This Dan sleep talk was over a year ago and thus i don’t have exact quotes but i do remember it really well.
One summer evening, Dan and I were watching a show called <i> MasterChef</i> which features home cooks competing for a championship with Michelin star chefs as judges. The British Gordon Ramsay is a key judge in this show. On this particular episode, a cute, sweet girl named Felix was kicked off the show much to our regret.
Later that night i heard this exchange between Dan and HIMSELF:
Dan: (in a British accent, imitating Gordon Ramsay) Felix, you’re time on Masterchef is done
Dan being himself: NOOO *whimper* Felix
Honestly I hate that vest but I’m metaphorically stuck with it as it was %50 off and apparently at Joyce Leslie if something is %50 off it is also final sale which is never told to you but it is written on the receipt AFTER you purchase it so I’m wearing it out of anger haha
A couple of weekends ago, it was Dan’s brother’s birthday and he wanted to come to the city and go bowling. It was great because we don’t really see him too often and he usually chooses to stay in Westchester instead of visiting the city. I however, do not like bowling. I’ve been twice, one as a child at a crappy daycamp that i did not like and then once my freshman year of college. I find bowling a bit boring and also i’m terribly weak and basically a cartoon portrayal of a disaster so yeah bowling isn’t my thing.
I have this problem where i have to look and feel great when i leave the house most days otherwise i don’t have the best day and i was not sure what to wear bowling? I didn’t want to dress up because that’s just weird but i didn’t feel right in just a plain t shirt or tank top and shorts but then i remember one of my favorite shirts. Daniel got me the purple zelda shirt you see above and i love it, as a HUGE Zelda fan [I actually own three different zelda shirts…] i rarely wear it out of fear! I decided to make myself feel less plain by adding a vest and pins:smiley face, SNES “medal” and the hyrulian crest with swords.
Anyhow, bowling actually was FUN for the first time. We went to Melody[?] Lanes in south park slope brooklyn and it was perfectly grimy and was like a club almost, well at least that’s how i interpreted it! It was dark and there were flashing lights and huge screens playing music videos of top 40s [mmmm right up my alley ;)] so i was in my element drinking a disgusting vodka tonic and dancing by myself and cheering on those who were actually bowling.
THEN IT HAPPENED.
Yesterday was my first day of day of school as a graduate student. While I had visited a few times before and went to orientation it still was pretty scary for me. I’m usually afraid and excited for change but also I get used to it easily so here’s hoping that’s the case. I only have classes Tuesdays and Wednesday’s but because of the holiday we started on Wednesday which is the day I only have one classes which is a one credit, pass/fail seminar class.
I was a bit nervous but found my away ok but no one really talked to me and believe it or not I can be really shy! It seems a few people had already went to the university for undergrad but a lot of people were from the NYC area but also around the USA too. The class was good, the teacher seems very nice and upbeat and the class is all about getting your prepared for being a speech pathologist like learning the criteria and the right path for you etc it’s basically like a first year class just like most of us have as a freshman in undergrad. It seems I am missing some stuff and am not totally prepared which makes me upset sometimes but then I remind myself that I have a completely different degree and although I may have to do a little more to catch up, it’s all totally worth it.
Although so far I have one pro and one con: Pro: free gym with pool and classes!! Con: it costs 10 cents to print, 5 cents if you bring your own paper! I’ve never heard of this at a university especially a private one that is eating all my money likes its all you can eat pizza night!
What I wouldn’t give for perfectly perfected hair especially in blonde! Unfortunately the way my hair grows out of my head looks closer to ~%~@~&~~ than this _______. I’m sure you all appreciate those lovely typographic visuals.
Anyway, my fondness (and collection!) for wigs is growing quickly and so far i have: long red and wavy, short black bob, short dirty blonde bob, long wavy pale blonde and pink, ping blunt bangs and curls, white choppy and layered and now the newest edition to the family shoulder length, dirty blonde with bangs!
If you couldn’t tell already, I don’t have many opportunities go out and enjoy the nightlife even just going to a bar is a rare occurrence in my life because not so secretly i’m boring whomp whomp but a few friday’s ago a group of us were getting together to go to Matchless a bar in Greenpoint that serves awesome food (more on that later). I ended up having the day off and whenever i know i’m going out later that night i end up itching to try and push the limit and look very cool but not trying to hard which is a hard thing to do. Inspired by Katy Perry, I really wanted to wear a purple wig, just for fun and to see if i could indeed pull it off.
In brooklyn, there is the “Fulton Mall” which is an outdoor area with a bunch of shops, it really isn’t much to write home about except for the myriad of beauty supply stores where you can get wigs, hair and any beauty item you can imagine. For 50 cents you can buy a wig cap and try on wigs and see how they look, i tried on a blue wig entitled Minaj and it loved the cut, the style and the way it felt. Obviously it was fake and made with plastic material but it definitely felt and looked more real than not and i fell in love, too bad blue made me very odd and sickly looking and i asked the associated is they had purple. She wasn’t sure and disappeared to look in the back room and came back with a purple wig in its box all wrapped up so i couldnt see the wig too clearly but i did see a beautiful purple and i looked like this <3_<3 and she assured me that it was the same as the one i tried on. I happily paid and went home eager to try it on!
In my dream life, I have bangs.
I used to have on set of clip in bangs but i made them myself and had trouble with them sometimes so i decided to spring for some from china and they’re pretty thick and odd shaped, still not sure how i feel about them or if the current cut suits my face.
It is 91 degrees today and i had to bring out this flowy dress/coverup again but since I’ve already posted it on here before, i decided to belt it to give it shape which I’ve never done and i definitely approve!
was my last day of nannying today! Since 2006, I have nannied part time or full time and now I’m done and all I can say is PHEW! I nannied for this particular family two years full time 40 or more hours a week and it felt so good to leave. Despite all my issues, I still left on good terms and I am baffled because I didn’t realize they thought so highly of me and that they would miss me!
I got the kids a few presents and wrote them personal goodbye letters. They seem to really like them but didn’t open them in my presence which the never do! They usually stop what they are doing to open something! Daniel says they didn’t probably didn’t want to out of sadness or denial.
This morning when I came in the kids were asleep and so I busied myself with small tasks when I noticed on the kitchen table were a stack of chocolate chip pancakes with a tented note reading: “for krista”(?!) and written inside it said “the uje”. I was full and just put them with my stuff. The housekeeper then informed me that one of the kids got up at 7 and she found him making pancakes at 8am and when she offered to do it, he said no! And when she was going to cut them up for him, he said “no they are for Krista!”. I was very touched. You see, whenever he is home from school he only wants chocolate pancakes , I wasn’t good at it when I first started but since then I’ve probably made them hundreds of times and when I ask him what would he like for breakfast (I actually am by fond of making and cleaning up pancakes) in case he changed his mind e usual respond “the uje” as in “the usual”. The girl also saved me some macaroni and cheese from this place she raves about.
So our last moments were packing them up for the hamptons and I gave them all hugs and wished them luck and the oldest who i don’t even deal with too mug since she is almost 19 even gave me a second hug and the oldest girl who I cared who is 14 have me a super long hug. I waved to them goodbye as they drove and then I said goodbye to the housekeeper. My last task was to drop off some mail at their school and then it was officially over, I’ve tied loose ends and I personally found a replacement for myself.
It still is odd to me because I guess I general I never felt the things I’ve been told they said or felt about me like the parents told the kids that I’m the best babysitter they ever had and I’m the only babysitter to ever leave on good terms! I guess some express themselves different but it doesn’t matter to me because I’m very grateful for everything and the opportunity because i was able to live alone, pay of a huge debt, save a little and enjoy nice things for a bit.
My next journey is very scary for me but I think it will be ok in the end or at least that’s what I tell myself
Can’t stop wearing body chains, it’s the easiest way to look cool or fashionable when you are lazy and cannot think further beyond a tank and shorts.
I said this a while ago but the summer always escapes me before I have a chance to enjoy it and I did have a list of things I wanted to do but seeing as how school starts in one week the only question in my mind is “what summer?”
Last month I went to Sandy Hook with my friend Dana. It was definitely and Ordeal with a capital O. Not so conveniently Sandy hook beach is located in NJ but conveniently there are several ferries that take you to the little island where there are free shuttles to the different beaches.
We were off to a rough start realizing that the ferry only accepted cash going there and that it was much more expensive that expected yikes.
Once we got there (only 30 minutes), the shuttles were quick and the beach was beautiful and clean. We had a nice picnic of fruit, baguette and Camembert, Mike’s hard mango punch, and those weird squeeze slush frozen daiquiri from the grocery store. The sun was killing us so we sprung for an umbrella and as a result we enjoyed many blissful hours on the beach.
Rarely do I ever relax and I managed to just enjoy life for a few hours until we took the ferry back to manhattan. Where we were stressed as we has no more money and we were given the inclination that we could pay our return via credit card however this was denied by staff as we waited for the ferry! Which left us the only option to pay for a cab(no money) to an ATM that we dont know if it existed or wait for the shuttle buses to come back (who knows when) and try to find an atm! Honestly sandy hook is basically deserted so we were very worried and Dana had to make a sports match later but our stress quickly disappeared as we were finally informed that we could pay with our cards! In the end it was a great time and I would love to go back.