Archive for August, 2009


>Went down Saturday, it was forecast to rain so Em brought ponchos she had bought for the Loggins & Messina concert, that she ended up not using since it didn’t rain when they went. I wore my hat and my denim jacket, just in case. Em had an appointment to get her nails done. After breakfast at Pershing Square Cafe we walked around a little then went to the nail salon early, she decided she also needed a pedicure. So then my adventure started, I didn’t want to wait there, and I was wanting to get my hair cut. So I walked toward 3rd Ave., I had gone online and got the address for Supercuts. I was going there but somehow I turned on the wrong street (big surprise there), however, I saw a sign for haircuts $20 and decided to go in and see. I told the woman at the counter that I wanted a hair cut, she pantomimed cutting with her fingers, “Cut?”, then pantomimed washing hair, “Massage?” (I must admit at this point the little voice in my head was yelling at me ‘RUN! Run for your life!’) I said “No, just cut.” She nods her head and indicates a chair for me to sit in, proceeds to wet my hair and comb it. As for the voice in my head, I told it to just shut up, it was only hair. After a few more hand gestures, thumb and forefinger apart and then measuring on the hair, she proceeded to trim approximately 1 1/2 inches off the length which was not as much as I wanted trimmed off, but that is better then a too short haircut, I don’t have to let anything grow out. I told Em, “Now I feel confident about getting my hair cut in a foreign country.”

Of course after getting my hair cut (no pictures, the style is the same anyway) and paying extra to get it blow dried, I came out of the salon to heavy rain. Grr! It was supposed to stop! I walked back to the nail place and Em was just leaving. I actually was standing across the street and watched her send me a text message. Then I yelled at her for not stopping the rain. We started walking. She had heard about a restaurant, more of a burger place really, and wanted to put it in her book so we had to try it out. It is on 79th Street, at the end where it runs into the Hudson River.

So we walked all the way up to 79th Street, then all the way to the river, which actually at that point is no longer considered a river to the Boat Basin Cafe. Kind of cute inside. Em said it is open year round, it must get freaking cold in the winter. What I didn’t realize, but should have, is the restaurant is located under the overpass, which is kind of a roundabout really.

This is the overpass that goes over the restaurant, we walked along side of this and then walked down some stairs that curved around, so I should have figured out that the restaurant was under it, but I didn’t, not until I went to the bathroom and on the way back looked up and saw the road signs above.

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Life observations

  • More often than not, when someone is telling me a story all I can think about is that I can’t wait for them to finish so that I can tell my own story that’s not only better, but also more directly involves me.
  • Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you’re wrong.
  • Have you ever been walking down the street and realized that you’re going in the complete opposite direction of where you are supposed to be going? But instead of just turning a 180 and walking back in the direction from which you came, you have to first do something like check your watch or phone or make a grand arm gesture and mutter to yourself to ensure that no one in the surrounding area thinks you’re crazy by randomly switching directions on the sidewalk.
  • I totally take back all those times I didn’t want to nap when I was younger.
  • The letters T and G are very close to each other on a keyboard. This recently became all too apparent to me and consequently I will never be ending a work email with the phrase “Regards” again.
  • Is it just me, or are 80% of the people in the “people you may know” feature on facebook people that I do know, but I deliberately choose not to be friends with?
  • Do you remember when you were a kid; playing Nintendo and it wouldn’t work? You take the cartridge out, blow in it and that would magically fix the problem. Every kid in the world did that, but how did we all know how to fix the problem? There was no internet or message boards or faq’s. We just figured it out. Today’s kids are soft.
  • There is a great need for a sarcasm font.
  • Sometimes, I’ll watch a movie that I watched when I was younger and suddenly realize I had no idea what was going on when I first saw it.
  • I think everyone has a movie that they love so much, it actually becomes stressful to watch it with other people. I’ll end up wasting 90 minutes shiftily glancing around to confirm that everyone’s laughing at the right parts, then making sure I laugh just a little bit harder (and a millisecond earlier) to prove that I’m still the only one who really, really gets it.
  • How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?
  • I would rather try to carry 10 plastic grocery bags in each hand than take 2 trips to bring my groceries in.
  • The only time I look forward to a red light is when I’m trying to finish a text.
  • Lol has gone from meaning, “laugh out loud” to “I have nothing else to say”
  • I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.
  • Whenever someone says “I’m not book smart, but I’m street smart”, all I hear is “I’m not real smart, but I’m imaginary smart”.
  • How many times is it appropriate to say “What?” before you just nod and smile because you still didn’t hear what they said?
  • I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars teams up to prevent a dick from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers!
  • Everytime I have to spell a word over the phone using ‘as in’ examples, I will undoubtedly draw a blank and sound like a complete idiot. Today I had to spell my boss’s last name to an attorney and said “Yes that’s G as in…(10 second lapse)..ummm…Goonies”
  • What would happen if I hired two private investigators to follow each other?
  • While driving yesterday I saw a banana peel in the road and instinctively swerved to avoid it…thanks Mario Kart.
  • Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.
  • I find it hard to believe there are actually people who get in the shower first and THEN turn on the water.
  • I can’t remember the last time I wasn’t at least kind of tired.
  • Bad decisions make good stories.
  • Whenever I’m Facebook stalking someone and I find out that their profile is public I feel like a kid on Christmas morning who just got the Red Ryder BB-gun that I always wanted. 546 pictures? Don’t mind if I do!
  • Is it just me or do high school girls get sluttier & sluttier every year?
  • Why is it that during an ice-breaker, when the whole room has to go around and say their name and where they are from, I get so incredibly nervous? Like I know my name, I know where I’m from, this shouldn’t be a problem….
  • You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you’ve made up your mind that you just aren’t doing anything productive for the rest of the day.
  • There’s no worse feeling than that millisecond you’re sure you are going to die after leaning your chair back a little too far.
  • I’m always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten page research paper that I swear I did not make any changes to.
  • “Do not machine wash or tumble dry” means I will never wash this ever.
  • I hate being the one with the remote in a room full of people watching TV. There’s so much pressure. ‘I love this show, but will they judge me if I keep it on? I bet everyone is wishing we weren’t watching this. It’s only a matter of time before they all get up and leave the room. Will we still be friends after this?’
  • I hate when I just miss a call by the last ring (Hello? Hello? Dammit!), but when I immediately call back, it rings nine times and goes to voicemail. What’d you do after I didn’t answer? Drop the phone and run away?
  • I hate leaving my house confident and looking good and then not seeing anyone of importance the entire day. What a waste.
  • I like all of the music in my iTunes, except when it’s on shuffle, then I like about one in every fifteen songs in my itunes.
  • Why is a school zone 40kph? That seems like the optimal cruising speed for pedophiles…
  • As a driver I hate pedestrians, and as a pedestrian I hate drivers, but no matter what the mode of transportation, I always hate cyclists.
  • Sometimes I’ll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is.
  • I keep some people’s phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.
  • The other night I ordered takeout, and when I looked in the bag, saw they had included four sets of plastic silverware. In other words, someone at the restaurant packed my order, took a second to think about it, and then estimated that there must be at least four people eating to require such a large amount of food. Too bad I was eating by myself. There’s nothing like being made to feel like a fat bastard before dinner.
  • Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket, hitting the G-spot, and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey – but I’d bet my ass everyone can find and push the Snooze button from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time every time…
  • I wonder if cops ever get pissed off at the fact that everyone they drive behind obeys the speed limit.
  • I think the freezer deserves a light as well.

>or maybe I should say disfunctions. This happened yesterday and I completely forgot about it while I was blogging last night.

Yesterday Stitch needed my car, I asked him while he had it to check the air in the tires and told him how to do it. When I got home, first they didn’t open the train doors for forever! O.K. it was only like 5 minutes but when you’ve been on a train for over an hour and you’re at your stop, you want to get off and go home, not stand there waiting for the doors to open! Then when I get in the car Stitch tells me he didn’t do what I asked for two reasons (1) he didn’t have time (big eye roll); (2) he doesn’t know how to do it since he has to watch someone do something to learn how to do it. Since he had never watched anyone check the air in tires (yeah, right) he doesn’t know how to do it. This led Tigger to say, “Don’t get married ’cause you’ve never watched porn.” Please say you get the connection so I don’t have to explain it.

So after the train doors not opening and me sending a text message to Tigger saying ‘Let me out of here NOW!’ Then having to stop to put air in the tires by the time I got home I didn’t feel like going to Allsport. So I had Tigger drive up to Ron’s. So instead of burning calories I consumed them. Got to stop doing that.


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>I heard from Marie that she was very sick, but she is better now and is back to PFF, so here is my entry for this week.

You remember last week (or you can go back and check if you don’t, or not) that I posted about receiving two lovely postcards from my friend Ló, who I met on the website Shelfari. I posted one last week and this week is the second one.

I have posted the back this time, as she was written a little bit about the picture on the front of this postcard. I told Ló, that if I ever got to Brazil I was going to look her up. She said, “Please do.”


You notice that this postcard has the same beautiful stamps as the other one.

For more postcard fun, visit postmistress Marie Reed

>I got a new camera. It is something I have been thinking about for a while. While I liked my Kodak, it was starting to have some little problems. I like a viewfinder with my cameras and cameras with viewfinders are getting more expensive and harder to find. So last Saturday, Gwen and I were up at Target and I started looking at cameras. They had a nice Canon on display, unfortunately they did not have any in stock.

As we walked away from the camera section, since I was really up there to get cat food and envelopes to mail books out in, Gwen suggested Best Buy, so we went there. They did not have the same camera, but they had the next one up from it. Obviously I can’t take a picture of the camera, but I did download a picture from Amazon. Its a Canon PowerShot A1100IS. 12.1 mega pixels, 4x optical zoom. I haven’t uploaded any pictures from it so I don’t know how good they are, but I am about too. Hang on for just one minute.
Here is Abigail.
Here is Tigger.

>When I have been thinking about a post all day, then I get here and its gone. The only thing I can think of is my new camera and the pictures of my new earrings, but there was more, I just know it.

I am finally caught up on all my review books. I think I am taking a break from them and reading my true crime and challenge books. For details, you can check out my book blog here.

>Loved this diet!

>Breakfast

1 grapefruit
1 slice whole wheat toast
1 cup skim milk

Lunch

1 small portion lean, steamed chicken
1 cup spinach
1 cup herbal tea
1 Hershey’s kiss

Afternoon Tea

1 The rest of the Hershey Kisses in the bag
1 tub of Hagen-Daaz ice cream with chocolate chips

Dinner

4 glasses of wine (red or white)
2 loaves garlic bread
1 family size supreme pizza
3 Snickers Bars

Late Night Snack

1 whole Sarah Lee cheesecake (eaten directly from the freezer)

Remember: Stressed spelled backward is desserts.

If you delete this message, you will gain 10 pounds immediately. That’s why I had to pass this on, I didn’t want to risk it.

Handle every stressful situation like a dog does. Pee on it and walk away.

>I’m not having such a great day

>After oversleeping and not getting to work until 8:10, I then realized I had no more oatmeal. I went across the street to get an everything bagel with cream cheese. Which he didn’t have, so I had to have one with butter *yuk* and it was burned.

My annoying co-worker is back from vay-cay and wasted no time getting back on my sh** list. A good thing that happened is I got a seat by myself on the MetroNorth train.

>My earrings came today

>and this is funny. You remember my previous post, they are wee tiny hoops. The FedEx box was one of the medium size boxes. About six times the size of the box the hoops were in. Both the boys and I thought that was very funny.

I left work early because of a threatening storm. It was just starting to rain which was good for two reasons, one I did not have an umbrella, I mean do I ever, and also because it had just started there were no puddles in the road. I have come to believe that when you are waiting to cross the street and there are puddles in the road the cars speed up so they can splash you more! Oh I forgot the third reason, after it had rained a while the train started having track and signal problems.

Tigger needed to deposit a check so I took him up and then we went to the mall, I wanted to look at more earrings. No, you can never have too many pairs of earrings! I ended up with a pair of gold and ruby hoops. They were on a great sale, and you know I cannot resist. Tigger found a polo shirt he wanted. So we both ended up with something new.