Jordane, Fran, and I have done a lot of exploring over the past few days. But, yesterday, Jordane and I decided to visit Urban Outfitters (a store I’ve never stepped foot in, even at home). This is a completely different culture for me. I mean, there isn’t a Kohl’s for me to pick up affordable, no-name brand clothes at. Everything here is name brand.
Turns out Urban Outfitters is actually a really unique store. It has dorm supplies, books, records, record players, decorations, as well as fairly cheap clothing. And I saw a free phone charging station, which was pretty sweet. And some of the names of these books just cracked me up.
The Grumpy Cat Guide to Life
The Vegan Stoner Cookbook
The 30 Best Nutella Recipes
I Think I’m in Friend-Love With You
I Am Pusheen the Cat
1000 Feelings For Which There Are No Names
How to Tell if Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You
(THIS JUST IN: FLASH FLOOD WARNING IN THE AREA, DUDE I AM SO EXCITED FOR MY FIRST NEW YORK CITY THUNDERSTORM)
I mean, the list goes on. Check out my Facebook page for more titles.
After Urban Outfitters, Jordane turns to me and says, “Do you want to go to the Puppies store?”
Dawn Peterson, I am not kidding. There is a store here called, “Puppies!” You look in the window, and they are the most adorable things you have ever seen.
But it actually gets even better. While we were cooing over the adorable dogs, the woman next to us said, “Hey, have you ever been to __________? It’s right now the street, and they let you play with the dogs and everything.”
(I leave the name blank because the identity of this store is being kept secret due to the fact that, if too many students go, it will take away from our Puppy-Time and we will be very angry.)
I’m guessing it’s pretty safe to say we ran there. And it was all true. You can pick out any dog at all and just play with it. It really made me miss Mitzi and Finnegan.
(It’s pouring now. It’s awesome. That is all.)
I actually feel really bad. There’s this cruise tonight for residence hall freshman that I bought a ticket for, and I ended up selling it this afternoon because plans changed. This girl paid me $30 and now it looks like the cruise might not even happen because of the storm. That blows.
But, on the bright side, there are puppies in the near vicinity and you can pet them whenever you want.
After we saw the dogs and squealed a little more, we headed toward Weinstein to get dinner.
I. Have. Been. Missing. Everything.
Let me explain. My residence hall has a dining hall with really quality food. You order your food, watch it get made, and it takes between fifteen and twenty minutes to get it. That’s on an average, ordinary day. I’ve waited for forty-five minutes before.
But the food is incredible, don’t get me wrong. Completely worth the wait. It just isn’t very efficient for a college student in a rush. When I’m working toward a deadline, I don’t care about quality. I care about speed and sustenance. That’s all I need.
Weinstein is that food court.
You go in, you swipe your card, and then it’s all buffet style. Today, I was able to get bacon, pizza, and ice cream on the same plate. If you know me, that’s a huge bonus. AND you can fill a to-go plate to keep in your fridge for the next day. It’s the best.
Of course, the quality isn’t as good. It’s like an Old Country Buffet, if you remember those. But it’s definitely convenient for days when I’m stuck in Washington Square Park with time between classes but not enough time to get back to my dorm.
I was also introduced to Legally Blonde last night. Jordane is going to teach me in the way of classic movies, and I am going to teach her in the way of horror, because she hasn’t even seen Friday the 13th.
I also discovered how to do laundry last night. Though, I think I paid to have someone else’s clothes dried twice. It’s all very confusing, and it took me three trips up and down the stairs to remember my soap, clothes, and bounce sheets. You wouldn’t think this would be hard for me, considering I have to climb two sets of stairs to do laundry at home anyway.
Today, before it started storming, we checked out a few stores by Union Square Park (which I secretly like more than Washington Square Park shhhhhh). We went to Petco (which wasn’t very different than the ones at home), and then Barnes and Noble.
This Barnes and Noble was FOUR STORIES HIGH.
FOUR STORIES HIGH and all I bought was an Edgar Allen Poe collection. It’s pretty sweet though, I’m not gonna lie.
Oh, and in the way of books, there’s a place called Strand on 12th Street that has thousands of used books for $1-$5. It’s the coolest thing ever. And I haven’t even had time to really pour through it. Guess I know where I’ll be going after my library paychecks start coming in.
Speaking of the library, I went to training yesterday and I start work on Tuesday, the same day I start class. I’ll keep you updated on that adventure, because I’m sure I’m going to mess it up 150 times before I start doing things correctly. Jordane and I are thoroughly stressed about it.
Thanks, as always, for being my constant, dedicated readers!