Back from Paris. There’s no way one entry in a blog could describe my experiences there. I met a lot of people—some mean, some nice and some quite strange but all were interesting. I walked everywhere—Bastille, Marais, le Quartiter Latin, Canal St-Martin, Belleville, Montmartre, les Invalides, St-Germain, Île de la Cité and Île Saint-Louis. I ate tons of cheese, pain au chocolat, and drank many bottles of vin rouge.

I spoke in French. Navigated the streets on my own. Met with old friends. And said some bitter-sweet goodbyes.

All I can say is that my first trip to Europe is one I will never forget. Pictures to follow.


Some changes have happened since I arrived back. I found a new job. Turned in a letter of resignation to my current office. Moved my things out from the East Village to Midtown East. My best friend just got engaged. Booked a flight to California in June. I’ve relatively begun seeing someone new who seems rather uncomplicated—a quality I’m quite excited for since complication tends to follow me everywhere.

My life is taking new direction. And I love it.


Lonely Planet & Diana+

My flight to Paris is in 7 hours and I’m nervous, excited… and a little queasy all at the same time.

Suitcase is packed (and may be a bit too heavy but here’s hoping it’s not), passport is in hand and all the loose ends at work have been taken care of. I also finally bought a travel guide during my lunch break by Lonely Planet. It’s specific to Paris so it’s not as large as some other Lonely Planet books. I also forgot my Pentax K1000 at my apartment in the East Village so I bought a Diana+ camera by Lomography at Urban Outfitters. It’s adorably cute and shoots 120 film, so I don’t feel bad about the purchase. I’ve been meaning to buy a camera similar to it and since it’s made of plastic, it’s light weight and completely manual which is exactly my style. With 6 rolls of film and my digital camera packed away safely in my suitcase I should have plenty of photos to document my trip.

I’m a bit nervous because of certain unknown situations as well as the fact that this is the least prepared I’ve ever been for a trip. I really haven’t planned a single thing other than Sunday brunch with friends. Craziness! But I guess for once in my life I can go somewhere without an itemized schedule.

Bon ! À la prochaine, mes amis. Je vais revenir avec beacoup du photos pour toi. Tu me manqueras !

Psalm 23 [for the work place]

I received this from my aunt the other day and while it made me smile and giggle because of it’s corniness, I must admit that I’ve read it every day since and it gives me that extra push at work when I’d rather just go home and play my guitar—

The Lord is my real boss, and I shall not want.
He gives me peace, when chaos is all around me.
He gently reminds me to pray and do all things
without murmuring and complaining.

He reminds me that He is my source and not my job.
He restores my sanity everyday and guides my decisions
that I might honor Him in all that I do.

Even though I face absurd amounts of e-mails, system
crashes, unrealistic deadlines, budget cutbacks, gossiping
co-workers, discriminating supervisors and an aging body
that doesn’t cooperate every morning, I still will not stop—
for He is with me! His presence, His peace, and His power
will see me through.

He raises me up, even when they fail to promote me.
He claims me as His own, even when the company threatens
to let me go. His Faithfulness and love is better than any bonus check

His retirement plan beats any 401k there is.
When it’s all said and done, I’ll be working for Him a whole lot longer and for that,
I bless His name.

body and soul.

Belated Easter greetings. I hope everyone had a restful and enjoyable weekend with family and friends.

As for me, I was at church for the majority of the week and weekend. Since I joined the choir, I’ve found a really nice community to be a part of and I’ve never felt more spiritually connected which is really an amazing and warm feeling to have.

I’ve also been going to the gym. I started with a personal trainer who is fantastic and pushes me to work hard but understands my limitations as well. We’ve been working on my back since it’s always been one of my weak points and generally toning up the rest of my body. I really wish I had been aware of all the exercises she’s teaching me now when I was in high school. It was then that my bad habits really formed and maybe if I had learned the correct ways to exercise back then, the perpetual laziness I had when I was in university never would have existed.

Other than that I’ve been quite busy. The usual stuff—dinner with friends, staying out till the early hours of the morning, movie nights—but I really need to get serious. I have to move out of my apartment by the end of May and I haven’t packed any of my things. On top of it I’m leaving for Paris on Friday and I have yet to make any preparation for the trip which is very unlike me. I haven’t even bought a guide book! I’m so glad Mariek will be there with me on the first few days of my trip. We can catch up, enjoy the sights together and make attempts at speaking French.

My plan is to get everything done once I’m back from Europe. I’ll have a week to pack up my stuff and move on out.

Hokay, time to get back to covering reception (bleh!). Then gym and scary movie night.

Fun fun fun.

crap in a box.

I am currently at the reception desk answering phone calls, ordering messengers, filling out FedEx forms and generally screwing around on the computer since I can’t do anything that’s in my actual job description from the seat I am sitting in. I will be here all Monday and any and all subsequent Mondays that I will have working at my current company.

Can I just say— this blows.

With the recession, ________ is trying to cut back on as much cost as possible and apparently a full-time receptionist is just too costly. So now our current receptionist has been forced into part-time work leaving other people in the office to cover Mondays and Fridays. Guess who gets to cover reception on Mondays? Gah. Bleh. Grr.

Yes, this situation calls for 3 different types of frustrated noises.