Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Big Apple on a Shoestring Budget

Before I jump right into the obvious title of this post, I do have a couple of things I need to write about and such. Firstly, I have not been the type of blogger I've wanted to be for this blog in particular. Because of this, I think I'm mostly going to stick to Tumblr for the time being, which you can find here. I would normally just say that I will try to be better about writing on here and such, but I have been doing so much writing in other places like my journal, and for classes that I don't think I can really stick to wanting to do that. That said, I am still going to write on here as much as I can or think to, so I will be designing a new layout soon that fits spring! (By the way, happy first official day of spring!)

Secondly, myself and my five closest friends have secured an apartment off campus for next year! I'm so nervous to be living away from the security of my parents, grandparents, and school, but I'm also really excited about being out on my own with some amazing women! Wish us luck as we take on the stress and joy of becoming tenants, paying bills, and throwing a housewarming party! 

Now! Onto NYC! For spring break this year, instead of spending hundreds of dollars on plane tickets and other things to go to Miami with a couple of my girls, we decided that it would be a wiser decision to go to New York City for 3 days with all our closest friends and save some money for rent next year! We left on Monday night at midnight (roughly) and arrived in NYC Tuesday morning at 5 am. We left the city Thursday afternoon. We stayed at The Surrey Hotel on the Upper East Side, right near Madison and Fifth Avenue on East 76th. 

If you know anything about NYC, you'll know that if you're looking to stay in an affordable hotel, you're not going to stay on the Upper East Side, however; we got a deal with my grandfather's company that made our two night stay only average out to $120 per person. Pretty affordable right? We also took MegaBus from Boston to NYC for a grand round trip total of $23. 

All told, travel on the Subway was another $16. Aside from two scarves, two postcards, two keychains, and a one dollar donation, all the money I spent while in New York was on food. Everything we did was completely free. I spent in total, probably somewhere in the vicinity of $120 in New York, on food, shopping, and transportation. Once everything is added up, per person (varying on what they bought while shopping and eating) our trip to New York was something like $279 for 3 days and 2 nights, and a stay in a 5 star hotel. 

What did we do in New York? On Tuesday, we had breakfast at McDonald's (the only place open at 6:30 that got us out of the 27 degree weather) before heading to the Today Show, went to a taping of the Dr. Oz show, walked around Times Square, stopped for lunch at TGI Fridays (random for NYC huh?), did a little shopping in Times Square at Forever 21, walked to the hotel from 5th Avenue, and napped. Post-nap we had dinner at a really cute, really inexpensive place in China Town and then headed home and went to bed. 

Wednesday we got up and had a New York bagel for breakfast, headed to the Brooklyn bridge to enjoy the weather and the view, then headed over to the Staten Island Ferry to peep Lady Liberty for free (stopping only of course to see the wares of some street vendors and purchase souvenirs), we then grabbed a quick coffee at Starbucks to recharge and visited the 9-11 Memorial (it truly took my breath away and was so sombering. We also got really lucky as we didn't realize that you had to reserve passes, and they were giving out free ones because they weren't busy.) Post memorial, we headed to the hotel, stopping at a cute Italian place on Lexington for dinner. We took a nice long nap, and then got dressed up and headed out for late night dessert at Cafeteria on the Lower West Side. This was definitely the most expensive place we went to while we were there.

Lastly, on Thursday, three of the girls slept in while Ace (she'll appreciate that I wrote that) and I headed out for coffee and a walk through Central Park stopping by Strawberry Fields and the Bethesda fountain (where Prince Royce has filmed music videos! I was dying... too bad he wasn't there!) Then we grabbed the girls, checked out of the hotel and headed home. 

It was one of my best vacations to date, as well as my first trip without a family member with me. Sorry for the lengthiness of the post, but I wanted to really put as much information as possible in! Hopefully one day, this will be of use to you if you decide to visit the Big Apple!

Until later,

Peace, ♥, and happiness! :)

Friday, March 9, 2012

Back From The Big Apple

I'm back from a few days of vacation in NYC and I can't wait to blog all about it and tell you all how to do NYC on a budget! :D

Look for a full length post soon!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Leaving on a Jet Plane...

Heading to NYC for a few days during Spring Break tonight! Updates to come on how to do NYC on a budget! :)

Peace, ♥, and happiness! :)

Monday, February 20, 2012

Flip-Flopping is Something You're Supposed To Do in Sandals...


Well metaphorically...

Flip flops belong in the sunshine of summer. 

The warm breeze. 

That's what flip flops are meant for.

Not for me.

Not for the middle of February.

Not for people.

Flip flops are shoes that are solely for the summer.

*or for boys who can't, and don't want to make up their minds*

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

She's Baaaaaaaack! (Or you know, kind of.)

Well, it's been a crazy first 3.5 weeks of the semester, but a break in homework has allowed me to come back and write once again. And since it's Valentine's day, I thought I'd share with you my thoughts on Single Awareness Day.

Valentine's day (also commonly referred to as Single Awareness Day, or Love Day) is overrated. We should be telling everyone in our lives the way we feel about them every day of the year. If we don't, how will they ever know? And furthermore, if the world was to end tomorrow, how would they die knowing they were loved if it was only ever expressed on February 14th? 

I usually buy into commercial holidays, being that I am a conformist (which I am not ashamed to admit.) and a hopeless romantic. Given that information, most people would ask why on Earth I would oppose Valentine's Day. Well, I think it has something to do with what has happened in my life over the last year for sure. Prior to this year, I was an avid advocate of Valentine's day, believing in the power that love has on one day each year. But this year I'm more skeptical. 

So Happy Single Awareness Day.

In other news: New Year's Resolutions are mostly going well. I have been doing well with saving money, not drinking soda, being courageous, journaling, focusing on my friends, and keeping fit. (For the most part.)

I made the Dean's list for the Fall 2011 semester! So to keep that goal alive for the Spring 2012 and Fall 2012 semesters is still something I'm working on! 

What I'm not doing well with is running because it's winter! :( And I'm also not eating as healthy as I could be, but baby steps everyone, baby steps.

Peace, ♥, and happiness! :)

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

There's A Lot To Be Said...

For my life at the moment.

Lots of stress.

Lots of fun.

Lots of thinking.

Lots of confusion.

So until all that gets sorted out, I'll continue to be absent. 

Forgive me, if you will.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

It's That Kind of Night.

I know that I have a tendency to complain. I'm not here to debate that. I'm actually here to complain a little bit. If that's alright with you. And well, if it's not, you should probably stop reading.

Work was pretty awful tonight. But I've been taking every shift I possibly can because going to Miami with my friends for spring break is important to me. I kind of had a feeling I shouldn't be taking the shift tonight, but I did anyway. I started at 4 and it was so dead they let me go home at 7. But we were super busy for take out. So that led to $36 in tips. Split between 4 people, that should be $9 each. Well, no, apparently whoever split tips thought I only deserved $6. And nobody wants to be that person, so I stayed silent. But it's annoying. 

It's almost as if they feel my work isn't worth as much as theirs. And I know for a fact it wasn't an adding error because I know who split the tips and he had just said we should each get $9 to someone else (apparently he thought it was out of my earshot.)

But I'm not here to complain because I'm angry. I'm just frustrated because I had to pay $45 to get a trim for my hair today (which is a lot for a trim!) and I was hoping that the $9 would replace some of that so I could go buy some things I need at Target tomorrow. But I guess not. I'm just kind of annoyed, truth be told. So I'm not complaining because I'm angry, I'm just kind of venting so that I don't have to deal with the annoyingness of being frustrated all night.

Thanks for listening. (Or... you know, not. *insert some kind of chuckle or something here*)