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Welcome to the 6th floor.

Today’s contributors are: Ann, Sara, Tabitha, Frank, Billy and Scott.

Subject: All We Got For Christmas

Featuring everyone’s favorite Christmas gifts!

Frank: Bioshock

Excellent game. I’m really enjoying the storyline, and the game play is pretty smooth.”


Sara: Sam Adams Chocolate Bock

Probably my favorite beer. One of the few that actually has chocolate instead of just the chocolate flavor from the grains. Limited edition unfortunately.”

Billy: Wine Fridge

Probably similar to Sara, but I really like the wine fridge, and now I don’t have to worry about one of you remove the wine I wanted to drink from the refrigerator for space.”


Ann: 8GB Flash Drive

Perfect for transporting stories I’ve half written elsewhere, or being able to access my notes on any computer.”


Scott: Giants playoff tickets

What needs to be said? Giants. Playoffs. I’ll be there.”


Tabitha: Picture clock.

I love our new clock. I can’t wait to pick out pictures for the hours.”

What was your favorite gift?

January 5th, 2009 by Ann in Beer
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The Bitter End

Welcome to the 6th floor.

Today’s contributors are: Ann, Sara, Tabitha, Frank, Billy and Scott.

Subject: The Bitter End

The holidays have come and gone too fast and its back to the daily grind for most of us. Holiday decorations have started to come down, and even the leftovers have been eaten or disposed of. Soon discarded Christmas trees will start to line the curbs having outlived their usefulness. The weather has dropped to sub-zero temperatures so that cheeks are turning rosy and noses feel like theyre going to succumb to frostbite. Everyone is bundled up and rushing about from place to place even faster than usual, desperate to get out of the cold. Its almost as if all the love and warmth of Christmas has been sucked out of the city to leave us with a cold dispassionate wasteland.


I exit the subway, taking the exit thats farther away because its closer to my destination and allows me to stay out of the cold for an extra 50 feet. Everyone is bundled up in hats and scarves and gloves, and the few that arent look miserable. Every drop of moisture is quick to freeze; globules of spit have frozen to the sidewalk and coffee quickly cools off between the coffee shop and the office. Even though it’s technically been winter for a couple of weeks, this is the first time you walk outside and think to yourself ‘I want to just stay in and hide under my blankets all day’. The calendar has turned to 2008, and it’s tempting to think of the future, of spring, baseball, barbecues, and the beach but there is still two or three long cold months to dredge through. There are snowstorms, ice pockets, slushy street corners that you have to leap over, cleaning off and warming up your car in the morning if you have one and always wondering if the jacket, hat, and gloves you brought with you are warm enough. Snowstorms can be beautiful, and plenty of people prefer the cold snaps of January to the heat waves of July, but when you’re shivering while standing around waiting for a subway or a bus or a taxi, you’re rarely thinking of how beautiful the snow looks against the backdrop of the Empire State Building.


The best part of the day is upon me, as I can return to my apartment until tomorrow, safely out of the elements and surrounded by my loving friends. The apartment is full of energy and warmth, and it’s easy to forget it’s below zero outside when you’re joking around watching family guy reruns or playing Apples to Apples, a game Tabitha got for christmas. I unlock the door and go in.


Hey Ann! We’re going to watch Evan Almighty. You in?”


Sure, I love Steve Carell.”

I’ve got a pot of hot chocolate on the stove. You want some?”


Wow, I can’t think of anything I want more. I brought marshmallows and whipped cream.” Ann says, holding up the bag from the store.


Add a splash of Rumplemintz in there, nothing like warm peppermint to soothe your soul.”


And your liver!”


I hate to admit he’s right, but it does taste good this way.” Sara says, indicating the mug of hot chocolate she’s drinking.


Bring those marshmallows over here!”


With pleasure.”

January 5th, 2008 by Ann in 6th Floor
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6th Floor’s Secret Santa

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Today’s contributors are: Ann, Sara, Tabitha, Frank, Billy and Scott.

Subject: Secret Santa

Christmas songs are playing softly in the background, and the sweet smell of cookies fills the apartment. Were all drinking seasonal themed drinks and gathered around in our pre-Christmas Christmas party amongst ourselves before we all depart to spend part of all of the upcoming week with family. Six presents are stacked near our tree, in various shapes and sizes.

Thats the last sheet.Ann says as she sticks the last cookie sheet of cookies into the oven.

You managed to bake them faster than we ate them, good job!”

Thanks Billy. Ive still got plenty left to bring to my parents too.

We should discuss what we’re going to do for New Years, and who is going to be back for it. I don’t want it to end up like last year.”

That was pretty bad. Maybe we can just do something a little more low key this year. No reason we have to get rip-roaring drunk amidst a bunch of other crazy New Yorkers.

Your southern roots are showing Frank.”

I thought five other crazy New Yorkers was enough right here. Why, do you think we should do something like that again?

It doesn’t matter to me. As long as I’ve got a beer in one hand and a beer in the other hand, I’m happy.”

And a beer in Tabitha’s hand ready and waiting?”

Itd be warm though. Tabitha can nurse a beer with the best of them.

Just because I don’t funnel it down my throat doesn’t mean I’m nursing it! I’m just appreciating it!”

Last time Sara went to recycle a six-pack, she found the sixth beer half drunk and warm on your desk!

Oh, stop bickering and lets open presents!”

Presents!

Gifts!”

Packages!

We get it! Open them! Who goes first?”

We drew straws for it already remember? Billy, me, Ann, You, Frank and Scott is last.”

Saving the best for last, as usual.”

That’s very subjective.”

Tabitha goes over to the table with the presents on it and removes a box and tosses it to Billy.

You’re up Billy. Open it up.”

Billy opens up the present. “Oooh, Mario Galaxy. Nice.”

My turn. Wow, this one is rather badly wrapped.” Tabitha says, picking up a slightly fluffy package with a liberal amount of tape all over it.

Oh! It’s Herpes, Chlamydia and The Pox! Awesome! Thanks Santa!”

Hehehe. Santa gave Tabitha an STD.

I always knew Santa was a dirty old man!”

Well he is always watching…”

Okay, my turn!

Tabitha hands Ann a pretty little present wrapped in pink paper with a purple bow.

Wow, this is a very pretty package. I dont even want to open it.

Shopping for Ann is easy. She’s content with a box.”

Fine fine.Ann opens up the box to find a pair of earrings.

Oh, these are nice! Emerald earrings. Cool. Saras turn.

Sara looks over at Tabitha, who has sat down on the couch.

I’ll get my present myself, thanks Tabitha.” Sara says, picking up her gift.

Oh! Whoops, sorry Sara!”

Sweet, A binary clock!”

Binary clock? How’s that work?”

Well, see these lights represent the seconds and..”

Whoosh, right over my head! I get it, it’s a geek clock.” Tabitha says, cutting Sara off.

It certainly is. They actually sell them on Thinkgeek.com. Hand me my present Sara, since youve taken over Tabs role.

Frank’s present is pretty round, so Sara takes it and shoots it like a basketball into Franks lap.

Nice shot. I hope this isnt a basketball, Its hard to get a basketball game going on the 6th floor of an apartment.Frank rips open the present.

A round box of truffles! Deliciously awesome!

Scott jumps up and grabs the last gift, which also has a little envelope sized gift taped to it, which he opens first.

Oh, a Starbucks gift card! How…utterly..useless. I hope you didn’t activate it?” Scott looks around, trying to figure out which joker bought his present.I’ll check at work then, I’m sure George will get a kick out of this gift. Now what’s the rest of it?”

Oh, a radio controlled mini-helicopter. Sweet.”

Ann, we need more cookies!” Billy says, holding up the empty cookie dish.

Already?

Opening presents is tiring work.”

December 28th, 2007 by Ann in Uncategorized
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It’s Time To Go To The Movies!

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Today’s contributors are: Sara, Frank

Subject: It’s Movie Time!

“I miss baseball.”

“Yeah, me too. I’m all for full disclosure, but I’d like to have an actual game to watch and discuss, not just allegations of cheating and who’s talking to who about acquiring who.”

“I’m surprised they don’t have a live blog and webcam on Johan Santana’s agent and the Twins GM. Those two must be wearing out the phone lines. If you’re having trouble placing a call in Minnesota, it’s probably because those two are on the phone.”

“No kidding. Islanders are on tonight, sans Simon. I may watch.”

“I’d lounge and watch sports. I think Ann’s going to be baking cookies, so we can ‘test’ them as she works.”

“Cookies! We should all go see a movie tomorrow night. Might be our last chance to watch a movie together this year.”

“That sounds good. Yeah, I think Tabitha’s actually going to be with her family for most of the time from Christmas to New Years. What should we see? I Am Legend?”

“How about Alvin and the Chipmunks?”

“Eh. There’s National Treasure: Book of Secrets.”

“I’d see that, but I don’t think Scott will. He was ranting about them making a sequel to that movie when we went to see the Golden Compass. I’m not sure what he has against it.”

“What’s left? Sweeney Todd? I don’t really know what it’s about, but it’s supposed to be good or something. Johnny Depp. Directed by Tim Burton.”

“I don’t always trust it when people say it’s supposed to be good. I’d see it though, but I don’t think it comes out until Friday. “

“There are a couple of midnight showings tomorrow. We could see it then.”

“Midnight? Bleh..I have to..oh wait! I’m off Friday! I’d do that then. We’d have to check with everyone else then though.”

“Sounds like a plan. Hey, it’s almost seven. Let’s get that ice-game going.”

December 19th, 2007 by Frank in baseball
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Gingerbread House

Welcome to the 6th floor.

Today’s contributors are: Ann, Sara, Tabitha, Frank, Billy and Scott.

Subject: Tabitha’s Gingerbread House

I created my gingerbread house over the weekend. Normally I do a typical gingerbread house, a wintry scene of some sort. This year I mixed it up and make it a little more tropical. Here was my five fellow flat mates (I’m British today apparently)reactions to my house, as well as some pictures.

Sweet house Tab! That raft is really cool. Although why there is a gingerbread house on a raft..”

Look, there is a snowman! Although..it looks like he’s melting. And that monkey over there is waving to him from the little island.”

So this is edible? I can eat it?”

Yes Billy…if you want to eat my stale gingerbread house that’s covered in dust after the holidays, you’re more than welcome to.”

Awesome! I’m going to start with your snowy roof. Get the coconut stuff out of the way first.”

I can’t believe you have a volcano. A gingerbread house with an erupting volcano. It is cool though. Well, except that rabbit probably doesn’t think so if the lava keeps flowing.”

How is that guy water skiing..if no one is driving the boat? Ooo…Jujubes!”

December 17th, 2007 by Tabitha in 6th Floor
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