For crying out loud...really

It's 9pm and I keep getting work emails. Requests that I am sure the big boss wants answers on right now.

I'm going to pretend that I already turned my work blackberry off. I hate it [the phone], except for the fact that it's newer than my personal phone and google maps works a lot better on it. I had a very strong urge to throw it against a wall today--you know the kind where you can actually feel a physical sensation going through your arm? There was only mild satisfaction connected to the vision of it breaking through the drywall and getting lodged somewhere in the inner workings of the building.

There is light at the end of this pitch black tunnel. They've hired a new executive assistant for the big boss and soon, in like 2 weeks, I'll get to go back to just doing my three jobs, the only ones that I actually get paid for, instead of this temporary assignment as the owner's personal "life manager" as his wife/co-founder & managing partner (who happens to be worse--can you imagine TWO big bosses?) so aptly described it the other day. someone should make a movie about it. They could call it The Devils Wear Vineyard Vines. What is it about the very rich and extremely privileged that gives them zero realistic sense of how long things actually take or what regular business hours are? Isit bad to wish poverty on a person?

Knowing it is nearly over is almost worse than thinking that there is no end in sight. I think I have a hyper-emotional, almost violent version of being "trunkie". My patience is wearing very thin.

I need a massage and a pint of ben & jerry's...oh wait.

Pros and Cons

It's a little early for a drum roll, but I feel the need for some sort of sound in that same percussive genre...maybe one of those triangles that you clang a metal rod around the inside, you know the kind that Aunt Eller from Oklahoma! would have used to call the cowpokes in for lunch with.

The Captain got a call from the 11220 asking him to join their ranks as 1 of 3 residents for the 2011-2012 program. when I got his text yesterday (from CA where he is prepping with a little family time for his final interview) telling me the good news, I couldn't help but feel my little heart swell with a little bit of the p-word (pride).

I'm quickly becoming obsessed with Brooklyn and the idea of possible making it our temporary residence, except I am not sure I would ever want to leave and I know it will be a temporary hang your hat.

I know it's not fair to Philly that I just spent 48 hours getting lost through the quaint streets of BK. Or that my current "fun read" is set predominately in Brooklyn. Or that i just devoured this post on design*sponge (seriously coveting this brooklyn home co. Brownstone and everything in it).

When we spoke yesterday, I suggested we try not to stress yet. Let's get the Captain through his interview in the LBC and then we can focus on making the best decision possible for us.

{I reminisce on the longing I felt for so many years that has always been associated with making big decisions. Longing because for my whole lifetime made all big decisions by myself--always feeling the void and wondering "why do I have to do this alone?" I can't quite express the joy that comes through knowing this is a big decision we will be making together and marks a lifetime (+ some) partnership.}

It's Brooklyn. not sure what else I need to say here. Oh, well maybe there's really cool stuff to do around the clock (it is in the city that never sleeps), amazing food & culture, my sisters will love to come visit me, we may be able to live in a really cool place like a loft or a brownstone or in a neighborhood with a really cool name like Vinegar Hill or the French neighborhood called Carol Gardens which would be really cool because the Captain is teaching me how to speak French (j'aime manger tout le temps--avec tous), we can get by with zero cars, I may be able to get a really glamorous job doing what I really want to do--like graphic design for a magazine to be named only in my dreams (oh what if!?), if I learn to play chess I may be able to sneak in a game with the old Jewish men who will be living in our building and play chess all day out in front and talk about the Shikas who pass by, the money is better, direct flights to SFO and SLC, shows on Broadway, the garment district and cheap fabric/other stuff, within minutes of a temple, Chinatown and Little Italy, vacationing in the Hamptons, cheap flights to Euroupe and the Caribbean, I think I should stop there.

um.... hm..... sheesh! I guess it's not as safe as some places, the winters are brutal, the equipment at Lutheran is a bit archaic, I will not have a trunk (aka: car) for another few years which is only a problem when my back starts hurting bc I have to carry my life around with me, cost of living is high, it's never really quiet there, we may have noisey upstairs neighbors who clomp their feet and drop stuff on their wood floors above my bed, what am I missing?

The hard/easy part is that we really can't make a bad decision here. Am I more excited about living in NY? Yes. Could I live in Philly? Yes. Is the program at Einstien a way better option? Yes. Would throwing Long Beach into the mix make the decision harder/easier? Not in my book.

Sneak Peek

More to come from our weekend in the big apple...but to whet the appetite, take a looksie at my newest nephew sporting a little something we picked up from the Shake Shack. tthanks again Em for the recommendation! The first bite of that burger was heaven.

Special Delivery

I ordered the big boss some eye bobs on Monday and they just arrived. I'm a total sucker for good marketing and I wish I had taken a picture of the packaging. Don't worry, he goes through these things like candy...4 pair a couple weeks ago...6 pair this week. Inside the eye bob logo stamped tissue paper, the individually cased reading specs were surrounded by these cute cleaning cloths (pictured below on my messy desk). It kinda makes me wish I needed reading glasses.

Pride isn't always a bad thing, is it?

Guess who got an offer to be 1 of 2 residents in Einstein's Endodontics 2011-2012 program?
(Not only that, but also rocked his interview in NY AND has his interview in Long Beach next week AND got a call from UCLA for an interview which he politely declined...)
I'm so proud of you babe!

It's one of the best programs with one of the "most amazing" program directors; top of the line, brand-spankin'-new facility and equipment; the Captain knows the area very well; located in a place I've never been; it would be an adventure; lots of history there...

Mom plug your ears. Living in Philly where "water" is "wooder"; he knows the area very well; battles for the highest unemployement rate of any metropolitan area; not the safest or cleanest public transportation system--will I finally have to give in a buy a car?...

more to come on this big decision.

What's black & white and yellow all over?

{ martha stewart weddings, but photoshopped to fit my pallet}

{the knot}

{i can't remember}

Free trial for food storage

I'm hesitant to post about this, but it seems like a really great opportunity. Of course you will have to do your own due diligence to see if it's right for you, BUT here is an opportunity for really affordable food storage.

For the next few weeks, until 10-20-2010, Sundance Global, a new division of 25-year-old company, EFoods Direct, will give you $15 worth of free (well, $6 something for shipping), high quality, freeze dried meals just so you can try it out.

I have been concerned lately with not having any food storage and not having any room in my budget to do anything about it. Well, here's a way. I signed up for the trial of 8 meals about about a week ago and they came within days. If you're interested in finding out more, go here.

They are putting their money where their mouth is, so to speak. There is no obligation, but they are so convinced that people will want to help their friends and family with a "viral tell a friend, get even more food" campaign that they will give you $15 more free food credit for every two people who click over to the free website they create for you when you request your free food storage meals.

Disclaimer: This is not a "get rich quick" scheme. It's just a way to stock up fast and help each other make our food stores more robust, and hopefully convenient and tasty too. And if you have no interest, just ignore this post :).

Do you Groupon?

I did and I'm really excited about saving 50% at Quantum Pilates

My Morning

My work load this morning consists of coming up with a list of things for the big bosses and their entourage to do in the big apple this weekend. So, any suggestions for kid-friendly activities or not so kid friendly (they can always leave the tikes with the nanny) would be VERY appreciated {the whole point of this post} .

Yes. The fiance and I will be there too, but totally unrelated to the bosses. THOUGH when I told the wife-boss that I was going to be in NYC too, she said all animated like, "Oh that's great! Well, fun for us, not fun for you." I was so confused by her reaction and she was so quickly off on another subject that it took me a second to realize she thought that I meant I was going as an employee. You see, I have been filling in as the big husband-boss's assistant since his former assistant found other employment recently. Why me? Because Ii'm so good at it, even though I'm technically more marketing coordinator than admin. The joys of working for a family office.

So this week I have been planning THEIR trip to nyc, leaving my own on the back burner. They still haven't decided which train they want to take tomorrow, do they take the 11:20? or the 12:00? I don't know?? It's such a hard decision!! btw, as soon as they do decide I get to arrange pick up of the physical tickets at Union Station because apparently they cannot get it together and be there with enough time to check in and print their tickets before they board. So this will probably look something like me taking a much too slow cab at 3pm to pick up their tickets and bring them back to the office for them....mind you, I have to leave-leave the office no later than 4:15 this afternoon and truck it with my roller bag to Union Station to meet Tim--who has our Bolt Bus tickets, for a 5:20 departure.

It has been SO interesting planning this trip for the big bosses. From how much they are paying for their posh mid-town hotel, to the chartered jet to pick her sister and kids up in the midwest to deposit them in the city, to the last minute nature of all of it. Do we get fashion week tickets? Do we get us open finals tickets? Honestly. The opulence just kills me.

Good thing I had a power breakfast! The beginnings of my everything pancakes....

disclaimer - if you like smooth textured pancakes, then these are not for you. oat flour (just grind rolled oats up in the blender--good for stabilizing blood sugar), two eggs, the white stuff is cottage cheese, almond meal, finely shredded unsweetened coconut, coconut milk, a pinch of salt. the amounts don't really matter--just get it to the consistency you like. I like mine crepe-thin, so I add extra liquid. if you like fluffy cakes--then just use 3 egg whites. just blend it all together and pour into a hot, lightly oiled skillet.
I ate mine this morning with fresh strawberries and freshly whipped cream flavored with agave and mexican vanilla-- SO good!