The streets are paved with diamonds and there’s just so much to see. But the best thing about New York City is you and me.

So, I had an interesting day on Friday. On the way to work, I decided to read AM NY (a free daily newspaper) instead of the book I had been reading. This is kind of  rare – I usually only read it if I’m in between books.  Anyway, so this was my horoscope:

"Enjoy mad romance; you're drawn to love like a magnet. Weave glamour into your latest project. You get more than you give. Your cards are all hearts and diamonds."

I didn’t take much stock in it, because – um, it’s a horoscope. So I went about my day at work. Since it was Friday, and kind of a slower week, I got to leave a little early. Typically on Friday nights, we watch all of our Thursday night NBC TV shows, because we’re both too busy during the week, and that’s what we had planned on doing that night. Like any day, I texted Andy to see what he wanted for dinner and if I should pick up any groceries on the way home. He said to get an onion, noodles, and wine (which are all ingredients for spaghetti carbonara, which is something we make a lot). Then he called me a few minutes later and said to call him when I was leaving the grocery store (meaning, about 10 minutes away from our apartment.) That’s when I started to wonder if something was up.

When I was at the grocery store finishing up checking out, he called me again, sounding really out of breath and saying that he forgot we also needed bacon, and that he was on his way home. (Again, kind of weird, since I had thought he was already at home…) I asked if I still needed to call him when I was leaving the store, and he said no.

So I went back into the store and found the bacon, then headed home.

I walked inside the apartment, and it was really quiet. I set the groceries down in the kitchen, and went into the living room and started taking off my coat, when I saw this on our coffee table:

On our coffee table - 30 ring boxes with googly eyes glued to them, and lots of pictures of Andy, Tinker and I from the last four years.

While I was taking in that sight, Andy walked out of the bedroom holding another googly-eyed ring box, then got down on one knee, and opened the ring box, and asked me to marry him!!!

Googly-eyed proposal!

Of course, my jaw dropped in shock, but I managed to say yes, and there was a lot of hugging and kissing involved.

Over the next hour, he told me about how/when he got the ring (in Muncie over Christmas, at a jeweler his friend had used for his wife’s ring), and he told me about how he had talked to my parents about it already (my mom over the phone, and my dad over bourbon at Christmas while my sister and I were drinking beer in the hot tub). We called our families and a few friends, and of course everyone was thrilled. When I was on my way home from work, he had been at CVS getting the pictures printed and was trying to get everything together to surprise me.

Since our coffee table is also our dining room table, and I didn’t want to remove the pictures/ring boxes yet (still don’t…and haven’t), we decided to go out to eat at Ornella Trattoria, our favorite Italian restaurant in Astoria. We’re regulars there, and the owner gave us free champagne to celebrate. We went back home and finally watched our TV shows together.

On Saturday, he had to spend the day editing a video for a UCB show that was at 6. So I was content calling more family members and going to get a manicure. I had seen a special “engagement” manicure on Pinterest and was excited to get one. The ring finger is a painted a sparkly silver, and the rest of my nails are the normal purple I’ve been getting all season. Andy kind of hates it, but he’s already agreed to marry me, so whatever. 🙂

The bling finger as silver sparkly nail polish!

Last night we went to the show that Andy had been editing the video for (which was cool, and involved puppets – I’ll post it when it’s online), and then we hung out with Kris and Erin and had another board game night. When we got home around 2 am, we decided it was finally time to make it official on Facebook (which is a pretty important part of any serious life milestone), so we did.

In case anyone was wondering about the googly eyes – yes, there is a bit of a story behind it. When we were in college and just friends, our friend Kerry DJed at a local bar on Tuesday nights after our night class. We had these dance parties every week, and they’re one of my favorite memories from college. At one of the earlier parties, Kerry told Andy that he danced like a Muppet (not knowing how he…. and I… felt about muppets). The next week, Andy showed up at the dance party with a bag of huge plastic googly eyes, and out them on his forehead and danced like …. a Muppet. We all had fun playing with the googly eyes. That night was the first time that I started to see him as more than friend potential, because I thought the lengths he would got to just make his friends laugh were really cute. And, duh, he obviously loves Muppets. Definitely a keeper.

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2011 in review- This counts as a post, right?

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 13,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Remember that one time when NYC planned things just for me to enjoy?

Something I’m discovering that I love about New York City is how easy it is to find amazing, fun things to do. The last few weeks, I’ve done a lot of awesome things that are SO specifically tailored to me and what I love doing.

While most of my life has been pretty Muppet heavy, my free time during last two weeks has been deliciously filled with constant Muppet goodness. Which is exactly what I need.

Since we moved to New York, I’ve felt like people in our lives who don’t live here expect us to do all kinds of New York-y things. But not necessarily New Yorker things. For instance, Thanksgiving. Lots of people asked if we were going to go to the parade.  Because it’s HERE, right?  Same thing with New Year’s Eve in Times Square. The answer is: NO. I don’t like crowds (well, crowds of tourists anyway), especially not super early in the morning on my day off. I watched the parade on TV, just like every year.

But the night BEFORE the parade, we did what real New Yorkers do. We went to the balloon inflation on the Upper West side. It was still pretty crowded, but kind of cool and surreal to see all the balloon floats face front on the road.

And this is what kicked off our (most recent) Jim Henson extravaganza.

Yeah, that’s right. That’s us in front of Kermit. We went to the balloon inflation with our friends Brittany and Aaron after spending a dinner talking mostly about Muppets.

After the inflation, Andy and I decided we had to go see The Muppets since it was finally out for the first day. The movie was fantastic. If you haven’t seen it, please do immediately. It was the perfect balance of classic Muppets and more modern humor. There are some amazing songs (my personal favorite is “Man or Muppet), and it was really well done.

On Thanksgiving day, we watched several episodes of the Muppet Show while eating our meal (which was the first Thanksgiving meal I had ever cooked before, thankyouverymuch), and then we watched Muppet Treasure Island and Muppet Christmas Carol off and on during our turkey comas.

Sunday night of Thanksgiving weekend, Brittany and I went to the Museum of the Moving Image for a special screening of Gone With the Wind, my favorite movie of all time. It actually wasn’t my first time seeing it on a big screen (because it has been re-released quite a few times, and the first time I saw it was at a movie theatre), but it was still amazing seeing it. One thing I love about the screenings at MotMI is that they’re always completely full of people who are absolutely in love with the movie that’s playing. The energy in the room during screenings like that is just amazing.

While we were purchasing our tickets for GWTW, I saw a very familiar image flash on the digital signage in the museum – the spiky blond mullet, oddly shaped eyebrows, and leather-gloved hand holding a glass ball that can only be one thing:  Labyrinth.

My second favorite movie of all time. Screening at the museum in a week. With a special Q&A panel with none other than…. Brian Henson, and Brian, Wendy, and Toby Froud! I think most people know who Brian Henson is (but if you don’t- Jim Henson’s son. He’s been involved with the Henson movies for about 25 years, and he did the voice of Hoggle for Labyrinth). The Froud family was involved with Labyrinth and Dark Crystal in a pretty amazing way. Brian Froud did the conceptual art for Labyrinth, Wendy made a lot of the puppets, and Toby starred as ….Toby (the baby in the movie).

That screening and panel was tonight, and it was amazing. We were surrounded by 148 other people who love the movie as much as I do. When we got there 45 minutes early, most of them were already waiting to go in the theatre.


We were also surrounded by people who actually MADE the movie. Karen Prell was sitting right behind us, one of Jim Henson’s daughters was sitting in front of us, and there were other people near and dear to the Henson Company sitting throughout the theatre. During the Q&A, it seemed like everyone wanted to ask a question, and not everyone got to.

But I did! I asked Toby if he remembered anything from filming and if he had been traumatized by all the goblins as a child (he was 1 when it was filmed), and his answer was that he honestly didn’t know. He’s the same age as me, and he said that he grew up watching and loving the movie, and being surrounded by all things Henson, so that any memories he thinks he may have from it may just be from being raised with it. Wendy added that he loved interacting with the Goblins and other puppets. So cool!


After the Q&A, Andy bought us tickets for another Brian Henson event for tomorrow night. (We’re becoming horribly addicted to this museum, and are very close to just becoming members so we can get into all these events without buying new tickets constantly. They have a lot of screenings of new movies with the directors answering questions afterward, and Andy went to one last week as well).

And then we talked to Brian Henson for a few minutes and got our picture taken with him. No biggie.

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Apparently, I really rely on my left shoulder

I started to write a list of what’s happened since my last post, but then I realized my last post was a list of what had happened since the post before that. This isn’t a list blog.

The most exciting (?) thing in my life lately is my sexy shoulder injury. I did something weird to it while putting together the ikea furniture. I went to the doctor right away, and was told it was just a muscle strain, and was given muscle relaxers. I missed ballet for three weeks, and when I went back, I couldn’t even lift my arm long enough to hold the barre or do most arm movements that are part of a normal ballet class.

On Wednesday this week, I woke up and it suddenly hurt more than usual. I called the (general practice) doctor I had gone to earlier and got a referral for a physiatrist. I was able to get an appointment that afternoon, where I discovered that I had three major things wrong with my shoulder. Impingement, inflammation, and tendonitis? (there were much longer names that went along with them, but I don’t remember what they were).

Anyway, as I was telling the doctor about what was going on, he diagnosed it and started listing symptoms I probably (=definitely) had as soon as I said “I was putting together some Ikea furniture….” Then he said he was prescribing some pills for the inflammation, a cortisone shot, and physical therapy. Yeah, the shot was terrible, and my arm felt sore all afternoon.

I start physical therapy next week. I should have to go about twice a week for 3-4 weeks, but it should fix it enough that I can do ballet again.

In the meantime, I’m discovering how much I rely on my left shoulder. I normally sleep on my left side, and now I can’t do that (and Andy wakes me up throughout the night to make me roll over so I don’t do that). While I’ve never had any upper body strength, it’s reached a whole new low. It hurts to pick up dishes, carry my purse, and even pick up Tinker. I’m left-handed, but I don’t really write that often anyway, so that hasn’t been affected too much (and luckily I use my mouse at work and home with my right hand…).

I’ll try to write more often. Really. Karen and Jared were here last weekend, and we had a great visit. Maybe Karen can write that post. 🙂 I’ve booked my trip to go back to Indiana for Christmas, and I’m really looking forward to getting away for a week. The only thing we’re doing for Thanksgiving is seeing The Muppets, and I’m really excited about it.

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Wrapping up a few loose ends from the last few months…

Despite how busy I’ve been lately, I have finally completed a few of the tasks on my unemployment to-do list (but to be fair, some of these things were expensive and had to wait until I was employed).

1. That scarf I’ve been working on since August…2010. So, right before I moved to NYC, my good friend Karen came over to my apartment in Indiana, and we had a sewing day. Our friendship is pretty much founded on our love of sewing/crafts. Speaking of which, Karen just started an alterations/tailoring/custom garment business! Check it out – she’s talented! We both worked in the theatre costume shop throughout college, and we loved getting together and spending the day watching Gone With the Wind while working on various sewing/knitting projects. Anyway, when she came to visit before I moved, she gave me a beautiful skein of hand-painted purplish brownish yarn.  I wanted to do something special with it, but my knitting skills are fairly limited. (I can knit and purl, but I’m not very fast, and I get bored with it if I have to count stitches).

So I started a scarf. And I’d do about three rows while watching TV, and then get bored with it. That’s why it took me over a year to finish it. But Karen and her new husband (Congrats! I’m still sad that I had to miss the wedding!) are visiting us here in November, and I decided I needed to finish the scarf before they get here. So I made it a shorter scarf, and sewed the ends together, and then added a few thinner strands.

Here’s the finished product (with two wearing options- long and drapey or looped and warm!):

2. My apartment re-organization project. After months of planning, drawing floor plans, drooling over the IKEA website, and one recon trip, we finally went to IKEA and bought furniture today! We bought a new wardrobe for the bedroom, and two tall DVD shelves. The wardrobe will help tremendously with the clothing situation in our room. We just have one tiny closet and one medium-sized dresser, and it’s nowhere near enough space for two adults to store their clothes (especially when one of the adults buys enough clothes to be $85 away from reaching Gap silver level…). This purchase is sort of monumental for us, because with it comes the decision to not move for a long time. This wardrobe is HUGE, and it’s our way of deciding to try to make our apartment more functional.

We also bought a tall skinny shelf/table thing for our entry way. Right now, there’s just an ugly banker’s box filled with Tinker’s clothes and random items, but soon we’ll have an actual piece of furniture. It doesn’t match the rest of our furniture, but it’s the perfect size for this weird and tiny space. It’s at least the same color as our desktop, and about 4 feet away from it, so hopefully it will look okay. I’m going to put a pretty bowl or plate on it for our keys, and maybe a plant or vase of flowers (because we actually don’t have ANYWHERE else in our apartment to put flowers!).

They didn’t have the wardrobe in stock today, so we decided to just have everything delivered next Friday. That will give us time to sell our current dresser and reorganize things. I’m really looking forward to all this, because at this point we CAN’T buy any more furniture or anything else big. Our apartment will be… DONE! And there won’t be random boxes of DVDs and Xbox games everywhere. I think that will help me relax a lot more when I get home.

3. Thanks for the feedback on my glasses options! I went with the Finn. I’m really excited to get them! Andy did the same thing for his, but he’s still deciding. I’ve had really good customer service with Warby Parker, and I really recommend them.

4. Learn HTML: This is SO happening at work. I’m not perfect at it yet, but I’m absorbing a lot. Even though it’s sometimes really confusing and difficult for me, I’m really excited that I’m finally learning it.

Things I haven’t made any progress on at all:

  • Tinker’s scrapbook
  • Getting a NY driver’s license
  • Finishing a draft of my book.

Those will all happen. Eventually.

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Want to help me pick out my next pair of glasses?

One of the side effects of my new job is eye strain. I sit and stare at a computer from 8:30 am until around 6:30 (or, like today, 7:30) pm. And the thing that I’m staring at all day is tiny HTML code. Incidentally, my eye prescription has changed.

Between that and the fact that I finally have vision insurance again, I decided that it was time to get new glasses. I’ve had my glasses for more than four years. I have contacts too, but I only wear them on the days I have ballet.

My friends Kris and Erin introduced me to an awesome company called Warby Parker. You can pick out 5 pairs to try on at home via their website. The company mails the glasses to you, you decide what you like, and then you send the samples back and have your glasses made. For NINETY-FIVE DOLLARS. TOTAL! (Um, the frames I looked at while I was at the eye doctor would have been more than $300 – WITH my insurance)

I just got my samples today, and I like several of them. Help me pick out my new look!

1. Nedwin

2. Reece

3. Finn

4. Sibley

5. Langston

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Always breathing in; never breathing out

I don’t want to become one of those people who builds up a lot of momentum with her blog, and then drops off the face of the Earth for an indefinite amount of time, but I think becoming one of those who builds up a lot of momentum with her blog, and then drops off the face of the Earth for an indefinite amount of time.

I also don’t want to be one of those people who doesn’t write for a while, and then apologizes for not writing, then stops all together. And I’m really going to try to prevent it.

I do want to keep writing, and my life has been without question busier ever during the past few weeks. My new job is great, but it’s very intense. I usually get in around 8:30 in the morning, and leave the office sometime between 6 and 7 pm. Tack a forty minute commute on each end of that, and it makes for really long days.

It’s been completely exhausting, and I’ve absorbed a ton of information in the past few weeks. I’m finally learning HTML well enough to actually use it! And it’s starting to hurt my brain less. But my brain still hurts. By the time I get home, I usually put on my pajamas, eat, spend about an hour catching up on my Google Reader, then read a book for a little bit, and go to bed before 11:30 (which I can finally do now!).  I spend Friday nights and Saturdays catching up on recorded TV from throughout the week.

I’ve also added another ballet class. So now I’m going on Mondays and Wednesdays after work. Those days are especially long, but ballet’s good stress relief, and I need to spend as much time not looking at a screen as possible.

I’m sure once I’ve gotten a better feel for my job, things will calm down some. I won’t be so mentally drained when I get home and might actually feel like looking at a computer long enough to blog again. I’m at the point now where I’m really looking forward to using my new vision insurance, because I think my eyes have gotten worse in the last 3 weeks.

I’ve made a lot of adjustments to my life already. I’ve almost completely cut out Twitter (almost- I occasionally tweet something on my phone, but don’t have time to read my feed), and I’ve seriously cut back on Facebook (finally!). I rarely look at my newsfeed anymore (so friends/family- please call or email me if there’s news I should know! Or just to catch up.) It’s kind of a relief to take a step back from social media, especially after spending as much time as I did on it while I was unemployed.

I guess what I’m saying is, I’ll get back to blogging…. soon. But I don’t know when. It may be a few weeks though.

Despite all this, it does feel good to have a job again.

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My new normal might not include sleep…

So, I’ve been back to work for a week now. Well, four days, technically, since last week had a holiday, but it feels like much longer.

Last week, I had four REALLY long days filled with back-to-back training sessions for 9 hours, and then other stuff to do after work. I like my new job a lot, and it was an even better fit than I thought it would be. I’m really excited to start working on projects, but I still have a pretty intense training program. Most of last week was a blur.

On Monday, we went to the Mac store to see if my computer could be fixed, and to possibly look at new computers. After waiting more than an hour at the Genius Bar (WITH an appointment… ugh), we discovered that it could be fixed! It turns out, I was able to just replace the hard drive for less than $200, so that was a HUGE relief. They even upgraded the OS (not to the most recent one, but it’s still much better than my old one), so it feels like a brand new computer. I’m still slowly getting it set up. I was able to recover the music that was on my iPod and the music that I had bought on iTunes, but I still have a huge box of CDs that I need to manually put on my computer. This will be the third time I’ve had to do that, so I guess I’ll be looking into an external hard drive soon. It is kind of nice to have it all nice and clean, even if it’s missing a lot of files.

Anyway, when we got home on Monday, we discovered that Tinker had a weird goo coming out of one of his eyes, and the white part of his eye was RED. Not good.

On Tuesday, after being at work from 10-6:30, (they let me come in a little late since it was my first day and right after a holiday weekend), I had to go to the Apple store in Soho to pick up my computer. I didn’t get home until around 9:30, and then Andy and I cooked dinner. Andy took Tink to the vet during the day, and it turns out he had conjunctivitis (pinkeye). We had (have… still doing it) to put an ointment on his eyeball three times a day until it’s gone. Ew.

On Wednesday, I started my normal work schedule – 8:30 am – 6:30 pm.  After work, I went to ballet. Normally after class, my friend Hayley and I go out for frozen yogurt (covered in toppings that completely cancel out and of the health benefits of having yogurt instead of ice cream), but she needed to get a manicure, so we did that instead. At 10 pm. Also, it was pouring rain. Well, it was pouring rain all week, which made it extra draining. I got home around 11:30. Loooooong day.

After work on THURSDAY, I went to my first Fashion’s Night Out. I went to Bloomingdale’s and met Donald Glover from Community, and then walked around the Prada and Louis Vuitton stores drinking a Brooklyn Lager. Pretty awesome..

Then I went home around 8:30 because I hadn’t seen Andy and Tinker much all week. And I luckily had a normal day on Friday without anything to do after work (except for a long nap before going out for sushi). It’s going to be a challenge for me to get on a sleep schedule that works with getting up at 6:30 am, because I haven’t had to do that since high school. I tried taking a relaxing, lavender/vanilla scented bath and taking melatonin last Sunday, and I feel asleep at 10 and woke up a few hours later. I just took a bath, and now I’m drinking Yogi Egyptian Licorice tea (which tastes a lot better than it sounds… I don’t like licorice, but it’s good in tea). I don’t know why it’s so hard for me to fall asleep before midnight, but I really need to learn how.

This week’s not going to be much help in getting on a normal schedule. I’m going to Austin, TX Tuesday-Friday for more training. I’m actually pretty excited about that. I haven’t been to Austin since I was a senior in high school, and I have friends from school (and from NY who just moved there!) who live there now. I’ve never had to travel for work before, and it feels kind of good knowing that a company is spending money for me to travel. Also, they gave me a Blackberry for my work email. I had the option of putting it on my normal phone, but we all know how I feel about huge email volumes and being attached to phones. It’ll be useful when I’m traveling at least. I don’t know how I feel about having to carry around two smart phones, but I guess I’ll get used to it.

I hope I’ll have time to keep blogging (and things to blog about other than work), but it may take a few weeks for me to adjust to everything. But it still feels good to be somewhat back to “normal.”

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So what’s my “normal” now?

My last week of nearly four months of unemployment is just about over. I’m SO ready for my life to get back to normal!!

But now I have to figure out what “normal” is, because it’s going to be different than what it was last spring. With the exception of having to get up and go somewhere every day and actually having disposable income, most of my life didn’t change THAT much while I was unemployed. We didn’t get rid of cable, and we didn’t cut out using a laundry service or going out to eat (but we did do those things less frequently). But my life will still change a lot this time around.

I’m excited to finally go back to going to ballet more than once a week. But I may throw in an occasional Pilates class at my ballet school, because I need some of the strength training I’d get in it (and I’m sure not joining a gym). I’d ideally like to do two ballet classes a week, and two Pilates classes a month. I know in January my goal was to get really good at ballet, and now I feel like I can get back on track with that.

I won’t be able to wear jeans every day and get up at 8:30 or 9, because I’ll be in a “normal” office that has a dress code and expects me to show up at 8:30. I haven’t had to be at work that early in more than a year, so that will be an adjustment. I’m actually going to have to get up before 7, and that will be hard for me because I haven’t done on a regular basis that since high school. I function best when I can get up around 8:30, but I can compensate for it with my other boyfriend Earl Grey. I’m going to try to eat breakfast and take Tinker for actual walks in the mornings. If I have to start a new routine, I might as well throw in some good habits, right?

I bought some new work clothes (and by that, I mean the second after I clicked “send” on officially accepting my job, I went to the other tab I had open at the Gap website, and clicked “Complete Order”). I haven’t had to dress like an adult for 5 days in a row every week since I lived in Indiana. I love my new clothes, and they all mix and match and can easily become fall clothes when cardigans and leggings are added. I have my new short hair too, and I may even actually wear makeup occasionally. I wanted to step up my New York look a bit, and this is a good time I guess. I can’t wait for fall.

I’m also not going to spend as much time online. As a general rule, I don’t get on Facebook at work (unless it is specifically for work, but that only happened at one job). I’ve been meaning to cut back on internet time anyway, and between my computer dying last week and me going back to work next week, now seems like a good time. I will probably buy a new Mac in the next few weeks/months, but I want to try to make a dent in my credit card debt first. I fortunately haven’t had to use my credit cards during unemployment, but I also haven’t been able to pay more than the minimum payments, so I’m not anywhere near where I want to be financially right now. I’ll get there soon.

I’m really excited about all of these changes, even if they’ll make me really exhausted. I’m going to keep blogging, but I’m not sure what I’ll be blogging about, because I don’t typically write about my work. I can’t wait to get back to work, because I’ve felt pretty lazy lately (especially this week, since I haven’t had to work or job search. I’ve read lots of books and watched too much TV).

I know you’re all excited about having a three-day weekend, but I’m excited that three-day weekends are actually going to mean something to me again soon. The last few have just blended in with all the other days off I’ve had.

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Hurricane Update

As you know, I’m in New York City. And my new friend Hurricane Irene is on her way here. I’ve been getting a lot of text/tweets/facebook messages from people asking if we’re okay, so I just wanted to let you all know that we are.

We live in Astoria, sort of near the water. Our apartment is RIGHT on the edge of evacuation zone C. (See a map here) Right now, Zone A and part of Zone B have to evacuate by 5 pm today, because they’re closest to the water and lower to the ground. They started shutting down all public transit at noon today.

We stocked up on bottled water, candles, food, cash, and batteries. Most of the stores around here are pretty picked over for supplies, but we went shopping yesterday and got everything.

Last night, we packed up all of Andy’s electronics (hard drives, xbox and film equipment) in plastic and moved it all as far away from the windows as possible. We also moved our TV behind the couch and taped up our windows (we’re on the fourth floor, and there are a lot of trees outside our apartment).

We decided to go over to our friend Erin’s apartment, because she lives in the safe zone (so, not in ANY of the evac zones) further inland. We called a car and went over at 9:30 this morning so we wouldn’t have to try to deal with trying to get a car when the trains aren’t running.

Now we’re camping out here. So far, it’s just been rainy. We’re not supposed to get serious storms until tonight/tomorrow. The only issue we have right now is that Erin’s cats are afraid of Tinker, but they’re fine. We’re all safe.

I’ll try to update on Facebook/Twitter if anything changes. Last night, while we were packing things up, the hard drive to my computer died. I’ve had the computer for four years, and it’s worked perfectly up until last night. (I’m using Andy’s computer right now). I’ll worry about that after the hurricane, but it may require purchasing a new computer in a few weeks after I start getting paychecks again. That kind of bums me out, because I totally love my Macbook, and they don’t make them anymore. 😦

I don’t start my new job until right after labor day, so the storm shouldn’t affect anything there. I’ll keep you all posted!

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