The Computer Tech in Me

The  computer tech in me has long been dormant.  A memory. A different person in a distant past.  But she has recently, ie in the past 48 hours, come out of hiding and wreaked havoc.. actually worked magic… at work.

Ok Christiane, what in the world are you talking about?   Oh where do I even begin?  I’ll backtrack briefly.  In high school I had to, like so many other kids, take computer class.  But at an arts school we didn’t just learn how to type and what search terms to plug into Google to find accurate information.  Oh no no!  We were learning coding and creating web pages.  Studying 2D and 3D art and animation.  Practicing photo manipulation.  Oh, and I teamed up with another designer and the Yearbook staff to do all the graphic design for the final book.  I had friends who would take apart and rebuild their computers just for fun on a rainy afternoon and who could design you a business card in seconds.

I’ve always been tech savvy and great at following directions and solving puzzles.  I mean, I was offered a position with Apple company… I know SOMETHING about my computers.  I’m always the one in the family who can trouble shoot, upload, upgrade, install, export, backup, and when i have no idea… call tech support and have some idea of what they are talking about!  haha.

What does any of this have to do with anyway?  Well, at work we just had the floors replaced in our lobby and offices… that means all the desks had to be moved to storage… and that means that everything had to be taken off the desks… and that means the computers had to be all pulled apart and moved.  And THEN someone (me) had to put them all pack together.  Doesn’t sound all that difficult… except when your technology is getting on in years and is about as organized as rats nest.  Actually, the power cables, either cords, phone lines, and goodness knows what else reminded me of a rats nest tangled in a massive cobweb.

Yes, it was bad.  and Yes, I was tasked with untangling and reassembling all the computers and phones in the studio.  You can just see it now– there I am sitting on the floor in a pile of cables and cords and monitors and hard drives. Crawling into, under, and around desks and chairs and cabinets. And did I do it?  Oh yes I did.  I got 6 computers and phones plugged in, powered up, and online almost before anyone knew what hit them!

Ok Christiane… you are blowing this up, big time.  It’s not that hard to plug a power strip into the wall and turn it on.  Oh boy, do I wish that’s all it took.  Yes, plugging the mouse and keyboard with USB plugs into USB ports on their given devices isn’t rocked science (ok, none of this is rocket science)… but wiring a computer at 6am without coffee and hoping you are plugging that important looking… but unlabeled code, into the correct router port… can be well, stressful and intimidating.

But the short of this story is… well… that i got all the computers and phones set up and online and it was so smooth!  Ok… on the first one I did fun into some issues… but once I figured out what I was dealing with, the rest was cake.  And oh wasn’t it a precious moment when I my boss walked into the lobby and it looked like the computers had never been removed from the room.  Yes, what was a glorious moment indeed.

I love playing with technology.  Really, you can’t mess it up to much.  Something doesn’t work, try plugging it into something else.  Tome computer (usually) won’t bite you and you are (usually) much bigger then it.  Don’t show your fear and it will respect you.  LOL!!

I’m such a techie at heart… and maybe in a former life I really was a computer tech.  But for now, I’m the computer queen of the yoga studio and honestly, very proud of myself for that!

Anyway, just a story I wanted to share tonight.  I wish I had taken pictures of what I had to deal with… but just keep that rat’s nest-cobweb image in your head and thing how frustrated and overwhelmed you get when you can’t untangle a knot in your shoe string or a ball of yarn or your favorite necklace chain… and you will know what i was up against.

Share your story!  🙂

lovealways, christiane

Sharing is Scary Part 2: “Solo” in Progress

Happy Friday fabulous readers!

As promised, I’m continuing to work on and share dance performance and choreography. In this post I’m featuring the first rehearsal footage of a brand new piece I’m working on. This solo, untitled to date, is being performed by yours truly at the moment. I have always feared sharing a piece when is it still very much in progress, because things will change, be added or taken away, and people don’t always take well to seeing mistakes. However, I want to keep working on this piece and I feel like I will be more motivated if I have an audience to share it with. This is also helping me overcome my reservations and hesitations of sharing my original work.  (the link is at the bottom of the post… in hopes that you will read the post then watch the piece!)

 

With this piece being in progress, I thought I would talk a little about the many aspects and pieces that come together to begin work on a piece of choreography, at least as it applies to me. Each dancer and choreographer has their own process and method of working, so do not define the “choreographers way” as what I’m about to talk about… this is just my way.

 

MUSIC

Music is an important, but not totally crucial aspect for dance performance. Many pieces are done with and without music, sometimes the dancers know the track before getting onstage, other times it may be a game of chance. Some choreographers prefer not to use music with lyrics, not wanting the movement or the audience’s perception of the movement to be affected by the preexisting tone of the music.

Personally, I like to choreograph with my music already chosen. I don’t mind pieces with lyrics, but I’ll usually look for one that will compliment the style, movement and “story” of my dance. Often, when I hear a piece of music, I can already start to see the movement come to life in my head… this is how I know it’s something I want to work with. However, it’s not always the first piece of music that ends up fitting for a piece of dance. For this solo, I had chosen a very different piece of music, one that was very personal to me, and would fir well with the track for “Shaded Blue”… but at this time I was not motivated as I should be, to choreograph to it.   The piece I ended up choosing, “Elements” by Lindsay Stirling (check out her site and music!), found me. It came on a co-workers Pandora Radio station on day and I was hooked.  I could feel the creative juices starting to flow and I wanted to start creating right there in the middle of work… I know this was a piece I had to work with.

 

MOVEMENT

I like to create and set movement that is comfortable in my body. If I’m working on a piece for myself, or without a particular performer in mind, I will create using movement that highlight my strengths and show my body the way I want. On the other hand, if I’m setting movement on a particular dancer(s) or working with someone specific in mind, I will choreograph to highlight their strengths, while staying true to my form and style. For example, the opening solo to “Shaded Blue” which was specifically designed for Emily! I’m not at all adverse to making choreographic adjustments in the future, to make any piece a better fit for the dancer.

I have a tendency to pull from the variety of styles 

 

STRUCTURE, FORM, FUTURE

Some choreographers have a piece already mostly set, either in theirs heads or on paper, then the rehearsal process is just getting that out onto actual dancers. Others prefer to create as they go… maybe having definite points or movements that will happen as a given time, but the rest come together like a puzzle as they work. I am a little of both I think, depending on the piece. “Shaded Blue” was 90% written out on paper before I ever set foot in the studio with it and dancers. While changes and adjustments were made throughout the process, most of it is as I originally set. This new solo, on the other hand, is very much coming together each time I get in the studio to work.  While I have some ideas for the overall look and direction of the piece, I don’t always know what’s coming next… so much of my rehearsal time, right now, is playing and seeing what comes out.  The rehearsal process will be for another post… Yay, something to look forward too!!

In my head, this piece is a sister piece to “Shaded Blue” (premiered in the last Sharing is Scary post). watch it again! While “Shaded Blue” was more so movement for movement’s sake, this solo is a little more aggressive and the character is troubled. There is more tension on the stage and she is always looking off to something else… something just off stage… something she can’t have. The movement is more angular and sharp and I actually love the silhouette look I got in the studio! The music adds to the driving element, while being light and easy to listen to… and believe me, I listen to it a LOT!  the first week of working on this piece, I listened to the track every day on my 45 minute train commute, just to get it in my body and lear the music, phrasing, and character.  

When this piece will be finished… performed… with or without “Shaded Blue” is beyond me.  Right now I’m working on it so I can keep creating and to have something special to share with you all!  I would LOVE to reset Blue with this piece when it’s done… but I also don’t want to rush myself so I truly create something I’m proud of and enjoy.  (“Shaded Blue” is by far my favorite piece of Modern/Contemporary dance I’ve done… so this new one has a big sister to live up to)!!

And on that note… I should fork over the link to the new piece and let y’all see it for yourselves!  Here it is “Solo” 2014.  Please feel free to share, like, comment, etc!!  I love your feedback and support!  

 

Love always,  Christiane 

 

Same blog, different look!!

NAME CHANGE!  but it’s still me  🙂

Hey y’all!  How’s your Saturday going?  I’m at work… but as usual it’s pretty quiet and so I thought, why not spent a little quality time updating and upGRADING my beautiful blog?!!

 

I decided, sense I now live in New York (I’m no longer visiting) and I don’t work at MoMA anymore, that I would change the blog title to reflect this.  I’ve been talking about how I want to give this blog more structure and purpose and I think this is helping me get on the right track.  

 

I now work a lot in the health and fitness world and I’m very active myself… so I would like to share more of that here with you all (and hopefully more readers!).  I also live in a city that never sleeps and has new adventures waiting around every corner, which has always made for great posts!  

 

So please continue to follow, share, like and comment… as I continue to live the dream in NYC!

 

love always,  Christiane

What?! It’s not July 1, 2014

But it is… And I’ve been away for far to long.

To my dedicated blog readers and followers, my absence has been long and unfair…. I mean how else are you all updated on my amazing life? Well, that’s all about to change-

New month
New apartment
New job
New adventures
As well as lots to tell from my time away from the press

This entry is short, but it’s a promise- for posts and pictures and updates and surprises and more!

I’m still in NYC, no longer at MoMA. Back to running and falling in love with Pilates. I’ve made mistakes that I may never be able to repair, and I’ve hurt myself and others by trying to be a perfect fictional me. But that is no more…

So get ready to read, follow, like, comment, share, and whatever else one can to on here.

Better then ever, I’m BACK!

❤ Christiane

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Lights up in Washington Heights!

Hello beautiful dedicated blog readers! I know it’s been forever sense my last post, but life has been crazy and I’ve been running all over the place. This evening however, am in my new apartment and I finally have some relaxing down time and reliable Internet!! (Yes, this is a BIG deal)

So I’m hoping to entertain you with stories and pictures from the past few weeks as I truly made the transition to LIVING IN NEW YORK CITY!!!

To recap, when we last caught up I was still sleeping in a basement, working just 4 days a week, waiting for paperwork to be processed, and embarking on a new (sort of) relationship.

Well, in short now I am living in a lovely 3rd floor walk up apartment with windows, working a very long and solid 6 days a week, not dealing with and pending paperwork, and more in love and committed then ever to a very special person.

But a lot has happened in between… And here we go!

I was the first roommate to move in… And what did I do? After personally moving almost all ov my belongings in one day via trains, which took about 5 trips from Queens to the Heights and back… I slept on the floor for two nights and cleaned the entire apartment… Yes that’s right and it was rough-

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But so worth it. One, because I’ll be living with 4 men… So you know, start REALLY clean. Second, I would feel comfortable bringing in the new bed, clothes, food, etc knowing the kitchen counters had been Clorox-ed and the shower bleached.
Did you see that in the previous line…. New BED! And it’s amazing

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Kyle and I went out and shopped around, making decisions together and getting one we both liked and could afford. I, of course, went all out with pillows and coziness… And I regret NONE of it! It feels so wonderful to come home after a day at work to a room with a good fan and bed and food.

The other roommates are arriving one by one over the course of the month and, as they are all buddies from OCU (and I’m the odd ball out) I’m getting to know them and such.

Then speaking of buddies, I took a long weekend off work and traveled out to Bellport, Long Island and the Gateway Playhouse to see Kyle perform in “Buddy: the Buddy Holly Story”.

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The show was so good, and I really enjoyed getting out of the busy city. I could actually hear crickets at night and walk calmly down the side walk.

On dark theater days, Kyle will come into the city for a few days to spend some time at the apartment. The first weekend he stayed we made breakfast together-

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And dinner-

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Then we went exploring in out neighborhood and found this–

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Yes that’s the Hudson River and the George Washington Bridge I believe. This park is gorgeous and huge! Looking forward to getting my running back, especially now that the weather is cooling off again.

Basically I’m living the opening number from the Broadway musical “In the Heights”. But really though! Look up the opening number and actually listen to the lyrics and that’s my life!! Pretty cool.

What else, work is going well, now at 6 days a week. Which yes, is a lot, but I really enjoy going to work and as I work the evening/closing shifts, I have the whole first part of my day to do as I please. Recently I’ve been getting to the studio early and taking a Pilates mat or yoga class before getting cleaned up and clocking in. I’m really working in my core, flexibility, and tone… And yes, I know you’re thinking “well why are you not just taking more dance classes!??” And the answer to that is relatively simple… I don’t have tons of money right now… And I was more interested in having a bed to sleep in every night then class. But also, as an employee I get free classes… So why not use it!?!??!!! Plus it’s something new for my body and it helps me to do my job better– if I can help to recommend a class from personal experience guests are usually happier.

So that’s the job front… There has been talk of a possible promotion, but that’s still in the works and goes way over my head, to corporate, so it takes a whole anyway. But still, it’s a good sign.

So yes… That’s really where things stand for now. All that with many Target runs in between… Like really though. But on one of those trips we got a coffee maker and mugs, so my life is now complete!

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And if you can’t really tell, I have begun using Instagram… Sometime I’ll release my username and y’all can follow me… OR just ask for it in a comment here 😀 Eventually I’ll get FB updated as well! But one social media at a time, y’all should feel special for being the first ones.

I could ramble on… But I should go to bed. Christiane, it’s early… What the heck are you going to bed now for?? I know that’s what everyone’s thinking. Well, because I was up at 6:30 this morning for work and worked till 5:00 this afternoon… but ALSO because Kyle will be coming in from Long Island about 3AM and someone will be getting a call to let him in the building.., so may as well get a jump start on the rest. I’m excited thought because he will be staying here in the city for about 2 weeks between show tours, so we will be able to spend time together and explore the city together!!

So, until next time… Which I hope will be shorter then last time… Remember to like, comment, and share!

<3always, Christiane

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West Side Stories

Hello everyone!

I know this was already published… But something didn’t work with the app and it didn’t stay posted… So it’s not really a new post… However, more news and pics will be coming soon!!

So once again it’s been a while and this should be an interesting post.

Before we get into the most recent events, I have to wrap up Rain Room!!! That’s right, RR had a lovely midnight closing after one of the longest 2 weekend days I’ve ever experienced. Honestly, the closing of this exhibit was very bittersweet. I equate it to doing a 3 month run of a show– everyday you get up, put on your costume makeup and hair, and head to the theater. You work with the same cast members and occasionally you have an understudy step in. You get to know your cast members (coworkers. If you are not following the parallels) on a very personal level, you have inside jokes, lines said at certain times. And all day long you are performing side by side for 1000s of people, most of whom you may never see again. Some of your audience members appreciate your work, others could care less– the ones who give you a standing ovation verses the once who leave at intermission!

Anyway, after it closed we all went out to a nice bar in midtown, had some drinks, and talked late into the night about silly RR moments and future plans. I had a realization while enjoying a good gin and tonic (keepin it real Mom)- that these people were more then just my coworkers, they have become my very close friends. Sense coming to NYC I’ve been doing everything on my own mostly because I didn’t know a lot of people, but realizing I had built long term friendships with these people was a really great thing.

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And that’s the final curtain

Well for Rain Room stories that is. But sense I’m staying in New York, I have decided to keep this blog running. EXCITING!!!! I KNOW, RIGHT!?!?!?!?

I’ll probably be posting less often, really depending on what the future holds. 🙂

Moving on with more recent events-
I’m going to use the plot and themes of the title show (yes! That’s right– West Side Story is a famous broadway show) to help me talk about recent events. Or at least try 🙂

As Maria loses Tony just when things begin to look possible for them both… I lost the Apple job… Gone so fast in one gun shot, one phone call…

Yes that makes it sound very dramatic but the lady I talked to said they did like me and what to stray in touch in case a position opened up later, I said OK… Can’t hurt.

The death of Tony hints at bring both sides together in a way… Losing Apple has encouraged me to ask for more hours at the yoga studio (which I still love…and I got more hours!) as well as seriously pursue an internship with a technical theater company of sorts. I have an interview next week! (Shout out to Rex– think for the introduction)

Amongst all this work drama… What about home?

Well, my wonderful hosts on Astoria let me extend my stay so I cold continue looking for a place to call home… And…
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“There’s a place for us/ somewhere a place for us/ hold my hand are we’re half way there/ hold my hand and I’ll take you there…”

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Well, there is now an US… And NYC is that far away place where we are finally able to meet and start over with a life that is ours to explore.
I know, that sounds so poetic… BUT REALLY THOUGH–
There really is a place for us, and the paperwork is being processed right now!!!

I’m very excited about what the future, near and further away, has to offer. I’m really looking forward to furnishing, decorating, and organizing my sections of this apartment as well as working and hopefully finally feeling settled and financially stable enough to really begin pursuing dance classes and auditions.

So here’s to fate and love.

Remember to comment, like, and share this blog!

<3always, Christiane

I hope you dance

Hey y’all!!!!! I know, I know…it’s been a LONG time, but that just means lots to tell 😀

I think this will be sort of an anything goes post, I’m to tired to think of some witty theme or layout, so here it goes.

I JUST GOT OUT OF MY FIRST DANCE CLASS IN NEW YORK CITY!!!!!!! A 2 hour ballet class never felt so good!! After sort of convincing my roommate she should take yoga in the park with me this morning, I couldn’t sit in the apartment while she went off to class this afternoon… So I threw on some dance appropriate clothes and jumped right in! (Thank you Megan!!) it felt so good and I wasn’t a total mess- actually I felt pretty good like I knew what I was doing and confident with it.

Now I’m at Starbucks writing this post!

I am LOVING my job at the yoga studio. My managers and coworkers are wonderful and the environment is so chill while still being professional. I’m working with a lot of dancers, so I’m in a good place to ask questions and get feedback on places to take classes and audition.

Rain Room is almost at an end. At the moment we are still planning on closing the exhibit on Sunday, August 28th. The lines have been getting longer and longer, earlier and earlier. Which is challenging, but again, I’m working with such awesome people– that’s what really gets me through the rough days… And I think that holds true for most of us. It acted up again the other day and that was interning, but it got up and running again. We were also on the front page of the Timed and press has been all over RR… Just adding another layer of stress. Atlanta TV host, Walter Reeves, came up to New York and visited the Rain Room. I met up with him and it was really nice to go through the exhibit as a person

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What else…? Lets see. I’m still waiting to hear back from Apple. About a week or so ago I sentinel my official application for employment and filled out the background check information. Everyone out there reading please cross your fingers and hope for the best, I’m interested in this job!

And while you are crossing your fingers, cross them again for my HOUSING SEARCH!! While I had hoped to have something for August 1st, September 1st wouldn’t be the end of the world and is looking like the more realistic option. I’ve seen some potential places and have feelers out about others. Of course it would be nice to live with people I at least know, but really I just ant my own room, my own bed, decor, and temperature. So that’s the big thing I’m working on now… Tedious and time consuming… But it will be worth it, I know it!

The weather… The weather has been HOT. Actually, hot is an understatement…

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Working outside in what feels like 107 degrees for about a week was tolling, but we all made it through, and this past Sunday was the first day I could walk out of the apartment and not start sweating immediately. With the heat though, I was encouraged to make homemade lemonade

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It was really good!

Is there anything else? This is kind of the quick and dirty post just to let y’all know I’m still alive and NYC is still crazy fun and exciting.

I don’t really know what else to write. I’ll try to get back into a routine but right now all I can think of is taking a shower and making dinner!

Until next time! 🙂

❤ always, Christiane

May you be truly happy

So, I know I just posted, but New York living 101 wasn’t really a post full of fun personal stories and daily events… Well, this post will hopefully make up for some of that! It’s been an action packed week and there is so much to tell and plenty of pictures!! (It’s been a crazy hot week… Like hot humid and sunny).

Lets start with last Sunday- Mother dearest flew into LGA and we embarked on 4 days of craziness.
After dropping off our bags at the house we set out for Union Square and Loemanns!

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Mom was really excited 🙂

We explored and walked a LOT… I wanted to give her a more real look at New York. We did lunch at Shake Shack in Madison Square Park, it was (again) so good! Then we ended up walking up to Bryant park because I wanted to show her where we would be taking yoga in a few days. It was here that the trouble started… The lights of Broadway can just be seen from the edge of the park and of course mom found them. And so we went exploring in Times Square. I am so on my way to becoming a true New Yorker… I almost could not stand trying to get about with all the slow people! Bt it was fun and bright and beautiful. We found some shows we wanted to see– Phantom of the Opera and mom decided she would try to get tickets while I was at work the next day. After a long day of exploring, we came home to enjoy a cup of tea and sleep.

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MONDAY! Up bright and early we headed out to catch the train into the city for another day. I pointed Mom in the direction of Broadway while I set off for work. After successful getting tickets for Phantom and doing a little exploring of her own, Mom took advantage of my MoMA staff tickets and came to explore the museum.

We splurged on dinner out and had a true night on the town!! The. Of course…

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we got in line for the show.

And finally got in and settled.

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The show was amazing!!! Words can hardly describe how excited I was. As the music began to soar and the chandelier started to rise I could not hold back tears. (Last time I saw Phantom the chandelier had technical difficulties and the beginning was a little disappointing).

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Aaaahhhhhh!!!! Who is that with the chandelier from Phantom of the Opera???? It would be ME!!!!!!
And Mom! 🙂

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After the show it was home again home again to get some rest for another busy day.

Tuesday began with yoga in the park!

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A light breakfast, and back home to do laundry and grocery shopping. That evening while I was working a special event at the Rain Room, Mom ran over to the Broadway Theater to see Cinderella… Last minute… And she got second row center seats! On my end, while working this posh event for high paying members, the Rain Room decided it was tired and shut itself off in the middle of everything. 😦 this was slightly stressful and embarrassing but everyone took it very well and we had things back up and running and still managed to get over 400 people through in 2.5 hours!! Great night with great staff and members!

Wednesday was a LONG day with a 7:30am breakfast meeting (which was frustrating, but not something I want to discuss in this post), then 7 hours at work, and finally…

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That’s right! Mom got tickets again and we went to see Cinderella. It was fantastic! After the show Mom and I did something I’ve never done before- waited in line at the stage door to get signatures of the cast members! (Be ready for lots of pictures… Then this post can get into the more personal stuff, promise!)

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Yup, that last one is me and Laura– the lead actress… Cinderella!

On Thursday, after coffee and a short walk through Astoria Park, it was back on the M60 and LGA for Mom to get back to ATL.

And now onto more personal events… Lots has been going on, don’t even know where to begin!

Jobs– I got a new job! Working hospitality at a really nice yoga studio in the West Side. I walked in to the studio to ask about membership and employment, then after talking to the manager, I got hired on the spot! To date, I’ve done 3 days of training and am planning on doing one moe before starting my closing shifts. Thank you ACN for all the background and training 🙂

I have also applied to work at the Apple company, to date I’ve been through 2 rounds of interviews with one more round to go if I hear back from them. I am being considered for my top choose store, in the West Side (feeling a theme here?)! I’m trying to stay very positive about this process, I’m very hopeful for this job. Things have been going well so far!

Rain Room has been going… Interestingly… To say the least. The lines have only gotten longer- for example the general admission wait this morning at 10am was 9 hours! Crazy, I know!! With the heat, people, and newly enforced restrictions in the room… Some things about the job have gotten more stressful, but we are all supportive of each other and had less then a month left.

I can’t wait to start looking for my own housing.. Although I’m holding off just a little until I know more abut Apple, so I’ll know how financially well off I will be or if I need to look for other things. So of course I’ll keep you updated with news as I get it!

Now, you may be wondering about my status, where did that come from? Well, actually it’s something from yoga class in the park last Thursday. During our ending shivasina (sorry about the spelling) our instructor told us to think of various people, people we knew… people we didn’t… People we loved… People we didn’t… People near by us and those far away… Those that encourage us and those that hold us back… To send to them all thoughts of being truly happy.
There were a lot of people I was thinking of during this time, a few more then others for various reasons… Readers and people who know me well can guess and figure out what persons I’m talking about.

I’ve been feeling a little lonely recently. I recently realized I really don’t socialize much now that I’m in the city or ever have plans with friends. I really don’t feel like I have many friends that I can just crash and hang out with… Much less someone to come home to or wait up for and talk with after a long day. I also think I’m in need of hugs! Really wanting my own space and for it to cool down (or for me not to have to work outside all the time)… You are just always sweating. If and when I have my own place/room, I’m really hoping to get a kitten and have someone to cuddle!!

Well, I think that’s it for fun and exciting things happening up here in NYC with me. I’ve been running and enjoying yoga, working full time hours at MoMA for the next month and adding in the studio. I’m looking forward to getting into a solid routine and begin taking dance classes soon. I finished reading Sherlock Holmes and am now working on The Secret Garden… Think I would like to reread The Geography of Bliss or Eat, Pray, Love next. Finished my 750 piece puzzle today…

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Not to mention, Happy July 4th!! I’m very very sad and disappointed that I missed running in the worlds largest 10k this morning– The Atlanta Peachtree Road Race. I am so proud of all my runner friends who were out there this morning. I heard the weather held off just enough for it to be a good run. Love you all and hope you ran well!! I got up at 5am this morning before work and went on a honorary run!

And on that note, I’ll sign off. Will be heading up to the roof with my roommates soon to see if we can catch a glimpse of some NY fireworks from across the water.

As always– comment, like, and share the blog. Thank you all for following and reading!

<3always,
Christiane

New York living 101*

*Disclaimer, the following are thoughts, tips, and advice from my personal experience. Results may vary.*

So, I believe last week I promised a NY life tips post… And here it is… I hope I remember everything I want to say! (Sorry, no pics). :-s

Transportation
If you are new to NYC, the subway system can be an intimidating thing, but once you learn it and adjust to the vibe of it all, it’s a great thing to make use of.
-Study a map (but don’t to it in the subway, know where you want to go ahead of time so you can move quickly and smoothly in the station and on the platform.
-Know if you want Uptown or Downtown. Lines and directions are clearly marked… Do read the signs!
-Express or Local… What’s the difference? Well from what I’ve experienced, local trains stop at every stop along their line and express only stop at select stops. Express trains get you to your destination faster, but if your stop is not an express stop … Things can be frustrating.
– Be aware of weekend schedule changes as well as service changes due to construction or maintenance at select stations or select times. Signs are usually posted, but this can really mess up your trip!
– Leave with enough time to get from point A to B. Allow for train delays and foot traffic.
– Always have your MertoCard!
– Lastly, keep to yourself and keep all your personal belongings with you at all times.

FOOD
If you are walking as much as I am, which in this city is kind of a given, you get hungry! Staying well fed and hydrated can help keep you healthy and ready for the city.
– Stay hydrated… Drink water! Not just coffee…
– Eat healthy food… Maintaining a balance of all major food groups. Fruits and vegetables can be hard to buy because they are price and spoil quicker, but still important.
– Maybe don’t eat out everyday… It can really chew a hole in your finances and personally I find it fun to go to the grocery store and prepare my lunch before work.

Personal Time
Regardless of your job(s) or lifestyle… It’s important to remember to take time for yourself!
– New York has tons, and I mean tons, of public parks with running/walking/biking/skating trails, tables and chairs, spacious lawns, and amazing views. Take advantage of these as places to relax, excessive, or both.
– Make an effort to meet up with friends or coworkers to socialize.
– Enjoy a morning/afternoon/evening in with your favorite book or movie and a cup of tea… Stay in, don’t put on those 5 inch heels or your contact lenses… Give your body a rest.
– Find a yoga or dance class or running trail and be sure to set aside so,e time for your health and wellness.
– I’m not saying every day… But some time every week will keep your body and mind fresh so you can always perform your best 🙂

What else…?

– Get used to always being around a lot of different people
– Adjust to the noise and smells of the city
– Be prepared to walk… A LOT!
– The pace of this city is always set on High… And it will keep moving by you– Keep up!!
– I discovered this… The more preconceived ideas you have about New York, the more it proves them false, or at least partly false. Be open minded.
– Yes it’s expensive… I’ve found it really makes me consider what I buy and if I really need the, or just want them. Save and treat yourself to something really special once in a while.
– Wear your walking shoes and carry the fancy heels! Otherwise you really do end up beating up your expensive shoes and your priceless feet. Put on the good shoes when you get where you are headed.
– More or less keep your gaze to yourself… It’s not that New Yorkers are all rude as much as they have things to do and places to be. There are so many people and you see so many things you may never have thought you would see– just don’t respond and move on.

Does this help a little? In the past month and a half I’ve worked to make the transition from tourist to New Yorker. To not get overly distracted by bright lights and store fronts, but to find the lovely small hidden places, where you can see NYC for what it really is– home to many many different people– always a step ahead in fashion perhaps… But home.

Well, I must be off to work soon… I’ve written this from a cozy green seat in Bryant park, smack dab below Times Square. I hope you all enjoy and look out for another post very soon with all the excitement of my life! Haha

<3always,
Christiane

Remember- Don't look up.

You’ve got feet in your shoes,

So steer yourself any direction you choose… And oh the places you’ll go!

~ Dr. Seuss

And may a interject that I’ve been going a lot of places… But we will get there, intro bit first:

Good evening everyone!

Yeah yeah, I know it’s been a minute… But that just means that the have been busy and exciting for me here in the big apple… And that this blog post (hopefully) will be fun and contain lots of good things that are funny!

I think we left off doing laundry with a slight sun burn, which I am happy to report is now a wonderful tan and I think I look great if I do say so myself, thank goodness for summer! (And aloe)

Moving on, it was a busy week at work. The Rain Room continues to draw huge crowds every day, and NYC continues to be a city of unpredictable weather! Some days it’s hot and sunny, other days it just rains non stop… And some days are a little bit of everything, which makes it really hard to dress for a job that’s outside. Knock on wood, the room hasn’t has any major issues or malfunctions, and when we are not catering to frustrating VIPs or fainting patrons, the lines keep moving (just slightly faster then a snail) and all in all things are going well. My coworkers are great and we are so supportive of each other, it makes even rough times manageable, with inside jokes and lots of laughs… Although the other day I’d say we all lost it at the end and couldn’t stop laughing at just about anything! But maybe that’s what happens when you repeat several hundred times a day– “Hi are you here for the Rain Room? And you have a ticket? Ok just to let you now the wait is four to four and a half hours.”

Moving on, I’ve been better this week about running more, some mornings even before work! Which is the habit I’d like to get into. I’ve also discovered, thanks to my awesome roommate, free yoga in the park! Last Tuesday and this Tuesday I’ve gotten up, ran, commuted to midtown and attended yoga, worked n my computer in the park (cause it has tons of seating and Wifi!!!!), then gone on adventures.

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Last week I decided I couldn’t take it anymore, I needed to go to Target. After yoga and a lovely afternoon updating my resume for job applications (coming back to this in a second) I hoped on the train to East Harlem and TARGET. Which was just as wonderful as ever. When it was time to head home I thought “I’m really not that far away from home, there’s just a lot of water between here and there…” And with that thought, and the amazing HopStop app, I discovered the walking train from Harlem to Queens and an hour, two bridges, one island, and some map reading issues later I was back in Queens, and feelin good!

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This week, my after yoga adventures included a walk to Grand Central and then all the way back up 5th Ave. as I looked at different Mac/Apple stores!

And that leads into the next exciting topic….. JOB APPLICATIONS!!! (Ok, maybe I’m making this sound a little more fun then it really is, but still). If I want to stay in NYC (which I do) after July and Rain Room is over, I need to find a longer term job and then long term housing (preferable with my own room, just sayin). So the task of looking through web pages, writing and submitting cover letters and resumes, then waiting to see if anyone responds began. I’ve started with 3 positions I’d be interested in– hospitality at a yoga studio (maybe I miss ACN a little more then I give credit to), the MoMA Design Store… Fancy name for the gift shop, and Apple… Mac… Like the computers (and tablets, phones, MP3 players, etc) 😉
Well, of those 3 (and yes, I’m still looking around), I got an email from Apple yesterday with some follow up questions! So I spent time today composing answers and such for that, hence my asking today to stop by various store locations, to get a slight sense of each one… Gonna try to hit two more tomorrow! If this job comes through I would be really excited, as I love Mac products and it would just be SO COOL!

Yes yes you say… But what about dance? Don’t worry, I didn’t graduate with a degree in Dance Performance for nothing, I just need time to get settled and comfortable, the. I’m jumping right back into a leo… Have no fear 🙂

Goodness, what else has been going on? Lets see…

I took some time to walk around MoMA, and like look at the art hanging on the walls. That was enjoyable. I’ve discovered the 5th floor is my favorite.

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Hey mom, remember that 2000 piece puzzle I did of “Starry Night”? Loved it right?!?! Haha, JK

Speaking of mom… She’s coming up for a visit next week… And I of course get to come up with an action packed, sight seeing, fun filled itinerary! It’s in the works as I type.

Otherwise, things have been pretty chill here. I had a craving for nachos, so I made some at the apartment… Megan (roommate) and I went out for FroYo last night and it was amazing! Made me think of Yogurt Tap in Decatur and all the fun times had there. This could also be a problem, because if I find myself wanting FroYo, I know where it is… And it’s SO CLOSE!

Oh! Yesterday I explored a new train and part of town as I traveled to West Harlem to catch up with my high school friend Imari, who also just moved to NYC. Although we hadn’t kept in touch much through college, as we really ended up going our separate ways, it was nice to catch up and talk with an old friend.

Well, that’s about it. I know I’m an old lady, but it’s 9:40 and I’m bout ready for bed… Especially if I want to get in a run tomorrow morning (maybe… Don’t hold me to it though).

There may be another post coming sooner then later with not so much experiences of the week, but of New York tips and thoughts… But that’s a different mind set for me, so not tonight… But zoom, cause I think you all would be interested!

And on that note… So long, farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, adieu… Adieu, adieu, To you and you and you.

Someone please name that tune, film, something…
And as always feel free to comment, like, and share!

<3always, Christiane