Four Months

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Finishing out my fourth month as a resident of the so-called greatest city in the world.  Has it really been that long?  Or, I can't believe it's only been four months.  So very much has happened in just 122 days.

Here is what I know for sure...

  • (not a whole lot)
  • I love summer in the city.
  • I can single-handedly give an awesome Empire State Building tour.
  • I really must stay away from Plaza Food Hall and Max Brenner.
  • If you come to town, we are definitely going to Plaza Food Hall and Max Brenner.
  • I miss my car.
  • Avoid Times Square at all costs.
  • Mexican food as I know it does not exist in this city.
  • New York or not, I will always love country music.  
  • I am awesome at all forms of natural disasters.
  • I adore living in a pedestrian-friendly city.
  • My apartment is amazing.  And free.  FREE.
  • Living in a huge urban city makes me so much more Southern.  From the accent to BBQ cravings, I miss Oklahoma and Texas.  A lot.
  • I miss my people.

Here is what I'm still working on...

  • Adjusting to very little daylight.
  • A really great Chinese takeout place.
  • Keeping my nose warm.  Seriously, there are hand warmers and leg warmers and ear muff and hats.  Still, my nose gets cold.
  • Christmas shopping.
  • A legit exercise routine.  I mean, I still exercise, but everything is just so dang expensive and so far, no luck with finding an affordable, enjoyable activity.
  • Church.  I'm telling you, between visitors and work, I just haven't had a lot of free Sundays.  Sad.
  • Being ok with forced air travel.  I told The Chief that I miss the OKC to Waco I-35 drive...she thought I was insane.  I just miss the freedom of an SUV, a radio, and an open road.
  • Only buying as much as I can carry.
  • Did I mention Mexican food?
  • Getting a very few key people to come visit.  You know who you are.
  • Affording this city.
  • Getting used to a job that is not 9 to 5.
  • Living outside of driving distance from pretty much everyone I want to spend time with.
  • Avoiding the cupcakes.
  • Figuring out what to do with the rest of my life.
  • (pretty much everything not on the first list)
That's all for now.  Let me know if you have any grand answers to anything on the list...

Colder Weather

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

It's 4:00 p.m. and pretty much completely dark in New York.

Gone are my perfect long summer nights when I could sit with friends in Central Park until 8:00 or 9:00 every night, or when we could sit in sidewalk cafes until midnight because it was still so warm and lovely.  Instead, since the time change, it gets dark depressingly early.  Which, of course, makes me want to go to bed at 8:30 every night.  And it's starting to get colder, so that makes me want to stay inside, where it's warm and cozy and always about 90 degrees in my apartment, since I don't know how to control the radiator.  All you really need then is a fireplace and comfort food and cuddling.

I tell myself to suck it up, dress warmer, and deal with it.  Because really, it's not even close to as cold as it will be.  I have hats and scarves and leg warmers.  Yes, leg warmers.  They're back in style now.  Love it.  The cold doesn't really bother me as much as the dark.  It doesn't really get light earlier, just dark earlier.  I miss the days of running in Riverside Park, jogging along the Hudson, past the place at 91st where the path curves.  Loved loved loved those days.  Brave as I am, I'm not stupid, and I'm not about to start running in the park in the dark.

So if you want to come over to my apartment, I'd love to cook for you...and stay in and watch movies where it's warm.

And really...

I want to see you again, but I'm stuck in colder weather...


Sunday, November 20, 2011

"Sometimes I wonder about my life. I lead a small life - well, valuable, but small - and sometimes I wonder, do I do it because I like it, or because I haven't been brave? So much of what I see reminds me of something I read in a book, when shouldn't it be the other way around? I don't really want an answer. I just want to send this cosmic question out into the void. So goodnight, dear void."
(You've Got Mail) 

Today Was A Fairytale

Thursday, November 17, 2011

In case you haven't heard, Baby Sister is officially engaged!  And it was absolutely, positively, incredibly perfect.  Beautiful ring, beautiful rainy fall day in Riverside Park, beautiful couple, beautiful fairytale movie ending kind of story.  So I'm thinking, maybe, just maybe, things like that really do happen to real people.

And in case you don't know, Baby Sister is actually a wedding planner at our very large church in Oklahoma, so the pressure was on for the wedding planner to have a wedding of her own to plan.  Check out how she told the church the good news...

And my new brother?  We think we'll keep him.  I mean, he even brought me flowers on their big day...

And really, life just doesn't get any better than this...

Option Two

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

You See, Baby Sister and I simply adore "National Treasure," and really just about any movie where a group of people are attempting to steal a fortune through a series of tricky clues and maneuvers.  So when we took a trip to the USS Intrepid Air and Space Museum, a prime "National Treasure" filming location where Nicholas Cage takes option number two and jumps overboard to escape FBI custody, we simply had to reenact the scene.  And Matt was there to document the painful/exciting process.

Folks, we weren't really so good at the whole jumping picture thing.  It took 12 photos to get it right...

Ever in New York?  The USS Intrepid provides some really awesome photo opportunities.  We might have had a little too much fun...

It's a pretty cool way to spend a day.  Over and out.

I and Love and You

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Yippeeee!  Baby Sister’s back in town.  This time, she brought Boyfriend Matt.  I’m pretty sure they came to New York for a basketball game, but they put on a good effort of pretending like they came just to see me.  Whatever…

I think Boyfriend Matt might have learned a little more about Baby Sister and Big Sister’s relationship this weekend than he wanted to know.  Not sure if that’s a good thing or not.  We might have made him watch “Win A Date With Tad Hamilton.”  It is, without a doubt, the best possible representation of Em and I.  Still, not sure if he was quite ready for what that really meant.  Yikesabee.  Shakeadoo.  (Sidenote: spell check recognizes Shakeadoo but not Yikesabee.  Strange.)

We had a super swanky night on the town to see the Lion King on Broadway.  And by super swanky, I mean that this is what they tried to wear to the show….

People.  Baby Sister attempted to reconnect with Anderson Cooper, her first love.  It did not go so well people.  It’s really a story better saved for in person, but it’s safe to say that Baby Sister and Anderson Cooper are done for good. Bad.

There were lots of tours to all things New York…

It was a beautiful morning for a stroll through Central Park. Seriously…how gorgeous are they?

We also stopped by Brooklyn Bridge and the newly unveiled 9/11 memorial…

And really, who doesn't love Christmas in Bryant Park and Macy's? 

Really, Baby Sister is about six years old inside.  But as it turns out, so is Matt, so I think we're good there.  I'm about nine years old inside, but don't tell anyone.  Makes for great vacation days though.  Lots more to come...there was an awesome trip to the USS Intrepid, but that really requires an entire post on its own.  Epic.

Good things happening, people.  Good times.  Stay tuned.

Over and Out.

Back To Business

Oh man people, so many things happening around {the ivy project} lately. So many in fact, that {the ivy project} temporarily got pushed to the back of the line.  But we’re back with much to share!

Just to recap the first half of November…

Had my first doctor and pharmacy experiences in New York.  Did not go so well.  Basically, I’ve been sick for a month.  As it turns out, my body doesn’t really like living in a city with nine million people and all of their germs. 

One of my high school BFFs came for a great weekend visit, her first to New York.  We had great girly fun shopping and carb-loading in preparation for the New York City marathon.  I mean, no, we did not actually run the marathon, but we were fully supportive of those who did.  Also, we had front row Wicked tickets.  Because I’m awesome.

Also, there was this minor issue of my first major paper related to my future research as a doctoral student at Teachers College, Columbia University.  It was the first time I’ve had the chance to research and write about what I want, and the goal is that it becomes the foundation for my dissertation.  So I kind of spent a ton of time on that.  And my 10-12 page paper turned out to be 23 pages.  Whoops.

But I’m back with many updates to share.  Look for lots of great things in the next few days.

Life is good people.

And just in case you forget...