Monday, April 28, 2008

High point

I’ve been MIA lately. What can I say? I’m in NY.

Yesterday, I did something insanely fun. It was my favorite day!

First thing in the morning, I woke to the happy song of my cellphone. My friends had just arrived at NY and are on their way over. It was around 8 AM, so I jumped out of bed and started getting ready. Every second only increased my joy of it being Sunday.

My friends got to the apartment almost 9AM. As we settled into the place, I was ready to run out the door.

Finally! My phone rang a second time and it’s her!!! Katie(babs) from Ramblings on Romance Etc. [with Kristie(j), whom I will hopefully meet in July]! Actually, Kate and I had chatted on the phone TWICE on Saturday already. Teehee. The conversations were great and we kept going on and on and on until I annoyed my sis and friends because I wouldn't get off the phone >_<. Well, too bad for my family/friends for no taking an interest in the gianormous aspect of my life of Romance novels. Anyhoo~~~ On Sunday at 12 something PM =p, Kate and Christine drove all the way from New Jersy (yes, it’s far! I don’t care what anyone else says) to the ever growing Chinatown of New York so that the three of us could meet up and go insane! It rained, but that only made the day more memorable.

Yes, two wonderful people I met on an awesome author, Ms. Nalini Singh's blog site and great, informative, and really nice bloggers in their own right met up with little me. Can you feel my star-struck awe still? Heh.

I had stopped at a Starbucks to get a tall-(yes, corporations of America, change the language continually so we must all follow like sheep in this odd language which does not improve society in the least)-hot-chocolate and use the ladies for a weewee break (the door was jammed and a few ladies and I waited for some time before we realized it was unoccupied ~_~). Kate and Chris were driving over and looking for parking in the incredibly small roads; I don’t know how you New Yorkers do it, it’s amazing to watch.

It took us about 3 minutes to search each other out. Finally, on the phone, I was spotted in front of the tiny Payless shoes with dozens of people asking every other second trying to sell knockoff brand name watches and bags. O_o

The first thing they did was give me hugs! It was so sweet. I was so excited. Even as I reflect back on that day, it seemed both surreal and too good to be true. The wet moist air with wind so cold it hurts your lungs to take the necessary life giving breath, while smelling of sewage, car exhaust, and something you cannot quite put your finger on; the three of us laughed and I squealed a little. Can you believe it? Yesterday was too great. They drove! Despite the gas prices and distance; family and personal lives. I felt so special ^_^. There were so many things I wanted to say and comment, but most of the time I just smiled like an idiot too elated with joy to notice anything else. Coherent speeches were normally hard enough for me; this time, I mostly babbled when I was actually able to say something.

We went to a Chinese restaurant, got seats in the very back and laughed a whole lot. Content of discussion omitted. ^_~ Afterwards, we walked around some more. More heartfelt laughter and went for some ice cream. It wasn’t raining by then so ice cream for dessert was a must! Forgot to get pictures of that >_<. We did walk to the Brooklyn Bridge and had some nice people take pictures of us. There was this father with his cute little boy fishing. Then there were these two rather nice looking guys on bicycles. I believe shots of their…uh…backsides were taken. Hehe. More walking and talking. Laughing and smiles. Many gasps and squeals (me again). When it was time to end, I was so sad that I live on the other side of the country. Even so, I am very happy for the great day I had. This makes me look forward to the July convention even more instead of the quivering puddle of terror. At least, I’ll cling onto Kate until she gets sick of me. Hahaha. Pictures soon to follow. ^_^ On a side note; for the rest of the day Sunday, I mostly helped pack stuff. Although, I probably made things worse for my sister. Today, I went to 5th Avenue with my friends in the pouring rain, came home by myself (got minorly lost) and scrubbed the kitchen. Bathroom duties tomorrow. See how boring my life is? Even on vacation, I do lame things poorly. >_< So, Sunday was my day. My happy day just for me. My friends that flew over will be taking me out to play some more, but it’ll only add to my happiness since it really peaked.

Off to bed now for a fitful night full of wondrous dreams.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The Day After

Despite the time difference and the exhausion, sleep was light and elusive. It was a beautiful morning, warm with cool winds. Sis had to leave at the crack of dawn to start her day. Since I was up, I might as well be useful.

Did you know tape can peel off paint? I suspected, but today I found out for sure.

A few of my sister's friends had decided to through her a mini party and decorated her studio apartment by taping glow-in-the-dark stars and moons all over her ceiling. There were paper cranes hung from strings. A ballon and yards of those colored paper confetti stapled into the wall, which where all near the edge of the ceiling.

Being my height with no tools to help assist made every second a struggle. The danger of falling off the bed, the chair, the table, and the edge of the window as each star was being ripped out really increased the intensity. Since no one was around, no one would have been able to call for help had something dangerous actually happened.

It was a beautiful sight. Stars falling, scattered all over the floor like dust drops. Wishing stars falling everywhere. What a romantic notion. Too bad the clean up made every star's corner that thrusted under my nail bed made me think twice about why red should symbolize love. Blood red, gliding over the glowing stars, falling to grant the wishes of an empty room.

Still have much to do. People tend to forget, there will always be another day. Whatever you do. Where ever you are. I must constantly remind myself of that. This vacation won't be forever; I will stop cleaning this place eventually. More importantly, there are always more things to do tomorrow, so might as well start today.

Not too bad.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

I'm alive, I survived, I'm here~~~

Six hours of flight seemed much longer. Flights always seem so long. Everyone was really nice and helpful.

I was seated on the left side window. The couple sitting on my right were really nice. Everyone was so nice. There was this group full of families. Couples with children. Most had two. Some had three. They were all under the age of 10. Two were infants. Two sat directly behind me. The seats on the right hand side of the aisle had two children as well.

It really amazed me how grown up people really are; and how incredible mothers are.

The little boy with the cutest blond curls on the right side window seat screamed his little lungs out the entire flight. Well, he did alternate between crying and laughing. It got to a point where I had trouble telling the screeches apart. The mother was trying so hard to make him happy, but he kept hollering over how wronged he was...how strange and uncomfortable he was... The entire flight. All the passengers were really great. No one complained.

The little girl behind me would kick and play with the seat in front of her every so often. She would ask why the little boy was crying. She was a dear.

There was minor turbulence. I didn't get much rest and couldn't read as much as I wanted. Flipped through the channels.

Woo, there were gifts that were eco friendly given by the airline since it was Earth Day.

Now, I'm in Brooklyn. Not bad for my solo trip across the country. I've done across the ocean too, haha.

Okay, obviously my brain is not function at full capacity. Peace out~~~

Alice

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Preparations

I have already began packing for NY. This is actually happening. It'll be great; I'll have lots of rest time, plenty of food, and very little stress. Vacation!

A new discovery: I am getting a buddha belly!!! So everyday, I rub it for good luck. Hahaha. Although it does mean I am eating too much and doing too little. It's not the weight gain the worries me (because I'm actually really happy), but health is important. Also this minor thing where my tummy is the only place that's growing...and maybe my butt. Now, I need to purchase new clothes. Hmmm...new clothes...

More randomness; It has been a really long time since I've written anything fun or worthwhile. Instead, I've been mopey and stuck in this little hole that not only limits me, but has been chipping away at the tiny bit of individuality that took me so long to develop and hang on too. In an attempt to get back into the swing of things (especially after realizing exactly how bad my writing has gotten), a system has developed so I would write at least a page of randomness a day. This blog should help. At the same time, I've started sketching again. I tried painting but my skills have gotten so week it's really pathetic. Then, today, I started humming. It is such a small thing, but it means so much. Even though my skills are all still weak and rather lame, I'm trying again.

Well, it's getting late and this brat's eyelids are not listening to her anymore. More tomorrow!

Friday, April 18, 2008

Up Coming Events

Time does fly, especially as one gets older. It is not really the age that shrinks the time between events and excitement in ones life. I would say it is more when repetition in one's life overpowers all else in sight. There are so many things occurring on this very day, at this very moment, during this blinking second all over the world, streaming through the net, but the repetition of every day motions blurs into an almost listlessness. To move out of this stupor (and avoid the intense social apathy that seems to be the rage these days), it's important to be active and do something! So...Vacation time!

I'm going to the state where cartoon Gargoyles were named after different parts of the wonderful place. New York, here I come! A week and a half of unadultered time where I get to eat, sleep, eat some more, and relax with my wonderful books!

Now, my TBR pile is huge and cannot possiblily be taken with me on this flight. Even so, it would be impossible for one NOT to have any books to dive into. Since my new Gena Showalter books just came in, those will definitely be tagging along. I'll bring one or two of my Nalini Sighn books for familiar's sake. Maybe a Lisa Kleypas too. ^_^ Ah, the joy of romance novels.

Yes, there are a lot of repetition and formulas in romance novels, but you know what, those are in everything. EVERYTHING. Movies, televisions, books. At least romance novels are informative too. Of course, this is a topic all on it's own. I'll probably write about it in NY when I have time and quiet. As quiet as NY can get ^_~.

On an incredibly fun side note, I'm going to be hanging out with two new friends whom have frequented the glorious world of romance novels and blogger society. Hehehe. Don't want to spoil my fun by speaking of such thing previous to the event, but I know it'll be great. If I could just break out of my shyness, it'll be even better. No use worrying about that now. Only excitement and joy. And a dent in my wallet. Ugh...reality. Pshaw!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

The start of a Beginning

After some minor contemplation and quite some time sorting information, I have decided to start a blog. Quite different from a livejournal for it's content and usage. Also varies from the various self blog websites of myspace and facebook.

While learning more about this new yet familiar sphere, it was important to think about the direction to take this new venue of self-expression. There is some doubt as to the number of people willing to frequent and view this tiny arena, for most have ignored my other writings (very often ignoring the very person standing in front of them, although they are not alone in the blame *looks down guiltily*), surely this place would get even less frequenteers (no frequenter, frequent-eer, yes, I made that up).

Be that as it may, it might as well be time for a little girl to take a stand and quietly begin to fully express the years of silence.

Do not be deceived in thinking me mute, for I am not only mouthy and opinionate, I have a great lack of censure and social grace; which probably accounts for half of my problems.

There is a good understanding of where this place will go. Never quite the way I want it, but probably showing more than I would have thought possible. For that alone, it may be worth the effort; the fear and worries that held me so.

This shall be a happy place, if only for me alone. I do believe every day should be a happy days, so that every night would be a sweet and peaceful night. I hope to be able to come everyday and to fill this microscopic minuscule world-if only a little, with joy and random fun.

It will be a slow process, but I know this is the right step. A small but correct step in moving towards a bigger goal. Building foundations, one could say. From hereon forth, I shall rebuild my once-in-ruins foundation.

To those whom took the time to actually glance through this and skimmed some of my nonsense: thank you. It may be nothing for you, but you just spent at least a minute of your time on something I did. Somehow, that feeling for me is very sweet. To my friends that actually read it, an even more heartfelt thank you-especially for putting up with my crazy writing; because sadly, there's going to be a lot of it now. ^_~

I'd ask you to stay for tea, but since it is getting late; maybe next time. I'll even bring chocolate.

Hugs and Kisses :)
Alice