My furniture arrived super fast, I have an apartment full of my things (minus about one box worth of items I didn't trust to send on a truck) and a kitchen full of food. This is so exciting, as I've not eaten well for a week because I didn't have any cooking utensils. I also found a router stashed in the cupboard, which is magic because we needed one and were about to spend 40 bucks.
(As a side note, my roommate is awesome. I adore her.)
I am 24 in less than a week and I feel so much more like myself having a settled apartment and a weekend of laziness. I have yet to send out offical party invites, but I will do so tomorrow once I finalize a place for dinner and a bar to tell people to meet at. Two of my oldest and dearest friends are coming to entertain me next weekend and I couldn't be more excited. Plus I get to see two plays and get out of the city for an evening. Happiness all around. Dad told me to make a list of all the things I need right now to organize myself, so here goes:
Well, Brooklyn to be exact, but same difference. This makes the whole "My Life Is Here Now" thing seem very very real. I move in Sunday and will probably be internetless (ha, like I've updated this in ages, so I'm sure that means nothing to you guys!) until I get back from Boston the weekend after, at the earliest. My major goal right now is to have my furniture in NYC before my birthday. I feel like that's a totally grown up thing, to have the couch I've owned for years actually where I live and to have a real bed for the first time in over 6 months on my birthday. This means making a decision on a mover by Next Wednesday and getting the truck set up ASAP. It's super scary to put your stuff in someone else's hands and expect it to arrive. Also super expensive. I think the hiring of movers and the actual moving of things is what's making this whole adventure seem so official. I'm a real New Yorker, or I'm well on my way to getting there.
(The place is lovely, by the way, on the F train in Brooklyn in the quiet, safe, upcoming area where I could see myself settled for a long while. It's the place where you raise a family and come home after work and go to the nice little neighborhood restaurant. I like it.)
I turn 24 in two weeks. Here are some things I want:
- my furniture to arrive - american apparel socks - a lot of people to show up for my birthday party, especially special out-of-towners - a new computer - new panic at the disco album - time to go back and visit Georgia - my mother to come visit me in NYC - a massage - lessons in how to apply makeup and some nice new Mac makeup to play with - an idea for how to decorate the huge white wall in my cubicle - a wardrobe and dresser that are affordable - a trip to Philadelphia to see Mira and her family - to make Vegas happen at the start of December
...and some things I am not going to mention here ;)
I am not writing another long post, I abandon this place for MySpace more and more. Here, look at Flickr sets of all my adventures. Featuring: Ice cream!, Amy and Phillip visit, Silverchair, Erick's birthday, my brother visits, MCR in NYC. And other stuff.
Speaking of artists I'm proud to work for...Cobras are going to blow your mind soon. I can't accurately express my pride for them and my enjoyment of them. They are also some of the kindest, funniest people you'll ever know. If you're lucky to live pretty much anywhere outside the US right now, go see them when they come through this month.
A few moments ago I turned in the final edit on my thesis to the graduate school. It's extremely weird to finally take my hands off something I've been working on for so many years (since the start of my senior year of college, which was 4 years ago now.) And as frustrated and disenchanted I got with the whole process -- especially in the last year -- I'm insanely proud of having actually written a thesis and received a Masters degree in something. I'm also excited to start all over again for Masters number two in September. I'm thinking I'll get three, that seems like a nice number, right?
New York continues to grow on me day by day and I feel more settled. Despite the fact that I'm still living out of boxes and sleeping on a blowup mattress. It nevertheless feels like the place I'm meant to be right now, and I'm learning more than I ever thought and doing exactly what I've set out to do so far. And also being my typical self I've already started thinking ahead to years from now. Live in the moment -- my perpetual life battle.
Check the flickr for photos of my latest adventures if you haven't already.
(For the few of you who might read this and not be checking my relationship status on facebook or myspace, I'm single again. Amicable breakup is the phrase I keep using, but I'm still sad even two weeks later because no matter if it's the right thing to do, it's never painless. I'd write more here, but. I think more time still before I'm ready for that.)
I keep thinking about updating here and then I don't remember what I wanted to say. Went to Atlanta, came back. It was such an unsettled trip, with a show every other day and frantic packing at the apartment otherwise. I had an amazing time at all the shows, though, and post-show hangs are my favorite. My mother is an amazing packer and I would be insane without her. I miss my Athens people all the time.
Since I've been back in New York it's mostly been tons of working, writing reports, fixing things before Warped tour. The next two weeks don't appear to be any less hectic, but then I do get my weekend away as a de-stress.
PS - Oversized drinks are totally in this summer, because I say so.
...you know, random comments on my entries just makes me want to go on lockdown or something. It's really annoying to get spam comments on your journal. Who is down for me to go on a lockdown? Are any of you reading without logging in and thus would be missing out? Let me know.
It's raining like crazy today and reallly dark outside. I baked brownies for the office and they were a hit. I fly out tomorrow night to visit home for the weekend and finalize graduate degree number 1. Still a few weeks until the trip I really care about: Milwaukee. Know good things to do there? Let me know.
I still don't have real internet here, or at the office. I still miss all of you in a million ways. NYC is fun, exhausting, amazing. I keep thinking in another week I"ll be more settled, but probably not.
Sometimes staying out until 3;30 in the morning on a Sunday night is the best idea ever. Pictures and real updates about life coming sometime after Wednesday when the cable man comes (finally!)
The future is not a result of choices among alternative paths offered by the present, but a place that is created--created first in the mind and will, created next in activity. The future is not some place we are going to, but one we are creating. The paths are not to be found, but made, and the activity of making them, changes both the maker and the destination. - John Schaar
I bought my Canon SLR today. It is prettier than most things. It is also more expensive than most things. Michelle gets married in two days, I move to NYC in four. Nonstop party for the first week, then real life hits. Last night AJ and I sat at the coffee shop forever and ate cake. It was amazing. How are you? I hope everything is well. Talk to you soon.
Life is absolutely insane for the new few weeks, the major reason being I'm moving to New York City. Crazy, I know! But if I don't do it now while I can I'll never be able to. So if I'm an absolute mess for the next couple of weeks that's why. My last ATL concerts will be MCR/Muse and the Lifetime show, so anyone coming to those give me goodbye hugs! (I should be back for the FOB reschedule if I can schedule work around it correctly!) More exciting details about the big city as they develop. For May I'll be in Williamsburg, after that I'm not sure. It's an adventure, clearly.
Tonight my roommate talked me into going out for sushi (it's not like he twisted my arm...) I wish I was a little more adventurous about my sushi because I always go for the same thing, Utage Special Roll, which is tuna flashfried with this amazing sauce. Mmmm. But maybe I'll break out of the box tonight. It's the season for change and I'm ready for it (come on, bring it.)
Excuse that awfully emo post the other day. I'm fine, all is fine. Well, I'm hungry and need to fix that, but that's all.
I went to work yesterday but my coworker punked out without an email even. It resulted on me sneaking on the one computer with Internet in that office and poking around on myspace for two hours.
Just got confirmed today that I'm working at Bamboozle the weekend of May 4th. If you're in and around the area, you should come out. My hotel is going to be swank, haha. Hopefully I'll have my new camera by then I get lots of shots for Roxy&Ginger, and footage too. I'm still sad that GCH pulled off of the show, but I'm insanely proud of them hitting NUMBER 1 on the charts. Boys!!
SANTI is amazing. I've been listening for over a week and I'm falling more in love each time.
I still have one bruise left from last weekend, a horseshoe on my left arm. It looks real classy. Last night with L.Hope was spectacular as always. "Family Reunion" in two weeks, I'm seriously making shirts. I really want to have good news for the world, I'm hoping next week? Waiting sucks.
Round Here. Counting Crows cover. Before this show they'd only ever done this outside the US. It's my favorite cover they do, and I was shaking when Brendon started it, I'm not going to lie, I was so surprised. - http://youtube.com/watch?v=MRB1_scnABQ
Yesterday was the TAI Listening Party, pictures of that coming soon, and today I was second row in the media pit (which had changed a lot since Friday, for the worse) for Maroon 5, and then barrier for the Jet show at Tabernacle. I didn't realize how much I liked those bands. Media coming when I get a chance to upload.
Last weekend was Cobra Starship weekend. But now it's far away and I don't like updating a week late. Chill hangs were had, my favorite girl was in town for it. A+ weekend, that's all I need to say.
I'm way behind. Owe updates on Cobra Starship time, plus Panic yesterday, plus TAI party today, plus something else I forgot. I should very much be asleep so I can wake up for hellogoodbye tomorrow, but I'm not asleep. We shall see what happens.
Got stood up at work today but managed to get a bunch of work done on my own regardless. Got home to a good phone call with the possible new grad school and a bad call with my mom about insurance. Let's just say I hope I can cut back on some things coming up. Dustin and I are getting rid of premium movie channels as of tomorrow, and turing off cable all-together in May because I likely won't be here and he goes downtown a lot anyway.
(I end up sitting around and writing journals and thinking, "who am I writing this for?" I don't know who reads these things, but there's also the idea of how do I present myself -- am I writing for myself or for an audience. What's the point of telling these stories?)
This weekend was Gym Class Heroes in Atlanta and Nashville. Casey came to be my date for Atlanta and I didn't end up eating dinner that night because too much fun was being had with the GCH boys. I did eat a waffle from Waffle House at 3 a.m., but that's not really dinner. Kevin roadtripped with me to Nashville, we got lost, froze out butts off, got souvineer drinks at Hard Rock Cafe, and I got to show him a good time at the show (his frist GCH I think...) I love those boys, I am so insanely proud of their success. I bet next time they'll be at the Tabernacle.
Dustin and I had an awesome lunch, discussing handjobs in the middle of a Sonny's BBQ. We tipped our poor waiter nicely. Next stop for today is a showing of Reno 911 Miami.
Two weeks from yesterday until my deadline. 10 pages or so plus revisions left. I'm currently on the hunt for another job because this one ends in May.
...whoa, the wind just blew the door open to my apartment (it was unlocked). The same thing happened the other day at LD's while we were watching The Grudge. Creepy. This is why I don't watch scary movies.
Upcoming shows that I need a date for: Gym Class - Atlanta (and maybe Nashville?) Hush Sound - Atlanta Cobra Starship - Columbia Cute Is What We Aim For - Atlanta Paolo Nutini - Atlanta