Friday, June 30, 2006

Volume 2: July 06

Hey guys!
Much has happened since I last updated you on the happenings here in the big apple! For those of you who didn't get the first email, I am pasting it to the bottom of this one so you can catch up. So here are the events that have come to pass over the last couple weeks:

1) I participated in the murder of 4 cockroaches. Actually one was already dead but I flushed it so it counts.

2) An 80+ year old woman budged in front of me in line at the grocery store to buy menora candles. (For all of you non-jewish people out there, the menora is the candleabra you light during Hanukkah...which is in December. However, apparently this lady was so desperate to get a good deal on them she felt the need to budge in front of me.) When I said excuse me she just smiled and patted her box of candles. I let it slide.

3) I obtained a position at Mount Sinai Medical Center as an assistant researcher. (This was the interview where I said I was rusty at stats...they must have gotten over it!) The job is in the department of rehabilitation medicine and I'll be working with data from patients with spinal cord and traumatic brain injury. Interesting. I start either the 5th or the 10th of July.

4) I witnessed a woman changing her 1 and a half year old kid's diaper in the middle of a department store on a bench. I'm not talking about on the side of the department store, like near the ladies rooms or anything. I'm talking right in the middle of the frickin store! I swear. People here are crazy.

5) I've gotten 3 sties on the same eye. I guess this one isnt the most exciting news but it kind of sucks.

So yes. If you've received this email, it means I've been thinking of you and miss seeing you! I love living with Scott but its rough not having any other familiar faces! Luckily my girl Lindsey is coming to visit next week. WOO HOO! And I start work soon and am hoping to make some friends there! Hope all is well with all of you and feel free to w/b and tell me what is happening with you and yours! Much love,

p.s. Tara and Char, can you share this with the rest of the gang again? Also, can I get Jack's email address and one of the holter ladies? Miss you guys!!!!

Friday, June 9, 2006

Volume I: June 06

Hello All,

Since nothing super concrete has happened yet to define my life in New York, I thought I'd send an email of brief happenings to keep you all up to date. Also, if you're getting this email, I must likely miss you as well. So here goes:

1) Was ditched by Super Shuttle (shuttle service from JFK airport) after midnight and shared a cab to the city with a photographer named Monte, originally from Chicago who lived in Washington Heights.2) Tried to take a shortcut from the train in New Jersey to get to IKEA to order our furniture and ended up having to take an extra monorail, bus and then walk a mile and a half to get to the actual store. Boo.3) Drove a 10 foot Uhaul truck in Manhattan to move things from Scott's old apartment to our new one. (It was only 4 miles however.)4) Killed a cockroach in my underwear in my new apartment. I cried because the thing was so creepy.5) Broke out in hives after drinking a Banana Coconut Frappucino from Star Bucks...though we're not sure that it was the culprit.6) Ruined our IKEA coffee table by screwing in a piece backwards which wasn't reversible.7) Had a job interview at Mount Sinai's Rehabilitation Medicine division for a research assistant position in spinal cord and traumatic brain injury. Hopefully I didn't blow it when I'm a little rusty at stats. Doh!

Quite frankly my friends, adjustment is hard. But I have been enjoying myself with Scott and love our new apartment despite our difficulties. Will write more when I know more about what my life will be like here in NYC. Love you all,Laurenp.s. Tara and/or Char- will you pass this email on to the other techs and holter ladies? Much love! Miss you guys!