365

TESTING 1…2…365: Road Rage Tequila Magic

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Virgin365: day three hundred and sixty-four…Queens Boulevard


Virgin365: day three hundred and twenty-six… Wheelchair Challenge (against toddler!)


Virgin365: day two hundred and eighty-six…NYC on Crutches


365 ONE: day 176…Far Far-Away

Day 176: July 2nd, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Oops I Did It Again” by Britney Spears

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Broken Love”

Anything to Note =

Long day.

I had to drive to Cederhurst which is out near Far Rockaway, to read the board minutes for the apartment we are interested in – there was no other way but to drive there as no subway was near the management office annoyingly.

Then had to drive back and park it in the garage in Astoria and walk up to the subway.

Then had to go to the office, despite how brief, to take care of things there for the limited time I could before I had to leave again to go to my glucose specialist doctor appointment.

So then had to get up to St. Lukes hospital for that appointment.

That actually took way longer than anticipated – I had no idea – thought we would be just talking about things but instead I had to learn all about gestational diabetes as my slight rise in one of my glucose tests I did means now I have to do a whole week of testing with a glucose machine and pricking my blood to get readings and monitor myself as protocol.

So have to get the five or so times I do that into the schedule now too!

So I was supposed to run some errands up near Columbus Circle after I was done but was done later so managed to only do one thing off my “things to do before I leave for the UK” to-do list.

Then my phone died!!! Of course!! So was unable to take care of some work things so had to go home in order to charge the phone to respond and do some work.

And now am sweating buckets at home…..sweating me some buckets from the computer on my lap in my warm non-A/C living room while trying to get things done 😦

I am trying to cool the bedroom down right now so I can go lie down!

I might as well be in a bath right now!


365 ONE: day 157…”Free” My Butt!!!!

Day 157: June 13th, 2012  = COMPLETE!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Hoodoo Voodoo” Billy Bragg & Wilco

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Fat Joke References”

Anything to Note =

I took Stuart to see the Briarwood apartment today as it seems to be something we (me) are very interested in. I did take that video of the apartment but figured he had to see it with his own eyes. We actually saw two apartments in the building as coincidentally another similar unit came on the market just yesterday – so now we have to really think…

Most of today was about me gathering materials and submitting them to a mortgage broker that we use at work to see what we could be pre-approved for. No idea what they will come up with from us paupers!! Speaking of that – it just made me think about the lottery we played yesterday so must check that ticket!!

So we were asked to check our credit scores online today to give them a sense of what scores Stuart and I have. I’ve never actually checked my credit score before – everything turned out ok though as was waiting for something bad or random on there – glad I paid off my credit cards a few months ago!

BUT…

…I didn’t read the fine print on this website I was on and managed to get signed up for a monthly credit report membership instead of the advertised “free” check. I was rushing as had so much I was also doing at work at the same time and then as it was loading I briefly saw the $17.95 at the bottom in teeny weeny writing…and it was one of those “ah crap” moments 😦

I’m glad I saw that figure in my peripheral vision as wouldn’t have known. As after my free trial I would have been charged almost $18 a month to an account that would not be able to accomodate that!

So then I had to search for how to cancel this sudden membership – which of course could only be done via phone! And on the phone it took forever as she (the salesperson) of course wanted to sell me every possible option – long read out speeches, one after another, of options I could still have if a member. After the fourth courtesy listen I then kept interrupting  with “no thank you” every time she revved up for another speech.

Finally she said “I guess you have your mind made up to cancel everything”

YA THINK????!!!!!!

Sidenote: I wrote some notes about this blog on my blackberry, as I do every day along my day to remember things to 365 blog about later, and I ended up on the wrong subway train at the wrong stop! UGH!!

Lesson today then – don’t take things for granted. Don’t take things at face value!!


365 ONE: day 155…Dreamville to Ville BUT Still a Ville

Day 155: June 11th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Cecilia” by Paul Simon

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Apartment for Stuart to See”

Anything to Note =

I had my first subway tip-toes tunnel experience on the E train today as had to go out in Queens to see some apartments. I was expecting a long tunnel but actually it wasn’t so bad at all. So far then the worst is still the bloomin’ R train!

I went out to parts of Queens I had never been to today in order to pick up keys at one location to an apartment and then to see two apartments that were the next best on my list. So today was my first trip to both Forest Hills and Briarwood! A little exploring 🙂

First stop was Forest Hills to get the keys from a realty office. I got off the subway and entered….DREAMVILLE!! It was amazing!! It was 20 minutes from midtown Manhattan and there I was suddenly walking down green grass paths with countryside road signs and beautiful rows of chalets down the roads! It was dream house after dream house! I’ve never seen anything like it!

I took two photos of two houses but only one would upload so here is a little something of what I am talking about…

This photo doesn’t do it justice! It was incredible!!!!

I have to start playing the lottery as this is truly DREAMVILLE!!

So after a trip down DREAMVILLE to get the keys I had to go out to Briarwood, further out in Queens, to see the two apartments, and it was a little sad after coming from amazing greenery…I got off the subway and was a little disappointed….certainly not DREAMVILLE 😦

BUT…then saw an apartment that was kind of exactly what I have been looking for or had more of what I am looking for at a cheaper rate – which realistically I need to consider as this whole upfront cash downpayment thing is going to be the death of me! AND…I kind of like it actually….more than like really…

I had to take a video of the apartment for Stuart to see as he couldn’t make it – so you can see the upload of it on my other blog 🙂

So now need to think. Really think!


365 ONE: day 154…Apartment Search

Day 154: June 10th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina and the Waves

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Beatles Much?”

Anything to Note =

Yesterday was a day of looking at Astoria apartments – ugh – exhausting!! I put in a quick search of cheapest two bedroom apartments for sale in Astoria, to see, as we kind of would love and prefer to stay in this area as we love Astoria – and five came up so managed to see them all yesterday!

And there is one we like but it all comes down to the friggin’ downpayment and coming up with money upfront for it…super annoying as really we can’t afford what they were asking for….

So then spent last night until late looking for listings further out in Queens that is cheaper but still have the subway nearby and still two bedrooms, and made notes on about 26 listings!

All morning I have been emailing the brokers my questions about these listings and now down to 19!! But still! This whole process is just annoying! And I am a licensed Real Estate salesperson and its still annoying!

One of the ones we liked yesterday in Astoria got an offer on it we found out and real estate moves so fast so I feel like I am in a time crunch!!! And its just building and building – you can get lost in real estate and looking and searching and questions and listings….ugh!

I wish there was some way to see all the apartments, all 19 of them left on my list, in one day without moving haha! So I can compare and  figure this out!! I need to invent a teleporter 🙂

And how to grow money on trees!!!!

Or on houses?? 🙂


365 ONE: day 131…Green Card Shmeh

Day 131: May 18th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” by Marvin Gaye

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Skyscraper Jump”

Anything to Note =

So after checking the mail every day like a frantic mad woman, a few days ago my attorney was able to check in with USCIS to inquire further about my Green Card, and the Green Card peeps told her there was still “no decision” on my file….which means what exactly?????

I don’t know.

It has technically not been the allotted 60 days they said to allow for – that would bring us to May 26th, so not sure why they told her to call back on the 15th if still nothing received – but they did say that they are BACKLOGGED.

BACKLOGGED.

Best word ever 😦

So am hoping it’s not something bad and they are just BACKLOGGED, meaning there is “no decision” because they haven’t even got to my file yet.

I’m hoping….

My attorney put a request in to ask the local Queens office, where I went to have my interview, to see if they had anything further to say, so now we have another deadline of May 31st….which will be just past the 60 days. She also told them that I was pregnant and I had a flying/travel deadline – being pregnant was in my file, but hey, who reads my file?? No one apparently Boo 😦

Anyway, she got an email today acknowledging her inquiry but they said to allow for 60 days….which sounds like they mean ANOTHER 60 days!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! That brings us to the end of June, which is cutting it very very close for me to leave. I mean, I’ve already booked July 11th not thinking that this was going to take so long since my interview was at the end of March….but I guess I can shift the dates of that flight, and the mini Greece trip I planned to go see family, before I returned to the UK and can’t fly anymore…

Because I know my Green Card is the priority, but…ugh…I really want to see my family, and have the baby over there nearer them, and simply put, I need to get out of here as I am just drowning really with not having had a break since a year ago!!

I desperately need a break.

I really need to see my parents with all the crappo-ness that sadly they have been through and are going through, and I havent been able to leave due to Green Card, then pregnancy, then schedule, and then more Green Card….I’ve been stuck! My family has had a series of bad luck after bad luck so I am hoping that I and this Green Card is not part of that, although trust our luck…

I do, I guess, need to make back-up plans, but I am so overwhelmed with everything I’m just overloaded. But I guess I sadly need to think about it…..just in case…..

So….

Yeah….

That’s on my mind! 

The play I am co-producing and understudying for is ironically called Brainpeople….which sums up exactly how I feel right now with all the voices in my head!!


365 ONE: day 79…walking overload!

Day 79: March 27th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Sexy Back” by Justin Timberlake

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Apartment View”

Anything to Note =

Today was a walking overload!

It wasn’t supposed to be actually but it turned out to be. Oy-Vey!

60th Street and Lexington Avenue – to – Grand Central office

25 Columbus Circle – to – Grand Central Office

Bedford Avenue subway – t0 – Northside Piers apartment

Northside Piers apartment – to- Bedford Avenue subway

And finally home!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I had three appointments all over and the first I treated as my main cardio for the day. Then it made sense to walk from Columbus Circle back to the office again as there really is no good way to get there that’s faster than walking annoyingly, unless you take a cab of course, but I wasn’t going to do that. So added that to my cardio to make it super full. And then realized I had to go see this apartment to make sure all was in order from the last tenant leaving for the new tenant coming in two days, and there is no way but to walk to the pier from the subway and back out there.

Exhausted! My feet and back hurt 😦

On my feet way too much with all the walking, stairs, subway, office packing, and the excess of tunnels today going into Brooklyn and into Queens. Boo!

I also left my apartment in a hurry this morning and mis-judged how cold it was outside! So since I was walking everywhere I froze and I had to jump into a cheap store and buy another layer! Yup, that’s when the shop Strawberry comes in handy 🙂

I ended up buying a longish blue light jacket! In a size XL! Yup, it was my first pregnancy-in-mind purchase!!! I got the XL for room for growth!

CRAZY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!

That freaked me out a little bit, not going to lie!

A funny thing happened though on the L train going into Brooklyn. It was packed, the kind where your head is on someone’s shoulder, you are under an arm pit, and your bag is in front of you as there is no other place for it. Well, I was also against this guy and when I stood on my tip-toes for the tunnel, my bum was exactly smooshed against his bum! Which was hilarious as I could feel it in line exactly!!! As soon as the train doors opened I flew out to avoid any confrontation with the bum man 🙂