I decided to pass on the company holiday party yesterday and instead took a little time after work to enjoy a concert at W 4th Street. Well, the concert was really just underground on the BDFM Platform but still.
I have to admit, and this has NEVER happened to me before, that I got busted for filming. The less important drummer (who you can see there creepily looking at me occassionally with sunglasses on) asked me to tag them if I posted the video on social media. YIKES! He was glad- he said they wanted exposure (from the world above-ground?) BUT STILL! Cover, blown. I’ll have to start getting craftier, here. Kimpossible style.
When I was finally Brooklyn-bound on the D train I had a sudden realization that OMG! It has been just about EXACTLY one year since I found out that I had gotten the internship at DCI. And just a few days later I graduated from OU. You know how sometimes you look at someone and they’re kind of just staring off to the side, like maybe there’s an invisible friend over there? And you can see that they’re thinking really hard about something and it’s kind of funny? Ok that was me on the train thinking of allllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll of the things that I’ve done in this action-packed year.
(This is mostly a post where I indulge myself in memories from this past year, maybe not the most interesting read)
Since THIS DAY in 2012 I, (okay, just some of the highlights):
1. Found out, while studying for finals with Lauren in the Union at OU, that I GOT THE INTERNSHIP AT DCI! I cannot explain the feeling that I had.
2. Graduated from the University of Oklahoma, lots of family came, it was great. Graduation meals at Blackbird and Legends…YESSS! The speaker at graduation was a non-jailed former Enron executive. If you know where I work now, then you know that this is very VERY laughably ironic.
3. Packed it up, moved home from Norman for two weeks. Christmas was dreamy as always. Texas was, as usual, paradise.
4. Packed it up again and moved to NJ for two weeks. When I landed in Newark it was sleeting, Deidre and Isabel picked me up and we went to IKEA. They bought some furniture and I think on the way home a few things may have flown off of the top of the car…ha ha
5. Saw the afternmath of Sandy, two months later but still oddly fresh and really bad. One morning I went for a jog and in the middle of the street there was a shower drain. A small symbol of HUMONGOUS amounts of destruction.
6. Two weeks later I moved into the apartment in Ridgewood, Queens. That was a secret little place that I’ll never forget. I actually loved it. Mostly the laundry place and Best London Deli rocked.
7. Did yoga for the first time ever in…Pennsylvania! Got to attend an amazing benefit for the Navarra family. I remember thinking “I’m going to to yoga forever!” But really, I may never do yoga again because nothing can match that experience.
8. Survived winter storm Nemo (lol).
9. Survived the worst flu I’ve ever had…alone in my apartment thinking my head was actually going to explode.
10. Erin came to visit me in NY and we saw Wicked! That was a great week. We FaceTimed with Becky and Jeremy.
11. Spent Easter in Toms River.
12. Being the crazy and weirdly spontaneous freak that I am, I decided that I could not live without baseball and needed to get a part time job at Citi Field…as a vendor. So I interviewed and was hired- the first new hire since Shea Stadium, the youngest vendor, and one of three girls among about 50 old men who either needed to sit in the seats with the fans to take a breather every 20 minutes or could remember when Babe Ruth played ball. JK, but seriously.
13. Skipped a day of work (interning) to work Opening Day at Citi Field. I sold hot pretzels and thought to myself “Was that awesome or worth it?”
14. My mom and her friends came to visit in April, which rocked. They went to Atlantic City and by the way I still have not been. I was in shock at how much they managed to do in just three-ish days.
15. My friends at work bought me cupcakes from Crumbs for my birthday AND LENA SENT ME A CUPCAKE DELIVERY, TOO! My bosses at DCI didn’t realize it was my birthday, but that was ok.
16. I MOVED TO BROOKLYN! All on my own. Completely 100% on my own. I looked at apartments all over and finally found Karen, who basically saved my life by choosing me as her roommate. The apartment was a diamond in the rough and EVERYTHING about it was so magical. I lugged bags from Queens to Brooklyn and just figured it out.
17. The internship ended. I was confused- I thought that I would surely get a job out of the deal but it kind of fizzled. In the end, it worked out for the better.
18. BUT MAN WAS I POOR. Broker than Josh Hamilton’s rib after slamming into the wall that one time. A little more lost than a tourist in NYC. A little more down in the dumps than Spongebob when he loses Gary. Thanks, Mom for always telling me to just buck up and get a grip. Seriously, though.
19. Went home to Texas to see one of my very best friends, Ashleigh, get married. That was paradise.
20. Came back and worked tons and tons of Mets games, got a job at Banana Republic. This seems like ages ago. That was interesting.
21. Karen moved out of the apartment to go live with her boyfriend/fiance/husband and EMILY CAME! TO LIVE IN NYC! She got to experience 27th Street with me and we dominated that apartment. Dunkin Donuts became our best friend for a while. The only downside was the extreme heat. But days out on the roof in the sun were so awesome.
22. Sprinkle this time period with beach days in Coney Island and on the Jersey Shore.
23. Went to the Singletary Family Reunion in Steamboat Springs…P A R A D I S E. Best week ever, couldn’t be beat, can’t explain it, my family (both sides) is the best in the entire world, AWESOMENESS!
24. Had to miss the Martin Family Beach Trip, that totally sucked. Don’t want it to happen again.
25. I got to work the All Star Game (weekend) at Citi Field. For some reason, my bosses let ME, THE ROOKIE, sell icies (Luigi’s Italian Ice) each game and WOWEE was that lucky. I saw Niel Diamond sing Sweet Caroline in real life and it blew my mind. The American League won and I think I was the only person in that stadium who was happy haha. Oh, and I got to chat with Rangers Captain!
26. We found out that we had to move out of 27th street basically 2 minutes before the new people moved in. Felt really stressed, me and Emily were looking at apartments all around and couldn’t really find anything when…
27. BOOM 42nd Street happened and we had the most interesting moving experience ever. I almost crashed a UHaul van, we wheeled (literally) some of our belongings down 4th Ave to our new apartment, our apartment owners were so happy to meet us but didn’t speak English…
27.5 We saw Jennifer Nettles perform INSIDE the Good Morning America studio on Emily’s birthday and then decided to swagger on over to the Today show where we came within arm’s reach of SCARY SPICE! FANGIRLING!
28. Got a real job at a hedge fund. Got a new phone and some new clothes. Dramatically quit at Banana Republic and my life changed for the better.
29. Went home to Texas for Austen’s wedding- it was so very magical and I loved everyhing about it. Actually, it seems like it was just yesterday! But really…
30. Saw the leaves turn colors.
31. Work work work work.
32. Decided, with perfect timing, to officially become a Catholic and started RCIA class at the church across the street from where we live. It has been very awesome so far and I am loving all of this new knowledge. Also, it’s great knowing the people in my class and having a chance to interact with people OTHER THAN the Manhattanites that I work with every day.
33. We saw the New York City Marathon happen, right there on 4th Ave! And went to the finish line-ish area to cheer for those amazingly fit people!
34. Perri, Varina, and Stephanie came to visit NYC and we got to hang out for a few days, which ROCKED!
35. Tim and Joanne came to NYC and me and Emily got to hang out with them for a day, which ROCKED!
36. Me and Isabel went to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. I am sewwww glad we made it.
37. Spend Thanksgiving in New Jersey, which was great.
Fill in the gaps with field trips to Staten Island, exploring the city even more, Little Caesar’s 5 Dollar Hot N’ Ready pizzas, new work friends, interesting work stories, the subway soap opera, Central Park, movies on Netflix, playing psychologist and giving therapy to stressed co-workers, finding shells, walking Mickey, hanging out with 15 years olds and 12 year olds…
And now, here we are. The adventure continues.
There are plenty of genius, awesome, amazing people who graduated college with me and went on to amazing jobs that pay lots of money, live in their own houses, and post photos of their dogs running through the leaves in their gigantic backyards…
But I’ve learned that it’s just best NOT to get caught up in what everyone else is doing. As my mom famously has said for as long as I can remember…”you are not everyone else.” Some of us are crazy spontaneous adventurous weirdos who move across the country to hopeFULLy (not hopelessly) figure out what it is we want to do. Or really, I think I know what I want to do but I want to try and find the BEST spot to start doing it, and that is in New York City. The right opportunity will come along eventually, and I’m having a great time moving towards it.
***Don’t get me wrong- I’m not just aimessly wandering around picking up hundred dollar bills from the ground and living it up in the city…I DO have to work for this gig.
Life is an adventure, people!
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