Wednesday, August 30, 2006

"Stop"

Ok... So I've been pretty bad about keeping the blog updated lately, but I will say that I've tried to blog twice in the last couple days and both times blogger has been down. If that isn't frustrating.. well then.. I'm just not sure what is.

Work BLOGGER.. WORK!

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

"You Can't Stop the Beat"

Benji Won! Benji Won! Benji Won!

I guess I'm gonna have to go check him out at Celine!

"Take Me Out to the Ballgame"

Dave and Steve came and visited last week. It was pretty fun to have some familiar faces around, and we had fun doing some typical touristy things around the big apple. I'm not really in the mood to write a lot so... Here are some photos and a video of the visit...

ESPN Sports Zone


Times Square


Yankees Game



"SAFETY Dance"

With our summer obsession of So You Think You Can Dance quickly coming to an end, we had to find some way to fulfill our need to watch fun/cheesey dancing. Michele and I did this by going to see the movie Step Up. The movie was exactly what I thought it would be. A sexy man, a beautiful girl, crappy acting, but fun dancing. We enjoyed it. I would say if you're into cheesey chick flicks you'll enjoy it, if not you'll hate it.

Anyways, the classic part of this story is not the movie, but the whole NYC-Theatre experience we encountered.

First of all, I was sitting next to this larger African American woman who was probably around 35. She was pretty sassy, ya know, with a huge ghetto booty, and a definite attitude. The movie started and the main actor, who is very attractive, comes on screen and I hear this, "Uh huh," coming from Ms. Ghetto Booty herself. Repeatedly throughout the movie I hear numerous grunts and noises coming from this woman, and then she started rapping along the one of the songs. Michele and I, being so mature, immediately started giggling and didn't stop the entire movie.

In the meantime, the woman sitting next to Michele was most likely homeless and had a unique smell about her. The smell was handleable, until she whipped out her dinner. We're not quite sure what it was, but it was some kind of soupy sickness that smelled so awful it was making both of us, and all of the surrounding people, dry-heave. We spent the rest of the movie holding popcorn napkins up to our noises to block the smell.

All-in-all it was a pretty good time. Between the smells, the grunts, and the giddiness around the movie it was quite the urban movie going experience.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

"Say You Miss Me"


I've been a little home sick the past couple days--It's nothing big; I've just been missing home.

Whenever I get like this, I tend to stay up late surfing the internet and listening to music. There's nothing that a good song can't fix, right?

Tonight, to boost my mood, I've been listening to Sigur Ros and Wilco. I started to surf the internet, and I found this pretty cool picture of Wilco. Enjoy!

Friday, August 11, 2006

"Barbie Girl"


Nat did a little brightening up to this pic, and I liked it--so I stole it from her.

I don't think I've ever had this much makeup on in my entire life, and I'm not sure if I ever will again, but it was fun for one night.

Love you Nat!

"Fix You"

Last night Michele, Dave, Steve, and I saw World Trade Center. It was a very touching movie. In fact, I don't think I've ever cried that much in a movie before. Michele and I were in tears the whole movie.

It was especially strange to see the movie NYC. We stepped out of the theatre and realized that all of that happened right here. It brought 9/11 home to me. I can still remember what I was doing that day, but being NYC has made that day a little more personal.

I highly recommend that movie. It represents a day that we will never forget.

Monday, August 07, 2006

"The Long Goodbye"

The blog has been looking a little boring lately without any pics, and I got my camera today. So here it is... The documentation of my last few days in Utah...



The day we left with the "Good Luck Cake"















The last pic of "The Roommates" minus Nat















Mich, Heid, Hebe at Buca
















The Friends at Buca




















Krista, Nici, Me at Buca















Dave and Nici at Rocky Mountain Review





















Peter and Dad at Rocky Mountain Review











Nici and Me at Rocky Mountain Review















Oh Utah, you seem like such a long time ago!

Sunday, August 06, 2006

"New York, New York"

It's true, I've been in New York for two weeks, and this is my first post. WOW--that's a pretty long time without a post, but what can I do? Without the internet, blogging is kind of difficult.

I guess this post is going to be a snap shot of my new life in New York and everything that has happened in the last two weeks. (I would include pics, but I left my camera at home, and my package from home has yet to arrive.)

Okay, so here it is the top ten list of my first two weeks in the big apple...

1. This is kind of funny, but it may be one of those things that is only funny if you were there. On our flight out here Michele was boarding and rammed a woman with her bag, accidentally of course, but the woman started to bleed and made a huge deal out of it. Anyways, the woman came and found Michele and told her she needed to be more careful with her bags. I, of course, turned my head and started giggling. I'm such a mature grad student!

2. Taking a taxi is something I won't do very much here in the city, but it was required to get from the airport into the city. Well, supposedly there is a flat rate from JFK to ANYWHERE in Manhattan--$45. We, of course, weren't aware of this and got totally ripped off, and payed a whopping 90 bones to get from JFK to our destination in Manhattan. What can I say? I'm an ignorant Utahn.

3. Michele and I were walking down the street, and a woman started waving and smiling at us like she knew us. As we approached, she asked if we had..."time for lesbian issues." We simply smiled and replied, "Nope."

We were laughing about that, but later in the week I asked Michele if she wondered if people in our program thought we were gay. Michele started to laugh and said she actually had wondered that. Here are some reasons we may appear gay to individuals who don't know us...

--We live together and have for the past 1 1/2 years.

--We moved to DC together, back to Utah, and now to NYC.

--We live alone, and everyone we know has at least two other roommates.

--We're ALWAYS together.

--We respond to every question as "we" instead of "I".

There you have it, the reasons I appear to be gay. We joke that everyone thinks we're the gay Mormon girls who are escaping Utah by coming to New York to live out our alternative lifestyle.

4. Our kitchen has to be the smallest one I've seen. It basically sucks, but having a bathtub makes up for what we lack in a kitchen.

5. La Cookaracha, La Cookaracha...Yep, we live with them and the rats too! I think I'd take the spiders in Utah any day over the rodents and bugs here.

6. H&M H&M H&M (The budget is going to be hard to stick to.)

7. We've been to two rooftop parties in Manhattan, and I can't really complain about that setting.

8. Buying air conditioners was the best decision we've made since the move, but I think hauling them on the subway instead of paying for a taxi was the worst decision. (But I guess the ten dollars I saved by not taking a taxi can now be spent at H&M, right?)

9. IKEA, Costco, and K-Mart are all pretty interesting to go to when you have to carry everything you buy on the subway. I've received quite a few interesting looks when I've been loaded up with my loot from these stores.

10. John visiting was pretty exciting. I've only been gone for two weeks, but it actually seems quite a bit longer than that, and it was so nice to see my big brother. Not only did John pay for dinner, but he installed our air conditioners, internet, mirrors, and a clock. Thanks John you're amazing.

Well, there you have it. The exciting new life in the big apple in which I live.