Monday, June 30, 2008

Ow, my head

I had too much fun this weekend.

After having a rather short (but exhausting) day at work on Friday, I surprised myself by being antisocial (I played computer games and even some solitaire with REAL cards) and going to bed around (maybe even before) 11:00.

But then Saturday was my boss's wedding, which was lovely. All the little details actually came together quite nicely. The Officiant was one of the best I've seen, and the reception venue was GORGEOUS! Unfortunately, it wasn't air conditioned, so I sat sweating in my seat for the first half, before the sun went down and the fireflies came out to play.

Yesterday, I joined Steve and his band in Seaside Heights again. The guitarist's wife came along, and let's just say that good times were had by all. I'm going to need this 4-day workweek to prepare for the 4th of July weekend that will probably look a lot like yesterday.

Friday, June 27, 2008

bridesmaiding

Some pictures from Jenna's wedding are in! Here's one that I think is hilarious (click the image to see the other half of the bridesmaid on the right's face):

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Aren't we precious!

Control Freak

Two distressing things happened in my dreams last night.

1) Some girl moved in to our house and started rearranging everything!!! She opened the cupboard and was like, "Well, I'm going to put the bowls here. That's better." And it made me soooo angry! It wasn't just the fact that she changed everything, but that she did it so matter-of-factly, like she was positive she was making improvements and helping us. I think the dream has something to do with my control issues because right now I feel like I have no control over things at work and even at home. I've decided to let go about the messes all around the house because I'm no one's mother/housekeeper/nanny. Also, I'm trying to develop a system for when utilities are paid late, but I just get, "I have the money. You'll get it tomorrow." Instead of, "Yes, Nina, 10% DOES sound fair. Thanks for asking!"

2) In another dream, Steve and I decided to rent our own little house, just a couple blocks away from our current one, but also stay in this one. When I realized that I wasn't up for paying rent and utilities on two different properties, I freaked out, but Steve kept trying to convince me that it was a good idea. I woke up before anything was resolved. What does this one mean? Probably exactly how I'm feeling in real life: I want to move out of here and live with just Steve, but know it will mean spending more money (on rent, utilities, furniture, etc.) and I just can't bring myself to do it right now.

Sigh.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Weekly blog posts? Not good enough! My apologies. Things just aren't that interesting right now!

News at work is at a standstill while my boss gets married (on Saturday) and goes on her honeymoon, more funds are procured, we interview more people to round out our department, and I wait to grab hold of my new position (in August).

Steve and I won't be moving into our own place just yet (as hoped), since our landlord lowered our rent (What? That NEVER happens!), and I like Gooch and have decided to "eff it" regarding Rob. Right now it's more important to save money than be 100% satisfied with my living situation. Not quite survival mode, but something like it.

Speaking of modes, after a little over a month off, I'm getting back into gym mode. When working up the motivation to go, I just have to convince myself that I really do like it and feel better afterward (which I do, but it's so easy to forget). My first workout back was surprisingly not as hard as I thought it would be. Whoo!

Some bad news: My boss did not give me the OK to attend the conference in Boston this September. It looks like our glorious reunion will have to wait.

But...some things I'm looking forward to:
-My boss's wedding. After hearing about it and getting little previews for 8 months, I'm ready to see how everything comes together (and also get it over with).
-The 4th of July weekend! Steve is playing at the shore from Thursday through Sunday (maybe even Monday), so we're going to stay down there for the weekend. Not sure whose houses we'll be hopping to and from just yet, but we'll work it out. NO CAR SLEEPING!!!
-The new season of Project Runway starts on July 16th.
-The new batman movie on the 18th.
-My family reunion (mom's side) in early August!!!

I now leave you with a jarring image:

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Last night, in pictures

Some pictures from last night's soiree!

That's my Elite Party Pose


He doesn't like acting normal.


That's better!

Who dat?

Wow, I must have been pretty busy for the past 11 days. Let's recap.

Last weekend, I traveled to Southern California for the wedding of my dear friend Jenna (pictures to come). Here's my itinerary:
Thursday, ass o'clock: wake up, go to the airport.
Fly to Atlanta.
Fly to LA and babysit the one year-old and two year-old I shared the row with. Land exhausted and hungry.
Get picked up by my mom, get lunch, and drive to our AWESOME hotel.
Take a walk on the beach (about 15 minutes).
Get dressed for the casual rehearsal dinner. Attendance: 40 (at least 15 of them children).
Be at the Newport Temple (Latter Day Saints) at 10:15 on Friday morning. Wait outside with the photographers and the groom's parents for about an hour, when everyone finally comes out for pictures. Jenna and Steve are now officially married.
After pictures, race back to the hotel where I change out of my dress and check out. My mom and I had 3 and a half hours to get to the reception site for a ring ceremony rehearsal, which was an hour and a half away without traffic.
Get on the road and eat lunch (at Mimi's, yay!).
Arrive at the reception site at 5:15 (an hour and 15 minutes late because of traffic, and, unfortunately, lunch).
Ring ceremony starts sometime after 6pm.
Walk the 1/8-mile aisle.
Enjoy the lovely ceremony.
Dine at the reception (I had beef. Mom had chicken.) Get hit on mercilessly by one of the waiters. "He did everything but kiss her!" -Jenna's mom
Head back to the hotel, have a drink with mom, and crash.
On Saturday, we drove to Matthew's in Culver City (West LA). We had lunch at an awesome restaurant, then said goodbye to our dearest mother. We then drove to Santa Monica, and walked from there to Venice Beach and back. He bought flip flops and I bought a ceramic Dia de los Muertos skull (pictures to come). Then we had sushi, went back to his place, watched Seinfeld (The Marine Biologist, The Dinner Party, and The Pie; all Season 5), and crashed.
Sunday, it was back to Philly. My flights were very relaxing (albeit long), and I was home at around midnight. Thank goodness I took Monday off.

This week is a bit more mellow, though playing catch-up at work has kept me on my toes.

Coming up:
I was planning to go to my aunt's/cousins' house in Long Island this weekend, but Steve's gig there was canceled, and I'm afraid to shell out the gas money (get it? Shell?)

Tonight there's a going-away dinner for our friend that works in China, which I may or may not attend (I weeded the yard yesterday then went to a dinner party and am sore and tired). I'm thinking about going to "Cocktails for a Cause: Sex (and Politics) in the City" sponsored by Planned Parenthood of Southeastern PA on Tuesday in Philly. We shall see.

And finally, I'm entering to be an MTV News Correspondent at the 2008 International AIDS Conference Youth Summit in Mexico City later this summer. Wish me luck!

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Amigos

This weekend was a turning point in my life down/over here (depending on if you're reading this in Boston or California).

Although Steve's friends have been very accepting of me from the start (even before I moved here), and even though I've lived here for over 9 months, I always felt like they were Steve's friends, not mine. This weekend, I spent both Friday and Saturday nights with Steve's friends, and Steve only made a couple cameos throughout. And now I feel like it's official: they're MY friends now, too.

On Friday, I had dinner and went bar-hopping with one group in downtown West Chester. Steve showed up for the last 10 minutes. On Saturday, I went to a jazz festival at a winery that some of *our* other friends own/work at and ended up staying over, Steve showing up and leaving with me, but disappearing for a good portion of the middle for a gig.

It was actually really liberating, getting to hang out with people without Steve. I've been doing this all along, but with people from work or ones that Steve doesn't know very well. Of course he was missed throughout both activities, but I'm not gonna lie: I had a BLAST.

Friday, June 6, 2008

80%

I am feeling A LOT better (projecting a 100% reading on/by Sunday)! Fridays are my sleep-in days (for now) because I work late, but I had completely forgotten about it last night when I set my alarm for regular wake-up time. The cathedral chimes went off and I was like, "what the...it's FRIDAY!"

I turned off my alarm clock and almost went straight back to sleep when I realized that next to me, the bed was empty. At almost 7am, it's possible that Steve was still on his way back from Atlantic City (if he stayed after his gig to hang out and play poker), but I knew that he was too exhausted yesterday to do that. I left my phone downstairs so I got up to see if he had called.

I got a text from him at about 4am saying he was staying at his parents' house for the night.

Exhale.

In other news: I'M GOING TO CALIFORNIA NEXT WEEK!!! I'm going to start working out my packing logistics this weekend. My goal: carry-on without getting my bridesmaid dress wrinkled.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

envy us.

I am so in love with the color green right now. I realized it first when I saw a commercial (IKEA, maybe?) that featured a hutchfull of green plates, bowls, and mugs. And then two days ago, I was sitting next to a green vase full of flowers in the living room eating chips and guacamole and soup out of my favorite green mugbowl. The three shades of green were very different, but went together so well. Like these:


Pretty, pretty greenies.

PP in the 617!!!

There's a Planned Parenthood conference in Boston in September!!!

I don't know if I'll get the OK to go, but I'm going to do everything in my power to.

Keep your fingers crossed, everybobbie.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Ill fresh, roomies, and ebizzay

Well, Day 2 of being home sick. I really have to go back to work tomorrow because I need to prepare for a conference downstate on Thursday, but I don't know that I'm going to be feeling much better.

ANYWAY, our new (not Dan) roomie moved in over the weekend, and he and I are getting along very well. It's kind of funny that Dan was so bad that he made Rob seem like a good roommate, but now that Gooch (yes, Gooch) is here and doing great, Rob seems worse (read: like either a 9 or 90 year-old that needs taking care of, sulks about things, etc.). I mean, how hard is it to take the empty jar of spaghetti sauce the two steps from the counter to the recycling bin? Lots of little things, and a couple big ones, you know?

Oh! I sold two dresses and a purse on ebay! I didn't make a lot of money off of them, but it's not like they were making any money for me being unused in my closet. We'll see what I post in my next round of items.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Still Sick.

I was still pretty darn sick yesterday, but was able to keep my date with Steve and wander the Philadelphia Zoo. Today though, I'm feeling worse. But because I left work early on Friday and then had the weekend to recover, I didn't think I deserved a sick day. My boss got scared for her health and sent me home after half an hour of work. We'll see how I'm feeling tomorrow.

It's going to be over 80 degress today, but I am going to make soup.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

I did it.

I saw Sex and the City last night. It was reeeally cheesy (but luckily for me, I love cheese), and way melodramatic (which I do not like much, but moments of the series were, too), but it was also pretty great.

Weighing in at over 2 hours long, I say it was a night well-spent. I even cried at one part because I'm a big baby.

It really made me love my loves even more.

Read my friend Bobby Hankinson of the Houston Chronicle's commentary on the movie here.