Forced Vacation

3:16 PM, Monday, January 26, 2009 / Posted by Christy / comments (0)

I'm officially "temporarily" unemployed, so even though I have no job and that's a little depressing, I've been trying to take advantage of my free time. My first two days off I trekked out to New Jersey to babysit for my cousins Julia and Theo. They're fun kids and it was great to spend so much time with them, since usually our visits are just a few hours and lots of other people are around. This was just two days of uninterrupted cousin time.

The rest of the week I spent a lot of time with Eduardo and helped him continue to get his apartment set up. I was able to get a "collapsible" love seat from my boss at work who didn't need it anymore, and it's pretty much the perfect piece of furniture for Eduardo's new small living room. Last night we went to the grocery store and bought some staples (milk, bread, peanut butter, tortillas, etc) and also some food to make dinner. We cooked in his new kitchen for the first time. Eduardo made steak with onions, potatoes, and chipotle chilies topped with cotija cheese and tortillas on the side. I was put in charge of the more simple task of making the agua de guava. The meal was completely delicious!

And being off work with nothing to do does have its benefits as I was able to make a last minute trip to Atlantic City this past weekend. My friend Nicki, who goes all the time, called on Friday morning to see if I'd like to go with her and my other friend Marylin for the weekend. At first I didn't think I'd go because that Sunday was going to be the first day Eduado and I would have the whole day together in a long time. But then I found out that we would be coming back late Saturday night, so after a discussion with the other half, I decided to go! Oh, and the reason I'm able to afford a mini-vacation while unemployed is because the entire trip was free. Nicki happens to be a high rolling blackjack player and gets everything free whenever she goes. So, we got a nice room to the Taj Mahal, drank free pina coladas and margaritas as we watched Nicki play, ordered room service three times, watched three "still in theatres" movies from our room, bought dirt cheap souvineers on the boardwalk, and took a limo home to New York City. It was a great trip and something I could never afford if I were to pay for it all myself!

Shopping on the boardwalk

In the limo home to NYC

Things Are Looking Up...A Little

8:43 PM, Wednesday, January 14, 2009 / Posted by Christy / comments (0)

So, my friends, things have improved slightly since we last spoke. Well, some things resolved themselves anyway. On Sunday Eduardo called me at work to say he had found an apartment he thought would be perfect for he and I and his brother. I rushed to Queens after work to see it, but was unimpressed. Ultimately, I think I'm just not willing to leave my rent controlled Upper West Side studio for anything less than an amazingly perfect place. And the place I saw Sunday night wasn't it. This (with good reason) frustrated Eduardo. We mutually decided later that night that it would be better for just he and his brother to find a place for themselves. I didn't want to delay them anymore by being picky. Luckily, he was able to find (according to him...I haven't seen it yet) a perfect place in Queens. It certainly sounds like a better place than where he lives now. He and his brother currently rent a tiny room from a large family in their apartment. The family is very nice (I'm actually a godmother to their two younger daughters), but the room is too small for the two boys and all their stuff. So now they are moving to a one-bedroom apartment of their own including a livingroom, kitchen, and bathroom. This will make my visits to his place much more enjoyable since we'll have room to spread out and have a little space from his brother and the various guests that he sometimes has over. So, the apartment thing is over and a huge weight off my mind.

I'm still unemployed as of this Sunday, but I'm hoping to get some kind of job in the interim until I get my job back. I'm just hoping for a very brief lay-off period. If I hope, maybe it will come true.

So, the state of my nerves is improving. I'm not totally my usual, optomisitic self, but I feel a light at the end of the tunnel. I'm getting there.

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Or Should I Just Keep Chasing Pavements?

10:47 PM, Thursday, January 8, 2009 / Posted by Christy / comments (1)

I am feeling a very high level of stress lately and have been ever since Christmas. Isn't it supposed to be the other way around? I think there were things leading up to Christmas that could have been stressful, but I was just too excited about everything to really be stressed. But the excitement melted away the weekend after Christmas when my family was packing up to leave NYC and I was trying to move a holiday's worth of food, gifts, clothes, and animals back to my tiny apartment and try to leave the home we had stayed in in tip top shape. I just couldn't deal. Yes, everything got done and I made it home and there were no disasters. But that weekend was the beginning of a spiral of stressful events in my life.

The week following Christmas, I found out that one of the shows at the theatre where I work is closing. Found out today that the precise date is January 18. This is the show that opened in November that I was hired on because of. So, guess what its closing means? Yep, I'm out of the job. Just temporarily. Eventually another show will come along and I'll be hired back, but right now I have no idea how long I'm looking at unemployment. Could be a couple weeks, could be a couple months. Let's pray for the first one. But because of the lay-off, I'm back to job hunting. I just want to find something temporary, but that's just as hard as finding something permanent, I think.

In addition to this lay-off news, I am also apartment hunting. Isn't being layed off the perfect time to look for a new home? Well, nothing is definite, but I am growing tired of my shoebox and I'm ready to expand to a larger home. But I've been pushed into pursuing this desire NOW of all times by Eduardo who is hoping he, his brother, and I can share a large place together. He will be out of his current apartment February 1st. Day and night, all I think about is apartments and how I can get a cheap one in a nice neighborhood. I dream about it. Literally. At work I hope for tasks to come across my desk just to keep me from scouring craigslist 24/7. But then doing work makes me think about how soon I won't have work to come to anymore! Aaah! It never ends.

The worst part of this stress is the physical toll it is taking. As soon as a minor hitch is thrown into my day, I get a knot in my stomach that feels more like a bowling ball that never seems to completely go away. I feel my chest tighten up, and I have to take slow breaths to try to settle myself down. I know we all have stress, but I have a history of handeling mine better than this. I don't usually allow things to get to my core. But they have. Too many things happened at once and my defense system is down. If either the apartment or the job could be taken care of, I think I would be able to resume life as normal.

Sorry this post is such a downer, but this stuff is consuming my life so that I don't really have much else to share. Please keep me in your prayers. I need to settle down and lighten up! Please send those thoughts my way.

This is my current favorite song to listen to as a walk the streets of New York. It is pretty appropriate at the moment...and a beautiful song.

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Warmed Up Like Biscuits

12:05 AM, Tuesday, January 6, 2009 / Posted by Christy / comments (1)

I didn't see this SNL episode the first time around, so I'm a little behind the times, but this is so funny that I believe it is worth sharing. Better late than never. I had to scour the internet to find this sketch because the people at NBC are jerks and they don't want people to know when they do something really really funny on their network, so they take it off YouTube. How's that working for you, NBC? The weather still nice there in 4th place?

Anyway, here it is:

single ladies...!?- SNL w/ Beyonce (feat. Justin Timberlake)

P.S. Justin Timberlake is one of the funniest people ever who does not make being funny his primary career. He may be a singer, but whenever he is on Saturday Night Live, he kills. And you can tell from the number of times he's been asked back and by the fact that he has his own featured characters and sketches that he has made a short list in the hosts hall of fame that Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin, Christopher Walkin, and Tom Hanks. Yeah. He's pretty funny.

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