Friday, February 15, 2013

I Can't Wait

Happy Day After Valentine's Day! I had every intention of posting this yesterday, but time didn't quite allow for that. I thought about saving it for 2014 but then I realized, I love everyone today as much as I did yesterday so why wait? ;)

We all know music ia my one true love, so I put together a list of 11 songs I love about love. Enjoy.  

1. "Everybody" by Ingrid Michaelson 
Everybody, everybody wants to love
Everybody, everybody wants to be loved

2. "Somebody" by Jukebox the Ghost
I don't want anymore heartbreak 
I'm tired of the sound it makes

3. "What You Wanted" by Andrew Allen 
(My life won't be complete until I own a studio version of this).
I met her on Thrusday 
She asked if I like her too 
I heard that she's perfect 
But she isn't you

4. "Emotinally Involved" by Matt Simons 
Saved my soul and it shows, such a friend to me
All I know’s you’re so close, now we’re family
You got on, I got off, we got over it
Have some sense, I’ll be steady with my intent, 
but I know we can’t forget it

5. "Same Changes" by The Weepies
And everyone says this love will change you
Well I ask, isn’t that what love’s supposed to do

6. "Broken Headlights" by Joey Ryan (ft. Sara Bareilles) 
Maybe when I tell you that I want you forever
Im gonna make a fool of me
But I've got the windows down
The heater on my feet
And the skies are opening
It's gonna come pourin down
It's gonna come pourin out
Im gonna say everything

7. "If You" by Rebecca Haviland & Whiskey Heart
Cause I could spend my whole life with you
If you want me to 

The book of love has music in it
In fact that's where music comes from
Some of it is just transcendental
Some of it is just really dumb

(I love Alex, but it breaks my heart that there's no recording of Amber singing this with Chad Vaccarino during a show at the Studio at Webster Hall last October).
Once love wakes it never sleeps 
Even when you love a dream

10.  "The Graveyard Near The House" by The Airborne Toxic Event (More on them in a future post).
And then the letters all pass through my head, 
with the words that I was told. 
About the fading flesh of life and love, the failures of the bold. 
I can list each crippling fear like I'm reading from a will. 
And I'll defy everyone and love you still. 

Believe in it
It's more than you and so much more than me
 . . .
 These years comin'
They'll be worth the fight and they'll be worth the wait
. . . 
We are the lucky ones

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Bring It On Home To Me

Some pretty awesome things have happened in my life over the past year, making the fact that I basically gave up posting here quite the tragedy. Let's hope I've learned my lesson . . . Here's to catching up and moving forward! And I'll start with a post about my first New York apartments.

Finding an apartment in New York City can be quite the overwhelming experience. Good thing I didn't know how crazy it would be until it was too late to change my mind! I met a girl on a housing google group for members of my church who I wanted to live with, so at least I wasn't in it alone! We both spent hours and hours scouring the internet, calling brokers, and sending emails. I came up one weekend to look at places and thought I'd found the perfect place until the reality of income requirements set in. A general rule for renting in the city is that you need to make at least 40 times the monthly rent to qualify for an apartment. If you don't make that, no worries, all you need to do is find someone who makes 80 times the monthly rent who will sign for you. No problem right? Except the rent for any kind of decent place in Manhattan is at least $2,000. Yikes! Luckily there are a handful of other options that made moving here an actual possibility without having to make $80K a year.

Technically I've lived in 3 apartments since moving to the city. The first was on the Upper West Side. A friend and her husband were leaving town for a month and needed someone to sublet their apartment so I ended up staying there while looking for a more "permanent" place. We found a great apartment on the Lower East Side (almost Chinatown) through the google group, the day after I moved here, which was much sooner than we'd anticipated! The girls were moving out but needed someone to take over the rest of their lease right around the time Chelsey (my new roommate) was getting to the city. We lived there from the end of August until December 29th when we moved to the Upper East Side (almost Harlem).  It's further uptown than either of us had ever intended to move but we have at least twice the amount of space and a washer/dryer in our unit - no more laundromat!! This is a huge deal.

Before we moved Chelsey and I decided to make a little video of the apartment. When we're all settled into our new place (read: get more furniture) we'll make a video of the new place too. So if you're interested, here is what our charming little apartment next to the Manhattan Bridge looked like!

A few pictures of the view from or window . . .

This was definitely not a bad thing to wake up to!

The bridge all lit up! Photo courtesy of Chelsey.

Where did Brooklyn go?! I love the fog . . .

Whereas there are things I miss about this apartment (mostly it's location) I'm really excited to be in a place I feel I can settle into and stay for a long while.