Monthly Archives: June 2011

Down the Shore

To anyone who says the Jersey Shore is ugly/trashy, I present the following:

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Whatever. Trashy or not, I got sunshine today.

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My mom and I hit up the snack bar for lunch. We split fries, and I got a chicken sandwich; she got a hot dog. I looked at the menu and contemplated a burger but went with the chicken sandwich because I wanted fries and knew I’d be indulging all weekend. I should have just gone with the burger, because I’m still craving one.

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All in a Day

When I was employed, I dreamed about having days to do whatever I wanted, to make my own schedule as I pleased.

The grass is always greener on the other side. I’m not getting bored by any means, but I absolutely miss having a set schedule.

However, the lack of regular schedule has made for some interesting days.

Today I walked up to Columbus Circle to swim at the Equinox up there, and I was walking back, I saw this on the side of the Hearst building.

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And this is why a layoff is like a breakup. Just as you’re going about your day, there’s something that reminds you of that person/company and it hits you like a ton of bricks. It’s not always a bad feeling, but it can definitely be a shock.

Seeing these magazines on the newsstand hasn’t fazed me for some reason, but this did. It’s like when I’m waiting for the caffeine from my coffee to take effect and I see a former coworker on the Today Show. It’s not a bad thing, it’s just a reminder of how my life has changed.

But back to the swim. I did 1400 yards, which is longer than I’ve ever done! I did: 100 yards, 200 yards, 100 yards, 200 yards, 300 yards, 400 yards, 100 yards. And now my ears hurt a little bit.

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I ran home and ate the quickest lunch ever and ran out for another interview. On my way home, I got to walk on the new section of the Highline, which was really pretty.

And now I’m in NJ so that my mom and I can head down the shore for a little sunshine tomorrow. My mom asked what I wanted for dinner, and I requested food on the grill, since my little grill pan ain’t quite the same.

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Turkey burger on an Arnold whole wheat bun.

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And some grilled veggies.

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My dad stole my camera while I was eating. He thought you all might want to see their flowers on the patio?

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My humoring him face, apparently.

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We also grilled sweet potatoes, and they were honestly kind of a fail. I had read somewhere to boil them first, so we did for a few minutes and then placed them on the grill (in this foil, with olive oil and salt and pepper), but they never got crunchy.

What’s your favorite on-the-grill food? That’s one downside to living in NYC—not nearly enough chances to grill in the summer.

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