Saturday, November 26, 2011

Why a Meatpacking Plant Became My Lucky Star

Happy late Thanksgiving everyone! This is actually my second Thanksgiving in New York City, and I have to say, nothing beats Thanksgiving in New York if you can't be with your family. We all headed out to Prospect Heights, Brooklyn to have dinner at my friend David and Freddie's apartment. Even though the lovely and talented Freddie was gone. (We did miss you Freddie)
 I of course was in charge of the appetizers and roasted potatoes. I had the obvious 'Liz' cheese plate...Pancetta, sopressata, muenster cheese, brie, goat cheese, fresh mozzarella, HUMMUS, marinated cherry tomatoes and jalapeno stuff olives. David cooked us a whole duck and kale and I added the roasted potatoes. Everything was absolutely amazing. 
As we started to eat, David had brought up something he was thankful for. David grabbed his shoes and said he was thankful for these guys, because if he wouldn't of forgotten his shoes for a gig he had in Sioux City Ia, then I would of never met him, which means we all wouldn't be sitting in this room with each other right now. So let me tell you fast why and how I met David. See I was bartending Friday night at Sweet Fanny's in Sioux City, Ia. David sat at my bar and I knew right away he, "wasn't from around these parts". When I asked him where he was from, he of course said Brooklyn. He continued by telling me that he was in town for some big wedding and they wanted a big New York City band and he was apart of it. He also said he had forgotten his shoes and was out getting shoes when he stumbled across Sweet Fanny's. Anyway..(see why I tell the story in photo's? I'm horrible at this) So long story short, we exchanged numbers/emails and when I needed a place to stay, he offered his room. So your asking where does this meatpacking plant thing come into play? (Your probably not wondering, you've probably already forgotten that was the title of the blog, because I keep rattling on and even at this point I'm over this whole story) So the wedding was a daughter of the owner of BPI. BPI is a meat packing plant in my home town, and that is who hired the band that David played in, that made him come to Sioux City, which he then forgot his shoes, which made him have to come to downtown Sioux City and then sit at my bar and meet yours truly. Also why this is truly an amazing story in my life, is because of the amazing amount of luck I've had in this city. I have never felt so content in my life. I've only been here a month and It feels like at least a year with how much I've accomplished. 
It's so funny how you really can't control life and how really truly the little things will add up into something huge like it did for me. I also want to thank Johnna for being my partner in crime through all of this! I don't know what we would of done if we didn't have each other to go through all of this with. 

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Rain Drops falling on my Brooklyn Roof.

What a great rainy day! And a great excuse to do absolutely nothing. I had my last AND only training shift yesterday, mind you it was twelve hours. We were so busy at night and it was a great time for me to just be thrown in and get used to everything. I really like the guys I bartend with. We all get along pretty well. We all went out after work together and had a pretty good time getting to know each other. It was a late night indeed.

After waking up I opened up my window and laid in bed basically all day on my computer and studied my new menu. There's a drain right outside my window and hearing the rain drops and the water drain down was somewhat soothing to hear. I did finally venture out and pick up my package I've been waiting for from Momma Coughlin. Some of these pictures are the outfit I wore to go pick up my package. I love it. The big sweater shawl thing is from Uniglo (spelling?). All in all I had a great first day training and excited and nervous for the first day alone tomorrow at lunch. I've already been told I'm going to get my butt kicked. It shall be interesting.

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Apartment..check! Job..check!

So it seems that New York has welcomed me with opened arms! I got an apartment with an awesome roommate in an awesome neighborhood after only being here for three days, and now after being here for exactly two weeks I got myself a job. The job part was not entirely done myself. My friend Kerel hooked me up with his friend from Scottsdale (whom I've also met a few times in Scottsdale myself), who now lives out here. I did a trial shift last night and passed! The place is called Casa Nonna..which means 'grandmother's house' in Italian. The restaurant itself is not as quaint as the title. It's actually huge! The bar itself though is relatively small. So all and all things are good.

Today I took a walk around my neighborhood, I wasn't to impressed with any particular shot. But the first two are of a group of kids that noticed my camera and wanted me to take a picture of them. I'm not going to lie, it totally made my day! They want them for Face Book, so I'm emailing them the shots. The last shot is of the building in which I live. Sometimes I find myself walking around and can't get it into my head that this is MY neighborhood and I'm not on vacation. I will say I'm still getting lost at least once a day. Last night it took me over an hour to make it home because I got off at the wrong stop and then had to figure out the easiest route home without getting on the wrong train again. I do seem to learn something everytime I get lost. So it's worth it in the end.
That is all I got for you today! I start training on I just gotta make that money!

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