Tuesday, August 31, 2010

endless summer

Yesterday may have been the best day I've had this summer. I have been feeling really down lately and decided last minute that I needed to get out of town. I called up Romy, who lives at the shore, and told her I'm coming over. She picked me up from the train station, we picked up some wraps from our favorite wrap place, Ocean Cafe, and headed straight to the beach. I couldn't imagine a more perfect afternoon. There was not a cloud in the sky and we sat on the beach eating our wraps, drinking fresh juice iced tea, and catching up on gossip (which helped take my mind off things).

Around 5 PM we decided to head back to the house and shower up and that's when we learned that the power had gone out in the entire town and the surrounding towns. We snacked on a small bowl of cheerios (the simplest things are so yummy when you're hungry) and then showered. Since the power was still out we had to shower by candle light which made me wonder why I don't do that more often. It's so relaxing!

After we were all cleaned up we headed to the Tiki Bar to wait out the power outage since Romy needed to stop by the office to finish up some work. As we drove through the town all the street lights were out and it seemed all restaurants and businesses were closed. Thankfully, the Tiki Bar which was part of the Ocean Place Hotel was the only place still open, running on a generator. Halleluja!! We rushed to the bar for a frozen pina colada. Mmmmm!

As we continued to wait for power we realized that we also weren't getting any cell phone signal. We were really starting to feel like we were stranded on survivor island. Two guys approached us and asked if they could join us. They seemed harmless enough (oh little did we know!) so we told them to pull up a chair. This is where the night took a turn from a relaxing "dinner and drinks" night to the debauchery that ensued.

Romy was a little concerned about how we were going to get dinner in since every restaurant was closed. I told her that I thought dinner and getting back to work was gonna be a lost cause. Let's just drink and enjoy the moment. And this was when we starting downing berry mojitos like they were waters. Our group just kept growing, running into high school friends, and friends of friends.

The night had a funny summer camp feel to it...bored kids huddled around under the stars with nothing to do but cause some trouble. I love nights like that that are totally unplanned and you end up hanging out with strangers and laughing the entire time.

Can summer not end so that I can have more perfect days like this?

(PS- I'm obsessed with these hipstamatic pics. I want an iphone just for this ap).

Monday, August 30, 2010


I needed to get out of town so I'm headed to the beach today. Wish it were somewhere that required a passport...

Be back soon.

Friday, August 27, 2010

dating, according to Seinfeld

I was watching Seinfeld last night and it was the episode where George tells Jerry that he's got a date. Jerry asked George how Susan, a woman who he is seeing, would feel about that. George, oblivious, asked why she would care. Jerry explains that he's been seeing her for a while and it might not be ok to be seeing other people. George still seems perplexed by this so Jerry says, "Well let me ask you something, how often do you guys talk? On the regular?"

"No," George answers, "just about 5 times a week."

"And are Saturday plans implied or do you have to ask?"

"Well, um, uh, they're implied," George admits.

"And what about your medicine cabinet? Is there anything of hers in there?"

"Well, just some moisturizer and stuff," George answers.

"And what about Tampax, George? Is there Tampax in your apartment?" Jerry asks.

"Well, uh,..... yeah," George grudgingly answers.

"Then it's official," Jerry says, "she's your girlfriend."

I was skyping with my sister last night and we were pondering the same topic. When does a guy become your boyfriend? Officially, we mean. Is it implied after a certain amount of time? And how long? Or does there have to be a "talk?" I was seeing a guy for 5 months and never once was it assumed that he was my boyfriend, which was a good thing, since a girlfriend was the last thing he wanted. If I'm going by Jerry Seinfeld's definition of a girlfriend, well, I haven't talked to someone on the regular, had implied weekend dates, or left any of my personal belongings at someone's apartment in 4 years.

(Leaving stuff on purpose to have an excuse to call them doesn't count. That confirms you're not a girlfriend).

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Our Hit Parade at Joe's Pub

Last night I met a friend for a drink at Vyne in the West Village and then he surprised me by taking me to a show at Joe's Pub. He wouldn't tell me what we were seeing and I just had no idea what to expect. Burlesque? Comedy? Music? Well it turned out it was kinda a little bit of everything. We went to see a show called Our Hit Parade where the cast takes songs from the week's number 1 charts and turns them into comical singing skits.

I still had no idea what to expect when this was explained to me but then the first performer got on stage and sang Billionaire by Travie McCoy in a sultry burlesque style. I almost fell out of my chair laughing, it was genius. I've always been a closet not so closet pop music fan and I realize I love it for the same reason that most people hate it; The really stupid lyrics. It's just dumb and that's why I like it. So taken out of it's original context, sung by certain pop stars who can say anything on a track and it would sell, it just makes the lyrics sound even more ridiculous. I had to laugh at myself when I realized I had just downloaded into my iTunes the first 3 songs they performed; Billionaire, Magic, and Cooler Than Me.

After the disappointing weekend I had this was exactly the pick me up that I needed. A random night at a random event to remind me just how much I love this city and all that it has to offer. And to top it off I ran into a few editors from Time Out including the managing editor who had first interviewed and hired me. And during the show the cast kept referencing the Scissor Sisters who I love and will always hold dear to me as that was the first photo shoot I worked on at my first job, after graduating college. Then later in the show another cast member performed a song by Ludacris who I also have memories of at a free concert at Rutgers and then later, again at a photo shoot, after I had produced the shoot I was asked to audition to be the bootilicious girl on the back of his motorcycle. (I didn't end up getting it because I didn't have the amount of junk they wanted in my trunk). But anyway, I don't know why this made me happy, seeing all of these little pieces of the starts of my career, it somehow reminded me that I am here for a reason and am going to fight for what I want. So thank you, my friend, random nights, Joe's Pub, stupid pop music, and a lot of wine, for giving me the pick me up that I needed to put this weekend behind me and continue to move forward.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

seeing clearly

I didn't mention earlier in my post but my visitor last week was S from London. I had met S almost exactly a year ago in Bangkok and I was completely smitten. I thought, after all the guys I've dated, I had finally figured it out. He was the first half Thai guy I've ever dated who also spoke the language and has grown up in Bangkok but lives abroad. He was always a true gentleman with me and kept in touch throughout the year, calling to tell me he misses me and to remind me how beautiful I am (in his British accent that didn't hurt).

A few weeks back he called me to tell me he booked his ticket to New York. I was filled with nerves. I had fantasized about us meeting again after all this time and couldn't believe he was really coming. But the timing couldn't have been any worse. I had just started seeing someone. I haven't been seeing him long enough to rule out everyone else completely but I also knew that I was going to have a hard time not thinking about him. I fretted about S's visit as the day got closer. What if it's awkward? What if I don't like him? What if I do like him? I didn't have a choice but to just wait and see.

From the moment he arrived it was nothing that I had expected. He came with a friend (I had thought he was coming alone) and already had a dinner party planned for the evening. A year ago I imagined waiting for him at the airport, running into his arms when I spotted him, and rushing back to the hotel to order room service and just catch up in private. So dinner with 9 other people was not how I imagined our first night. I was nervous to see him and uncomfortable around all of these strangers. To make it worse, I couldn't stand the strangers. They were the spoiled, rich kids that I avoid here in New York. Over dinner I learned that the things he wanted to do in New York was nothing that I would've taken him to.

As the night went on, and the more drinks I had, I started to see everything so much more clear. He was not the guy I wanted to be with. We had fit together so well in Thailand, someone who understood what it was like to never feel at home in your own country or anywhere else. But here in New York, we couldn't be more different. I didn't want to waste anymore of the evening being somewhere I didn't want to be. He apologized for the night. I told him there's nothing to be sorry about, this just isn't meant to be, and took off in a taxi.

I met up with him again over the weekend, this time for dinner, just the two of us. I thought, perhaps the fact that I couldn't stand his friends made me judge him in a harsher light. Over a sushi dinner, I saw again the guy that I had fallen for a year ago, kind and attentive. I thought, could this work? He said, babe, order anything you want. I thought, maybe it could. I made a joke and he didn't smile. I thought, no, he doesn't fit.

We went out for drinks with his friends after dinner. Everyone was tired from a big night out, the night before. S was clearly irritable, wanting to be at a more upbeat bar. He sulked in his chair. I thought, wouldn't he be happy just to be anywhere with me?

I didn't see him the following night, telling him to just go have fun with his friends. I met him at his hotel on Sunday to say goodbye. I was suddenly sad to see him go. I've never been good at goodbyes, especially when letting go is best. I felt so down for the rest of the day. I felt guilty for not spending more time with him. I was upset that the trip wasn't how I pictured it. I imagined showing him everything I love about this city, everything I've wanted to do with someone I care about, not meeting him out at clubs. I was sad that he wasn't the guy I remembered, the one that was always on the back of my mind. I thought, it would've been better if he hadn't come, if he could just be the fond memory I could keep forever.

But maybe this is how it was supposed to pan out. I continued to date jerks in the past few months, and S was always there every time I was heartbroken, reminding me that I deserved better. Each time, I would be able to move on knowing that better does exist. So perhaps I needed to see him in person to see this clearer. Better does exist. It's just not S.

Monday, August 23, 2010

I need a vacation...

I am so worn out from the weekend. If it could be summed up with one word it would be disappointment. I want to turn off my phone and stay in bed with a book for a week. My body aches, my heart hurts...

I need a vacation from this town, from myself...

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

friendship necklace

I've been dying to blog about this for a week now. It was my best friend, Romy's, birthday last week and I decided to make her a friendship necklace like the ones we used to wear in middle school where each person wears half a heart. Except, those are pretty corny for grown women. So I made her an updated friendship necklace out of our running inside joke about dinosaurs. I ordered her a brontosaurus charm and I got a T-rex charm from CuteAbility's etsy shop. And since our 10 year High School Reunion is rounding the corner we've jokingly been calling each other Romy and Michele and so I ordered her a charm from Tiny Tokens Designs that says Romy and mine says Michele. I didn't photograph her necklace but here's an image of mine.

Isn't it the cutest?

where's Nina?

Wow- I haven't posted in a week! Where have I been? Last week I went to dinner at the new Five Napkin Burger in Astoria. I had the original burger and the tuna burger. So yummy! Then I went to see The Other Guys starring Will Farrell and Mark Walberg, two of my faves. I had the clutch my stomach in laughter throughout the entire movie. On Friday I went on the best bike ride of the summer. I rode to Long Island City to Gantry Park. I had first read about this park from Kate's blog and had to see it for myself. I rode during sunset, walked along the pier, and laid on a hammock under a crescent moon with a view of the Manhattan skyline. It. Was. Perfect. I stopped by LIC Bar for a glass of wine after, sitting in the outdoor courtyard under a willow tree, I felt like I was in Savannah. I went to a random house party on Saturday night and then brunch at Sparrow Sunday afternoon. Early evening Sunday I took the train to Hoboken to meet Romy and hitch a ride back to the shore with her. We met up with some friends for dinner at Stella Marina in Asbury Park and drinks overlooking the ocean at the Watermark. We finished off the night with beers at The Cottage. Romy and I were so hungover the following morning that we had lunch at Ocean Cafe and then lounged on the couch watching Valentine's Day. We figured, how bad can a rom com with an all star cast be? Very. Very. Very. Bad. I do not recommend watching this ever.

I got back into Astoria early evening yesterday and went to Afghan Kebab House for dinner (in honor of my brother). It was my first time having Afghani food and it was delicious! Lamb kebabs are my new fave. That brings me to today where I'm meeting my friend Tanya for martinis at Les Halles.

Phewf! So that's where I've been the past week and weekend. I've got a friend from London visiting for the next five days so I'm sure it'll be another week before the next post!

Hope everyone had a lovely weekend!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Bird by Bird

I finished reading Anne Lamott's book, Bird by Bird - Some Intructions on Writing and Life, over the weekend. As a writer, it's one of the most inspiring books I've read, next to Stephen King's On Writing. Lamott covers everything, with wit and honesty, on the writing process from writer's block to the jealousy we're bound to feel when everyone else around us is getting published. I felt like she was writing specifically for me and helped me feel a little less crazy, or better, reassured me that all writer's are crazy and I'll fit right in with my "hideous conceit and low self esteem in equal measure."

Lamott has so many gems in this book that I've practically underlined and earmarked every page. Whenever I tell people I'm writing a book I get a mixture of annoying responses and awe. More annoying than awe, but those that are impressed always say, "Wow, I wouldn't know where to start." The fact is, everyday when I sit down to write, I don't know where to start. I loved this paragraph in her chapter titled, Shitty First Drafts:

Very few writers really know what they are doing until they've done it. Nor do they go about their business feeling dewy and thrilled. They do not type a few stiff warm-up sentences and then find themselves bounding along like huskies across the snow. One writer I know tells me that he sits down every morning and says to himself nicely, "It's not like you don't have a choice, because you do- you can either type or kill yourself."

Or... rearrange your wardrobe, do some online shopping, break in your new shoes...

Monday, August 9, 2010

everything but

I've had a bit of a strange day today. I was just feeling out of sorts with a headache and my body felt like it might after I ran a marathon except I wouldn't know because I've never ran one. Yesterday, I was getting some sun on the roof when some ideas just came to me and I packed up my stuff after 30 minutes outside to race to my desk and start writing everything down before I forgot. I wrote and wrote, with 4 cups of coffee worth of energy, until I hit a wall at 11PM.

Today I woke up before my alarm at 7AM. I got out of bed and checked my email, read the news, and caught up on some blogs. I texted my best friend and wished her a happy birthday. I got restless and also called her which woke her and she wasn't happy with me. At 9AM I decided to go to the bank and deposit some money which makes me happy to see in the account but I know it will just go to bills in a few days. I picked up a raspberry mocha frappacino from Starbucks on the way home. I thought, this day is perfect already. Starbucks is a rare treat for me. I ate some leftover whole wheat pancakes while watching Real Housewives of DC.

After an hour of the show, at 11AM, I forced myself to sit down in front of the computer to write. It is now 9:43 PM. In almost ELEVEN hours I've managed to do everything EXCEPT write down one word. I emailed some friends I haven't talked to in almost a year, took countless pictures of Gus, scrolled through Barnes & Nobles to add new books to the cue, read some of Bret Easton Ellis's Imperial Bedrooms, ordered a new ink cartridge from Best Buy, organized my digital photos, took 2 naps, and looked through every album that every Facebook friend of mine has ever posted. And then I looked through the photos of friends of friends on Facebook, all of whom I don't know. (I do love when you're able to view these albums though).

My mom called not too long ago (from Thailand) which squeezed my heart because she sounded so sad. She kept saying the distance was too much for her and that she hoped I could move there to be near her. All I could tell her was that I hoped to make more money soon enough to make more frequent visits possible. Which makes a case for the fact that I really shouldn't be sitting here looking through photos of people I don't know.

Instead, I decided to put on these gorgeous nude platform pumps that I bought from Steve Madden and only wore once on a date a little while back. It was a bad idea to wear them for the first time on the date because they were not broken in and I was incredibly uncomfortable the entire night. I blame the shoes that caused the discomfort that caused me to not enjoy the date. No, the guy was pretty awful actually. But I'm walking around the apartment trying to break in the shoes. Wouldn't want them to ruin another date...

Happy Birthday, Romy!

It's my bestie's birthday today! She is my sanity and inspiration and I wish her the world! xoxo

Sunday, August 8, 2010

500 Days of Summer

I finally saw 500 Days of Summer during one of my sick days. I love watching movies without having seen previews or knowing the storyline because I have no expectations. I remember hearing some say, "Don't watch it. It's so sad," and others saying, "It's refreshing to see a real depiction of relationships and not the romantic stuff that never happens in real life." The plot is summarized as "an offbeat romantic comedy about a woman who doesn't believe true love exists, and the young man who falls for her."

My roommate didn't think it was realistic, that not many girls would be as disinterested in finding love as Zooey Deschanel's character. Aside from not believing that anyone would turn down someone who looks like Joseph Gordon-Levitt and dressed in cute vests and ties like his character, Tom Hansen, I thought the movie was a great depiction of love and heartbreak. I loved the scene where Tom was dancing in the streets after having sex with Summer for the first time. Who hasn't unknowingly smiled the entire day and wished they could high five everyone who passed them after great sex with a crush? And after a bad day where he's on the streets in his bathrobe after buying whiskey and ding dongs and he yells at the couple holding hands to get a room. Who hasn't wished happy couples could disappear for your sake and only allowed to return when you're having a better day?

And I loved the line where Tom's little sister tells him, "I know you think she was the one but I don't think she was. I think you're only remembering the good stuff." It is much easier to get over someone when you take off the pedestal glasses and admit that it wasn't perfect. Ok, I won't spoil any more of the movie for you. I'll just say that I think it's a great movie for anyone who has stopped believing in love. Relationships aren't all kissing in the rain and riding off in the sunset. You're bound to get your heartbroken at least once and chances are you're only remembering the good stuff.

I need a life...

Can you tell that I haven't been out much in the past week? All I've done is hang out with Gus and take pictures of him. I could never get enough though.

Gus in a bag:

Gus trying not to look at the camera:

Gus sitting on my notes and writing glasses:

Guess that means I can't do any work!

minted love

I've been sick for the past week and could barely get out of bed. (Being sick in the summer is the worst!) I finally started feeling better on Friday and felt I deserved a present for the tough week I had. (Ok, I deserve a swift kick in the butt for staying in bed all week, but still). I bought myself this cute duster Love ring from Top Shop.

And in case you're wondering my nail polish is Minted by Revlon. It's my new favorite color.

Monday, August 2, 2010

leo and shark love

On Friday night I headed over to a rooftop in the Lower East Side for Miss Brit's birthday celebration. I can't believe 3 years has gone by already since I met her. Her mom got her a carrot cake but forgot utensils. Hey, she can't be in charge of everything, right? I love this photo:

We managed to eat it just fine. I actually almost sat in it. (My sploshing days are long behind me, no pun intended).

A little city friend stopped by to say hello...

It was a lovely evening but later in the night I started to not feel so great and when I woke up Saturday morning I was full blown sick. I've been in bed all of Sunday and most of today. Luckily, it's shark week (those poor little seals!) and bachelorette finale tonight so I don't feel like I'm wasting time on the sofa.

melrose place reunion

Last Monday my old roommate, Andrew, came back for a visit. It was a gorgeous summer day and I headed over to the Frying Pan, an old sunken ship that's been turned into a bar, to meet them for a drink. I should've known there's never one drink with these guys. I can't complain about drinking margaritas and eating shrimp, calamari, and mussels on a boat with the sun setting over the Manhattan skyline in the background. I've missed hanging out with these guys...

dreams of Paris

Last Sunday I was having a bit of a lazy day where I didn't want to go anywhere or do anything. I figured if I was going to stay home I should at least clean my apartment and make my space more livable. I cleaned the place from top to bottom and decided I deserved a little reward.  I ordered these awesome Paris skyline pillowcases from Urban Outfitters. If I can't get to Paris this year at least I can rest my head on these pillows and dream.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

happy august

I can't believe it's August already. I say this every time it's the first of a new month but time really flies. I don't want summer to end but I do want the time to fly so that I get to see my brother in February. sigh.