So my birthday is coming up, and I am trying to make plans. I really want to go out to like a jazz club that has dancing. Like the ones in the 1930s and 1940s. I could use a lot of help with this, as I am pretty sure the places that I am looking at online right now are really cheesy.
Do you know of any spots in NYC that are like this, and if so where are they?
This past week was chaotic. The night before Hurricane Sandy hit NJ, I packed my bags and went to stay with Mr. IT. There was no way that I was sitting through this storm by myself.
We lost power on Monday night, and both of our apartments were restored Saturday night. On Tuesday, we went and explored the aftermath of the storm. Only one block in Hoboken seemed to have never lost power. We went to my apartment, tour the place apart for non-perishable food, and then went back to his place. Later that night, we took turns reading Invisible Monsters out loud to each other. Finally, on Wednesday morning, when it seemed that power was not going to be restored for another few days, we came to our senses and left Hoboken and stayed at a family friend’s house, who had power.
My parents were also staying at the house, because they had also lost power. It was quite interesting - me, Mr. IT and the parents living under the same roof for 3 days. My mom tried so hard to make Mr. IT comfortable, which in turn, probably made him more nervous around her. Mr. IT was able to work “from home,” and I brought a few school books and outlines to study. We were able to keep out of each others’ hair, which was wonderful!
On Saturday, I received an email confirmation from my building manager stating that power had been restored. Mr. IT and I returned to Hoboken, cleaned out the fridge, made some dinner and just relaxed for that night, enjoying video games, a movie and a nice bottle (or 2) of wine.
The most exciting part about Saturday was not having power restored though. Mr. IT gave me a key to his apartment. This makes me feel very special. I think this is a great sign for us. I actually think that this whole week was a test for us, and we came out on top. Through the storm, we kept it together, and probably resembled a relationship like this:
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I need to find a place to play Fanny Brice in Funny Girl. Listening to the soundtrack as I finish my Fashion Law assignment (on fashion’s night out, how faux pas!) and I just have this urge to get on stage and belt out “HEY MR. ARNSTEIN! HERE I AM!!!”
Over the past few weeks I’ve established a “ladies’ night” with Devin and our friend Shannon. Tonight we had dinner at Bangkok City. It was delicious! We had a bottle of wine and pad thai. They gave us so much that we had plenty for leftovers. Unfortunately, I left mine on the table. Oh wells.
We then went back to mine and Devin’s apartment where we had a fabulous dance party to 90’s pop. Of course we rocked out to the Spice Girls, just like every 25 year girl would do haha. We brought back the running man, lawn mower, and Devin even showed us her rendition of “the crane.” We also through the Yes Dance in for good measure. If you do not know what the yes dance is, youtube it now!
After we had burned off our dinner with our crazy dancing (completely sober, please mind you) we went to Odd Fellows for 1/2 price martinis and karaoke. This was my favorite part of the night! Shannon started off the night with an AWESOME rendition of “Somebody to Love” by Queen. She has had a few things going on, and Devin and I both were saying how strong she is for singing that song, and how amazing she performed! I followed up with “Sunday Morning” by Maroon 5. I had so much fun singing! Later on Shannon sang “Lights” by Journey and I sang “Getting Better all the Time” by the Beatles. We finished our evening by singing “Benny and the Jets” which was so silly. That song NEVER ENDS. But I loved every moment of it.
I love ladies’ night. I have had so much fun with my friends on these occasions, and I cannot wait for the next time we hang out!
I had a very exciting weekend. I’ll break it down for you in three parts: (1) Special Guest (2) Winery and Drive-In; and (3) Parents Meeting Parents.
(1) Special Guest. My very good friend Mammy, who lives in Philadelphia, was in Manhattan auditioning for The Sound of Music at Papermill Playhouse. After she finished, she visited me in my new apartment in Hoboken! She finally met my new roommate Devin and Mr. IT. Mr. IT, Mammy and I had a dinner that I made all on my own: garlic burgers and a black bean and corn tex-mex style salad. Everyone seemed to enjoy it (finally got Mr. IT to eat and enjoy some veggies!) which made me very happy, because honestly… I am no Giada De Laurentiis… Cooking is NOT my thing. For the rest of the evening, we watched an old Cary Grant and Irene Dunne movie. Then Mammy got back on the train to Philly, Mr. IT and I had some ice cream and watched An Education. I love that movie- Cary Mulligan is so wonderful. I think that Mr. IT and Mammy got along fairly well. Poor Mr. IT had to put up with old movies all through dinner, but he survived.
(2) Winery and Drive-In. On Saturday, Mr. IT, Devin, Devin’s Brit and I went to a winery in Warwick. It was a great day. They had a Grateful Dead festival, which was not really my or Devin’s thing, but Mr. IT seemed to enjoy it. We did a wine tasting (my first one ever!) and had some delicious cider. Mr. IT and I had Raspberry Cider followed by Pear Cider and Devin and her Brit had the Pear Cider followed by the Apple Cider. All of them were/are delicious! Mr. IT and I bought quite a few to share with his parents. We also had awesome Truffle Oil Fries… YUM! After we finished at the winery, we went to dinner, and then went to the Warwick Drive-In. I felt terrible because Mr. IT’s car got stuck on one of the hills. Devin’s Brit, a few strangers and I were able to push him out, and we got a pretty decent spot. We saw that new Bourne movie, which was not that good, and Ted, which was hilarious! It was a really great day with two good friends. Hooray for couples dating!
(3) Parents Meeting Parents. On Sunday, Mr. IT and his parents hosted my family the day at his family’s lake house. It was a very nice afternoon. I was very nervous that my parents were going to embarrass me, but they behaved themselves. My dad had a great time jet-skiing and tubing. Mr. IT’s father got a kick out of how my dad is an adrenalin junkie. Our mothers got a long very well too. I think that everyone had a great day.
And that concludes my entry about my great weekend.
Tonight it finally dawned on me. My friends have become adults. They’re all grown up and, honestly, I feel like I’m still in my junior year of college applying to internships and worrying about classes starting. Law school officially put my life on hold.
All of my best friends have moved away from home. While I technically have an apartment and a roommate, it is purely for school, and I know that the moment that I graduate, if I do not have a job offer I will be back at my parents’ house. Bloop moved to North Carolina to live out her dream way back in April. JT just moved to San Francisco to live his dream with all of his friends from college. My best friend from 4th grade pom-poms is now the mother of a 5 1/2 year old getting married and buying her own house. And finally, I found out that my only friend from high school is now contemplating taking a job that’s like 4 hours away. Everyone is moving away and moving on, and I really feel left out.
I’m 25 years old. In the past 4 years I have been in three failed relationships. One failed because we were young, and I didn’t know what I wanted. The other two failed for the same reason - law school. The first, because I was entering law school and he “can’t wait three years to get married and have babies.” The second, because I become so ambitious and hardworking that he couldn’t possibly fit into my schedule or future.
I am so jealous of all of my friends who are not in law school right now. It really actually hurts to think about how happy they all must be, and how I feel like I’m holding myself back when comparing their lives to mine. Maybe if school didn’t take up my life, I’d be moving forward with Mr. IT more (though I’m perfectly fine with our relationship at the moment). And maybe if I wasn’t in school, I wouldn’t feel so completely broke and stupid all the time.
It just sucks that people are getting married, buying houses, having real jobs, and I’m forever stuck in school mode - at least for another year and a half.