New York, New York - it's a hell of a town!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

It's been a whirl wind of an adventure this holiday season! I landed in Nashville a few days before Christmas and celebrated in Kentucky. Fun Fact: It was the first time in 17 years Nashville has had a white Christmas! 

Flash forward a week...  I check my flight time to assure it hasn't moved and, ready for this? Cancelled. I call in a panic-- they can't get me on a flight until January 31st. It was the 28th. So I rack my brain thinking of ways to get myself from Nashville to NYC... I finally go for this option:

December 27th at
10:00am- leave Hopkinsville, Kentucky
1:30pm- fly from Nashville to Detroit
5:00pm- Airbus from Detroit to home
8:59pm- By ticket at Greyhound station for 3:20am departure to Toronto

December 28th at
3:20am- leave home for Toronto
6:20am- board bus in Toronto
7:23pm- Arrive at Greyhound station in NYC
8:30pm- Grab (the most expensive cab in the world) to the Upper East Side
8:55pm- Climb 6 flights of stairs to the apartment situated on the top floor of a 6 floor walk up.
9:00pm- Breathe.  2 days of travel and I've made it here, finally!

Since I arrived so late, we decided to grab a typical timed dinner (ie. after 10pm) at Cafeteria. Unreal dinner-- I had the turkey burger loaded with avocado, tomato, and lettuce with fries. Yum! A opted for the MAC ATTACK (3 variations of Mac and Cheese). Since we were already there, we found a hole-in-the-wall bar to grab a drink and ended up singing karaoke with a bunch of business people all night!

Day 2 began a little late... by 11am, we managed to get ourself back outside and took a walk to Sarabeth for brunch. I thought dinner the prior night was great, but today I ordered Crab Cakes and nearly died. So so soooo good! A had Eggs Benedict-- an ideal breakfast/lunch combination!

The rest of the day took on a more photo shoot style:

Coffee. Tea. Wonderful sweets and an entertaining  subway ride with a slightly less attractive (but Mad Men styled) version of Eli Roth.

A typical day in New York City. 


Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

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Movies That Made The Christmas Movie List (Round 2)

Friday, December 24, 2010

I got a few messages reminding me that I neglected some wonderful Christmas movies last post. I'm not sure how I missed out on these, but I did... I knew my list seemed far too short!

So, here we go again! In no particular order, here is a few of the movies you may (or may not) be watching this holiday season:

CHRISTMAS VACATION! I honestly don't know how I missed this movie... It's a classic!

Love Actually. I watched this movie the other day and I think it's just one of those movies I watch year round, so I forgot that it focuses on the holidays. Regardless, a fantastic film not to be missed this Christmas!

The Holiday. The cast is unreal (it stars Jude Law and James Franco has a cameo umm sold!) and it just leaves you feeling all warm and fuzzy. Another movie I can watch anytime of the year! 

Another forgotten film: Bad Santa. I was reminded of this hilarious Christmas film by one of my favourite Aussie authors, Nick Earls. It's Rude, crude and amazing. What more could you want in a holiday movie? 

Finally, The Santa Claus. It's little more family friendly and a cute movie to throw on while making cookies and drinking (spiked) egg nog*.

*Eggnog is not something I take part in for several reason including, but not limited to, the dairy component, the taste, the texture... maybe I'm missing out?

 Anything I'm missing this time around?

Facebook in Real Life

I recently got a flood of happybirthdaymerrychristmas messages on Facebook. It's the new thing to do. No one e-mails or IMs or calls anymore- it's Facebook messages, wall posts or texts (obviously)!

Either way, thank you for the very lovely messages!

Anyway, I came across this video that someone did with the star of Catfish (a movie that I haven't seen but have read lots about). It's awkward and uncomfortable. A little bit like having a wall-to-wall conversation on Facebook...

Sort of clever though, no? 

A Little Soul Searching, Revisited

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

I really enjoyed these questions and I think you might, too. 

I stumbled upon these 50 questions to ponder:

  1. How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?
  2. Which is worse, failing or never trying?
  3. If life is so short, why do we do so many things we don’t like and like so many things we don’t do?
  4. When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you’ve done?
  5. What is the one thing you’d most like to change about the world?
  6. If happiness was the national currency, what kind of work would make you rich?
  7. Are you doing what you believe in, or are you settling for what you are doing?
  8. If the average human life span was 40 years, how would you live your life differently?
  9. To what degree have you actually controlled the course your life has taken?
  10. Are you more worried about doing things right, or doing the right things?
  11. You’re having lunch with three people you respect and admire.  They all start criticizing a close friend of yours, not knowing she is your friend.  The criticism is distasteful and unjustified.  What do you do?
  12. If you could offer a newborn child only one piece of advice, what would it be?
  13. Would you break the law to save a loved one?
  14. Have you ever seen insanity where you later saw creativity?
  15. What’s something you know you do differently than most people?
  16. How come the things that make you happy don’t make everyone happy?
  17. What one thing have you not done that you really want to do? What's holding you back?  
  18. Are you holding onto something you need to let go of?
  19. If you had to move to a state or country besides the one you currently live in, where would you move and why?
  20. Do you push the elevator button more than once?  Do you really believe it makes the elevator faster?
  21. Would you rather be a worried genius or a joyful simpleton?
  22. Why are you, you?
  23. Have you been the kind of friend you want as a friend?
  24. Which is worse, when a good friend moves away, or losing touch with a good friend who lives right near you?
  25. What are you most grateful for?
  26. Would you rather lose all of your old memories, or never be able to make new ones?
  27. Is is possible to know the truth without challenging it first?
  28. Has your greatest fear ever come true?
  29. Do you remember that time 5 years ago when you were extremely upset?  Does it really matter now?
  30. What is your happiest childhood memory?  What makes it so special?
  31. At what time in your recent past have you felt most passionate and alive?
  32. If not now, then when?
  33. If you haven’t achieved it yet, what do you have to lose?
  34. Have you ever been with someone, said nothing, and walked away feeling like you just had the best conversation ever?
  35. Why do religions that support love cause so many wars?
  36. Is it possible to know, without a doubt, what is good and what is evil?
  37. If you just won a million dollars, would you quit your job?
  38. Would you rather have less work to do, or more work you actually enjoy doing?
  39. Do you feel like you’ve lived this day a hundred times before?
  40. When was the last time you marched into the dark with only the soft glow of an idea you strongly believed in?
  41. If you knew that everyone you know was going to die tomorrow, who would you visit today?
  42. Would you be willing to reduce your life expectancy by 10 years to become extremely attractive or famous?
  43. What is the difference between being alive and truly living?
  44. When is it time to stop calculating risk and rewards, and just go ahead and do what you know is right?
  45. If we learn from our mistakes, why are we always so afraid to make a mistake?
  46. What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you?
  47. When was the last time you noticed the sound of your own breathing?
  48. What do you love?  Have any of your recent actions openly expressed this love?
  49. In 5 years from now, will you remember what you did yesterday?  What about the day before that?  Or the day before that?
  50. Decisions are being made right now.  The question is:  Are you making them for yourself, or are you letting others make them for you?
Hmm... thoughts?

From the Inspiration Files

Monday, December 13, 2010

Decorating my non-apartment. A favourite past time of mine...

Do you have any sites you frequent for inspiration?

As per usual, I have no idea where I collected these images from. Please let me know if they are yours so I can link back or give credit where credit is due! 

It's Christmas Time in The City

Sunday, December 12, 2010

I can't believe it's already mid December. Last December 12th, I was on my way to start my summer vacation trip up the east coast of Australia. This year I'm dreading walking tomorrow in a meter of snow... how a year changes everything!

I've been home for a while now and I am definitely in dire need of switching my life up. Nearly 5 months without any substantial travel... who am I? As you can probably imagine, I am pretty excited to take off to Kentucky and then meet up with A in the streets of NYC. Tough life, eh? I can assure you that Stylings of S is going to get a little more exciting (and more travel/ style oriented as originally intended) in 2 short weeks. Photos and stories and videos, oh my! I can barely contain my excitement!

I've also been working on my list of Christmas movies to watch over the holidays in Kentucky. So far, I've got:

1. The Ref- A holiday classic in my family. If you have not seen it, you really should find it. Sarcastic, hilarious and Denis Leary at his best (I think, anyway)!

2. Elf - You've seen it. I'm sure you have. Even if you have a serious hate on for Will Ferrell, you have to love this movie, right?

3. Bell, Book and Candle - You probably have not seen this film. I recently met a diehard movie buff who hadn't even heard of it. It stars James Stewart and Kim Novak and it's wonderfully enchanting! It is also the reason I will name my cat (if I ever have one) Pyewacket.

4. Home alone- A holiday classic! It's hard to believe this movie was made in 1990! Which makes me...  just old enough to remember watching it

Any other movies (traditional or non-traditionally Christmas) on your movie watching list? 

And the snow keeps falling, falling and falling...

Monday, December 6, 2010

Yesterday the snow started falling and it hasn't stopped since then. I tried asking the universe to clear up the weather by tonight... Thanks for this, Universe: 

I was hoping for clear weather because I won tickets to see Bryan Greenberg in Toronto at the Mod Club tonight. Of course, due to overwhelming weather and uncleared streets that's not going to happen. Boo

So this is what I suspect I'll be missing tonight:

I guess it wasn't meant to be.

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