Thursday, November 29, 2007
while waiting for kinkos to do some book binding for me, i decided to take a walk today and check out the tree at rockefeller center. last night was the tree lighting ceremony. we decided to watch that from the couch, where it was warm. the tree is using led lights this year, to promote green choices. the weird thing is that the blue lights stand out more than others, so it actually gives the tree a weird look.
today while walking back home it started to rain. then i ran into someone on the sidewalk. yes. i literally ran into them. you know that weird situation where you're walking towards someone, and you have that funny little exchange where neither of you can figure out which way to go? this wasn't that. instead, we both picked the same way and neither of us would back down. and then we ran directly into each other. it was very, very weird.i took a walk through the time warner center to escape the rain, and see what stores were actually in the building. the holiday decorations are definitely up in new york, and everyone seems to be doing some serious holiday shopping. this photo was taken from the second floor of the time warner center, looking through the lobby onto central park south.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
friday nights are free at moma. so, we decided to take advantage, and go check out the art. the line was rather long, and the galleries full, but things moved rather quickly. we decided to just check out floors 3 and 2 this time, saving 4 and 5 for our next visit. the 4th and 5th floors house the sculpture and paintings, with all the well known artists. the 3rd floor is the architecture and design floor. this was pretty cool, with industrial design objects as well as architectural models and drawings. the 2nd floor is the contemporary collection. there was a photography exhibition going on there, which i really enjoyed.
saturday morning we ran out to do some errands, and on the way back we stopped at the green market on 57th street. this is held on wednesdays and saturdays, and has a slightly differing group of people selling each time. i wanted to make soup with my turkey carcass from thanksgiving, so we picked up some carrots, onion, and potatoes to include in the soup. i also picked up a loaf of walnut oatmeal bread and a small pecan pie. yum. i think this green market will be a weekly event. its less expensive than the grocery store and fresher. what's not to love?
Friday, November 23, 2007
we arrived at central park west at about 6:30 am on thanksgiving morning. i had read online that it was essential to arrive early to get a good spot, so arrive early we did. this is a view of the street at 6:40 am. we sat and watched people and played some video games, and waited. as time passed, rather slowly, the street continued to fill up. next thing i knew, the sidewalk was completely full! finally, it was time for the parade to begin. it starts at 77th street at 9 am, which meant it took fifteen or twenty minutes to reach us, where we were standing between 64th and 65th. the thing that you don't realize, is that performances only happen at particular places, so most of the people are just walking through throwing confetti, and wishing everyone a happy thanksgiving. the weird thing that happened, was that almost all of the supposed celebrities on the floats were completely unknown to zach and i. we only knew who they were due to the screams of the tweens behind us! i think i might officially be old.
we were excited to see the highty-tighties. they were the only band that did some fancy footwork along our part of the route! nothing like a little bit of hokie spirit to make a place feel familiar! the balloons are fun. although oddly enought they seem bigger on television... we think it might have something to do with the scale of the streets in midtown, where nbc broadcasts, versus central park west.
and of course, santa welcomes in the start of the holiday season- and also the end of the parade. we were walking home around 10:30, which was great timing to start cooking! we followed santa down the street for several blocks, which helped us avoid the mass exodus of the rest of the crowd. we had our own thanksgiving late lunch at the apartment during the afternoon. then that evening we went to an "orphan" christmas event in brooklyn. that turned out to be a really good time, and was a great chance to meet some new people. the food was amazing too. for new yorkers to get such a reputation for ordering delivery, there somehow was a collection of some of the best cooks in the city. all together a very busy, but fun thanksgiving day. next year i'll watch the parade on television in my pajamas.
the balloons were definitely awesome. we liked this funny photo where it looks like ronald mcdonald is eating the world. there was one more avenue with balloon inflation, but we figured that one was probably enough!
check out these facts about the parade balloons: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macy's_Thanksgiving_Day_Parade#Balloons
Friday, November 16, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
In other errands, we tried to go get New York driver's licenses. Apparently you need your social security card, a passport, and your out of state license to do that. And, I have managed to misplace Zach's card in our move. So, that meant that we got to take a super fun trip to the social security office!
I was really hoping that in our free time before Zach started work that we would get to take in a play or go check out a taping of a show. However, with both the writers and the Broadway stage hands striking, it looks like it will be a while before we have the opportunity to do either of those things. I do feel bad for the people that are visiting to see shows, that would be such a disappointing part of a trip.
Zach started work today, so its back to the real world for him.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Apparently a ten foot truck can really fill up a small one bedroom apartment. I had instructed the movers to place most of the boxes in the bedroom, so that we could set up our desk and couch in the living room. The bed somehow ended up in there too, I guess by that time we had run out of room. After maneuvering the ten foot long i-beam that supports the desk into place, and the couch opposite in the living room we sandwiched the mattress vertically against the wall and set in trying to attack the mountain of boxes. The kitchen and bathroom seemed an easy place to start, since the empty cabinets were just asking to be filled up. While I worked on this part, Zach assembled the desk and started setting up things in the living room. At about 10:30, we finally crashed. Since our bed was still pinned up against the wall, we folded out the couch and slept there instead. The cats had decided to try to explore by this time. This was terribly convenient, since we were trying to sleep. Also, they seem to have a new interest in exploring the vertical, a dimension that was never of interest to them in Richmond. After climbing on top of the refrigerator and kitchen cabinets, they also discovered that they could scale the mattress, and perch high on top. At one point, I was awakened by Dash jumping from the top of the mattress down on to my sleeping body. Dot has also managed somehow to get into the vertical box springs, and wedge herself in there. I think she feels safe in this small spot. On the other hand, I have trouble finding her, and find myself panicked as to where she is.
Friday and Saturday are also spent unpacking, in a slow fashion. I have managed to get a cold, and am moving quite slowly. I also am worried that Zach will contract this cold. We don’t need for him to be sick on his first day of work this week! We are able to work our way through the boxes, but the process is made more difficult due to the small space. Zach compared the process to working one of those puzzles where you slide the pieces to eventually get them in order. In order to make one move, you must first make three others. I can barely maneuver myself through the bedroom, trying to move boxes just compounds things!
Finally I reach a critical point where the bed and bookshelf can be assembled, and the clothes put away. It seems that we really might just be able to fit our stuff in the apartment. The experience is like when we went to Europe. You pack what you think is critical, realize how much stuff you have, and then get rid of half of it. The problem is that we only made it through the first part of this process. At least this will curb my urge to do any shopping!
Now we’re pretty much settled in, I’ve cooked dinner in the kitchen and we’ve finally figured out where to take our trash. Its amazing how little things like trash you take for granted, I’ve just always put it in a can out back. Instead, it goes in a little room, near the front door. Not the first place I would have looked! We’ve also scouted out the several closest grocery stores; there is one within two blocks of the apartment, as well as the Whole Foods at Columbus Circle. Although expensive, that is such a fun place to shop. I get the feeling that there are a lot of lifestyle changes that we’ll be getting used to in these upcoming weeks.
Now that we are finished unloading the truck it’s time to get rid of this thing. When we picked up the U-Haul in
After the drive into the city and finally figuring out where to park (do you know the difference between no parking, no standing, and no standing?) we met our super to get the keys and copy of our lease. I was able to take a few loads of oddly packed things and the kitties up before the movers arrived. To help minimize the stress on the cats, I shut them in the bathroom. They didn’t need to be exposed to all of that commotion, or even worse, be able to escape.
When we took the movers to where our truck was parked, the look of horror was not promising. We also had to park around the corner, as the only available space on our block was at a bus stop- a sure way of getting a ticket. The move was rather uneventful, just lots of ups and downs. All I can say is that I am glad we hired people to help. I can’t even count the number of trips up our five flights of stairs I made, and I wasn’t carrying the heavy stuff. I figured that I would help with the more fragile and oddly packed items. We quickly learned that movers prefer boxes. They did not seem to appreciate my laundry baskets filled with last minute, miscellaneous items. They worked hard though, and amazingly finished in the two hours that we had hired them for. And in the end, we had one very full apartment, two confused kitties, and still had to return the u-haul. Did I mention that it was now about 4pm and we hadn’t eaten since our stop at 7-11 that morning? But since we weren’t supposed to be parking, only unloading, we needed to return the u-haul immediately.
The morning begins with that panicked feeling of waking up and not knowing quite where you are. Staring up at a cat, Dot in this case, whose settled on my chest in a effort to keep warm in a our now bare apartment, things begin to come back to me—I have to drive to New York today. After blinking through sleep crusted eyes, the realization of what’s to come sets Jennifer and I into action. It’s 4:30 in the morning and we both take showers and set about the final few items we have to pack in our 10’ U-Haul which is by this point beginning to bulge at the seems. We make quick stop at the local 7-11 for some “breakfast.” Jennifer, decides on a donut, banana and a coffee, I, however, opt for a more filing fare, sausage egg and cheese biscuit and a large coffee. We have to make a stop at our now former landlord’s home to drop off our keys and then we hit the road. We eventually leave town about 15 mins later than we were planning but this wasn’t really a big deal.
The trip was fairly uneventful until we reached the DC area, where traffic began precipitating around the beltway exits. Google maps suggested we take the 395-495 exit toward Tyson’s corner which, at the time of arrival, rush hour had the traffic pretty much bumper to bumper. The road signs in this area, however, informed us that we should take the 495 eastern route of the beltway. Faced on the one hand with the assurance of Google maps but the obvious delays, and on the other with a quicker route and the uncertainty and fear of drawing outside the lines, we stashed the Google Maps and set about figuring out the route on our own. Fortunately, in our whirlwind of purging our old apartment, I managed to salvage an old road atlas from 1995 which we hoped was good enough to get us there.
Around the time we reached
We made a brief stop somewhere in
Our first fill-up occurred at the very first service center on the NJ turnpike. I think it was about $65 dollars to fill-up and apparently it is NJ state law that the gas station is full service or at least that is what the sign said at this particular service center. We tipped the guy a couple of bucks got out stretched our legs and got back on the turnpike. I have heard terrible stories about the turnpike but I actually found it to be quite a pleasant drive, at least for most of it. It did get a little bit rough once we could see
Monday through Wednesday were spent packing our stuff and getting rid of those things not necessary. This included a large deposit for recycling, of a magazine backlog of four or five years, two trips to Goodwill, and lots of giving things away. Not to mention the trips to the trash cans. It seemed that every time we turned around, we had somehow accumulated more trash! And yet, amazingly, we fit almost everything into our ten foot u-haul truck. Zach’s mom and dad came by on Wednesday to help us make our way through the last items of packing and cleaning. They also drove the fit, full of one last load of storage, home to
Dash also seems to be concerned that we don't forget to pack him. He doesn't seem to suspect that he will soon be drugged and in a cat carrier for a long ride!
First load is back home...We spent a quick night at each of our respective parents homes (gained an additional hour thanks to daylight savings time) and after a couple of visits with family, we hit the road for our trip back to Richmond. We took a couple of shots looking back at Selma, my hometown, from the on-ramp of interstate 64. My apologies to Selma for decreasing it's population from 485 to 484 ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Selma,_Virginia ).
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
and we're cleaning... and boxing... and hauling. So far, we've taken one truck and one load in the fit home to our parents' "storage" facility. One large load has gone to the Goodwill, and there should be another today.
At least next time we move, we should have about 1/4 the stuff to deal with! Its amazing how much stuff begins to accumulate after a while. The trouble is, we don't take the time to examine our priorities until we are moving. And then its exhausting!
So the kitties are totally freaked out by the move, Dot has spent most of the weekend underneath the bed. Dash has the opposite reaction, and has become really clingy. Anytime anyone sits down, he is in their lap, seeking comforting snuggles. I keep telling them this chaos is almost over. They just have to make it through a little bit more.