Friday, November 30, 2012

Fill-in-the-Blank Friday!

1. The best way to spread Christmas cheer is   ooof.  I hate Will Ferrell movies.  I'm sorry.  I can't stand his smugness.  I treat everyone the same no matter what.  But I may cop to wearing a bit more glitter in the coming month.

2. The holiday season is   depressing.  It's always stressful and has negative associations for me.  I try to do my best not to bring anyone else down during this time but it's really hard.  I feel like I'm walking on eggshells around my own memories.

3. When it comes to holiday decorating...   minimalist.  I have lights up year 'round, but I may put up some tinsel or something.  It calls to mind the lazy decorating a frat house might do.

4. The thing I look forward to most about the holidays is   the decorations going up around town.  But not always.  Sometimes they make me really sad.  Like I said, walking on eggshells. 

5. My favorite holiday tradition is   I don't really have one.  I liked going home, but that won't be possible this year, so I'll have to make new traditions for myself.

6. This year my Christmas plans include   spoiling my friends and flatmate with presents, mailing off cards, and maybe stealing someone closer to me to spend Christmas with them.  I might just be alone on Christmas though, to reflect, since like I said, I don't want to bring anyone down.

7. My favorite holiday food is   finally, a question that doesn't depress me!  My family sometimes makes tempura on Christmas eve - deep-fried vegetables and soy dipping sauce.  Of course, being depressing again, I won't be home for this.

30DHN: Three Wonderful Things That Happened This Month

I made a new friend!
I got my tattoos done!

And I had a family Thanksgiving!

So Fawned 30 Days Hath November

Thursday, November 29, 2012

30DHN: Something I Could Never Tire Of

My windowsill nook

The crazy bathroom storage that screams "tiny Manhattan apartment"
Gizmo giving me the coy side-eye in the kitchen

Waking up to this view

...And having a home to come home to.

So Fawned 30 Days Hath November

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

30DHN: A Skill I'd Like to Learn

Many people say they wish they had the ability to juggle, metaphorically.

I would really just like to juggle.

I would love to be able to perform on demand that feat of lightness and whimsy.  I may just be a collector of parlor tricks and jokes, but it seems to have served me well in life.  Always ready with a magic trick, a dance move, or a knock-knock joke.  These skills have boosted me to popularity and helped me make new friends quickly.

But seriously, how much cooler would I be if I could juggle?

So Fawned 30 Days Hath November

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Me, Myself, & I Link-up

1.  It's not a holiday unless I watch the Peanuts holiday specials:  Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.  This year I'm a bit behind, but maybe I'll marathon them sometime soon!

2.  I'm thankful for so many things, but mostly for having my own life.  In the past six months I have grown and learned so much that I'm glad I took control of my life and am now living it how I want.  I guess I'm grateful for second chances?  May we all have a million more "second chances."

3.  I'll say it over and over again (until I tattoo it on my forehead):  "Do not take life too seriously -- you will never get out of it alive!"

4.  As one cousin observed at Thanksgiving, "Does it bother you that you look so much like your mother?"  Other than that, I am unlike anyone in my family.  Baa baa, black sheep.

5.  I never order the same thing at Starbucks, but last night I treated myself to a 3-mile stroll and a Salted Caramel Mocha, which I drank gluttonously before I had crossed the street.  Strong recommend.

30DHN: A Silly Self-Portrait

Midnight in Grand Central Station

So Fawned 30 Days Hath November

Monday, November 26, 2012

30DHN: Something I'm Looking Forward To

Don't we all look forward to the end of the day?

I look forward to the end of every day because I never go straight home.

This week, I look forward to seeing a friend, going to dinner, and going on a short mini-vacation "upstate".

Never a dull moment.
Not unless you let there be.

So Fawned 30 Days Hath November

Saturday, November 24, 2012

30DHN: Something That Makes Me Smile

Looking down at my new tattoos.
Watching my reflection in the windows of the subway.
And getting photos from my mom of this little guy:

So Fawned 30 Days Hath November

Friday, November 23, 2012

30DHN: Eight Things You Didn't Know About Me

1.  I constantly have to be having a text conversation with somebody.  I think I'm addicted to human interaction.  It's a little embarrassing.  And maybe unhealthy.  Sometimes I'm okay without it while I'm walking and listening to music, but lately it's gotten worse and worse.

2.  I hate showers.  I love baths.  Especially early in the morning.

3. I'm allergic to all fruits...except bananas, raspberries, blueberries, melons, and citrus.  That means NO strawberries, apples, pears, peaches, pomegranates, nectarines, basically everything else.  I can have pineapple and coconut, though.  So I'm hoping for pina coladas over Thanksgiving!

4.  I might be a little bit addicted to online dating.  I just like meeting new people!  Not that I'm desperately looking for anything, but I have met some great people who have enriched my life and some awful people who have taught me lessons.  I'm an ESFJ, so I just love to be around people ALL THE TIME!

5.  I am an atheist. 

6.  Needles terrify me, but I have four tattoos (and I want more!) and the tattoo needles don't bother me at all!

7. I don't like beer.  Ugh.  Hate it.  I will always try to get away with hard cider (YUM!) or some kind of other drink, but I am a huge lightweight.  I rarely finish drinks that I order because I know my limit and I want to make sure I get home safely.

8.  When I see a cute puppy out the windows at work, I will screech and lunge for the doors to watch it walk down the street.  And BTW, there's no such thing as a not-cute puppy.  So my days are very exciting.

So Fawned 30 Days Hath November

Thursday, November 22, 2012

30DHN: What I Love About My Job

I totally do, you guys.  I totally love my job.  Oh, I have two jobs, and I absolutely love them both.

I love being a "greeter" in an NYC store because I get to chat up perfect strangers.  I get to coo at babies and give candy to toddlers in cute hats.  I make so many new friends a day.  I am the belle of the ball.  Here's what I love the most:  I come up with a silly pun, or goofy joke, while I'm handing out candy.  Today's was "Happy Thanksgiving!  Don't be a turkey, gobble it up!"  Then I strike a "punch line" pose and strangers look me in the eye and give me a laugh.  I am a star, and I just made them a little bit happier than before.

I love being a tour guide because this city is my passion.  I adore it (No, really?  Click the NYC section on the left hand sidebar and see).  I keep discovering more and more about the fascinating place where I live and I get to share that with like-minded individuals.  Maybe I would even spark a love of my city in them.  Here's what I absolutely love:  When I tell my most dramatic story, I stretch out the last...few...words...    then I pick up the lantern, and walk silently away.  My crowd, who have been jovially chatting all this while, are silent behind me.  Or speaking in hushed, reverent whispers.  I have them in the palm of my hand and they have been affected, truly affected.

So Fawned 30 Days Hath November

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

30DHN: Something That Means A Lot To Me

You know what?  I'm just going to come out and say it.

My iPhone means a lot to me.
Yup, you heard me.  I'm not going to apologize.

In a very basic way, my iPhone keeps my life on track.  HopStop app helps me find my way home when adventures get out of hand.  The clock on the front keeps me on schedule.  And I know I'm not the only one here who uses the camera to check her makeup on the subway platform!!!

Speak of the camera.  I love that I can whip out my phone and capture my life in a portable sense.  I love that I can take videos of my dogs when I visit home and photos with my friends.  When I'm sad or waiting or bored on the train, I flip through the photos and remember all the awesome things I get to do and see.  It keeps me grateful and hopeful.

My iPhone has the music that keeps me pumped throughout the day.  Music means a lot to me, too.  Everything from Motley Crue to Andrew Lloyd Webber, at my literal fingertips.  For instance, the other day I was angry and rushed and a lyric from George Harrison popped up on shuffle:  "please remember peace is how we make it..." and I was reminded to be kind and softened up a bit.  And hearing "I Am The Best" on the way to work puts a strut in my step.  And how would I get out the door in the morning if I didn't first "Turn My Swag On"??  I ask you.

Finally, it's so easy for me to reach my friends at any time.  My iPhone brings all manner of people into my life at all times.  Any moment, one of my beautiful wonderful friends could ping my phone and make my day.  On break at work, I can't wait to turn my phone on and laugh and gasp along with my friends and their foibles.

So, I cheated.  What means a lot to me?  Memories.  Music.  People. 
And they're all where they belong.
In my iPhone.

So Fawned 30 Days Hath November

Monday, November 19, 2012

Weekend Update!

How could I possibly resist a link-up named after a segment on SNL?  I couldn't.  So I'm linking up with Sami's Shenanigans to let you know a little about my whirlwind weekend!

This weekend, my flatmate (which sounds better than roommate, I've decided, because A. It's British and B. it won't confuse people into thinking we actually share a bedroom.  Our bedrooms are across the flat.  So there.) and I decided to focus on ourselves.  Being that we are always giving of our time and efforts to others, we declared this weekend to be one of self-indulgence.  My dear flatmate treated herself to the spa and subsequently came down with the flu.  Ouch.  Here's what I was up to:

I tried to sleep in but the kids upstairs were running laps.  So I took a long shower, deep-conditioned my hair, got all dolled up, summoned all my courage and walked into the tattoo parlor I had chosen to get my work done.  I had a long, in depth conversation with their artist, Rachel, and she agreed to work on me on that Saturday!  Nervous and excited, I strolled around my favourite neighborhood, Greenwich Village, popping into a couple of stores to look at pretty things that all my hard work would allow me to afford.

this is a "tiny house" I passed on Christopher Street

That night, my flatmate went to a party, and one of her old friends stopped by to say hi to me and check out the apartment.  He stayed for hours while we listened to each other's iTunes and sang Motley Crue at the top of our lungs.  Take that, kids upstairs.

Chores and errands had to get done, so I did my laundry and bought groceries.  I cooked one of my big pots of pasta salad, cleaned my room, and gave an amazing tour of Greenwich Village in the evening.  Seriously.  It was my best yet.  I was so happy with how it went, my eyes teared up as I collected tips.  I'm so grateful to have such a fulfilling life that brings me so much joy.

That evening, Eels brought by a suitcase full of hats and sweaters I'd left behind at his apartment, say, four months ago?  And I now have a new (old) wardrobe!  Hooray for warm!

Are you ready for this?  I woke up at 7am for my therapy appointment, which brought up a lot and made sense of many things.  It was so intense, that even my therapist said "We covered a LOT of ground."  But I left feeling happy about what we'd discussed and ready to face the upcoming week with a fresh perspective.

I bought my bus ticket to spend Thanksgiving with my family!  It's going to be a long, tiring journey of eight hours on the bus and one transfer at 3am, but I'm excited for the adventure.  And I can't believe I actually get to have a holiday like I was afraid I would miss out on!

My best gay friend Matt was in town, and he let me talk him into brunch.  I was so happy to see him (it's been like nine months!) that I couldn't stop hugging him.  We walked and talked and I ate the "good meal" that Rachel the Tattoo Artist told me to have - a huge plate of Eggplant Rolatini and a salad.  I was so full and happy.  Matt and I went to some old haunts and I bought myself the CD of Evita I wanted with money I found in my pocket that morning - so it was like a free gift!

My tattoo appointment was sweet and painless, but I spent the night sore and grumpy because of the swelling and bruising.  I distracted myself by singing the entirety of Evita along with the CD while it synced to iTunes. 

I had a short shift - I was done by 3pm!  Instead of rushing home, I treated myself to another stroll - down Fifth Avenue to see the shops done up for the holidays. 

My mom's favourite shop during the holidays is Fendi - their icicles look like they're dripping!

I walked three miles, but stopped to treat myself to dinner at Pret A Manger and look into some shops for presents.  I came home to drink some decaf coffee, pick up medicine for my sicky flatmate, and blog while watching Battlestar Galactica.

My weekend was awesome!  How was yours?  Don't tell me -- join the link-up!

30DHN: Myself, One Year Ago

What a glamorous face.

One year ago, I:

lived in Washington Heights
couldn't handle a little heat
wore too many bracelets
had awful bangs
carried a gray purse
was ashamed of how I looked
had a lot more hair (for better or worse)
worked at the toy store
had too much time on my hands
took a little too much for granted
made stupid faces in photographs.

So Fawned 30 Days Hath November

Sunday, November 18, 2012

30DHN: What I Wore Today

To watch Star Wars:

Stars, duh.

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Freshly Inked

It is with great pride that I introduce you to my newest obsessions.

Here they are, just a few minutes old:

Still in the plastic:

And the ever-important morning after:

Saturday, November 17, 2012

30DHN: My Family

Today is a scary morning.  I'm waiting to see if I'm scheduled to work on Black Friday.  If I am, it means I'll be spending Thanksgiving, Christmas, AND New Year's alone.  No family.

The funny thing about my family is that I grew up independent.  I never really saw the importance of family.  I wanted to branch out and be free, go off and explore.  But at my every down turn, my family was there as a safety net to catch me.  They grounded me and supported me and though I disappoint them many, many times, I think we all learn from each other.

Wish me luck, folks. 

And never take your family for granted. 
Especially not at Thanksgiving,

So Fawned 30 Days Hath November

Friday, November 16, 2012

30DHN: Someone Who Inspires Me

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Fill-in-the-Blank Friday!

1.  My best quality is   my love of people.  I'm an ESFJ, so I love to make other people happyI also see the best in people, no matter what.

2.  One of my less flattering qualities is   that I can't resist temptation.

3.  I'd rather be   partying and enjoying my weekend.

4. Something I have been challenged with lately is   taking care of myself.  Tomorrow, it's all about me.

5. I am looking forward to   the next few days!  I am giving a tour, seeing lots of friends, and treating myself to something special!.

6. A super random factoid about me is   that I've never seen the three Star Wars movies all the way through - but that is going to change Saturday night!.

7.  I want to   stay up all night blogging and reading blogs and pinning Pinterests.  But I took some NyQuil so it won't probably last very long!.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Sometimes Silver Linings...

...are made of tin foil.

Like, for instance, when you're on an awkward date at Chipotle, and it's really really cold, and your hands are freezing.  You buy yourself some tacos, force some awkward conversation, and end up finding a pair of leather gloves!

And also, a flying crane made out of burrito wrappers.

30DHN: Three Blogs I Always Read

Nat the Fat Rat:  for escapism

Life of Bon:  for laughs

The Nearsighted Owl:  for inspiration

I've said enough.  Let these ladies do the talking.

So Fawned 30 Days Hath November
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