Paris – Day 1

May 29, 2010

So perhaps Paris really is the city of love, since the tension between myself and Mr. K seemed to melt away upon arrival. Our first stop of course is a sidewalk café for chocolate crepes and a croquet monsieur. Simply delicious – breakfast was definitely well worth the 2 hours train ride wait!

Mr. K has never been to Paris so he chooses our itinerary for the day. It’s decided that this will be our sightseeing day. We strap on our walking shoes and head off towards Notre Dame and Isle de Citi. We wander around the streets stopping and exploring the different cheese and chocolate shops (free macaroon samples, but of course!). Nabbing a chunk of brie and sheep’s milk cheese for later. From Notre Dame we head over the Louvre on our newly acquired rental bikes, and then the Eiffel Tower – which is a rugby madhouse. Loud music blaring everywhere, Parisians dressed in rugby gear drinking out of Heineken kegs, smoke from the street meat vendors – awfulness. We snap a quick photo and run away back to our bikes.

Dinner is at La Societe, which is the biggest secret dinner hot spot on all of Paris – according to Mr.K’s boss. We spend the next three hours chatting over the biggest escargot I have ever seen (YUM!), tender lobster and amazing dessert while trying to spot models and French celebs.

July 9, 2010. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

London Calling – Again

I like London. I like the tube. I like the parks. I like how the streets are kinda crazy and not in some uniform tight knit grid. The food however, is slightly terrible, excluding the cherries I bought from the farmers market.

Mr. K works 90% of the time during the London visits. So I spent the majority of my time wandering around in the streets and antique jewelry and vintage clothing markets. Portobello Market maybe one of the best ways to spend a Friday morning.

Last time I was in London I played busy tourist running all over the city to every site, museum and department store on Fodor’s “must see” list. This time I decided to spend my time laying in Hyde Park, eating ice cream with a flake (I still am not really sure what a flake is somewhere between a chocolate stick and coco powder) and ogling the jewels, jems and pearls at Grey Antique Market.  Well maybe a little more than just oogling. I did spot heavenly gold necklace, that unknown to me just happened to be vintage YSL. Once I put her on I knew she had to come home with me. I’m calling her my promotion present.

I also got to see the London office 5th floor softball game, which was quite amusing. Londoners do not know how to play softball. It was chaos everywhere. People running away from the ball, people not standing on the bases – the ball was enormous and no one had a glove. But I have to give them credit – I would have no clue what to do if someone handed me a cricket bat.

June 18, 2010. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Soooooo

I finally made it to London! We took off at about 1:30 am and I arrived just before 1 pm London time.  Now if all goes well Mr.K should be meeting me in the hotel any minute. And he is here!

Sooooooo, the rumor mill was ablaze last night in the poor peoples airport lounge. The word in terminal 55 as told by the older british lady is as follows: Older british lady heard that the ex Pakistani president was scheduled to be on our flight from another passenger on our flight who was drinking with the ex Pakistani president in the VIP lounge pre flight. All of a sudden ex Pakistani president fled  Newark airport, creating a huge uneasyness with the TSA, since our flight was already classified as high risk due to the fact that we were transporting the ex Pakistani president over the Atlantic. So increased security screenings were ordered for our plane, these security screenings usually only take 2 hours according to the man behind the Virgina Atlantic counter, but ours took about 4.

After security had been called to our gate about 50 billion times and they unloaded and reloaded all of our baggage we were finally allowed to board the plane. As soon as we were all buckled in and the cabin doors were shut our lovely captain got on the PA and announced the reason why our flight was delayed,. apparently during the security check traces of explosives were found on all the food and beverage carts. This is bad, so the TSA called in the bomb squad, and explosive sniffing dogs and our entire plane along with all of our baggage had to be checked our by both the bomb squad and sniffer dogs. I thought this announcement would send some people into a panic demanding to be let off the plane, but nope no one seemed to care, including me. We all just wanted to get this ship moving across the Atlantic. And across the Atlantic we went.

May 26, 2010. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Horsies!

April 25, 2010

Last week I was in a seminar and we had to share what we were passionate about with the person sitting next to us. My partner went first and began talking about her kids. I went into panic mode – I had no idea what I was passionate about! I know what I am not passionate about – work, cleaning the toilet. But I had no idea what I was going to talk about when my turn came.

I opened my mouth having no idea what would come out. All of a sudden I hear myself talking about animals. Horses to be exact, how I used to ride and LOVED it, and want to start-up again. How it gave me confidence, taught me that I didn’t have to do what everyone else was doing during highschool. I also found myself talking about how I wanted other people to experience what I did.

The next day I realized that I had a phone call to make. One of Mr. K’s family members has horses and is involved in equine assisted psychotherapy. I met her two years ago, and she offered to take me riding. So Sunday I called her up to see of the offer stills stood. It did and the very next week I found myself riding one of her horses through a thoroughbred farm. Then later that day I found myself doing a jump course on one of her younger mares. It was fabulous! I forgot how much I missed horsies and all the freedom, fun and friendship that comes along with them.

April 29, 2010. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Regaining Balance

April 13, 2010

Currently I am failing at balancing all of my commitments, projects, family, friends, career. I am out of whack. A few months ago I had a decent balance – it wasn’t ideal, but it was miles better than what I have going on now. Between the move, the movers, finding stools, honeymoon plans, seeing friends, speaking to my family – I can’t get it straight – I’m constantly dropping something. I’ve spent more time baking Easter cupcakes, braking down boxes and chasing after UES barstools than I have with my friends. The lovely folks at Comcast and I are practically family – at least I speak to them more than I do my real family. In the past week, I’ve been to Bed Bath and Beyond almost as often as I go to work.

I keep on waiting for things to slow down, but I don’t think they ever will (besides the weekend in Feb. when just about everyone I knew headed to the west coast – that was a slow one.) I used to see this as a bad thing, but now I’ve come to realize that is actually really really great! The instant things start to slow down is when I stop being able to live all of these truly awesome amazing moments. I’m a blessed  lucky person to have such wonderful people in my life, and to be able to go on such amazing adventures. It’s up to me not to take advantage of it, and not to waste a minute of it! I can do this as long as I can remain calm, don’t panic and  don’t drop any of the pieces I’m juggling.

April 13, 2010. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Unpacking. Still.

April 11, 2010

I spent the majority of this weekend unpacking, straightening and cleaning up from all the unpacking. Yet, our apartment still doesn’t feel homey. I can’t quite figure out why. Maybe it’s because there is still a bunch of random things scattered along the bar, or maybe it’s because we do not have our couch, or perhaps it’s due to the fact that despite all my cleaning there are still little crumbles all over the floors.

Every time Mr. K left the house this weekend I said that by the time he gets back our apartment will be in order. Every time he came back the apartment was not in order. The shadow boxes and flattened champagne need to go on the wall, the plants need to be planted, Mr.K’s clothes need to be put away – all this out of place stuff is starting to irk me. Then there’s the fact that I’m still missing a handful of wedding gifts that I need, that could not be found and seem to be hidden in some far nook of Mr. K’s dads house. Where is my egg timer? My steak knives? My aprons? (OK so maybe I don’t need all the aprons, but I would like the egg timer.)Not to mention that this missing stuff will need to be unpacked and placed somewhere in our apartment.

I think I am a little OCD when it comes to cleaning/organizing.  Like Monica in the show Friends – she could always tell when something was moved or out of place. I watched Mr.K navigate the kitchen as he was making fish for dinner. My eagle eye watching to be sure he put everything back in the right place, trying to explain that the large white cutting board is not used for raw protein, only veggies, and watching so he cleaned everything effectively. Sound anal? – yes well I might just be a little anal. I don’t like when things are not put back in their proper place, I don’t like papers scattered all over, and I don’t like the possibility for cross contamination, (yet I have no problem eating all of the left over batter, raw eggs and all.)

The fact is we are going to be in the apartment for a while, if it is clean to begin with it might have a fighting chance to stay clean.

April 12, 2010. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Water

April 2, 2010

I never realized how relaxing water can be until I moved into an apartment that overlooks it. After a particularly anxious day I came home worked out and decided to catch some early springtime rays out on the patio. As I stared out into the water and the Statue of Liberty I was instantly relaxed. The calm movements of the water calmed my nerves. It was beautiful and peaceful. I think we are gong to like it here!

April 10, 2010. Jersey City, Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

MOOOVING DAY!

March 31, 2010

Me: “I don’t want any special wrapping/packing for any of our furniture, we are not attached to any of it if it breaks we don’t care.”

Since Mr. K did the on-site coordination of our last move, I was doing the on-site coordination of this move. The day had finally arrived, Mr. K and I are officially moving our of the suburban ghetto and into the luxury of the waterfront!

The movers showed up at 8:15 am, parked the truck, and started hauling our stuff out. This company charges to wrap furniture, we didn’t want to pay an additional $100 for a TV box so when they brought in the moving materials I specifically told them do not wrap anything you will charge us extra for. The foreman agreed and assured me that all the materials were leftovers from the truck that I would not be charged for.

The move was going really smoothly until it came down to the last little bit and pieces of our apartment. There were a few mirrors, lamps and plants that they refused to take, saying that they would have to charge me xx amount for each item since the truck is bouncy and they could break. I told them I didn’t care of they broke and to take them anyway, but they refused. Then once the van was inspected they refused to take our boxes of wine and booze bottles claiming they would break as well. So technically they did not move all of our belonging like they agreed to do during our on site estimate. As a result I had to go back to our old apartment once the movers were finished and pack up all the leftover items they refused to take.

Next came the way over the top charge for the move, we were given an estimate of $480 for the move if no packing materials were used and $550 if packing materials were used. Our total came out to be $700 hmmmmm how could this be?? Well we were charged $150 in packing after I was told we would not be charged, including $50 worth of tape!!! What?!?! Plus they lost our table top and wouldn’t move some of our stuff, in spite of the fact that they had left an entire wardrobe box empty! So now I must file a clam against them to get our money back. How annoying. Beware of these movers!

April 9, 2010. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Eating the Freezer

March 19, 2010

Mr. K and I have locked down our move out day! For a while I was worried that we would not be able to find available movers, but we got lucky and our super cheap mover became available.

A few weeks back I was really into making soups and chili – I made double batches of everything I cooked up and froze half. All of these homemade concoctions are sitting in our freezer begging to be eaten before we move. Mr. K and I set a goal to eat as much of our existing food as we possible can before we move. There will be no moving boxes full of half-eaten food like s the last time. So we have about two weeks eat our way through our food supply. I’m expecting things to get pretty interesting as the days go by. Hopefully I will be able to create some innovative delicious recipes, instead of kitchen disasters. Only time will tell, as for right now we have had a bag of cooked white beans sitting lonely in our fridge for the past two days. I’m counting on this weekend to provide me with some rustic recipes for my average beans.

March 20, 2010. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Apartment Hunt – Jersey City

March 7, 2010

Me: I kinda want to look at some New Jersey waterfront apartments today. Do you want to look at some, or are you set on the city?

Mr. K: I don’t really want to be in Jersey, I think we should try and apply for the apartment in the east 50s.

Me: I want to take a look at it again, then maybe apply, I will call the broker to see if he can show it to us.

Well, the broker said he didn’t know if he would be able to show it to us because the man with the keys was “sick”. So Pete and I decided to go look at some Jersey City waterfront apartments until we heard back from the broker. The first building we went to some friends of ours live in so we had already had the tour. We saw three different layouts, a small one bedroom with great views, and two larger one bedrooms with not so great views and one of them had a bad layout. We really loved the building all its amenities and the amazing views from the smaller bedroom. But we wanted to explore our options, so we kept our apartment hunt going.

The next building we went to was very similar to the first, had many of the same amenities. We saw two bedrooms in that building one with amazing closet space and one with a terrace, and views. Naturally we gravitated to the one with the terrace. After seeing one more just ok apartment the great debate began. We had to choose between two great almost identical buildings, each with great apartments. How do we decide? Do we go with the less expensive one? The one with stainless appliances? The bigger one? It was so hard to decide!  

After some negotiating with apartment buildings, and after Mr. K and I did a lot of pros and cons discussing we had our decision. We were going with the bigger apartment with terrace! Yay!!!

 I thought for sure I was going to end up back in the city, but none of the apartments I saw across the river felt right. The ones I saw in Jersey City did! After walking out of both of the Jersey City buildings I felt happy, I knew that this is where Mr. K and I were meant to be. Mr. K felt it too, he realized that he preferred the quiet calmness of the waterfront versus the crazy chaoticness of NYC. I never thought I would be so excited and happy about living in Jersey City!

April 1 cannot get here soon enough!

March 10, 2010. Tags: , . Jersey City, Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

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