Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday cuz I love to eat!

I am grateful for....

the support of my friends and family
lots of T-day goodies
Barack Obama winning the election
endless opportunity
and all that I've learned in NY.

enjoy your bird!

Friday, November 21, 2008

One last rejection from Williamsburg

I have had this nagging feeling that we're not that cool, and tonight it was confirmed.

Christin and I took three apple crates and one garbage bag full of clothes to Beacon's Closet, a hipster Williamsburg thrift shop. When we came back they offered us $3.13 for one item (maybe a sweater, but they weren't really sure). We took it.

They gave us the rest of our stuff back and said we could throw it in the charity pile if we wanted. Only one box looked like it had actually been sifted through. Our stuff was so lame it didn't even merit a once over. Ouch.

Williamsburg hipster

I shouldn't really be surprised, though. I knew the second we walked into that place that they wouldn't like our stuff. The first girl I saw was trying her damndest to look like the nerdy girl in a bad eighties dramady. Maybe if I had just taken off her comically oversized glasses and let her hair down I would have seen her true beauty shine through.

But anyway, our clothes are not nearly old or ugly enough and they're totally lacking in unflattering patterns. In Williamsburg it looks good to look like you looked bad twenty years ago. I guess that means we look pretty good right now.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

One Man's Junk...

Well, we found someone who liked the museum exhibit on our life. She bought a ton of stuff. (really, a ton. a car-full to be exact). Like the expression I recently taught my students goes, "It takes all kinds..."

So things are going OK on the apartment sale front. We've had some other people buy some of the furniture and whatnot as well. With only 1 week left at work and 2 weeks left in NY, I'm starting to get a little antsy. My ecofreak sensibilities can't stand the thought of throwing away anything useful.

The Farmer's Market at Union Square

We went to the Farmer's Market in Union Square today to order our turkey. I love the Farmer's Market, and the weather was beautiful today. It was my favorite thing in NYC so I'm glad we visited it again before leaving. That, and street musicians (of which we saw plenty).

Saturday, November 8, 2008

First Crack Party

We've decided to make our goodbye party into an apartment sale as well.  We're calling it the "First Crack at our stuff" party.  First crack because whatever our friends don't buy we're putting on Craig's List.

We've spent all day pricing our stuff, cleaning our apartment, and putting things on display.  It feels a bit like we're curating our life together for a musuem exhibit.  We've taken all the books and photos off of our shelves and put up random "sales displays" of sorts.  Everything, even the furniture, has a price.  It's a bit unnerving putting a money value on the things that have made up our life.

It's meant to be as much a goodbye party as a sale.  We made some special cinnamon and apple infused vodka punch, so hopefully it'll be fun and we'll see our all our NY friends one last time.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

What a great day it is!


We just booked two one-way tickets to Bangkok and Barack Obama is the President-Elect of the United States.

Last night was an incredible experience. We were driving down 125th Street in Harlem when we suddenly became part of an impromptu victory parade. People were dancing in the streets, strangers were embracing each other, and everywhere we looked there were massive eruptions of glee. The slightest show of solidarity with the rest of the crowd was instantly and whole-heartedly accepted. There was a collective sense that everybody had finally had their voice heard. Everything seemed possible.

It wasn't just Barack Obama's achievement, but all of ours. It feels like peace is possible. Everybody there was so different. People were from different countries and had different color skin but it felt like everybody was involved and everybody was happy. Even the cautious onlookers who couldn't muster as much enthusiasm were still genuinely moved by the good spirit.

It reminded us of pictures of V-J day. But it feels different because this didn't come from war, but from peace. We're so proud of our country.

That being said, we also can't wait to leave. We arrive in Hong Kong on Jan. 11 and leave for Bangkok 4 days after. It feels like the whole world is opening up to us. It's not that everything just seems possible. It's that for us, right now, it is. And we're so thankful.