Wednesday, June 29, 2005

There's even a solarium.

Holy crap, we found an apartment in New York. More importantly, the owners of that apartment let us have it!

Considering all the possibilities, our search was relatively short and painless. Except for all the pain, and by that I mean the 95-degree weather with 100% humidity, and my constant anxiety. But it's all done now, and we will be living in a charming, well-located place in Astoria. More to come later.

I will now be regressing and moving in with my parents for a couple of weeks. Thank god.

Thursday, June 23, 2005

My trip.

So I had pretty spotty internet access, AND I was enjoying the lovely California sights, so I neglected to post travel updates as they happened. Oh well.

I did get some cool pictures though, so those will follow...

PCH beautiful vista #1 of 1000
Originally uploaded by Margusie.

After leaving L.A. and getting on Highway 1, we saw a whole lotta this, which is freaking amazing to prairie-raised midwesterners like us. You know what ELSE is amazing to us?

Originally uploaded by Margusie.

Seals!!! That's right, I think we saw this after we left Santa Barbara, but maybe just before. Either way, we just pulled over to what looked like a beautiful place to see the ocean, and what do we encounter? About 50 elephant seals on the beach. The males were actually fighting to gain access to the females for mating, while the lady seals just sunned themselves lazily on the beach.

Originally uploaded by Margusie.

Freakin' SEALS, man!!

After all this excitement, we drove from Santa Barbara to Monterey, rode bikes, saw more seals and ocean (neither of which EVER get old), ate as many crepes as possible, then drove to our final destination: the Bay Area. Too bad we both had to go back to reality. Those 10 days were damn near perfect.

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Death by Peacock

Death by Peacock
Originally uploaded by Margusie.
I may or may not have been attacked by this peacock just seconds after this photo was taken.

San Diego was lovely. We visited the zoo and Balboa Park, saw some very large aircraft carriers, explored the beach in La Jolla, and hung out with my dear friend Erica.

Now we're in L.A. We were planning on just driving through, but Santa Monica was really nice, so we decided to stay a night. Contrary to what everyone ever has said, I really dig L.A. so far. On top of everything, we got to stay for free in a ridiculously beautiful hotel, which is a long story, but my dad is here on business so we lucked out, big time! Last night we ate at Eurochow, a place that looks like it sounds. I think the most notable culinary delight of the evening, however, were the $1 homemade ice cream-cookie sandwiches at Didi Riese in Westwood. Wtf?!! Why isn't this everywhere?

We're going to the beach now.

Originally uploaded by Margusie.

Sunday, June 12, 2005

California looks like my kitchen!

You may remember (or not), that yours truly was supposed to be in California as of this morning. Tragically, I am not. Before I explain, however, I just have to put this out there: did YOU know that United flies out of any Chicago airport other than O'Hare? No, that's right, you didn't. Thank you.

FYI, for the last month, the annoyingly-marketed "Ted" (as IF I want the lame United Junior airline to pretend it's my "friend") has been flying out of Midway Airport. But neither of us knew that until, of course, we were at O'Hare at 5:30 am. Thank goodness for my father, who saved our lives by chauffering and feeding us throughout the harrowing beginning of this ordeal, and for Brian's parents, who helped us immensely when we were getting new flights. Long story short, after waiting two more hours we discovered that we are not cool enough to merit standby, so we thumbed our noses, went home, and got tickets to San Diego on Southwest. We love them.

So the hopefully exciting stories that will come out of this trip have yet to begin. Our plans changed--for the better, we're convinced--because we're now starting in San Diego instead of trying to get there and back from the Bay area. I'll post pictures and news soon.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005


My new computer is so so soooo pretty.

I'm going to look at it more now.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Everybody just keeps trying to feed me...

Today is supposed to be my last day at work. I should be free right now.

So what the crap am I still doing here?

Eh, well. I guess I can't complain-- lunch on the bosses, well-wishers, it's not a bad distraction from the horrifically boring task of sorting through my millions of computer files...I'm going to miss these people, they're ridiculously nice.