Saturday, July 31, 2010

Olympus Pen

Such a beautiful video, I imagine it took ages. I could never have enough patience to make a stop motion video, but so glad that somebody else did!





Sunday, July 25, 2010

Visitors!

A tribute to the visitors who have stayed at our small apartment over the past few months!


My mom and grandma flew here on our moving weekend, and helped us out with shuttling everything from our old apartment.

Our old "temporary" apartment, ground floor, icky paint...

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New place, with champagne!

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A few weeks after we moved in, my cousin Chloe and aunt Connie came to look at schools and do touristy things

Us visiting Columbia

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Next came Lynnea and Krista for a few days

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Then Billy visited for July 4.

Yankees game!

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Manhattan Bridge and Brooklyn Bridge

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Times Square

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Pouty face during the cheesy Empire State Building photo

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After one day of repose, the Caligiuri clan took over!

Dinner at Balthazar (blurry, but the only one with all of us!)

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Pre Karaoke shots with Alana

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Karaoke

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Nick and Alana

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And for now, peace and quiet!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Home Sweet Home, at last!

It has been too long since I painted my high school bedroom 4 different colors, and covered the walls with photos, "Got Milk?" ads, and sponge painted clouds. How I loved that room!

After years of futons (college!), Ikea (Minneapolis!), and 90's leather sofas and glass coffee tables with fake gold (Europe!), and nightstand placed 4 inches from tiny kitchen that fits one person at a time (New York!), I am pleased to announce that we finally have a real place! Although it is one of the tiniest places we've lived in to date, it is ours! For the first time, we threw some budgetary caution to the wind and bought what we wanted instead of what would merely function. Nick finally got his beloved flat screen, and proudly selected our living room paint color. I put my years of collecting coffee table design books to good use, and the longing I once felt passing Jonathon Adler, et al. is finally still.

Without further ado,

Hallway before

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Hallway after

1) Apparently the painters weren't supposed to paint the door... but thank Jeebus they did, because a red door is an absolute necessity in my book!
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2) The crowd at the entrance is my personal favorite

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3) Postcards from all over

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Kitchen before

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Kitchen after

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2)

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Living room before

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2)

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Living room after

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3) Best part of the room, great lamp and a bar stocked with crystal and alcohol!

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Bedroom before

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Bedroom after (both sides of the door are painted gray, another unpopular paint request that makes the room!)

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Batman and Newman, ever adaptable

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View from the bedroom

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Daytime view (photo courtesy of Lynnea)

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As you can imagine, a place like this has attracted some visitors, more about that next time! Happy July 4!

Friday, June 25, 2010

If you're looking for a sign, look no further

Signs from Vermont:

My personal favorite, on a shop door:

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Mmmm, how bout a bacon latte?

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Ben and Jerry's state of the union

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Ben and Jerry's parking signage, in the middle of a field (why?)

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Don't dare to take the mayor's parking spot! But in case you want to leave him a note under his windshield, or assassinate him, you now know where to wait it out.

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Magic Hat's technical descriptions

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Dr. Seuss for grownups

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Vermont!

Nick and I jaunted to Vermont for a long weekend to celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary. The trip was a perfect mix of sightseeing, leisure, and breakfasting. I also snuck in a visit to my long ago employer's (Bruegger's Bagels) headquarters to campaign for the return of Tomato Cheese Soup, but the building was locked, so we just went to have breakfast instead.

Right before our wedding in Vegas

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5 years later by Lake Champlain

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On this trip, eating was not a mere subset of leisure; it deserved its own category. We found some excellent breakfast joints in Burlington, and even got up early on Monday morning to make a return visit to our favorite place before the Ben and Jerry's tour.

Nick, breakfast #1

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Bucket o' Spuds (home fries, Vermont cheddar, sour cream, salsa, green onion)

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PB&J (we bought strawberry rhubarb)

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Lake Champlain chocolate

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We also snuck in a brewery tour of Magic Hat, a local brewery that is much different from Budweiser. (see St. Louis post)

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Vermont is famous for its cows.... sculptures were scattered all over the place.

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Consequently, Vermont is also famous for dairy products, like Ben and Jerry's ice cream, which was founded in 1978.

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Ingredients, without the clever package

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Stephen Colbert has his own ice cream? Apparently.

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Flavor graveyard (gorgeous view!)

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My favorite tombstone

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And that is Vermont!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Celebrity sightings

We're finally getting moved into our new place; as soon as I fill the last picture frame, I will put some before and after pictures up!

Until I can share some semi-meaningful information, a little more fluff. I've decided to start a little New York journal for Nick and I to keep a record of our funny stories and celebrity sightings. I have a strong suspicion that most people don't find the same humor in life that I do, but for now, I'll share here as well.

I was walking to get an iced coffee and came across three youngish (late teens?) boys walking toward me. I avoided eye contact, not wanting to fuel their teenage hormones or my own discomfort. And yet... middle guy said, "Would you like to smoke some marijuana with us?" And end guy followed up enthusiastically, "Party at my house, with weed!" Despite the fact that I'm much too old and married to accept this sort of invitation, I kind of wanted to because they asked so politely. I didn't respond, but I kept walking with a huge grin on my face and the impression that these young stoners will turn out to be fine gentlemen one day.

Celebrity sightings are new to me, I had literally seen zero famous people in my whole life until a few months ago! I do not gawk, but I do get a look of recognition on my face that appears before my brain gets a chance to scold my face for being so expressive. But here goes, in case anyone is interested in this sort of thing:

- Nick saw Kenneth from 30 Rock at an improv club as we were exiting. I missed him, and I was furious!
- I was running errands in Soho, it was horrible blizzard weather, and I was wearing no makeup and a stupid Iowa sweatshirt with a stupid picture of a stupid corn cob. I heart Iowa with a corncob instead of an I. And I don't even heart Iowa that much, which is probably obvious since I moved away, but it was kitschy and funny when I decided to buy it at HyVee at 1am and I only wore it because I knew it would be a snow day! I pushed through a group of slow tourists and was blinded by flashbulbs- I was about 2 feet away from Katie Holmes and Suri Cruise! It was kind of interesting and horrible to be on the "celebrity" side of the paparazzi.
- Nick saw The Edge from U2 crossing the street. He said, "Was that The Edge?!" and I said, "Who is The Edge?" A woman next to us intervened and confirmed. While she and Nick gushed, I kept asking, "Who is The Edge?"
- I saw Pete from 30 Rock at the Union Square subway station.
- I saw the Olsen twins at the ballet. Yes, they are tiny, and yes, Mary Kate looks like she could stand to eat a sandwich and wash her hair.
- I saw Magda from SATC walking around the UWS.

That's all for now! If you're lucky, Nick will update this with his taxi cab stories.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

And, today...

A pair of red high heeled sandals with no person attached, propped on one of those little fences that protect trees from peeing dogs! I can't believe this!

Friday, May 28, 2010

City Cat

This evening, while walking to dinner, I discovered:
- a single abandoned men's leather shoe on the sidewalk, fair condition, wrapped in police caution tape

Then, on my way home, I discovered:
- a house cat strutting along next to pedestrians on the sidewalk, with a red collar and rabies tags. I bent over to check for an address, and a passerby said, "that's okay, he lives in the neighborhood." WHAT?! I've never seen this in New York City, a place that naturally requires cats to be either inside cats or feral cats. This little gray dude was a badass fucking city cat, one of a kind. He let me pet him, and his kind demeanor made me wonder what possessed his owners to send him outside to hang out on one of the busiest avenues in Manhattan.
- a pair of abandoned men's sneakers, fair condition, taking up a parking space between two cars. Upon seeing the second round of footwear, I couldn't help but gasp aloud, "WHAT?! the f-uuuck?" I remain perplexed. Did somebody accidentally take them off? How does that happen? Did somebody discard them on purpose, and if so, why not a trash can instead? Did somebody leave them for a planned pickup by a friend in need of extra shoe(s)? Is the city really that trustworthy?

This place is an unsolvable riddle, one of many reasons to love it. If you love it too, or love me (and since our families read this, AHEM), please consider writing to Mayor Bloomberg in support of the New York Public Library system. You can just put in your name and choose any library, and the letter is already filled out- it takes two minutes and this city full of crazies needs to have access to books written by outsiders, wouldn't you agree? You can also see a hilarious renactment of the famous New York library scene from Ghostbusters.

http://dontclosethebook.nypl.org

How was that for a segue?

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Vegas

I went to Vegas for a bachelorette party back in March and had a lovely time. This was my first time going to Vegas with girls, and it was much more fun than gambling with boys, and staying in comped rooms, and ..... getting married! Kidding about the last part. The group of us had a big night out renting out a section at Tao, narrowly missing Justin Timberlake (according to the tabloids.) Expensive, but totally worth it to spend a night in Lindsay Lohan's life, minus the cocaine and arrest record.

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The bride unfortunately had to fly home early, but a few of us proceeded to have what I refer to as the best day of my life. Noon to 3: brunch at Bouchon, endless coffee to fuel us for 3-5: napping and making fun of commercials 5-7: drinks outside of the Wynn with a view of a waterfall, courtesy of a Canadian stag party

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8-10: dinner and roulette 10-6 Irish bar, screaming Irish drinking songs with the band, hit on incessantly by British men, meet and greet with various prostitutes (note: $30 special doesn't include a ride to the airport), fist pump tutorial at MGM Grand, nap 6AM: flight home

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