I worked from 7:30am to 12:30pm on Saturday. One of my coworkers pissed me off so much that I refused to speak to *her* for a few hours. There was something I was upset about that another coworker had done and I made the mistake of discussing the situation with *her* and she responded with "is it really that big of a deal?". And obviously it was to me. So how dare she respond that way. I left work at 12:30pm because I had made plans the day before to meet my friend A**** for lunch. So I get off work and check my messages and she has called to say that she will be catching a later ferry (she lives on the island) and can't meet me till 1:30pm. I was of course annoyed because I could have worked an hour longer but left work at 12:30pm to accommodate HER schedule. So then we meet for lunch in Fairhaven and decide to go to Mannino's (an Italian restaurant). She just had a Birthday a few days before so I gave her a present and we spent some time catching up. We haven't really hung out in a while. The highlights of the meal was the Mint Julep and the calamari with aioli. So then we finally discussed our Europe trip which we have been planning to take for about a year now. We were going to take the trip last September. Then pushed it to the spring. Then changed the date again and had finally decided that we would go this September. The plan was that her family would be spending a month in Poland visiting their family and then we would meet and spend a few weeks in England and France. But her family ended up canceling their trip because their grandmother is really sick. Now due to the fact that her family wont be paying for her plane ticket to Europe she has decided that she doesn't want to go to Europe at all. Instead she's decided to go to South America for SIX months! Now I knew that she was planning a trip to South America but she had decided on that trip way after we had planned our trip to Europe. So now she bails on me a few months before we're set to go. More than anything I think I was annoyed that she didn't even seem apologetic about canceling. She is a notoriously flaky person so it really shouldn't have been any big surprise that she'd end up canceling. So after I expressed my annoyance with her we managed to carry on with our lunch and move on from the subject. But I just can't deal with people not following through with their commitments. It's so exasperating. So now I'm either going to find someone else to go with (Kasia are you up for it?) or else just postpone the trip for a year and go for a month with my Mom. After lunch we walked over to Village Books and they were having this little outdoor antique sale in the courtyard out behind the book store. A**** found a sweet little pastel bedspread for $20. And I purchased a vintage Pollyanna book for $10. Then we looked around Village Books for a while. They were having a big 25th anniversary sale. So everything was 25% off. I bought all kinds of books I didn't need but really really wanted. I purchased Happy Kitty Bunny Pony : A Saccharine Mouthful of Super Cute(which is not only filled with the cutest collection of colorful animals but it is also accompanied by the most hilarious commentary), Nasty : My Family and Other Glamorous Varmints, The Swell Dressed Party, and The Art of the Steal. After A**** left the bookstore I called my Mom and had her meet me at the upstairs cafe to vent my frustration and split a dessert with me. So after coffee and raspberry crisp we discussed the situation. She made me feel a tab bit better. After the bookstore we headed over to Target. There I purchased the cutest pink laptop bag which I had been coveting for a while and I finally bought the final season of Sex and the City. Because really if anything could make my day a bit better it's a Sex and the City marathon.
Happy 2nd day of summer. We've had rainy stormy weather for the past two days and I'm so over it. I want sunshine and lots of it.
There's all sorts of oddly interesting people that I've encountered since I started working at the graphic design company. There's one girl whose boyfriend brings her a cup of Starbucks coffee every single day. And I'm not joking. The building we work in is locked and you need a key in order to enter it. So EVERYday he buzzes the door and the front desk lets him in just so he can hand deliver a cup of coffee to his girlfriend. And although I witness it everyday I still can't get over the fact that he does this. It's so odd. It would be one thing if he came to eat lunch with her or something but just to drop off a cup of coffee and then leave a second later seems so strange to me. Maybe I'm just jealous. But I don't think so. There's also another girl whose story I find to be very intriguing. She works 8 hour days at a health center and the graphic design company is her second job. So she puts in THIRTEEN HOURS a day! Then she works 10 hours on Saturdays! Talk about workaholic. Then she told me that she is married but that her husband is still living in India. It turns out she met him about a week before they got married! Apparently her family all flew over to India from Bellingham just so that she could be married. And in a few months her husband will join her here. This just boggles my mind. She seems totally smitten with him despite not having known him for more than a week prior to marrying him. She told me that they talk on the phone everyday and she says she really loves him. And I believe her. But it's still very hard for me to comprehend.
So to celebrate the first day of summer I decided I just have to purchase the book Happy Kitty Bunny Pony : A Saccharine Mouthful of Super Cute. "What is it about fluffy bunnies with bows, baby ducks splashing in puddles, kittens snuggled in baskets, and little lambs on their way to school? Happy Kitty Bunny Pony celebrates America's "cult of the cute" in all its campy, kitschy, ironic glory." This is right up my alley. And I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of it.
Oh and if anyone hasn't yet visited HomeStarRunner. Go do so now. It's hysterical.
My grandfather is doing much better and will be leaving the hospital in a few days.
On the agenda for summer: Work and lots of it. At least one Mariners game. A day trip to Whidbey Island to visit a favorite vintage shop (the last time I was there I purchased a Louis Vuitton bag for $60 which I proceeded to see for sale a few years later in California going for $250!). Several trips to Seattle and Vancouver. A visit to Berkeley at the end of August to see Kate, Sarah and the families that I nannyed for. Then Europe in September.
The television shows that I will be watching this summer are: Blow Out (about the antics that occur in Jonathan Antin's Beverly Hills salon). The Real World: Austin (yay it's back!). Laguna Beach (yay it's back as well!). The Cut (Tommy Hilfiger's show which very much resembles Project Runway). And I'll been renting the complete first season of Dynasty on DVD. It was on in the 80's and is the story of a Denver oil tycoon and his family. Any show where the characters quote Dorothy Parker and Oscar Wilde is right up my alley.
Oh and I'm on the prowl for a new job. One that I am interested in now is a program assistant at a Deaf Center. It pays a significant deal more than my current job. The only conflict being that they would like to hire someone for July but I wont be available until the middle of August. So we shall see.
My grandfather has been in the hospital for the past five days and is very ill. He's 87 years old and has smoked for years. A week ago he was sick with a cold and it turned into pneumonia. He was having a hard time breathing so they admitted him into the hospital. The doctor told my mother that he has a fifty-fifty chance of making it through this illness. I've been to see him twice and each time I break into sobs looking at his frail body hooked up to all the tubes and needing a mask to breathe. And because he hasn't been getting enough oxygen he has periods of being delusional which is so heartbreaking to see. My Mom has had to be at his bedside 24 hours a day for the past five days because her presence is the only thing that calms him. Her Birthday was yesterday and she had to spend the entire day at the hospital with him. People keep telling us that if he doesn't make it through this illness then it was his time "to go". As if that concept is supposed to bring people some sort of comfort. It doesn't.
I am completely overwhelmed with work, which is why I haven't been "blogging" much lately (not that anyone seems to read this besides Kasia) . I'm now working about 48 hours a week. Yay for overtime. My goal is to save $2,500-$3,000 for my trip to Europe in September. So I'm all consumed with work right now.
On Sunday we went to see the Lipizzaner Stallions. They were incredible. They're pure white stallions from the Spanish riding school in Vienna, Austria. "Founded in the 16th century for the exclusive use of the Hapsburg Royal family of Austria, the Royal Lipizzans are unquestionably the rarest, most aristocratic breed of horses in the world. The pride of the Hapsburg Empire, the Lipizzan breed was first established by Archduke Charles at Lipizza (now part of Yugoslavia). Only a few hundred have ever existed at any one time. Indeed, it is a contemporary miracle of sorts that this precious bloodline is not extinct,having barely been saved by General George Patton from the Russian advance during World War II. Included in the performance is a segment called the "Airs Above the Ground." These are the spectacular leaps and maneuvers, once used by riders in saddle to protect and defend themselves on the battlefield, which are now preserved as an equestrian work of art. When you see the Lipizzans perform, it is like stepping back four hundred years and viewing one of the greatest equine ballets in history." They are amazing horses and so worth seeing if they ever perform in your city.
And most importantly a new season of Bravo's Blow Out airs tonight.