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365 ONE: day 183…Subway Observances

Day 183: July 9th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Don’t Worry Baby” by The Beach Boys

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Too Bright in Office”

Anything to Note =

Some subway stories again!

This morning the MTA card machines were not working – they were not accepting any payment with a credit or debit card, just cash. So there were huge lines of angry folks dashing about in panic this morning. They kept coming up to me asking if I had seen anyone’s card transaction go through in front of me, as I was also in line to refill my MTA card, but with cash….actually with coins!!

Since I am leaving in two days, and my monthly metrocard ran out Saturday, I have been scrounging around the house gathering coins to pay for my two subway rides a day – so again today I managed to find $4.50 in quarters and dimes for today’s journey haha! 🙂

So I was afraid that people were going to be mad at me for taking so long to put in all the coins to load my metrocard, but lo and behold they were already mad at the machines, so I escaped 🙂

As the journey continued…

There was a couple on one side of the subway car and then a younger couple across from them, in those two-seater sections. And as the elder couple got off the subway, the woman approached the younger couple and said:

“I was watching you both and I can tell you are both really in love and will be married a really long time.”

She also said that her and her husband were celebrating their 24 year anniversary so wanted to share that with them.

It was kinda cute! The younger couple were thrown off a bit and went bright red and kept saying “thank you” to them.

Ah love 🙂

Speaking of love on the subway – the busker last night on the platform was singing from The Little Mermaid!!! It was cute but kinda funny that it was coming from a guy 🙂 He had a good voice though!

And lastly, before my journey to the office ended, I saw two men with their flies down! Why does it not feel our place to tell people when their flies are down?

I wanted to say something but then one got off a stop later. But then I was across from the other one, and just wanted to tell him, but I didn’t feel it my place to.

It was rush hour too so kept thinking that I couldn’t just announce it to him as others would then notice and I didn’t want to do that to the poor fellow – and I was not close enough to whisper it….I hope someone told him!!

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365 ONE: day 164…Sweaty then Waiting

Day 164: June 20th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Soul Rebel” by  Bob Marley

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Quest Diagnostics Waiting  Room”

Anything to Note =

The heat index today was 105!!

Today and tomorrow there’s been a heat warning issued! Great! That’s all I need!!

It was one of those “wipe the sweat off your upper lip” days!

I had to speed walk to catch the subway this morning to make it to my glucose screening test I had that was early, and boy was I wiping the sweat away after that mad dash! I tried to put on the loosest clothing but had no time this morning so ended up wearing some preggo clothes that were given to me from a friend, but they are huge – so not only do I look like a giant sack of potatoes BUT was one of those sweato’s on the subway, that you watch sweat drip down, and don’t necessarily want to be too close to them in the rush hour squeeze 😦

Don’t you just love it when you feel sweat drip down your back! Or better yet, gather in between your boobs!!

YUMMY!!

Then of course the flip side to that is then you freeze when you go anywhere as the A/C is on – and in the USA it is pounding in ever store/place you go, like the waiting room at Quest Diagnostics I had to wait 3 hours in to complete my test!! Hot then COLD!!

It was for my glucose testing this morning, that is a routine 26 weeks pregnancy test, where I had to be fasting the last two days with no simple carbs or processed sugar, and then nothing after midnight last night, and they take blood three times, once an hour. After the first blood draw they give you a bright orange drink to down as fast as you can – it was disgusting! But had to be done! The biggest problem is fighting the nausea and wooziness as you can’t eat or drink water from midnight, and I get nauseous anyway with an empty stomach let alone now even more so while pregnant, so by the third hour  I was in the corner trying to get through. Ugh. Not fun. They tell you to pack a snack to eat after you’re done with this test so you know this must happen a lot.

The waiting room did feel like I was in a play though with the noise of the door creaking open as new people came in, the sign-in routine, and the characters – there were many! I captured a bit on my video upload – no words necessary! Just watching is intriguing and tells a story, or several stories.

People are so fascinating to watch in a waiting room!


365 ONE: day 92…a pantless idea…

Day 92: April 9th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Get Hype (Scott Brown Remix)” by DJ Dougal & Gammer

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Couch Zone”

Anything to Note =

There’s nothing like a little train delay on a Monday morning and having to do a little speed walk before 9am!! Yup, that’s how the day started out. Oh Monday Monday.

I was wearing my baggy trousers today that are long (let’s face it – ALL my trousers are too long! Thanks to being 5’2″!) I should tailor them, although they are like thin stretchy flowy material so don’t think I can, but could cut them. Although I took my maternity trousers to be taken up at the local tailor/dry cleaners near my apartment and when I went to pick them up the woman gave them to me and asked me how I was feeling and doing and getting by. I had never met her before! But she knew my name and was really concerned and asking genuinely! It was so super nice! Well, ding ding ding, they now will have my business 🙂

Sorry – so tired I went on a tangent!

Back to my flowy trousers I am wearing…anyway, I had a funny thought. I often get caught in these trousers when I walk up and down stairs. The wind or my movement makes the trousers move and then it gets in front of my next foot sometimes and I catch myself from falling! It’s happened a lot in these trousers so now I tend to hold them up especially when going up stairs.

Anyway, there are two very long escalators to get to the 7 train at Grand Central, and as I was walking down I caught myself from falling – wasn’t bad but it happened, and it happened quite close to the end of the first one. And it made me think how hilarious it would be, well horrific really, but hilarious if my long trousers got sucked into the end of the escalator and got ripped off! In the midst of rush hour with sooooo many people about!!!

I was cracking up to myself as it would be amazing…granted it would be amazing to watch and not actually have happen to you as that would really be horrific!! But, I started to wonder if I could re-create it somehow or stage it like something for Jackass or for that show where they do pranks with real people to get the reactions of the public and see what they would do. It’s perfect!

I wonder what people would do honestly. Would they help? How can you help? Would you give them something to cover themselves up???!! Would you give them your trousers?????!!!! HAHA!!

Yup, you can tell I’m over-tired with this talk!


365 ONE: day 68…Pussycat Dolls in the Stairwell!

Day 68: March 16th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Buttons” by Pussycat Dolls

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Too Hot To But Do”

Anything to Note =

I burned my tongue on my hot food….which inspired my video upload 🙂

Leaving for MD for the weekend as have a film shoot down in Baltimore so had to race around today amidst crazy work to get all my 365 done as I will be driving in rush hour after so will take a while to get there and won’t be any time for some 365. Certainly cannot do it in the car while driving!!

So another one of those days where I squeeze it all in at the office. This time I was pretty lucky though as managed to get in all my push-ups and planks and sit-ups in one go with not one single person coming in to the bathroom, so that was good 🙂 Lately, can’t get anything in as there is always someone else in there.

Another dance in the stairwell today too – this time though a man watched me go into the stairwell as he was heading to the men’s toilet which is right next door, and gave me a funny look like “Where is she going? And why is she going into the stairwell?” So from the bathroom he probably heard my Pussycat Dolls song haha!!

I wonder – all the things I do in the stairwell, there must be building security cameras, right? Soooooo are they watching me? It hit me in the middle of my dance today as I was provocatively dancing like a stripper to the stairwell rails that there may be people watching me so at first I was like – wow, they are going to be laughing their asses off! But then it inspired me to make them laugh more….yup,. out came the inner cage girl again!!

I sooooo want to be a cage girl…

Or a Go Go Dancer…

After I have my baby!!!

Ummmmmm….


365 ONE: day 67…HORRIBLE train ride to work

Day 67: March 15th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Beautiful Night” by Diana Birzu Feat. Tony Ray & MC Robinho

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “TV Commercial Copycat”

Anything to Note =

I had a HORRIBLE morning this morning. I transferred to the 7 train going to work as usual and everything started out normal. I even got a good spot near the door on the 7 train since I can’t sit on public transportation, and that door opens closest to the escalator when we arrive into Grand Central, that is where I prefer to be. It’s also the easiest place to do my tip-toes in the tunnel as I can be against the door and hold onto the rail at the same time.

Anyway, everything was going normal until we got to the last stop before the tunnel, one stop away from Grand Central. The doors opened and a flood of rush hour people got on and the doors closed. And then we didn’t move.

We didn’t move for like 30-45 minutes.

In a closed, jammed pack subway car.

And then I started to feel nauseous. I had my breakfast in my bag that I was carrying with me to eat when I got to the office but thus hadn’t eaten enough to combat my nausea.

As the time passed and I stood there I started to feel really bad and sick and faint and hot. I had a woman literally pressed up in front of me and all I kept thinking was:

“Hold it together. Breathe. Don’t vomit on the woman in front. Don’t faint.”

Sweat started to pour down me. I managed to wrangle off my coat but any minute I thought I was going to lose it.

I kept looking at the doors. If they would open again I would yell to get off, but I was smooshed all the way back against the opposite doors so I didn’t even know if I could.

And as the time passed and my fears of vomiting or fainting grew, it fueled my anxiety more and I started to get the onset of a panic attack. And the onset grew, and grew and I was so scared but I started to prepare myself for the worst. I had my cell phone in my hand and keys for the office in my pocket. I dropped them into my bag and put the bag on the floor between my legs with my coat as I thought any minute now I would drop to the ground….so I didn’t want to drop my phone from my hand or have my things scattered by the people trying to get off. I was convinced I wouldn’t make it.

And then the train moved.

I closed my eyes and started to do deep breathing. All sounds dropped out around me. All I could hear was my breathing and all I could feel was my hand gripping the rail so hard to keep me upright.

I didn’t think I was going to make it. I thought I would pass out in the tunnel and would have nowhere to go with the jam of people around me until the doors opened and released me backwards. I just kept saying in my head:

“We are almost there now. Don’t pass out now as I’ll fall and crack my head when the doors open. I could hurt the baby.”

And then I felt the train slow down. We had made it into Grand Central.

The doors opened and I slowly, with my eyes focused on one foot in front of the other, found my way through the crowds flying by me to a seat and sat down.

I had to sit there for like half hour to try to regain myself, to breathe in some colder air.

It was really frightening.

But I made it.

I know I have the “no sitting on public transportation” as part of my 365 but I would have sat if there had been a seat the way I felt.

A HORRIBLE start to the day.


365 ONE: day 46…New Yorkers like Crazy!

Day 46: February 23rd, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Miami” by Will Smith

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “700 Gummies”

Anything to Note =

New York City is the perfect place to be an actor….and I don’t mean that in the sense that it’s duh an artistic town, but in the sheer fact that you can go around talking to yourself, like memorizing your lines out loud or getting into character/role in public, and no one thinks anything of it! You don’t need an excuse to be mumbling to yourself on the subway or as you walk down the street, even when you’re standing in line at Starbucks…beacause everyone around you is used to the constant crazy! There is always something crazy around the corner, next to you, staring at you, so as an actor, you fit in quite nicely as IT IS YOU! 🙂

I walked from the office down to NYU today, yes to get my cardio in, but also because it was a chance to practice my role that I was about to interview in for the mock trials. Yesterday I had to play the expert on chlamydia, which I play every year for the mock trials, but today I had to play an additional new role in another mock trial – the ACS case worker. I felt less familiar and less confident with this role just because it was my first time, but thought nothing a good brisk walk, in role, wouldn’t be able to cure 🙂 I often do that for memorization – I am actually luckily a quick memorizer, but doing things like learning lines while at the gym on the elliptical always worked, and in the same vein, walking and speaking out loud helps too (a quick trick to those that need help memorizing…try it!).

It was a little tricky though today as I was leaving while the whole of NYC and their mother were leaving work during rush hour and had to thus weave myself through the hoards of people while still trying to maintain a brisk nature for the cardio sake, and also trying to look down at my notes in hand along the way, while mumbling! AND…hitting Herald Square and Union Square as well as the equally busy West Village area was not fun. It was me multi-tasking. Dizzily, I might add.

And, of course being a true New Yorker. A Crazy. You know, one of them 🙂