Thursday, February 21, 2008

Mmmmmac and cheese

I was a little slow with getting this post up, but the slowness had something to do with spending over 12 hours in the city the last two days. Danny and I had a free day on Monday, so we played 'tourist' for the day. We started with the Metropolitan Museum (MET) in the morning. I found out that I get in free for being a Columbia student, which was very exciting. We spent about 2 hours wandering through the gigantic museum. I was very impressed with the collection of Van Gogh and Monet paintings. The weather was abnormally beautiful for February, in the low 60s, so after the museum, we walked to the reservoir in Central Park. It felt like all of New York was out jogging because of the nice weather.

We worked up quite an appetite with all the walking, so we hightailed it to S'Mac, a little restaurant that only serves mac and cheese. That's right, gourmet mac and cheese. The place was jam packed!!! I couldn't believe how crowded it was at 2pm. We waited about 20 minutes for our food, but oohhhhh was it worth it! I got the La Mancha, which included Manchego cheese from Spain, fennel, and onion. I realized after I ordered that I made a mistake not getting a smaller size, but oh well, I had leftovers. They bring your mac and cheese out straight from the oven in an individual skillet. I was blown away! Danny got the Cheeseburger mac and cheese and love it. The moral of the story is that we will be taking any and all visitors for mac and cheese when they come visit (hint, hint).

On another note, I am an official research assistant on two different projects at New York Psychiatric Institute. I am very excited about this because it is the first time I will be working in my field AND getting paid. They told me that they want me to work with them through Dec, at least. So, that's about all for now. I know that this was a long post, but oh well, I had a lot to say. Hope all is well elsewhere. Peace.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Rufus Wainwright Concert

What an amazing Valentine's Day! Danny, Dennis, Darien, and I went to the Rufus Wainwright concert last night. Sean Lennon opened the concert, but only played a few songs. We must not forget that this was Rufus' Concert, not Sean's. Rufus came out in a neon yellow suit that glowed in the dark. He sounded absolutely amazing. He played two sets and then came back out for the ultimate encore.

He brought out his sister (Martha Wainwright), mom (Kate Wainwright), and Sean Lennon to sing the first song of the encore. And what did they sing, none other then 'Across the Universe.' I can't even begin to describe how moved I was by this song. To hear Rufus AND Sean Lennon sing 'Across the Universe' together was surreal.

Rufus continued his encore by singing a song with his sister and mom. And then...all inhibitions were thrown into the wind. Rufus took off the white robe and was wearing heels and a black dress; his band returned dressed as nuns. The audience went crazy! All and all, the show was amazing and the perfect way to spend Valentine's Day. Enjoy the pictures from the show!!!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Valentine's Day

Whether you love or hate Valentine's Day, I want to wish everyone a great day. Yes, it's a silly holiday, but any holiday that includes (dark) chocolate can't be all bad.

Have a fantastic V-Day!!!

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Business Card Preview

I thought I would post a preview of my business card. I'm pretty excited about getting my cards, because I feel like they will allow me to take more candid pictures without feeling creepy. I think what I'm going to do is take the pictures I want and hand my cards out to people who are in my pictures. It's a pretty empowering feeling.

I recently discovered the true power of my camera and lens. The other day, I explored the manual function of my lens, and adjusted the shutter speed and aperture settings on my camera. I feel like I will be able to take pictures and get the exposure I want without relying on Photoshop later. Happy exploring!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

18-1, Go Giants

Party time in NYC!!! You can feel the excitement and happiness in all New Yorkers since the big win. Danny and I watched the game at a friend's apartment on the East Side. Needless to say, we were surrounded by passionate Giants fans while we watched the game. From the balcony, you could hear people yelling from the apartments and on the streets after the Giants won. We went walking around after the game was over and it was madness. Toilet paper was thrown, people were yelling, people were cheering; it was an indescribable feeling. The parade is currently underway while I write this blog.

New York City is a great place to be right now. Go Giants!!!