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11/30/06
Tesse called me yesterday because she had the day off, too. So we met up in Bryant Park to browse the crafts fair. There were a few good looking things, but nothing affordable, really. I did pick up a bag of cinnamon-scented pinecones for decoration (and boy did they make my car smell good). They had fresh hot apple cider there, which we indulged in. We walked back across 42nd Street so she could catch the train home and I could meet James for dinner and the show.

I wanted to like High Fidelity, I really did. But I didn't. I didn't like the book, most of the characters or the music. Can't remember a single song from it, actually. Kenny (my ex) was playing in the pit, so I said hi, and felt bad that I had to answer "no" when he asked if I liked the show. What can you do.

Day off today, too. What to do with the time. Rearrange pinecones, I suppose.

11/28/06
Tomorrow is (finally) a day off, and I'm excited to see Will's new show. It should be a lot of fun. I'm going to try and get to one or two of the holiday bazaars too - I want to hit Union Square and/or Bryant Park.

I did something I never do - I was reading The New Yorker and there was one of those inserts with perfume on them. And it was lovely - something by Versace. So I went online and bought it. Can't remember the name, but I really like it.

11/24/06
Is this holiday weekend over yet? I had a day full of crazy, as I like to say, and an upcoming weekend full of the same. In good news tho, I think I managed to switch my work schedule so I work Sat (double), Sun, Mon and Tues, and then have off Wed-Thurs-Fri. Wouldn't that be sweet? In the meantime, I just walked in from work and have to go to bed, so I can get up for my double tomorrow - actually, the double shift isn't so bad, it's the one after it that gets me. I'm just really tired. Having loud neighbors who insist on arguing outside and yelling at their dog doesn't help with the sleeping thing, either.

About a month ago, I lost an earring at work. The little back had come off it, and I thought it would be OK to wear without it, since the back was like a hoop wire thing. But no, it came out sometime that evening - I noticed when a patient asked, "Did you lose an earring? You only have one on." Since they were from Wal-Mart (where I buy the cheap earrings that match everything I own), I just threw the other one from the pair away. Well, what do I find tonight in the Central Supply room, right there on the desk? My lost earring. How about that.

later on 11/22/06
So I did drive up to Elizabeth to see The Prestige again (and what a nice movie theatre the one up at Jersey Gardens is). It was much better this time around - knowing the twisty ending made it more fun to watch for clues and hints throughout the movie this time. Totally wonderful. I was reading - or saw something - recently where someone said, "Oh, Hollywood is so full of backstabbing and politics, but I love going to the movies, so they must be doing something right." Too true.

11/22/06
My wish was granted, I finished the book. Now I want to see the movie again - maybe later today.

I feel lazy when I sleep all day, which is why I could never work the night shift permanently. I worked 11-7 last night, and then Mom and I went to IHOP. I was in bed by 8.30am and slept til 4pm (when worked called to ask if I was serious when I said I could help with admissions if there were a lot today, and I realized that if I said yes, I may as well move in there since I'd end up working something like ten days in a row). So now I need to wake up before I decide if I want to go sit in a darkened movie theatre.

Checking moviefone.com, I see that The Prestige isn't even playing anymore at the local theatres! Ack! Maybe James Bond or dancing penguins, then, unless I want to drive up near IKEA to see it late tonight. I'll see how the rest of the day goes.

Happy Thanksgiving, to everyone who celebrates the European massacres of the Native American population. After the turkey has settled, I highly recommend Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong by James Loewen. A fantasticly scathing - in a nice way - book about American History textbooks and why/how they distort history to promote the "we can do no wrong" attitude - from the Pilgrims to the Vietnam War (in my history classes, we never learned there even was a war). He also wrote another great book called Lies Across America: What Our Historic Sites Get Wrong.

11/21/06
Oh, the book of The Prestige is so good, so far. Tho since I saw the movie first and I know the twist ending, it kind of makes it odd to read the book, knowing how it turns out. But still, excellent read so far! I'm working 11-7 tonight, hopefully I'll have some quiet time to finish it.

11/20/06
I feel like I'm never home, and when I am, I'm sleeping. But I'm working lots of overtime to save up for my holiday-present-to-self. New boobs. After 32 years of looking like a 14 year old, I'm going to buy new boobs this year. Must. Save. Cash.

And I'm serious, already made the consultation appt with a plastic surgeon who was recommended by two people at work. Have to find out how long of a recovery period there is, too - most of the websites I looked at said 8-10 days if you don't have to lift anything at work, and three weeks if you do. Well, I can probably finagle my schedule to have 8-10 days off, so we'll see when I can do that.

And after saving the money for that, my coworker D. reminded me that I need to save money for splurging at Victoria's Secret afterwards. I feel so girly.

Oh wow, mlb.com has these giant 8x12 foot photomurals of stadia (not stadiums, stadia) - I wish I had 8x12 foot of space to put one. It could go next to my huge map of Middle Earth. In the realm of things I can afford from all of these catalogs we get, I bought a really lovely silver snowflake pendant from a shop in Newport that I don't remember visiting.

11/16/06
Well, despite my friend Michelle telling me The Prestige was so-so, I went to see it anyway, and loved it. Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine(and Roger Rees! and Andy Serkis!), and it was about magic and Nikola Tesla - what's not to love? I tried to find the book it was based on at Barnes and Noble, but they didn't have it, so I'll order from amazon.com.

The Wordplay DVD is excellent. Makes me want to curl up and do crossword puzzles, which I am terrible at. That's how good the film is. And it has Mike Mussina in it.

11/15/06
The Yankees re-signed Moose, the Red Sox paid way too much for the right to negotiate with this Japanese pitcher, Joe Girardi won NL Manager of the Year after being fired by the Marlins, and Gary Sheffield and Jaret Wright are no longer Yankees. Now if only we can get rid of Carl Pavano, the world will be a happier place.

If you have two hours and $10 to waste, I highly discourage you spending it on Stranger Than Fiction. What a boring movie. Will Farrell should stick to comedies. At least it had Kristin Chenoweth and Tom Hulce (who I didn't recognize other than "he looks so familiar") in cameos. I should have gone to see Hugh Jackman. Maybe tomorrow. I have a bunch of DVD's to curl up with anyway (Wordplay, The DaVinci Code, Mary Poppins).

11/14/06
Oh, did not sleep well again last night. I was up til 2am or so, and slept til 5am. And then I couldn't get back to sleep, so I tossed and turned until about 6.30am or so, took a sleeping pill which worked until about 10am, and then couldn't sleep again. I'm up now - it's 1pm - and I guess I'll stay up instead of trying to get one more hour.

The news said yesterday that Rudy Giuliani is making an exploratory committee to look into a presidential bid in 2008. Even tho I'm an avowed democrat, I would seriously vote for Rudy.

later on 11/13/06
I was so looking forward to Company tonight, and I'm still not sure what to make of it. Parts of it I really enjoyed, but something about the whole thing as a whole didn't click. I need to see it again - Missy and I are going to wait til it's up again on TDF and go. I will say this, Raul Esparza should win the Tony for his rendition of "Being Alive."

Oh and I ran into my friend Paul from Marie's Crisis, who I haven't seen in about three years. And the guy sitting in front of us was at same performace of Sweeney Todd in DC that I was (where the understudy flubbed a line and half the audience gasped, and then she saved the show and everyone laughed, I guess you had to be there). It was like old days at the theatre where we run into people we know all the time.

11/13/06
Oh, I just couldn't sleep last night. You'd think it would be easy, since I worked the double on Saturday and then 3-11 yesterday, but I tossed and turned all night. Maybe it's the rain.

11/9/06
How on earth do the cats know when it's time to go to the v-e-t? They must have a sixth sense when I get out the cat carrier. Let me tell you, four cats to the vet at once is no fun at all. But they all survived (and Pippin isn't as fat as I thought she was, nearly 14 pounds), and more than that, I survived with only one scratch and a pound of cat hair on my clothes.

The DVD of Wordplay came out this week. Go buy it - it's a fantastic documentary about the NY Times crossword puzzle and crossword competitions. It's got Jon Stewart, Bill Clinton, and above all - Mike Mussina in it. I loved it in the theatre, and now I'm looking forward to watching it at home. There's still a handful of movies that I want to see - the Hugh Jackman one, a new one called Stranger Than Fiction that opens tomorrow (but I have to work all weekend), and next week Happy Feet, an animated movie about a bunch of penguins (with dancing by Savion Glover). I need to find time to see them all.

Jim did remember that it was our one year anniversary after all. We went to dinner at Uva, a fantastic Italian restaurant that I'd been to with Missy. They make their own pasta, and let me tell you, it makes a big difference from the frozen stuff. And he bought me a beautiful black jet bead necklace that will match everything I own. A lovely night, all in all.

With the sorry state of the Broadway offerings so far, I am so looking forward to Company on Monday, if only for the ever-affirming presense of Raul Esparza, who is on my list of "people who could stand on stage and read the phone book and I would be happy."

11/8/06
Les Mis - the revival. Miscast, but just as good as ever. I'm glad it's back, even if it's only a limited run. Norm Lewis is fantastic (as always), and let's just say that of the other leads, one is too young, and one is too old. And it's nice to see Drew Sarich wearing the same wig he wore in Lestat. He was terrific in a small part.

This rain can stop now. Took an hour and a half to get home because of the flooding and traffic.

And the Democrats took back control of the House. I'm utterly delighted! It's about time.

I'm also utterly delighted that there is a Cold Stone Creamery in Matawan, which I didn't know about. This says something about either my interest in politics or in ice cream.

later on 11/7/06
Well, Mary Poppins was boring and utterly forgettable. They should have just adapted the film, instead of basing the musical on the books. And Rebecca Luker was cast as the mother - she should have been cast in the lead. What a waste. You know it's bad when even Mom asks if we want to leave at intermission (we didn't).

11/7/06
Well, work says my benefits were re-submitted, retrocactive to when they cut them off, but the insurance company, who I called, said I'm not in the system. I guess we'll see what happens when I go to CVS to fill my prescription today.

Update: called back the insurance company, they said it takes 7-10 days to be re-submitted to the system, so I have to hang onto my bills so they can be processed once my insurance is back up and running. Then they told me that I have an outstanding bill due, because my insurance doesn't cover my Depo-Provera shots. It covers the "office visit" (which consists of my getting the shot) but it doesn't cover the shot-giving itself. I'm going to tell the gyn office tomorrow that I'll take the prescription, thankyouverymuch, and have someone else give me the shot at home.

What a pain.

I also told the insurance company that the gyn shouldn't be billing me/them for an "office visit" every three months, since it's not really an appointment and I never see anyone other than the nurse who gives me the (uncovered) shot.

And I did my civic duty and voted, which means they can stop running all these election commercials on TV now, and candidates can stop leaving voicemails on the answering machine.

11/6/06
I like working the double shift on Saturdays, but it leaves me exhausted on Sunday - and for part of Monday, too. But I managed to get through it, and now I'm off until Friday.

99 days til pitchers and catchers report for Spring Training, so says a visitor at work (also a big Yankees fan - bigger than me, if he knew that). And the YES network has been showing some nice Yankees Classics games on in the evenings.

11/3/06
It felt good to get back to work and see all my friends. I worked on the floor, instead of as supervisor, so I wouldn't have to run around as much, but what do you know - I still had to run around. Just not as much as usual. It felt really good to be back. Let's see if I'm still saying that after my double tomorrow!

Most of my holiday shopping is done - there are two things left on my list to buy, both of which I can pick up in the city next week.

11/2/06
Cardinals Apologize For Winning World Series. As well they should.

The Producers was just as entertaining as it ever was. We managed to stay (miracle of miracles) for both acts, even tho both James and I are sick. That's how good it was. It felt good to get out of the house and go to the city. I really miss living there, especially around this time of year. Summer - forget it, but I love the fall.

The dentist, not as entertaining. I need to sign up for the dental insurance at work (if they ever get my insurance straightened out, need to ask tomorrow). It cost me $134 for a cleaning and checkup, and I told them I'd come back to do x-rays and have two fillings replaced. Something to look forward to.

11/1/06
Let's hope that the rest of the year brings no sickness. Because I have no sick days left.

Not a lot of trick-or-treaters last night. More Tootsie Rolls for me.

Jet Blue is going to start $59 flights to Chicago. Oh, that'll be much better than driving there for theatre and baseball.

I wanted to go and see the new Hugh Jackman movie, but by some magic trick, I fell asleep and woke up about three hours later than I'd wanted to (set the alarm clock? when I'm sick?). So unless I want to see some crap with Leo DeCaprio in it, or part three in a series about some guy who hacks up other people with a saw, I think I'll stay away from the movies tonight. My entertainment tomorrow will be the dentist telling me I have a cavity (I know, I can see it) and that I should really come in to see him more often, followed by The Producers. Then Friday it's back to the joy of having the old folks cough on me, so we can start this whole cycle again.

Unintentional funny line of the day comes from Erin, talking about her stage management job:

mycue2go: and, oh, get this...they hired me an ASM with TURRETS
Catherine62874: tourettes? or actual castle-like protrusions?

-catherine

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