On Monday I got an email saying that there were extra tickets for last night’s showing of Next to Normal! I was at the top of the waiting list, so I rushed over to get my ticket. Yesterday was the show. It was amazing. Next to Normal outlined the struggles of a family dealing with the grief of their dead son and the mother’s resulting psychological issues. The mother has grieved the loss of her son for seventeen years, making it impossible for the rest of the family to move on. Because the mother is so caught up in the loss of her son, she makes no effort to have a connection with her daughter, losing another child in the process. I liked how the son had both an angelic feeling to him at times and an evil feeling at others. While he was supportive of the mom, he was selfishly making her hold on to the memory of him. The father, on the other hand, was supportive in the best ways. He genuinely wanted her to get better, at any costs. In the end, when the mom left him, it was heart breaking. He had done so much for her and deserved better, but at the same time the family was better off without her. The daughter’s situation was also painful to watch. Her mother’s downhill spiral led her to rebel by stealing her mother’s prescription drugs and partying every night. At the beginning of the play, the daughter was the perfect student and very straight laced, but was forced to change for the worse in her final attempts to gain her mother’s attention. I really enjoyed the powerful emotions of the musical and would definitely recommend seeing it.
After the show I got home and Letty and Rachel were sitting in the room, talking about people they hate (which is everyone). We soon decided to make a run to Chipotle, because Rachel has never been! We recruited our floormate Patricia to join us as well. It was delicious as usual, but they didn’t give me enough rice. lame. At around midnight, Rachel decided she wanted a donut. Letty and I thought she was insane obviously, but she was relentless! The girl seriously offered to pay me $20 to walk across the street with her. Finally I acquiesed, but alas, Dunkin Donuts was closed. So she bought lots of candy instead, and I let her buy me Milanos and Baci instead of giving me $20 because I would have felt really bad taking her money.
Yesterday when I woke up, Letty told me I had been talking in my sleep. Apparently I said “time sword.” So weird. I’m dying to know what it means! the only other time my sleeptalking was heard I yelled “Wait!” Hmmmm, time seems to be a theme.
Day #19-a song from your favorite album
Another impossible challenge. This album has always touched me though, and I am absolutely in love with everything about it, from the Elvis Costello collaborations to the album art to the mini polaroids inside the album sleeve.
Sally could have had any one of the boys
But she couldn’t love no one she could not control
Friend of mine and her got married
I don’t hear too much from them anymore
Last I heard, he had a rope around his neck
Dragging around the grocery store
Carrying her bags and pushing down the aisles
Saying, “I ain’t got no home in this world anymore”
I JUST BOUGHT FALSE PRIEST! (of Montreal’s new album)
its been a while. my weekend in a nutshell:
Friday night: We had out Pres Scholars Retreat part 1! The things we do…haha. First we did team building activities-like we all had to go under a jump rope (don’t ask) then we had to all stand up at the same time while being intertwined. that was awful, i failed miserably. Then we played the name game, which was actually really helpful. What happens is you through a ball to someone saying their name. When they catch it they say “thanks, [insert your name here], then they throw it to someone and on and on. Then three more balls are added, so its pretty intense, but the order stays the same. Now i know everyone’s name though! wooot. After that we ate Chinese food! Sooo happy because we never have chinese food in the cafeteria. it was really good =] then we were split up into groups to make our legacy project-basically each group had a different value-we had optimism- and we decorated a board with fabric and random stuff. it was fun, especially getting to know everyone better.
Saturday: Pres Scholars part 2-we all stumbled out of bed at the crack of dawn (okay, 8:30) to get to Washington Square Park by 9:30. Then we split up into different groups and given a scavenger hunt! Last time, when we had our scavenger hunt at the highline, it was completey different-then we had to find actually things, like people from another country or a food weve never heard of. This time, we had to wander all around the Village finding the randomest facts-the questions were like riddles almost. Like what sound would a founding father make here? and who delivered a pizza to a naked man? My group did really well-We found all of the answers except for one (which they ended up not even counting because the place was under construction) and were back with 20 minutes to spare. When the scores were counted, there was a three way tie for first place! (my group included of course) so we had a tie breaker question-how tall is the washington square arch? we may or may not have double checked our answer…but alas, we won! but guess what the prize was-another scavenger hunt! yeah, never going to redeem that coupon..Its not that i dont want to, but im not going to have time, or find people to go with who would actually pay for that haha. they do have some fun scavenger hunts though. sorry if that wasnt clear but theres a company who runs scavenger hunts that set the whole thing up for us. Thankfully, after that we were allowed to leave, so Liz and I got pizza then headed back to school. THEN RACHEL AND I WENT TO SEE THE TOWN. okay, movies here are $13. its a rip off! but the movie was SO GOOD! go see it. it was funny because when we left the theater it turned out that we were the only girls there. haha. definitely a change of pace from our normal lives!
Sunday: aka today. Rachel and I went thrifting! It’s kind of pathetic-all of the thrift stores here are expensive! so alas, we didn’t buy anything..at the thift stores that is. We both bought easy mac (^^) at CVS then i bought a pretty watch and sunglasses at a random cheap jewelry store. YAY. that is all. Letty should be home soon! she went home for the weekend.
Day #18-a song that you wish you heard on the radio.
Say Hey(I Love You)-Michael Franti &Spearhead
It may be random that i love this, but it’s such a fun song! When we were on the way to Ocean Grove this summer Rikki played this song and even Ozzy started dancing! haha =]
It seems like everywhere I go, the more I see, the less I know. But I know one thing- that I love you.
Yesterday was my dad’s last night in town. We had dinner with one of his old friends from high school who works selling jewelry here in the city. She’s basically like my new best friend. She was like telling me her life story and kept saying I should come over for home cooked meals whenever I want..yay =] And then she was talking about all of the royalty she’s met at her work..insane. Definitely visiting her at the office! Anyroad, we went to Holy Basil, a delicious thai restaurant in the east village. I had chicken pad sea-ew, which is wide noodles with chicken and thai broccoli. It was amazing. I made myself stop eating so I would have leftovers for today =].
After Holy Basil, we went to The Black Hound, a bakery that Peggy suggested. The have the cutest mini cakes and brownies and truffles and pies…heaven. I got a mini praline cake-hazelnut cake with caramel and chocolate mousses and the entire outside covered in hazelnuts, almonds, and pecans. YUM.
When dad and I were walking back we walked through Madison Square Park. We walked by two middle aged guys, and one of them said “You’ve never killed anyone? Then you don’t know what it’s like.” It was hilarious. And then we saw some Jewish people eating in a tent..apparently Jewish people can’t eat inside this week. We have a tent outside our school as well. So we walked by the Jewish people, who were actually very attractive, and they kept yelling at us to come join them! unfortunately we had already eaten.
Day #17-A song that you hear often on the radio.
I don’t listen to the radio. Right now I’m listening to Mumford &Sons.
So my dad is in town until Thursday so yesterday I had dinner with him and his old drummer Lou and Lou’s wife Donna. We met them at their gorgeous condo on 6th Ave. They live on the 33rd floor, and the walls are lined with windows, giving a spectacular view of the city. It was breathtaking, especially because the sun was setting as well. Their condo was decorated in rich shades of browns and burgundy’s, and was as spotless as a hotel. Then they showed us up to the roof, where there is a rooftop garden that all of the residents share. Words can’t describe how beautiful it was; i could see for miles in all directions, the city lights glowing against the sorbet sunset. There were also chaises up there, and I could imagine lounging up there in the summer, basking in the sun. Sigh.
We then embarked on our quest to find a place to eat for dinner. First we tried the restaurant at Eatily, the super cool new Italian marketplace on 5th. The wait was an hour and a half. Then we went to Basta Pasta, this Japanese Italian restaurant that looked absolutely fantastic. But alas, an hour wait. Seriously, its Tuesday night. We tried the restaurant next to basta, failed, and finally got a table at Markt, a seafood restaurant on 6th. Thankfully, they have other foods as well. I had linguine with pesto. Very strong, but delicious =] and I had leftovers for lunch today!
Tonight I’m going to Holy Basil in the East Village with Dad and his friend Peggy from high school who’s a jewelry seller. SO EXCITED FOR THAI!!! =]
Day# 16: A song that’s an inside joke
Vampire Weekend-Oxford Comma
who gives a fuck about an oxford comma?
SLASH who gives a fuck about draping?
take the chapstick, put it on your lips
SLASH take the muslin, put it on the mannequin
This song has gone way too far.