Wednesday, December 31, 2008

More thoughts on 2008

  • For me, this was the year of the vampire. I watched Buffy all summer, got sucked into True Blood, read the Buffy comics, read the Twilight Series, and the Sookie Stackhouse novels. Enough already!
  • This year, I went to Berlin and Prague. In the US, I went to Vermont, Phillie, Baltimore, Humboldt County!, the Bay, San Diego, Wisconsin, Glens Falls, Denver...I think that's it!
  • I went to three weddings.
  • I turned thirty-one.
  • I learned how to make pie.
  • I started the Brooklyn Wine Club.
  • I finally got a raise at work.
  • I had a pretty freakin good time just about every single day.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Best of 2008 Volume I

More to come! How about you guys? Whats your best of??

Friday, December 26, 2008

Haiku Day After Christmas Friday

It's the day after
Christmas, and all through the house
people are chilling.
The shopping is done,
Santa is gone, every
thing is on clearance.
I'm still on vacay.
And will be for awhile.
Jealous? You should be.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Almost there!

Santa's almost here, kids. Are you super excited, or what?

I'm checked in for my flight, but this pesky work day stands between me and my flight to Denver, however. And it's not like I don't have plenty to do. Cuz I do.

There's still snow on the ground. Frozen rock solid and often times the color of pee. Sorry, but it's true.

We got a package from UPS the other day, but weren't there to grab it (pesky work again!) and now its in Maspeth, NY. Maspeth, huh? Reminds me of Sleepy Hollow.

Speaking of Johnny Depp, I watched a bit of Willy Wonka last night. It's a great movie. He's so weird.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Numbers

  • It's fourteen degrees outside. Fo reals.
  • Babe and I hosted BWC and gave out ten bottles of wine.
  • I read two books.
  • Babe won four hundred dollars in his fantasy football.
  • I was spoiled rotten two times this weekend - had cookies at my friend's house, had dinner at another friend's place. Beautiful!
  • Did I mention that it is fourteen degrees?
  • We got two or three inches of snow.
  • Everyone admired my seven foot tree. I still owe you a picture!
  • Three days til Christmas!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Haiku Friday

Separated from
my cellular telephone
for a whole evening.

The mail room had it.
Thank God for those guys. They ship
my stuff and find phones.

I will ask Santa
for a holster so I can
clip my phone to me.

Happy Birthday, Baby Caroline!

The birthday girl & her big sister. They're so cute!!!!!!
Two today!! Happy birthday little niecey poo.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Ho-down

Last night's big work party was a ho-down theme, with mashed potatoes and lynchberg lemonade. And champagne poured into mason jars. That's my kind of party.
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Finished the first Sookie Stackhouse novel last night. Steamy, ridiculous and I loved every word of it. Already bought the next one.
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NYC is funny at Christmas time. It's all chilly and decorated and there is fresh citrus to eat every day. Oh oranges in the wintertime. Thank you for your vitamin C.
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Me and Ang cry all the time. Anyone who knows me and my sister knows that. Tuesday, it was snowing out, and I was walking to the subway. This homeless dude was begging in front of Ben's Pizza and I saw this NYU student skirt around him, and I thought it was because the guy was gross. But then I heard the NYU student say, "Sure, what kind? Pepperoni, plain?" and I started crying.
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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

One Free Burrito

Things I see when I look around my office:

A christmas card I need to send to Canada...an orange...a coupon for a free burrito...The New Yorker...two calendars...a holiday card from my printer...a receipt for pizza I bought for a staff meeting...a check from a donor that needed to be deposited yesterday...gifts I need to mail...a box of kleenex...four plants...a banana...many pictures of babies...fortunes from old fortune cookies...a UPS tracking slip...the sound of music original soundtrack...my gloves...a shitload of work waiting to be done.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

I need love...

Is LL Cool J cheesy or dope? I love him, I'm just curious what others think.
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The gift I received at the Christmas Party white elephant was much better than last year - a martini set with a shaker instead of squeezie tatas. (Or baconnaise, for that matter.)
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Snowy rainy cold today.
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Started reading the Sookie Stackhouse books. They're rad.
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Mass mailing today at lunch. The post office guy is going to love me.
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PS: Work? Kicking my butt.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Numbers

Since I last talked to you, I:
  • Attended two holiday parties, and ate a hundred cookies and fifty eight servings of enchiladas. (Numbers might be a slight exaggeration.)
  • Made fifty-five holiday mailings (cards and what-not) (that number is not an exaggeration).
  • Decorated one apartment with Christmas decorations (not my apartment).
  • Bought three tops on major sale at Macy's in Brooklyn.
  • Bought five oranges.
And happy birthday to Anonymous. I mean Dave.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Haiku Friday

Christmas images:
Washington square park, big tree,
lights out on the street.

Yesterday, I saw
a bum peeing on the street
in broad daylight. Yay!

Bought a book for a
needy kid. So easy. You
can do it, too. Try!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Hiring

Do you guys do the hiring at your work? Anyone out there?

I do. And let me tell you, it is one of my favorite parts of the job but also one of the most challenging.

You have to sift through what feels like hundreds of resumes and make decisions based on very little information.

I have a few guidelines/tips that I have compiled over the years:
  • Spell my name right. You'd be surprised how many people who apply to work here don't spell my last name right. Seriously? How do you think that's gonna go over you facking nimrod. (Ooopsie!)
  • Proofread: If you have typos, you are out.
  • Act: Try to act like you have at least some relevant experience.
  • Experience: I don't care what you did in high school.
  • I don't care about your interests. (Dude, skiing? Why would that make me want to hire you? Leave them off.)
  • Make sure you get the name of where you are applying to correct. Again, I realize you're sending out hundreds of these. Let's try to focus here people.
I'll let you know how the search goes.

Dear Ms. Bahoolie:

I'd love to work at the Center for Justice and Security...

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Misc. Wednesday Items.

  • Pacific Standard is just such a rad bar. It's much like Blind Tiger in its beer selection but not as crowded, and in Brooklyn. The vibe is mellow, the bartender is nice and the peeps there are pretty chill.
  • I wrote that first bullet point two hours ago. Oh work.
  • Amazing Race is one of the best shows on TV and if you didn't watch it this past season, you missed out.
  • It's December 10th, people. How are you doing on your holiday purchases?

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

What's grosser than gross?

Two gross things, which do you think is worse?
  • I was at Babe's Christmas party on Saturday night. Talking to one of his coworker's daughters. (She's like our age.) She was talking about her fiance who was at the party, basically explaining to us how he was so sick, he'd never been that sick before in the five years she'd been dating him, but she made him come anyways. "Let me introduce you," she says. She walks us over to her fiance, who is the sickest he's ever been in five years, he pops an appetizer into his mouth, reaches out his hand, and shakes my clean hand with his revolting-and-vile-just-touched-my-mouth-sicker-than-I've-been-in-five-years-hand. I immediately excused myself and went to the bathroom to wash my hands.
  • Yesterday on my way to work, I passed by Sakae Sushi on W. 3rd and there were two huge dead rats lying on their sides. Dead.
Which do you think is worse? My vote? The rats.

Monday, December 08, 2008

Numeros

Since the last time I saw you, I:
  • Went to the sixth Christmas party at Babe's work.
  • Saw my first dance performance in NYC and gave it a perfect ten.
  • Read one book, twice.
  • Folded twenty-five cards for the holidays, but didn't actually do anything to them.
  • Trimmed my seven foot tree. Ha!
  • Couldn't believe that it was twenty-one degrees this morning.

Friday, December 05, 2008

Haiku Friday

Christmas party time.
Planning my work party and
going to big babes.

Not sure what to wear.
Babes is kinda fancy. So
is my boss lady's.

Have to think of a
gift for the white elephant.
Squeezie tatas? YES!

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Things I want to do:

  • There's this exhibit at the Met that has artifacts from fourteenth century BC that were recovered from a shipwreck. Whats cool about this is that they are from like twelve different cultures represented in those artifacts found in the boat. Who knew you guys?? I want to go.
  • The other thing is this production of "Fraulein Maria" at Joe's pub. Here's a the review and you'll see why I want to go. Maybe it's just me, though, because Man oh Man, do I ever love the Sound of Music:
Doug Elkins’s “Fräulein Maria,” which will be performed this week and next at Joe’s Pub, is a parody of, and a love letter to, “The Sound of Music.” In “Sixteen Going on Seventeen,” the demure Liesl, played by a large man in a pink dress, looks on, fascinated, as another man, Archie Burnett—even larger, and black—rips off his shirt and does a dance combining voguing and whacking (Burnett is a famous club dancer) with a great deal of ordinary lubriciousness, to show her how things are going to be when she’s seventeen. But this is not camp, or not of the one-note variety. Each dance is a jewel of choreographic invention and comic subtlety, and, this being a pub, you can have dinner while watching the show. (But don’t get a table too close to the stage. Last year, one of the performers, in mid-number, leaned over and sampled a spectator’s drink.) Elkins, a star of the nineties dance scene, folded his company in 2004. Right now, “Fräulein Maria” is all you can see of his work. Justly, its greatest number is his solo, in a hoodie, to “Climb Every Mountain.”

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Misc. Wednesday Items.

  • Finally saw No Country for Old Men last week. Pretty good stuff, dude. I can see why it won so many awards. Totally brutal. Carla Jean and Lou Ellen. They really picked some good names, man.
  • Yesterday, when I was pulling jeans out of the dryer, they were so hot that one of the buttons on the jeans burned my hand and now I have a wee welt there. How bout that, huh? Who knew drying could be dangerous? It makes me glad that the dryers are so hot, though. Been hearing a lot about bed bugs lately and that's all I'll say about that.
  • Been getting a lot of work done lately. How about you guys?
  • Babe's Christmas party is on Saturday. Seems early but its snot. (I wrote snot on purpose, just in case you thought it was a typ-o.)

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Wii Rock

I love my new Wii.

Yesterday, Babe and I played Tennis, Baseball, and Mario Brothers 3 for several hours. Before going to sleep, I watched Babe play Zelda for like thirty minutes.

Man. Zelda.

It's like watching an old movie you used to watch when you were a kid all the time again for the first time in your adult life. Maybe how I would feel if I watched Labyrinth again. (You remind me of the babe. What babe? The babe with the power! What power? The power of Voodoo...)

Monday, December 01, 2008

Numbers

Welcome to your Cyber Monday. Since I last saw you, I:
  • Went to and from Philadelphia one time. Took one hour to go eight miles on Saturday, but got home in no time on Sunday.
  • Saw four friends who moved from NYC to Phillie in the past year or two. Admired both of their houses.
  • Got one WII and I could not be more excited. Already downloaded two games. Yay WII!
  • Started working on two Christmas presents for my nieces.
  • Took the president out for his birthday, where eleven of us enjoyed sushi, sake, and some deep fried bananas.
  • Had a beautiful four day weekend.