Sunday, December 31, 2006
Sunday, December 10, 2006
Friday, December 08, 2006
Every year I have to reacclimate myself to the wintery conditions of this city. It can sometimes be a painful and lengthy process. Today is the beginning of that ardudous experience.
Here's to hoping my radiator is on full blast when I get home tonight.
Monday, December 04, 2006
The Goos put on a fantastic show and played quite a few of their 'older' hits like Iris, Black Balloon, Dizzy, Broadway and then a few of their new tunes from Let Love In. The lighting was not over the top and the sound was really clear. Love me some Johnny Reznick. If only he was about 6 inches taller but I could overlook that important fact since he is a now sober rock 'n roll guitar playing demi-god.
Friday, December 01, 2006
Thank you for caring so much that you were willing to track me down when the standards options were not working.
Big hugs to my Joani!
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
I used to be a strictly black flats type of girl but seem to embraced the joy of the heel regardless of the fact that I generally tower over most of the Manhattan public. That must be why I spent the most money ever on shoes two weeks ago. Aren't they beautiful?
My obsession with the shoes must explain why I am constantly taking pictures of people's shoe clad feet. Or maybe it was just because I needed to waste some film or memory card space. I guess I need to do a little more self-analyzation to figure it out.
Any guesses whose feet these are?
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Saturday morning Claire and I lounged before the onslaught of the Thanksgiving festivities at the Restauranteur's home. I got the easy job of playing with Princess K while the rest of the adults cooked, cleaned, set the table and washed pots and pans. It was a great meal and fun to be with a family even though it wasn't my family for the Thanksgiving festivities.
Today Claire and I attended her ward and enjoyed two hours in the Nursery watching and playing with 6 kids ages 2 and 3. I'm rarely around kids nowadays so playing with the younglings was fun at least for the first 30 minutes...after that I just got a headache. After grabbing some lunner I took the Metro North train back to my lovely abode. All in all it was a great time in CT.
Luckily I will be seeing Claire this weekend because we are going to enjoy the Goo Goo Dolls at the Hammerstein Ballroom then venture to Park Avenue for the Christmas tree median lighting.
These are some pics from my time in CT, including the "driveway" lined with geese of the Restauranteur's home...
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
My first Christmas in the City was really hard because I was still going through the trauma of moving to New York. I needed a pick-me-up really badly and one of my bestest friends, Doc delivered it to me. We took one Saturday before Christmas and did all of the cheesy touristy holiday things. There is a reason that the busy season for tourism is the months of November and December. Doc and I went to the Rockefeller Tree, Macy's Windows, got hot chocolate in Central Park, did a little shopping on 34th street and basically soaked in all of the holiday cheer. Every year since we have conducted our New York Fun Day to remember why we love New York and how the city comes to life with the holidays.
This year we are revving up New York Fun Day especially since Doc is traveling from the great golden way to our famed city. We'll hit all of the main attractions but we're going to choose great new restaurants to enjoy and have invited Dancing Queen and Jewel to come also. The more the merrier! The conclusion of New York Fun Day has become my holiday tradition. We all go and enjoy the New York Pops Christmas concert at Carnegie Hall. We get to sing "White Christmas" at the end. Who could ask for anything more?
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Italy was always lower on my list of places to go and see in Europe but the lure of gelato and warmer temperatures in February changed my mind. We are taking a train from Rome to Florence to enjoy the amazing art that is available for view there. I like taking trains because it allows for us to view the Italian countryside. That aspect of my trip to Central Europe was great because you got to see the parts of countries that you wouldn't if you flew over them.
Art found in Italy was also a big draw to spending beaucoup dollars to head to Rome and Florence. During my art history studies in college, Italian art was one of my lesser favorites; but now the thought of seeing Michaelangelo's Pieta & David, the Duomo's Dome in Florence and the masters like Boticelli, Fra Angelico, Raphael, DaVinci and Caravaggio is making me become a giddy school girl.
During the cold days of New York's February and in celebration of Joani's birthday on the 17th of February I will be enjoying the sights, sounds, food, and overall atmosphere of Rome and Florence. The countdown to take off begins now. Only 86 days to go. Yeah!
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Friday, November 10, 2006
I have narrowed the field to four potential choices and one "in my dreams" option for my future car. I would appreciate feedback based on the appearance and functionality of the cars in connection to my personality.
And the nominees are...
The 2006 Honda Accord - a reliable staple of the car industry. It is durable, versatile and enjoys numerous Car & Driver awards.
I would gladly throw all of these options out the window if I could have the beautiful...
2006 Volkswagon Touareg (a.k.a. My Dream Voiture) because it is big and safe; not to mention absolutely gorgeous.
Now I just have to plot my strategy for getting my next pair of wheels. Unfortunately it doesn't look to be in the near future since Manhattan is still the love of my life. Oh well...a girl can dream.
Thursday, November 09, 2006
Each year around the end of October a cold spell hits this great city that forces the masses to pull out their wool, shearling, leather, etc. coat out of mothballs as well as a scarf, hat and gloves. The funny thing about this moment in time is that it virutally puts the kabosh on going back to wearing a light jacket. Once that warmer coat goes on, it doesn't go away until mid-April regardless of the current temperature.
Case in point...yesterday it poured over 3" of rain in Central Park. A warmer coat that would also keep you dry was weather appropriate. Today, however, is sunny and going to climb to close to 70 degrees. Do you think the people of New York kept their warm coats on the hanger and elected to wear a light jacket? Of course not. On my 3 block walk from the subway this morning I saw many, many people sweating while wearing their wool coats and scarfs. I am a cruel, cruel person because I laughed in the face of their folly. Hee hee.
My words of wisdom for the day - decide your attire after watching the morning weather report. It can save a whole lot of unnecessary sweat from dripping off your forehead.
Monday, November 06, 2006
I, along with Netter and Shopping Queen fanned the cheering section of 5th Avenue to cheer on all the runners. It was almost an emotional experience to witness the determination to achieve a common goal - to finish the race.
Over 37,000 people from around the world were on the same path and striving for the same result. I think it would be pretty amazing to see that kind of dedication and endurance to achieve a common goal within the whole of society. Just think of all the good that could come from acting as a unit to endure to the end.
Another congratulations to Doc and Makepeace, my co-worker, for their fantastic accomplishment. Who knows, maybe one day I will complete a marathon. It would probably happen while I was sleeping though. :)
Thursday, November 02, 2006
One of my co-workers said she would go and do a test run via iTunes to see if she liked the bands I recommended. On Monday she called me to tell me that she really enjoyed the three musical groups. Being the kind-hearted person I am, I decided to enact a musical conversion by offering to burn CDs full of some of the best music ever.
The CDs were full of three amazing bands:
Top songs: Chocolate, Chasing Cars, Grazed Knees, Run & You're All I Have
Top songs: This Is the Last Time, Bend & Break, Crystal Ball & Everybody's Changing
Top songs: When You Sleep, Further, Will You Wait Here & Can't Explain
I also had another musical conversion with the above bands when I introduced them to Supplier. I burned him music to take on his business road trips and he rocked out all the way to Long Island and back. Nothing like good music on a road trip.
With the success of these two conversions, I now feel like I have the tools to convert the world around me to the joys of these three bands. It doesn't hurt that they are all good looking young men and speak with an accent. And let's face it...semi-good looking men turn out to be REALLY attractive once you strap a guitar on or give them sticks to pound on drums.
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
Dusk falls on the city at around 4:45pm. Where am I usually at this hour - sitting at my desk located next to a window at work. I get the opportunity to watch the darkness creep up the sides of the Waldorf Astoria and Chase Buildings. Lucky, lucky me.
This is why Arizonians and Western Indiana residents have it right - they refuse to buy into the government's mandate that allows for retail owners to benefit from additional daylight hours for their consumers. Next year, the daylight hours start earlier and end in November. Talk about depression after the candy overload of Halloween.
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Unfortunately for Francais she was dragged by her compatriots to all the touristy parts of NYC via the red double decker bus. I was her only salvation and held responsible for giving her an appreciation of the non-tourist touristy attractions here in NYC. These attractions generally involved food choices because any guest of mine is prohibited from tasting food from a chain restaurant like Olive Garden, Applebee's, or T.G.I.Fridays. We did indulge in a little sparkler appreciation by going to Tiffany & Co. Since I had never been there, it was considered a non-tourist touristy attraction.
This weekend will see the triumphant return of Doc and Shopping Queen to the city that never sleeps. The best thing about having these two fantastic people back is that I know there will be no trekking to Times Square or my other least favorite place in New York, Chinatown.
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Needless to say, now my favorite professional sports team is the New York Giants. They demolished the Dallas Cowboys in Monday night football and sealed my victory. Love me some Tiki Barber. If possible I would take Tiki to a nice lunch at Haru in Midtown to show my appreciation. It's the least I can do for my $44 ROI.
Monday, October 23, 2006
Just thought I'd share with the masses that I am definitely having a bad hair day. Hopefully I can regroup tomorrow morning and come to work with the bangs bouncing and the rest of my hair sleek, straight and shining.
Thursday, October 19, 2006
My question is...is it rude to ask people to refrain from calling me by an endearment? I know I look young and have a youngish voice; hence, most of my adult life has included strangers calling me either cookie, sweetie, hon, cutie, etc. I've learned to take this as complimentary. Today I snapped and couldn't handle being called "baby." The snapping could also stem from the fact that she didn't give me the discount on my potatoe salad.
As most of my friends know (especially Netter)...I'm a planner. I like to plan and know what is on deck for the future. Hence I have started to plan the next one - vacation that is. It has been established that Netter and I need some one-on-one time with the beautiful men of Italy. So earlier this week I checked my favorite travel site to find the perfect trip to see Florence, Rome and Venice. Unfortunately the time frame Netter and I have chosen is not available for pricing and booking. Oh well, patience is supposedly a virtue. Right now I'm practicing it until I can plan the next vacation extraordinaire with Netter to the luscious beauty of Italy.
Monday, October 16, 2006
Big Lug was driving on I-69 towards to Chicago when my frantic phone call came through. I figured if anyone was going to help it would be him since I was doing this whole project for his 30th birthday. In my frustrated voice I told him that the machines were not working and I couldn't figure out why since I had followed the pretty picture directions implicitedly. Big Lug, in his calm and patient voice, proceeded to direct me in the proper way to hookup the recorder. The most amazing part of this saga was that Big Lug had no pretty pictures, manuals or even the equipment itself with which to direct me. He did it all from his vast knowledge. Luckily we didn't get frustrated with each other while he directed my hands. This is a huge step for us because in the past we would have ended up throwing rocks at each other. Remember the badminton and ping pong, Big Lug?
The saga didn't end with the hookup. I finally had a spare 3 1/2 hours to record the football game yesterday. I changed the record mode based on the lenght of the game to insure that it would fit on one DVD. Well I had to leave about an hour into the recording and came back to no sound coming through the television. While I was trying to figure out why there was no sound, the recorder promptly stopped recording at the beginning of the 4th quarter because the DVD was full. WHAT?!? How could it be full? So what do I do? I called Big Lug while he was driving towards Detroit to help me figure out why there was no sound and if I should re-record the game so it fit on one disk. Again, the patience and wisdom of Big Lug helped me to record only the 4th quarter on another disk and figure out how to finalize both disks so they would work in a standard DVD player.
This birthday project saga is finally out of my hands as the FedEx package with the two DVDs (both with pure sound coming out) has left my office building. I must give props to Big Lug for talking me down from the ledge a couple of times in my quest to master the DVD recorder. Now I am ready to take on any BYU games I might be asked to record. The moral of the DVD Recorder saga comes from the timeless words of G.I. Joe..., "knowing is half the battle."
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Happy Anniversary you crazy kids! I hope you have another year of marital joy because I'm counting on you to continue to be my standard for a 'good' marriage. Love you both!
Monday, October 09, 2006
To be fair, I did work with retired NBA players for about 3 years. So for those years, I ate, drank and breathed basketball; especially "classic" basketball. Also, my childhood was full of watching games with my brothers and father on the family room couch. In order to be a part of the family sports enthusiast "team", I had to know the ins and outs of sports - lots and lots of sports. This training as well as attendance at professional games and actually playing the sports have developed my knowledge. I am not shy about sharing this knowledge even if it might emasculate the males around me.
I guess I will continue to read shock on the faces of men when I give a statistic or insight about sports. Luckily, most of the time that shock often transitions to admiration.
I must acknowledge and give gratitude to my family for helping increase my coolness level with men because they forced me to watch ESPN's SportsCenter over and over again just in case we missed something in the first viewing.
Saturday, October 07, 2006
It gets somewhat annoying to have to carry everything you buy around this city. The good old days of stuffing purchases in your car are long gone. Today I really missed those days. I bought screens for my apartment windows to enable my windows to be open to diffuse the heat pouring out of my radiator. Screens are bulky and heavy. Of course, I also felt the need to purchase a hand mixer and cleaning supplies. This only caused the bulkiness to increase and for my fingers to start to lose circulation as I walked the 6 blocks and two Avenues to my apartment. Then it was up the four flights of stairs to my apartment. Needless to say, I was a tired, annoyed, and somewhat sweaty person when I got home.
Luckily two things saved me from keeping the annoyance around. The first happened when I got home with my massive amount of bags. I put the screens in the windows, rehung some curtains, then cleaned the bathroom and set-up my new DVD Recorder/VCR combo. Some of these activities would be drudgery, but for some reason they just reinforced my happiness that I have my own apartment. I enjoy everything about living on my own except for chatting with my former NYC roomies Doc, Choreographer and Yoga Master. Luckily, I can still keep the connection of good friends while enjoying a one bedroom apartment all to myself.
The second thing happened when I took a walk to pick up some DVDs for Big Lug's birthday project. On my way down the four flights of stairs, my good friend SueBelle called me to chat. She "walked" me all the way to Best Buy and back; which is a round trip of 22 blocks. It is so great to hear from friends that you haven't talked to in awhile. It made me feel connected in this vast world and often crazy city. Even though SueBelle doesn't live in NYC, she is still close to me through the joys of cell phones.
New York City can be hard to deal with sometimes. Thankfully, those times are few and far between. I know that my family, friends and independence make up for lack of a car to stuff groceries, window screens or new shoes into. Although, having a dog to come home to would make everything a little brighter here in this city that never sleeps...but I promised Joani to wait until I can offer a doggie room to roam. So until I can get a sheltie of my own, I will just have to look at pictures of my Macy.
Isn't my Macers pretty?
Thursday, October 05, 2006
If you happen to be in New York and want to enjoy an animated movie brought to life then stop by TKTS and pick up some discount tickets to watch the Donster strike the Broadway stage again.
I think you're fantastic Big Lug and I'm grateful to be your sister. Hugs and kisses (the purely sisterly kind)!
Big Lug and Joani celebrating a BYU victory in October 2005
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
Could there be any other movie to bring the joy and laughter back into our souls? I don't think so.
Monday, October 02, 2006
Last Friday was the latest opportunity to reverse the curse when I attended a game with a bunch of friends in a box suite at Shea. We had a great time eating the free food, taking pictures with the Mets mascot and overall cheering the Mets to another loss. I hope next year will be a clean slate for me and the Mormon Mets curse will be eradicated.
Pictures from our Suite on 9/22/06:
Artiste & CA Lady
EQP & RS Secretary
Netter, Me & Super Bowler
Thursday, September 28, 2006
Saturday morning, we enjoyed the Tailgate Party where we all purchased last season's BYU apparel. Luckily Joani had supplied my "Y" shirt and pom poms prior to the game. Unfortunately, I didn't take her up on her offer for a hat/visor so I had to buy a hat from the picked over apparel.
One thing I learned is to take public transportation as much as possible when attending an event with masses of people. We had some difficulty obtaining parking for our rented Jeep Liberty because Boston College is not very welcoming to its visitors. Being the resourceful NYers that we are...we flagged down a taxi to take us the 2 miles from our parking space to the stadium.
All in all, we had a great time in Boston. The one way to make the trip better, would be if the Cougars hadn't lost in double overtime. At least it gave my white skin some more time to tan.
Here are more pictures from our sojourn in Boston:
It was a lot of fun to sit in my living room and sing along to the theme song as well as revert back to a nine year old who never missed an episode. One year for my birthday, Joani gave me a fashion plate stencil set of Jem and the Holograms. I spent hours upon hours creating outfits for the most "outrageous" girls.
My joy of Jem was not only apparent during my childhood but my adulthood also. My former roommate Choreographer bought me a Jem shirt for Christmas. Now that is true friendship...to walk into Anthropologie and buy a t-shirt with an 80s cartoon icon.
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
For instance...I stopped into my favorite deli to pick up some food for a late lunch today. Normally I won't eat a ton if it is late in the day, but there was the most gorgeous guy ordering from the hot foods that I just had to get a heaping helping of baked macaroni and cheese. This food selection was made purely so I could stand next to his beautifulness and hope it would transfer to me via osmosis. Unfortunately, I think the only result from my experiment is I had to eat really nasty macaroni and cheese.
Therefore, I will resolve that next time I see a beautiful person I will smile at them because as the new television show 6 degrees (on ABC Wednesday nights after Lost) teaches, "the person you pass on the street could become your best friend." And, a girl in the big city can never have enough friends, especially if they are part of the beautiful people club.
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Anyone else had any crazy mass transit people sightings? I'm sure this won't be my last unusual accessorizing sighting.
Monday, September 25, 2006
Congrats on the new purchase little bro. I look forward to taking "Bubba" for a spin when I return to the homefront for Christmas.
Friday, September 22, 2006
I have never been one to use massive amounts of styling products in my hair. In fact it wasn't until I cut off all my hair during the great destruction of 1999 that I started using fancy things like pomade and volumizing mousse. It seems strange that I never embraced the world of hair care because I have always been obsessive about having clean hair. I MUST wash my hair everyday. I would leave campus at lunch during high school to go home and wash my hair if I woke up late that morning. That is how much I was obsessed with my hair.
Now, I can recommend to the masses of woman who suffer from curly in the back and straight in the front hair to go to the local salon and pick up some of this miracle product called Smoothing Shine Milk. Heck go a little crazy and buy two!
Thursday, September 21, 2006
My Brother Punkin' with his Blake-ster in their true BYU blue
The gorgeous Julia and her two brothers, Jimmy & Kenny
Blake, the Happy BYU Boy
Honestly, could these four kids be any cuter!?! I feel like I have a high reputation when I decide to start reproducing. But I do come from good genes based on how my brothers, sister and I ended up. Take a look...
Big Lug, Me, Punkin', Coyote & the Moocher