Monday, June 1, 2009

Welcome to New York!

Hey girls,

Here is an update!

On Friday, I got to have lunch with T and L before I left! They were so sweet, and got me the prettiest set of pearls and matching pearl earrings to help me "not forget the South". Friday night, Mom and I had a glass of wine and finished packing everything. My father made things a bit hard, and was absolutely rude, but by Saturday I was over that and ready to leave NC.

On Saturday morning, I finally had all 3 suitcases loaded in the car, and I was ready to go! I got to the airport around 8, and my mother and sister came with me! It surprisingly didn't take me long to check my bags, and the lady helping me was so sweet! Needless to say, both checked bags were overweight! One was 75, and the other was 58. She actually only made me pay extra for one, and we had like a 30 minute conversation about my NYC internships! It was from that point I knew, if she was nice to me when both bags were WELL over weight, I was going to have a good day!
As always, because I suck at goodbyes, I was upset when it was time for mom and Sarah to leave. Needless to say, I cried for a minute, but then they pushed me on into the security line and off I went!
It was absolutely packed, but the security officers were extremely sweet too! It was quicker and easier than it had ever been! I actually met a man in line behind me (I accidentally whacked him with my purse trying to answer my phone! oops!) but anyways, he didn't mind, and he told me his son was interning in NYC as well, and he was going to visit! His son was staying at NYU and so that was pretty interesting!
As I was waiting at the gate for my plane, it had been about an hour. I was anxious, especially when my gate started boarding a Chicago flight!
Luckily, I asked people around me if this was to New York, and it was originally, but they changed it so thankfully, a very nice person beside me showed me where to go!
I was hauling it down to gate 4, from gate 15...I made it just in time with about 2 minutes to spare! Some guy that worked there jumped in front of me mid way, and kept asking if I needed directions, I bout knocked him out too! I thought, you know I may have been blonde and look naive, but I was gonna miss my freakin plane if he didnt get out of my way!
When we boarded the plane, I got a plane partner that looked just like me! She was dressed to the 9's and luckily nobody was in the middle seat so we both had room for all of our extras! We compared our blackberries and exchanged magazines the whole time! I loved it! She manages a restaurant in NYC, so I told her my friends and I would certainly come try it!
It took about 30 minutes after boarding to take off because unfortunately their were 15 planes in front of us taking off! Thats a lot of planes. I had a great flight though!
When I landed, I attempted to follow everyone to baggage claim, and by the grace of God, I made it! Both of my bags were huge, but I marked them with pink luggage tags so I would know which ones to get! I couldn't grab them both, because I remember last time, I actually FELL onto the bag belt, and a STRONG HUGE man had to lift me, and my bag off! So embarrassing!
Instead, I tapped another strong looking man on the shoulder and asked if he could help me...well, he was African and didn't know great English, so I pointed to my big bag, and he grabbed it right off the belt! So thankful there were such sweet people around me that day!On the way out I actually met 2 other interns, and we are all in the same building!
After the chaoes of baggage claim, I took all 3 bags, bought an "In Style", and sat on a nearby bench until my roommate landed.
About halfway into my magazine, these freaky people were staring at me, and then approached me about a survey...thanks but NO! They did it 3 times, it was freaky!
Then, this girl from Wisconsin came and sat on the bench I was on waiting for a shuttle, since she landed about an hour early. She was so funny, she had just graduated, and she was just up and moving to the City to find a job and start her life! I thought that was so cool, shes brave, and I bet she will land a great job! It was really fun meeting so many people my age!
About an hour after me, my roommate got there and we somehow piled 8 suitcases, and 4 people into 1 minivan cab! Too funny!
We got to the New Yorker and couldn't even begin to unpack! I stuck everything necessary for the weekend into my carry on so I could find things easily!
That afternoon, we ate at the cutest cafe right near our hotel. We were able to eat on the roof and people watch for 2 hours! I had the coldest glass of white wine, it was so good after that long morning of traveling!
That night, we relaxed with some White Russians, and made our plan for the next few days!
Before dinner though, we took a tour on one of those Double Decker Buses!! I had never done that before, but we had an awesome tour guide and got to see all of Manhattan! We even saw where Katharine Hepburn lived!! I recommend that to anyone visiting! Those tours are great! It is so pretty here, and the weather has been amazing!
Yesterday, we got to check into our room for the summer! I am on the 16th floor, but my view is not quite what I expected. Unfortunately, we have a beautiful view of the Hotel Dumpster! HAHA! Oh, and our neighbors window...who has cable and we don't yet so thats been convenient!
We had a social last night, but I couldnt meet too many people because it was such a tight space! I did meet a few though that are also interns in media and advertising so it is going to be a great summer!
I also met this guy and girl that I have been talking to from the New Yorker Facebook group for a month! They are both so much fun, and I cannot wait to continue to get to know them! They are a blast!!
Later that night, my roommate and I needed to check our e-mail so we went door to door (actually this cute guy lives about 3 doors down, so we went to THAT door) and he let us use his computer, and then we all made plans for next week!
When we toured the hotel, the room we saw was huge and spacey! When we walked in our room...8 bags in was like a single room with 2 of everything! At first I was rather overwhelmed, but its absolutely perfect for the summer, and we were so lucky to find it! It will be perfect when everything is put into place.
We still have to
-Loft the beds
-Get another dresser from the Hotel (they only gave us 1) We thought we were missing a closet too, but we get 1 of those as well! It is TINY I may be living out of my suitcase for a bit!
-Get Ethernet cords
-Hook up cable
-Arrange Furniture

We revamped our bathroom yesterday after a trip to the City's KMart, apparently KMart is like North Carolina's Target here in the City!
We have pink and green everywhere, its just perfect for us!

After we got moved in and semi-unpacked, we went down and had margaritas, it was a nice break!

We then decided to practice our routes to work since on Mondays and Wednesdays my roommate and I take the same route!
We can walk it, straight shot, in 30 minutes
We can take the Subway and transfer to the shuttle (which lets out right at my building) in just 15 minutes!

This morning, I got up around 7 to get ready! I decided to wear a suit because im not exactly sure what the dress code is yet. I wore a black pencil skirt, with a white 4 button jacket, and gold flats. I just cant pull out the heels quite yet! My roommate and I left by 8, and arrived at work by 8:15, so since we had until 9 we went to Starbucks and drank our coffee in the park! It was so much fun!

Around 9, I finally got to work, and am sitting in the Law Library until 11, because today is from 11 to 5, but they let us just hang out.

I met some nice people that work in marketing upstairs, and they gave me their cards and said to come up and see the office sometime! It is amazing who and how many people you can meet in a few days here!

The only downfall is that my accent is so uncommon...people have asked if im Irish, Southern, and Polish! I am guessing the blonde hair and blue eyes influence 2 of the above curiosities?

Tomorrow I work on the Upper East Side at another firm, so im sure ill have more to tell!

I have loved every minute of it so far, I will keep y'all posted!

Have a great Monday!


Prissy Southern Prep said...

I hope your time in NYC gets better and better everyday!

QueenBeeSwain said...

Amazing awaits! Oooh I am so excited for you and you are upbeat and a go-getter- nothing short of the world is possible- love that this was a loooong entry- seriously- you need to get a book published based on your stories this summer! Do it lady!

Kick some rear and keep on being the brave, determined and sweet dear that you are!


Preppy 101 said...

Sounds fabulous so far!! My AS and BDiL live in NYC! They absol love it! You may be able to wear cute flats all the time to work. Flats are very 'in' I think - with all the walking, I can certainly understand why! Take care of yourself, be careful, and if you should have any emergency sit's, let me know. I could get info for you ;-) xoox

Anonymous said...

I am glad that you got there safely! Sounds like so much fun! Can't wait to hear more of NYC!

PINK POPPY said...

How exciting...let the fun begin! you are going to have a GREAT summer....! :)

Elizabeth said...

I'm so happy for you! It sounds like this is going to be a great experience!

Rickrack and Pompoms said...

love the post, so so proud of you!