23 June 2008
21 June 2008
That is how this guy at the liquor store in Harlem was pronouncing merlot. He asked me if I knew anything about wine, and told him that I sort of did. So then he asks me all of these questions, including how "murr lot" tasted. I gave some recommendations but he got confused when I started talking about sweet and dry and didn't understand how a liquid wine could be dry. Oh well, I did my best.
19 June 2008
It's become very clear to me that teachers are the most passionate group of people regarding their career. My program at the university that I'm getting my M.Ed. from SOOO supportive... it's ridiculous. There are so many staff members dedicated solely to us and our achievement as teachers. And everyone just wants to help. It's such a great support system and I feel incredibly lucky. The only horrible thing is my commute, which can take anywhere from an hour to 1.5 hrs... grrr.
17 June 2008
I'm too frazzled and all over the place to write a coherent paragraph, let alone blog post, so here are just some thoughts.
16 June 2008
I don't know if it really shows from the pictures... but that is a HUGE pile of screws and other sorts of things that I don't know the name to. When I opened this package for my Ikea desk, I was a little shocked, because there were more pieces to the desk than the bed, and that just doesn't seem right. But, after an hour or so of hard work, all of those screws turned into....
A desk! Messy, I know, but everything in my room is still chaotic unfortunately. Hopefully that will be remedied this week at some point... I also built my bed! Here it is:
So now I have furniture! Everything w/ Ikea went great... except for my dresser. I got the wrong color. And they won't take it back without charging me the $100+ delivery fee for another one. So that leaves me pretty much with only one option, to paint it to match the rest of the furniture. But it's just so annoying because I wanted my dresser more than anything to put all of my clothes away and just to have things off of my floor. It can't always go smoothly, can it.
13 June 2008
So far, it doesn’t really feel like I’m actually living here. I haven’t had one of those “aha” moments where it’s like I realize that I’m actually living in New York for the foreseeable future. For some reason it doesn’t really faze me. Part of me wishes that it did! I don’t know if it’s because I got used to the whole public transportation/big city thing in Munich or what. Not that Munich is really a huge city, but I still think it prepared me in a way. Prepared me to do things on my own, to know what to do when you get lost, to know how to navigate a subway system.
I really do love New York though… there’s just so much to do and see and everyday you can see something new. I already feel like I’m at “home” with my neighborhood and where I live. Once I get my furniture (tomorrow!) it will finally feel even more like home. I’m sick of having my clothes in piles on the floor (believe it or not) and my computer on my bed due to lack of a desk. Despite Mom’s concerns (hi Mom!), I’m going to attempt to put all of the Ikea furniture together by myself. I think I can do it, and the control freak in me just wants to do it myself. Now if I ended up lofting my bed I probably would have had a professional do it, because falling to my death from a dorm-style bed is not something I’d like to experience. But a regular bed is do-able I think.
Today I discovered that I actually have work (writing assignments) due for my first day of class on Tuesday. So I’m back to being a college student (yay!). Currently I am sitting at a coffee shop right across from Columbia with my computer and a huge 600 pg. book that I’m supposed to have read by Tuesday (won’t happen). Tonight I will most likely lay low and try to get as much of this work done as possible. Then tomorrow hopefully I’ll get my furniture in the morning, then off to NJ for a day of birthday/graduation celebrations with friends and then beach on Sunday hopefully!
Have a great weekend everyone J
12 June 2008
10 June 2008
09 June 2008
That's how much I spent at Bed Bath and Beyond today.... and I didn't even get everything on my list. Sigh. On a positive note, I got an air conditioner (and got $25 off) and delivery only cost $15. I met some really nice people in line actually who were from the area I'm living in and gave me great tips on restaurants and stuff. When I told them I just moved here today they literally said "welcome!"... and it really did make me feel welcome. Whoever said New Yorkers weren't nice must not be nice themselves... because as long as you're friendly so are they.
Due to the requests of many family members and friends, this is my attempt at a blog. I know in the past I haven't been so good, but I'll try harder this time, I promise. Because this blog is public and I'll be working in a public position, the real names of my students, coworkers, friends, school, etc. will never be revealed, but hopefully I can come up with appropriate pseudonyms. For this reason, my name for the purpose of this blog is Miss Adventurous, or Miss A. Kind of corny, yeah yeah, but whatever, it works.