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Friday, June 30, 2006
The Ultimate Road Trip
So I've been seeing someone special for almost five months now. I know, I didn't write about it sooner, what can I say? I'm sneaky like that. In my defense though he's been mentioned in my blog, just not directly, you probably assumed I went to that trip to Philly with Stef or some other girlfriend. Here's the catch though, because of course there has to be one, he's moving to Los Angeles this week (I know, everyone seems to be moving lately). His company is going to make him partner, but only if he's on the other coast. At least he's lived there before so he has friends out there and he's rented a place right near the beach in Venice.

I'm going to miss him and have been dreading his move date for months now. I'm taking the holiday week off and driving with him cross country to his new hood though.

We leave this afternoon in a Sebring Convertible, hitting Pittsburgh, Detroit, Chicago (seeing my cousin), St. Louis and heading down to El Paso again for 4th of July and then up to LA plus all the places along the way. Yes, it's ambitious, but we hope to be in LA by Thursday the 6th and I'm flying back on Sunday the 9th and will be back to work on the 10th.

I am excited for the trip despite the bittersweet circumstances. Although, I do fear I might get killed along the way for talking too much, which could easily happen--me talking a lot I mean, not him killing me.

Even though I hate when people compare me to Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City since her character annoys me at times, especially the desperation part, yet I'm actually going to make a SATC reference to my life. I feel like when Mr. Big leaves for California and although Carrie wants to join him she says she loves New York too much and I also worry if I do go If I'd be lost and lonely like her when she went to Paris, *sigh* time will tell--I'm the Queen of wishful thinking.

Anyway, happy thoughts, I will be recording parts of my trip and keeping you updated on the trek when ever I can. There's a phone blogging feature with my blog host, I just have to figure it out, not sure if it will post photos that I take too, but we'll see. I'm sure we'll pass Internet cafes and stuff too though.

On a happy note: I'm doing a trip that I've always wanted to take and am seeing the nation plus having an adventure.

Sad note: My friend is moving to California.

Posted by Tara at 8:28 AM PDT
Updated: Sunday, July 2, 2006 11:57 PM PDT
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
One 'Howie' of a 'Day'
My friend Stef is unfortunately moving to Florida this week. I've often mentioned her on this blog like when she did my eye makeup, was there when I lost my cell in Hoboken, when we went to the fortune teller, caught U2 or when we attended the sex class together. Her moving is only unfortunate for me though and great for her. She's going to be teaching down in Ft. Lauderdale area and living in a great new apartment with two bedrooms and paying less than my discounted NYC studio. Her family is moving down there too and I think the change will do her the world of good, especially to be away from her ex cop boyfriend. Yet, I'm also selfishly upset to see her go. She's the kind of friend who would call me at 10:00 at night and say that she felt like a Magnolia cupcake, so she'd jump in her car and drive over from New Jersey, pick me up, eat a cupcake and then head back, *sigh* good times.

So this weekend Stef called saying that she had won tickets from 95.5 WPLJ to see an up close performance by Howie Day at the China Club on the same night as her drive to Florida and as the radio station boasts, "The only way in, is to win." First let me set the scene, she is obsessed with Howie and knew of him way before his recording career and radio hit "Collide." I remember seeing her AIM icon with his face on it at least five years ago and wondering who it was. She's now seen him over a dozen times and so far I had managed to escape seeing him at the many signings and concerts that she's attended and invited me to. But now that I knew she wouldn't be in the city again for awhile, I accepted her gracious invitation to join her at the show. Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against Howie, I just didn't know any of his other songs. Thus, I wasn't expecting to have a good time while Stef and Jay were, as you can see here:

ha ha no we actually staged that photo, I wasn't really reading while sitting on the stage, that would just be rude.

Howie Day liveTo my surprise and relief I had a great time and that's not the Baybreeze I had talking either. We stood right next to the stage and witnessed first had Howie's contagious passion and skill. At his feet he had a piano of foot peddles where during his songs while singing and playing the guitar he'd pound on the peddles and record his own singing and beat and then have it repeat in the background. So although he was singing solo without any back up musicians or singers it sounded like he had a complete band. I enjoyed almost all of his songs even the new yet to be released ones and the covers. He also made a some funny jokes in between songs and overall it was a very intimate and mellow atmosphere. Stef is burning me his CDs.

On a happy note: I'm now a Howie Day fan.

Sad note: My friend is moving to Florida.

Posted by Tara at 9:01 PM PDT
Updated: Thursday, June 29, 2006 10:22 AM PDT
Sunday, June 25, 2006
Gay Pride Parade
Today I wiggled though the crowd up to the barricades along 5th Avenue for the annual Pride Parade. It's a real communal experience seeing all the nationalities and sexual preferences both in the parade and clapping along the sidelines in support. Like any parade there were floats, music and bands, plus walkers giving out candy to the crowd. Just add in some wigs, cross dressing, rainbow flags and Trojan's being tossed out to the on lookers then you got the Pride Parade.

Here are some photos:

News: Parades celebrate gay pride nationwide

Posted by Tara at 11:49 AM PDT
Updated: Thursday, June 29, 2006 9:30 AM PDT
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Shop till you drop
Last night three brave girls went to another Shecky's Girls Night for cocktails, shopping and yes, a free goodie bag (which was even better this time). Despite their efforts to keep their wallets shut and credit cards unswiped they failed miserably. Here are their purchase adventures.

Was all about the circles and purchased gold cascading circular earrings from Lola Bean and an almost matching necklace from a vendor named Circa 610. Take a look:

Had the most willpower of all three shoppers and despite liking several necklaces and earings that her friends declared looked gorgeous she would willfully put them back down and move on to the next vendor. She finally purchased a shirt on sale by Candid Couture, which reads "I Have Misplaced My Crown" (Tara bought a shirt from them last time with a heart on it that reads "You Break It You Buy It"). Shirley's big purchase came just as the trio were leaving when she returned to the first booth that she had visited, Fashion Doll Accessories to buy a fun fabric purse with big circular plastic handles perfect for the beach. What do you think?

Bought a pair of blue jean capris by James Jeans Cured by Seun, which retail for $170 and were purchased for only $60, thus Tara figured this wasn't really a purchase--it was a steal. They also have fun stitching on the butt and look pretty fine on.

Then she tried on two different pairs of earrings by MLevinson and because she couldn't decide which looked best and her friends were just as indecisive she bought both, but only $25 each compared to the fifty and change ones at all the other vendors. Tara blames the fact that she had a small bottle of red from Little Black Dress Wines making her sillier than the other girls and more loose with the purse strings. These are the earings.

Oh and every shopper received a large bottle of Dove Energy Glow, which all were delighted to try.

Posted by Tara at 8:07 AM PDT
Updated: Monday, June 26, 2006 7:02 PM PDT
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Special Delivery
Look what I received today at work:

Sorry, mums the word. I once was sent a teddy bear but never flowers...and plus the bear was from my step dad :-P

The flowers above also happen to be the first photo that I've sent from my new Verizon LG VX-8300 cell phone that I got this week, and now that I finally have a camera phone do expect more photos accompanying my posts.

Posted by Tara at 12:58 PM PDT

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