Miracle on 42nd street

So I had myself quite the day off. This was my first day off (not counting that one Sunday) since I moved here (I count moving as working FYI)...so I decided I'd be a girl about town. I slept in a bit and was awoken by the cable guy (thank you Zeus that we were first on the route) at 10 am. He really could've screwed my day up by coming towards the end of this shift which was 2:00 pm. I would've been penned to my apartment until he arrived. But he didn't and I was happy about it.

The dude was completely annoying and talked the whole time. I was still opening my eyes, and he was talking about how he was from New Jersey, but lived in California because he was in the military (he said that really cocky-like, like I was supposed to be all goo-goo, gaa-gaa about it). He then just moved back to New York. He asked what I did, blah, blah, blah. Didn't know what public relations was...blah, blah, blah. He managed to mess up the cable twice and took an hour to finally install it. At the end of his blab fest, he asked if I was single. While I was thoroughly annoyed at the time, it helped the self-esteem. If I could get hit on while I barely awake and in a orange Illinois sweatshirt with purple jogging pants...I had a shot in this city!

Anyhoo - I decided to stroll down to Grand Central Station to check out the scene. I'm picking up my niece this weekend and wanted to make sure I'd be set and know my way around so I didn't miss my train (I have to leave from Grand Central to get her). Plus it was pretty outside, and I wanted an excuse to explore.
On my way I saw Whitney from America's Next Top Model and I still don't get how she won, but that's just me being catty. Nonetheless, for some reason the sight of her made me want coffee so I jumped in a Starbucks and grabbed some green tea (I know not coffee...but you get the point).

I got to Grand Central station (42nd and Lex) and it was amazing! I had seen it from the outside, but in the inside is incredible. Beautiful. What was even better was the Grand Central Market...OMG. I almost died. I ended up buying a homemade vegetable potpie that I'm very excited about! I know I'll be back to try all of the other goodies they had - many cupcakes. Many cupcakes!
On my way back, I grabbed a chicken sandwich (all veggie baby!) at our favorite Zen . They were out of regular fries, so I got yam fries...very delish. Of course, I also had to get a snack wrap for later (possible tomorrow if I'm hungover). I also got a card for to get my 10th meal free...woo-woo. Will look forward to that free one and will be sure to go huge!

I also stopped in Bed, Bath & Beyond to buy an over-the-door hanger for my hats and purses (trying to save space here!). I didn't realize it when I had visited it before in Illinois or Kentucky...but now know why it is Bed, Bath and Beyond. The place had everything! It was three levels and like a Wal-Mart. VERY different than any other location I had ever been too. Of course I got behind the crazies in every line (I switched line three times because of this), but was complimented on my white bag...so I was happy.

I just realized I have just written a book, so I'm done for now. It's Friday and Heather and I are ready to find us some men...so I will keep you posted until then!


Let me count the ways

I do not like Jessica Simpson. I wish she would go away. No, I do not like Jessica Simpson. When I say that I like Ashlee Simpson more than Jessica...that's saying a lot...or actually...probably not much at all. Whatever way you choose to look at it.

Current People magazine quote: "I just told him (Tony Romo) today, 'You're the love of my life,'" she (Jessica Simpson) confesses in the latest cover story. "I don't really ever say that to anybody."

Really Jessica...really? Never say/said that to anyone? Hmm...let me think back...

Didn't you express your love for John Mayer on the cover of People magazine as well?

And let us not forget poor Nick Lachey...WHO YOU WERE MARRIED TO! Was he not the "love of your life" on your wedding day at least?

Why does she (and the media) feel the need to tell us everytime (every 3 months) she falls in love? The only person I've ever told I've loved is that red velvet cupcake I had years ago...but it wouldv'e never worked, so I ate it.

But the REAL reason I hate Jessica Simpson is because she's a pink jersey-wearer...the worst! Turns out...if you want to wear a jersey and you're female, it has to pink. How cute...erg!

What's double annoying is that she is acting like she knows what is going on in the game and on the field and that just gets my goat. -------------->

A little self promotion...

Thank you Mr. McLean (fausha) for scanning for me! ;)

It may not be the New York Times, but damn it, the Lincoln Courier knows I'm special.

King of the castle

I only wish I could make something this cool up!

I just saw Stephen King walking down Lex...as I got out of the subway (Heather saw him too!)...that was cool. What was even cooler...and I promise to you that I am not making this up...his shirt read:

"Be Nice to Me or I'll Put You in My Book"

Life is really, really good.



Heather and I have submitted entries for tickets to Saaatttuuurrrdddaaayy Niiiiggghhht Liiiiiiiiiiiiive!!

We'll keep you posted on the outcome....


I came across this quote, like it and thought I'd share...
"Champions aren't made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them -- a desire, a dream, a vision."
--Muhammad Ali, boxing legend
On a not so related side note, the quote reminds me that last night we came to a very important conclusion. In a fight Cold Stone Creamery would take Tasti D.Lite with one arm tied behind its back in the first round any day.

Maybe I do need to hit the gym after all - you know, to make the outside match the desire, dream and vision that I have on the inside. Argh.


I just read an interesting New York Times article: "Newcomers Adjust, Eventually, to New York." Give it a gander and you will understand the following...

I think I've had my "honey, I'm home" moment already. So soon? Oh yes. I believe it came on our drive into the city. I saw the skyline and knew this was it for me.
However, even with that moment there must come adjustments - as with moving any where. The main things I'm trying to get used to at the moment include the constantly changing smells on the streets, the possibility of paying $15 for a sandwich and, of course,...dun, dun, dun...the subway. So far I've been able to find my way around but I'm looking forward to the time when I can hop on a train and, no matter what, know where I'm heading. But that too will come in time and I can't wait!

The only problem I do have with the article is that it's missing two very important things...the newly deemed NYC roomies!...It would have given the article a fabulous edge. Don't you agree? :)


Sigh of relief....

There goes my hero....

Stayed in last night, watching Sex & the City, after walking home from work...from 52nd and Broadway to 80th and York. That's a walk folks. I talked to my dad the whole way, so it went by fast. He was telling me of the awesome supper he was making, while my mouth watered. He was making my favorite okra stew (yes it's yummy, don't knock it til you try it!), brown rice and a new tomato pie that also sounded very awesome. I was jealous.

I am going to try the walk home again and let me tell you why. Eggplant hero with cheese fries.

That was my dinner last night. Delivered and delish.

On a non-food note...I'm picking up my niece in Connecticut this weekend (Sunday) to come hang with me in the City. I'm going to take her to Times Square to all of the fun stuff (Go Build-a-Bear and Toys R' Us!) and possibly Central Park or Bronx zoo. I also plan to take her to Crumbs Bake Shop... a little cupcake shop that has peaked my interest since I walked by it my second day of work. I guess we will end up on a food note. ;)



Not a good sign...

What is happening to my Bengals?



Heather uploaded her pics of our drive to our new digs and our neighborhood. Once I finish my part of the unpacking...we'll have apartment pics as well!

Week #1 Recap

HOT: Running into John Legend at a NY Jets game

NOT: Being stood up by Eli Manning at a NY Jets game

WHO WOULD'VE THOUGHT: Lipstick Jungle would film as I walk to work on Monday morning

It's officially been one week since I moved to the Apple and so much has happened. See below for a brief recap:

  • Drove 14 hours to NYC, resulting in "Crush" on the radio while we crossed into New York and a graffiti throwdown
  • Was stopped multiple times for my Bengals gear...resulting in meeting the owners of a cool bar (East End), country power-hour and staying up until 3:00 am the night before my first day of work
  • Saw a man who had "relieved" himself outside my work building on my first day of work
  • Michael Phelps.
  • Hung at the East End, heard about the death of LeRoi Moore, convinced Schmitty (the Irish bartendar of course) to play a melody of DMB in his honor
  • Was told my hat was cool but would fall apart in two days at the rooftop bar of Sutton Place
  • Worked my first Jets game in which they won
  • Finally saw The Dakota and Lennon memorial in Strawberry Fields while a Beatles tribute band played awesome tunes
  • Saw the prepping for a shoot for TV sitcom, Lipstick Jungle, on the way to work this morning



I'm lovin this NYC weather. Yesterday I went to a movie in the park; nuzzled up to the nook of a tree with my blanket and watched August Rush. It was what it was but I liked it none the less. Regardless, you gotta love watching a movie with Central Park scenes while you are actually in Central Park.