Well well well….looks like I lasted my first real week in Albuquerque. It was quite an eventful one, especially since is the first time I’ve lived anywhere but a dorm room and my family’s house (that’s pretty pathetic when you’re about to be a senior in college). Jeff and I went a huge grocery shopping spree, and it was quite a lot of moolah. Definitely was not prepared for that..but oh well. Due to the time change, I went to bed at 9pm and woke up at 6am for the first couple days.
The big day came on Friday the 20th, because it was my first day at the ACC (Albuquerque Convention Center for you noobs that don’t know) and also was the night that George Lopez performed. Needless to say, it was a long and crazy day, but very fun. For starters, I came in that day at 10am and left around 9:30pm (before the show was even over). The event manager in charge that night, Melissa, was nice and merciful to me since I was wearing a small little pair of Target flats. I have some hip problems (that will hopefully be solved by a chiropractor soon for my birthday), which in turn gives me feet problems, so my lower body felt like it was going to fall off.
These are my new work shoes. They don’t look that comfortable, but they have a low and wide heel, and have some comfy insoles..so when I worked this past Saturday, my feet were at least still there.
(Also, I just discovered that Tumblr saves your drafts by accidentally exiting out of the window…whew)
George Lopez was interesting. A couple things that I learned/relearned that night:
Well, because my feet felt like they were going to fall off from those stupid little Target flats, Melissa sent me home around 9:30 after everything had settled down. The next 2 days were Tuesday & Thursday from 8-12pm, and Amanda (the other intern) and I got our computer and desk together, attended staff meetings, took notes, and delivered fliers to local comic book stores for the August Sci-Fi Expo (not to be confused with the Comic Expo in June). I learned that apparently comic book store owners don’t like to get up before noon, because their stores are never open that early. More on the Comic Expo as it comes up…that’s June 24-26 everyone, and Stan Lee will be there!
The Saturday after Lopez was a wedding at Los Poblanos. I worked it with A Personalized Affair (that one I’m actually getting paid for..unlike the internship) and Joann Baldwin. Here’s the place that the reception took place in:
There’s a pool in front of the main porch, and inside was a beautiful wooden ballroom where the dance was, along with the guestbook and cake cutting.
Needless to say, this wedding was pretty gorgeous, and the weather was absolutely perfect. I wish I could have my wedding be that perfect…but I guess I would have to marry an Italian violin maker instead of my goofy, computer nerd. I think I’ll keep my Jeff around instead. :) I made pretty fast friends with the staff, and although the wedding was beautiful, who in their right mind has an 80 person head table?! That was a little ridiculous. Oh well, the bride and groom couldn’t take their eyes off of each other, wine was flowing freely all night (thanks to the parents), and everyone had a good time (including the annoying DJ who took his shirt off, stood on his speakers, and used a whistle during YMCA). I guess that’s all you can ask for, right?
This past Saturday, I worked with Chris (another Event Manager) on a quinceañera. That was my first one I had attended, and it was interesting. We basically did nothing but warn the band about the fog machine/smoke detector ordeal, take care of the lights and cake requests, and walk around. A lot of the time we patrolled the building and just talked about school. He’s only 4ish years older than me, so we talked about our different programs in school…and I felt proud that he said that he wished he had a program like ours. He worked with the Tampa Bay Rays for awhile, but got burned out pretty early on. It was good to hear that, now I know how to avoid getting burned out myself…keep moving jobs? I’m still not exactly sure what I want to do in the event field, but I’m starting to get closer to deciding. Oh, and Hispanic people (guys!) wear these crazy, pointy boots! They were ridiculous…but it was fun watching the different style of dancing, especially this thing I called the bridge dance. The cake was white and hot pink, and there were 50 bajillion separate ones (not really). The “bride” (Chris called her that because she was wearing a poofy white dress) cuts the cake, and does a choreographed dance with her “quinceañera party”-basically a bunch of 14-15 year old girls in prom dresses. I was surprised at how many people showed up…380ish?! But I’ll see some even larger and more extravagant ones this summer, says Chris. Ay yi yi, I say…I won’t even have that many people at my wedding next summer!
Oh, one more thing…Jeff and I went to this New Mexican restaurant (which basically means they use green chile on everything) and it was great! I had my favorite, chile rellenos (thanks mom!), and Jeff had some tostada thing with a strawberry margarita. They have a ridiculously hot salsa, but it’s almost like a sweet, smoky, and hot jelly. It was pretty good, but I drained my water like crazy. Another thing…when you get a combo (which is pretty much all that you can order), you get 2 sopapillas! They were wonderful…and we’re totally going back to Los Cuates soon. :)
That’s pretty much it for my first week..this next week is the ABQ Chef Knockout competition and Duke City Roller Derby…should be an interesting experience!
I live a little to the right and a lot closer to these mountains.
Vast new cities of apartments and shops are being built across China at a rate of ten a year, but they remain almost completely uninhabited ghost towns. It’s all part of the government’s efforts to keep the economy booming, and there are many people who would love to move in, but it’s simply too expensive for most.
Video journalist Adrian Brown wanders through malls of vacant shops, and roads lined with empty apartment buildings… 64 million apartments are said to be empty across the country and one of the few shop owners says he once didn’t sell anything for four or five days. So are the efforts to boost the economy going to end up having the opposite effect and creating a financial crisis for China?
Well, I’ve been in good old Albuquerque for a week and a half, and a lot has happened since then. The trip here was quite fun though…except for the driving part. Jeff (the fiancee) and stopped to see his brother and a good friend of mine from the Drum Major Academy in Oklahoma City. It’s about halfway, so it was a great place to stop. We went to Bricktown and walked the canal, listened to some jazz, and had PeachTree (or something like that…essentially OrangeLeaf froyo) with my friend Alex and his girlfriend Tiffany. There were a lot of people in there watching the end of the OKC Thunder game..which they lost. I don’t really care about any basketball except for some college teams, so it was whatever. We drove to his brother’s apartment after that and played some Yahtzee. I honestly don’t even remember how to play, but I won. Kind of beginner’s luck, I guess?
We left the next day at 6:30am, and stopped in Amarillo at the Big Texan for some lunch. Jeff didn’t even get a steak…which was the whole point of going. We did get some cool souvenir cups though, and then we were on our way for the most boring part of the journey…that last 4 (actually 5) hours across West Texas/East New Mexico.
My yummy steak sandwich! Medium rare..of course.
I think my favorite part about that drive is some odd stuff on the side of the roads, like the giant cross and leaning water tower. The windmills are awesome to see, and stretch out along fields and plateaus forever.
One of the few gas stops we actually could make was in Tucumcari, NM. They have a pretty cool “mountain,” but apparently it was a pretty big stop back in the Route 66 glory days.
I kind of want to stop sometime and try to go up there on our way to Albuquerque again.
When we finally could see the Sandia Mountains, we knew we were almost there, but I was definitely not prepared for the 30-40 mph winds driving through the mountain pass of I-40 pushing my little car around while following Jeff. Let me tell you, it was pretty scary…and I definitely recommend knowing where to go and driving slow ahead of time if you’re making the drive.
That day and the next were unusually cloudy and cold, and it actually rained. I was a little disappointed..but now it’s pretty warm and sunny. One thing about ABQ, be prepared for a kind of chilly morning while the Sun is behind the mountains. Also, be prepared for a very hot day lasting until 8 or 9 at night. The sun is basically aimed at the city after 12pm, and it’s pretty hot. At least it’s not humid…I guess.
Matt & Terry Auto Sales
Well, I plan on starting my blog on interning/living in Albuquerque soon (probably this weekend), so stay tuned!
Oh shut up lol
Happy 21st birthday to Emma Watson! She’s only a couple of months older than me! I’m still not sure how I feel about the short hair, though…I know she’s trying to get out the Hermione phase, but it’s another one of those reminders that the HP series will be over this summer. :(
This puppy was just a little bipolar, but still adorable! :)
I’m loving these side-by-sides, but these people are just a tad bit awkward.
So, I’m new to the whole Tumblr thing…and I kind of am doing it for research. But in case anyone wants to know, here’s a little about me.
I love weddings…but right now, my own is stressing me out a little.
I play saxophone and most of my good friends do as well.
I love to read. I can read almost anything and be happy, as long as it’s not pointless.
I watch the TV shows that I like almost religiously. I like the escape into other people’s lives, even if they are fictional. That’s probably why I like books so much.
I’m an entertainment management major. Very few people actually know what this is…but basically I want to be an event/wedding planner. I’m moving to Albuquerque this summer to intern with 2 different event places, and I’m hoping it will open a lot of doors. I’m really going to miss grass and trees, though.
I love my fiance to death. We only met a little over a year ago, but he’s everything to me. He keeps me silly and sane, and is always there for me from 2 hours away. His job is going to make us move to Albuquerque, but it’ll be worth it.
I work at a movie theater. Not a regular one, but a second-run theater. Normally, I’d say it’s just a job, but I’m trying to take what I learn to heart for my own managing career. I work with a bunch of high schoolers…but it’s actually kind of fun.
Oh, speaking of working with high schoolers…I’m a college student. A junior at Missouri State, to be exact. This being said, I hate the whiny, drama-filled lives of high schoolers. Also, I hate their HORRIBLE spelling and grammar. I mean, I don’t really care if u r so tired that u cant w8 2 talk to ur bf & tell him that u <3 him 4ever n ever, just use proper spelling to help me understand your meaningless comments.
I’m pretty competitive, and I like sports (just not football). I love the St. Louis Cardinals…but they really need to get their act together this season. Also, I don’t really like Albert Pujols. Yeah, he’s a hitting god (not this season..ugh), but he’s kind of a cocky jerk. Give me back my Rick Ankiel any day now, Cards.
This is pretty much me. I like music, I’m in band, I like entertainment-related things. I love my friends, family, and soon-to-be family. I also do not tolerate stupid things/actions/speech/people, so don’t rub me the wrong way or I’ll tell you that you’re an idiot and to shut up. I sound like a jerk…I’m really not, I promise. :)