Friday, April 22, 2005

Happy Birthday to me :)

Sorry can’t be bothered with links this week.

Wow what a week it's been. Last Friday Soph came into town and the weekend did not disappoint. Friday the group of us headed to this Latin American Restaurant in Park Slope called Coco Rocco; a last minute decision since the first place we tried to make reservations for was booked due to Brooklyn Restaurant week. But the food at Coco Rocco kicked ass and I had this killer steak with chimichurri sauce and fried plantains, a close second to my favorite fried food, sweet potato fries. After a lot of sangria and some impromptu dancing in the streets, as you do when you drink a lot of sangria, we headed to a show at Southpaw. We left sorta early because everyone was tired and full. I have to say though 5th Ave in Park Slope has changed so much since Charity and I lived near there in 2000. It's absolutely gorgeous now and has become like a mini-restaurant row. I am planning to have a walk around there on Sunday to recover from my party. Soph came over late night and we managed to get so silly I'm not sure we were making sense most of the time. When Soph and I get together I almost feel like we sometimes revert back to college and next thing I know I'm laughing until my face hurts and generally some sort of expressive dance in thrown in there.

Saturday we all met up to do some shopping in Soho. Charity was looking for a dress for her sister's wedding and Jules a silver sequined type clutch thinger. After a busy day of running around everywhere Soph and I bought some wine & cheese and kicked back at my place and ended up pretty much in the same state as the night before, matt included. At one point though he said something that just made me lose my shit.

Matt: Oh my god hon, you were so right this mineral water makes our countertops look awesome!
Me ( confused ) Mineral water?
Matt: yeah you said put mineral water on the counters because they're soapstone.
Me (starting to laugh) Matt... ha ha...I didn't say mineral water it was mineral OIL.
Matt: (dejected and looking at the bottle of Pellegrino in his hand) um...um....
Me: On the floor doubled over... Wow and you not only got mineral water but you gave our counters only the BEST sweetie, only the finest Italian mineral water for our counter tops! I was wondering why you bought that? I was thinking..."Wow Matt's really taking this yuppie thing seriously... he's buying Pellegrino now, damn."

He's gonna kill me for writing about this. (Hi matt...um...I love you.)

We stayed up late that night on the couch trying to shake off the giggles and watching really bad TV. And by bad TV let me introduce you to a little movie called "Super Volcano" Oh yes...you probably didn't know this but Yellowstone is about to blow up, uh huh…and when it does don't think you'll be safe here in NYC. Nope, because then the ash clouds will drift over and it will snow ash. But this isn't ordinary ash this is volcano ash, that when mixed with the mucus in your lungs (ew.) turns to cement and your lungs explode or something. Why do I know this because they must have stated this in the movie like 3 times. If we were playing a drinking game I would have been wasted off the amount of times they explained what volcanic ash does to your lungs...after a while I started to get punchy and make bets on when they were going to explain it again. Then I got really punchy and it sounded like everything they were saying had some veiled sexual meaning.


“ So it’s going to erupt?”
“ Right now it is just a matter of minutes before it erupts and when it does there will be magma spilling everywhere.”
“ Yes but you’ve predicted eruptions before and then… nothing happened?”
“ I know but this time it’s different, trust me it’s not a matter of IF it will erupt but WHEN…these pulsating waves (of pleasure baby yeeeeeeah) can tell us a lot.”

As I curled into a shaking ball of giggles my friends just stared at me amused and yet frightened. But I figured it was sort pointless to try to explain.


We ended the weekend by going to the Japan Society, which had an exhibit that looked like what I would assume a bad acid trip would feel like. But it was super interesting and Julie and I kept trying to take “illegal” pictures with all the weird life sized Japanese anime figures. Then headed to a BBQ at Matt and Anna’s where I had the best hamburger I’ve ever had at a BBQ in my life.


The week was relatively uneventful, work was slow and it was nice to be able to leave work on time and come home make dinner and relax with Matt who also had a slow week. We booked our hotel in Florence, which is cool. Tonight Matt, Julie and I are going to have dinner at place on Smith Street called Chestnut. Julie has Passover tomorrow so she can’t make it to the party. I’m so excited for tomorrow! It will be cool to have everyone over to the new apt. I’m also excited for Matt to meet some of my friends and their boyfriends that he hasn’t met yet. The night should be fun. I only hope we can fit everyone in the apt.

God this is long but one more thing, hey…you made this far…did I mention I’m turning 30? But Matt told me 30 is the new 20 so I’m gonna go with that. Besides you can be immature all your life! Right on.

Friday, April 15, 2005

What a difference a day makes.

This week has been insane. I've worked on average till 12am every night and nearly lost it one night working till 3am. But it's Friday and my friend Soph is here visiting from SF (Hi Soph!) and I couldn't be more excited for the weekend! I also just got my first paycheck with the raise and it's more then I had calculated so shopping tomorrow with the girls is really going to be fun. I'm actually looking to score some things for my trip to Italy in May. I'm all about getting cute summery skirts.

Tonight we have reservations here and then we're off to see a show here. I'm looking forward to just hanging out, drinking and catching up with some of my most favorite people. Much needed after a week of complete and utter stress. Yesterday was cool though being recognized for getting promoted. Although I fucking cracked up when I heard that my CD had made an announcement to the whole office that I got promoted and apparently everyone on my floor stood up and clapped only to realize that I actually wasn't at my desk. Classic.

My friend Anna wrote a post a few weeks back talking about all the things she's excited for and being that I'm in such a great mood I figured it seems appropriate. Although I'd like to add things in general I'm happy about.

1. Trip to Italy! I'll be going here for a wedding and then traveling here and here.
2. My birthday! Matt has some "surprise" in the works, which is both incredibly sweet and somewhat frightening. But I'm excited and since several people are in on it I am just gonna go with the flow on this one.
3. Chilling with my girls this weekend, lot's of late night stoned conversations and laughing till we can't breath.
4. Planning my sister's bacholorette party, I would talk about it but she reads this from time to time (Hi Erin!) so she's just going to have to wait and see. It's gonna be very creative though *insert evil laugh*
5. A weekend that Matt doesn't have to work. This is truly a beautiful thing; I look forward to sleeping in and generally being slothful together.
6. Shopping...okay okay I know I mentioned that above but it's been soooooooooooo long since I've been able to do this and much worked for so I'm so psyched.
7. My sister's wedding in July, okay it's a ways off but seriously I can't even tell you how psyched I am for this. 2 of my favorite people, getting married in the most gorgeous place on Cape Cod, with incredible food, family and friends it is going to be amazing.
8. Getting a manicure and pedicure...another thing I rarely treat myself to but feel like I earned this week so I'm gonna enjoy that bitch.
9. The fact that the move is finally behind me and I'm loving where I live. Last weekend I took a walk around my neighborhood taking pictures. It's just a beautiful part of Brooklyn with so many hidden cool places to go. I can't wait to get happy hour drinks with Anna and co. some night and explore some of the surrounding bars. Especially in the summer!
10. Warm weather, drinks outside, all the college kids leaving, late nights of drinking and dancing, backyard BBQ's (Sheri I can't wait!!!) Roof parties, movies outside and falling in love with NYC all over again.

Have a good one.

Monday, April 04, 2005

Springtime in New York

It's that time of year again.

Longer days and milder weather. Fresh cut flowers, drinks outside with your friends and the nut jobs out wondering the streets fresh from their winter hibernation.

It's spring time in New York.


It’s been quite a week of total insanity. No I mean literally. I have yet to experience a ‘normal’ subway commute if that is possible in NYC since moving to the new apt. This past week saw a definite increase in unstable characters gravitating a little too close to my personal space. Which isn’t to say some of it hasn’t been mildly entertaining at times but damn what was up with all the crazies coming out of the woodwork last week?

There was the seemingly ‘normal’ looking guy who sat next to me on the 6 train and then proceeded to talk to the person in front of him about the Ford Modeling agency. Oh wait a minute there wasn’t a person in front of him it was just an empty bench.

“Oh yeah I know the Ford Modeling agency. I used to work there.”

(I shift in my seat and look at the empty bench in front of us. “Is he on the phone maybe?” I am confused.)

“Oooooohhh weeeee back in the day, them girls where hot!”

(Okay totally not on the phone because um…we’re in the subway. Just completely insane. Nice.”)

“ Hey I see you but I am not going to look at you. No…no no no I’m not looking at you. *giggles* Well I’m not. You can look at me all you want but I’m not looking at you, * giggles again* you is a funny one aren’t you. * Suddenly gets annoyed at invisible person* Stop looking at me fucker! Yes I know who they are…well of course I do! Well fuck you then.”

At this point frustrated by his imaginary friend he got up and walked towards the end of the train, careful to look back once or twice and give a few dirty looks in the direction of the empty bench. Then he eventually settled down next to a middle-aged businessman to continue his conversation with the air.

Yesterday after trying to make it to this. I walked into a Deli to get money out of the ATM when a woman yelled over to me.

“ Your dogs okay!”

Assuming she wasn’t talking to me, as I do not have a dog I continued at the ATM.

“I said your dog is okay!”

This time I looked over.

“ Yeah dogs don’t care. They don’t talk to you. *Beginning to get emotional* they won’t leave you a tip… they just don’t fucking care!”

Come to think of it a dog has never left me a tip either.

And these were only a select few. There was tourette's man in front of Barnes and Noble who barked at people as they walked in. The creepy guy that walks up and down Court street telling people to save their toilet paper and save the environment. Not exactly sure how doing one thing helps the other. And last but not least the crackhead begging for money on the 4 train, who proceeded to get down on her knees and yell ‘devil-bitch!’ at the poor woman sitting next to me. Although that was kinda funny.


Ahhh spring time in New York City!
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