Month: October 2013

Carving

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I carved my first pumpkin yesterday!

Nick came to get me from the bus stop after work yesterday so we could go grab pumpkins. The pumpkin patch by his house was already closed so we had to go to Walbaums. I picked one that was slightly crooked, I thought he needed a good home. Plus it was cold outside in that box.

We took them back to his house, ate dinner with his mom and then carved away!

I made a zombie.. kinda.

Nick carved a Mickey Mouse into his.

Mine was way better but he wouldn’t admit it. I loved it and named it Robert. Robert had to stay at Nick’s house though 😦 Its ok because I love him and think he is the most perfect pumpkin ever!

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Homecoming

This weekend I went back to my alma mater for the first time since I graduated in May.

Saturday was Monmouth University’s homecoming. Unfortunately I couldn’t make it to the game, so Saturday night I went to a get together my fraternity (Alpha Kappa Psi) was throwing for everyone who came back. I missed my brothers. I hugged so many people. It made me feel really loved that everyone was so excited for me to be back. I’m so glad I went. The night was spent catching up and missing my college days. I rekindled friendships that had fizzled out over the summer and smiled more than normal.

The term “homecoming” took on a new meaning Saturday night. It made me realize that no matter how long I’m gone, I can always go back to Monmouth, back to my brothers, and they will invite me in with open arms. My fraternity is really like my family. They bicker like babies but in the end they still love each other. I went home Saturday and it made me realize that I miss them more than I’ve let myself believe.

Sunday morning I got breakfast with a couple brothers, Rob, Mike and Alissa and then drove home. My drive home was sad and I couldn’t really focus, so I got coffee from Rook, which I’ve missed terribly, and blasted Frank Sinatra until I was able to get back to Staten Island.

I don’t think my family understands how much I miss being there. It doesn’t matter though because I would like to go back more often, now that I know that my friends won’t find it weird.

I look forward to more catching up and more bacon egg and cheeses from Bagel Guys Deli.

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My Trip Around the (Disney) World

Howdy!

I am officially back from Disney World and am definitely feeling that after-vacay depression. Florida was so wonderful; I missed my best friend, who now works/lives down there (and is probably never coming home) and I’m so glad I got to see her, even if it was only for a little bit.

This shortened work week was pretty awesome but now I want to talk about my Disney experience!

I traveled down with my new boyfriend, who happens to be my best friend (below with the Minnie ears on.) I knowww, I decided to date my best friend- how lame/cliche right?!

Anyway, Nick and I touched down in Orlando at about 9:30am on Thursday, October 10th. We got slightly lost in the Orlando International airport while trying to find Disney’s Magical Express but eventually made it down there and got on the bus headed for DISNEY WORLDDDDD.

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We were in our hotel on Disney property by about 10:30 and met up with friends who had arrived the day before. We had breakfast, I changed into shorts (the weather is GORGEOUS down there right now) and headed to Hollywood studios where we eventually met up with my best friend, Breanna and her roommate… who’s name escapes me at the moment. Whatevs.

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I had a staring contest with a Storm Trooper, went on a back-lot tour (where I was a “volunteer” because my jerk of a friend made it that way, got soaked, and then had to continue the tour,) ate a Mickey ice cream, screamed myself hoarse on the Tower of Terror ride, got an iced coffee with Baily’s in it and road the Areosmith ride, which was way better than I expected.

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Overall the first day was really fun! Then we went to dinner all together at the Polynesian, one of the hotels in Disney World. There I got a giant pineapple drink (literally) ate delicious food and hung out with my friends, which was definitely very necessary.

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The next day we started at Animal Kingdom.

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I saw monkeys, road Expedition Everest, went on a safari, met Pocahontas, and then headed back to Magic Kingdom to see the awesomeness that is Disney World during the Halloween season.

What made it even cooler was that Nick and I (who had forced everyone else to head to MK without us so that I could wait on the ridiculously long line to meet Pocahontas) met the nicest woman in the world who gave Nick and our friend Steve free tickets to the Halloween party that the girls had decided to go to. So fun.

Ok so Magic Kingdom included eating a giant turkey leg, riding Splash Mountain and ogling everything… obviously.

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That night was Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween party, for which, my two friends and I dressed up as the three kittens from the Aristocats- Marie, Toulouse and Berlioz (I was Berlioz!)

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We trick-or-treated, rode Space Mountain twice, and met Buzz Lightyear!! We also stopped for pumpkin spice waffles (or at least I did) rode It’s a Small World (which is always a must) and the Buzz Lightyear ride.

The next day, Saturday, was devoted to Epcot. Epcot is in the middle of its International Food and Wine festival. WHICH WAS AWESOME. Bre, Nick and I ate and drank our way around the world before meeting up with our friends, Doyle and her boyfriend Steve, Michelle and her boyfriend Nick and Nick’s friend Bender for hibachi in Japan. Delicious! photo_1 (4)photo_3 (4)photo_5 (4)photo_2 (4)photo_1 (5)photo_2 (5)photo_3 (5)photo_4 (5)photo_4 (2)photo_5 (5)photo_1(2)photo_2(2)

Sunday was our not-so-Disney day because it was spent in Universal Studios (our bus driver on our way back to our hotel yelled at us for double crossing Mickey.)

Universal is amazing, and the first place we went was Harry Potter World!! It was sooooooo cool, we got on the front of the line for the Hogwarts ride (which is unheard of because of how long the wait usually is) and then had Butterbeer and lunch in the Three Broomsticks. Afterwards we went on a couple rides, met a minion and then ate again at Krusty Burger in the Simpsons world. Finally, we rode the Jurassic Park ride, twice. I got soaked but it was awesome. on our way out, Nick and I got margaritas from Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville, for the bus ride home.

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That night, Nick and I were supposed to go to dinner at the California Grille but I got sick so we stayed in our room, ordered pizza and watched the RedSox dominate in the bottom of the 8th. It was so much better than a fancy dinner, but I still think he was mad because apparently the food there is phenomenal. Oops.

Our last day in Florida was spent in Downtown Disney. There I was able to get souvenirs for the fam back home, eat a massive brownie sundae and hang out with Breanna for the little bit of time we had left together. This is the longest we’ve ever gone without seeing each other since we met. I don’t really like it but I’m so happy that she’s happy down there, even if that means she is so far away from me.

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The flight home was nothing special, although the guy in my row was plastered and told Nick how awesome the food was at the California Grille… OOOPSSSSS…again… My bad.

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Overall, the trip was amazing. It was the first real (flying) trip I’ve ever taken without my parents and I don’t think it could’ve gone better. I spent a ridiculous amount of money, but I definitely think it was worth it.

But really, who could be disappointed with Disney World, right?

Re-Grammin’

Tomorrow morning at 6am I will be stepping on an airplane headed toward Disney World. My head is a whirlwind of emotions; I haven’t eating anything but sunflower seeds and Pringles and I still haven’t packed! This trip will give me a heart attack! I plan on packing tonight after work, not going to sleep, going to eat with my friend, Nick, and then waiting until 4am when our friend Joe will be driving us to the airport.

As exciting as all of this is, I need something to calm myself. Since today is kind of a slow day at the office, I’ve decided to post a little re-gram action.

Here are a few of the pictures I posted in the last couple of weeks.

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The first picture, on the top left is the Shake Shack in Madison Square Park. I had it for the first time last Friday and it was definitely worth the ridiculously long line.

Top right is a brownstone I passed on my way to work two weeks ago. Its so perfect, I want to live there!

Middle left: Nespresso’s showcase in Grand Central last week. Free espresso!!!

Middle right; Two Friday’s ago I went to a show called Unicorn Meat: Illuminate 2013. It was crazy cool, a bunch of DJs did their thing on stage while people went crazy in the audience, there was a garden of flower lights, which was gorgeous, and a sea of glow in the dark hammocks. Definitely a night I’ll remember.

Bottom Left: Saturday, before driving me home, my friend stopped at a deli for a bagel. I thought their neon signs were pretty cool.

Bottom right: the love of my life; my type writer, which sits on my desk, unused, because I’m a bad parent 😦 I need a little down time to play!

 

But those were my favorites from the last two weeks. IG Central over here

 

Pip’s Place

Every morning, I catch the express bus from my block to Madison Ave and 42nd St. Every morning I walk up 42nd St a few avenues until I get to my office building. I usually see the same things, I don’t really deviate from my path often, not from lack of desire but out of sheer laziness and exhaustion.

But sometimes the bus driver lets us out on Madison and 38th St. This pretty much forces me to explore the area around where I work. And the last couple of times he’s done it have been very rewarding.

Today I found a gluten free bakery.

Pip’s Place, is a gluten-free cakery, located on east 39th St. between Park Ave and Lexington Ave. Its a small pink place, but the sign said coffee so I thought, “why not?” and walked in. It was empty when I walked in, which was perfect because I had no idea what I wanted. I asked the woman behind the counter what she recommended and she started rattling off very healthy sounding breakfasts. I decided on a zucchini and pecan muffin, which was definitely a good idea. I sat on a stool with my book, iced coffee and muffin and enjoyed my Monday morning as people began to pour in off the street. Somehow I had beat the rush, almost like I was supposed to be there.

It was perfect.

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My mind is a scary place to be right now

I’m beginning to freak out.

In less than 4 days I will be in Disney World, freaking out.

But right now, I’m freaking out in my room in New York. I don’t travel by myself (without my family) often. I’ve only ever flown alone a few times, mostly to meet my family down in Florida (but not in Disney World.) The only other time I’ve ever flown by myself was when I studied abroad in Rome, Italy with one of my best friends for a month.

As exciting as that was, this is pretty different. Then, I was 16 years old, my mom was up my butt, and she made sure I was ready for a month on my own. Now, I’m almost 22, my mom is in Florida for a wedding, and I don’t know how to pack for myself, let alone plan an entire vacation by myself.

My mom is actually a super hero; she is able to do an insane amount of  things without much thought and she is just really impressive. I hope to be like her eventually. But as of right now, I am SO lost.

I had planned on spending today locked in my bedroom so that I can figure out what to bring to Florida with me. However, as it is almost 3pm and I am laying across my bed, half crying because of a headache I have that hasn’t gone away since Friday I don’t now how well this is working out in my favor. Obviously, this pain is cutting into my plan and I don’t like it.

Another thing that’s adding to the increasing sense of drowning that I’m dealing with right now is that I have absolutely no idea what to bring to wear because its still at least 80 degrees there!

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So now I’m just freaking out and rolling around on my bed trying to think of what to wear… At least I know what books I’ll be bringing with me.

Wish me luck!

Being an adult has its perks.

Don’t get me wrong, the day I graduated college I cried hysterically. I was so afraid of what was to come next. I had no job, no money, no direction, just a stupid piece of paper that said I studied enough, in between drinking and sleeping, to do well in college to make the requirements – mind you, I didn’t receive the stupid piece of paper until a month and a half afterwards.

But I believed in fate, I knew God had a plan, whatever it may be and that I had to do whatever I could to make sure that the plan came to be, but couldn’t rush anything. So I did.

The last week of May and all of June was spent sending out resume’s, annoying recruiters, and researching companies, none of which helped me with anything.

But I figured, if I tried hard enough something would give.

And it did.

On Tuesday, June 25th, while I was working my butt off in what felt like 110 degree weather at NYC’s West Side Boat Basin I got an email from the Director of National Sales at the company I currently work for. She asked if I’d like to come in for an interview the very next day because she wanted to finish reviewing the applicants. Of course I said yes and then got drunk to calm the nerves.

At about 12:30am I left the upper west side on Manhattan, the Saveur Summer BBQ finally finished and cleaned up, got home and passed out.

The next morning I drove into work wearing a black dress since she told me not to wear a suit because of the ridiculous heat. I walked into the building and fell in love. First of all, it was the building used in the superman movie with Christopher Reeve. Not only is that totally cool, but there is a giant globe in the center of the lobby. AND there are also markers noting the distance that exact spot is from cities all over the world. It was perfect. I spoke to the security guard, got a visitor’s pass (which is now pinned to the wall of my cubicle) and took the elevator up to the 4th floor. There I met the director, said my hellos, and followed her into her office. Everything was so cool, I was in shock, and barely spoke as she told me all the job would entail. After we discussed the job a bit, she went to get the Account Director I would be working for. He was very nice and again we discussed the job. He also asked about my resume, which I was very happy to talk about, given all the practice I had had in recent weeks.

A day later I was offered the job and almost cried.

I started July 15th and have yet to look back.

My job is pretty cool; I like who I work with and I enjoy what I do. Obviously, sometimes its a giant pain in the butt and I stress over silly ridiculous things.

But like I said, being an adult has its perks, and they make all the stress worth it.

Today was the first day my direct deposit worked. That means no more physical checks, which makes money come in wayyy faster.

I also went to lunch with my account director, account planner and people from an agency we work with. I am so insanely full I can barely move. But it was free and delicious and I was out of the office from 12 until 3:30.

I enjoy life. If someone would have told me 6 months ago that I would be this happy after graduating college I would never have believed them. But here I am, giant smile and full belly to prove it.

Here’s to the weekend!

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