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10/30/10
Newscorp and Cablevision have settled their dispute (somehow) and given us back FOX. And what does Cablevision plan to do to apologize for taking FOX off the air for two weeks? Send a nice email that says, "sorry for any inconvenience." That was nice, my Inbox appreciates it.

10/29/10
Feels like I'm coming down with a cold - on my day off, of course.

I went to the pet store to buy new cat carriers. I bought them a little large for comfort (kitties will be in the carriers for the trip to Phoenix) - and seriously, the one for Pippin is small-dog-sized. Pippin needs a serious diet plan.

10/28/10
Worked a double shift last night, for some spending money. Can't wait to be off tomorrrow and do absolutely nothing all day.

10/27/10
In the Heights is closing in Jan (and Lin-Manuel Miranda is returning to the cast for the final two weeks) - must go see it one last time.

The allergies are killing me today.

10/25/10
I think the full moon has passed. I can exhale now.

10/24/10
I love when we have beautiful weather on my weekend off. Tesse and I drove up to Croton-on-Hudson to see Missy and Oliver's new house. I love it. It's on the side of a mountain, which is what I want, and there is so much light and so many windows and great views, lots of privacy, but close enough to the village and train station to be convenient. I hate to think about what the road will be like in the snow, but hey, that isn't my worry. It's really great. We drove over to the Croton Aqueduct, which is a marvel of engineering (and provides NYC with its water), and the only downside of the day is that Missy twisted her ankle badly on a pothole there. I hope it'll heal without any problems (like I said, good to hang out with a nurse). We toasted the house with a bottle of champagne, played with the kitties, and now I am back in NJ.

10/23/10
What has been seen cannot be unseen! Patrick Stewart in purple legwarmers! Tesse and I went to see A Life in the Theatre by David Mamet. Patrick Stewart and TR Knight, fantastic. It was as if Henry and Mortimer from The Fantasticks had gone off with a bad summer stock troupe, and talked about theatre while they were backstage at their varied performances. I really enjoyed it.

Then we went to see the new Matt Damon movie (Hereafter), which was really well done, despite feeling like it was dragging a bit for the first half. Then sushi, and now baseball (this will be the World Series that will not be watched by anyone I know). A super day all around.

10/22/10
I didn't want to watch the World Series anyway. Stupid Rangers.

Still a full moon - so glad I'm off for the weekend. Going to hang out with Tesse tomorrow, and then go up and see Missy and Oliver's new house "upstate" on Sunday.

10/21/10
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa full moon.

10/20/10
Thank you, CC Sabathia, for keeping Yankee dreams alive for another day.

Thank you, makers of Ben-Gay pain patches, for keeping my back from falling apart another day.

Thank you, weather channel on SiriusXM, for telling me that if I were in Phoenix, I should break out the sweaters and coat, because it's going to dip down into the low-to-mid 70's tomorrow. Brr!

10/19/10
The leaves on the trees are really beautiful today.

Today was errands day - went to the doctor, went to the lab to get my bloodwork done, went to the Asian grocery store for snacky-cakes (love the rice crackers with soy sauce), went to the mall for new underwear (yes, you needed to know that), browsed the scrubs store but came away empty-handed, dropped off my prescriptions at the drugstore, and now I'm going to veg out on the couch. Totally productive.

Thank goodness they recap each House episode on fox.com, so I don't feel like I missed anything. I hope NewsCorp and Cablevision settle their so-called dispute before the World Series starts. Well, since I'm working for all of the WS games, I'll actually be watching it at work, but still. It's annoying.

10/17/10
Freddy Sez, Yankees super-fan, passed away today after a heart attack. I met him briefly at the start of the season, and have a picture of me and him together.

The Arizona State Board of Nursing sent me my official paper license. Woo hoo!

10/16/10
Happy anniversary to Jen and Sean! And Happy Aaron Boone Day!

10/15/10
Productive day off - cleaned the attic. Made a pile of stuff that I'm taking with me to AZ, and a bigger pile of "things to throw out" - most of which is sitting on the front porch, waiting for the next garbage day. And we turned on the heat, finally. It's freezing. I know, I know, it's 60. But it's a *cold* 60.

When I was taking the air conditioner out of my window, I ran my fingers along the cheese-grater-esque panel on the back by accident, and now have three shredded fingers. Hard to type with the bandaids on.

Did not buy World Series tix.

10/14/10
Picked up my ticket to see the tour of Hair at ASU when I'm there in December.

And I was picked in the lottery to buy potential World Series tix - they go on sale tomorrow morning. If I get tix, I'd have to use a sick day from work. Hrm. Thinking it over.

10/13/10
I am freshly pedicured and ready to face the work day. Well, my feet are anyway.

Bought my plane tix for Phoenix in early December. I'm going to look at a few apartments that I've scoped out online, visit a slew of places (library, downtown, IKEA etc), and yes, make a beeline roadtrip to Tucson for the sonoran hot dog again. That was so good. Booked a hotel near Peoria (the area that I'll be spending the most time in) - love the Hilton "quadruple points if you stay on a Sunday night," plus Homewood Suites has a kitchen in the unit, free breakfast, and free light meal and drinks on Mon-Thurs eves. I'll be saving bigtime on the food on this trip. Tho I will be going to Macayo's for the super chimichanga.

later on 10/12/10
I made it though the shift. Am celebrating by getting a mid-week pedicure tomorrow. I actually have to get the three cracked nails fixed (it's been a rough week at work), so I figured I'll just get all ten nails done tomorrow instead of Friday, and when they said, "you want pedicure too?" who was I to disagree?

10/12/10
Couldn't sleep well at all last night, I was tossing and turning til about 7am. And then woke up and threw up. And then went back to bed, got up at 1pm, and threw up again. Too late to call out from work, but we'll see if I make it through the shift.

Maybe it was an omen of things to come - because, drull roll please, the State of Arizona has decided to license me as an RN! Finally! Now I'll be able to work (legally) when I go.

Actually, vomiting and getting my license is probably not a good combo.

10/11/10
I had lots of anticipatory bad-feelings about work (based on what a crazy day Friday was), but it turned out to be not as bad as I was expecting. That's always good.

I measured out 12x6 on the floor - that's the size of the U-Haul trailer, and I actually think I can do it. And since the trailer is actually 5'6" high, I'll be able to stack my stuff as tall as I am. Just like the gold in Rheingold covering Freia, I will cover myself in my belongings. Yeah, that was a totally lame comparison which no one will get. So I'll tow my stuff in a trailer.

10/10/10
Nothing to say, enjoying the triple-header baseball action. Just wanted to point out that it's 10/10/10.

Aw, I was cleaning out the attic and found a box of old school stuff. Class pictures (we went to Washington DC? No recollection of that one), programs from shows I worked on, my report cards from nursery school onwards (I got a "satisfactory" in "social interaction"), the bill from the hospital from when I was born, college application, high school graduation program, all that fun stuff.

And I found my grandmother's Waterford crystal glasses, which I inherited. I will be drinking my Diet Coke in style from now on.

I also think I'm going to need a bigger truck to move with. I have a lot of stuff up there, and that's just stuff-from-storage-in-the-attic, like tables, chairs, kitchen stuff, not stuff-I-use-every-day, like clothes, books, mattress, sofa. Maybe I'll have to rent a truck and tow the Escape after all, instead of vice versa. Or have someone like ABF U-Pack do all the driving work.

10/9/10
The Met's new Ring cycle is designed and directed by the guy who did Ka for Cirque du Soleil, which is pretty awesome. Ka remains the single most thrilling theatrical event I have ever seen. But I didn't love Das Rheingold. First of all, I really missed James Morris as Wotan. Bryn Terfel doesn't do it for me. And while the cool effects worked great in a fast-paced Vegas show, they weren't necessary in a show where there are only four or five set changes. So yes - the sliced-up moving wall is terrific, but it isn't used enough to warrant reinforcing the Met stage etc. And I didn't care for the costumes or the hair. Terfel looked like he wanted to push his hair out of his face the whole time. Bring back the eye patch for Wotan. But there were good things - the singing was astounding. The projections and the motion effects (like the bubbles when the Rheinmaidens sing) were great. So it was a mixed-bag. Enjoyed the HD movie at the Ziegfeld, can't go wrong in that theatre.

This is what Minnesota gets for not building a dome on their new stadium. Who wants to see more postseason baseball outside in the cold? Bring on the Rangers/Rays, either one is great, they play in warmer weather.

10/6/10
Totally awesome come-from-behind win for the Yankees - totally overshadowed by Doc Halladay pitching a no-hitter for the Philles. Damn you, Doc.

10/5/10
So glad we have TBS at work, so I can sneak glimpses at the ALDS tomorrow night - can't believe there's going to be playoff baseball in Minneapolis, where they have a new, dome-less stadium. It's supposed to be like 40 degrees. Would be nice to see the Twins go all the way, so that they can have the World Series in the snow. Right.

The car now has a hitch, and I can tow up to 3500 pounds of stuff.

Can't wait for payday so I can pay the rent, my car insurance, mom's deductible from the idiot hitting the car while I was driving it, Visa bill (that hitch wasn't free), and if there is anything left over, book my ticket for Arizona in December so I can go look at warm places.

10/4/10
Gotta get up bright and early tomorrow to drop the Escape off at the Ford place. I'm getting the hitch installed (so I can tow all my worldly belongings to someplace warmer). It's cold and rainy and did I mention cold?

10/1/10
The rain was fantastic to watch from my 37th floor room at Bally's. I had huge windows overlooking the boardwalk and the ocean, and I sat there watching the flags whip around and the whitecaps on the ocean. I also spent some time watching the cards add up to 21 for a few hours, until I finally lost the money I went with, but I had a great time and that's what matters.

I have got to stop forgetting my toothbrush, tho. But the good thing is that on my way to Rite-Aid to buy a travel one, I walked past a fantastic-looking Mexican place, so I went back later on for dinner, and had delicious rice-and-corn fried Spring rolls, and a perfectly-made chicken chimichanga for dinner.

I love that Caesar's has all of this Boardwalk Empire advertising all over the place - all of the Harrah's hotels, actually. My key card from Bally's had the logo imprinted. I don't have HBO, so I didn't see the pilot, but I heard it was excellent. Picked up the book that the series is based on.

One of my facebook friends said that today is "Homemade Cookie Day" (honestly, who makes this stuff up), so I'm making peanut butter cookies. They go well with rain.

-catherine

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