It has been quite a while since the last time I wrote… almost a year actually. Wow!! Apparently ‘New York Minutes’ do fly by a lot faster…
I am very aware my correspondence has been slacking recently. Throughout all my travels and moves, I always flourished in maintaining communication, so why now the change? Well, I have entered a new era in my life. After spending a good 4-5 months at my computer “working on” my dissertation, I decided it was time to distance myself from the silver fruit and focus on non-internet related activities. Luckily this coincided with my move to an ‘unwired’ location making the transition easier. Over this time period—since the start of Autumn—I sought out some new hobbies and broadened my literary scope. A previous flirtation with yoga had left me intrigued; so a couple months ago I dove in headfirst (like my impulsive nature would have it any other way…?). As I had hoped, the physical release it is exactly what my body requires to conquer my [partially self-induced] stresses. Not to mention it’s the only place in public where it’s acceptable to hang out with your ass in the air and legs beside your head—and I am usually able to incorporate a 5-10 power minute nap in the end.
For a more mentally stimulating exploit I took on one of the most legendary fictional characters of the 21st century. After dishing out much unprovoked ridicule regarding the character’s ability to intrigue a sensible, realistic adult like myself, I agreed to complete the first 200 pages, fascinated or not! I took it slow. And by page 100, I was beginning to fall for Harry Potter. It wasn’t until book five did I recognize it for what it was… true love. Over a two-month period, from mid-Sept through mid-Nov, I completed Books 1-6. Having taken on so much mental adventure in such a short period of time, I took a breather allowing myself a few weeks time to digest and defrag Harry’s first 6 years of Hogwart’s. It was then that it occurred to me; once I was finished with Book 7 it was all over. Not only would Harry be finished with Hogwart’s, but also my short visit in the magical world would be over. Needless to say, I have yet to read the last book.
While my previous avoidance of Harry was due to my lack of interest in fantasy novels, this false assumption proved a sturdy safeguard against my inability to differentiate between reality and fantasy. My habit of getting fully engrossed in books to the point where I find the plot merging with my own life has always limited me to somewhat realistic stories. The more disheartening, the more conflict it creates in my own life. Therefore upon entering the world of witches and wizards, I was sure my grasp on reality would prevent me from becoming fully absorbed in this genre. I was wrong! This new lifestyle that incorporated hours of Hogwart’s escapades, left me struggling for spells to counteract mistakes, clean up spills and fix broken items. At least I wasn’t trying to “ctrl + z” all my actions.
The whole point of my posting this was to answer everyone’s question of “what have you been to?” …not ramble about Harry! Currently, I am still working at Costco Photo Lab. Not my life’s ambition but has some interesting moments. I particularly enjoy being yelled at by customers because I didn’t “give them their negatives” for their digital pictures. I’m seriously dumbfounded by some of the questions/comments I receive. I kindly explained to the woman that the only way I could create negatives would be to follow her around and recapture each of her images with a 35mm film camera. She politely nodded and left, but I don’t think she really understood.
The memory-making industry is busy at this time of year. Yet I was very lucky to have stumbled across a work experience opportunity. I am working on my off days (2 days a week) at a local magazine called Long Island Bride and Groom. It’s advertises EVERYTHING you need for your wedding. I bet most girls would love to look at the advertisements and liaise with the high-end retailers. I personally find it stressful. I have decided if I get married, everyone’s getting a Facebook event invite. Ha! In all seriousness, it is a great experience. I am enjoying learning about this aspect of magazine production and the publishers are great to work with.
I finally finished my Masters. It was not a relaxing experience, as those who were beside me throughout the summer can vouch! I sat down in March to ‘bang it out’… and five months later, I was standing in Kinko’s at 4am on Monday morning having the two mandatory copies printed, bound and shipped in order to arrive by the Friday morning deadline. I thought I had left my procrastinating behind in undergrad but apparently it tagged along. Either way… IT’S DONE and I can’t use “I’m working towards my Masters” as an excuse anymore.
I flirt with the odd job application but haven’t met my ‘career soul mate’ yet. That leaves me with the question of what to do and where to live. I was set on staying home for the holidays so that buys me two weeks before I have to start making some serious decisions. Although I love NY, I am not keen to live here for any extended amount of time and therefore will be focusing my job search elsewhere. I was approved for and received an HSMP visa, allowing me unrestricted access to work in the UK for two years (through August 2009). So I would be qualified for any job position in the UK, as if I was born and breed there. I bet the Brits love that—another loud American coming to steal jobs. Ha! Don’t worry, they aren’t knocking down my door. Bloody hell, forget the door, they aren’t even on my street!
I very much would LOVE to move back to England by the springtime but I have to be realistic about it all considering my lack of funds. I do miss it very much during the holidays. I soooo want to go to the pub on the cold wintery nights. In the meantime, I’m going to try to get myself a well-paying temp gig in the big city to help pay off last year’s trips to BZR. If nothing else it’s more fun to ‘wallow in dog shit’ in Manhattan than it is on Long Island.
I hope you all are well and having a very Merry holiday season! ‘Tis the most wonderful time of the year! Cheers to the New Year!!