Monthly Archives: November 2012

Day 199 – Making Moves

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Some big moves were made this week in my life.

First and foremost, my company’s site, www.VenueTap.com, officially launched!!!!

Yeahhhhhh, you know how it i$.

But I’m super psyched. It’s been so amazing to see a start-up grow from the bottom up and see just how it can take off. In just one day of being live, our site has already seen business as well as press coverage! I’m really excited. Plus, I’m totally professional now, and I have my very own business cards so…I’m kind of a big deal.

Another big move was that a whopping like 2/3 of my Christmas shopping is already COMPLETED. Yes, you read that right. It’s not even December and I’m already almost done. For the first time ever, I really took advantage of Cyber Monday sales. Cyber Monday is literally the most ingenius thing invented since….Black Friday. Especially for people like me that enjoy online shopping. A few short hours in front of my computer totally eliminated countless hours elbowing annoying teenagers to get to the last sale item left on the shelf in the mall during the busiest time of the year.

Big Move #3 was made by the whole Chuber fam as a whole – Christmas Tree is officially up in the house! It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! …but really it is. Anyone else notice how COLD it is outside??? Plus, the Rockefeller Center Tree is officially up. Which Jess and I discussed is just called “The Tree,” and anyone who doesn’t know what tree you’re referring to isn’t worth taking to the tree. Wintery window decorations are going up, the radio is playing Christmas music, and I’m pretty sure Santa is in the mall already. Should I start a Christmas countdown?

Yeah, it was a good week.

The moves…they’re big.

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Day 191 – The Do’s and Don’ts of TGE

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Thanksgiving Eve has finally arrived. 

As a college student who was away, far away at school, Thanksgiving was always a much needed break from classes, tests, and the whole Miami scene for a few days. It was nice to come home, experience a little bit of Autumn weather, have some home-cooked meals, and catch up with family and friends. But most importantly, I looked forward to coming home for the highly anticipated Thanksgiving Eve celebrations. I’m not sure what it is about TGE that makes it so great – maybe it’s the fact that it’s a night dedicated to drinking solely because we all have off from work the next day. Or that it’s a night of excessive drinking in honor of a day of excessive eating. Or that it’s a night that has been so commercialized that although it’s a Wednesday, it’s still the biggest party night of the year. Hell, who am I kidding? It’s ALL of those that make it so great!!! As college students, it was the night that we got to come home, meet up with everyone we grew up with, and drink to the memories. You’ll take pictures with the people you hated most in high school, drunkenly resolve long-term conflicts with girls in other “cliques,” and seriously consider getting back together with your high school ex-boyfriend.

Yet while obscenely fun, TGE can be a night of mistakes and mistaste. And so, for us mature grown-up college graduates sitting at work this morning contemplating tonight’s events, it’s important to remind ourselves what is and isn’t acceptable behavior for Thanksgiving Eve.

The Do’s and Don’ts of TGE

Don’t think you need to spend a ridiculous amount of money on some “Thanksgiving Eve Special” at an overrated club.
Do spend a little extra dough – visit a classier watering hole, splurge on the fancier drink, or buy a round for your group.

Don’t start Thanksgiving early by drunk-feasting on pizza after you get home.
Do 
make it a full-night affair. Grab dinner before going out on the town (a.k.a. put some food in your stomach to get you through the evening).

Don’t drink yourself stupid. It’s not worth it. Imaging trying to stomach courses upon courses of delicious Thanksgiving food with a hangover. The stuffing won’t taste as good coming back up.
Do drink enough that you’re not annoyed at how crowded all the bars are.

Don’t go to any place where you used to go in high school, and therefore, have the potential to run into ex-boyfriends, obnoxious girls, or worse…actual high schoolers. Remember, everyone is out tonight. Probably even your teachers.
Do go to some of your favorite current spots where you know you always have a good time.

Don’t AND I REPEAT DON’T plan on getting the 3:00 AM LIRR “drunk train” home. Literally. It is the worst decision you could possibly make. Even if you go all night avoiding annoying, underage, sloppy, wasted, obnoxious partiers, THIS is where they all end up.
Do crash at someone’s apartment or take a cab home at the end of the night. Worth it.

Don’t over-think the night and put too much pressure on yourself to have an “epic Thanksgiving Eve.”
Do go out with the intention of having fun. If you’ve got good drinks and good company, you’re sure to have a good time. Even an “epic” one, at that.

Stay safe, have fun, and ignore your ex’s texts tonight. Cheers!

Have a good Thanksgiving Eve! And a Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂

Day 189 – Can’t Be Hateful, Gotta Be Grateful

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Okay before I start this post, we need to visit this video:

And a quick response:

While this video seems kind of wrong for a couple of reasons (why is that guy spending Thanksgiving with a bunch of 12-year-olds whose parents aren’t home, why he is dressed like a turkey, why did this little girl cook dinner all by herself, why are they eating mac and cheese…etc), it’s so catchy, and I can’t deny having watched it quite a few times already. And also I hate my parents a little bit for not giving me my 3 minutes and 38 seconds of fame as a 12-year-old, but I’ll get over it.

Moving forward.

This Thursday is Thanksgiving and I don’t know where the time is going. If you’ve been following this blog, it’s been more than half a year since I graduated college, which totally blows my mind. I honestly have to say, though, I don’t miss it nearly as much as I thought I would. I’m enjoying the new lifestyle I’m adapting to up here in NYC. And I don’t even hate the cool weather that much (yet).

In the spirit of the season, I want to share 10 things I’m definitely thankful for, in this first six months of post-grad life, both serious and not-so-serious things.

10. Having a job. When so many people are jobless and the word “unemployed” is thrown around like a hackeysack, I consider myself lucky to have a job, and one that I actually enjoy at that.

9. Seamless Web and the ability to get whatever food I want delivered right to my door. Allows me to not have to choose between being hungry and being lazy.

8. The magical moment that Pandora radio loads a new song even though the LIRR has dipped underground and there shouldn’t be service.

7. My awesome friends who let me crash at their apartments every weekend instead of trying to venture back to Queens drunk at 3 a.m.

6. Free shipping on orders over $100.

5. Coffee.

4. Laura getting her driver’s license. Hehehe.

3. The snooze button.

2. Charlie Brown holiday specials.

1. Living in the best city in the world, NYC. The city that never sleeps, the city that can recover from a hurricane in a week, a city that is home to so many different types of people. A city with happy hour specials every day of the week, a city with a subway system that smells bad but is convenient nonetheless, a city that can always show me a good time.

…Oh, and the obvious 3-day workweek this week. Super thankful for that.

And speaking of work, I guess it’s time I get back to it.

Hope everyone enjoys their Thanksgiving Eve parties, Thanksgiving dinners, and post-Thanksgiving Dinner comas. Can’t be hateful – gotta be grateful.

Happy Tofurkey Day!

Day 182 – ‘Tis the Season Dubbed by Coffee

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Last week I was having a conversation with someone about how soon is “too soon” to start listening to Christmas music. It was the day of the Nor’Easter in NYC, and this girl, who has spent the last four autumns in South Florida, was shocked to see snow falling from the November sky. To me, snow = Christmastime, so I felt completely justified in putting on a Pandora Christmas station during work last Wednesday.

It’s just been the way I determine the seasons. The first snow, in my mind, marks the first day of winter, the same way that the first day I wear my Uggs and drink hot coffee marks the first day of Fall.

Yes, there are specific dates on a calendar that officially announce the First Day of each season, and that’s what most people rely on when deciding what time of year it is. Others use holidays, such as Memorial Day, Labor Day, Groundhog Day, etc., to mark the change in a season. As a student, the seasons are often associated with school schedules and events. And many, like me, rely on specific moments or happenings, that can vary from year to year, to determine what season it is – when the first leaf falls, when the mall puts up Christmas decorations, when the first buds appear on a tree, the first beach day of summer.

And as I sipped on my seasonally unaffiliated Dunkin’ Donuts latte, I realized the best way to determine the season:

Starbucks.

Tell me it wasn’t fall when every girl you know Instagrammed a picture of her first #PumpkinSpiceLatte of the season. Even I did it. You can’t drink that in the summer, you just CAN’T. It would be like having a pumpkin on your stoop in July. Or going apple picking in January.

Frappuccinos? Refreshers? Iced Coffee or Passion Tea Lemonade? Just the sound of these makes my office feel warmer and more summery. Yeah, you can get these whenever you want, but in the summertime, Starbucks will draw you in by advertising how fresh and cool these drinks are. Summer commence.

And as of last week, Starbucks is using the red holiday cups. And their “Fall Favorites” board has been replaced with “Holiday Specials,” featuring White Chocolate Mochas and Gingerbread Lattes, decorated with snowflakes and candy canes and pretty white reindeer. Winter? I’m gonna go with yes.

So thank you Starbucks, for telling me it’s not too soon to listen to my Christmas Pandora station while I drink my Peppermint Mocha in my red holiday cup and wear my sweater and boots while it snows outside.

After all…

Winter is coming…

 

Day 176 – Make Like a Stripper and Hit the Polls

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It’s finally here. The day that all opinionated Facebook users have waited for – ELECTION DAY!

There are a handful of different kinds of Facebook statuses, Tweets, and Instagram messages I’ve seen today.

  • The overly excited: “JUST VOTED! Everyone get out there and ROCK THE VOTE!!!!”
  • The know-it-all: “OMG PEOPLE you are all so STUPID! Don’t even vote. Please.”
  • The cynical: “WTF is the big deal…our votes don’t matter anyway.”
  • The Annoying Republican: “IF OBAMA WINS, THIS COUNTRY IS GOING TO SHIT!!!”
  • The Annoying Democrat: “IF ROMNEY WINS, THIS COUNTRY IS GOING TO SHIT!!!”
  • The rude: “Great…you voted…now STFU!!!!”
  • The excessive hash-tagger: “#Vote in #Election2012! #Forward! #Backward! #Obama! #Romney! #Hashtag!”
  • The annoyed social media user: “ZOMG I CAN’T WAIT TILL THIS ELECTION IS OVER SO THE POLITICAL POSTS WILL STOP.”
  • The proud American: “I’m proud to be an American.”
  • The soon-to-be Canadian: “Totally moving to Canada if (insert candidate) is elected…WHO’S WITH ME?”
  • The partier: “Republican party? Democratic party? Who cares! Let’s just PARTY!”
  • The funniest people on Facebook: “(Insert movie character/athlete/actor name) For President! LOL!” <– my fave.

As well as many, many more.

Now, of course, I’ve been guilty of a few of these myself. Most of us have, probably. It’s just been amusing today to see people’s reaction to the election, and what they’re posting in regards to it. Whether it’s bashing one candidate, heavily supporting another, or trying to be humorous and just lighten the mood. Surprised and a little disappointed that I haven’t seen reference to this yet…

You know, if you’ve followed previous posts of mine, that I was an advocate of everyone registering in NY and getting their vote out there, and I still am. I’m looking forward to voting as soon as I get out of work, because I think it’s a privilege to have that opportunity. It will be my second time voting, my first in New York state, and I’m very proud to, after today, have been a part of two presidential elections in the United States.

Voting, voting, voting. It’s all we’re taling about on November 6th. But think about it. How many times have you VOTED for something? Like even small scale?

Here are some SUPER SERIOUS issues I’ve voted on in my life:

  • By a show of hands, which movie to watch during recess when it was raining outside.
  • By a show of hands, which movie to watch on a night in with college roommates.
  • Submitting votes for Nickelodeon’s Kid’s Choice Awards..obviously.
  • American Idol. When it was good.
  • High School Student Government Elections.
  • College Student Government Elections (Guilty of submitting friends’ names into the write-in ballot.)
  • Vote for Pedro.
  • Voting to fill officer positions within my sorority. (SO much more intense than you think..trust.)
  • Class vote when the professor is almost at the 15-minute-late mark on whether to wait it out or all dip together.
  • Clicking a link to vote for a friend’s picture submission so she could win a free trip to Coachella.
  • Submitting electronic votes for Sebastian the Ibis in the Capital One – Mascot Bowl! (Check it out here, Canes!)
  • THE SPRING FLING QUEEN!

Voting has always been, and will always be, a part of our lives. This is election is no different. If you’re registered, and if you’re educated on the candidates, cast your vote today. But my real advice is to lighten up a little. And like my last post about voting said, maybe you’re a registered Democrat or Republican, but in the end, we’re all Americans, with the same rights. So whether you’re voting for Obama or Romney, Regina George or Cady Herron, Katniss or Peeta, Joffrey or Denaerys, Chris Rock or Ryan Gosling, enjoy the freedoms we’re lucky enough to have been granted in our country. And remember that no matter who wins, a ton of bars are going to have Election Parties. So drink up, America. Drink up.

Day 171 – Look Mom, I’m Domestic! Episode 3

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First of all, let me say the search for the ingredients that I needed for these desserts was honestly more of an ordeal than the actual baking itself.

Post-Sandy Queens is honestly, a total mess. Streetlights are down all over our neighborhood, and so while it should be common sense to treat these intersections like a 4-way Stop, people are SAVAGES and flying through intersections with no thought of their own safety, or of others’. Then there’s the issue of businesses still not having power. I went to four different supermarkets before I found one with electricity. I think they were conserving it, though, because only half the lights were on inside, which, paired with the aisles of mostly empty shelves, really made it feel like a scene from a post-apocalyptic movie. But regardless, after scouring the town for food and avoiding reckless drivers on the road, I was able to obtain all my ingredients for…

SPOOKY SPIDER CUPCAKES AND WORMY MUD PIE!

Time for a bit of a treat in a Halloween full of tricks, don’t you think?

  • I followed the normal baking instructions for a box of chocolate cake. “Very moist” as my mom commented on. (BLAH.) I split it into 12 cupcakes and the rest in a 10″ circular cake pan.
  • After they were baked and cooled, I absolutely smothered them in dark chocolate icing…yum.
  • For the cupcakes:
    • I covered them entirely with chocolate sprinkles to give a “fuzzy” look to them
    • Then used the yellow bottom part of the candy corn as two eyes, and chocolate Twizzlers split into 8 little pieces for the legs!
  • For the cake:
    • I sprinkled some chocolate sprinkles here and there to look like a little bit of dirt.
    • Then as an afterthought I used Reece’s to make little lumpy, gravestone looking things. (Had I thought of this earlier, I probably would have gotten those white chocolate Reece’s or something to look more like headstones…whoops!)
    • Then, of course, put in your worms! Sour gummy worms crawling all over the mud cake.
  • Finished it off by taking tons of pictures of the creation before my little sister and her friends could get their hands on it, and washed it down with some Pinot Grigio.

 

Happy Halloween!