osaraba: (dS fk unstoppable)
Ahahaha, I got laid off.

My last day is this coming Friday, though my boss let me know this past Friday. I went home a little early and told my roomies and quietly freaked out a little. Went to the gym. Then I relaxed because whatevs, I just had to figure out what I should do about it: look up California Unemployment, see if I'm eligible; look up jobs on Craigslist and other sites, start sending resumes out.

I did those things.

I can't even remember what the context was when I jokingly said "I should just move to Philly", but then the thought just got stuck in my mind. The more I thought about it, the more seriously appealing it became. Several weeks ago I'd decided that I was going to stay in LA for only another year before going back to NYC. Mostly because of Rich. So my thinking is: if I've got only a year to sow my wild wanderlust-oats, I need to make the best of it; if I was going to struggle with finding a job (for who knows how long) and maybe not be able to do things because of making only enough money to survive rather than go out and doing fun stuff, I'd rather spend a year doing that in a place I've never lived before, experiencing something completely new and different.

You probably think I'm crazy. I don't blame you; I kind of do, too. But I talked it out with a few people who've got good, rational heads on their shoulders, and I think this is actually going to work out.

I'll be going back to NYC first, for a couple of months, to work and save up some money for the cost of moving to Philly (rent/security/furniture/etc.) where I plan to live for about a year before returning. I'm ridiculously sad I'm going to miss all of the new friends I made here, though. And most especially, my two awesome roomies [livejournal.com profile] elipie and [livejournal.com profile] likeaglass. This past year just couldn't have been as fucking awesome as it was without them!

But I'm not gonna lie -- though it wasn't the motivating, or even the tipping factor -- it's a huge plus that Philly's only 2.5 hours away from Rich, and my family, and so many of my closest friends. (And also the NY Rangers.)

So here's the fun part: ROAD TRIP 2: EAST COAST BOOGALOO!

LOS ANGELES >> ALBUQUERQUE >> OKLAHOMA CITY >> ST LOUIS >> CHICAGO >> PITTSBURGH >> NYC

osaraba: (angelina devil)
Yuenglings in Hoboken are $3 -- ALL NIGHT! As in, not only at happy hour! How awesome is that? I tried a tequila that had an interesting smokey flavor. In tequila, at least, I prefer the smooth flavor of Patron, so this was not my thing, but it was cool to try. It was kind of odd going out drinking with two guys who were 10 and probably 20+ years older than me, but it was all good. Cool conversation and lots of fun! Finishing it all up with a double shot of Jack was a particularly nice way to end the evening at 3am.

Also, MONK'S, I LOVE YOUR SPICY CHICKEN WINGS! They're amazingly spicy. Which means most of you would all die if you ate them. SO AWESOME! <3 I cannot wait to go back when I'm in Philly again next week!!!

Caught up on Supernatural last night. (Don't worry, no spoilers!) OH EM GEE. Episode 17 is full of win, though I wish we could have had a few more minutes of playing dumb before the revelation. The beginning of episode 18 is FUCKING AWESOME! FANSERVICE!!! I was absolutely DYING with laughter and SQUEEEEEEEE! There was SO MUCH squee, you would not believe it!

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osaraba: (sara tats)
Had an amazing time in London. Did touristy things with Liz and Juliet, and then Judy when she arrived after several days in Paris. Tower of London was by far my favorite. Also, standing in the middle of traffic on Tower Bridge. In no particular order:London Eye, National Portrait Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, Kensington Park, Hyde Park, Parliament, Westminster Abbey, The Strand, Oxford Circus, Piccadilly Circus, Covent Garden, Camden Markets, Portobello Market, Tate Modern, British Library, Metallica concert at the O2 arena, warehouse club in Shoreditch!

WE SAW A FOX IN SHOREDITCH AT 2AM! =D It came out, paused, then darted across the street into another alley. IT WAS AWESOME -- I grabbed Liz's arm and screamed, "WHY ISN'T MARYANN HERE?!?!"

Went to Glasgow for a day with Liz and Juliet. Lots of fun, lots of walking, lots of rain. Though it wasn't a hard rain, so it didn't muck things up. Lots of orgasm-inducing accents. <333! And haggis! Which is perfectly fine -- tastes like sausage, people! =D The night we stayed there happened to apparently coincide with the night that Metallica played in Glasgow, so we ran into many groups of guys wearing Metallica tour shirts. It was great! Our hostel was attached to a bar that ended up staying open til 3am, so that was great too. ...until we were woken up at 9:30am by the fire alarm! (But then I got to see cute Scottish firemen, so maybe it wasn't so bad.)

I had gotten very little sleep just before London, and after stepping off the plane, I basically jumped right into walking around for several hours, then later that day flying again to Scotland, so after the first couple days I was beat. Bypassed jet lag completely as I usually do (as I don't have a regular sleep schedule normally anyway), but slept a good 10 hours the night after we got back from Scotland. Then I was good to go for the rest of the trip, as I don't think I went to sleep earlier than between 3-5am on any night thereafter.

So the day I flew back to NYC was a Thursday -- arrived at JFK at 10:30pm, picked up Jim's car at my parents' house, went home, repacked a smaller bag for Tekkoshocon, and then drove over to Canarsie at around 1am to pick up Anna, Sean and Rymel, then to Pittsburgh. We were on the road by 2am, and arrived in Pittsburgh around 9am. WHEW! Even though I got about 4 hours of sleep on the plane, I'm still kind of amazed that I was able to do that.

I HAD AN AWESOME TIME IN PITTSBURGH. Yes, chances are, if you're reading this, you've already heard me rave about it. I think it's beautiful -- I've never seen such a cool combination of mountainous region and urban cityscape. AND THE BRIDGES! So many of them! And several of them are YELLOW! OMG, they're cute. And the inclines! SO MUCH FUN! And the roaming around empty school buildings at 2am! Long hallways with repeating sconces and huge spiral staircases! And the basement at Bartko's house is AWESOMELY CREEPY! I had an awesome time being creeped out. His whole house is actually kind of creepy. SO GREAT! =D

Also, can I just say, I love tequila?

[edit: I just realized, there were way too many exclamation points in that last paragraph. I apologize.]

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