|Lovely walk on Sullivan's Island|
Lots of big news to report in this installment! Life took a surprising turn when I returned from Austin in March. I was offered a staff position at one of the places I'd freelanced, and it was a pleasant enough change from my former employer that I decided to take it. So far, so good. I've enjoyed working there a great deal. My co-workers are really nice. There's a fantastic work-life balance. Rudeness and disrespect are not tolerated, and I'm treated as someone with a lot of valuable experience instead of as the new guy.
|Pretty flower on Sullivan's Island|
I've already gotten some good career opportunities that I would never have had at the old place, so I feel pretty good about this new gig. Honestly, I feel like I've fallen through the rabbit hole most days. I am so stunned at the civility with which I am treated. It's new world order all of a sudden, but admittedly I still have PSTD from the ex. I'm constantly surprised when people are respectful and kind to me.
|Best shrimp 'n' grits in town|
Before I started the job officially, I took a quick trip down to Charleston to visit my pals Nick and Brooke. I hadn't been back since their wedding in 2010, so it was an overdue trip. Brooke and I had a fantastic time hitting up places like Hominy Grill and Taco Boy among lots of delicious others. We had some great cocktails as well, but I think the highlight of our day together was a long walk on Sullivan's Island followed by a frothy pina colada and lots of people-watching at Red's at Shem Creek.
|People watching at Shem Creek|
|Happiest stingray ever|
I also spent an afternoon lunching and shopping with my friend Doretha, who is an inspiration to me in many ways. And I got to see Adrian and Kim and their lovely new house! I didn't get to spend a whole lot of time with Nick, unfortunately, because he had to work long hours the days I was in town. But hopefully I'll see a lot of him this year in NYC when he visits for Comic Con and other fun events!
|Brooke and Paige at a fancy cocktail place on King St.|
|Brooke, Adrian, Kim and myself after a dessert spree|
I've also had the pleasure of showing lots of visitors around my new workplace, and it's always fun to see remnants of SNL and other NBC properties in the building. My dear friend Jacque was in town for Memorial Day, and we had a wonderful time running in Central Park, visiting the Met, and catching up with our friend Carl and his girlfriend, Hope at Tamarind.
|Carl checking out SNL backstage|
In other news, my big sis (close family friend) Aparna was honored as a Champion of Change by the White House in DC last month, and my parents flew in for the occasion. I took a train down there to meet them all, and I got to see my pal Anar as well. It was a whirlwind trip, but it was delightful to catch up with my family.
|My parents and Aparna in DC|
Lots of new shows to report as well.
- Lucky Guy: Nora Ephron's last play starring Tom Hanks, Courtney B. Vance, Maura Tierney and lots of others- really enjoyed this one
- Pippin: cheesy '70s revival with a circus theme - blah
- Orphans: Alec Baldwin and his co-stars are all incredible actors, but the play itself is kind of unremarkable
- MacBeth: Alan Cumming is a genius, period.
- The Last Five Years: off-Broadway revival about a relationship gone awry - I wasn't sure about this at the beginning, but was totally sold by the end - great staging, and good music, too
- Punk to Chaos: the Met's new fashion exhibit - kind of cool, but don't go during a holiday weekend
- Impressionism, Fashion, & Modernity: another Met exhibit that has impressionist paintings coupled with actual dresses and suits modeled in the painting (also don't try this one during a holiday weekend) definitely worth seeing if you're into fashion and impressionism at all
- Falu's Foras Road CD release concert: fantastic new tunes that capture the musicality of her live shows - wonderful show with lots of world musicians, Falu is always a good idea.
|Anar and I celebrate at Delmonico's with Baked Alaska|
|Anar makes the best Pimm's emergency drinks ever.|
And last, but not least, I've signed up to run a half marathon with my friend Jena. We're doing it through the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team in Training program. We are fundraising to support cancer research, families of cancer patients, and cancer treatment for people who can't afford it. It's a really good cause, and we are thrilled to be a part of it.
|Me & Jena last summer in LA|
I've wanted to do this program since I moved to New York, but I finally felt like the time was right. Things are not so crazy at work anymore, and I can devote some time to training. I'm excited and a little apprehensive about the process, but I think this is only going to lead to good things. Hopefully I'll get in shape and meet some cool new people at the same time.
Here's my donation link if you'd like to contribute. (Thanks so much to those of you who have donated already!) I'd really appreciate the support. I'll be blogging over there about the training process, and I'll write more here about the event itself in a future post. The hardest thing is going to be getting off the couch with regularity... stay tuned.