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Just popping up to say hi. I've been in the usual out-of-it, unconnected state I get into when I'm on vacation and when Nathan's here. My routine of watching the morning news goes out the window, I check my email less, and it's amazing how much I feel like I miss in only a few days. Camden Market burned down on my birthday, Roy Scheider died, now another wackadoo has gone and shot up another campus (when is this country going to wise up and get rid of the fucking guns??! Anyhoo...).

Of course, while the world has been weathering its many tragedies I have been having a very nice week with my sweetie, and I had a nice birthday with my friends, and a nice low-key Valentine's Day. Apparently I missed what seems like a day of partying yesterday at work...damn. Nathan and I were supposed to go to the New Biz party at work yesterday afternoon, but we were in Coney Island (recreating our first "date," aren't we cute) and it felt silly to leave after only an hour or so to go to my office, even if it was for a party. We went down there with the purpose of going to the aquarium, because I want to see the baby walrus, but by the time we got there it was so late in the day that it had been taken off exhibit for the day! Oh well, at least they told us that before we could pay admission.

I'll post some pictures later...my camera cable is at home. Where I left the boy, who is sleeping in, with a plate of blueberry muffins waiting for him when he wakes up.
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Just got back from the gym, where I ran on the treadmill for longer than I ever have before! Not really fast, but I think I beat my own personal record. And I didn't feel like dying. My hip twinged a little, not that much, and it doesn't hurt at all right now. Maybe it's the anti-inflammatory meds the doctor has put me on. They're like super Aleve. My hip has been hurting less, I think, though it hasn't completely gone away. The doctor said I should let him know how I feel mid-week. He's hesitant to subject me to an X-ray unless it's really necessary. I just want to stop worrying about it.

Saturday was my first training day at the CP Zoo. It was fun! The Zoo is a really nice place. Small, everything close together, but really nice exhibits and lots of animals to see. I'm really looking forward to learning about the animals and learning the "chats" we'll be giving to visitors. Volunteers are the ones who stand there and tell you facts about the animals while you're watching the zookeepers feed the animals, and they lead tours. There were lots of cute little kids at the zoo too. There's something really special about watching a child encounter a real polar bear for the first time, or come face to face with a bird bigger than its head. :) I suspect the place is especially pleasant in the winter, when it isn't that crowded. And I got to feed a sheep. The children's zoo has pot-bellied pigs! Next week I think I'll take some pictures.

Speaking of next week, only 4 more days till Nathan's here! I will feel a little bad having to wake up early Saturday morning to go to the zoo, and I will probably be leaving him to sleep in. He can meet me for lunch. I am really looking forward to that!

Last night my whole family went to Denise's for her Super Bowl Party. We missed the turn for the Palisades Parkway and what should have been no more than a 45-minute trip ended up taking 2 hours. Sheesh. Luckily, we didn't kill each other, and we left early enough that all we missed was the anthem. There were lots of snacks and lots of little Cowface Flutie and Tom Petty sang "I Won't Back Down" and one football guy through the ball a loooooong way to another football guy, and that guy caught the ball and didn't drop it even when people jumped on him. Even I could tell that was an exciting thing. And the score went back and forth just enough to keep the game exciting, and the New York Giants won, and everyone (well, everyone I care about) was happy and it was good. :)
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Crawling out of my ditch to post some pictures. Watch Hill at Fire Island was so beautiful. I didn't know beaches like this existed in New York. Despite the mosquitos, we had a fantastic time. Photos )

Will post more in a bit perhaps. Now I have to work. Blahworkblah!
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Nathan (finally) passed his road test! Yay. Now maybe we can drive around in the Lake District instead of relying on buses and trains. :)
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I'm so lazy about posting the rest of the things Nathan and I did after my 2 days at work...here's a little pictorial though:Read more... )

So much

Jan. 2nd, 2007 04:44 pm
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It's day 6 (of 11) of Nathan's stay...strange how it feels like he's been here so long and I keep reminding myself he's still here for 5 more days. I guess when the break ended, it felt like his stay was ending too, but not the case. Right now I'm at work (doing pretty much nothing) while he's walking around the city, going to museums, and taking in the sights. I'm jealous. I knew I couldn't take off the first day back from break but being here feels so pointless right now.

I made a list of things for us to do, and with all we've done in the past few days, I'm amazed at how much is still left on this list. Even some things that were must-dos.

Things to do in NYC with NathanRead more... )

What we did do: Read more... )
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It's official and now I can tell everyone: Nathan is coming to visit for New Year's! I can hardly believe it!

It all happened so fast, too. He had been saying he wouldn't be able to afford it till next year, and since most of the things we've talked about doing were warm-weather activities, I didn't think he'd visit till the spring at the very earliest. But then on Wednesday he said he realized he could afford it, and since we both have time off, it seemed like a good time. And then today he bought the tickets! He's getting here on Dec. 28 and going back Jan. 7. My friends and family will finally get to meet him! EEEEEE! So exciting!

ROTFLMAO

Oct. 24th, 2006 09:15 am
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My morning was leaning toward the sucky, with having the usual scramble to get out of the house on time, hating all my clothes, and a sneezing fit as I was running out the door, but then I got the funniest email from Nathan in a long time. First let me explain that Nathan is not very internet-savvy and doesn't do or really understand "smileys."

:) - Oh my god! I've never used one of those before, I feel a bit weird, like I'm in some sort of e-mail/internet cool club. I'll have a go at some more:

:( - Unhappy person
%) - road accident victim
;) - AH! that's a wink!
:>) - big, pointy nose
?) - Pirate patch
}:) - big beetley eye brows



Ok, well I think it's cute anyway. And the rest of the email was sweet too. He said he hates having "arguments" with me. I wasn't even sure we'd had an argument exactly, but okay. :b
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Nathan just sent me a text saying that he is on the Isle of Skye, drinking beer.

And I'm in Manhattan. In an office. Behind a desk.

WAAAAAAAAHHHH.
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I feel I should give a review of my weekend, though I'm feeling lazy so...

S'MAC: It was good, of course! I had the Spanish one with manchego cheese, shallots, and fennel. It was interesting. Next time I think I'll do the build-your-own mac and cheese.

Mew/Secret Machines/Bloc Party at McCarren Park Pool: The pool is a cool venue for concerts. I recommend. Though it was pretty much agreed that the place would be even better if they lined the bottom of the pool with that same squishy matting they have in playgrounds. There's still paint peeling from the ground and it looks like it would be a really unfriendly place to fall down onto. Which is exactly what a few crowd surfers did, heh. And the whole pool venue makes for a lot of silly jokes: "Everybody out of the pool!" Or, possibly quote of the night, Kele Bloc Party: "It says no diving. Fuck that shit." (After which he proceeded to get down from the stage and bridge the "moat" to the audience, though he didn't actually jump in -- he knew better.)

Mew was great but they only played 4 songs! We think it's because they let us in late and they started 15 minutes late. Granted their songs are long, but 4? And no "Apocalypso," WTF? I feel even more sorry now that I missed them at Hiro Ballroom last Wednesday. They need to come back. And Secret Machines were...YAWN Machines, I thought. Bloc Party was great but I was surprised that they only played 2 new songs (or at least it was 1 new song and 1 I didn't recognize), and no "Two More Years"! It's been over a year since I saw them last (in NYC) so you'd think they'd switch it up a bit, but no. Oh well, it was still fun. When they came back on stage for the encore they brought Super Soakers which they shot at the audience. I was in front of Russell, who had a little squirt gun, which just made him look even more like a little girl (ittie bittie mantitties!). :)

Then on Sunday I did work, made an amazing fruit salad (secret ingredient: rum!) and talked to Nathan, who left this morning for a week-long bicycle trip around the Isle of Lewis with his brother. They're driving up to Skye, leaving the car in Uig and taking the ferry to Lewis. I am way way way jealous. And I'm going to have to give Nathan grief when he gets back because he once told me he had no interest in going to Scotland when I proposed that we go there on vacation. Yeah, whatever! :P!!!!

Praha!

Jul. 12th, 2006 10:28 am
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[livejournal.com profile] albauk once posted the Dalai Lama's 19 rules (or something like that). While there are many wise suggestions in there, here is one that has stuck in my mind:
16. Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.

I've been pretty good at following this one for the past few years. Scotland, Grand Canyon, Vermont, Northern England. When my Sierra Club trip fell through this year, I thought I might not go visit any new places. But not now.

I'm going to Prague! We're going to Prague! Nathan booked us tickets for the week after Leeds festival. I'm so excited!

To be completely honest, I don't know a whole lot about the place. I've heard very good things though. Friends who have been there tell me I would love it, that the architecture is very fairy tale-like and the beer is uber-cheap. I have to get a guide book so I can start learning specifically what I should be getting excited to see!

LOL!

Mar. 31st, 2006 10:33 am
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Merry,

At www.lovecalculator.com I put our names in the calculator and Dr. Love said that their is only a 52% chance that our relationship will be successful. That's dissapointing. However, I was pleased to find out that the chances of Adolf Hitler and Sharon Stone having a worthwhile relationship are much higher, 82% in fact. We should wish them the best of luck.

Love you,

Nathan X-XXX-X
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A teaser, these are some of the best pictures taken with my cheapy disposable cameras. They're not very good quality, but it's something.
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AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGUUUUGHGHHHHHHHHHH!!!!

Thank you and good night.
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My mood has just improved VASTLY.

:-D
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I've seen love go by my door
It's never been this close before
Never been so easy or so slow.
Been shooting in the dark too long
When something's not right it's wrong
You're gonna make me lonesome when you go.

Dragon clouds so high above
I've only known careless love,
It always has hit me from below.
But this time 'round it's more correct
Right on target, so direct,
You're gonna make me lonesome when you go.

Purple clover, Queen Anne lace,
Crimson hair across your face,
You could make me cry if you don't know.
Can't remember what I was thinkin' of
You might be spoilin' me too much, love,
You're gonna make me lonesome when you go.

Flowers on the hillside, bloomin' crazy,
Crickets talkin' back and forth in rhyme,
Blue river runnin' slow and lazy,
I could stay with you forever
And never realize the time.

Situations have ended sad,
Relationships have all been bad.
Mine've been like Verlaine's and Rimbaud.
But there's no way I can compare
All them scenes to this affair,
You're gonna make me lonesome when you go.

You're gonna make me wonder what I'm doin',
Stayin' far behind without you.
You're gonna make me wonder what I'm sayin',
You're gonna make me give myself a good talkin' to.

I'll look for you in old Honolulu,
San Francisco, Ashtabula,
You're gonna have to leave me now, I know.
But I'll see you in the sky above,
In the tall grass, in the ones I love,
You're gonna make me lonesome when you go.


-Bob Dylan

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