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travel schmavel

Ok, I’m aware we just settled after months of shifting about but today I’m really feeling the travel bug again.  Like backpack through Indonesia style.  How does that work when one of us is actively job hunting and the other is teaching and in general just being awesome, oh right and then there’s miss m too.

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I guess instead of planning a real trip- for now, I’ll just bask in the glory of Google images and Pinterest.

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Is anyone out there in the interwebs planning a glorious retreat or sabbatical- if so make us super envious and spill all the details!  Also- check out the 45 places to go in 2012, posted by The NY Times.

Cheers!
Agnes

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Oh, Stop It…

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No, keep going.

Seriously just fell hard for all things Katie Daisy.

Please, Leo please can we soon have a sun-filled home full of beautiful images and dreamy things.

Came across her art while skipping through google reader and pacing the panic room – love the recent Rabbit poster designed for their upcoming show in our new favorite little big town, Asheville.


xo- agnes

from one bay to the next… Part II

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*photo heavy…

Our roommates for the week were lovely.  One was Jessica from Barcelona.  The other was Glorybell, from nearby Northern Cali.  We shared a bottle of red wine and eagerly discussed what the week in front of us was to hold.  Time for sleep…

By the time we awoke the next morning we were absolutely tingling with anticipation!  What would the office be like?  What would the people be like?  What would the job be like?  After two confusing-ass buses and over an hour we finally came upon the office.  The building was located downtown, surrounded by companies like Zynga and Adobe.  We greeted the door man and said “Airbnb please!”  He led us to an elevator that required a special card to gain access.  That’s right, we’re pretty important.  When we arrived on the 2nd floor Agnes and I practically had to hold our jaws from hitting the floor.  Seriously….HOLY SHIT!  The office was brand new and immaculate!  I’m talkin’ 20,000 square feet of white, modern, angular design.  It was an open floor plan and each desk was completely bare with brand new silver iMacs just waiting to be used.  That’s right.  Not a file cabinet, nary a file folder, in sight!  Far different from the days of old.  We had arrived!

We hurried to the breakfast area, where food prepared by Chef Sam (yep….he’s in residence), was waiting along with our other classmates.  Including us there were 15.  It was clear to see we all those obligatory first day of school jitters.  Was my backpack cool enough?  Would Agnes’ Golden Girls lunch box fly?  You get the point.  Promptly at 9AM we were led into the conference room we’d call home for the week.  The doors opened slowly to reveal a scene that was as if it were Christmas morning…and we were all on the “good” list this year.  Sitting atop the long white tables were brand new, still in the shrink wrap, macbook airs with brand new mice and headphones.  To top it off they had our names on them.  As we opened our macs and tried to acclimate ourselves with this decidedly ‘too good to be true’ atmosphere, we were reminded that it was Mustache Monday and that we were required to don the lip art as they passed it around.  Could this really be work?

The first day was a lot of setting up, password entry, email access, questions, nervous laughter, mustaches falling off…  By the second day it was old hat.  People began to come out of their shells.  Personalities emerged.  Jokes began to fly.  By the end of day two we were all BFF’s.  I mean, we’ve never been in a room with so many like-minded, bright, clever folks.  Everyone loved travel.  Everyone was well-educated.  We were informed that among hours of study and q+a the week would offer a ton of surprises, 80’s day, formal day and a third year launch party that was to span 9 hours and feature a little “DJ’ing” by none other than MC Hammer.  WHAT!?  I’ll take this time to add that the last job Agnes and I had featured torture day, purple t-shirt day, and the only DJ equivalent I can think of would be Rush Limbaugh. Paint a picture?

So here we are, in this amazing city meeting amazing new friends/co-workers, redefining the office experience.  Near the end of our week we had tons of laughs, hardcore training, an urban safari tour of where it all started (thanks Joe, Brian and Nate) – it was all too surreal.  I’ve heard others tell of wonderful places to work (Google, Bloomburg, Oprah) but never did I imagine I’d stumble across some such place.  My idea of benefits to date has been a Keurig coffee maker that I had to purchase and replenish myself.  Not at Airbnb.  At Airbnb, the streets are paved in gold!  At Airbnb,  there’s color coded fridges stuffed with healthy snacks like Greek yogurt.  At Airbnb they handed out American Apparel Sweatshirts (with our logo of course) because MC Hammer and My First Earthquake (amazing San Fran band…check them out!!) were playing on the roof and we might get chilly.  Yep…I tasted the Kool Aid…and I LOVE IT!!!

still more to come?
leo

Twinkle Twinkle.

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Most recently we’ve been on the fence about traveling to Europe- sure there are friends and family to visit but everything is also twice as expensive to do and see.  A friend that lives in London mentioned how the economy is in the toilets right now and my mom sends a news article yesterday about the current and deadly e. coli outbreak.  So, do we go or do we choose a new adventure?  The original plan was to head overseas June 20- if that’s still a go, we’ve got a ton of planning to do!

This image (idea sparked by this gal) may be my answer.

I’m now sorta hooked on night images of everything (even though leonard thinks the shiny glimmers are where the e. coli outbreaks are).

Thoughts and feedback please.

36,064 ft = 6.8 miles

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and we have the sore knees|blisters to prove it.

thanks again to scoutmob, instagram and iphone maps–  and a big shout out to poland springs for keeping us hydrated!

just a few of the stops along the way:
onieal’s was delish.
cold brew from third rail
the market

street art
flowers all in bloom
intricate architecture
sun on our faces
overpriced thrift
the smell of street meat
lots of hand holding and stealing kisses.

ny and ouraugust is off to a nice start.

Once upon a catering time…

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Agnes and Leonard decided it would be responsible and more socially acceptable to earn some money. They love their premature retirement but their family and friends have been starting to look at them funny. Taking this and their lofty goals into account, they signed up to cater in the big city.

Last night the dynamic duo shared their first gig. They arrived in the meat packing district, in matching black outfits, to discover the event was for the groundbreaking of the Whitney Museum.

They had no idea what to expect, though neither could understand why they were the “help” rather than the guests. They set up coat check, they lugged ice, they straightened table cloths, they took a coffee break. Then…the two were split. Agnes was sent to the main dining room to straighten silverware and fill water glasses while Leonard was put on butler service (offering the evening’s signature drink from a 25 pound tray). Leonard is still bitter.

Hours later they were reunited in their new jobs as wine stewards. Red or white? Red or white? Red or white? Google was honored. John McEnroe spoke. Debbie Harry and Blondie performed.

Feet sore, feathers ruffled, eyes tired. They walked back to the N train at Union square. They rode to their rental car that was parked in Astoria. They drove home.  The End.

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