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: (laby sarah fuck)
So this is my last day in NYC (I leave today at 3pm). But it's not forever; just for the foreseeable future. I've been super excited for this and pretty nervous, too, but this morning I'm full of anxiety and WHAT THE FUCK AM I DOING? But I know that'll pass. I think it's only just started to settle in that I'm not going to be able to see anyone/everyone whenever I feel like it anymore and I AM SADFACE about it. I'm going to miss you guys SO FUCKING MUCH.

But enough of that. I'll be back to NYC eventually; there's just no way I could stay away forever, so I'll see you guys again.

For the next eight days I will be staying the night in 8 different states and driving through several more! The weather will go from a high of 34°F currently in NYC (with snow still on the ground from yesterday) to a high of 80°F in LA. WHAT EVEN. I'll try to update eljay on the way, but I'll probably be updating (and/or freaking out on) twitter and tumblr from the road, so tune in there if you're interested.

This is what my route looks like (click to embiggen):



ETA: And to those who contributed to my cross-country gas fund, I greatly appreciate your generosity!!! It's going to be a HUGE help! THANK YOU SO MUCH! Please expect a little something in the mail shortly after I get settled in LA. <333
osaraba: (hcl joe salut)
SINTE signups are officially closed and prompts have been assigned!
I'll definitely be accepting late requests, though, since I'd like to encourage as many sign-ups as possible.

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UM UM UM so I think I'm leaving on my "trip to the West" on Sunday 1/22. IT'S TOO SOON! I feel like I don't have enough time to see everyone I want to see and also finish cleaning out my parents' basement.
osaraba: (spn OTP)
So I moved out of my apartment on Jan 1st and am now sort of living with my parents and occasionally staying over at friends' places. But then I got sick for like 5 days and that was all at my parents' house. I barely moved from the couch and watched SO many music documentaries, it was kind of the most awesome thing ever. =DDD

You'll be glad to know that Liz and I just settled on the road trip route and itinerary to LA-- which she'll be taking with me!!! I'm so excited to be going on a cross country road trip with my sister, you don't even know! We're both pretty much grinning like idiots over it. Ahahaha, only downside? She never actually learned how to drive. So, there's that.

Whatever, this is the plan for my ROAD TRIPPPPPPP: \m/

NYC > Pittsburgh > Louisville > Memphis > New Orleans > Ft Worth > Albuquerque > Phoenix > LA


If you're somewhere on this route and want to meet up, let me know!!!! =D

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Aaaand, this is sort of late on my part, but I've been sick and actually without internets except on my phone while at my parents' house--

Please help spread the word: SINTE FICATHON SIGN-UPS are due on SUNDAY!
(Late sign-ups will definitely be accepted!)


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osaraba: (fma together forever)
LOL, this is probably the most unexpected song in this whole meme; it's clearly not my usual style and it's certainly not the only song from my childhood, but I think of this song almost any time I think of going driving with my parents when I was young. The two things my family does together are eat and go for a drive. We'd often combine the two and go to a specific restaurant that took a long drive to get to, haha.

We went on a road trip for like a week through Pennsylvania and West Virginia and Maryland and DC and I can't even remember because I was 13 or 14 at the time; Liz was 6 or 7. And my parents like country music so we had that type of station, or like soft rock, on the radio a lot. And I HATED IT. Oh, how could my parents betray me by liking country music? UGH. This song was the only exception; I loved it EVERY SINGLE TIME IT PLAYED. Which was a lot.

The lyrics, oh the lyrics. I am such a sucker for sad things. I can't even tell you the extent of it.

Joshua Kadison's Jessie
Fave lines (the chorus just takes my breath away; always): jessie paint your pictures 'bout how it's gonna be / by now I should know better; your dreams are never free / but tell me all about our little trailer by the sea / jessie you can always sell any dream to me



List of all days.
osaraba: (hd band b&w)
Okay, quick update since I'm supposed to be sleeping. We're leaving at 4am for TORONTO!!!!!


Also:

1. Rangers game sucked.

2. Picked up the rental car and I'm driving a 2011 silver Chevy HHR (which I kinda hate because the back windshield is tiny) but has New York plates because it's got ONLY 544 MILES ON IT. YAY NEW CARS! \o/
osaraba: (hcl joe holding back)
So I used the Expedia super special deals thing and ended up with a different hotel - the Clarion Hotel & Suites Selby -- and of course it's not refundable. So, I'm sad I will not be in the same hotel as a bunch of other people, but I suppose I'll live -- it's only 1.5 miles away, so if I'm somehow hanging out at the Bond(age) Hotel, it'll be easy to get back by car or by foot.

I'm more annoyed than I sound, but really there's no use in being bothered by it.

In any case, it was pretty darn cheap so I shouldn't complain!

Now, to go book the car. Got the car! Priceline.com is pretty awesome. I AM GETTING SO EXCITED FOR THIS TRIP -- NOT THE LEAST OF WHICH IS THE ROAD TRIP PART!!!!



OH! If I do nothing else other than see The Headstones while in Toronto, I MUST go to the Hockey Hall of Fame. I'd have tried to catch a Maple Leafs game, but -- it fucking figures -- that their two home games that weekend are on the day before I get there and the day after I leave! WTF, TORONTO!
osaraba: (stxi red shirt)
So my friend Raquel was going to go with me on a road trip this weekend. We'd finally agreed on where to go --

  • pick up a rental car in Philly [Sat/2hrs]
  • drive to Mill Run, PA, (where there's a 1.5 mile grounds tour at Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater) [Sat/5hrs]
  • drive to Pittsburgh to stay for the night [Sat/1hr]
  • drive to Erie, PA to stay for the night [Sun/2hrs]
  • drive back to Philly to return the car [Mon/7hrs]
  • bus back to NYC [Mon/2hrs]


I'm terribly disappointed, but she had to cancel as she's looking for an apartment right now and the place she and her roommate thought they had secured, fell through. =(

So now it's all up in the air again. I really wanted to take advantage of the fact that the 3-day weekend coincided with my birthday weekend -- to do something. Something different.

Still, I know that I'll have fun at Vic's BBQ on Saturday. And then I plan to do some driving over Sunday/Monday. I've been thinking about Balticon in Baltimore for the one day. See what it's like.

Or maybe I should just go get a tattoo or piercing? This could be a better use of the funds I would have spent.

Boo. I hate being this indecisive.

Also, I feel like mostly I'm just feeling SUPER-restless in contrast to the last several months of doing stuff every single weekend. ARGH FRUSTRATION.
osaraba: (spn OTP)
Okay, so my Memorial Day weekend is up in the air. I probably won't do San Francisco because at this point airfare is too expensive for that weekend. I'll keep an eye on the last-minute deals, but even if I find something, I still think I'd end up spending too much in SF.

So, the other options are:

1. Stay in NYC and hang out with [livejournal.com profile] loudnbothered, and/or possibly [livejournal.com profile] vash817 and [livejournal.com profile] kitzal, and/or others?

2. Go to Anime Boston, except not really because I'm not willing to pay money for a badge. So, IF I get some crash space with Alex, I'd go to visit Boston (which isn't so bad because I've never played tourist there) and then do room parties at night with [livejournal.com profile] ms_monypeny, [livejournal.com profile] sarielchan, and [livejournal.com profile] thedreamerworld?

3. Rent a car from either Philly, Boston, or DC and do a road trip. (Those places are cheaper to rent from -- approximately $60-80 total.) I think I may not mind doing this by myself if I have to, though I'd prefer having someone along. I prefer renting a car from Philly because it's only a 2-hour bus ride from NYC, so it's quicker than Boston/DC. One of my first thoughts was Philly to Fallingwater in Mill Run, PA. I visited the house when I was 14, but they have a 90-minute grounds tour that I think I'd be more interested in this time around. Then I thought Fallingwater to Durham, NC (say hi to [livejournal.com profile] kitedreams?), then back to Philly. BUT... Durham is pretty darn far, so I think I have to scrap that idea for the time frame I have available.

Anyone have any interesting site recommendations of somewhere within, say 3 hours North/West/South of Fallingwater... OR more than 3 hours, but going in an Easterly direction?

OR any other road trip recommendations? Timing would be Saturday morning (say noon-ish) to Monday afternoon (4pm). I'd want to get back to Philly by 4pm at the latest as I'd still have to take the bus back to NYC after that. That's 52 hours with which to work.

Of course... if someone else wants to come along, the trip would be WAY more fun. ESPECIALLY if that person can drive as well!

A coworker suggested these places: Portsmouth, NH; Burlington, VT; Northampton, MA.

If you have any ideas/suggestions, don't hesitate to let me know!

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