Living in Harlem with Boys

Well, my number of days of living with the boys in Harlem are dwindling. As much as I’m looking forward to many new adventures and friendships in the Heights, I can’t deny there are ample things I will miss about living in my first, small box room in New York, and the people I shared it with.

I present: A countdown list of the top ten things I will miss about my fabulous roommates.

10) Accidental family dinners of $5 Chinese from the “Jesus is my boss” lady and beers from Nadals because we had the same idea when coming home from work.

9) That little noise all of your phones make when you receive a message on Grindr. Relatedly, I will also miss hearing about Grindr. I might have to get one myself so I can stay in the loop.

8) Beyoncé/Kelly Clarkson shower time.

7) Embracing the multicultural theme and running with it. Free to be, you and me! Except Jeff (because he’s black).

6) The smell of Nathan making rice at 10 in the morning. I had no idea that Asians didn’t eat normal breakfast food until I met him.

5) Steven shouting the phrase “Are you Cherokee or ya Sioux” when he sees me.

4) Steven shouting the phrase “Susan Miranda!” when he sees me.

3) Steven shouting. Just all the time. Whether he sees me or not. He is loud and proud and I will miss his caring voice every time I enter the new apartment.

2) Throwing sticky-padded rats out of our kitchen window and watching them fall to their death.

1) Three words: Tall. Boy. Nation. Girls won’t let me kill my liver with 600 calories worth of beer each night. Bless you for allowing me to do that, and making me feel like I really was ‘one of the gays’ of 534. This apartment and you three will always be my first home in the city! Thanks for that, and so much more. Love you all :)

Your Weekly Letdown Post

I should probably just nix the Things I Don’t Understand Tuesdays and Why I Love New York Wednesdays and instead just post Sorry I Suck At Life Sometimeinthemiddleoftheweek. But seriously. I actually started to research Dubstep on the scholarly website Wikipedia that my highschool taught me it was okay to cite when writing papers (not kidding), but then two things happened: Firstly, I decided that if I actually wanted to understand Dubstep (or Canadians or who actually paid money to see the movie Jack and Jill), then I would have found out about it a long time ago. No need to bore my readers with that crap. And secondly, Wikipedia blacked out as I was beginning to conduct my research (it was kind of an afterthought of my day of boredom–sorrayz). Truth is, I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather during the past few days and wanted to optimize my days off by relaxing and not doing much more. Just because I live in the city that never sleeps doesn’t mean I don’t. So, sorry this post is short, boring, and overall less than epic–but I have a book (Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me ?(And Other Concerns)) and a bottle of white zin to finish. Night y’all.

Sometimes I’m Bad at Blogging

So, after hyping my tens of readers up for my Things I Don’t Understand Tuesday and Why I Love New York Wednesday posts, I sit at my kitchen table typing this now at 1:35am on the morning of Thursday–womp, womp. It’s no coincidence I chose Tuesday and Wednesday as my two weekday blogs–that is my “weekend” in the cray world of retail. However, I ended up working Tues. and thus had to cram all of my weekly errands into today, which unfortunately didn’t permit enough time to blog. While I am going to postpone the first TIDUT post to next Tuesday (*cough* it’s going to be about Dubstep *cough*), I will go ahead and dive unto the first WILNYW post a little belatedly!

Today, I love New York because I attended two free writing classes courtesy of Gotham Writers tonight! Few opportunities to learn at no cost from people who are actually successful in their industries exist in Ohio for journalism. The classes I took were each an hour long, and while not necessary the specific avenues of writing I am interested in pursuing (well, one was and one wasn’t), they were both very informative and the teachers both had a ton of industry experience! Overall, I was really pleased with the classes and (as cheesy as it sounds) proud of myself to get out of my comfort zone and learn a little more about a few other avenues of writing.

There are so many free things in the city to take advantage of, and I definitely want to start making the most of my free time to explore all this city has to offer. Especially if said events happen to be in my field of interest (!!)

Added WILNYW bonus (since I kind of sucked at keeping my word this week): here are some crappy quality cell pics I’ve taken since moving here in August. Even though I live here now, I think I’ll always be a little touristy when it comes to NYC-ish things.

Brownstones in Harlem
Grand Central at Night
Financial District from a Ferry
The GWB from Fort Tryon Park
SoHo Graffiti
Rockefeller Center Tree at Christmastime