Last Friday I was pretty bored. I have this week off (March Break week) and after scouring the internet (and the mall) for cheap flights to the UK, I decided I didn't have $2000 to go away for the week. Disappointing, I know. I ended up taking a road trip to Kentucky to see my family!
The boarder crossing was wild and it ended up with my cousin getting a date with the American boarder crossing guy! What are the chances? I usually get grilled at the boarder and this time we drove though laughing and continued laughing for the next 10 hours!
The drive is loooong. 12 hours door to door. Ahhh... tiring. But worth it for seeing family and 24 degree weather when it was freezing at home! ah ha!
So as per usual I (mostly) lucked out with clothing on this trip. I was dying to see the McQueen collection at Target and make a special trip to Tennessee to see what it had to offer-- to find out that store wasn't one of the 150 stores that carried the line! Boo! I checked online and the clothing was pretty cute, but I guess I can live without it! I suspect this was a good thing, though because I was tipped off to this amazing Consignment store in Bowling Green called Beverly Hills. I scored a MARC JACOBS jacket for $6 (AHHH), a 3 dot top for $12, Michael Kors sandals for $20 and a few other things that were pretty amazing! Love! I also bought these great navy heels with little pink dots that I thought would go super well with a dress I bought-- turns out they sort of clash, so I am now sitting here in my joggers and tee with cute heels on!! :)
I spent the rest of the time in my Aunt's coffee shop, Coffee And... drinking copious amount of coffee and other delicious beverages, reading loads of magazine and catching up with the family. I love the feel of an independent coffee shop, especially this one. There is a customer who is (I suspect) in his '80's and is amazing! He professionally played the piano as his career, lived in NYC and played Carneige Hall-- he also eats dessert and loves talking about this life back in NYC. He said that that if he comes across money, he'd love the move back to the Village. He is the cutest old man ever. If you have seen "The Holiday" he 100% reminds me of the old Hollywood guy!
Back at home now catching up on hours of MTV via OnDemand.
I am back home and it's not nearly as fun as NYC... but that was to be expected!
The last day in the city was an interesting one... it snowed and snowed and then snowed a little more! I mean, this is NY snow (I'd say a typical winter day in Ontario) and although it was snowy, I've been in far worse weather and I kid you not, the city shut down! It was intense! We were calling/ checking the flights for hours and nothing had left Toronto and left NY from Toronto allll day... needless to say, we were slightly worried we'd be hanging out with the guys for one last night. They told us that the Canadian flights are always the first bumped, especially in bad weather (lucky us). They were convinced we would be joining them for one last dinner :)
This basically left us unable to go anywhere that we wanted to in the morning, and we ended up just wandering to Petite Abeille... delicious breakfast food-- yum! and to Starbucks before ending up back in the apartment and watching the latest episode of the City and looking at our apartment whenever they showed Olivia's place!
We got to the airport and sat there for what felt like a long time. We made some friends (yes, Anna and I would go make friends in the airport!), shared magazines and passed my laptop with the internet around to all our fellow grounded friends.
Luck was on our side and our plane was the first to leave for Toronto allll day: a 6:30pm flight! I was half happy and half sad. Saying goodbye to New York is never fun!
Day three was not nearly as jammed packed as our previous 2 adventures days, but it was glorious nonetheless. It began after only 2 hours of sleep (good night last night): the lack of curtain on our huge windows (as Anna would say, we're living in a green house), an alarm clock beeping for three hours and a jackhammer outside at the justice building, we rolled out of the couches and sort of took several hours to get ready. Anna, Ryan and I walked to this great little places called Bubby's for some lunch/brunch and about 30 minutes later, we were sitting, eating and chatting away. We had SOHO planned for the day which was perfect for walking about. Ryan came for the walk and about an hour in (and several very girl stores later) he went back home and we continued to roam about. We stumbled upon "Once Upon a Tart" which we had googled prior to our arrival in the City and enjoyed some beverage/ food (Lemonade, Coca-Cola and some less than amazing coleslaw). After a bit more roaming, we hopped in a cab (Yesterday I had accidently left Anna's gorgeous sweater at SushiSamba... opps)... so in about 15 minutes, we were back at home, sweater in hand.
The lack of sleep for the last few days was kind of bogging us down, so Anna and I laid in our respective couches (mine is the full couch, Anna snagged the little one) and Ryan came in for a little basketball and a nap. About 2 hours later, the three of us were still a little in and out of consciousness, hadn't watched any of the game, but we're good-ish to get ready for the night. We had some grand plans, but we ended up just going to Bondi Road, a great Aussie restaurant. Unfortunately they didn't take reservations and we were waiting for ever (actually) for a table, the servers (perhaps owners) brought us drinks, appertizers and about 2 hours later, we finally got a booth. The food was amazing, fish flown in from Oz twice a week served how you like it (mmm fish and chips) and we ended up only having to pay for our main dish... even better! After nearly falling asleep in our food (it was about midnight as this time) we paid, hopped in a cab and came back to our apartment that had a sheet hanging in the window. It was incredibly thoughtful and cute... we "awww"'d and passed out within minutes.
We have officially been in the city for 1 day. It doesn't really feel like one day, in fact, I feel like we've been here for AGES! We arrived at 8am yesterday morning and had the greatest long day, ever (with the help of much caffeine)! Anna and I are staying with her sister's fiance's
brother (confusing), and he and his housemate are amazing! Lucky for us his housemate knows all the NYC celebrity gossip and where the guys and girls from The City hang out haha I love him already! The view out his window looks out to Olivia's apartment building! Pretty neat!
Yesterday we wondered around Tribeca, ate at this small sort of sketchy little restaurant (nothing is open at 11 am for food)! I got a BLT minus the bacon.. and Anna enjoyed a delicious huge plate of omelet. We walked around for most of the day and saw some sights. I had my interview and the people seem lovely... very kind, very helpful and it definitely looked like they want help. Fingers crossed for that one! The office is like 5 steps away from the Park Plaza (HELLLLLOOO GOSSIP GIRL) so obviously Anna and I had an impromptu photo shoot! At night we hit up this great bar called Schiller's Liquor Bar (as recommended by the guys) and the atmosphere was great... a fun young local crowd! annd that was just day one!
If you know me, you know I have an affinity for the movie Garden State. My love for this movie goes back several years and was deepened during my first year at University, where I spent countless hours watching it over and over with a few of my floormates. We were ridiculous and would sing "THREE TIMES A LADDDYYYY" as loud as we could at the top of our lungs! I think we even watched the commentary more times than I should probably admit... Anyway, the soundtrack is probably the best compilation of songs I have seen on one disc. A mix of upbeat, sad, trippy, cool... you name it, it's perfectly placed on the album.
List of songs:
1. "Don't Panic" - Coldplay 2. "Caring is Creepy" - The Shins 3. "In the Waiting Line" - Zero 7 4. "New Slang" - The Shins 5. "I Just Don't Think I'll Get Over You" - Colin Hay 6. "Blue Eyes" - Cary Brothers 7. "Fair" - Remy Zero 8. "One of These Things First" - Nick Drake 9. "Lebanese Blonde" - Thievery Corporation 10. "The Only Living Boy In New York" - Simon & Garfunkel 11. "Such Great Heights" - Iron and Wine 12. "Let Go" - Frou Frou 13. "Winding Road" - Bonnie Somerville
I got to thinking about this album as I was sitting at Starbucks early this morning (7am) waiting for the time to tick by before my work a few shops down began. The book I was reading couldn't keep my attention, so I just sat there enjoying my Caramel Macciato (yum) and taking in the music. The familiar sounds of Thievery Corporation came on and transported me back to those memories of watching the movie with Cars and Spense...
Sorry, back to reality! I've been on the search for a band, album, compilation that in 5 years I will still enjoy... I love finding new music and am in dire need of something for my iPod. So, I'm throwing this out to the Universe... any songs I should hear?
Time always seems to escape me. It's Monday then all the sudden it's Friday and I scramble to make plans for the weekend. I don't often do anything eventful during the week (during the winter, anyway) because the thought of trekking back out into the snow when my boots are already soaked isn't overly thrilling! Maybe that's just me at home though, because I seemed to make the effort a lot more back at school... hmm... I'm not sure! But I digress; time seems to fly and it seemed like yesterday (which was actually January) I was applying to businesses NYC and then all the sudden it's Sunday mid-day and I have 3 nights to pack and pick what I'm going to be wearing for my interview/ trip! How does that happen? Where did 2 months go?
There is also a lot of planning involved: Restaurants, Bars, Art Shows, Museums, Parks, Cupcake stores, SHOPPING--- the list is endless and with only 4 nights and 5 days to get it all in there, too before it's back to work and real life on the following Tuesday!
Packing is also an issue because how do I know what I want to wear 5 days from now? What if I don't feel like that outfit? or you know when you have a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear? Well, in my case I will have a suitcase of clothes and hopefully something to wear!! There's also a lot of walking to do done and unlike the New York socialites, I can't be wearing my Loubs (I wish) all over the City! I think I'll have to settle with a comfortable boot or cute flat! Oh my, who knew packing would be such a hectic thing?
I need to go put my room back together after ripping it apart last night attempting to find the perfect "business causal" outfit. Wish me luck!