Monday, February 25, 2008

nicessness and ramblings

first of all, i want to be him. it's been a while since i watched this, and i happened upon it the other day. if i could have one job in the world, it would be that (is it even a job?)

i became very excited for spring today. for the most part, i detest february and march and wish it would skip right from valentine's day to prime spring weather. today was on the warm side, and the smells of streetcar barbeque invaded my senses while i was out walking. i'm definitely yearning for the days of no jackets, cook outs, and beach trips.

on the other hand, i'm really sad that i won't have a yard to sleep in whenever i please this year. that's one point for you, minneapolis.

i also realized it has been eons since i last ran. it's time to get my ass into gear. prospect park is about the same size as lake calhoun. what have i been waiting for???

resolutions: i will save enough money to buy a grill AND i will start running this week.

spring awakenings, indeed.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

ow my body

note to self:

you are a stupid girl. if you go out when you are sick, you will only get sicker. you are not eighteen anymore. or even twenty-four. don't make me warn you again.

on that note, this weekend was oodles of excitement. or something close to it. amy and mike got in on saturday afternoon. i dragged them first to macy's (naturally, why would they want to go anywhere else?) to get a gift for debbie's wedding shower. hello, marth stewart spice rack.

we ate dinner in koreatown, where mike experienced korean food and sake for the first time. happily, i think he enjoyed both. that night we went to crocodile lounge, where high school colin works (and was shocked to see amy in his territory). we ate pizza, consumed beer, and decided it was too crowded to stay. also, amy just wanted to dance.

i google texted the nearest karaoke bar and we were off in the direction of sing sing karaoke. convinced i could actually get amy to sing, i requested a few tried and true songs. she rejected them all, which left me stuck on duetting on summer nights with the karaoke bogart guy sitting next to me. mike was a trooper, though, and sang all songs that i demanded.

somehow i managed to be in bed by 4am, a record thus far. sunday morning i was up bright and early, minus one voice, traveling the long island railroad to debbie's shower. i will not mention the fact that lesley DITCHED ME at penn station and i went all by my lonesome. damn you, lesley's boyfriend, for thinking sunday morning is a perfectly reasonable time to drive down to the city and surprise her.

the rest of the day was filled with chinese food, movie trivia, chinese food, phil trivia, chinese food, presents, cake, and chinese food. when i got home i somehow had enough room left to order food from saje with amy and mike.

i finally got around to eating at the spotted pig on monday. definitely worth the long wait.

and, alas, my company stayed an extra night because amy's car was towed. bummer, but i was happy to have people around for an extra day. to keep amy upbeat, and to atone for the fact that we didn't go out the night before, we downed some drinks and headed out once again. my expectations for the night were exceeded with a two-hour noraebang song fest. amy channeled her inner diva and did not put the mic down once.

after my own personal body smackdown, i'm pretty sure i got me some laryngitis. it's been a fun past couple of days, but my body disagrees.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

the train is getting way too loud

happy valentine's day to all you schmoes out there.

though the day was uneventful, i did get a gold star by giving jude and melissa each a red rose (and being the only girl in a random west village flower shop was a funny experience in itself). it isn't too horrible being alone on valentine's day, considering i do have a "post v-day" dinner planned with a guy who is out of town at the moment.

the rest of life has been for the most part enjoyable. my internship is over (hooray). after working with p.b.loco for a bit, i got a new job working for an alcohol inventory company. the job is low stress and a welcome change. plus, i work from a restaurant in the village and lunches are free. i'm pretty sure i will save crazy sums of money this way.

i'm feeling good about living in the city. i still have those "korea pangs," but i have to admit life in nyc is pretty rad. now that i'm making a bit more money, i'm scheming and dreaming more. not to say that money is the be all end all, but it is certainly helpful in reaching goals. ultimately, i'd like to get back into the music world. i'm not necessarily looking at music as a career, but i'd like to take flute lessons (and piano if possible) and get back to the level i was once at to teach privately.

i'm also excited for what the coming year has in store. more than ever, i'm at a phase in my life where i feel like anything is possible. i've gotten to know some pretty cool people and have had some great nights out meeting random people. i figure it can only go up from here. plus, minneapolis greg is moving out here in a month, so a reunion is definitely in store. though i'm a little sad that mike and his keyboard aren't making the move with him.

i have failed to mention the happenings over the past month. our very own alibaster abbott visited and we got to see the rick-meister(!!!)'s buckets and taps tap tap tapping away. after the show we went to dinner at a ho-hum italian place in the village and then al, rick, dan, and i noraebanged it away until the wee hours of sunday morning.

things memories are made of: during rick and dan's rendition of play that funky music, the korean bartender comes out of nowhere with a sax for a jam session.

i really think i have a sick addiction to microphones. and tambourines.

perhaps the biggest highlight of the past month was celeste and chris' visit. which coincided with al's visit. saturday night, the four of us were merrily walking through central park. al and i turned around and noticed we were minus one set of lovebirds. of course, the ring chris showed me the night before was more than a hint of what they were up to, so we hung out for a bit, wondering if we should keep walking or wait for them to catch up. a few minutes later, celeste emerged with the rock on her finger.

hooray, they are engaged! the wedding is in october, and they already have most of it planned. how's that for being on top of things?

to continue the fun, amy is coming this weekend. and i demanded that she (and her new beau in tow) bring a digital camera so i will once again have pictures. one of these days i'll get my camera fixed. pictures of our shenanigans soon to follow.