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Lawrence, thus far

6 Jan

I can not accurately portray in words how much I have fallen in love with the atmosphere that surrounds this town! Maybe it’s just that I’m a newbie, but this is by far the most awesome place I have ever lived.. granted, I am landlocked… (no ocean :/). Regardless, I have had a blast in these first 4 days. Rachel, my amazing little sister, just left yesterday. She’s on class break from U of A and took time out of her vacation to help me move in.. isn’t that nice?! We got so much accomplished. My room is (almost) completely organized, with the exception of a much needed bookshelf for my library, and the kitchen is completely stocked with everything from an espresso machine to a KitchenAid mixer! It’s red, and I love it :) I couldn’t have done all of it without her.

On Tuesday, I made my first new friend! Rachel, her and I all made tuna-avacado sushi and drank sake.. it was SO good! Merisa is her name and she is an amazing photographer. She’s also a student at KU, but, alas, she is graduating this May and plans to move far far away to LA or something. Anyways! For now, I get to enjoy her company!

Back to Rachel – I dropped her off at the airport yesterday SO SAD! Before her departure, we strolled around the Plaza in Kansas City, which I came to find (silly me!) is actually in Missouri?! WHAT?! Who did that?! Hahahah. I felt so dumb, my geography is terrible :P They have great shopping there and Gap was having a killer of a sale. I got 2 very warm coats, 2 cardigans and 2 long sleeved shirts for … guess…. $115!!!! Seriously! It was awesome! Then, Rachel left :( But it’s okay! Because not only does she live a short 4 hours away, but my step-sister arrives sometime this weekend! She’s a TA at KU and is working on her graduate degree. It’d be funny if I got in her class lol. I won’t, Danielle, don’t worry! That’d be weird..

So, last night was officially my first night on the town. I met up with Merisa and a couple of her friends to do $1 bowling, which I haven’t done in about 6 years. I’ve always been terrible at it, but I WON one game! Crazyyyy! It was really fun.. I like her friends. After bowling, we went to pride night at some club/bar place and danced the night away!

This morning, though, I woke up feeling quite lonely. I don’t wanna keep bugging my only friend to hang out with me, so I’m determined to make at least 2 new friends tonight. I wish I knew more people before I got here! Anyway, I spent the day playing guitar, strolling around the campus (1 block from my house), setting up my financial aid and GI Bill stuff, and knitting. Oh, and I started a batch of Kombucha tea!!! I’ll let you guys know how it turns out.. this will save me SO much money. GT’s Kombucha is about $3.50 a pop! I drink one every day, so that’s.. what.. $24.50 a week? I did that math really fast, don’t judge, but correct me if I’m wrong. I hope it works! It has to grow a bacteria culture, which should happen over the next week or two. I also cooked butternut squash and brussels sprouts for dinner tonight for the first time ever. I’d say it was a success!

Well, I’m off to fulfill my goal of the day. 2 new friends tonight. The Bottleneck is having live music tonight, so I’m going and.. I dunno haha. I suppose I’ll just approach people and say hi? Does anyone know how to make friends?! Sheesh! Wish me luck!!

Back for a visit..

29 Aug

Hey guys! Long time, no see, huh?! This week has been utter chaos. With moving in, starting the new job, and trying to apply to colleges/starting online classes, I actually got sick for the first time in YEARS and had to miss a day of work. Bleh, I hate being sick. My poor tonsils haha. Anyways, so, working for greenpeace is really fun, but super difficult. Every day, I’m out on the street trying to get people to stop and talk to me – an impossible task, in itself. After I FINALLY get someone to stop, I move on to basically telling them what’s going on in the environment and convincing them that it’s important. It takes a lot to inspire someone who seriously is not passionate about the environment, nor are they even aware about the urgency of solving the issues that are tied to it. So, after I get that in their head, I then must convince them to give me their credit card and sign them up to donate monthly to Greenpeace so that we can continue to do awesome things and save the world. OMG. People are so mean. Luckily, I’m pretty good at talking to people, so the job has been a success so far. It just gets discouraging sometimes when people are rude or don’t give a shit about the environment. Whateve. I got flowers yesterday from a new friend, that made me smile :D I went to the farmers market in Union Square after dropping 200 bucks at Bed, Bath and Beyond and made a great salad for dinner and created the best desert ever. Whole grain flax sourdough toasted and topped with goat cheese, apple butter, and a drizzle of honey. Yum?! Yeah!!!

Moving in has progressed very slowly. I don’t have a ton of time, so anything I do has to be accomplished on the weekends… but I want to play! Anyway, this is what I’ve done so far.All of the furniture + delivery cost me 450 at a local flea market, and the bed + frame + box spring + delivery was 230. I think I’m a pretty good bargain shopper, no? :P See the shelf that’s on top of the dresser? I’m going to coat it with a waterproof clear paint, set it on the fire escape, and start a garden.. that’s my future project.

Randomness: wearing sandals in the city all day makes your feet disgusting…. so I got new shoes.

I can’t wait till I have internet again in my apt. It will make things so much easier!! I’m taking Intro to Philosophy and General Psychology right now online… it’s pretty cool, but I don’t like having to go to a cafe every time I need to do work. I’d like the option to stay at home, if I want, even though the cafe is better. Oh well!

As Promised…

13 Aug

The picture post!

But, before the fun begins, I need to tell you something. This blog is for you… not for me. I want to share my experience of moving here with you for your benefit, in case you ever want to do something like this, or just want to be entertained. Tell me what you like about what I’m posting, as well as what you would rather see less of. Feedback will help me make this blog more focused on your needs, instead of mine :)

PICTURES!!!

First mission of the day – meet new potential roommate and show her the apartment! She was super cool and I hope she decides to move in!

Ginger Tonic at Whole Foods before turning in employment papers at Blockheads and picking up my sweet shirt :P

PINKBERRY!!!

Lost my 30 day MetroCard… shucks. Still need to take care of that..

HIGHLIGHT of my day. It totally fits me, huh?!

Grocery shopping with Leon – ONLY the coolest guy ever… when he’s not tipping the cart and toppling over it onto the ground! :P

I should mention here that this grocery store is amazing. Fairway. Biggest cheese selection I’ve ever seen. I even took pictures of it just for you.

And there was more… but I got reprimanded for taking pictures in the store… crazy New Yorkers. They have that rule in almost EVERY STORE. So weird.

I ate a whole bag of marshmallows on the way home….
Then made some delicious vegan pizza with soy mozzarella cheese and paired it with a shiraz. Yummyyyyy :)

Haircut tomorrow!

oh so-oh tired

9 Aug

I printed out nine resumes this morning – 3 targeted for a barista job and 6 server/host ones. I handed them all out to places up and down the L line just below 14th st. I am exhausted. In the middle of handing out resumes and filling out applications, I came across an acupuncture clinic and decided to go in and check out the chinese medicine stuff. After I heard the doctor and his assistant speaking chinese, I decided to chime in and practice my speaking… which was kind of hard at first cause the last time I really conversed in chinese was last November! Anyway, he ended up consulting with me and convincing me to get acupuncture for my joints, allergies, and other various things that are a little off these days. It wasn’t painful at ALL and he also threw in some extra herbs for me to take for a month. I’m going back 2 more times for acupuncture within the next two weeks! I can’t wait to see if it works.. last time I did something like this was when I was 12 and I did acupressure… it worked last time! Hopefully I won’t have spent my 60 dollars in vain! I think he gave me a discount cause I talked his talk :P

Missed Yoga :/

18 Jul

Today wasn’t super eventful.. I was going to go to yoga, but I underestimated the time it would take to get from Morningside Heights to East Harlem. That, and the bus driver kept freaking stopping and talking to random people on the street lol. It didn’t irritate me… I actually thought it was really funny and cute :D He was so friendly! I ended up finding the yoga studio, just to make sure I know where it is, and then walked back home, talking to my mom on the phone for like 45 minutes. She’s good to talk to when you just need someone to listen and care about what you have to say. On the way home, I ran into Kristin on the street, headed to Starbucks! Ironic, right?! We ended up not going back home and I just spent the day in my yoga clothes lol, shopped at Forever 21, got some kick ass vegan Mexican food and margaritas and went back home.

The roommates I’m staying with are so awesome. Karin and Leon are both from Isreal and are the most adorable couple ever! Karin is a stylist who just graduated from FIT and Leon is a real estate agent in Brooklyn (lucky for me!). They are extremely kind and also really funny. Tomorrow night, we have plans to all go bowling together. Should be a blast! Btw, Kristin and I sleep in a library. Its rad :P

First Week – Done!

17 Jul

Contrary to the plan I had in mind before leaving for NY last Saturday, this entire week has been spent playing and exploring instead of finding a job and apartment hunting! Oops! I’m only here temporarily until August 8.. then it’s back to TX to get my stuff and the permanent move is set for Sept 1st. This month, I came with my friend Kristin Ondocsin – aka Skinny Intern – author of the fashion blog skinnyintern.blogspot.com. She was deathly ill for the first 3 days, so we just kinda chilled and walked around shopping and whatnot. Chinatown was really fun, I’ve been twice before, but it’s still always exciting when you get to go into secret rooms, pick out designer handbags (fake or real, I’m not sure..) and bargain with the dealer! Usually you can get a nice bag for 50-70, depending on how cute you look and what kinda mood he/she is in haha. I’ve never spent more than 60, though… so if you go, try to make them go to that price! We also went to the Marc Jacobs stores and I got a cool shirt, handbag, and ring. There’s 3 total, I think, all located in Greenwich Village, right around Magnolia Bakery. YUM. It is the best bakery in the entire world! Their cupcakes are SO DELICIOUS! We didn’t take any pictures of them, but we will definitely be visiting often and get some shots :D

And, no, we haven’t spent ALL our time shopping.. nightlife is really awesome here, too! Kristin introduced me to some of her model friends the other night. 4 of them were from this country that I seriously do not remember the name of in Europe, 1 was from Iceland, and every one of them is absolutely gorgeous, tall, and blonde… okay that’s not true. One brunette. My bad :P Anyways, so we all meet up at this Italian restaurant/bar and get 4 really huge drinks for the 7 of us to share. I guess I should mention here that you really don’t get carded much here in the city. I’ve already bought wine or beer twice without a problem at a convenience store haha! Ok, so after drinks, one of the girls gets on the phone with this club promoter she knows, and immediately this really nice, all black, massive SUV rolls up for us! We made our way to this lounge that had actual trees AND wooden swings inside! Crazy, right?? We were seated at this round booth right next to the owner of the Cubs baseball team (who was really funny!) and were served an ice bucket with a bottle of Patron along with several mixers. After we were done there, we jumped back into the SUV and made our way to a really nice club, where we were seated at another round table right next to the DJ on the side of the dance floor and served shots and really yummy drinks. After dancing, Kristin and I were so exhausted, so we dipped out and went back to our apartment in Morningside. We had the best evening, didn’t spend a single dollar, and bypassed every line to every club! Lesson number one – network and make connections. It makes all the difference!

Yesterday was probably my favorite day of the week. We left the apt around 2 and bought some paint, brushes, and paper at an art store, then took the 1 to 14th and the L to Bedford – which landed us in Williamsburg (which is in Brooklyn). We saw some cute stores and street stands, I bought some sweet green headphones and then we decided to go eat at an organic cafe we ran across maybe 4 days ago in East Village. Its on 1st Ave and 7th St and it’s called the Organic Cafe. Their hummus rocks, bean soup – freaking delicious, tofu masala – pretty good, soy latte – meh. It wasn’t great, but it wasn’t bad either. Steer clear of the cucumber dill soup. I thought it was going to be refreshing in the heat, but it just tasted nasty and it was all pureed together. After we ate, we took a walk to Washington Square Park where we painted ocean scenes… it was very clear that we both miss the beach! Kristin also painted a cute duckling lol. Overall, it was the most relaxing and chill day we’ve had.

My sunset surf scene and Kristin's night beach and duckyy

I must apologize for the obnoxious length of this post. It’s been a really busy week and I didn’t even get to write all of it! I’ll update more often and then you won’t have to read so much at once!