Friday, February 15, 2013

a typical tuesday night in new york city

i got free passes to an early screening of the new nicholas sparks penned movie "safe haven".  let me state that i would NOT have gone to see this movie if it required me to pay for the viewing pleasure.  i generally find nicholas sparks adaptions for screen annoying.  my one exception to this rule is "the notebook". 
any buddy lauri agreed to accompany me to the screening, which was taking place at one of the largest movie theaters in the city.  so after work i trekked over to 42nd street in times square.  let me paint you a picture of my trek.
  • tourists clogged every inch of space on the sidewalk.
  • "characters" like the statue of liberty, mickey mouse and dora the explorer were out in force waiting for parents to shove their kids their way for a picture that would cost the parents $5.
  • wind howling down broadway so it felt like my coat was a light wind breaker.
  • sirens from two firetrucks screamed through the square as they tried to negotiate speed without injuring oblivious tourists.
  • two NYPD vans parked with lights flashing directly outside the movie theater entrance.
  • about 100 teenagers yelling and holding signs outside the movie theater entrance because some boy band was holding a free screening of their concert film.  pandemonium.
  • about 12 cops barricading the entrance.
  • the wind is now colder because i've ventured closer to the water (aka hudson river)
  • was jostled while trying to make my way to front of crowd to have a little chat with an NYPD officer so i can gain entrance to the theater.
  • finally a movie theater employee opened the door so i could walk through and stand in line with about 80 other women for the screening.
luckily once i got inside all was rosy.  the generous screening promoters didn't just offer us the free viewing but it came with a small popcorn and soda.  boo-yah!  throughout the movie, lauri and i had fun playing the game "guess what happens next".  the majority of our guesses were accurate.  well done us.
so that is a typical february tuesday night in manhattan. 


this is genius.  well done actress, makeup, lighting, writer and director.  a word of warning to my joani - mute the volume at 2:10 but then turn it back up at 2:13.  trust me. 

Monday, February 11, 2013

personal realization #14 - hi kettle, i'm the pot

a little over a year ago i wrote a post about this guy i met at a conference.  he complained about the lack of women to date in new york city.  i had a strong reaction to this piece of idiocy to the point that i wanted to do physical harm to him or completely take the filter from my speech and let him know what an idiot i thought he was.  anyone who knows me is well aware that i have no problem being completely honest when i think someone or something is ridiculous.

any way, on to my latest personal realization...

i was having a conversation with someone i just met and for some reason this topic came up in our short chat.  he made the point that i have essentially done the same thing that this dude did.  i have effectively decided that there are no redeeming men to date in new york city.  i interpreted a direct correlation between a few bad dates and an entire population of eligible men.  basically i am a good old hypocrite and have been living the same way that this dude expressed to me many months ago.  it's not fair to treat all men in this way.  i need to change.  awesome.  i love change.

sidenote - my good friend offered a month or so ago to set me up with a guy she works with...guess who he was?  i'll give you one guess.

a movie marathon for me & nemo

i love how the city literally stops all function when bad weather approaches.  i think there were a total of 8 people in the office with me at 4pm on friday.  most had to depart in time to take public transit home before the blizzard nemo descended upon the tri-state area.  i was lucky to get home with only taking 12 steps outside in the slippery, windy, snowy ickiness.  there are definite perks to living so close to a subway station.

once i got home i realized that i would probably be stuck inside for at least 36 hours.  what's a girl to do?  well if you're me and have hundreds of movies/tv seasons on dvd or bluray, you pull some movies from the collection and set up your movie marathon during the raging storm named nemo. 

i pulled 12 movies ranging from kindergarden cop to roman holiday.  during my sojourn inside i was able to watch 8 of the 12 movies.  

i also cleaned my apartment like it hasn't been cleaned in quite some time.  i mean i mopped the floors, washed all my towels, bath rugs, bathrobe and used a dust cloth and wood polish instead of my trusty swiffer duster.  that is dedicated cleaning.

all in all i think nemo and i got along really well especially since the plows were out in force to shovel away the inches of snow he bestowed upon new england prior to my commute this morning.

Monday, February 04, 2013

fare thee well january

things have been busy.  my work load always escalates in december and doesn't start to calm down a bit until late february.  also, i've decided to keep being social as well as keeping the addiction alive.  and, you know, i went to disney world with netter for her birthday.  it was a good month that went quite quite quickly.

a few pics from the month of january

happy birthday to netter!

ate at the new beast castle restaurant
 first set of headband ears

 a little peek-a-boo with safari ride

 spending lots of time at work means being silly with co-worker

 my new hat for afternoon tea at the plaza

  ed sheeran at radio city music hall
keane at radio city music hall

did some baking...
my friend audrey & i at our friend afton's baby shower

beautiful spread for baby shower
growing out the bangs begins...
gooch came over to hang out
i am wearing skinny jeans, tom's and a grandpa sweater (whoa!)

if only i didn't spend about two weeks of the month super sick with bronchitis, allergies, horrid cough and slight fever.  i think that is why january was kind of a bummer minus the disney world party and back-to-back concerts at radio city to end the month.  fare thee well january.  bring on february.  uggh.