Monday, November 8, 2010

Dear Blog: I'm sorry I've neglected you.

If somebody didn't speak to me for two weeks, I'd be pissed.
forgive me.

I'm sitting here, eating my first taste of Quinoa! Pescetarianism still in full effect :) My, how long has it been? I'll have to read my previous blog to see what date I declared. I did cheat and eat a meatball at my Cast party, I'm obsessed with meatballs. It burned my stomach. or it could have been the jack and diets. meh.

(note: this draft was saved and continued on November 8th, today)

and now I sit in my new living room. In Astoria Queens. I have two roommates, Kristen and Chris. I met both of them in the West Side story production I was cast in in Miami. Kristen is a cute and bubbly 23 year old and Chris is the resident Mr.fabulous who loves anything Alice and wonderland or animated for that matter. Its been awesome getting to know them and luckily we have more or less easy-going personalities and are considerate of each other.

This is a huge change for me. In fact, lets start at the beginning.
October. Month of Mikado, Moving, and reindeer horns.

The Mikado was an absolutely wonderful experience. I became close with 2 girls in particular, Christina and Julia. They are token hipster Brooklynites. Christina is so sweet and adorable. Julia is wonderfully nutty and both have amazing voices. I went through a bit of withdrawal but I was so nuts when it ended with the potential move and working that I now miss them tons!

The Reindeer Horns:
I tend to be the go-to girl for my friends. Need a yoga buddy- call Frances! Need extra people to help work an event? Call Frances!
So when  my friend Alex's roommate needed an extra hand swarovski-crystalizing reindeer horns for Saks' christmas decor I immediately signed up especially since they paid nicely. However, I became over- ambitious thinking I could do one horn a day amidst apt searching and a show. The due date was my moving date. I'm crazy. I was only able to do 4 horns but let me tell you, the day I turned in the horns I felt a huge weight lift off my shoulders.
I was free. October was over. Now back to a somewhat normal life. My plan is to work my booty off through January then visit my family for 2 weeks.

The bigger question:
How the hell did I get to Astoria?
Well the last post let you know that my mgmt company screwed me over on transferring to another apt. Kristen moved in two weeks later and Chris joined us on the apt search.
It was two weeks of hell. We met with brokers, some scam artists, and looked at every single 3 bedroom possible. We were happy with two apartments, one in Astoria and another in Wash Heights. The Washington heights apt was much prettier  but the commute would be harder and Astoria is close midtown and the Eastside where we all hang out.
If there is anything I've learned from this experience, it's patience and being considerate of others. There are moments where I do feel like the mom. I've been here much longer then they have and pretty much know what to do. I definitely inadvertently became the house captain, making appts with the cable guys, the landlord, the repair man, etc....not so much fun.

We have very different styles. I'm more classic and sophisticated, Kristen is girly and pink everywhere, Chris likes anything cartoon and crazy colors. Thankfully I had 80% of the furniture  which set the tone for the apt otherwise it would have been a shimsham and anyone who knows me knows how picky I am about interior design. OK I know. I'm a bit of a control freak but I feel like I've been soooooo patient. I'm not a game player and this apt has every Rockband and Wii that exists. and it's ok! Change is good. change is good.

I will say this:
I feel so much more relaxed. I don't feel the pressure of the city's rent and still have the same access I did before.
Astoria is wonderful. It's full of actors, families, massive apartments, restaurants, bars, BAKERIES, fruit markets, fish markets, awesome pizza joints, etc.
It's not gentrified so most things are mom & pop shops, except there is a Gap and a couple banks and a gym.

and my room is HUGE!
I am having a little difficulty deciding what to do with so much space. I want to keep it very simple. I have no need for a dresser bc my closet is about 5'x10'. I want a chaise lounge or a 'fainting sofa'. They're very expensive so its definitely a splurge if I don't find one at the flea markets.
My concept is to have an all white room with varying white/beige textures and canvased artwork on the walls. No frames. just raw and simple. Bed in one corner and lounge in the other. I also have a large dramatic mirror which is framed in dark wood that doesn't exactly go with the concept but its so beautiful that I have to put it somewhere.

This year is going to be a good one. I can feel it. :)

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