Today I had a lovely day.
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Reasons to Love New York, No. 59 -
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Dear Jessica -
I had such a fun visit with you this week! Now that your trip is complete, I think it best to do a quick review of our to-do list successes.
- Meet Jamie's roommates Check.
- See the tree at Rockefeller Check plus. Perhaps you should have specified, though, that you wanted to GET ENGAGED at the tree at Rockefeller.
- Ice skate (at least observe...I'm not the most coordinated person without ice skates) Observation, check.
- See White Christmas on Broadway (Check! Thursday night, 8:00!) Check!
- See The Rockette's Christmas Spectacular (Uncheck...unless someone wants to donate a ticket to me...preferably Wednesday, Dec. 17 @ 2:00) Check, thanks to your sweet
boyfriendfiance who made it happen.
- Run into John Mayer walking down the street Uncheck. We did see Katie Holmes, though - that counts for something!
- Go back to JM's apartment and do some holiday baking Semi-check...we baked cookies and brownies at mine, but not John Mayer's!
- Go to another taping of The View...I have no tickets, but there are standby the morning of...crossing my fingers! The only other uncheck. But at least you decreased your degree of separation from Elisabeth Hasselbeck thanks to Emily's church nursery story!
- Window shop! And I mean strictly window...I'm attempting to travel without checking a bag again mainly because I want to be unable to buy anything! I could buy another suitcase for the way back...Better yet, maybe window shopping isn't the best idea. Check. Well, to be more specific, uncheck on the "strictly window shopping," but check on successful shopping and borrowing (rather than buying) another suitcase for the way back.
- Make another video with Jamie...her wheels are already turning. This one is gonna be good, y'all I know it's up for debate on whether my video or Cal's is better, but either way, I'd say we've got two great videos of MATT PROPOSING. (I can't stop with the CAPS!)
- Find a Harley-Davidson store to get my step-dad a location shirt to add to his collection (shhh...part of his Christmas present!) Check.
- Visit the Brooklyn Tabernacle and see a performance by their amazing choir (Check! Friday night!) Check.
- Eat at fabulous places for brunch and dinner Burger Joint, Carmine's, Lombardi's, Popover Cafe, Saigon Grill...checks galore on the food front.
- Bake in Jamie's super cute kitchen Check!
- Get ambushed by a makeover show that whisks me away for the afternoon, gives me a new look for winter, $5,000 shopping spree and unlimited flights to NYC for 2009 so I can visit Jamie anytime I want to! While this Christmas miracle didn't come true, I'd say the one you got instead is a million, zillion times better! :)
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
"Why would you give your last cookie away?
Monday, December 15, 2008
- Meet Jamie's roommates Easy peasy! They can't wait to meet you too!
- See the tree at Rockefeller A definite for a Christmas visit. We will have to go at night so you can take in the full glory!
- Ice skate (at least observe...I'm not the most coordinated person without ice skates) I am totally on board with the observation idea. Ice skating...well...I'm not a very good skater. And by not very good, I mean that I fall immediately upon letting go of the side railing. Immediately.
- See White Christmas on Broadway (Check! Thursday night, 8:00!) Can't wait!
- See The Rockette's Christmas Spectacular (Uncheck...unless someone wants to donate a ticket to me...preferably Wednesday, Dec. 17 @ 2:00) I hope it works out!
- Run into John Mayer walking down the street Maybe he'll be Christmas shopping with John Krasinski?!
- Go back to JM's apartment and do some holiday baking Does this mean my apartment or John Mayer's? Because it would be super fun to bake with John Mayer!
- Go to another taping of The View...I have no tickets, but there are standby the morning of...crossing my fingers! Crossing my fingers for you, too...Elisabeth Hasselbeck and you would be BFF!
- Window shop! And I mean strictly window...I'm attempting to travel without checking a bag again mainly because I want to be unable to buy anything! I could buy another suitcase for the way back...Better yet, maybe window shopping isn't the best idea. New York Christmas windows are the best! Macy's, Saks, Lord & Taylor, Barney's...fun for hours, and the best part is there is nothing for sale in the windows, so it's less tempting! Window shopping at its finest.
- Make another video with Jamie...her wheels are already turning. This one is gonna be good, y'all I've got my handheld video camera ready. Big check.
- Find a Harley-Davidson store to get my step-dad a location shirt to add to his collection (shhh...part of his Christmas present!) Long Island City, here we come!
- Visit the Brooklyn Tabernacle and see a performance by their amazing choir (Check! Friday night!) So excited!
- Eat at fabulous places for brunch and dinner I've started a list. I'm deciding between Burger Joint and Shake Shack for your NYC burger fix for dinner; Kitchenette Uptown for brunch; Edgar's Cafe for dessert!
- Bake in Jamie's super cute kitchen So either we're doing a lot of baking, or you did, indeed, mean that you want to bake in John Mayer's kitchen above. (Which is a-okay with me!)
- Get ambushed by a makeover show that whisks me away for the afternoon, gives me a new look for winter, $5,000 shopping spree and unlimited flights to NYC for 2009 so I can visit Jamie anytime I want to! Christmas is the season for miracles!
Thursday, December 11, 2008
I just saw a commercial for Manwich, The Original Sloppy Joe Sauce. Jingle lyrics are as follows:
You don't have to be a man to love Manwich.You don't have to be a witch either, it's true.
If you love bananas (bananas, bananas!)And you want to live in a republic (instead of a monarchy, a monarchy!)Shop at Banana Republic (yay sweaters! and khakis!)
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
On Friday, Bethany and I had a joint birthday party. It was B's real 24th birthday, while it was my faux 3-weeks premature 26th. (In my defense, as I had to explain to about 15 people, last weekend was the only one in December that I'm in New York.)
Sunday, December 07, 2008
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
For yesterday's Tuesdays with a Twist, my roommates and I decorated a Christmas tree! When we got home from work, Hannah, Lindsay Ann and I headed down to the little 'Christmas tree lot' outside our apartment on Broadway. And by 'lot,' I mean the quintessential New York Christmas tree experience - a large row of trees lining the sidewalk, from 8' tall Fraser firs to 1' tall Douglas firs (are you picturing Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally, struggling to carry the big tree all by herself because she and Harry aren't speaking?? So sad...).
At the lot, there is a man who lives in a shed. Well, hopefully he doesn't live there, because it's getting mighty cold here at night. But the man, a Russian-or-something-like-it guy with a crazy tattoo on his neck but a very kind smile, sets up shop day in, day out, to sell his trees, along with wreaths and tree stands. Just like at a normal lot in a normal town, there is a little home base - in this case, a blue tarp covered shed that's about 6'x 6' and holds a bench and, in our little Russian man's case, a bag of peanuts. He did have a little window cut out, though, and I let myself inside the shed to pretend like I was serving hot cocoa. I think it could be a lucrative side-business for our buddy.
After comparing a few different trees and using stellar negotiating skills, we settled on a 6' tall Fraser fir + tree stand combo. Our friend wrapped the tree up, and we carried it up to our apartment, where we donned it with lights and every size and color ball imaginable. Hannah even got a star that lights up!
Hooray for Christmas, and for Tuesdays with a Twist!
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
Scene: The Dollar Store in Kennesaw
While shopping for wrapping paper at the Dollar Store in Kennesaw, my mom picked up an X-acto knife. OK, not an ‘X-acto’ knife – it was probably a ‘X-actistic’ knife…especially since it did not remotely work and we pitched it almost immediately after trying to use it at home.
My mom was still hunting around the Dollar Store for wrapping paper, so I got in line to buy the $1 X-actisize knife. When I got to the front of the line, the cashier, a girl who looked to be around 19, scanned the knife and was stopped by a loud buzz. She looked confused for a moment until having the realization, “Ooohh. You have to be 18 to buy a knife.”
I just stood there with a glazed over look, totally unaware that the cashier’s statement required any action on my part.
And she stood there and stared back at me.
Finally, after about five seconds of silence, I laughed incredulously and said, “Do you need to see ID?!” to which she replied sassily, “Uh, yeah…I mean, how old are you?”
Still laughing, but now also scrunching up my face and rolling my inner eyeballs, I said, “I’m almost TWENTY-SIX.” For some reason, I was offended, even though I supposed I’m nearing the age where being carded is a compliment.
The cashier’s jaw dropped, and I said (trying my best to be polite, but still in total disbelief), “Um, how old do you think I am? Do you really (smile) think I look SEVENTEEN?”
Not surprisingly at this point, she did. She said she thought I looked younger than she is. I could not contain my laughter, and I also could not move. Seriously, I was physically incapable of getting out my ID, because my body refused to believe that a college freshman thought I looked too young to vote when, in reality, I could run for a seat in the House. I mean, really – I wasn’t even carded at R-rated movies when I was 17, let alone at the Dollar Store.
Fortunately, my mom had joined me in line at this point, and I said, “Well, she’s actually the one buying the X-actaroni knife…surely you don’t need to card her, do you?!” I think the cashier was still skeptical of my 53 year old mother’s age qualification, but she begrudgingly obliged without an ID.