviche, and chocolate truffles made with whiskey. There was a great live band and everyone was able to keep making rounds trying different whiskies and snacking their way around the room. We're already looking forward to next year!
Saturday, October 26th: We took a family trip, Mr. Duke included, up to the Hudson River Valley to see the leaves change. We had breakfast at Art Cafe in Nyack where we've stopped each time we've rented a car. We then headed across to Sleepy Hallow but realized it was going to be TOO crazy with Halloween activities so then stopped at Croton Point Park where Mr. Duke ran around off-leash and protected his Bird while he napped on a bench. Duke wouldn't walk off without Clay. We then made a quick stop to Cold Spring before having a late lunch at Texas Round Up BBQ where we eat each time we're in this area.
For Halloween I carved a pumpkin to look like Mr. Duke!