February 23, 2007 § 11 Comments
>No big surprise, things have gotten out of hand. In the past two weeks, I have had only one full night of sleep (last night) and my life has become a series of over-stimulating events. I’m not really sure who this Gili is and how she got this way, but I’m mostly enjoying the ride and learning a lot about myself.
Riva came to stay with me for a few days. It was really good having her here. I can’t even remember all that we did, so here’s some things: ATE a lot, including at hummus place, café colonial, s’mac, angelica kitchen, essa bagels, around the clock diner, guss’ pickles, economy candy, mud coffee; help me out, Riva, what am I forgetting? We discovered bars in my neighborhood, including my new favorite one on First Avenue in between eighth and ninth (I don’t think it has a name). We walked to the West Village, stared at puppies in the windows, strolled downtown along the Hudson, walked through Chinatown, Little Italy, and the Lower East Side. We did cucumber facials (see picture) at three in the morning to try and relax. We listened to Radiohead because it was the closest thing I could find to music that sounded like we were at a Turkish Spa. In the famous Riva/Gili tradition, I gave Riva a ton of clothes that I no longer want. And in exchange, she helped me find romance.
The day that Riva left, I ran into Tara on the street at lunch. We caught up and she told me she’s applying for her MFA at a ceramic program upstate! Go Tara! I’m so relieved that she’s finally doing this.
That night, I ended up having a date, which was fun. I was able to make use of the bar on First Avenue that Riva and I discovered.
Yesterday, I went to work and Aimee stopped by in the morning. We caught up as fast as we could (this is an endless challenge) and then she flew off to the Mac store.
Olympia Dukakis came to my workplace yesterday. I adore here, but I was too tired to be excited. She hung around in the café with a friend. Still, it was cool.
I decided to take the night off and get my schoolwork going (I had an assignment due for my interdisciplinary study) and try to catch up on sleep. I’ve been completely neglectful of my writing, but I have a plan. It doesn’t start until next week, but I’m going to try really hard to stop all this slacking. Back to getting up early to write. (I could be doing that now, but I’m behind on the blog and wanted to put something up there.)
In the end, I had really mixed feelings about Coetzee, which basically came down to the subject matter being so overwhelming that it was hard to focus on his craft. Amy Bloom was nothing special, definitely not memorable. Next up is Ian McEwan’s Saturday.
I haven’t even opened the envelope from my mentor to read her comments. No time. But I will work on this next week. It’s on the planner; it will happen!
Tonight I’ve got plans to meet up with Aimee, Cindy, and Ivan for MOMA, Museum of Arts and Crafts, and Pan’s Labyrinth (finally!). Oh!! I saw Lives of Others. Go see it. This is my favorite movie that’s currently out in the theaters.
Tomorrow night I have another date after work. The next day I may have hang out time with Kim (hi, Kimmie!) and then Maggie’s Oscar party at night. Monday, I should be getting back on track writing-wise. I can’t believe this month is almost over. Sad!
I finally caught up with the 1990s (I know we’re past that, but I’m not) and upgraded to a new cell phone. The guy at Cingular made fun of my old phone. My new ringtone is also the song of the week: Bill Withers’ Aint No Sunshine.
Two pictures have been uploaded! More when Riva sends them my way.