Saturday, December 31, 2005

New Year, New Apartment, New Bike

So I moved yesterday. And thanks to the help of my wonderful friends, it was quick and easy. And quickly and easily followed by beer and pizza. I still have yet to unpack, but I'll get to it eventually, however it will be neither quick nor easy.

In other news, CHRIS GOT ME A NEW BIKE FOR CHRISTMAS! It's a fixed gear (exactly what I've been wanting for ages) and perfect! He surprised me with it right after I moved into the new place. He brought it out from behind the Uhaul while all of my friends were standing around. Frank (who "built" the bike) has coverage and pictures on his blog.

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Chris with my bike! Picture stolen from Pig's Flickr.

Friday, December 23, 2005

Blogging With Dialup Sucks...

...So I probably won't do it for a while.

I'm in Nixa, Missouri. A small town south of Springfield, where my dad owns an old farmhouse. Needless to say, there's no WiFi out here. If I want that, I have to go into town, near the University.

I'm here for a few days then back up to Kansas City where I grew up. Having a little five-year high school reunion. I'm in charge of my class reunions, so I just emailed everyone and said "let's meet at this bar on Tuesday night for a five-year reunion." I guess I'll do something more exciting for ten years, but five doesn't really warrant a caterer.

Soon, I'll return to New York. I'll have one day to pack my entire apartment then I'm moving to a cute lil' place in Boerum Hill. I know what many of you are thinking, and the answer is no. So there.

On the first, "my band" (why do I put that in quotes? we really are a band and I really am a member) is playing at the Hank-O-Rama at the Rodeo Bar. I'll be singing a little diddy by Hank, myself. I guess I'll post some details once I have WiFi again, so check back in a week or so.

I hope you all have a happy/merry Christmahanukwanzaa.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Steeeeeerike!

It's like I work from home again. My boss calling me on my cell phone. My laptop on my lap, in bed. I'm lucky though; my employers told me not to even try to go in if there's a strike. So for me, this is fun. But I enjoy chaos. The blackout was fantastic. I do feel bad for those whose employers aren't so forgiving, however.

I think I'll see a movie today. Gay cowboys anyone?

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Your Daily Dose of Holiday Cheer: Sexy Santa

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Yesterday it was the ham. Today it's Sexy Santa. There's no telling what tomorrow will bring. Photo courtesy BrianVan.

DISCLAIMER: I washed/dryed that wool sweater accidentlly. Chris was stretching it out for me. He doesn't actually own a sweater like that.

Drink, Drink and Be Merry TONIGHT

As if you needed another reason to drink and be jolly this month...I'm going to give you one: The Second Annual Drinking Liberally (the same people who brought you Mayoroke) Holiday Party, TONIGHT December 15th, 7:30 onward at the famous Rudy's (9th btw 44th & 45th).

Your first drink is FREE from 7:30 to 8:30 so get there early. And of course, there are always free hotdogs. Keep in mind that this picture (courtesy Alpie) was taken last year before things got rowdy.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Your Daily Dose of Holiday Cheer: Ham



I generally skimp on the food for my parties. In part because nice food is expensive for a cheap house party, and in part because the parties are late and people usually eat dinner before hand. Chips, hummus and M&M's are sufficient provisions at 11 or 12. But this year, for the Third Annual Holiday Hoopla, Chris brought a 5-pound ham. We thought we'd have some leftover for sandwiches the next day, but all we had was a hambone.

I miss that ham. It was a good ham, a happy ham, a tasty ham. Ham, may you rest in peace...IN MY BELLY!

Photo courtesy BrianVan.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Cold Showers

Cold showers do not rock my world. Therefore, I do not take them. Especially in the winter. Therefore when there is no hot water...

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Chillin'

Not really, though. It's the coldest day of the season so far and I have no heat. And my landlord called me today asking for the rent. Ha!

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Would You Pay?

I'm moving at the end of the month, and I have yet to pay my November rent. My deposit will cover my December rent, and I'm debating whether or not to make up November.

The reason I haven't paid my November rent is because I don't even have an address for my landlord. He comes into our apartment to get the rent. He's come in twice while I've been in the shower, and I generally write him a check when he knocks on the door. This is after we asked him to give us 24 hours notice before entering our apartment. I won't leave a check lying around for him because three apartments in the building have been robbed since I moved in two years ago. You see, the front door to the building doesn't lock, another thing I've asked him to fix numerous times. In addition, I only have about one hot shower a week, the heat is not sufficient at times and our bathroom light has been broken for over a month...the light bulb that's hanging from the ceiling with exposed wires, that is.

I could make a laundry list of all of the repairs I've had to make on my own, or all the times I've fallen down the decaying stairs. Maybe I should. Maybe I should do it in a letter to him instead of paying the last month's rent that I owe him.

When I called to give him my 30-day's notice he yelled at me for fifteen minutes. He said I had an obligation to move out the same month I moved in. However, I asked him for a lease multiple times and never received one.

What would you do? Would you pay the rent?

Monday, December 05, 2005

Just Another Manic Monday

First, a weekend recap:
Frank and Laura got engaged on Saturday! Congratulations!

Chris and I went ice skating in Bryant Park on Saturday night, and surprisingly I did not fall on my ass.

When I gave my landlord notice that I was moving out, he yelled at me for fifteen minutes. "I'm a human first and a landlord second!" he screamed. No shit. If he were a landlord first, my bathroom light would work, and I would have heat and hot water.

It snowed in New York!

I sang my first solo with my band on Thursday night. The performace was pretty good, but next time I decide to drink vodka to take the edge off, I'll remember to eat dinner first.
Today's News:
The MTA's new rules go into effect today, meaning I'm one step closer to getting that ticket I so strongly desire. I tried today, I really did. But there was no cop around to watch me drink my coffee.

I woke up at 4:45 a.m. with "intense feelings of anxiety" and couldn't go back to sleep. (Yes, I'm quoting myself.) I haven't quite figured out what I'm anxious about.

I had a hot shower this morning. Thanks to my boyfriend, not my landlord.
How was your weekend?