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The alarm clock went off at 7:30 a.m., and for some odd reason I could not get up. I had a fight with my alarm clock, and I had won. I pressed snooze about two times, and fell back asleep. It is not like I didn’t get enough sleep last night. I was probably in the middle of a dream and wanted to finish it. When I got to work, I casually checked my emails and caught up with Bree. I haven’t seen that chick in ages. Well, since last Wednesday. She’s just great. Too bad we were never good friends when we WENT TO THE SAME COLLEGE. I wrote two blog posts, before going street spotting in Lower East Side/SoHo. We had the worst luck spotting today. People were so rude. I got declined like 20 times. The weather was in the high-80’s. So hot, but not as toasty as it has been. Thanks to the rain. We got back to the office around 3:30 p.m., and then Lara and I had a meeting with Kristin and Mimi to discuss the E-internship program. After, I worked on Thre.ad’s trend challenge chart. I left the office around 6 p.m. and then went home to Mexican leftovers. I spent the rest of the evening with my roommates, catching up and watching t.v.
I woke up around 7:45 a.m. to say goodbye to Miss Alli. Her taxi picked her up outside of EHS to take her to the airport around 8 a.m. I was sad to say goodbye. It was such a wonderful visit. After she left, I went to the gym for a quick, 30 minute workout and then got ready for work. I was all by my lonesome again. I stopped at Starbucks for a skinny, vanilla latte and made my way to work. I told myself I would never go to Starbucks again. However, I was running a little late and I did not have any other options close to my work. I wrote another blog post for Thre.ad this morning, and then worked on Thre.ad’s E-internship program packet with Lara. Later, Kristin and I went to an ENK Tradeshow. It was pretty interesting. Different vendors were there and we were given a sneak peak of their Fall fashion lines. Even though it was all menswear, it was still really neat. We exchanged contact information with a few of the vendors we found interesting, and then made our way back to the office. The rest of the day was pretty slow. I did not have much to do in the office. Around 6 p.m., I was ready to skedaddle. I made my way home to a nice, made bed. Thanks to Alli. Two shows I watch were on t.v. Pretty Little Liars and Jane by Design. So, I cuddled up in my bed, ate some cereal and watched those. I fell asleep pretty early. It was a long, tiring day.
Imagine life is a game in which you are juggling five balls. The balls are called work, family, health, friends, and integrity. And you’re keeping all of them in the air. But one day you finally come to understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. The other four balls—family, health, friends, integrity—are made of glass. If you drop one of these, it will be irrevocably scuffed, nicked, perhaps even shattered. And once you truly understand the lesson of the five balls, you will have the beginnings of balance in your life.
The alarm clock buzzed at 7:30 a.m. I went to Eastern Athletic for 30 minutes of cardio. I got ready for work and then stopped at Tazza for a latte. I got ready pretty quickly, so I had time to sit, enjoy my coffee and talk to my dad and grandparents on the phone. Work was same ole’, same ole’. Except no social media today! That is entirely Lara’s job now. So, I wrote a blog post and worked on Thre.ad’s E-commerce job titles and program. Lara and I street spotted in SoHo. We did some rapid street spotting today. We got 2o spots in about an hour. World record. It started to sprinkle a little bit, which resulted in the end of our spotting. I uploaded my pictures when I got back to the office, and then Lara and I went over the E-commerce program. I headed home around 6 p.m. Today was Alli’s last full-day in NY, and she had to spend it all by herself. So sad. She didn’t feel comfortable enough to take on the subways alone. I don’t blame her. I could not wait to get home so we could go to dinner! Ay yi yi, Mexican tonight. You would think after living here for two months, I would know which train to get on. Of course, not. I took the train going Uptown, instead of the one going downtown. So we walked around the Financial District for a good 30 minutes trying to find a Mexican restaurant, but did not have any luck. So we got back on the subway, and went to the place I had first intended to go to. Alli and I were the only ones in the restaurant. It was kind of creepy. I guess Mexican food is not the food of choice in Brooklyn. Oh well. The food was super tasty. I got a vegetable and cheese enchilada with rice and beans. After dinner, we grabbed some ice cream and took it back to the room. We watched Eagle Eye and a couple of episodes of Criminal Minds and enjoyed our last night together. Boo, so sad.
Rise and shine! These sleeping beauties slept in this morning. Alli and I woke up around 10:45 a.m. While Alli was showering, I went to the gym. It was such a beautiful day outside. Not too hot and sunny! Our first destination point, Canal Street. We walked Canal Street and ended up in Little Italy, SoHo and Lower East Side. Lots of exploring. It was wonderful. I have never gotten the opportunity to just casually cruise the streets of NY. We did a lot of window shopping. I loved all of the boutiques in SoHo. SoHo is probably my favorite place in New York. After hours of walking, Alli and I found ourselves back in Times Square. Third time’s the charm, right? NOT. We tried the raffle for Book Of Mormon, and they ended up not even having a drawing. Ha. So, we went to the TKTS booth in the middle of Times Square. There were tickets to see Chicago for $56. SOLD. Alli and I finally bought reasonably priced tickets to go and see a Broadway show. Yay! We passed the time with dinner and dessert. We went to a restaurant called John’s Pizzeria. We shared a margherita pizza. Not the best pizza I have ever had. Then, we walked to a bakery and shared cheesecake. Delicious, yet again. Then, it was show time! Chicago was definitely not my favorite Broadway show. Especially compared to Memphis. But, at least I can say I have seen it. After the show, Alli and I made our way back home and in to bed.
As things begin to get hard, do not forget about the simple things that bring you joy. I woke up and went to the gym. Just my usual, cardio, weights and abs. Alli and I went to Sarabeth’s for lunch. I ordered the Farmer’s omelette, which came with a banana muffin. The best “brunch” ever. After, we went to Central Park. We spent about three hours there. I took a nap and read a little bit of a magazine, while Alli read her book. I have never felt so at ease as I did laying in the grass in the middle of Central Park. It was one of the best feelings; I cannot even explain it. After, we went to Times Square again. We were determined to win tickets to Wicked. But, NO LUCK! Dang. Instead, I went out on a crazy limb and went to see a PSYCHIC. Crazy, huh? I do not know what got in to me. I felt like I needed some answers. To tell you the truth, I feel kind of lost in my life right now. The psychic was an experience in itself. One that I will definitely always remember. Shocked and surprised by some of the answers, Alli and I made our way back to EHS for a relaxing evening in my room. Alli had her leftovers from lunch for dinner and I had some crackers and peanut butter. We stayed up late watching a movie and talking. I dozed off in Alli’s lap, while she was playing with my hair.
Rain, rain, go away. Come again when Alli IS NOT HERE! We woke up around 10 a.m. I went to Eastern Athletic for a workout, while Alli got ready. And for those of you who do not know Alli, she takes FOREVER to get ready. No joke. I went to the gym and got ready for the day, and was ready to go before she was. It started to sprinkle when we left EHS. We were heading to Canal Street. We walked around and did some shopping for about an hour, and had to call it quits. Even with umbrellas, we were getting soaked. We went back to my place to wait for the rain to go away, but it was here to stay. So, we did what any person would do on a rainy day. Took a nap! 🙂 Later that evening, we went to Times Square. Alli had heard of a raffle drawing some shows do to win cheap, Broadway tickets. $25. You cannot beat that! So, we went to the Wicked box office and put our names in to the raffle. No luck, of course. I did not expect anything less. We went to Junior’s for dinner. Same ole’, same ole’. Grilled cheese and onion rings. Super healthy. Not to mention, I got a chocolate cake for dessert. I mean, they ARE known for their desserts. So, I had to try something… We came back to the room and got in to that bottle of wine, from last night. We had a girl’s night with lots of talking and playing with hair. Two things, which just happen to be my favorite.