It all comes out in the wash…

Or on the dance floor…

Or with the booze…

And you know I’m right about those. So who is ready for another post? Ooooo, I am I am!!
It’s been an interesting and exciting few days, personally and professionally, so here we go!

The wash- yes, I did my laundry at a laundromat for the first time ever… And it didn’t eat my clothes, in fact they came out clean, dry, and lovely.

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I had Friday morning off from work and a very full bin of worn clothes, so I decided a cloudy Friday after brunch was the perfect time to experiment. And it was. The nearest laundromat is less then a block from my apartment door, so that is great. After separating clothes into 2 piles, it was into the machines for a wash and then all in the dryer. While I was waiting I sat and started reading “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes”. And a little over an hour later I had clean clothes to wear! I know this may not seem like the most amazing this ever, but it was totally new for me, coin operated laundry machines that are not located in my house, and I was excited to do something new, another basic of living.

The dance floor- I went out SWING DANCING last night!!!!!!!!! As some of you know, I was a swing dancer, assistant director and choreographer for a swing company back home and I absolutely love swing dance and the dance community in general. One of my roommates had some friends over and one of them wanted to go to this swing event and they asked if I would like to join in… How could I turn that down– a speak easy swing event… Very stylized with live music… YA, I’m so there! Got dressed up in a mint green dress and sparkly jewelry and off we went. One dance partner had no idea what he was doing and it was like I was in rehearsal week 1 all over again… But I was able to reach him the VERY BASIC swing step and I think he got the idea. By the end of the night there was a rumor going around that I was from Atlanta and I could dance, I’m ok with that, and I got to dance with some really good partners.

It was so wonderful to get out and do something I love that was non work related. Just let yourself go and don’t turn down a dance offer! I had a great night and plan on following up on the Swing scene here in NYC. This was also perfect timing because Saturday I really didn’t leave my apartment at all because it was COLD and RAINY and GRAY all day… I had just worked the last few days at Rain Room in the cold gray wind rain thunder and lightning, so I was glad to be dry warm and inside most of the day.

The booze- look good and know how to dance and people just might offer to buy you a drink… I don’t say no to a little gin & tonic now and then, especially on someone else’s tab… That’s just the honest truth. Not nearly enough to loose focus or judgement, but it’s not something I’m getting for myself.
And sometimes the booze can go to your head and have you up at all hours of the day or night, thinking over your life and choices… On the phone… The unspoken reveals itself… For better, worse, clarity, or something in between. We have all had those nights on one end of the phone or the other,lets night deny it… Sometimes you need someone to talk to, or have something to talk about.

Well, and of course there has been work. Rain Room requires that we are outside tending to our members a s guests as long as they are willing to wait, meaning in any sort of weather. Earlier this week is was sunny and warm and humid and I was in heaven…the it got cold and rainy and I was irritated. I got myself a fresh dry pair of rain boots, polka dot of course, and an Amazing RED rain jacked/wind breaker… It’s my statement coat! (And you definitely can’t miss my walking down the street!)

The RR shut itself down AGAIN in Friday 30 minutes before closing and made many people very upset. It’s one thing for the water to shut off, but even the single light turned off for about a minute and we were left in the total darkness with complaining patrons… Not a situation I want to experience again any time soon. Of course this would happen on “free Friday” when the lines are even worse!! And then today it spring a leak where the water won’t stop when you walk at it and that’s just awkward. Waits today got up to 4+ hours (members) and 6+ hours (general public). Delivering that sort of news to people at 10AM is not all that enjoyable. I find it comical the people who show up and think they won’t have to wait at all… And we are all like BUT YA YOU DO!!

On that note, I am working with a really phenomenal group of people who I am growing to care for and respect more and more every day. I’m hoping to have some time to bake something fun and bring in to work later this week or next. I think that would be a really nice this to do, we are all watching out for each other. 🙂
Well, not as many pics in this one, but I hope y’all enjoy. These are my next door neighbors–

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And on that note I will retire for the evening. Hoping to get for a run tomorrow, goodness I miss doing my 4 miles every day!!! And then who knows what the day will hold! I’m so in love with NYC!

<3always, Christiane

Singin’ in the Rain

Ahh! So much has been going on! Everyday I’m falling even more in love with this city and work has been going well so far.

In my last post I promised I would share some stories from the Rain Room so that’s what this post is dedicated too!

So, one day while I was working the (previous) indoor Rain Room position, the whole thing shut itself down! There were people in the water and everything– apparently it has a built in fail safe In case the pumps get clogged or the system overheats– so with about 8 people in it, the Rain Room just stopped. It was so weird. People stayed in the rain field and looked around confused, instead of stepping out, just looking up at the ceiling, haha. I got to use my stage manager voice to get everyone to leave the room while the technicians worked to bring the system pack on line and running. Then, about 30 minutes later things were back and raining. The guests handled it very well and were vey nice!

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Regardless of the weather MoMA and the Rain Room are open. It’s been 50 rainy and windy, 82 sunny and humid, and everything in between. We have had members and general public waiting in lines for hours in all King’s of weather. It’s almost funny when someone who has been waiting in line for an hours (when we told them the wait would be over 2 hours) complains a out standing out in the weather… And I’m just like, “aww you’re been out here for an hour? I get to stand out here for 7.5 hours… I don’t want to hear you fuss… Cause I’m not fussing.”
However, anyone I have talked to has said the wait was worth it. To experience the Rain Room.

Every day we have tons of people taking interesting pictures in the RR. One day, someone asked my if they could open an umbrella in the water, for pictures. Couples kissing in the rain. Interesting silhouettes.

I have two favorite parts of working in the Rain Room. First, watching guests faces when they walk into the room. People’s jaws literally drop and it’s so sweet. I enjoy answering questions and telling people more about the exhibit. My second favorite thing is watching people walk into the water. While everyone approaches the rain differently– holding hands with someone special, holding a camera, looking up, looking down, or looking out, and so much more– everyone enters with a little concern, fear, apprehension, and excitement. Once people enter the water and walk in a little ways,the water closes around them and they are surrounded by the water. It’s really beautiful.

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MoMA hosted a staff party last week, outside in the sculpture garden and it was beautiful. Not to mention open bar and dinner. 🙂

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Well, maybe I don’t have all that many interesting stories… But I guess I have some time now to recap on other tins I’ve been up too.

After working about 8 days in a row, I had a Saturday off. I got some of the basics done, like cleaning, running, grocery shopping, cooking, baking,

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sleeping, and such. Haha.
After another day of work, in the cold RAIN with a warm shower to round off the day, I had Monday off work. So what better to do then explore new trains and hang out with friends.

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First, I headed up the West Central Park to catch up with Bhumi on the last day in the city and go to the Natural History Museum. An amazing little perk of working at MoMA is that if I show my staff ID I get a comp ticket to other museums. We had a fun time walking all around the museum looking at various exhibits. We both really liked the gem and mineral section… Ooooo shiny!

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Then we walked around Central Park and got soft pretzels. Then we walked way down Lexington Ave. snooping in various shops and taking pictures, on our way to catch up with her cousin for dinner.

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We stopped in at my favorite place every, Swarovski, and guess what— they were having an amazing 50% off special items SALE!!!! (Note- Swarovski almost never puts their products on sale so this was a huge deal)… So of course I had to look around.
We caught up with Bhumi’s cousin, jumped back on the subway, and headed to Madison Square Park for dinner at the Shake Shack, it was soooo good!

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After dinner and a little more walking, we parted ways and I jumped back on the subway headed for Battery Park to see “Great Gatsby” with an old DSA friend. The movie was good and afterwards it was back up to Astoria for me and to bed for another day of work.

And there you go! I went for a great run this morning and am spending the rest of the day off my feet and inside. It’s a relax sort of day, thank goodness!

I hope you all are doing well and are continuing to enjoy the blog! Share, comment, and like!

<3always, Christiane

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The Devil Wears Payless

Y’all miss me??!!! Told you it would be a while between posts, this one may be a little lengthy, but totally worth ready- I’ve had some exciting adventures at MoMA and in NYC!!

I think we left off the day before training began…. And training Thursday and Saturday went well. We learned a little more about the exhibit Rain Room (more on that in a bit), we got a tour around the museum and our staff area, and we learned the fine art of selling memberships to MoMA. We are the first group of temp staff to be cross trained in visitor services and membership! We were also some of the very first people to have the lovely opportunity to walk through the Rain Room! It’s so amazing!
Before we get in to all the good stuff– what is Rain Room I’m sure you all are wondering. Basically it is a big black box (I hope I’m not the only one the start singing “To sit in solemn silence”) with one bright light and a large area of falling water, very real rain. When you walk into the water field 3d cameras pick you up and turn off the water above you. So as you walk through the water you do not get wet but it’s raining all around you. Yes, if you run you will get very wet. I discovered New Yorkers have no sense of slow walking, so I had to come up with other words like stroll, meander, mosey. It is a beautiful installation, but it has a very small capacity– that’s where the trouble begins, and part of why the great team of people I’m part of was hired.

Rain Room opened at MoMA on Sunday (Mothers Day) and we had lines waiting as long as 3 hours outside to see it. Everyone I talked to said it was well worth the wait, but some people, but not all people like waiting. Basically, as staff we have different positions that we rotate throughout the day– someone directing visitors to the correct line (members get priority :-p ), scanning tickets, selling memberships, floating and helping as needed, and being in the room itself letting small groups in a few at a time (probably everyone’s favorite because guests are happy at that point)! And we do that roughly 9-5 every day.
I have worked every day sense opening on Sunday and will not have a day off till Saturday. Between training days I did have a day of, which I spent in a fabulous outfit strolling Times Square, people watching at Starbucks, shopping, having dinner with family friend. Yes I know it’s a touristy thing to do, but I’ve never gotten to do that and I had a day off! What better way to spend it! I can’t wait to have time to go see some shows on Broadway, I think that’s the next big thing.

I will need to have a whole post dedicated to funny, interesting, stressful, etc. Rain Room stories, but I want also to share some New York thoughts, suggestions, and experiences.

The subway- not as big and scary as I thought it would be. I actually feel like I’m getting the hang of it! The app Hopstop is AMAZING! Really, anyone moving to NY and concerned about the subway, download this app… It’s free (on my Mac products anyway), works really well, and has relieved so much of my stress about traveling.

Central Park– a great place to relax, and luckily very close to work for me. I went on Sarutday after training with the soul purpose of seeking out the Balto statue. I found it!! Like a dream come true, Balto was one of my favorite animated movies growing up and I always wanted to see his statue. It was too wet to sit with Balto (it’s been raining a lot here) but I walked around a little. I was surprised how quiet and peaceful the park was when its in the middle of a HUGE LOUD BUSY city.

Comfort foods– something I find very important. I have resorted to my favorite lunch of all, peanut butter sandwich! Breakfast is oatmeal and orange juice (I have someone very special to blame for that) and then there was the issue of chocolate. I didn’t want to buy a bag so m&ms that would be gone Ina few days. I walk past the Lindt Chocolate store everyday to and from work, so I stopped in one day and got a bag of 37 various truffles. I’m enjoying one truffle a day, it’s nice and cuts my desire for lots of chocolate.

I have also enjoyed stopping in at the Swarovski store and Gap on 5th Ave. I desperately needed a pair of work appropriate pants, so thank goodness for Gap.
That’s another thing– PACK APPROPRIATELY FOR THE WEATHER OF THE REGION!! little southern girl here was all ready for summer and here it is on the 50s and windy! WTF. Anyway, check the weather channel and believe it! The Dunkin’ Donuts on the corner has been saving my life the past few mornings… Tomorrow will be no exception, as I have to be at work at 8am for a special viewing for RR for upper level members… Oooooo fancy!

I should be wrapping up soon, but not without saying how much fun I have with the wonderful Bhumi who came to the big city. It was fun to go out and catch up with her in NY. We went to a little place called Serendipity and had the most amazing hot chocolate! 😀

But before I go— what ever did I mean by that post title: The Devil Wears Prada Payless.
I had to get shoes with a little more flare and class and variety then my beat up (loved) 2 year old sneakers and walking flats. Payless here is so great, I got some silver flats and black wedges for such a good price, and they are really comfortable too! Walking 5th Ave. and looking the part of not a New York visitor, but a real New York woman is helping to make this experience even more fun and real.

I’m having a great time so far, can’t wait to see my check after this LONG week, and now must go to bed so I can get all dressed up and do it again tomorrow!

So, until next time… Keep loving, dreaming, and living!

<3always,
Christiane

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Is there a good title for this?

WHAT? Another entry so soon? Christiane, is this going to be a trend… Posting every other day, I did not sign up to get that many email about this!
No no, have no fear- today was just so crazy, exciting, scary, and more it needed an entry. I needed to talk about today… Maybe make it a little more real for myself? And with training starting tomorrow, I will get busy and then you may find yourself wishing I was posting more! Haha 🙂

So, shall we start at the very beginning? A very good place to start (points to those who got that)
Yesterday, was a busy productive day- filled out official MoMA paperwork and sent that off, moved everything out of Agnes apartment and packed baby Pete (my dear darling car) full of stuff, cleaned the apartment, visited DSA, and got to my last Decatur Big Peach group run! A nice dinner with the family and slept well.
This morning was easy. I was already checked into my flight, thank you Delta app. and my bags were ready to go. We were taking baby Pete to the airport, so we went for one last cruise down NDH to the gas station (Is it bad that writing about my car is making me cry?) then we left for the lovely large Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson international airport around 12:45.
Did this awesome thing- curb side baggage check- SO EASY… Very glad I checked both of my large bags. After some pictures and many good byes with Mother dear it was off to security– “Waiting, everyone is just waiting”… But I got through that no problem at all and the I was right there on concourse T, so easy to get to the gate! I was vert early so i got a good seat looking right over e air field and watched the planes… when ours got there i even saw my luggage get scanned and loaded on board, so cool! Plane was on time, we boarded and were up at what, 30,000 feet, in no time at all. And after a glass of juice, pretzels, the introduction to A Cabinet of Roman Curiosities (thank you so much MD) and a cup of coffee… It was back to the upright and locked position for landing.

(Now it gets good!)

I’m LANDED IN NEW YORK!!!

If anyone can navigate Hartsfield, any other airport is a piece of cake… De-boarded and got to baggage claim in no time at all. Had to wait there a bit, but when they came around, there was NO missing my matching set of pink floral Vera Bradley duffle bags!

It wasn’t raining, thank goodness, so I bought my first ever MTA metro card and headed for the BUS! M60 to Manhattan, and let it begin. Immediately my skills of observation kicked in, I did not want to look like I had no idea what I was really doing… I think I did a good job. Sort ride later I’m getting off in Queens and calling my new roommate (whom I’ve only via Facebook and Skype mind you). “You see the big highway” ” yes…” ” cross that and I’ll be down to meet you”. Alright I thought, here I go.

I have gotten moved in and unpacked… It feels more real now. Not like I’m here for a long weekend or something, but that I can call this home, to some extent, and take things in over time.
My new roommate and I the went for a lovely evening tour walk around my new neighborhood, showing me laundry matts, grocery store, delis and bakeries, shopping, and tons of other things in my new neighborhood.
AND the SUBWAY… Which I will use for the first time tomorrow to get to training!

I went grocery shopping and came home for dinner. Isn’t there a saying or something that once you buy your first round of groceries you are really living in a place? Well, that’s me!

I’m still calm, surprisingly… I have not cried much or been so nervous that I do something incredibly Stupid (get that reference??) so I think I’m taking this well and adjusting.

Dinner was my comfort go to food- peanut butter sandwich and an apple.

Then with a hot mug of Georgia Peach tea (thank you Emilia!!) it was blog time.

And now, clocking in around 11:15pm in NYC, I think it is bed time.

And tomorrow, the real work begins.
(Ill give you that one, it’s a line from the Disney movie Mulan )

So, a few photos to close out the night.

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Pete, I miss you! ❤

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There she is!

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And there we go.

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Coffee coffee coffee

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My new space!

Enjoy, good night y’all! (Remember to follow and share the blog, I’m not just writing for my own amusement.) 😀

<3always, Christiane

Reflection

Well, it’s 2:15… AM… And I have been packing, cleaning, unpacking, removing items, re-packing… You get the idea. Thank goodness for vacuum pack bags… I feel like I’m over packing a little, but there is so much I’ve already decided I don’t need! Anyway… As I have to much on my mind to sleep, I decided a pre-departure post would be nice.

I’ll actually be leaving Wednesday afternoon and training starts Thursday morning, but doubt I’ll have tome for a good post then, so this will work 🙂
Hopefully jumping right in a being busy will help with the sadness I am feeling (no matter how much I try to hide it).

This past week has been crazy. Besides pinning down a place to LIVE in NYC and booking the flight… I still wanted to keep some continuity and continue doing the things I enjoy and have committed here at home… AND to top it all off, FINALS. So here’s a list to recap all the events of the week:

Alliance open dance audition
Classes ended
House/cat sit for 5 days
ROMAN CIV final paper
Lunch with Marianne and Maria– YAY McCain Library Archives!
Dog/house sit
300 LATIN LYRIC RESEARCH paper
“Beat the Street for Little Feet” Pete the Cat 5K run– Saturday morning… IN THE RAIN
DSA Fringe Fest– ❤
Athletic Club Northeast– Final day of work. 2 years, I'll miss y'all! AND Staff lunch!!
PACKING
Clothes shopping for the job
Visit with BFF Jessica
PACKING
Rug Cutters Swing… Last rehearsal– y'all made me cry! I'll miss you so much.
PACKING and CLEANING

and that brings us to right now.

It's been a busy week, but I have never felt more loved from all the people around me. And realizing how much they mean to me and I mean to them. I'm technically not done with my Undergraduate career and a graduate of Agnes Scott College 2013. In a way it's all a little bittersweet, but we must keep moving on.

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There’s the photo montage to go with!
This weekend I also got my schedule and training information for MoMA Rain Room so this is becoming very real. The NY subway system is still intimidating, but I have an app for that!! Haha, so when I get there maybe I won’t be totally lost. Having borrowed “The Devil Wears Prada” on DVD from the library all this weekend, I have been channeling my inner New York fashion diva, and it was a great relaxer between papers!

And it’s pushing 3AM… There is much more I could write about, reflect about, but I’ll save that for another post, probably from an air port or NYC itself.

So, until then
<3always, Christiane

Nothing to everything!

So, it’s the first of many blog posts about my travels and work in New York City at MoMa the Museum of Modern Art.

Here’s the back story– A little over a week ago I met the girlfriend of the nephew of a friend of my family… she works at MoMA. While driving them to the Atlanta High Museum of Art, we talked about her job and my plans after graduation.

“What are you doing May 10?” “Well, I graduate on the 11th… then I have some personal travel plans for the summer.” “Ah, we need more people to work our new summer outdoor exhibit…”

And that’s where it all started. The next day, all my personal travel plans fell apart, I was upset almost a royal mess, but this timely made me rethink my summer. I called my new friend and asked more about working at MoMa. She asked me to send her my resume, Monday we set up a phone interview with a few other people on the summer exhibit board, I phone onterviewed on Wedensday, and 6 hours later I got an acceptance email to work as Summer Exhibition Assistant at MoMA in NYC.

For about 24 hours I was excited and in shock… the next day the reality hit me s**t, I need to move to New York in 2 weeks- AAAHHH!! So the frantic work of finding relatively affordible housing, booking a plane ticket, getting my final assignments completed and turned in, moving out of my apartment here in Georgia, packing for the trip and planning on actually living in NYC began.

And that’s where things stand at the moment!

This blog: MoMA- working in NYC will be y’alls link to follow my exciting new job and travels in the Big Apple. I will keep it updated with happenings, thoughts, and hopefully pictures!

Hope you all will follow me and enjoy!

<3always, Christiane