also, this little guy got his hair cut today. isn't it cute?
We woke at five in the morning.
Oh yeah, we picked to travel after the worst snow storm of the year.
We donned our warmest winter gear and headed out.
We walked to South Station, about a twenty minute walk. Crews were busy shoveling sidewalks, but the snow was everywhere.
A nice man from somewhere in the Middle East could tell we were lost, in broken english he walked us to where the buses were, if not for him we probably wouldn't have made it.
The bus was nice and warm and the four hours to New York wasn't too bad. As far as four hour bus rides go.
We stepped out of the bus and BRRRRR! It was freezing!
We were in Chinatown and the only English we could see were the street signs (if not we would still be wandering around).
Halfway down the block a man approached us and revealed a card with pictures of purses, Kali had already warned me, so I knew what was up. We smiled, but said no thanks. Immediately, a little lady attacked us...
So it wasn't an attack, but she said, "you want purse?" pointing to our right. We shook our heads and tried to tell her we wanted to go left, so she said, "okay, follow me," and started walking. We could have easily run away, but she was going the way we needed to to get to the subway. Also, she kept looking over her shoulder to make sure we were following. I fear that if we tried to get away, she would have caught us.
We followed her to a store and when we got there she opened a secrect door in the wall. A SECRET DOOR. We went into the basement where we found illegal knockoff purses. Kali saw one she liked and the lady noticed us pointing at it, so she pulled it down for Kali. It wasn't exactly what we were looking for so we gave it back. When we tried to leave the lady freaked out. She followed us out and we tried to tell her all we wanted was the subway. Finally, as she followed us she talked to another guy, we told him we wanted the subway, he told her and she was still upset, but we kept walking. YIKES.
We took the train to Times Square and this is what we saw.
Apparently Kali loves Charmin, so we checked it out. Either that or she had to go really bad.
Here is the picture in the sled like she said
We also got to pose in front of the new year
We then went to Central Park where we had a visit from a new friend.
This Carebear was at first friendly, then awkward, then creepy. He just stood there, and he smelled really, really bad; we rode the carousel anyway.
Enjoy the video:
Once I watched a movie about a miracle on 34th St. . . . close enough.
We froze our way over to Rockefeller Center
And then up to the Top of the Rock
It was entirely amazing buildings everywhere, the biggest city I'd ever been to. From the Top of the Rock we went back to Times Square.
Boston has received it's first snow.
and the governor declared a "snow emergency"
yes, that's right. emergency.
wade didn't have to go to work.
i got to leave early.
every school in the area closed.
the streets have been deserted.
and we're all "snowed in"
but there's only two inches!
it's quite embarrassing
and I just think, if only utah could see us now.
I walked to school in snow like this everyday.
if everyone in utah stopped going to school
everytime it snowed, we'd all be illiterate.
but hey, i don't have to work, and i'm still getting paid for it.
you're not going to see me complaining.
so, as you know...we do not have a car in this insanely crowded city. it would be impossible to park. and very, very, very expensive to keep one in a parking garage (you're looking at 400 a month, for a parking space!) we also happen to be in the poor stage of our newlywed lives, so car payments, insurance, and gas are not on top of our priority list.
as you also know...I HATE THE TRAIN! Especially grocery shopping and lugging everything on a grandma cart through escalators and stairs. Now that it's gotten frostbiting cold outside, its even a more treacherous experience to walk everywhere. I'm not going to lie, I avoided grocery shopping for an entire month because I didn't want to go out in that mess.
Enter the above mentioned greatest invention of all time and suddenly our lives got a whole lot easier! Introducing....THE ZIPCAR!!
All we have to do is get online, reserve a car, walk a block to the parking lot, tap our card to the windshield, it lets us in and we drive away. We just pay 9.25 an hour, and it INCLUDES gas, insurance, and parking. It's screamin' deal if you ask us. And now we get to live like normal people again.
I've tried at least 4 times in the past year to quit drinking diet coke. But I've never really had any motivation besides the fact that I was addicted and I got headaches if I didn't drink it. Well, thanks to our lovely Ensign, I am now SCARED of diet coke. I haven't had one since I saw this picture. Thank you, you precious, inspired caffeine article.
Also, you should look at the picture of the spider webs...its like a spider on crack. only...not.
I think I just compared caffeine to crack.
*Disclaimer: I, Kali Poulsen, have read every single last page of this series. So I am the last one to talk. But it's like Pam in The Office when she says, "You know what they say about a car wreck, where it's so awful you can't look away?"
blog stalkers. You know you all do it. I'm the first to admit. For some reason, we like to snoop on other people's lives. But I'm not talking about the casual blog stalkers. I'm talking about the people who actually think it is their duty to scrupulously investigate the lives of complete strangers, and then have the nerve to proclaim to the world the faults they see. Take, for example, my friend Paige, who is an adorable, quite happy and in love newlywed. Is there anything wrong with that? Well, this guy seems to think there is. Um? No one ever asked you, jerk face. You don't even know her. Also, if that isn't enough for you, you can read about Wade's high school friend's wife who wrote something completely innocent about her husband's ex-girlfriend and got attacked by complete strangers here and the comments left here. My point is, it's basically creepy how much other people care about things that don't concern them. Also, they have no lives and must really, really miss junior high.
Tina and Paige, I hope you don't mind me making another public display of your blog :)
my umbrella that flips inside out when I'm walking to work, leaving me soaking wet and looking like a fool who is having a fight with an upside down mushroom. Speaking of umbrellas, let's talk about the man who walked right up next to me and said, "Lift up your umbrella lady, would ya? You got no class." Excuuuuuse me? There I am, walking along the sidewalk, when YOU dart across the street, run up behind me, and bump YOUR head into MY umbrella and I'M the one with no class? Like I should magically know that you're going to run into me and lift my umbrella up higher so you don't walk into it. Here's some tips for your future umbrella run-ins, sir. First, watch where you're going. Second, when you make a mistake, don't blame someone else. Third, work on your own class.
my computer that is so slow I want to throw it out the window. This is my excuse for my lack of blogging lately. I just don't have the patience. Which leads me to wonder...am I so spoiled by technology that I expect everything to be fast, or is my computer really, truly, a piece of junk? (and I'm just going to go ahead and answer that question myself, by the simply telling you that it takes 3 hours to open up my wedding pictures...just the file...I can't even look at them.)
Do I sound angry?
We finally got a couch, which turned out to be to a ridiculous endeavor. We were confronted with 3 problems.
1-no large transportation (and a couch wouldn't exactly fit on the subway.)
2-tiny winding stairs and hallways
3-lack of time
So we rented a Home Depot truck hourly, drove down to Ikea, got lost 2 times, bought the couch, brought it back to the North End, turned on the hazard lights on our "NO PARKING" street and kept a close eye as to not get towed or ticketed, as we hopelessly tried to get the couch through the building's front door. I'm guessing we were quite the sight, especially since I was whining the whole time, and I quote, "WAAAAADE, its too heavy. I can't do it. I just can't." Poor guy has a wuss for a wife. So we ripped all the cardboard/cushions/lining off the couch, somehow got it up the stairs, only to find that it WOULD NOT fit through the front door. So we left it in the hallway for two hours while we took the truck back and rode the subway home. Good thing we had a genius neighbor who told us how to get it inside. Now we don't have to sit on our kitchen chairs to watch TV! hurrah!
Everything is going well. Except for the fact that Wade tricked me today at the grocery store and traded our 1% milk for Vitamin D. Which disgusts me. Of course I didn't notice until we got home. His punishment? SKIM MILK. FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE.
Here are some pictures from our recent excursions:
without even getting lost!
i know, i know. amazing.
getting a new job
(who calls me on a regular basis to check up on me)
(due to the fall weather...)
maybe it's because I'm my own harshest critic.
But gosh dang it, I want to be a photographer.
and I've got to start somewhere right?
there's not much on there yet, but I'm hoping to update often.
comments are welcome...and so are criticisms.
I emailed my entire ward out here and told them I wanted to take their family pictures for free to get some good practice in.
Little did I know, I was taking on quite a big job. I am now trying to schedule about 16 families/newborns/kids within the next two weeks before I start my new job. I'm so excited though! The weather has been great and the leaves are starting to turn colors, so I should hopefully be able to get some good ones.
Inside was a card that was so cute and hilarious, so I'm including what she wrote:
Dear Kali (and Wade of course),
I'm so glad that you made it to Boston safe and that all is well! I absolutely love reading your blog and talking to you and hearing about all of your adventures. I am sorry you have a bug infested apartment and that you don't even have a real grocery store near you. I promise you I no longer take my Walmart runs for granted (I bet you don't hate Walmart as much now, do you Wade? :)) Anyway, since you can't go shopping for real, I just wanted to send you some treats to brighten your day and say I love you and miss you. I can't wait to come and see everything I have heard about. It sounds like so much fun. Good luck with school and finding a job and everything else going on in your lives. I pray for you constantly and hope you will let me know if there is ever anything I can do for you! Love you tons, Jenn
P.S. Please kill all the bugs before I come.
It definitely gave us a much needed boost. I'm so grateful for her thoughtfulness and friendship. Viva! I love you! and I miss you so much!
"So...Napoleon Dynamite huh?"
and he answered,
"I was missing home."
ha ha ha.
Also, I have been quite discouraged with my new job this past week. For some reason, my co-workers find it extremely odd that I don't drink or smoke and that I'm MARRIED. I mean really, who gets MARRIED at your age? (direct quote) Anyway, it sometimes seems like they are ganging up on me and I find myself surrounded by people asking questions about mormons. It's not so much them ganging up on me as them being so absolutely confused and amazed by the way we live. But that is beside the point. This post is about my funny husband. So as I was complaining, he told me that this is a good missionary opportunity because I have that "glow." And I said,
"Why would anyone care about my glow when they think I'm insane?"
and he said,
"Pretty soon they will start to realize that the two go hand-in-hand.
The glow comes from being insane."
I sure love him. :)
The Park was beautiful, the leaves haven't turned yet, but it is cool outside, any way the funniest thing happened. I don't expect you to understand unless you have a close, personal connection with Seinfeld.
As I rounded a corner there was a flock of about thirty or so pigeons.
Automatically I thought of George and how they didn't move out of his way. Honestly, I kinda hoped for this. As expected the pigeons did fly, but not until they were under my feet.
So, there I was in a beautiful park, and it seemed as though in slow motion all of these birds were gracefully flapping around me.
It was beautiful.
And then I saw the flattened rat in the middle of an intersection. Oh well. So much for that.
School is going well, I miss USU.
Over and out
we got corn, watermelon, bananas, asparagus, potatoes, nectarines, onions, garlic, and carrots...all for only ten bucks!
*there are sick, gross, disgusting, large and nasty, creepy crawling things that live in our apartment (don't let that deter you from coming to visit. Wade was a pest control man in his previous life. They will soon be gone.)
*we have hardwood floors, and my feet hurt every day just from walking around the apartment
*milk is 4.79 a gallon
*we have no grocery store, just small "convenient stores" with few items
*our church is an hour away by train, then we hop on a bus, then we walk four blocks. thats far.
*I miss having Walmart on every corner.
*I miss having a car
*I'm scared of the crazy crack-head who screams at everyone on the train
Here are a few things that make life for Wade hard:
*he recently had to carry a microwave on a train and a bus and then walk through downtown with it.
*the next day, he carried shelves on the same route.
(it really is a funny site, but I'm only laughing because I'm not the one that had to do it)
*he has to kill all the gross bugs when he hears shrieking from the next room
*he has to shower 4 times a day because the humidity gets the best of him
But really, we are having so much fun. It's so cool to walk out of our apartment and be in the North End of Boston. It's called Little Italy, so we get to hear little old grandma and grandpas speaking with cute accents and smell italian food all day. We live right by the harbor and we're right in downtown. Also, the old north church is in our backyard. It's so different from Utah life, and there's still a lot to get used to. But how exciting to experience something like this!
After that, we went to Palmyra, New York and saw the Hill Cumorah, the Palmyra temple, and the sacred grove. It's so amazing to finally be seeing all these places that I've wanted to see my whole life. There is such a special spirit at the church sites, especially in the sacred grove. It is such a peaceful and calm place. I tried to imagine what it would have been like to have been there when Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared. I'm so grateful to have a husband like Wade, who could recite to me Joseph Smith's experience from memory. It was a really good experience for us to share together.
We drove to Syracuse, NY and went out to dinner to "celebrate" our two month anniversary today. We had mashed potatoes! Such a nice change from peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and go-gurts. :) Can you believe we've already been married two whole months? This little road trip of ours has made it feel like 5 years at least (just teasing, husband).
We only have three more hours left until we got to Boston (hurrah!!), so you better believe I'm sleeping in as long as I dang want to tomorrow.
departure: Erie, PA 10:00 a.m.
old churches: 29
times the wind almost blew wade off the road: 6
tolls paid: $30.60 (lame!)
odd colored houses (and to qualify as "odd" means hot pink, bright yellow, neon green, etc.): 11
puddles kali stepped in: 3
ferris wheels: 3
longest train: 66
cheapest gas price: 3.79
weirdest town name: Lackawanna and Schenectady
arrival: Albany, New York 11:15 p.m.
Total miles traveled: 461
Also, I am wondering what exactly the staff here at Holiday Inn thought about Wade when he checked in. For some reason, when we got to our room, it said this on our door: