WEEK 2:
Choice Event with at least one other classmate
Off Broadway Show
Try food you've never eaten

Life is crazy!! But so wonderful. I love the fast paced life here. The busy streets, the people bustling everywhere, all the noises I hear where ever I go. It's still a little bit surreal to me to think that I am living here, in New York City. The days are definitely long. I'm not used to having to sit at a desk for 8 hours at a time. I can get pretty restless some days which then leads to me shaking my leg which is probably a little too much for the close proximity that Jenna and I are in (Sorry Jenna!) Speaking of Jenna, she was finally back after being super sick the first week we started, YAY!! It's a lot easier to sit for 8 hours at a desk when you're sharing the day with one of your close friends and classmates, that's for sure. Definitely thankful to have her back (: We were put on phone duty last week, and it is SO easy to get frazzled especially when there's a certain dialogue that you are supposed to follow when talking! Who would've thought?! It's also really hard to hear/ understand the people on the other end of the phone sometimes, so when taking a message it's really easy to butcher someone's name unless you have them spell it for you...not that I'm speaking from experience or anything...*cough cough*. Also, the mini panic attacks that Jenna and I have trying to remember whose turn it is to answer the phone are kind of hilarious. Just picture it. Alas, Jenna and I are plowing through and taking internship one day at a time!

To end our first week together at internship, Jenna and I celebrated by treating ourselves to some nutritional Taco Bell (; and La La Land! What a MAGICAL movie it was. I had heard so many different reviews of the movie, most of which people were gushing about it, so of course that only made me more excited but I was like "No Natalie! Get a hold of yourself! Don't get too excited because then your hopes will be too high and you'll be disappointed no matter how amazing the movie actually is!" Luckily, I was able to watch the whole movie with no pre-conceived notions of what to expect, and HOLY MOLY! Can we just talk about how big the movie theatres here are?! My goodness, I felt like I was in the coliseum! Anyways, back on track. It was cinematically beautiful. The music was ethereal and whimsical and had an essence of timelessness to it. Needless to say, I've been listening to the soundtrack non-stop. Although, people argue that it was no good because of Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling's dancing and singing I disagree. I think for the style of the movie and the music they were perfect. They told the story, that was their job, and I commend them on it. I thought the group numbers were incredibly choreographed and beautiful. Overall, two-thumbs up, would recommend! (: After that we took a lovely stroll to Lincoln Center and The Met and what a sight those two are. Definitely somewhere everyone needs to see at some point in their lives.

Saturday night, my wonderful friend and classmate Steven Meeker Jr. treated me to seeing my first Off Broadway show, A Dog Story, which had the cheesy but cute tag line "Sometimes love has to lick you in the face". What a treat that was! It was a short hour and 45 minutes with no intermission. It was so quirky, funny and contemporary. The music was really catchy and the rest of the night Steven and I were singing one of the title songs "Get a Dog" to each other randomly, people who hadn't seen the show probably were looking at us like we were out of our minds haha! My favorite part, was that for the majority of the show they pantomimed having a dog but then at the very end of the show for the finale a real puppy came running out and OH MY GOODNESS I think my heart melted. I definitely think Steven was embarrassed by my swooning over that cute pup. What an adorable and fuzzy night of theatre!

After that, we "stage-doored" (also known as waiting for someone to tend to their adoring fans) our good friend, Jordan Donica, after his performance as Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera and we were all hungry (per usual) so we headed over to Glass House Tavern for something tasty. Jordan introduced us to these things called Risotto Balls and they are exactly what they sound like. Fried balls of risotto. Does anything sound more decadent or rich? I don't think so. They literally melt in your mouth, my mouth is salivating just thinking of them. So...go to Glass House Tavern in New York and treat yourself to a trip to heaven in your mouth!

To end a great second week, I had my first babysitting job!! The little girl, Aurora, is adorable and so intelligent, if you have ever seen the movie Enchanted (if you have, yay for you! If you haven't...go watch it now!) she reminds me of Patrick Dempsey's daughter, Morgan, in the movie! Spunky, sweet and bright! They also have the cutest bulldog named Mary who is just a hoot! Aurora loves makeovers, hair and nails, so she's pretty much like the little sister I never had but always wanted! I'm definitely looking forward to more babysitting adventures with this cute little family.

2 weeks in, and still kicking! Thanks for tuning in and following along on my journey. Can't wait to share more adventures with you! (: 

Hugs from "The Big Apple"- Natalie (:

 

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Exploring Lincoln Center! ✨