Wednesday, February 25, 2009

It's happening

My bff, twinner, wifey, soulmate, love Shantay arrives tomorrow.  CAN'T.  EVEN.  WAIT.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Kinda sad, but really funny

How fairy tales should really be told

I love the part in the movie Sex and the City when Carrie's reading a fairy tale to Lily and after it ends happily ever after Carrie explains to her that that's not always reality.  Prince Charming doesn't always pull through.
We need more fairy tales like this one, so as not to grow up confused with unrealistic expectations.
Girls, quit trying so hard, he's probably not worth it.  And you're better than him anyway.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Weekend recap

Two weekends ago was one of the most fun and busy weekends I've had in a really long time.  It started off Friday night with seeing Push.  I'm a fan of Dakota Fanning's and really enjoyed seeing her in an older role.  The movie wasn't anything I'd say you have to see, but I thought it was entertaining and enjoyed it.

After the movie we got dinner at Chevy's, and then headed up to Pacha for Anita's birthday.  This was actually my first clubbing experience in the city if you can believe it.  Even though I always have fun dancing, and the friends that were there were awesome, I have to say, I was not overly impressed with the whole club scene.  I wasn't that into the music (even though there were three or four floors with different music) and I just felt a little violated.  There was about a 10 minute period where I wasn't with Curtis and I was groped by a totally drunk guy (he stole second!) and some other dude tried to get all up on me dancing.  Yikes.  Let's just say I'm glad that's not the way I have to meet people in the city.  It was so hot in the club though, that it was so nice after leaving to walk from 11th and 46th to 7th and 42nd.  Love those nights you can just walk and walk.

Saturday was super fun.  Got up early(ish) and went to Alice's Teacup, one of my favorite brunch places.  I'm obsessed with the vanilla yogurt and granola.  We had to wait a bit so we headed over to Pets on Lex to look at the puppies.  I'm not all for buying puppies at a pet store because it promotes the business of puppy mills, however I didn't think it would hurt to look.  I absolutely fell in love with this Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.  I've never given those dogs a second look but this one just stared at me and I felt as if he was choosing me to take him home.

After brunch we saw He's Just Not That Into You and I have to say we totally loved it.  Maybe it's because I went into it with low expectations?  I don't know.  They've been shamelessly advertising for so long, and I feel like most movies that have so many A-list actors end up being a flop, but I really loved it.  I'm surprised so many people are hating on it.  I feel like so many of the examples shown are so many classic mistakes girls make, and I laughed really hard a lot of times throughout the movie.  Yes, I hated the way a marriage was represented, but honestly, isn't that in every movie and tv show?  Whether blatantly or subtly, Hollywood has a way of getting us to root for the cheating husband and the dirty mistress (hello MerDer.)  Not that I was necessarily rooting for that scenario in this movie, it just seems like a lot of people are up in arms about the marriage situation, and I don't get why because it's nothing new for movies.  I'm not condoning it, just saying I guess I've come to expect it from Hollywood.  I don't know, I'm sure I sound hypocritical because I hated Nights in Rodanthe because we were supposed to root for Richard Gere and Diane Lane and HELLO!  She was married!  But I feel like that movie was different than this one.  Anyway, the point is, I really enjoyed the movie.

After the movie we headed over to Rockefeller Center to do something I've always wanted to-skate at the famous rink!  I'll be honest, I don't even really like ice skating, hurts my ankles.  But I just wanted the experience, and that's pretty much all it was.  SUPER small rink that gets so cut up so it's not the most slick (and we got on just after the zamboni) and very expensive.  I'm glad I could do it once though.

After skating it was home for a bit.  I was exhausted and had a crazy headache (thanks to a little "fun" activity we participated in on our walk from the theater to the rink which led me to walking into a parking knee still has a gnarly bruise and I think I may have gotten a mild concussion.)
Took a little nappy nap and then headed to one of my favorite restaurants Harry's Burritos.  Mmmmm. So good.  Then it was up to Anita's for the party at her apartment.  We didn't get there till after midnight but it was still super fun.  I honestly have more fun dancing at these Mormon parties than at a club, I decided.  She lives across the street from my first apartment so it was fun to be at the old stomping grounds.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Best email I've gotten in weeks

Thoughts from the treadmill

  • Sheryl Crow was wrong; if it makes you happy it can be that bad, and the first cut isn't always the deepest.
  • There are days when things are just awful at work, with my family, and my love life and I feel like I'm isolated and can't talk to the only person who I can really talk to, but my Heavenly Father is always patiently waiting to listen.
  • The media portrays Wall Street (and pretty much everything else) so poorly.  A vast majority of the population has the wrong idea about traders.
  • The heart can be broken more than one ever imagines.
  • There are people to whom I'd really like to give a piece of my mind, and it's probably a good thing they live 3000 miles away.  I still might, next time I see them.
  • I am absolutely floored people twenty years my senior still behave as though they were in high school.  Completely astounding.
  • Few things in life are better than being behind the wheel with an open road, blaring the music and singing at the top of your lungs.
  • I am such an advocate of mental therapy, whether it's going to the gym or speaking with someone who's licensed.  
  • Men are selfish.
  • I'm so lucky to have found some very true girlfriends in New York, even if it took a while.
  • God really hears my prayers.
  • There is always more to a situation than one can perceive, and it's incredible some don't understand that.
  • There will always be people who hurt me.
  • There will always be people who help me put myself back together.
  • At the end of the day, you can't rely on anyone else to take care of you forever.  One must always have the capability to take care of ones self, even if one doesn't always have to apply those abilities at the moment.
  • Coldplay is genius.
  • One day I might get pushed enough to the edge that I might swear at some traders, and I'm pretty confident I'll get some applause.  Everyone's just waiting for the nice Mormon girl to crack.
  • I'm really lucky that even though I live in a super liberal area, my work environment is very conservative and respectful of my standards, and despite the fact that I work with a bunch of lushes, if I ever succumbed to having a drink everyone would get really mad at me (not that I would, but I like the fact that even my non-member colleagues would keep me in check.  And I know, just because someone's liberal doesn't mean they're not respectful or supportive.  I'm just happy to be around people with similar points of view.)
  • I never thought I could run at 7.0 for a whole song.  Apparently I was wrong.  I hate running, but for some reason I keep trying.
  • I'm constantly surprised at how easily my blood boils when it comes to someone thinking negatively about a family member.  I never considered myself the protective type, but it turns out I am.
  • It's weird when one day you realize you're better at some things than your parents.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

I'm the worst sister-in-law

Steve's birthday was Jan 31 and I'm totally lame and missed it on the blog!  Steveo, I hope you forgive me.  
Luckily Steve is maybe the nicest person in the world, so I think he will.  :)  Steve also is an awesome dad, perfect husband to my sister, great provider, amazing example, and just all around wonderful person.  Every family needs a Steve.
Hope your day was great Steveo!!

Happy birthday Dad!

So excited you got a new toy for your big day!  I can't wait to go for a ride.
Happy birthday to my favorite guy in the world.  I love you.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Happy Anniversary

Happy second anniversary my love.  I can't believe another year has already gone by.

Thursday, February 5, 2009


I have become obsessed with Magnolia's red velvet cupcakes.  It's bad.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Making me happy

So lately I've sort of been focusing on the sucky things in life and letting the winter blues get me down, but today I got super excited when I realized I have a lot to look forward to!  Like....

The warmer weather forecast for this weekend!

This boy coming into town this weekend (yes, we're still friends, get over it.)

Jac attack coming up next weekend!

Getting to give up the crowded subways for a few days....

and getting to get behind the wheel(!)...

to take a girls' trip here!

And spending Valentine's Day doing this!

And this!

And my wifey coming to visit the last weekend in February!

And getting to stay with Aim in LA in April!

And getting to reunite with my favorite Aussie Freya in Brisbane!

And remembering today that the Great Barrier Reef is in Australia!

And deciding to face my fear of deep water and look into getting certified so I can go scuba diving there!

And maybe even see Nemo!!
Wow, I've decided the only way to get through life (especially in the winter) is to always have something exciting to plan and look forward to.  It makes things a million times better!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

I'm going to.....

And I'm so excited!!!  It all happened so fast, and out of no where!  So I've been thinking about my two week vacation, and Australia was one of the places I had in mind, but realistically it wasn't at the top of the list.
So on Sunday some adorable Aussie boys that were visiting New York were at my ward.  I got to chatting with them and casually mentioned that I was thinking of taking a trip down under this year.  We talked for a while and exchanged information and they said we'd have to meet up if I ended up going.  I didn't think too much of it.
Then yesterday morning I started looking up the price of tickets, you know, "just for fun."  Then I went on with my day.  At the end of the day I got a random email from my friend (and total travel hero) Karen.  She mentioned how she came across my post from a couple weeks ago where I brought up my two week trip, and invited me to join her on her two week trip to......Australia!  Are you kidding me??  That is so random that she would email me that same day!
I immediately responded telling her I was super interested and asked for more deets.  Of course, being the non-impulsive, must plan in advance, hate to commit person that I am my first thoughts were, Oh gosh, April??  Wow, that's way sooner than I'd planned on taking this trip.  Australia is seriously so far.  Is it worth it?  Am I really going to pull this off?  Then I got to chatting with some coworkers who'd been to/lived in Australia and it got me a little more interested.  
I came home and sent a message on facebook to my good friend and old college roommate Freya, who lives in Brisbane, to see if she'd be around.  Being the doll she is, she immediately responded insisting I stay with her and her soon to be husband (three weeks!) in their new condo.  Love love love her.
So there were still a few hurdles to cross.  I went to work and cleared the days with my boss, and then checked out flights.  I found a good deal, and then it was just a matter of booking it.  Talk about panic!  I finally pulled the trigger.  Karen and I were emailing all day, totally freaking out.  Seriously?!?!?  We're seriously going to Australia???????!!?!  I'm trippin.  I haven't left the country since my family went to Europe when I was 17.  I can't even believe we're doing this!
So we're meeting up in Sydney on April 13th (our flights land within 10 minutes of each other!) and then will be jet setting around the country for two weeks!  We'll be staying with Karen's friend in Sydney, and Freya in Brisbane, and who knows where else we'll end up!  Flights within Australia are super cheap, so we'll figure out the rest of the details in the coming months.
If anyone's been there I'd love to hear your suggestions!
Until then....Aussie!  Aussie!  Aussie!  Oy!  Oy!  Oy!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

I finally saw it

I absolutely loved Benjamin Button.  I've heard all sorts of reviews so I tried to go into it with no expectations.  I went to a 6:50pm showing and made sure to grab a Diet Coke (one of my lasts) and didn't even get a bit sleepy, thank goodness.  I struggle in movies, even early ones.  I was worried it would be too long for me but other than during one part I never felt like it was slow.  I thought there were great lessons, amazing special effects, and phenomenal acting from Brad.  And seriously, how could one tire of looking at this face?  He is honestly perfection.