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Nothing Matters When You’re Dancing

I’m out of New York and back in East Lansing. It’s good to be back, the 2 weeks I spent at home were rough, but I miss New York so much.

Being back in Michigan for the past 2.5 weeks has made this whole summer seem like some faint memory. I have all these great memories of New York and of my internship and everything, but it just kind of seems like I was never there, like I wasn’t living on my own in New York for three months. It seems like a dream or something.

I have a poster of a Manhattan map right above my desk, reminding me to work hard so I can go back. I can see L.E.S. and kind of pin-point where I lived, and I can definitely pin-point where I worked, and some of my favorite places. Iiiiiiiii miss it. I miss just being able to say I lived in New York, and worked in New York, and walked around New York, and all that jazz.

Anyway. My room is a huge mess. All I have set up is my desk (not organized, just put together), closet, and book shelf– except I haven’t organized my books yet. I have a bunch of shit on my floor and a lot of other posters to put up and my stuff to organize and what not…but the room feels pretty alright. Once I put more effort into organizing it I think it will be good.

I can’t believe this is my senior year. I’m about 50% excited and 50% freaking out. That percentage changes daily, though. Sometimes it’s more of a 60/40 thing, and sometimes it’s like a 10/90 thing. I have a feeling as graduation moves closer (THE FUCK, SCHOOL HASN’T EVEN STARTED YET) I’m going to be freaking out way more, especially if I haven’t found a job yet. I just want to road trip to California and hang out with famous people.

Aw sheeeeeeeeeeeesh, ya’ll.


Fairy Tale of New York

I can’t believe I have already been in New York a month. Time is seriously flying by, it seems like each week goes by faster than the last, and the weekends just zip on by also. This week/weekend has been exciting and tiring. Instead of having Friday off of work, I had Thursday off, and took that day to explore everything I wanted to see in Central Park. I ended up wandering around, constantly being lost, for about 3.5 hours. But! On the bright side, I did see everything on my list I wanted to see. I saw the carousal that Holden talks about in Catcher in the Rye, I saw the boathouse, multiple bridges, Strawberry Fields, the Imagine sign and where John Lennon lived/was also shot (sad face), the Belvedere Castle, the Jackie O. Reservoir, the Alice in Wonderland statue, the zoo! It took a long time but it was fun, I’m glad I got to see everything I wanted to see so now when I go back to Central Park I can just pick a spot to sit and read.

After wandering around the park all day, I came home for a little bit, then met up with some friends for dinner in the village and then we went to Park Slope for a Frontier Ruckus concert. The concert was at Southpaw, which is a pretty small bar/venue area, and it was mostly full of Michiganders because the band is from Michigan, and they went to MSU (wut up!) All of their lyrics are riddled with different Michigan references, its awesome. It was a really great show and a very fun night, except it ended much later than expected and I didn’t end up getting home until 2am and I had to wake up at 7:30 on Friday to go to work. Sooo, I was really tired at work, but it was well worth it.

Friday I worked until 6 and after went to Grand Central Station to try to catch a free Band of Horses concert, but of course by the time I got there it was full, so I hung around outside for a while trying to listen, but I couldn’t hear too well so I left. Huge bummer, I would have loved to see them. Then I met up with my friend and we walked around the East Village, hung out on the roof of her apartment, and went and got Peruvian food– it was verrrrry yummy.

Then Saturday came! I woke up at like 8:30 because I wanted to go buy $10 Beirut tickets, and they were only available at the box office, but of course when I got there at 9 no one was there, so I ended up heading out to Williamsburg and walking around there and sitting by the water for a while before getting back in the line for tickets and sitting outside in the scorching heat for 2 hours waiting for the box office to open. However, it was all worth it because my friends and I got $10 Beirut tickets for July 5 and I am super excited! After getting tickets we went to The Lodge for lunch and got really delicious sandwiches, and it was a really cool restaurant, it was all wooden and they used jars for glasses and I really dug it.

After lunch I met up with more friends and walked around Mid-town a little, picked up tickets to see Zach Braff in an off-broadway production of “Trust,” and I ended up buying 2 pairs of sunglasses for 10 bucks. I’m very happy about that because my sunglasses that I brought with me broke within my first couple weeks here :(. Walked around for a few hours and just enjoyed the weather. I also went to the New York Public Library and it was absolutely beautiful…and REALLLLLLY quiet. Like, creepy quiet. But they had some really nice architecture and rooms and stuff, so that was cool.

Today I went on an NYC Candy Tour and it was delicious! We went to like 6 or 7 different candy stops around the city and ended in Brooklyn. Each place was awesome and had something really cool to offer. It took about 3 hours and it was a lot of fun. Afterwords I went to Madame Tussauds, which is the wax museum, and it was a lot of fun. Besides kicking it with a bunch of wax celebrities, there was this really cool Spongebob Squarepants 4D film– which was 3D but it also enlightened other senses. The chairs shook, we got spritzed with water, there were bubbles, things brushed our feet– it was really cool. And startling. But mostly awesome.

Anyway. I can’t believe I only have another 7 weeks here. It seems like a lot, but I have a feeling time will keep moving faster. I’m having trouble wrapping my head around the fact that I’ll be home in less than 2 months and then I’ll be moving back to EL and starting my senior year of college. Oooh well.

ANYWAY. As always, I still really miss errybody. Hope everyone is enjoying their summer! Love and stuff!

Lightning Strikes Twice In New York

Sorry I’ve been so boring to anyone who reads this. I’ve been spending a lot of my time just wandering around the city, and getting lost in Central Park. So far, of the week I’ve been here, getting lost in Central Park is my favorite thing to do (in the daytime, of course). It’s just so huge! My first day walking around inside I ended up walking in a 20 minute circle, completely unknowingly. My second day there, I walked in on 57th street and out on 64th street. There is just so much to see and walk through. There are piles of rock that people just climb and lay out on and read, and on a second adventure I found a waterfall there. I really want to find the zoo, and the museum of natural history (DINOSAURS!), and the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir (for you, Samantha).

Another place I have been spending my free time is Bryant Park. It’s just a nice outdoors area where people just sit and read, with a cute little cafe. It’s no where near as big as central park, mostly because it’s just a square of land, but there are chairs and table and a nice fountain!

Everything here is just like a giant adventure. Every time I leave my dorm its just to go explore more areas. I’ve walked around the Lower East Side a little, and I still have to walk around Greenwich Village and SoHo and some other areas, and I haven’t made it out to Brooklyn yet but I’ll get there soon. Even when there is nothing to do, it is just exciting to be walking around because everything here is just so different from being in Detroit. And the people watching! No matter where I am– the subway, a park, just walking around– there are just so many different people here. I love it. I get so distracted when I’m outside reading a book and I just stare at people (not in the creepy way, it just kind of happens).

Anyway. Yeah. The weather this past weekend has been kind of cloudy and overcast, but now it’s really nice, so I’m going to be spending a lot more free time outside reading 🙂

Hope everyone’s summer is going fantastically.

Island on the Coast

The past few days have been pretty similar to my first few days in the city. I started my internship a few days ago, which has been exciting. I haven’t really gotten into the swing of things yet, but one of my supervisors is out of town, so I think next week will give me a better ideal of what I’ll be doing this summer.

Monday after work, Brett and I had dinner at The Mermaid Oyster Bar. Neither of us had ever had an oyster before, so we got some. It was definitely interesting. And slimy. And it wasn’t bad, but I can’t say I’ll be the first to order them again. The other food we got was very good though. It was a very nice restaurant. Brett left yesterday evening, so I’m like on my own fo real now.

I didn’t have to go into work today so I took some time to walk around the Lower East Side some more. I found some neat little stores and restaurants, and then went to Whole Foods to pick up some groceries. The Whole Feeds has an entire room dedicated to beer– but the dorm I am staying in is alcohol-free, so I couldn’t get any.

Speaking of my dorm, my roommate still hasn’t shown up. I have no idea where she is, she was supposed to move in before me. She hasn’t answered any of my messages either. It’s not that big of a deal, I guess, I would just like to know if anyone is going to move in.

That’s pretty much all thats happened the past few days. Tomorrow the weather is supposed to be really nice so I think I’m going to go walk through Central Park. When it’s rainy in NY its pretty dreary, but when it’s sunny it’s really nice to be outside. But also really hot and humid. It should be nice the rest of this week and the weekend though, so I’m going to try and walk around outside a lot and learn more about the city.

These Shoes Were Made For Walking…

I need shoes that were made for walking. Two days in the city and we haven’t stopped moving. It’s exciting, fun, amazing, and also incredibly tiring. My feet are incredibly sore.

Anyway. Brett and I got to the airport and were about to board the plane, when who do we see? Our high school Spanish teacher. We stayed, talked, and ended up sitting right behind him and his wife on the way to New York. Weird. The flight was fine, dozed off a little, and landed in New York around 10:20. We took a cab to my dorm, and started unpacking. It sucks being in a dorm after living in an apartment. Having no space to myself, a tiny (and i mean TINY) closet, a lofted bed, and a very small bathroom are not things I am looking forward to. But I have a really nice view. My room is a corner room so I have more windows, and one window looks right out onto the Williamsburg Bridge.

I unpacked all of my clothes and other belongings, and Brett and I took the subway to midtown/ Columbus Circle, which is where I’ll be working. After, we met up with our friend Laura and walked around Union Square / East Village, and went to this really quaint little Mexican restaurant called Mary Ann’s. They had homemade chips and salsa (absolutely some of the best salsa I have ever had) and a really good brunch deal- $12 for one entree, soup/salad, and a margarita. It was delicious. And it’s pretty close to my dorm.

After eating, we had to walk it off. So we walked more around that area, and went back and walked around Union Square, and just hung out for a little while. Then, later that night, Brett and I went over to his friends Matt’s apartment and hung out there with a few friends. We went on the roof and had a really beautiful view of the city.

Today, we walked more around the Columbus Circle area and walked near Central Park. We also went and saw Times Square (I saw a huge LOST series finale ad at the ABC building) and then we walked around Rockefeller center and I saw the statue that they show in the intro to 30 rock. After Rockefeller, we went and ate lunch and then went to the Museum of Modern Art.

MoMA had some very interesting things. The main exhibition was called “The Artist is Present” by Marina Abramovic. Basically, in an atrium, there was a big square outlined on the floor. Inside the square were 2 chairs, she sat in one, and the other was empty. Any guest could walk in and sit in the other chair and start at Abramovic silently, for as long as they wanted. Brett and I were at the museum for about 2.5 hours and only like 3 or 4 people sat in the chair, because they decided to sit and stare silently for a very long time. All of her artwork was pretty interesting, it was mostly about her in her art and things like that, and there was a lot of nudity. There was one piece where a naked man was lying down with a skeleton on top of him, and it wasn’t like a picture or a painting, there was a real naked dude with a skeleton on top of him right in front of your face. There was also a piece where two naked women stood facing each other, and people could walk through them.

There was also a whole room with paintings and things by Picasso, and those were amazing. They showed different stages of certain pieces, and a lot of his art work was based off of his feelings about the many (MANY) different women he was sleeping with.

There was a floor about architecture and design which had some pretty cool things. One of which was just @ on the wall. Modern art, right? There was also a big screen that you could touch, and on the screen it had different balloons and you would poke the balloon with your finger and it would pop, and what would come out would be a little quote or a little blurb. These little blurbs were different things from different dating sites, it was really interesting and kind of weird and also kind of creepy. A Stars song was playing, so I really liked it.

After the MoMA we just walked around the Lower East Side for a while, looking at different things around my dorm- restaurants, shops, bars, parks, etc. I live pretty close to China Town and Little Italy, so we walked through there and got some gelato.

And now, after two long days, I am exhausted. And I could really use a foot massage. Tomorrow I think I’ll probably go get new/better walking shoes (Converse are not cutting it) and then I’m going to meet with my internship adviser, and then who knows. Tomorrow for dinner Brett and I are going to The Mermaid Inn, which just won best new seafood restaurant in NYC, and it is also Zach Braff’s restaurant. Wooooo.

When I Lived Alone, Is There A Ghost In This House?

Within the next 2.5 weeks, I will have finished my junior year of college, I will have gone to California for to hang out with my family, and I will have moved to New York. EVERYTHING IS HAPPENING SO QUICKLY and I am FREAKING OUT.

I am INCREDIBLY excited for this summer. I am going to be living in New York (where I’ve always wanted to go), and working for a real entertainment company. I’ll be starting the life I’ve always imagined I’d have.

This will be my first summer where I haven’t been surrounded by my best friends. It’s frightening, but I know all of my friends will be doing exciting things.

I stared at this blank page for a while before deciding what to write on. The only reason I decided to write a new post was because of Jess’s comment on my last post (and she’s my wife, so I gotta listen to her!), but summer is quickly approaching, and while it’s not the only thing on my mind at the time, it’s taking up a good majority of my thoughts.

Walking Downtown

I am always really excited to be on break and go home. And then I get home, and I completely forget what I was excited about and cannot wait to get back to school.