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Summer, It Turns Me Upside Down

Saturday, May 31st, 2008

There are two things I hate about post-Memorial Day.

The first is the beachgoers that travel to Fire Island, the Hamptons and Montauk every Friday afternoon and Monday morning. They all travel on my LIRR line. Why are most of them annoying?

  • They pack three full-sized suitcases for a two-day weekend. I was able to go on a six-day Alaskan cruise with one carry-on.
  • There’s an abundance of grating Long Island accents. You’ll, like, hear, like, the word “like,” like, interjected every three seconds.
  • They’re glued to their cell phones, usually involved in some drama than invokes the grating Long Island accent. Peace and quiet doesn’t exist on Friday afternoon trains anymore. Pre-Memorial and post-Labor Days, you can hear a pin drop on the 5:09.
  • They are often accompanied by yapping pocketbook dogs.
  • They have no respect for daily commuters. They think their pooches and Vera Bradley duffel bags deserve a seat, when neither carry a ticket. They also block the aisle. The daily commuters loathe them. We talk about them before the summer starts and how much we hate summer Fridays.

Well, they’re back with a vengance. (more…)

Under The Sea

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

Well, even though my creative energy has been zapped, I was able to muster a slight recharge this past weekend so Lex and I could construct a five-foot replica of an R-36 Redbird for the Coney Island Mermaid Parade. Yes, us crazy cats are going to march in the parade carrying the replica, which has been decorated in marine life, to commemorate all the reefed subway cars. They are now now part of the underwater ecosystem!

Took us about two days to go about doing so, and involved a lot of cardboad, paint and posterboard. But it looks great, even though we took some creative liberties with it. We’re sure to get yelled at by some foamers. We’re not going to publish photos until after the parade, so come see us or even march with us.

Other than that, life’s been good. Not much has been going on, except for work.  Haven’t traveled since Atlanta, but tried to relive the experience by ordering grits at the deli near my office. New York grits ? Atlanta grits. I highly suggest you stay away. Even McDonald’s has been trying to bring Southern cooking up here, but their attempts to copy Chick-Fil-A = ultimate fail (in fact, a Tulsa Chick-Fil-A was letting people trade half-eaten McDonald’s chicken sandwiches for the real thing). They were giving away their chicken sandwiches for free a few weeks ago. I had one for lunch, but it was bland and slimy. Ugh. But I did discover that a Chick-Fil-A does exist in New York City, at NYU’s student center. I have to see if I can sneak in one day – my co-workers and I are on a mission. Yes, I work with a bunch of Chick-Fil-A addicts. If you’ve never been to one, go – your life will never be the same.

Did go to my annual work Mets game the other day. Boxed seats, sushi, Cracker Jacks – who could ask for more? Had to leave before I saw my name on the Jumbotron, but we always get pictures later. Weird that it’s probably the last time I’ll ever be in Shea Stadium. Chicago is also in less than two months, so that should be exciting. I’ve never been to the Midwest before, unless the boondocks of Western Pennsylvania count.

Nothing much else to report, but I suppose a recent scorecord is in order. Presenting Amanda vs. The World, Part IV: (more…)

Happy New Year!

Monday, December 31st, 2007

Oh, 2007. It was quite an interesting year. A lot of events and people have changed my life. I fell in love, and felt my first real heartbreak. I made new friends, and lost touch with others. I celebrated my 1,000th day of being cancer-free. I discovered Apples to Apples, Seamless Web, Philadelphia rolls, PaperbackSwap.com and Cover Girl LashExact mascara. I traveled far and (U.S.) wide, and discovered places like San Francisco, Hoboken and Port Henry. I finally got my new bedroom after years of planning, and painted it to match my blog (seriously, I tested out the color scheme here first). I learned that I am a really good bullshitter, yet I still can’t hide my emotions. I finally let my sister cut and color my hair. I watched my favorite band can yet another lead singer and find #6… off of YouTube, no less.

I turned 25 -Â quarter of a century – and no longer have to pay crazy age-based premiums on car rentals. I’ve found it to be an otherwise uneventful age. But, yikes, I’m in my mid-twenties. My friends are getting engaged, married and having babies. When did I get so old?

2008. Will it be even better? I know I have lots of things to work on, but I’m not going to make any resolutions (wait, is saying that I’m not going to make any resolutions a resolution?), just to set myself up for disappointment like I did in 2007, 2006, 2005 … all the way until 1988 (I figure that’s the first year I actually understood what resolutions are). But I really should work on getting healthier, more organized and maintain better relationships with my family and friends. And maybe update this blog more.

Happy New Year!

Happy Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 22nd, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone – I hope you have a wonderful day and stuff yourself silly!

I am thankful for:

  • My family and friends, who’ve shaped me in to whom I’ve become
  • My pets, who never fail to put a smile on my face
  • My health, and that I’ve been cancer-free for two years
  • My job, which  introduces me to fascinating people and places
  • My home, though crazy, is a haven I can come home to each day
  • My books, which take me to places I might never get to go
  • My music, the background to many important times in my life
  • My imagination, which has gotten me far in life
  • And chocolate, which has always been there to help out in any situation

Symphonic Overload

Saturday, November 17th, 2007

I never, ever learn. Ear plugs are a must for me at concerts.

Last night, Jarid had an extra ticket to see Rooney and The Polyphonic Spree at Terminal 5 on 11th and 56th. Last minute, he asked me to go, so I said yes, even though I had no clue who Rooney was and my only experience with The Polyphonic Spree was a college roommate’s continuous playing of “Hold Me Now” on iTunes. (more…)

All Over The World

Friday, November 16th, 2007

Or at least the East Coast.

It’s been a busy month ambling from place to place, and it’s rare I see a weekend at home. (more…)

Running Out Of Self-Control

Monday, November 12th, 2007

Well, there’s been quite a lag in my posting here. Honestly, I feel quite broken right now and haven’t had the spirit to write. Instead, I sit here trying to sort out things and glue myself back together.

Meanwhile, I’ve been listening a lot to Journey’s Raised on Radio. I can’t believe I used to hate this album. It’s probably one of the most beautiful Journey has written. And now I understand it more than ever.

The past few weeks can pretty much be summed up in two categories: travel and work. Sometimes both together. It’s been crazy at the office, and although I’ve been good with deadlines, I’m beginning to feel myself drown in my articles again. Weekends have been spent in Long Island, Boston, Washington, D.C. and upstate. I haven’t been spending as much time at home, and it shows. I am also drowning in my living situation, which would be better if I had some money. But I don’t. I’m drowning in brokeness.

Maybe one day I’ll write about my travels. I just don’t have the mental energy to do so right now. I need to somehow come up for air. I need to be good to myself when nobody else will.

I need chocolate.

Amanda Vs. The World, Part III

Monday, September 24th, 2007
  1. Amanda vs. the Office Coffee Machines (0-2) – The first one wouldn’t even dispense liquid, and the second hot machine proceeded to pour out cold water, iced coffee and watery chocolate milk.
  2. Amanda vs. Target (0-1) – I could not use my 10 percent coupon without my Target credit card, when I wanted to pay cash. It was too much of a hassle to go back home, so I did not get my $5 off.
  3. Amanda vs. MSG (0-1) – No, I did not fight to get good Van Halen seats. This time, it was monosodium glutanate in Chinese food, which left me with a monster migraine and vertigo.
  4. Amanda vs. Lexcie (0-1) – Apparently, I smell like burnt toast, but I had no retort.
  5. Amanda vs. Fordham (5-0) – They sent me yet another letter asking me for money. I apparently owe them $10 for a 2005 dorm violation. They’re blocking me from registering for classes. But I’m not a student there anymore, so I’m not paying! Ha!

So, (5-5) this week. Even though it looked like I was in dire straits, Fordham kept the score even. Stay tuned for the tiebreaker.

Revisiting Old Friends

Tuesday, September 4th, 2007

So, tomorrow is the first day of school. Not for me, of course, but the Wednesday after Labor Day always floods my memory. Sometimes it still feels strange not waking up at 6:30, throwing on my school uniform, packing my backpack, eating a breakfast of cinnamon raisin toast and waiting for a yellow school bus. Sometimes I’ll walk pass the book publisher in my office building and smell elementary school – a mixture of new textbooks, Crayolas and copier fluid. (more…)

Traveling Blues

Saturday, August 18th, 2007

Greetings from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

I am way too early for my flight, but I didn’t want to possibly miss my flight after what happened at Islip-MacArthur Airport on Wednesday.  That day, my Southwest flight was at 7:00 a.m. Lexcie dropped me off at approximately 6:00 a.m., which is plenty of time if you need to check baggage and go through security. Well, usually enough time. (more…)