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12/30/09
There was a program on the Food Network last night about cheesesteaks, so of course, today - when I got home from working the overnight shift - all I wanted was to go to Philly and get cheesesteak. Well, got a few miles down route 9, and was distracted by the shiny goodness that is the giant Wegman's grocery store. So we went there instead and filled up the Escape with all kinds of deliciousness.

And watched the Nathan Gunn Camelot from the Philharmonic (the one where Gabriel Byrne looks lost and can't sing) - for more deliciousness. I can think of worse ways to spend a day off.

I am also now the proud owner of Yankees floor mats for the car. I rule.

12/29/09
I think the high temp was 14 today. And it's supposed to snow again this weekend - always on my weekend off. I booked a room in AC for Sunday night (surprisingly enough, they were all booked up for the rest of New Year's weekend), it'll be nice to just lounge in a deluxe hotel room and order room service. Plus it'll be the first mini-roadtrip in the Escape. Sirius radio has weather and traffic stations for major cities across the US, so I can happily report that it will be in the low 70's in Phoenix on Friday. I am virtually packing in my mind.

I might skip the Spring Training trip this year, in the interest of saving money for Paris and Arizona. I'm still thinking it over. If it really really snows this weekend and I'm bummed out, the Visa card just might book the trip.

Still need to figure out the best way to change a lot of dollars into euros before Paris, since I have to pay the remainder of the apartment rent and security deposit in cash.

12/27/09
Seriously. New car smell - it's still there. Someone should bottle it.

Since I've been working non-stop for what seems like forever, I am trying to find time to enjoy my holiday gifts. I found some software that lets you convert dvd's to files that the iPod can play (not movie dvd's, but like things that I taped off the TV), so I'm sticking some Yankees games on there. I'm enjoying it. I'm also in love with these chocolate-covered caramels that are sprinkled with sea salt that Mom found. I think I can stomach one a day. They will last me forever.

Broke a nail at work tonight, was helping a little old lady relieve her constipation. I have no idea how I'm going to explain that one at the nail place.

12/25/09
Happy holidays, and may you get everything you want! I myself will be spending some quality time reading the fantastic Bacon Cookbook (seriously) that my brother found. After my present-to-self, which I am driving everywhere, it is the best gift a girl could get.

12/23/09
The Sirius radio has an all-Broadway channel. I want to move into my car. I did a lot of driving around today. Went to Menlo Park Mall to finish my shopping, went to Target to buy moisturizer, and went to the city to see Dad and Ann for holiday gift giving. Dad upgraded my iPod Touch to a bigger hard drive (64 gigs!), so I'm currently downloading everything from iTunes to it, and then I'm going to sit in the car and see if it'll sync to the Sync system - my first iPod wouldn't sync the music, and apparently that's a known issue with Apple. I was looking it up online, and it's something with the hardware. I don't know if newer iPods have the same problem, but I'll find out real soon. If it's a problem, I'll have to put all my music files from iTunes onto my flash drive and plug that into the car.

Or I can just listen to the all-Broadway channel all the time. It's like being at Marie's, without the alcohol and the tourists.

On my way into the city, I stopped at Ikea to make a list of all the furniture I want to buy if I move, and I was so happy to find out that my favorite Ikea designer (I know, how sad is that) has a very classy line of furniture out. Classier than Leksvik, my current favorite.

12/22/09
I love the new car! It has that new car smell! Plus my phone works with the Sync package, so I can make hands-free calls from the car, which is awesome. The guy at Ford set it all up for me, but I still have to read through the 400 pages of manuals etc. Now I have to clean out the Sebring and grab all the maps and stuff and see what's lurking in the trunk. The Escape is awesome.

I also love my manicurist, who fixed my nails this morning and forbade me to ever shovel snow again. I can live with that advice, sure.

12/21/09
I got tomorrow off! And I will have the car at 2pm! I have to go to the bank in the morning and get a check for the down payment amount. I called Geico tonight to get the new car added to my insurance (and make sure it has everything needed in the state of NJ). It was less than I thought to add the car - probably because of all the built-in safety features. I'm excited. And this means I have a day to fiddle around with all the buttons and read the manual cover to cover, plus finish my shopping, which I didn't get to do this weekend because of the SNOW.

I put in about 17 hours of overtime thanks to the storm, so I'm taking tomorrow off unpaid - I'm not technically calling out sick, so HR is doing me a big favor. Plus, she doesn't have to pay me as much overtime, so I'm doing her a favor, too.

12/20/09
I think we got about 18" of snow.

Best part about the snow is I'm going in for another eight hours of overtime tonight. Last night was a zoo - a bunch of the evening staff stayed overnight - the therapy gym was turned into a dorm of sorts, and most of them worked the morning shift today. And with the help of our local ambulance company, which picked up a handful of our morning shift nurses, 90% of the morning staff made it in. Dietary made breakfast for everyone - I stayed until I had bacon in my belly. Getting out of the parking lot was fun, too - the snowplows plowed in our entire row, so two of the guys that were there helped shovel out the cars and literally push them out of the snowbank.

Worst part of the snow? Shoveling it. And - and this is going to sound so unlike me - I broke off two of the nail tips while I was doing it. I'll get them fixed on Wednesday when I go.

So I'm going to work overnight tonight, and if the car guy calls and says my car will be there on Tuesday, I think I will ask for Tuesday off.

12/19/09
Here comes the snow - I wish I had the Escape now!

Stayed over at Tesse's folks' place after latkes last night, and the snow started around 6am. Her parents had planned to wake us up around 8, but I heard her dad knock on her door at 7, so I got up, too. The snow had started earlier than planned. So, down by them - outside of Princeton - it was a blizzard and windy. It slowly improved as we drove to Matawan, I think we were outrunning the storm. By the time we got to Matawan there was hardly any snow, but it was just starting to flurry harder. We're supposed to get up to 18 inches now.

So, with that in mind, I decided to not go into the city for the movie (which got panned anyway) - I dropped Tesse off at the train station here and I am going to stare out the window and wait for Spring.

Gonna go in to work 11-7 tonight and probably end up staying for the day shift, too. They called and it looks like the staffing is really terrible because of the weather.

later on 12/18/09
I am the soon-to-be proud owner of a 2010 Ford Escape! This is the most expensive thing I will ever buy! The car is actually at my dealer's sister-dealer in PA, they should have it on Monday or Tuesday for me, and that's when I walk in with the big check and get to bring it home. I asked if they can put a big bow on it like in the commercials. It's dark gray, black cloth seats, moon roof, cargo rack, little running boards to step up into the monstrously high seats and the Sync system (which I will probably not take full advantage of, but Dona says it rocks). I have never owned a car taller than I am.

And best of all - I qualified for financing, so I'll be paying off the balance over four years (I'm putting down most of the cost as the down payment), and I got the Friends and Family discount through a friend's dad, so that shaved a thousand bucks off the price.

I am so excited.

12/18/09
Blizzard warning? What blizzard warning? We haven't had real snow since I bought the damn snowblower.

Yes, I am tempting the weather gods.

12/16/09
Uncle Charlie's 85th birthday was this week, so we went over for dinner. He and Aunt Joan have the perfect sized house in the local adult community. I loved it. Lots of closets. And her two sons that did the cooking did a fantastic job. The extent of my cooking is to boil water - or dial for takeout.

I only have one more stressfilled day at work tomorrow, then a three-day weekend. And it's already full of plans - Friday night is latkes in Princeton with Tesse and her folks (must wrap gifts today for them). Then I'm going to stay over there Fri night, and we'll drive back to the city on Saturday in time for a 2pm reading that her friend is doing at Carnegie Hall (oooh - and I think she said we get to go backstage), and then the movie of Nine at the Ziegfeld. And then Sunday I'm going over to Dona's to drive her car and see how it feels. I'm also going to check out the local Ford dealer in Keyport and see what they have in stock or if they could order the perfect car for me.

And get this - I qualify for Ford credit! I can rebuild my credit and not spend most of my savings on a new car by paying for it all at once. That is fantastic news - I can't wait to go look at cars. My cousin Matt may buy the Sebring from me (I don't think the decorative scratches make it a good trade-in deal), so everybody wins.

12/13/09
In light of the fact that having a convertible in the desert is stupid, I am now ogling the Ford Escape. Dona has one - I'm going to go test drive hers over the weekend. Can't wait.

12/11/09
Happy Hanukah. I only wish I could take eight days off from work.

My gift to myself was to check my credit report. The bankruptcy should disappear in another 18 months, and hopefully my credit score will go up. It's currently 717 (which is better than 31% of the nation).

12/6/09
I have the best friends in the world - I really had a great time this weekend.

Michael, Tesse and I enjoyed the pasta tasting menu at Olives, which came with a salad, five pasta sampling courses and two desserts. It was food heaven. Had they not lost my umbrella (actually, Dad's umbrella that I was borrowing), it would have been perfect. They did give me a W Hotel umbrella to make up for it, but it was one of those too-big umbrellas with a wooden hooked handle, which I will never use, so I left it on the bus today for some stranger to pick up. After dinner, I went down the street to see Up In The Air, because two-plus hours of George Clooney with a sold out crowd is the perfect ending to any day.

And Tesse managed to get Nathan Gunn to sign a program for me from way back when she saw him do a concert, and it's just fabulous.

Today was brunch - Shanghai dumplings with my friend Alan, who made my holiday season with a Cervelli T-206 re-issue series rookie card, which is now up on my wall with my other Cervelli cards. How cool. Then I hopped up to Bryant Park to browse their holiday bazaar (which is really my favorite of all the city's bazaars), and fought my way through the crowds of tourists to Don't Tell Mama's, where I met up with Kevin, Jay, Jym and Tesse for drinks (it was like Marie's Crisis North). Then we headed for sushi to celebrate Tesse's upcoming birthday.

A perfect weekend.

Except for the umbrella part.

12/5/09
Well it's a little hard to type with the nails on - I might have to go back and get them filed a bit shorter. But they look fantastic.

The party was as all holiday parties were. So we went to the Kat Shack afterwards for a few beers, and stayed til closing. Today I have a hangover and a vague recollection of convincing some very young looking guys that I was 25.

Off to the city to meet Michael and Tesse for dinner at Olives!

12/4/09
I have no idea why I got up at 9am on my day off, since I don't roll out of bed until 1pm on my days ON.

I do, however, know why I went to the mall - to finish shopping, of course. And along the way, I bought myself a new fuzzy bathrobe, new slippers, some holiday cards, a few books, some Toys for Tots toys, some Hallmark ornaments, a pair of stuffed Yankees snowmen, and... yeah, that's enough for today.

Now I'm running out to get my nails done (getting fake tips for the second time ever, in the hopes that they won't chip as quickly as my real nails do), and then I have to figure out what I'm wearing to the work holiday party, pick up Julia and Lori, and hang out at the Cheesequake Firehouse for four hours, enjoying the door prizes and free food.

12/3/09
I did exactly what I said I was going to do. Slept on the couch through the entire Rockefeller center tree lighting thing on TV, then watched five hours of Man vs. Food, because I have a crush on Adam Richman. And don't worry, Adam, I couldn't even attempt the six-pound burrito.

12/2/09
Happy birthday, Eve!

All of the Christmas trees are up and decorated (the kittycat ornament tree, the Yankees tree, and the "rest of the crap" tree). We're foregoing the lights on the house because they're just a pain to put up and take down.

And I think I am finally finished with my holiday shopping.

Having filled up on BBQ at Big Ed's down the street (and garlic bread and apple fritters), I can safely say I will never eat again. Man, was that good.

It is - wait for it - cold and rainy out, so I plan to spend the rest of my day off lounging on the couch, wrapped in blankets.

12/1/09
I'm excited for this weekend to get here. Friday I'm getting fake nails put on (I've been admiring my coworker's and she says they don't chip, so I'll try it out) and then the work holiday party. Lori, Julia and I are going for the open bar. And Sunday I'm seeing all my old friends - Lunch with my friend Alan in Chinatown again, pre-drinks drinks with Kevin and maybe Jay at Don't Tell Mama's, and then drinks with Tesse and the gang for her birthday. Sunday will be lovely. I have no Saturday plans, so if anyone in the city want to get together, let me know and I'll come in on Sat instead of Sunday.

-catherine

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