December 29th, 2011

This is more for me than for you.

I don’t do “Years in Reviews”.  Hell, I barely even blog.  I don’t like reminiscing and living in the past.  But this past year has changed my life so drastically, I guess it’s worth mentioning.  Within the past year – I’ve lived in two different places, and traveled to many many more than that.  In the beginning of 2010, I was dating someone different, a relationship, which looking back on it, I realize was toxic. I’m sure he’d agree.  I was finishing school and working in a restaurant.  At present, I sit in an office building, on the 23rd floor, overlooking the Hudson River, working for a production company.  I’m dating someone different. My hair is long…  Between then and now, I lived in Las Vegas.  For almost ten months.  I lived in a house with five other people (where, I met my current boyfriend).  I went to work everyday at a shop, worked on scheduling, lived in Las Vegas.  I gambled. I drank. I did Meth. That’s what they do in Las Vegas, you know.  (Just kidding. Never touched meth. Though on my 2nd day of work out there, I watched a mother, a father and another guy, get pulled over on the side of the road and busted for drugs.  She pulled them out of her shoe, her bra, her child’s DIAPER.  Welcome to Las Vegas.) I did things I never though I’d do.  I went to dance clubs, I went to trendy restaurants.  I played Blackjack. I played Roulette.  A few years ago, I swore I would never go to Las Vegas again, and there I was, living in the damn city.  It’s a great place to go for 3 or 4 days; not a great place to live.  I will say, however, I’ve had some of the best times of my life out there. I worked on a hit History Channel Show.  I had an incredible, amazing boyfriend. I had good friends.  I met cool people, did cultural things.

            Then the culture ran out.  How many shows can you go to on The Strip?  I mean, granted, I’d probably see David Copperfield about a billion more times, but that’s a special circumstance.  How many rounds of blackjack can I play? How many times can I spin The Wheel… Okay fine, I can spin The Wheel a hundred quadrillion times and not get sick of it, I’ll give you that.   Nate and I had our favorite restaurants, Egg Works, The Grotto, Ichabods.  We had our local haunts and our Sunday traditions, or so they became.  But I missed my family. I missed my home friends. I missed my dogs, and I missed New York.  I switched shows in October and started living out of South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa.  I saw a lot of bull riding.  Did you know the bull rider has to stay on for over 8 seconds, or they don’t qualify?  That helped me win trivia the other night - you never know when you’ll need that information.  I got massages, ate incredible food, gambled, drank.  I was really pampered.  Shit, I even won $2000 dollars on a PENNY SLOT machine.  I made incredible friends, and it was the first semblance to a normal relationship that Nate and I ever had, because we weren’t living together anymore, and living together with 5 other people.  Then, three weeks into that, I was offered a job back in New York.  I had four days to pack 9 months worth of stuff, and figure out how to get it back to New York.  I did it.  Nate was still in Vegas.  Then he got a call saying he had a job for him back in New York. For a start in January.  I wouldn’t see him for a month, until I went to Florida to visit him and his family, but that’s a billion times better than doing long distance from New York to Las Vegas.

            The other day, I was going through my inbox and re-organizing all of my emails.  My life has changed so drastically.  I’m a totally different person today than I was three years ago, two years ago, even a year ago. And I think I’ve changed for the better.  I’m happier and more comfortable with myself.  I’m in something stable, and have a good job and family.  Regardless of my trepidations, I’m moving forward with my life and happy and better for that. 

            Like I said, I don’t do years in review.  This year I felt was cause for me to write something.  It really kick started me on the path to my career, and my life.  Don’t get me wrong – I have no idea if I’ll even stay in this industry, in New York… Well, really – who knows anything about their future, honestly?  But for now, for the first time in my life, I think, I’m going with the flow.  Finally.

Love you all, and happy New Year.

-ap

September 26th, 2011
Will.I.Am at Encore Beach Club

Will.I.Am at Encore Beach Club

September 2nd, 2011

Remember when..

I complained about 110?

It’s 117.

ap.

July 9th, 2011
The spoils of working in the desert. Blue bellied lizard.

The spoils of working in the desert. Blue bellied lizard.

July 7th, 2011

Remember when?…

I complained about 90 Degrees in Las Vegas?

Now it’s 110. Yeeeeshhhhhh

May 6th, 2011
thedailywhat:

Kickass Comestible of the Day: In honor of National Strawberry Month, Jasmin Fine @ 1 Fine Cookie whips up a batch of her world-famous cupcake-stuffed strawberries.
That’s right, fatty: Strawberries stuffed with cupcakes.
Excuse me while I return to my home planet as it seems I’ve seen everything your world has to offer.
[1finecookie / cakehead.]

thedailywhat:

Kickass Comestible of the Day: In honor of National Strawberry Month, Jasmin Fine @ 1 Fine Cookie whips up a batch of her world-famous cupcake-stuffed strawberries.

That’s right, fatty: Strawberries stuffed with cupcakes.

Excuse me while I return to my home planet as it seems I’ve seen everything your world has to offer.

[1finecookie / cakehead.]

(Source: thedailywhat)

April 11th, 2011
I love a good visual pun, and it’s baseball season!
-CD

I love a good visual pun, and it’s baseball season!

-CD

Dana Tanamachi is a country music loving designer residing in Brooklyn. When she is not working at Louise Fili, she is defacing perfectly good chalk boards all across New York

Dana Tanamachi is a country music loving designer residing in Brooklyn. When she is not working at Louise Fili, she is defacing perfectly good chalk boards all across New York

April 2nd, 2011
My lil buddies (Ajax & Rocky) are finally getting along, just a week before RockStar is supposed to move out. Pro for living at home: puppytime all day long. Con: Rocky encourages me to cuddle the day away and get nothing done.
-CD

My lil buddies (Ajax & Rocky) are finally getting along, just a week before RockStar is supposed to move out. Pro for living at home: puppytime all day long. Con: Rocky encourages me to cuddle the day away and get nothing done.

-CD

letmesingyouawaltz:

There’s this very real thing that runs rampant in educated people. It’s called imposter syndrome.  The  clinical definition is a “psychological phenomenon in which people  are  unable to internalize their accomplishments.” It means that you  feel  like a phony, like you’re just winging it, that you really don’t  have  any idea what you’re doing.
Guess what?
None  of us do.

letmesingyouawaltz:

There’s this very real thing that runs rampant in educated people. It’s called imposter syndrome. The clinical definition is a “psychological phenomenon in which people are unable to internalize their accomplishments.” It means that you feel like a phony, like you’re just winging it, that you really don’t have any idea what you’re doing.

Guess what?

None of us do.

(via allisonweiss)

April 1st, 2011

90 degrees

It’s 90 degrees in Las Vegas. Too hot for me.

March 31st, 2011
March 8th, 2011

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cracked:

It’s official!

cracked:

It’s official!

March 6th, 2011
Love me and the world is mine.
David Reed (via girlwithoutwings)

(Source: quote-book)