I didn’t mean to go so long without posting. I also didn’t mean to get sick as soon as I got here to NY and have to call in sick for two days, but what can you do? On Tuesday morning I woke up with a hellacious cough, congestion, and a nice fever. I spent the day lying on my blow-up bed wrestling with my blanket. I was so miserable. Thank God my parents were here to help me out. I would have been so unhappy in my first week having been sick if my parents hadn’t been there to take care of me and my apartment. I am so grateful to them, for many reasons!

My apartment is coming together. I now have a proper bed, along with a loveseat, an entertainment center, coffee table, kitchen table with two stools, and a couple of random end tables and shelves. I have a microwave, toaster, coffee maker and blender, and a rug in my living room, kitchen, and bathroom. I am getting a dresser on Wednesday, and once I have that I can finally put my closet in order. Yet, there is still SO MUCH I need. I need another rug in my entryway. I need lots of organizational things. I need another chair near my couch. I need…stuff! I want a wine rack, and a baker’s rack, and a coat rack. Wow, I want lots of racks. But unless I want to max out my credit card, I will have to be patient and get things a little bit at a time. This will be hard because I want everything to be perfect by Thursday, when Mike comes. Yeah, Mike is coming! I can’t wait! I miss him so much I can’t even tell you.

So, besides getting really sick and missing work, it also snowed last week. I had just figured out how to take the bus to work on Friday morning, so I didn’tknow how jacked up public transportation gets on days with inclement weather. Needless to say, it gets REALLY jacked up. It took me over three hours to get home on Friday. Just because of the snow. Three hours. To go two miles. And yes, I could have gotten out and walked, but you have to understand that I was sick, and my wardrobe barely keeps me warm in my office let alone warm in a blizzard. But, when I finally got home, I was struck by how much it had snowed…I am talking inches and inches. I have never lived in snow before, and it’s been a while since I’ve even SEEN snow, so I was impressed. By the time it stopped snowing, New York City had seen about 18 inches of snow. Insane. I have quickly learned that snow is annoying. The ground becomes incredibly slippery. The plows make piles of snow that are dirty and impossible to get around. It’s cold! I can do without snow for a while. Or at least, not so much.

So, like I said, I figured out how to take the bus to work. I even took it to my friend’s house yesterday. I’m all pro at figuring out these crazy buses! Today I am taking the subway home with a co-worker who lives near my apartment. That will be my first foray into the subways of NYC. It’s not that I’m avoiding it, it’s just that the bus stops are so much closer to my apartment, so the subway is inconvenient. I know I need to learn my route home, though, so it’s good that I have someone to teach it to me. I’ve had enough of cabs for a while. Even though they’re reasonably priced here, it’s still expensive. I’ll only be taking them late at night.

I finally got rid of all the crap that had been dumped in my office. It seems that before I got here, my area was vacant and it because the “catch-all” place for junk. I threw away stuff today from 1999! Unacceptable. Tomorrow I’ll be trying to get my stuff up in some sort of decorative way. Oh, and I’ll be looking for my space heater. I sent a box of stuff from my old office in Burbank and it hasn’t arrived yet. Almost two weeks later. I fear that I will never get it, which sucks because not only does it have my space heater, it also has CDs in it – my best CDs from my office collection. I’ll be wicked pissed if those don’t make it here. I’ve got some meetings later on today, and I have to figure out how to use the mail room around here. I know that sounds weird, but I haven’t had to figure out how to use things for over three and a half years. I have a lot of new stuff to learn.

Happy Birthday, Hardcore!!!