Wednesday, November 30, 2011

In my last entry I promised (and since my word is my...word) I would share pictures of ring(s) I tried on last week but I figured I would just post a picture of the one that was my favorite. I apologize that my fingers look like bangers minus the mash, and that my nail-beds suck (do a little dance, quote a lil' movies, get down tonight). But I have been thinking, although diamonds are very shiny and it was fun to see my boyfriend squirm -- not because of his fear of commitment, but because of his fear of paying $450.00 for a ring that just lays around on my finger -- I have decided once and for all I don't want an expensive engagement ring. I always thought it was a waste, I mean if you have the money I'd say go for it, but that is money better spent on something more useful like furniture, appliances, or 22.5 (not sure what you will do with that lone slipper...) pairs of zombie slippers. I still want a ring, just something more practically priced. Either way this is a pretty ring, it reminds me of the moon or the sun in the opening theme of 'Game of Thrones' (no? just a little bit? "I don't see it"... whateve!) minus the protruding animal heads of course, "Um yes, why doesn't this ring come with a stag?."


I couldn't find a corresponding picture... I.still.see.it!

I had plans this morning to drink hot chokolatte and watch 'The Little Mermaid' (for the billionth time) but I got distracted by the vastness that is the internet. I'm pretty sure I know how 'The Little Mermaid' ends though so I think it can wait.



I had a really swell time hanging out with Summer on Saturday. I got a few lushie things from Lush, including Snowcake soap and Three Gold Rings (what is with all the ring references?!) bubble bar. Basically lots o' almond and vanilla scents, I really was hoping to pick up a Marzibain bubble bar but they didn't have it. My only issue with Lush is I feel really hesitant to use anything I buy or am given from there because I don't want it to disappear into the land of suds and bubbles. Plus, I feel as if my shower is not worthy of such luxuries? Haha no seriously, I keep stashing my Lush items for when my fiance and I have our own place *shakes head.* I have a Fizzy O' Therapy bath bomb that my friend gave me about a year ago, it just smells so good, I don't want to use it yet. Don't tell my shower, the shower and I have enough problems already. Everything I bought smells so good though, you can even smell it when you're sitting on the couch in the living room.

Look how cute 'Three Gold Rings' is, when I first pulled it out to show my boyfriend he was like "Looks tasty" and I had to assure him it was not, I mean I don't think it is but I don't want to find out. I didn't come to this potty mouth overnight - oh no, I had my mouth washed out with soap as a kid a couple of times, so I'm a tad familiar with the taste of soap. I guess I keep my potty mouth on the dl (low down, down loww) here in blog land but trust me in person it is... fucking nuts. C'mon, I had to. What is thee holiday season without some booze and a mouth full of swears (and possibly soap if you happen to be 11 years old or have the strictest parents ever), am I right?

After Lush, Summer and I walked around for a little bit and then decided to go to a Mongolian buffet she had a Groupon for in Bethesda. At dinner I loudly shared with her the story about me thinking I had glass in my ass at Re/Dress in New York and I'm pretty sure some nosy people next to us were listening and laughing at me because of it but I regret nothing! Bacon jelly beans, see below for explanation *shiver*! After I consumed my daily ration of garlic (I love large amounts of garlic) for the day we decided to head back to the mall to go to Old Navy. Summer, being the smart shopper that she is, had a bunch of coupons so we both left with something. I got some basic black leggings, a $5 purple shirt, and $8 pajama bottoms. I had to actually return the pajama bottoms because someone (that someone is moi) wasn't smart enough to check if the pants were on the right hanger and my chubby booty isn't going to fit into a size small. When I returned to le Old Navy to exchange said pajama pants on Monday, I saw a few things I hadn't seen over the weekend that I'm really wishlisting.

Old Navy Drool

I have no idea why I numbered this wishlist. Oh well.

After Old Navy we went to The Hallmark Store, of which I don't usually haunt but Summer had more coupons. She gave me one of the coupons so I bought some Yankee Candle lip balms, yeah, who knew the candle people were venturing into lip balm territory? I very rarely pass up a lip gloss/lip balm and this seemed too weird not to try. Great thinking really, if it's weird than apply it directly to your lips! The lip balms come in these cute little candle jar shaped containers and smell divine. If they tasted as good as they smell, I'd swear by them and nothing else. Then again as an adult, you really shouldn't be licking your lip balm off your lips every ten five minutes... but I ended up with the buttercream, black cherry, and strawberry flavors. My boyfriend said they bother him, not the smell, just the look of them. Uh oh, the swords have been drawn Sir.

After Old Navy, Summer and I sat in her car and talked for a good 5 hours. I enjoy having a good conversation in a parked or moving vehicle, that sounds wrong, I mean literal talk...Officer.


Since then I've watched some more 'X-Files' but I have been slacking once again, finally found out what happened to Sophia in 'The Walking Dead', and caught up on a few Bitchin Kitchen episodes (so much ridiculous fun over food). Does anyone else watch 'Bitchin Kitchen'? Yes, other cooking shows make you laugh out loud but it usually isn't intentional...


COCKTAIL TIME! I'm just saying, Ms. Sandra Lee likes her cocktail time.

Other cooking shows don't have killer wardrobes, hysterical episode themes, and odd babydoll placement as Nadia G does in Bitchin Kitchen. To make a long story short watch 'Bitchin Kitchen', dammit.



Last week I went to Panera with my boyfriend, some time has passed since Panera and I have been able to see one another, mostly because my boyfriend doesn't like Panera so I reveled in the moment and... have slides. I don't have slides, I have crappy pictures taken on my couch <add applause track here>. I know Panera is the same all over the country but I MUCKing love the asiago roast beef sandwich and on this fine visit I tried the chocolate mint crinkle cookie and yumyums, I didn't want to leave. Speaking of food, I'm hungry, eating something other than nilla wafers is probably a safe bet to make.


I'm quite amused by the fact that every single picture I take and share of myself is of me sitting on my fanny. The smirk is something I've come to realize I almost always do when I'm taking pictures because I feel absurd and because I'm a smart ass and... I REGRET NOTHING. That isn't true, I do regret the time I got duped into eating bacon jelly beans. I regret even more that I got tricked into *cough* doing it a second time... I'm brilliant and I know it. At the very least, during the second bacon jelly bean incident, the minute I put it in my mouth and realized I had done it again, I had the good sense to spit it out like an angry Viking in a pub "WHAT IS THIS GOAT SHI..." kinda thing. I don't even like jelly beans, I don't know how I let this happen twice, whhhy? WHY, lack of common sense? I'm an easy mark I suppose, don't take that literally Legolas. Moral of the story: don't ever try bacon jelly beans and most importantly, don't take candy offered to you by your "friends" - especially if that candy is baby pink colored! I'm having flashbacks and shuddering at the thought, it left a horrible taste in my mouth for days.

Well now that I shared that lovely story with you, I think it is time for me to go. I'm sorry but Smirky has got to eat something. Listen to Annette Hanshaw and forgot all about my candy misadventures.



Saturday, November 26, 2011

I wanted to share this image because it is one of the very first photographs of a person taken with the daguerreotype process of photography invented by Louis Daguerre. Louis Daguerre was born November 18, 1787 and this year google honored his birthday and invention. The Daguerreotype was the Polaroid of that era taking only one picture at a time, this process had a ten minute exposure so it did not capture the traffic and only captured people who were standing long enough to have their images captured. How amazing it must have been to see some of the first photographs of a person and place that until then had only been seen with the eye or painted with a brush. How lucky we are these days, we can search online for anything and everything. Hell, I've done street views on google maps for cities I've never been to. I know this means I have too much free time on my hands, I'm well aware.


How was your Thanksgiving? Mine was kind of a normal day for me as I wasn't feeling too well and stayed home instead of driving the hour and 1/2 to my mom's house. So I stayed home to cuddle with the kitties and watch too much netflix. I think I might have undiagnosed asthma but until I actually go to a doctor and not just rely on internet diagnosis, which can make anyone feel paranoid, I can't be certain. I'm exhibiting a lot of the symptoms and have been experiencing coughing and chest constriction almost nightly for the last few days but it could just be that I'm a bit dramatic sometimes when it comes to feeling out of sorts. I've felt out of sorts, physically, for awhile now though.

My fiance/boyfriend/partner (since I'm always switching around his title) had to work Thanksgiving - he works every holiday *insert sad panda here* -  and was stuck at work all day with bad catered food so when he got off work we went to one of our local places for hot chocolate and dinner. Or should I say "Hot ChokoLATTE". I've had some hot CHOKOLATTE today as well. I've also had some wine, it's all about the excessive amounts of beverage today, sha-yeah (You may also want to refer to the above evidence of tea drinking from a different day)!Yes, I may be feeling the tiniest amount of toastiness from the wine at the moment, just a teensy amount.


Besides my googling and excessive beverage drinkin' I've been watching these two rebels in their X-File Adventures on Netflix. Oh netflix, how I adore thee? Netflix has all 9 seasons available on instant viewing but I've been a bit of a slacker (as usual) and only gotten as far as Season 2 episode... episode... I don't know what episode I'm on?! Oh Mulder, I think I've been visited by little green men who have stolen my memory and brain function, come and rescue me! Seriously, how many men can be named Fox? Only one! Rrreow (Funny tidbit, my option to use voice to text recognizes "Rrrreoww" as "How are you?"). Yes, if you follow me on twitter you'll know I said something about Mulder being a Fox, but yadda yadda, it is still true isn't it?


I watched The X-Files on and off when I was a kid but not regularly, I didn't have much commitment to anything as a kid except cleaning and organizing my barbie townhouse (I would seriously dust and wipe down my toys, I was a weird child). Lots of accidents happened with this elevator within my barbie community but barbie never seemed bothered by it... she always had a 'Stepford Wife' smile on her face. Bitch. I also used the roof as a room so it's a good thing that it never rains in Barbie-Land. It's also good that barbie can levitate since there was no elevator (my barbie townhouse elevator was white btw, because I know you would not survive without that little piece of information) access to the top floor. Barbie has so many skills, tee-to-the-hee.

"This is one of the most random posts..." I know.


I have yet to do any Christmas shopping but because I'm a broke ass no one really expects presents from me, mainly just my little sisters who I try to buy gifts for every year. They are at those impossible ages, you know what I mean, where you can no longer walk into a toy store and pick something up (and play within the aisles yourself \m/). My little sisters are 15 and 12 so I suppose clothes are the best option, anyone have any ideas? I'm 26 and you can buy me toys, just putting the word out there =D

Belt and Cardigan: Target/ Wallet: Hot topic/ Paper Monsters by Dave Gahan cd: FYE/ Limitless DVD: Fye
But since I'm such a selfless (jerk) person, I do however have loot over the past week to share with you. I went to Hot Topic looking for Beetlejuice shirts I saw online but they didn't have them in the store (that is because they are online exclusive...duh at me) but lucked out by finding this shiny, leopard print, brass knuckle wallet.

Beetlejuice

"Sandworms! I hate em' myself", I require these shirts or else...someone may get hurt. Don't you read the newspaper?! 13%!


On Tuesday, my boyfriend and I met up with his friend Kevin for dinner. This was my first time meeting Kevin and I really enjoyed his company, he was a joy to talk about skipping school, women and their shoe obsessions, and future plans to jump into fountains whilst under the influence of a little hooch.



I had steak and crab cakes that I quite enjoyed, even more so because it was $3 crab cake day, how can you beat that? I don't typically like seafood but it was a pretty good crab cake, even my picky eater boyfriend liked it.

I spent another evening in the company of:


...Trader Joes Moscato and dark chocolate covered Pretzel Slims while I watched 'The X-Files', it was a glorious end to an evening. I don't typically drink as much wine as I've been drinking this week but I've really been in the mood for sweet wine and it's the holidays! The joy of the holidays lies in being as tipsy as a circus performer. I just wanted to say "circus performer", I know nothing about their drinking habits so keep the clowns away. I would personally have to be drunk to be a circus performer though, I have major stage fright.

I left something out of my loot roll-call!


I picked up these fabulous, adjustable strapped boots from Target and I have to say, I think I might be in love. Although I think I might need to break them in a little because they do rub against my heel a little bit. I hope that will go away or we may need to have a talk.

Tomorrow I have plans to hang out with my friend Summer who I haven't seen in awhile, so I'm looking forward to that. I have more wine and hot chocolate to guzzle down, more Scully and Mulder sexual tension to witness, and my general usual ridiculousness.

Well, well, this has been quite a random post (that is the style here at honeysuckelle) - I really wasn't sure what I would make this post about, mainly just a general update and I suppose you got that... the wine is wearing off so now the shame kicks in (jokesy). I have more late night meal making to do - I know, we eat late, the joys of third shift. Next post I'm hoping to share some pictures I took while trying on some engagement rings... I just tried them on for fun and to give my Fiance an idea of what to eventually get me/end-uber-girl-moment.

I'm off to make burrrrrrrrrritos, emphasis on the rolling of the R. I will talk to you crazy kids soon, I leave you with a picture of a very important meal:

 

C'mon it's a meal, I mean it has dairy, dough, sugar, chocolate...maybe it doesn't count as a nutritious meal but I love me some cannolis.

Oh, before I forget, 'The Walking Dead' - my questions, comments, and concerns: Are they ever going to find Sophia? If something bad happens to Darryl, I refuse to watch any further. I'm glad to see Shane has his hands busy with a non-married lady. I do have to say I'm enjoying this season more than last, although I'm disappointed in how the female characters are being portrayed, I feel like they are being written very one dimensional.  Anyone else watching 'The Walking Dead'?


Goodnight moon walkers. I love this movie.


Thursday, November 17, 2011

 I don't know where the time goes, I mean it is already almost Thanksgiving and it feels like Halloween was a mere hour ago. Speaking of Halloween, I never even made a Halloween post! That is a travesty if I've heard (read) one, especially considering my love for the holiday. I didn't actually dress up for Halloween so I guess Saxy Saxophone man from 'The Lost Boys' will have to wait until next year (or perhaps just a really slow and hyper filled day).

My Halloween was very low-key this year, my fiance and I went over to our friends Laurie and Jason's where we all chatted, ate pizza, and watched absurd movies. Halloween was also my 3 year animalversay with my fiance and we celebrated quietly at home on a separate day. No wild Motley Crue type parties this year (not any year really lol). The past few weeks have been rough and we haven't really felt like celebrating all that much since one of our best friends is going through a divorce and had to move to Florida. We were very sad to see her go but at the same time I'm happy for the new beginning for her and her children. This always seems like a stressful time of year for my fiance and I, around the end of October I look upon the calender and think "Blast you Winter, you are a bandit of happy."

For my animalversary (twas a present) and also for my sanity, I have luckily acquired a new game to obsess over and take out my seasonal aggressions on. It is pretty much a remake of a game I've played before with some minor changes and a different protagonist but is ultimately about: killing zombies. It marks the return of Frank West from the original.


I also got 'Water for Elephants' for my animalversary, I love me some vintage Circus action. Besides the element of killing zombies, I also get to put Frank in absurd outfits to amuse myself with like what I got my dude in right now: a Hula girl outfit, go-go boots, sports fan face paint, and a viking helmet - what a dashing fella. Get that outfit ready for your next Zombie Apocalypse adventure. Does anyone else play video games? Which ones are your favorites?



For Halloween I also saw 'Paranormal Activity 3' which was to be expected, I didn't really care for the twist at the end although a few things associated with it were quite scary. Has anyone else seen it? The part with the babysitter (babysitters, always the innocent victims) scared the bejesus out of me. I also saw 'Immortals' in 3D and D-BOX (where the seat moves with the action) which was really cool, I kinda wish that it went throughout the entire movie though. I accidentally turned my seat off at one point too for like maybe a minute or two, I didn't realize it till I had until I looked over at my fiance and he was moving. On the subject of visual entertainment, Henry Cavill, what? *cough* I visited my Dad yesterday and watched Season 2, episodes 1-8 of Boardwalk Empire. I love that show, I wish we had HBO dammit. I've heard some people comment that the show is slow paced but I have to say I don't really agree, I feel like it has a lot going on at any time. I've always been fascinated by stories of organized crime/mobsters although at this point they haven't really morphed into "mobsters" per-say. I really like the addition of Owen Slater played by Charlie Cox, he is quite meow! I know he isn't really Irish but I'm a sucker for the accent he uses in the show. Anyone else watch the show?


The day we saw 'Paranormal Activity 3' we had a really good dinner at Genghis Grill, of which I thought I took pictures of (here is a picture from the previous time we went with Jason's friend, Jamie) but I did get talked into a $5 frozen margarita so I blame the tequila. Tequila always does things to me, even in small quantities, I don't (typically) climb on bars and do a little dance like Pee Wee Herman. But anytime I get a little tipsy on tequila, I sing the song and act out that scene in my head.


 While we were on the way to the movie theater, I was still humming the tequila song to myself and noticed a brand new Pinkberry location. I literally screamed out "PINKBERRY" in the car and after a little convincing of the Fiance, stumbled in with my low alcohol tolerance self and chatted up the super friendly 10:00PM Sunday Pinkberry crew. They have pomegranate seeds now! I was quite elated.


We've been eating really good food the last few weeks actually, we made a few trips to a local diner that I'm a fan of, went back to Maggianos, and had a great deal of yummsey Thai food. I love thai iced tea! I've made it at home and can never get it to taste the way they taste in the restaurants, I know I'm not using the right type of tea but I can't seem to find the right black tea to use.


Ode to the Thai iced tea. Can you tell I'm hungry at the moment?

The weather over the past week or so has been erratic, about two weeks ago it was bone chilling cold and then for a few days this week it was upwards of 70 degrees outside. Monday in particular was so lovely, we drove to Historic Leesburg with plans to walk around and take pictures but of course my stomach started to hurt so instead we just drove through and I attempted to take pictures.



You would think this was the day I had tequila based on how the pictures turned out but it is hard to get decent shots dangling outside a moving vehicle. I risked life and limb for this post! I'm totally kidding, chihuahuas dangle out the window more than I did.

I attempted, again, to take pictures of myself to post here and this is how it turned out... but then again I didn't really try in prime locations with good lighting, nor do I ever like pictures of myself taken by anyone else. I swear I wear other colors than black by the way. The whole posing for pictures thing makes me incredibly uncomfortable and I rarely like pictures of myself, I'm not that fond of this picture either but I really wanted to show my new nifty scarf tying skills ("that's totally not a skill" uh huhhh). It is really frustrating feeling like you can't stand the sight of yourself, I wish I wasn't so hard on myself all the time.

Anywho, I haven't been shopping for clothes/shoes/jewelry much over the last few weeks but I did get a new shirt and belt from Target a few weeks ago that I really love.

I really like the colors and it is perfect for the colder weather we should be experiencing, although even today was warmer than normal for November.


I love this bright shiny belt and it is a good length too, they also have it in pink and silver. I'm considering going back to pick up the pink one. Sorry for the cat hair, everything here is covered in cat fur, the cats love trying to attack this belt by the way so if you pick up this belt you have been warned of the feline interest.

I hope everyone is well, I don't have much planned for the week, especially since my car is at the shop for much needed repairs and I'm not sure when I'll get it back. I hope to post more often than my non-purposeful habit of every two weeks. I've had a post in mind for a few weeks that I've yet to get around to.



Thursday, November 3, 2011
That was a longer absence than I had planned, my apologies. I felt like I was catching a cold for a few days but it never quite progressed to a full on cold so I'm not sure if it is just allergies or what. On top of that I have what feels like a kidney infection, so yeah it has been a rough week and half.


Last Monday my roommate Dawn, her step-sister Amanda, and I had my Monkey drive us to the D.C bus terminal. As always with D.C. we got lost at first and ended up at a creepy place (vacant parking lot). Luckily the actual terminal was only down the street and around the corner but you know the GPS wanted us to panic first. We were all a bit surprised by the long line for the 12:25AM bus. We were some of the last few people in line to board but luckily Dawn and I got seats next to each other and Amanda sat a few seats in front us next to a guy. Once we stopped in Baltimore, Amanda turned around with a huge smile on her face and exclaimed "Hi guys, This is Eddie. He's from Australia" and proceeded to have him wave. It was the cutest thing.

I made the huge mistake of only sleeping an hour the day before our trip (I had so many errands I had to run and I was too excited and nervous to sleep) but I somehow thought I'd be able to get quality sleep on the bus, yes you might be thinking "not likely" and you'd be pretty much right. I attempted to sleep the entire rest of the way to New York City and I definitely snoozed but kept waking up in the oddest positions - head against chair in front of me, dangled over the arm rest in the aisle, etc. I also noticed that I kept waking up and everything looked like New Jersey for what felt like 3 years. Felt like we were in a time warp - don't start singing.

We finally arrived in New York City at 5ish AM. We had no idea what to do so we quickly decided we would take the subway as far South as we could go and then work our way up. While we were waiting for the subway we started talking to a dude who just moved to NYC from Texas. He asked if he could join us for awhile and we agreed.


We started off in the Financial District where many people were in a hurry to start their day of work. Many important people breezed by us with briefcases and what seemed like hundreds of construction workers surrounded us in every direction were there to work on the new World Trade Center buildings. I had not been to this part of Manhattan since my very first trip to NYC in 2004, it looks a lot different now, then the WTC area was just a massive concrete hole. I didn't take many pictures of the buildings in progress because I didn't want to hold up the foot traffic.




We walked along the Hudson River with the Statue of Liberty in the distance and tried to keep out of the way of the joggers. It was so beautiful there and because we were there so early in the morning there weren't many people just tons of over-friendly squirrels whom we fed graham crackers. We spent time at a schmacy market called Battery Place Market where I made mistake number 2 of not getting breakfast, I was still too nervous to eat.




 They all wanted to take the ferry over to the Statue of Liberty but I really didn't want to because you wait forever and also you can't get that close to the Statue, you can just walk around it but I went along anyway. We waited for like 2 hours and then after all that, I stepped one foot on the boat and remembered "I get really sea sick" so I opted to get off and meet up with them later. I'm really glad I did that because I was only on the boat for maybe 5 minutes and was already feeling nauseous and if I get nauseous the whole day is shot. I just wish I had remembered that fact earlier instead of waiting 2 hours and paying $13.00 but oh well.




I sat on a bench surrounded by flowers (and huge bees) sucking in the cool air to help the bout of sea sickness I was feeling. I love the way the top picture turned out with the dude looking out at the Statue, it almost looks like a picture from the past.


After I started to feel better I decided to take the subway to Brooklyn to visit Re/Dress. I was so excited that I waited outside for about 45 minutes because the store didn't open till noon. I meant to take more pictures but because I was the first person to go inside I felt silly taking any. I did however try on a heap of clothes and shoes, I made sure to look through almost everything twice and spent a good two hours in there.

I saw 2-3 things there that I actually own already, isn't that weird? My, what good taste you have Re/Dress =P. There was this one dress I tried on, it was a leopard print halter dress with a black band and gold accents at the waist, but it was a size too big so I put it back. I'm kicking myself now because the more I think about the more I like the dress despite it being too big and having a few accents falling off. I had very limited money so I guess it was for the best.

I wasn't going to share this but it is too funny not to, while I was waiting for Re/Dress to open I sat on the sidewalk (yes I know, you shouldn't sit on city streets) because my feet were already very achy. It wasn't until I had been sitting for a good ten minutes that I realized "Oh there is glass everywhere around me" so I got up and moved. While I was in Re/Dress I kept panicking thinking "what if I sat on glass? what if I don't notice till later that a shard of glass has found its way onto my clothing?" So I'm shopping and fooling with my clothes trying to shake out any glass that I'm now convinced is there. While I'm checking out at the register the lady ringing me up gives me a confused look and I explain to her I think I might have sat on glass. She is like "Well you weren't sitting on the streets or anything were you?" and I was like ... "No, that would be stupid..." *shifts eyes* because I felt so silly lol. This is how great the girls were, she even offered to check for me, I politely thanked her and then scurried off to the dressing room to check - turns out it was all in my head. It was such a great shop and the ladies working there were so fabulous.



After Re/Dress, Dawn texted me and said they were waiting for the boat back and that we should meet up to get lunch. I agreed lunch sounded good and she said it was my pick so I decided to go to Katz Deli. I could not find the right subway anywhere, I kept walking around in circles and getting further away, so I caught a pricey cab. I was just dying to sit down and I knew I couldn't walk it although I would have loved to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge for the views.



My attempts to get good pictures in the cab were rather unsuccessful, especially considering my phone was already almost completely dead. Stupid short lived battery, I have to stop using my phone as my camera but my phone takes better pictures than my actual camera does (usually). The cab driver was really great though, he even turned off the meter and drove me right in front of the restaurant after missing the turn. It was crazy busy in Katz, when I walked in I was handed a ticket and then I went up to the stations to order. It was so packed in there and I was so relieved to turn around with my food and see an empty table.


I was about four tables away from the infamous scene where 'When Harry met Sally' was filmed. I got a plain pastrami sandwich for $15.75 (expensive and I feel bad for snapping a picture of this woman in mid-sentence).



It was so yum, the meat just melts in your mouth and has fantastic flavor. I was so relieved to see Dawn and Amanda and even admittedly a little more relieved that the dude from Texas wasn't with them because he was a bit much to handle. I had no idea Amanda was a vegetarian until after she ordered a cheese sandwich and felt so bad for dragging her to essentially a meat market. But we all sat and enjoyed our lunches and shared some of Amanda's fries. It's about this time when I stopped taking pictures, I'm not sure why, I think it's because I was so sleepy.

Afterwards we decided to head over to Canal Street in Chinatown to do some shopping. We walked past some skeevy men having disturbing conversations and making crude comments about us. I felt a little uncomfortable in Chinatown, I must say, there were some shady characters and I did my best to look angry and walk past them, Amanda is from Wisconsin so she was a lot friendlier than Dawn and I. It was around this point that I toyed with the idea of taking an earlier bus home, I was so exhausted and afraid I'd keep the two of them from having all the fun they wanted to have. Words to the wise, don't take an almost 24-hour all walking trip on 1 hour of sleep haha. When I told Dawn and Amanda I was thinking of taking an earlier bus home they both were so kind about it and convinced me to stay. While we were standing there having this conversation about me potentially going home early, I spotted these great scarves behind us. I ended up buying one that was white with black skulls and I haggled! The woman at the shop said $18 at first and we settled on $13.00. Look at my haggle skills. After that we decided to head over to Starbucks where I found a table to charge my phone and chill out for awhile and they decided to go check out a tattoo shop.

Found this on Ami James blog.
They came back after stopping by the Wooster Street Social Club and were thinking of going back but had to sign releases if they did because they were filming (Wooster Street Social Club is where they film NY Ink with Ami James). I decided to hang back at Starbucks while they went because I didn't want even the faint possibility of being on TV. They said they would come back after they were done. About 2 hours went by and I was falling asleep in my book at Starbucks so I texted Dawn to see how it was going. She said they should be done filming soon and that I should head over. I really didn't want to be kicked out of Starbucks for sleeping so I decided to head over.


When I got there they were still filming so I had to sign a release, all I could think about at this point was "maybe they have a comfy leather couch?!" seriously that was my big desire at that point lol. So I sign the release and walk inside, it was so quiet in there you could have heard a pin drop, I sheepishly walked down the hallway to where I saw Amanda leaning on the receptionist desk with a look of complete boredom. They were filming one of the guys (Billy I believe) asking him questions and everyone else was just kind of standing around. Dawn came out from a changing room and said she was going to have her tattoo retouched by Tommy.

I don't know if you watch the show, I've only seen a few episodes myself but Tim, Tommy (obviously), Jessica, and Billy were there. Jessica walked past me and I was taken back by how gorgeous and tiny she was. I guess Megan had been there earlier and both Dawn and Amanda said she was delightful, I was bummed I didn't get to see her. Tim smiled at Amanda and I when I walked in. Tim seemed like a silly guy, at one point he was laying on one of the tattoo tables with his leg pulled up to his face. It wasn't very comfortable in there and we weren't allowed to move from our little corner so Amanda and I went outside and talked on the stairs in front of the shop. We were talking about what else had gone on while she was there, guys, and possibly getting a drink somewhere near by. There were some crew outside who overheard our conversation and suggested a bar around the corner and I talked to them about D.C. briefly. As Jessica was leaving she smiled at us and said "Good Night" which I thought was sweet.

So then we are sitting there and who approaches us but Eddie the Australian from the bus. I was like "Oooh Amanda, you sly fox" and she played it off like "Oh, what is he doing here?"

Then the three of us decided to check out this bar that was suggested to us but when we stepped inside it was packed so we decided to go a few doors down to a different bar (of which I have tried to search out on yelp for a good 30 minutes now and still can't find, its like it has picked itself up and moved just to stop me from figuring out what it was calllled). I found it, yay! I had to find it, it was driving me nuts.


It was called Papatzul. I had one margarita, chatted a little bit with Eddie and Amanda, and slept on my book bag the rest of the time. Dawn joined us a little while after, they charged her $400.00 for a touch up which seemed a bit steep.

I was so tired and kinda in heaven to be sitting down for a few hours, I would sit up for awhile and chat and then put my head back down. I got yelled at for sleeping in the bar by the bartender but I couldn't help myself, even with all the loud chatting and music I was falling asleep. After we left the bar (several hours and several drinks for everyone but sleeping beauty later) Eddie took the subway with us back to Port Authority, the three of them walked over to Times Square and I planted myself in line waiting for the bus. The bus came about 30 (our bus wasn't until 1:30AM) minutes early and I was frantically texting them making sure they didn't miss it. It was so cute when Amanda boarded the bus she had this big grin on her face and I was like "Looks like someone had fun" and she was like "Oh yeah I did."

It was a super long day and I had a really good time despite the fact that I fell asleep anywhere I sat longer then 30 minutes (I felt like a grandpa). I was really glad I hit it off so well with Amanda, that neither of them got annoyed with my sleepiness, and I was really glad we met some nice people like Eddie, who was a joy to talk to. I have to say, I can't tell you how happy I was to come home to shower and lay in bed with my fiance and kitties. Next time I go back I will make sure to get plenty of sleep and actually eat more than once to keep my energy up!

This is one long-winded entry, I appreciate anyone who actually takes the time to read all of this (and ignore how poorly written it is). I'm going to leave you with pictures of my tiny amount of loot from Re/Dress and a store in Chinatown.



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