nycmermaid: (yummy)
My birthday was nice, but today I am wiped out. After work yesterday I went out for drinks with a few friends, which was lovely, and then at about 8:30 met my family at Blue Ribbon for my birthday dinner. It took an hour and a half to get a table, which was not surprising to me, since BR doesn't do reservations for groups less than 5 (too bad I didn't think of it last year when Nathan was here). I had only had a martini, but was in "rare form" as my mom would say. While we waited for our table I had a beer and some oysters, which were quite nice. When we were seated I immediately ordered what I had come to BR for -- the beef marrow with oxtail marmalade. It was delicious, but it was intensely rich. They also gave us a complimentary dish of escargots cooked in a very rich dark sauce (which they made the mistake of plonking down in front of my mother, who just about had a fit because she won't eat snails :p). Both dishes were delicious and had a complex combination of flavors. I think maybe though it was too late in the evening to be eating that way, or maybe I had just eaten so decadently all day long (donuts, cupcakes, etc) that there was just no room left. When my main course came out (catfish with mashed potatoes and collards) I could hardly touch it. The collards were more butter than vegetable. Delicious but too much! I had it wrapped up. There was no way I could manage dessert. My mother wanted it though (all she had was a salad and some chicken wings from the pu pu platter -- she's a very picky eater) so we had to watch her eat ice cream with berries while I was just sitting there trying not to barf. They must have overheard us talking about it being my birthday because they brought out a scoop of lemon sorbet for me with a candle in it. That was nice because it gave my family the opportunity to sing happy birthday to me, and I managed a couple spoonfuls, but that was it. I did not feel at all well leaving the restaurant, which I feel bad about since I know the food there is great and for whatever the reason, late hour, pre-dinner cocktails, I was not able to fully appreciate it. In the end I went to sleep and did not yak, which is good, but oy, I feel like I need to fast or at least take a break from solid foods today! Then maybe, just maybe tonight I can attempt to eat my leftovers from last night. :b I also have several cupcakes left from the batch of Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes I brought to work yesterday. They came out amazingly good. Maybe if I avoid food today I can have one later! Ha ha.

I know I didn't post here yesterday but thanks to everyone who conveyed birthday wishes via Facebook or e-mail (or otherwise). :)
nycmermaid: (aggis)
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. :)
nycmermaid: (bowling for nipples)
Last night I went out bowling with my work team (the Viagra team). I stink at bowling and it frustrates me but I still enjoy it. It's also a perfect team activity. We consumed much alcohol and fried food. Then we went to nearby bar and got kicked out for no good reason other than that the bouncer seemed to not like us. Apparently we were being too loud. In a BAR. Wtf? Whatever, a good time was had by all, and I only paid for 2 of my drinks.

To be honest though, as the copy editor, I sort of feel left out of a lot of the team bonding. The creatives (art and copy) and account execs work together a lot more closely, and as a result they know each other better. I had fun last night, but looking at the (100+) pictures one of the AEs posted this morning, I am in only 3 of them. Makes me feel kind of left out, but oh well. It was still fun.

Tonight is the Cribs show at Mercury! This is going to be like the 8th or 9th time I'm seeing the Cribs, but it should be different this time because they have a new album coming out and should play some new material. It will be fun I'm sure. I'm kind of amazed they're still playing Mercury Lounge when they've played the main stage at Reading and Leeds and opened for Franz and Death Cab at Hammerstein. So much the better for us fans though. :)

I haven't decided what to do after work, whether I should stay here and work or go home and go back out later. If I go home, the main reason will be to install my DSL. Yup, I'm finally moving into the 21st century. I was starting to feel like one of the last people to still use dial-up at home.

I don't know if I injured myself bowling or sleeping but my sciatic nerve in my left leg is suddenly acting up today. I haven't had problems with it in awhile, but maybe my roller skating injury is still haunting me.

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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Arctic Monkeys were AWESOME. Quite a change from my review of the Mercury Lounge show in November, I know. But this time their show was everything it was hyped up to be, IMO.

I can't believe I even bought a t-shirt. :p

And then we went to Tiswas where there were guest DJs from England, according to [ profile] albauk. And as she said in her entry, they were the Best.DJs.Evarr.

AND I ran into Ilya Magazinin from high school. Ha.

We danced till the early morning hours. Spent a little too much money, but damn, it was worth it!
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First of all, happy birthday to my LJ-challenged partner in crime, Denise! (Is watching the WB a crime? It's usually more of a punishment.)

On Friday I went out to see Stupid with Emily. They totally rocked, as always. I even loved their new stuff. I also got to meet Emily's new(ish) boyfriend, Martin. He is the perfect Emily guy. I think she is finally starting to calm down and actually enjoy him. One of my friends, happy with a guy? Is this the Twilight Zone?

Yesterday I finally sat down and watched this week's Smallville, because Denise said it was the Gayest Episode Ever. It was. :-)

Last night I went out for the celebration of [ profile] cynima's birthday. [ profile] albauk has written a good comprehensive account of a fairly uneventful evening. She did, however, leave out the part where yours truly decided to stand on a table and in so doing, flipped the table, and everyone's drinks, upside down, which put a prompt end to the festivities. If I was at all drunk when I made the decision to walk over the table, I was sober by the time my ass hit the ground. Everyone was very nice about it though.

[ profile] sixtylemurs, I have no idea why your jacket smells like beer. Go murder some broccoli.

Off to do work. And earn some money. To be socked away for a Caribbean cruise for my birthday.

P.S. Ballantine Ale is damn good stuff!
nycmermaid: (selfportrait)
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

Pictures )
nycmermaid: (dreamy)
I'm through 5 days' worth of penicillin and though I feel fine, I still have a white spot on my tonsil. In 4 days I leave for a vacation in which I will be sharing very close quarters with 30 people for over a week. I must say I'm a bit concerned. The doctor said I would be considerably less contagious after the first 48 hours. He said I could even cook dinner for someone else, provided I wash my hands well. I don't know whether that means all my symptoms were supposed to be gone by then too. But like I said, I feel fine. I finally got around to making my parents their anniversary dinner (a month late) tonight. It went very well. Mom liked everything, and she's the hardest to please. The baked chicken hoisin buns from this month's Cooking Light were a big hit.

This is the longest time I've gone without updating in awhile. What have I done, hmm...Friday, I went to Middletown for Cherene's birthday (hello Ricky-husband!), stayed over at Denise's, didn't get enough sleep, came back, went out with Emily and saw Vanity Fair last night (decent movie, lovely sets and costumes, and I like Reese Witherspoon, though she looked very pregnant throughout). Ron Livingston (of Office Space fame) walked past us on St. Mark's Place. He looked sort of...crazy. Maybe he was having a conversation with someone and I just spotted him at an awkward moment. But it was a fun casual celebrity siting. Funny how Sex and the City actors are some of the most spotted around town. I saw Sarah Jessica Parker last year and I hear Chris Noth regularly rides the subway.

Tom Welling looks like a Greek god in the new Smallville poster...but when doesn't he? :-) Oh that reminds me, I watched the pilot of Jack and Bobby that came on a free DVD in EW last week. Didn't really like it. It was like a WB afterschool special. And I hate the bitchy girl who's Jack's love interest. Does being a mean judgemental bitch really turn guys on? Christine Lahti is good though. Maybe it will get better; sometimes these shows take a while to get their bearings.

Babbling now...good night!

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