later on 6/30/02
So full. Jen and I went to see Seth's show at the Ars Nova theatre (located about as far west as you can possibly walk on 54th Street), and then we had dinner at El Azteca (where we hadn't been since 9/11). Two margaritas and a cab ride home, we're back in air conditioned splendour. Ahh.
Even tho Mom took home a carload of books, my room doesn't look any emptier! I already packed the empty boxes that she brought me.
Dad, Ann and I had brunch in a sassy little place in Tribeca, on West Broadway. I must say, their Eggs Benedict were really yummy. After brunch, I came home, put on shorts, grabbed my rollerblades and went up to Central Park to skate. My first time out this year. I ran into my friend Susan by the lake, and we chatted for a few minutes before I headed back downtown.
Went to Marie's Crisis last night after dinner, and Trisha came with me. That was very cool, I wish more of my friends would come and hang out there - I have such a fun time when I go there. Last night, both piano players, Jim and Dexter, played Happy Birthday to me, and the bartenders gave me free drinks. Love it.
I'm still irked that I haven't heard from James. He'd better be lying comatose in a hospital somewhere.
Jen, Missy and I went to see Minority Report this afternoon - I really enjoyed it. I usually don't like Tom Cruise at all, but he was just fine here. Very well-directed - it made up for AI, which I didn't like that much at all. We went to the movie theatre over in Battery Park City. It was strange for me, because that theatre was closed for so long after September 11th. I used to skate past it all the time when I would rollerblade near the WTC and up the west side promenade, but I hadn't been there since September. It was a little disturbing to see the site of "Ground Zero" from the back like that - there's nothing there. We could see buildings that were never in our line of sight before. A little freaky.
Mom's on her way into the city with a shitload of paperwork from the nursing school that I need to take care of, and I'm going to load the car up with books. Luckily it's a lot cooler today than it has been!
Tomorrow is brunch with Dad.
Few things make me happier than spending time with my friends. The entire gang went out for Vietnamese food in Chinatown tonight, and it was super. The "gang" chipped in and bought me a gift certificate for an hour-long massage at a spa, which will not go unappreciated! When I quit Xceed, I did the half-day spa thing at Origins Day Spa, and it was one of the most relaxing days I'd ever had. I can't wait to call this place and make an appointment - what a terrific gift!
Few things disappoint me more than not hearing from the person I'm dating on my birthday.
Happy birthday to me
Happy birthday to me
Happy birthday dear... me
Happy birthday to me
And to Ngoc! And to Cindy! And to Mel Brooks! And to Mark Bakalor, who I completely forgot to mention last week.
And Patrick just emailed me to say that it's Osama Bin Laden's birthday, too. I did not know that.
We're having dinner with the girls tonight in Chinatown, that'll be cool. (That is, me, Jen, Dona, Trisha, Keith, Ngoc, Michelle et al, not Osama)
And it thunderstormed all last night again, and it actually is a bit cooler today!
Hot hot hot.
I feel bad for our super - he and his crew are re-doing our neighbor's deck today, they're up here shirtless schlepping planks and tools over the roof to the deck. Too hot for that.
Happy birthday to Derek Jeter!
I never really curse, but I have to say - "It's fucking hot out." I had to go out to the hardware store and J&R etc, and it is just fucking hot out. I am staying indoors until October. Happily, I just bought a bunch of new DVD's, so I don't have to go out.
Mom had to cancel on moving books today, which is just as well, since it's fucking hot.
And it just started to thunderstorm out, maybe the temperature will cool off.
And on an unrelated note, a big shout-out to my friend Mons in Norway, who sent me a package - I don't have your email address handy, but thank you!
I went out for drinks with my friend Jonathan last night - and had a wonderful time. That's all I have to say for now. He and I know each other from the WWWAC list and we've been IM'ing a lot lately - last night was the first time we'd met in person, and it really clicked.
Happy birthday to Corrie and to Dan Weiss!
Not much going on today - I went and had my hair trimmed (probably the last time I'll have it done in the city), and Jen and I vegged out on the couch in the A/C for a while. Well, for most of the day. I also rearranged my boxes of books to clear out my room a bit. Mom's driving in tomorrow and we're going to load up her car, go to the Cloisters, and then drive the books home so I can unpack and re-use the boxes. I'll probably drive the Tank back into the city and do a second load as well, depending on what time it is.
It was so hot yesterday that I didn't want to move at all. But I had a ticket to the Aida matinee, so off I went. Once again, let me state that there are too many people in this city. Especially on a summer weekend. Anyway. I went backstage after the show and chatted with my friend Jim (the pianist there) for a while - I hadn't seen him in a long time, mainly because he was in Holland playing with the Dutch production for a few months.
I stopped home for dinner, and then went back out again to midtown. My friend Robert and I went to Don't Tell Mama's to see a cabaret show based on the email fiasco during the Paper Mill's run of Gypsy. One of the farmboys in the show started emailing his friends about Betty Buckley's antics during the show, and it just got out of hand. The show was hysterical. But what was even funnier was that as I was going into the theatre, I ran into Jim again ("Jim Abbott, I've seen enough of you today!") and his girlfriend Laura ("Hi, I'm Laura, Jim's lover") - she's a bit crazy.
After the cabaret, I went down to Marie's Crisis for a bit, hadn't been there since pre-London.
And after Marie's, I came home and walked right into the coffee table, which I'd forgotten was pushed over near my stairs. Ouch. Add another bruise. I still have this HUGE egg-sized bruise and lump on my hip from falling UP the stairs, and noticed another similar bruise a few inches from that one when I was in the shower today (the second one is back near my ass, so I didn't see it before, and I have no idea where it came from). I look like a battered woman.
Now I know I've read somewhere that you shouldn't eat dairy products on hot days. And I think the milkshake I had today confirmed that thought - I'm feeling a little queasy and tired. It's 90 degrees out. I was going to spend the day reading on the deck and working on my sunburn, but I've opted for the air-conditioned indoors instead. I also thought about taking the train to NJ, getting the Tank, and bringing these books home, but the Tank has no AC.
James and I went to see About a Boy last night (even better the 2nd time around), and went to his place after. He neglected to inform me that he had to catch the 10.15am train back to the city this morning, meaning I had a quick dash into my clothes and out the door to the train, as I woke up at 10am. "It's a good thing I'm low-maintainance," I told him. I'd like to spend more time with him (every hour of every day is a good start) but our schedules seem to be conflicting heavily. Sigh. I hate how I read too much into things. But that's a tangent for another day.
Anyway, so I'm just kind of hanging around the apartment. Except for a quick trip to the post office with Missy and a stop at McDonald's (crowded, lots of annoying kids, slow service) for that milkshake which is now sitting in my stomach like a rock, I haven't been outside today. And that's the way I like it.
There are just too many people outside downtown today - some kind of festival. One geared towards screaming kids - there are lots of strollers and balloons. Today's one of those days where I just want to clear a path in front of me - the slow moving people and the ones with their subway maps out and in front of their faces etc. I was in a much better mood yesterday, where I actually helped people on the subway find where they were heading.
Filled out my "change of address" form today, too. I have to start calling magazines etc. to have everything switched over to NJ. I reserved a truck, too, for July 17th, a Wednesday. I will buy pizza and drinks for anyone who wants to help me load the truck.
I also tripped up my stairs (yes, up) and bashed my hip into the edge of a stair. Now I have a bruise the size of Rhode Island forming there. Ow.
Steve and I did movie night last night, and I crashed out in Queens. Steve's got three cats - two of whom are cuddly and one of whom is a royal snot. We chilled out and had dinner and watched videos (mmm, Hugh Jackman) until I fell asleep on the couch. Nice to get out of the city, even if it's really only to Queens.
Date with James tonight, mmm.
One week til my birthday (and Ngoc's, we share a bday) (and Cindy Marshall) (and Mel Brooks).
Four days til Corrie's birthday.
Nine days til Dona's birthday.
Welcome to summer.
Although there's no definite terrorist threat for the 4th of July, I have a feeling that I don't want to be in the city that day.
Pack pack pack. I spent part of last night and this morning packing books into boxes. Steve and I are planning to go to Philly to get his car (his dad has been using it as he had a slight accident with his own car), then stop in NJ to get the Tank, and load up both cars with boxes of books to drive back to NJ. My bookcases are s l o w l y getting emptier. Missy also packed up a bunch of sweaters to mail to her parents' house. She's really looking forward to moving to New Orleans. And I'm looking forward to being able to visit. The other big thing we need to do is make signs for the elevator about selling the TV cabinet and dresser, and the loft bed/mattress that Missy has.
Jen has a friend in for the weekend, so I'm planning to stay elsewhere. The apartment is crowded enough with three people, four is too much. Especially since her friend is too important to sleep on the couch, so the Aero-Bed will be all over the floor here. I'm tired and a bit irked, I vacuumed and mopped yesterday, and Missy straightened up the living room after she packed, and the first thing Jen did when she came home was complain about what a mess the place was, and how we hadn't done anything to clean it up. Annoying. Anyway, we're getting to the end of the shared-apartment thing, which will be both good and bad. I've loved living with Jen and Missy, they're two of my best friends, and it'll be strange not to be in the same place with them all the time. But I'm also really looking forward to being back in school and living somewhere where I have space.
I'm taking sinus pills like crazy.
Last night, Matthew and I went to see Phantom - he had to rereview it, so he had comps and asked if I wanted the second one. It's in surprisingly good shape for being a long-running show. I had a really good time there. I came home, took more sinus pills and a sleeping pill, and fell right asleep.
I don't feel like writing much these days. I just can't think of anything to write about.
So I had a cold for most of our vacation - I was taking flu and sinus pills for most of London and Paris. My throat is still pretty swollen, and my sinuses are still stuffy. And my ears are clogged up. I hate summer colds.
Ten days til my birthday.
So I didn't get out to get my eyes checked yesterday. I just want to go to one of the glasses stores on Nassau and have them check my prescription and write it down for me, so I can go back to the store where I bought my frames and have new lenses done for them. Maybe I'll just go uptown to that store and have them check my eyes there. Hrm.
I need to dig out my humidifier from the closet - I had two nosebleeds while in London, and another this morning. I think I'm too congested or dried out or something.
Finding affordable health insurance in NJ is turning out to be a pain.
later on 6/17/02
I completely spaced! Eric and Masha (of the Marshall clan) had their baby - a girl, named Isabella Josephine - I'm sort-of an aunt! Must go out and buy finger paints and trumpet lessons.
Whew - I could use a week of sleep or so. I got home from DC last night around 11.30pm, so I just fell into bed.
London and Paris were super - highlights include seeing Star Wars II - l'Attaque des Clones in French, drinking with some sassy Aussie chicks that we met at dinner in Paris, seeing lots of bad theatre, and hanging out with Ric and his (cute) roommates. I thought about writing up a full report, but I am just too tired!
DC was also a fun weekend, it was great to see Sunday in the Park with George onstage finally. I knew a lot of the cast members in all three shows that we saw, so I got to say hi to most of them.
Today's plan is to balance my checkbook. And pay bills. And get my eyes checked - I'm growing more and more nearsighted every year. And go food shopping.
And my unemployment benefits are officially over.
And I want this. If only I could afford it.
While I happily admit to taking home mini-shampoo and conditioner bottles from hotels where I stay (my Paris Las Vegas soaps are lovely), this guy takes it a bit too far, methinks. Well, everyone has to have a hobby.
Oh, and The First Nudie Musical, Bruce Kimmel's movie that I helped with the documentary for, is being released on DVD on Jund 25th - go pick it up.
It's late - well, it's nearly midnight, but it feels like 5am to me. Jen and I are home from our trip. Tomorrow I leave for DC at 11am, so I will update with trip details when I'm back on Sunday night or Monday morning!
later on 6/6/02
Mmm, Hugh Jackman is lovely. I love Carousel - so the concert was highly enjoyable. I loved hearing the score played by a full orchestra! But I was a little disappointed at the amount of the book that they cut. The show ran about 2 hours and 15 minutes. We had super seats, and the entire BroadwayStars.com staff was there. TheOtherJames, Susan, Matthew, Tim and I will all be in DC together, too.
Anyway, Jen and I hit the 24-hour Duane Reade to get soda and film, and tomorrow we leave bright and early for London! We'll be back on next Thursday, the 13th.
Pack pack pack. Well, laundry first and then packing... Today is just the day of finishing up errands - went to the bank (they still haven't cleared my check from Merril Lynch, so I couldn't transfer money into my checking account just yet. I told Mom not to cash the check I sent her! Hopefully it'll be cleared by the time we get to London, so I can actually withdraw funds.
Yesterday, Trisha and I went to see The Sum of All Fears, which was well-written, but a little freaky, what with Baltimore getting nuked. I did like that Ben Affleck was able to call the cops in the middle of this nuclear fallout, and have them show up immediately. Right. I also liked that Liev Schreiber got to slit Colm Feore's throat - as Feore played Claudius to Schreiber's Hamlet at the Public. That made a nice little twist.
Anwyay - tonight is Hugh!
I set up a LiveJournal account, which I will probably never update. But now I can view all of my friends' journals online, and if anything earthshattering happens overseas, I'll be able to update that site.
One more day til I have Hugh Jackman and James in the same room. Mrowr. And then Friday morning Jen and I leave for London.
I am not the only person moving back home.
So the mechanic actually said that he thinks the entire engine needs to be replaced. I'm going to ask Ryan to take a look at it for a second opinion. I posted a message on a Slant Six message board, explaining about the stalling etc, and got a slew of replies with suggestions on other things to look at before doing an engine replacement (which can be costly).
I need to start rollerblading again, and soon. I feel like I'm always eating. Right now I'm chowing down on sesame noodles from the Chinese restaurant next door.
Dan the mechanic called today. The Tank is ready to be picked up. He said it's running a lot better than before, but there's still something in the engine that needs to be fixed - a valve or something. But it can wait until later.
Today I'm just chilling at home - filed my unemployment claim, ate my leftover sub from Steve's get-together last night (did I mention that Subway had a "3 foot-long subs for $9.99" deal going on last night?), and I'm just going to veg out with CNN today.
Oh, my heel feels better, and my J. Crew dress that I ordered a week ago finally came in the mail. Sassy red halter dress.
Well, Urinetown won a handful of Tony's, but Millie won Best Musical - which is kind of what I thought would happen. The Tony show is going downhill every year tho - it needs some pep.
James and I watched the telecast at a hotel where Steve had rented a room - we brought food and there was soda etc. and we all had a good time. I guessed 15 of the 20 awards correctly. And it looks like Hugh Jackman straightened out his England Visa issues, since he was there to present an award tonight. Yay! We'll see him Thursday!
The r.a.t.m. Tony brunch this morning was a lot of fun - it's always nice to see people that I tend to only see once a year. Luckily this year, the ratmites have been gathering more frequently, which has been really nice. After brunch, Tesse and I walked up to Tower Records in Lincoln Center - they're having this huge sale all month, with loads of CD's on sale for $7.99, so I picked up a few cast recordings that I didn't have. And then I took the train home, did some errands, and met up with James around 5pm to head uptown to the hotel.
And now I'm home again!
My ankle is bothering me tonight. It hurts when I arch my left foot inwards. I hope it doesn't get any worse - my left foot must have a fear of flying to London or something. When we went in March, it swelled up the day we were leaving and I had to get the cast, remember? Maybe a night of rest will help it.
later on 6/1/02
Oh dear. It's 4am and it's still warm out. I went to Marie's, and it was so hot that I was sweating while just sitting still. Ack.
And yes, I know that it's germs that cause colds, not the AC,
June! It's so hot out. And humid. Missy and I have all of the fans on in the apartment (she has a cold, so we're avoiding the AC for now), and spent the day reading on the deck, with a nice breeze keeping us cool. Once the sun goes behind the buildings, it's nice out there.
Her friend Brooke came over and made dinner (mmm, chicken, pasta, blueberry muffins), and we all ate outside and hung out on the deck. I'm so glad it's all fixed now, so we can just chill outside in the summer. And tonight I'm off to Marie's, for the night-before-the-Tony's thing. I'm in the minimal-makeup zone for the summer, it's too hot for anything more than mascara and lipgloss. And nail polish. I repainted my toes and fingers pink.
The Green Day/Blink 182 concert was good last night. I agree with Jen tho - they should have had Blink go on first, because after Green Day's show, nothing could be better, and Blink was kind of a letdown. But still, good concert. I hadn't seen Green Day live before, and the last time we saw Blink was when the underage moshpit on the lawn at the Arts Center drove me crazy. We were up in the last row of the 400 section at the Garden, probably the worst seats in the house, but still, not that bad! We got lost on the way up to the seats and ended up wandering through where all of the suites are - now that's sweet. They have their own private bathrooms and cushy chairs, and probably cost a fortune!
Since I start Algebra on July 22nd, I'm going to move my stuff home the week before, when Missy's down in New Orleans. I think I'm going to take Jen's advice and just rent a U-Haul truck for the day and do it in one trip, rather than making many trips in the Tank. It'll just be easier that way, and cheaper. And then I'll come back on the last weekend in July to get my TV etc (that I'm leaving here, it would be rude to take it with me and leave Jen and Missy entertainment-less) and we're all going to scour the apartment.
I'm going to sell my IKEA TV cabinet and dresser (as I have new ones at home) - preferably to someone in the building. I just don't want to move them home. Missy's going to sell her loft-bed frame too. I hope we can get them sold painlessly.
One week from tonight, I'll be in Paris.
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