June 12th, 2005
I seem to be getting really bad headaches before rainstorms. Or at least it's my current theory as of the last four rainstorms--my head was throbbing and I felt like I was going to puke this morning -- ended up taking a nap in the bathtub because it was the only place I could get comfy. Then it rained in the afternoon and I felt perfectly fine again.
Afternoon post-rain was great. Met up with Lina under the pretext of working on consolidating our loans but we ended up having lunch at one of the classic woodpaneled Greek diners stuck somewhere around 1972, got our nails all done up in sparkley glitter polish for $7 each, and had a lengthy but relatively unproductive shopping trip for sundresses at H&M. Still need to work on the loans though.
Then I headed up to Barbara's b-day in Astoria Queens. It was in an obscure Bohemian style beer garden I have to drag HG to when he's done with his dissertation. A huge outdoor garden with trees and picnic tables and all the niceties of space you give up on living in NY. Met a couple that had moved up from Austin last year--the woman is working at the NYT on-line which sounds really interesting, a funny older gay couple that was horrified I had never been to Yankee Stadium, insisted I go with them sometime, one of her Russian co-workers that seemed baffled I could have a Russian name without any Russian lineage and several swing dancers.
I'd kind of given up on swing dancing. I loved my swing dance circle in SF, never really found a good group in London, found an okay group in Austin, and gave up by the time I got to New York, it would be a good thing to take up again now that I'm done with school.
The weirdest part came as I was waiting in line for the single toilet stall. Of course there's always one person that seems to take inexcusabley long to get in and out. She was three people ahead of me and hadn't exited the sink area yet when I scooted into the stall. She seemed to be sort of drunk and a little out of sorts and even started talking to me inside the stall. When I came out I realized she was the agent I've been trying to get work through for the last two years. We both had one of those seconds of confusion and slow recognition. What's odd is we don't really know each other as friends but we have a couple mutual friends so in her drunken state I think she forgot that we weren't actually close friends. In fact the last time I ran into her in a bar she didn't even seem that happy to see me. However this time she was hugging me and introducing me to her boyfriend and insisting that we email and meet up sometime.
On the long ride home on the N to Brooklyn, the sweetest family hopped on the subway. The youngest son immediately fell asleep headdown on his mom's lap, she used his shoulder as a elbow rest, the older son propped his feet up on hers but curled in towards his dad and used the dad's leg as an elbow rest while the dad wrapped his arm over the older son's back. It was such a sweet cuddley scene you usually don't get at 1am on the MTA.
January 2nd, 2005
Hmmm...killing time at a weird casino-internet cafe while HG excitedly checks his email. Apparently hes more popular than I am. I get the feeling it is sort of a German Vegas. Apparently there are baths that attract a lot of old people and all these kind of odd casino places. Unfortunately there is no internet at HGs grandmothers house so we end up here...
Germany has been great. The first day we went to visit Georg in Bonn, went to some bars, set fireworks off the bridge over the Rhine without any injuries...it was fun though it was 7 of HGs college math friends plus me so I felt a bit outnumbered. It all went pretty well though. Or at least thats the way I remember it. The next morning I had the most awful hangover and took most the day to feel better. Its odd because normally I start feeling queasy long before I drink enough to have a hangover. Probably the residual cold plus jetlag. Since then weve had a lazy time...lots of reading and puttering. Some driving around in the country side. The grandmas house is straight from about 1957 so its a trip just to hang out there. Its so quiet and set up for a slow pace of life. Kind of a pleasant shock to the system after New York. Supposed to go to some castles today.
Timer seems to be running out...
October 11th, 2004
Note to self: remember to post when not frustrated and grouchy.
October 1st, 2004
This week is definately not in the best week ever category. ( Read more...Collapse )
September 28th, 2004
Ah, my first official paper on my thesis is due and I'm feeling so...less than inspired. There's this gentle rain falling against my window and a pile of books surrounding my bed looking so eager to be read. So eager to be read as I curl up in bed and slip into that groggy state somewhere between sleep and reading. Sigh. Crank the Louis Armstrong up a bit. Get another Emergen'C pack. Back to work.
September 26th, 2004
Camped out in bed feeling sorry for myself, eating canned soup and watching Lost in La Mancha and Lucia Lucia (both really great films) last night. Slept until 10 this morning and woke up feeling much much better.
I'm supposed to do a PSA for the video class. After thinking about all the serious socially responsible ideas I could shoot, I decided it would be nicer to go to Coney Island and do some "preserving cultural heritage" piece instead. It was such a beautiful day, I can't say I regretted the decision to be at the beach "working." While I normally try to be immune from touristy shops, I'm a total sucker for anything kitchy/retro/Coney Island related and found myself buying another overpriced Coney Island tshirt... but they are just so cute! (http://www.lolastaar.com).
I guess I better download the footage and see if I can edit a good 30 seconds out of the 50 odd minutes I shot. Hmm...
September 25th, 2004
Ugh, I feel horrible today. I'm hoping it's allergies and I'm not getting sick. Kind of sore throat and headachey and just generally queasy. I took a nap and felt better when I first got up but now I just feel bad again. I was planning to shoot some video today but it's already getting to be too late for that. My thesis presentation on Friday went well though I'm tired of hearing "Oh, you seem to be getting to a really interesting place" and those sort of vaguely encouraging comments. It's so murky. I always feel like "What are they seeing that I don't?" Blah, I just feel like staying in bed watching Netflix the rest of the weekend.
September 17th, 2004
eeeee...I'm in such an unseemingly great mood today. I had a small breakthrough on my thesis research yesterday but I felt pretty sure that since I concocted it in the middle of the night it probably wasn't as brillant I imagined. Plus I had these really undeciperable sketches (also made in the middle of the night). Instead at the presentation everyone seemed to really like the ideas and it generated a pretty enthusiastic response. I think there were some giggles about my drawings but that's okay. I was so excited. I still have SO much to do but at least I don't feel quite so impossibley roadblocked.
And then I went over to the department office and found out that the sound design class I'd been trying to get in forever had an opening! Ever since I sat in on the first day of sound class I'd been remembering how fun it was working on radio at college and how I missed doing stuff like that. The instructor seemed pretty mellow and realizes most people aren't going to be sound techs but just want it to augement their visual work so hopefully the workload will be resonable.
And then I went to the library at NYU and ran into a friend of mine's sister who is going to NYU but who I never see! She's getting her PhD for American Studies and always has exciting tales like her "research" this summer in Cuba. It's such a great open ended field. I love stuff like American Studies and wish education were cheaper in the US so it were more practical to accumulate degrees. Sigh.
Okay, I've gotta get to work on my storyboards for tomorrow's class. I'm having trouble keeping mentally prepared for a Saturday morning class. It's Friday weee! Brain off!
September 12th, 2004
Yeah! The first week of classes is over. Fnally gave the presentation I'd been fearing all summer. It went okay though I still feel like I'm suposed to have a more defined idea of what I want to do. It was also embarassing because I kept rewording my question all night and when I gave my presentation I realized I'd managed to make the question completely grammatically incorrect. Ugh. Oh well, I made a joke about it so hopefully it just broke things up a little.
Most the stuff that had gone wrong during the week has resolved itself. I got another loan for the outstanding fees due the school, finally got my suitcase back, still have some trouble with the library but at least can check books out again...all in all the week ended a lot better than it started. I even somehow got to yoga twice which is a lot better than I had been doing.
After all the icky humidity, fall seems to be coming. The skies have been beautiful and I just want to go sit in the park and read a yummy novel of my choosing.
I guess that also means I don't have a good excuse to avoid cooking anymore. I think I'm going to sign up for one of those delivery services that brings you veggies and stuff each week. Ever since I became a Park Slope Food Coop drop out I can't seem to find a cheap/convenient grocery store here.
September 9th, 2004
Ah, the first week of school...
I'm adding and dropping classes daily it seems like. Can't quite decide which classes to take and if it's better to take one elective and be less stressed or take two and learn more. Everything just sounds really exciting. Right now I'm signed up for video production and Max but I also really want to take Sound Design. Of course, both sound design classes are currently full so maybe I shouldn't worry about it.
Good news is I found out that I could go part-time next semester which will be a lot cheaper. But of course threw me into even more of a panic of what classes to take. Bad news is despite checking with financial aid several times it turns out I still owe them money.
August 27th, 2004
Wah! Summer is dwindling...
Finally heard back about working part time and they agreed to it at least in Sept! It'll be a good gauge to see how busy I am and if part-time will fit with their workload. The campaign launches in Sept so right now I'm working on promotions for November/December which means things should be quieting down shortly.
Once again I got all the classes I wanted during registration and once again I'm using add/drop to rework my schedule. I think I'm finally going to learn sound design and take a class on narrative structures...otherwise leave everythign as it is.
August 26th, 2004
Maps are so fascinating. I love staring at remote places I never knew existed or places I've been and wonder at the range of experiences the single dot represents at any particular moment. I've been thinking lately about how blogging permits this sort of vicarious glimpse into both specific lives and the sort of general continum of human life.
Anyhow, my world map was pretty abysmal so here's the US...I guess I need to travel some more.
create your own personalized map of the USA
or write about it on the open travel guide
Hooray! The first day this week I just got to go home after work. It's so nice to be home at a reasonable hour.
I was running around like crazy at work so even though I left at the normal time I feel completely exhausted. I guess a few months before I started working there they had three art departments and decided to lay off two-thirds the staff and condense it down to one department. It's so ridiculous. I'm just glad to have a job and don't take it too seriously but the regular staff seems pretty burnt out.
In my tired haze my will power was weak and as I was coming home I stopped to see if the silk pjs that were on sale a month ago were still around. I love yummy pjs. These are pink with bamboo shoots and cherry tree branches sewn into the material. There was just one pair left so of course I had to buy it. Now they are tempting me to slip into them and just watch Netflix all evening. I still want to see the commentary track for Charade and a documentary about Bruce Lee.
August 25th, 2004
I hate making small talk. Went to the going away party of a distant friend tonight, everyone was very nice, intelligent, interesting yet no one really knows each other so we end up in the most insipid conversations about the origins of food or how world capitols are pronounced in different languages. It drives me nuts.
August 20th, 2004
Yep, I double checked the calendar. Only two weeks left. I need a thesis topic. Very soon.
August 17th, 2004
It's so cool to be in touch with so many old highschool friends via Justine and the power of LJ! For the longest time I'd pretty much lost touch with everybody.
About a year and a half ago, I got back in touch with Gail--she recently got married and is currently living up in Vermont. Still trying to convince her to get a blog but she's a little technology resistant.
August 16th, 2004
Yeah! I didn't get much else done today but my room is looking much better. Got through the closet (trying to be ruthless with getting rid of clothes with a low success rate) and the huge stack of mail that had been accumulating. I yearn for a paperless day...in the meantime I made a bunch of new folders for everything and filed it away. You can see my desk and top of the bookshelf again! Sometimes it seems like a full-time job just to keep up with the household stuff.
August 15th, 2004
Finally cleaning the apartment...it feels nice to know where things are again. Almost like I went on a huge shopping trip. I forget about all the crap I shoved into the back of the closet or the top of my bookcase. I'm not sure how I manage to accumulate things so quickly. Hopefully if sort through it there shouldn't be quick so much clutter everywhere.
Had a brainstorming brunch at University Diner with a friend and it seems like we might be thinking about similar topics for thesis. I'm not sure if this will be helpful or bad in the long run. I'm sure whatever final project we do will end up differently so I shouldn't worry.
Saw Maria Full of Grace last night which was an amazing film. I was very impressed.
August 13th, 2004
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July 28th, 2004
Must get serious about planning my thesis for next year.
1-get sketch book
2-Go to bookstore for brainstorming
3-Get design annuals and Godel Escher Bach