Wednesday, August 29, 2007

On the Job

Sunday's adventure: Before L went back to Princeton for training, we decided that we were tired of paying $9.99/lb for turkey and $3 for a can of soup. We took the PATH train into Jersey to find a real grocery store...you know the kind with carts and parking lots--yeah, one of those. We bought a decent amount of grub and carried all of it back in backpacks. We looked pretty cool, needless to say.

Monday: my first day of work!! And there were good and bad parts. Bad: lots of information, a little overwhelming, and fear of the unknown. Good: Reading children's books all day, free cupcakes and coffee, and having a j.o.b.! Work started at 9:30, and left the apartment at 8:30 to make sure I had enough time. Well, I showed up around 8:55, so rather than sitting on the sidewalk and having the creepy, ever-present construction workers check me out, I went to starbucks instead. The day ended a little later than it usually will b/c I got trained on the registers, so I busted out of there around 8:00, and got home around 8:35. It always takes longer to get home--not as many subways run at night. A quick bite to eat, a few phone calls to L and mom, and I called it a night.

Tuesday: another hard day at work! Today went a lot better. I got to help customers and work at the register, which was fun! I even was able to make some recommendations for a woman who a) had a son who was just beginning to read and b) liked reading about goblins, witches and monsters as opposed to ...."Dick and Jane learn to read" -- hey can you blame him? Got out a little earlier tonight which was nice, but the subway I needed took forever to show up.

Tomorrow: my first day off!! Yea! Even after being at work for only two days, I can already appreciate a day off. A little running, a little shoe shopping (flats will be imperative if I will be running up and down stairs lugging books....that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it). Then it's back to work for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. boo hiss.

Until next time ...

Friday, August 24, 2007

Fun Times

Thursday: I learned that there are very few things to do in this city that are free (I pretty much assumed it, but after searching, I realized it was true). I figured I could go to a museum, but they still have a recommended admission, and I would feel bad not paying it. Thus, I found one free thing to do, and that would be going to Sephora and trying on beautiful makeup that I cannot afford: Dior Airbrush Foundation (think foundation in the form of spray paint!), bare minerals powder, coco chanel eau de parfum, etc etc. Although I did splurge last week on Dior's Diorshow mascara. I think it might beat out Lancome in the long run...

Then we went to a cool bar called 230 Fifth at night. The rooftop bar had a sweeping view of the skyline, not to mention a priceless location next to the Empire State Building -- well, I'm sure it comes at a price, which is why the drinks were $12 apiece. But for one drink, I figured it was worth it to see that view. I'll never forget it. Then off to Luna Park for a few more drinks and home sweet home.

FRIDAY!: As of 1:00pm, I'm officially employed! Hooray! I'm so excited to work for the bookstore, and I really think it will be a phenomenal opportunity - not only now but also in the long run. I start on Monday, so I'll actually have something to do this week when L is back in New Jersey. I'm still a little uneasy about the salary, but I'm sure we'll make it work. And it's a job that I really think I'm going to love, and you can't put a price tag on that.

It should be a good weekend!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Laundry day

Who knew that laundry could be such an ordeal? Fortunately, my building has laundry on every other floor, but of course, I live on an odd floor and the facilities are on the even floors, which means I get the distinct privilege of hauling three loads of laundry up and down stairs ( I resorted to the elevator eventually). First, I took it all to the laundry room, only to find out I need a card. I went all the way down to the doorman to ask how I get one, and then he said I could buy one of the eighth floor. So I took money up there to buy one....I only had a $20...and the machine only took $10 bills for purchasing a card. So then I went back down to the lobby to get change, but then had to go to the Marriott next door. (Knowing my luck, if I had put a $20 in the machine, it would have only registered it as a $10.) After about 30 trips back and forth to accomodate for three loads with two machines, it was done. And of course, it dawned on me afterwards that I could have brought one load to the sixth floor instead...oh well, I'll remember for next time. $14 later, our clothes are clean. ($4 for the card, $2 for each cycle -3 in washer, 2 in dryer). Thankfully, L appreciated my efforts. Additionally, I used my new steamer to take the wrinkles out of a few things, and it was wonderful!! Why do people use irons??? I found it to be much more handy and user-friendly, but that's just my 2 cents.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

An Action-Packed Weekend

It's certainly been a very busy weekend. L came home on Friday and we had a lovely dinner at an Argentinian restaurant in Soho. Then a little drinky at Joe's place before going out to Joshua Tree. Later on, we went to Stereo, a club in Chelsea...and we got in, w/o having to wait for forever in line. Well...we almost got in. We decided a $20 cover was a little ridiculous and called it a night.

Saturday: off to the Flatiron district...except as we were leaving, we heard sirens and sirens galore. As it turned out, a fire was starting to burn out of control at the building next to ours. We snapped a couple pictures, and to be honest, it was a little scary. Thankfully our building wasn't damaged, although they did prevent us from entering right away upon our return home. A huge area had been taped off, and I've never seen more emergency vehicles (60+) and firefighters (200+) in my life.

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So off to the Flatiron district, to scope out the Children's Bookstore that I interviewed at today. Subwayed it up to Bryant Park; window shopping on Fifth Ave.; and an evening stroll through Central Park. Pizza slices in the West Village. Back home and off to Huss's for a little beer pong/ flip cup action. Then off to Stanton Public bar which proved to be a good time, although they (along with other bars in this city) did not have lemonade so no vodka lemonades for me. I settled for a vodka cranberry... And cabbed it back home. Phewwww!

Sunday: I had my interview today at Books of Wonder, a lovely Children's Book store in Chelsea. As it turns out, this charming little place was the model for The Shop Around The Corner in You've Got Mail! The owner, with whom I interviewed today, is close friends with Nora Ephron (director and writer for the movie!) I was so excited to even find this little tid bit of knowledge out. Time will tell on the jobs, but I thought the interview went well. Fingers crossed!

Friday, August 17, 2007

What a strange week...

So this week has consisted of a few things (and a few things only): job applications, turkey sandwiches, and running (oh, and sleeping in). I went grocery shopping on Monday and had a cold hard dose of reality: $4.49 for a half gallon milk. Now to this lovely city's credit, I believe this milk was more expensive than the off-brand but Gristede's had run out, so I bought the more expensive kind. My turkey was $5 for a half pound, but I justfied that it would make me many a sandwich (as opposed to affording me just one at Subway).

So this week has been a lot of the same, but surprisingly very good. I have had a job since I was 15 so this feels really weird. And it's also a little unnerving since everything costs so much here! But I knew that coming into it, so what are you gonna do?

So far I've applied to quite a few places....
Random House (on the top of my list, for sure)
HarperCollins (lots and lots of kids books)
Simon & Schuster (also a lot of kids books)
Penguin Group USA
Scholastic
Books of Wonder (a bookstore which resembles The Shop Around The Corner in You've Got Mail)
Theory (high end clothing store....corporate positions)

It doesn't look like a lot but considering that I've applied to about five positions at each of the publishing houses--and each application takes forever to prepare and tweak--it's been quite time consuming. I'm trying to be patient, but it's challenging.

Blah blah blah... I'm excited for the weekend though. It's been a quiet week, so I'm looking forward to socializing and seeing L, who is arriving home tomorrow! I think he's probably looking forward to getting back in the city, aftering spending the week in a hotel complex in Princeton, NJ. I know I would be.

Well Truman Capote awaits. I'm finishing Breakfast at Tiffany's tonight. Can't decide which I like better...book or movie. I'm leaning toward book, but Audrey Hepburn is so charming....

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

The First Day on My Own

Monday, August 13: a whole day on my own....a pretty average one at that. Woke up at 10:30, applied for a job with Simon & Schuster, worked out, went grocery shopping, sat on the Esplanade on the Hudson River and read Capote's short story, "Breakfast at Tiffany's," watched the passer-bys, gazed at the boats on the river, etc etc! It was wonderful! Overall, a low-key day. 

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Settling in...

My first weekend as a NY resident is coming to a close, and so far so good. It doesn't take long to become acquainted with the city and all of its twists and turns.

Friday night: Little Italy for dinner (Paesano's $13.95 dinner special was amazing - Rigatoni with vodka sauce, fettuccine alfredo, and tortellini with bolognese sauce.) Started out the night in Lower East Side/Chinatown, ended up at the Back Fence in the Village which guarantees a good time. It's funny that it felt more like old times in Madison, since I was with all of my good friends from college. Bar time at 4am made for a good night.
Saturday night: Times Square and the Theater District. The bar we went to, The House of Brews, happened to have a bartender from Milwaukee so they were playing the Brewers game and had the Packers pre-season game on their computer behind the bar. I think the weekend wore us out though, because we called it an early night and fell asleep well before 1:00am.

This morning, L and I went for a run, and as we were running along the Hudson, we turned a corner and realized that the Statue of Liberty was right in front of us! -- just your average Sunday morning run, I guess.

What's on par for this week? A little job-hunting, a little exploring, a lotta new city...

Friday, August 10, 2007

I'm here!

We're finally moved in, and almost everything is put away! It's very exciting to be here, but unfortunately, it's raining today. The apartment itself is wonderful, and the view is great. Ground zero is just below us, but because of the huge opening, we get a sweet view of all the other buildings in the financial district. It looks awesome at night.

I just met L for lunch and it sucked to use an umbrella on these streets! Yikes, I almost poked a few eyes out. I'm debating whether I should venture out again. I wanted to go to Ann Taylor and Borders, and the rain seems to be subsiding so we'll see.

I think we're going to have a belated birthday celebration tonight if the rain stops. Should be a good time - definitely not a shortage of bars around here.

Friday, August 3, 2007

Savoring the last days

I've packed almost everything by now. My room is so bare and the only things left out are for my brother's wedding, two days from now - my green dress, their wedding gift, and a few odds and ends, maybe a couple cardboard boxes. It's strange to see it like this, but really, it looks pretty similar to how it looked when I packed up to go back to Madison every fall. There is just sooo much stuff! I can't believe it piles up so quickly! I just hope our moving truck is big enough. The furniture arrived today, and it provided a good visual of how much space it will take up in the truck. But it's lovely, so I can't complain.
I'm really getting excited for the wedding. Tomorrow is the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner, and that should be a really good time with both families together. And Saturday will be wonderful. I'm looking forward to seeing it all come together. Let's just hope the rain holds out!