Sunday, October 25, 2009

Rubbing shoulders with the stars.......

I have learned while being here in the city that you can see stars in the oddest of places. Fred saw Jeff Goldblum on his way to the priesthood session outside of the broadway show theater just a few buildings down from us. One night as we were walking around town Fred swore he saw some guy from the Godfather movie, but couldn't remember his name. Then last night as we were walking back from Central Park we turned the corner on our street when I noticed a man walking beside me. It was Peter Gallagher! He played the unconscious brother in "While You Were Sleeping" who Sondra Bullock was in love with. I tried not to stare and quickly made eye contact with Fred while giving him the look of "Holy crap you need to see who is next to me". We wanted to say something so badly! We have decided that next time we see a star, we will just play it cool and say "Hey (insert first name of star), how's it going?" It'll be interesting to see if it actually happens!
Things have been going well for the both of us besides just rubbing shoulders with the stars. Fred just finished most of his midterms this week, but has one more paper to go before he is completely finished. Thankfully his last paper is supposed to be quite easy.
I had 2 interviews this past week, both of which made me hopeful. I am hoping for something to come around soon! Even if it's just the notification that I am hired for a job, but won't start immediately. The end would finally be in sight!Until then I will just keep looking!
Though we didn't have much time to do things during the week, we were able to spend our Saturday doing fun things! We helped clean the church in the morning and later in the afternoon we went to Central Park to see the Pumpkin Festival. It was mainly for little kids, but we enjoyed walking around and getting drenched by the rain. We didn't think we would need the umbrellas, but as soon as we got there it rained cats and dogs! Once we got home we were soaked to the bone and took showers to warm up and clean off.
We had out friends, the Ricks, come over last night and we watched the BYU football game. Well the guys mainly watched while Erica and I talked. It was a lot of fun! Except for BYU losing horribly....
Not much going on this upcoming week except for Halloween. We have our ward party followed by the possibility of going downtown to see a parade. Sounds like fun! We are thinking about dressing up as Jacob Black and Bella. It's the first time since I was a kid that I actually tried thinking about dressing up for this holiday!I'm actually excited for it.
Well that's about it from us. Hope all are doing well and Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Fall is here!

There is something exciting about fall in New York. For me, the smell changes along with the general look of the city. I know it sounds odd, but just the way the sun shines off the buildings it seems to reflect differently than it did before. It's such a great feeling!!
We got back from Utah about a week ago and we absolutely loved it there! We got to be there for Chance's and Sessely's wedding which was so wonderful! That night at the reception they had ice cream machines with lots of different toppings, sprinkles being one of them. Needless to say I was one of the first to grab a cup, fill it up with some ice cream, and then dump on the sprinkles. I'm pretty sure that was the best reception ever! While we were there we were able to see all of our family which was so great! One of the things we discovered is that when we make another trip back there someday we are going to have plan out our time more wisely. We were constantly going from one place to the next and not getting home until way past our bedtimes. Despite the craziness and the exhaustion that ensued once we returned home, we loved seeing our families. Something we have missed terribly while we have been out here.
It has taken time for me to get adjusted to things since we have been back. Fred is doing well in his schooling and his internship. Right now he is working on midterm papers that are due this week and finding trouble with keeping motivated with school. We both look forward to Christmas break when we can play and not have school to worry about. Hopefully we just have a job for me that prevents us from spending too much time playing. Fred is loving his internship and all those he works with. He comes home with such funny stories from the day that it makes me look forward even more to his homecoming!
Job interviews are starting to happen more frequently for me which helps to lift my hopes about finding a job here. I have interviewed at a few places, but had a promising interview today with a prominent cancer institute. The interview process took about 2 hours which consisted of me filling out an application, waiting, taking tests, waiting, and then being interviewed. This is a job I want so much with how much they focus on patient care and the opportunity it gives me to expose myself to different areas that may sway my choice of what I go back to school for. They offer great benefits and even a tuition reimbursement program!! Once I saw they had the tuition reimbursement I was pretty much sold! I was told they would contact me soon for whether or not I qualified for the 2nd round of interviews. I hope to hear soon so I can rejoice or go back to looking for more jobs. Keep your fingers crossed that I make it to the second rounds!!
As of yet, we have no big plans for Halloween. Our ward is doing something festive so I know we will be going to that. We aren't quite sure how trick or treat works around here, especially in our apartment building. It will be interesting to see what happens and if we actually get any trick or treaters!! I figure if all else fails I go around trick or treating. Yay for a season of candy!
While being out here and paying more money for groceries, I have come to a great appreciation for Wal-Mart. I never thought I would get so excited over getting so many groceries for so little! We don't have a Wal-Mart here in the city so we hop on a bus and travel across the way to NJ to do our shopping out there. It's about a 2o minute bus ride which is nice, but you pay $6.30 each person round trip so needless to say we don't make the trip very often. However when we do it's something I get so excited about that I tend to talk about it for the next few days. Ok maybe not that long, but longer than most normal people probably would.
Good news! We, meaning Fred, finally did a video walkthrough of our apartment! Sadly enough it's still on his camera yet to be put up on the blog. It should be done soon hopefully so those who would love to see our place can feel like we, again meaning Fred, are giving them a personalized tour! I featured briefly and am more worried about making it to the airport that I just wave him on while hiding my face. Lovely!
Well that is about it from our side of the country. Hope all are doing well!