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The Mouse Turds that made my Eye Explode

So last night Charlie and I get home from the gym – yes we even workout now together, isn’t it cute? Me and my non-husband roommate bench pressing weights together? rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr – anyways… I am cleaning up Addy’s peepee pads (because she simply refused to go potty yesterday morning when I walked her before work) and Charlie is in our kitchen/living room/front entry/tiniest combo room ever and exclaims “WHAT IS THAT?????”

I walk over, look at whats on the kitchen counter and simply and dryly with no inflection in my voice say “Mouse Turds.”  

Like I was almost expecting it – knew it would come soon or later… AND we have not yet been in the new apartment a month.  (don’t get me started on our new and lovely home….cuz this blog post would go on for dayyyyyyyyysssssssssssssss).

Then after the realization settles in I start to SPAZZZZZZ OUT! Like freak out and start gushing to Charlie about the wretched mouse problem I had with my old roommate (Pre-Charlie) in our walk-up apartment on the UES. And how I NOW have this huge fear of mouse infestations and this is why I hate old walkup apartments, and how I want to go back to luxury high rise living, and how I hate our new apartment, and how I can’t even look at mice so he will have to deal with them AND deal their turds (pause in my ranting for him to tell me he thinks glue traps are inhumanefollowed by my death stare – and him giving in to my evil death stare and stating that we could have glue traps), and that we had mice everywhere, running across our beds, couches, EVERYWHERE, and we did everything possible to try to get rid of them but we couldnt and on and on and on and on. And I worked myself up into a complete tizzy.

THEN I did the dishes, then I moved any food laying out into airtight containers, then I whipped out the Clorox Cleanup (best thing ever) and cleaned EVERYTHING. AND I mean everything!!!!!!!!!!!!

So once I have satisfactorily cleaned the house with clorox cleanup I finally settled down.  Had a bite to eat, showered and then crawled in bed to read myself to sleep.

THEN my right eye starts itching like a MOTHER! So I gently rub it a bit… (which I know, I know.. I had LASIK – I am not supposed to RUB my eye! I KNOW!)

Then it starts to HURT and then it feels like its going to explode!!! So I go look in the mirror and it was like the white part of my actual eyeball was swollen and MOVING. LITERALLY WAS MOVING when I moved my eye.. would like MOVE over on top of my colored part of my eye. SO HERE I had freak out #2 of the night. And started violently texting my ex (who is an ophthomologist). At this point (me being a slight hypochondriac) I am spazzing at my him via text.
“omg my eye is broken”
“omg my eye is going to explode”
“omg I am going to go blind”
“omg my eyeball is going to fall out”
“help! Please! Emergency!”
“the outer layer on my eyeball bunches up! Its disgusting and weird!!”
“my eyeball is BROKEN!!”
“I’m scared!! Its scaring me!!”
“broken” “broken” “eyeball” “broken” “broken” “broken” “Broken!!!!”

My poor ex (mind you its midnightish):
“is your vision blurry?”
“rinse it out and put a cold compress on it”
“benedryl. Alloway drops”
“is your cornea puffy?”

Me: “what part is the cornea??? White part or color part??? White part is puffy!!!”
“omg my eyeball is broken and gonna fall out”

And at this point I had gotten Charlie out of bed so he could see that my eyelid had now puffed up to the size of a golfball and I could barely even open it!! He was laughing hysterically at me!! Not Nice!!

Finally Charlie gets my scooby doo ice pack out – cuz its the best thing everrrrrrr – and I put it on my eye and the swelling starts to go down..

My final conclusion before I passed out into a benedryl induced coma on why my eyeball puffed up to the size of a golfball was “Maybe its alcohol withdrawals.” (since I have now not drank in 13 days).

sooooo today it hit me… That although I had showered after maybe just maybe I still had some clorox cleanup on my fingers I used to rub my eye… And that cause it to wig out, fall out and explode.

Bet you thought from the title I got mouse turds in my eye (I didn’t touch those fuckers) but I may as well have got mouse turds in my eye.

And today my eye is still wonky. I looked like cyclops for awhile…or Sloth from Goonies.

I was really wishing I was still on my last trial so I could have asked the witness that was the self-proclaimed drunken pirate for his eye patch.

And crap I just missed my subway stop writing this blog. Hate you all!!!! (meaning hate all the mieces to pieces) And I have to pee!

PS benedryl dreams are soooo weird… I totally thought I was awake but like walking through sludge.

(PPS – the mouse incident was probably totally almost 98% my fault – because I baked cookies and left the pan on top of the oven.  And then all of the sudden it was clean and I though how nice Charlie washed the pan for me – turns out FUCKING EVIL MOUSE was obviously getting up there and eating all the crumbs… little muthafucking bastard.)


Battle Royale: Karin v. the Front door of her Apartment Building

“I SWEAR! Its NOT ME! Its the DAMN %*^&$^&% DOOR!!!!!!!!!” – you hear me cursing with frustration to my ever so patient roommate Charlie.

We have now been in our new apartment for 3 weeks and NO MATTER what set of keys I use – I cannot get that damn front door open in the mornings after I walk Addy (I can always get it open at night when returning home from work).

Charlie keeps politely telling me he will switch keys with me because his ALWAYSSSSSS work. (please note my sarcasm dripping off the always)

Really? Really. Its NOT ME! Its the fucking DOOR!

Admittedly, I have NO patience when it comes to those kind of things. The little vestibule between the very front door and the second locked door to our building gets VERY HOT and I start sweating like a fat trucker with no AC in the middle of the desert. I mean come on, I have Already showered and gotten ready!! Now I look like a sweaty two bit tranny hooker instead of a professional attorney.

One morning poor little Addy started whining at me – I don’t know if she was whining because 1) it was so DAMN HOT 2) she was upset because I was screaming and kicking the door or 3) she just really wanted to get inside into her safe little apartment.

This door keeps making me late to work… I am out there on any given morning trying to get it unlocked from 5-30 minutes. The 30 minute day I just started hitting peoples buzzers until someone buzzed me in – I had no feeling of guilt that it was 8:30am.

I WILL WIN. I WILL BEAT THIS DAMN DOOR!! (you may find a bunch of glass shattered in front of our apartment on 54th street) BUT I WILL WIN!!!

(the way I having been winning lately is just propping it open while I walk Addy… but sometimes people close it while we are out on our wild adventure for her to sniff, pee, and poop and then I curse those people too – probably the people staying in the illegal Hostel run out of the first floor of our building – assholes)


Warming the House and a big KISS

Saturday night, Jen and I had our housewarming party. We moved in mid-November and after the hustle and bustle of the Holiday season we were finally able to squeeze in our party! My room – still not done yet – getting there and looking better than what it was a few weeks ago (and apparently Carolyn and Ben are going to come over and lock themselves in there and finish it for me – wouldn’t that be nice! haha)

We had such a great party – thank you everyone for coming over and for all the kind gifts! I am so glad that we could share our new home with you!! Everyone hung out – drinking, eating and talking all night – and at one point I think there were 20 people squeezed into our fabulous but semi-small Manhattan apartment. It was nice to have all of our close friends over – laughing and enjoying themselves…. except for that one moment where Steve got on the table and started stripping – hahahaha Kidding – he didn’t do that, I think I would have died!

The party started at 6:30 and most people did not leave until after midnight. At this point a few of us headed a flew blocks down to a bar called Cabin Fever and there we ran into a KISS Tribute Band. Christina and I were ALL ABOUT posing for pics with them and It made a great night even better!!! Nothing like ending your night posing with KISS!!!!!!! The Gene Simmons guy came up to me and started wagging his tongue at me – “the signature move” – and me being me just stood there with my hands on my hips with a disgusted look on my face – he said “No? that doesn’t do it for you?” I said “No, its disgusting!” (oh and they have a myspace page and they put a pic of Christina and I up!) http://profile.myspace.com/kissaliverocks

Thank you again everyone for everything and for being such great friends – Christina, Carolyn, Andy, Gwen (and my little fellow fighting Illini fan!), Steve, Simone, Michele, Jay, Megan, Jenn M., Nick, Les, Jacob, Ben, Carlo, Jenn L., Dave, Lydia and of course my ROOMIE – Jen!


My new Apartment and moving…

Here are some pics before we moved in…

Well – I AM ALL MOVED IN!! Still a lot of unpacking to do…but mainly clothes and you all know i have A LOT of CLOTHES!!

Thanksgiving weekend I spent packing, packing, packing and moving, moving, moving.
To kick the week off I lost my debit card. So I had to cancel it. To get the $ I needed to pay the movers and to rent the storage unit I had to wire my money from my credit union to my bank of America. Well, on Saturday when the movers were to come – my $$ was still not available. I freaked out and my mom and dad Western Unioned me enough $$ plus some to move. The movers were originally scheduled for Sunday but they called late Friday nite asking if they could come Saturday instead. I said yes – stupid me – knowing that my bedroom was TOTALLY NOT PACKED! My only saving grace was that they were not coming until 3pm. Well Saturday morning rolls around and I am truckin away with my packing, bedroom almost done – Walk-in closet NOT TOUCHED and the movers call and say can we come NOW???? It is noon. I was like uhhh sure. It all worked out in the end though and I am happy the move got done on Saturday instead of Sunday because then I had the whole day Sunday to get things situated and all i have left is the UNPACKING OF THE CLOTHES.

I got rid of so much stuff too it feels good – i was just going through my closet going NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE and just chucking stuff in bags for the Salvation Army. I did that with tons of stuff -more than just clothes. It was time to purge a lot of shit from my life!!

I will post up pics once we get everything completely settled and cute!

I am sooooo excited…it is so nice to be home from work in like 20 minutes. I get extra sleep in the morning. I can just jet across town and not worry about having to take the train all the way to the bronx late at nite. It is so nice…I am happy.

(all i have left to do is go out to the BX tomorrow to clean- YAY!)


Apartment Hunting in NYC

So it wasn’t as bad as what I thought it was going to be when we started out…

When we started we were looking at 3 bedrooms and anything in our price range was either in the ghetto or the size of my walk-in closet in the Bronx. Seriously one 3 bedroom that Jen and I went to look at had 3 rooms that maybe could be bedrooms if ummm you wanted to sleep on the floor – i am not even sure you could fit twin size beds in those rooms. It was crazy.

Then Valerie decided she was going to stay put – so Jen and I started looking at 2 bedrooms. And things started to look up. The first ones we saw were small but livable and in our price range. Then we kept looking at more and more and more but they were brokers that charged an enormous fee however they kept on getting better and better. We finally found one and we put an application in. It was nice and roomy – however it was on the 6th floor and a walk-up. NOT FUN! But we didn’t end up getting it because we needed a Guarantor that did not have the same last name as either of us – HUH???? Then we just kept on looking…and we finally found one. It was perfect and there was no fee! We had to pay first, last and security but we were in and accepted. Jen and I were new proud rentees of an apt on the upper east side around 80th and York. We were pumped! The best part was we got the keys the moment we signed the lease so as of Mid-November the place was ours.

NO MORE BRONX or LONG ASS COMMUTE FOR ME!!!


Karin In the City .7

In the City .7
Current mood: bored

So now i have been here over a month. Been working at my new job for almost 2 weeks.Cutting back hours at the Depot. However, right now between the 2 jobs i am working about 60-65 hours a week. could be worse, i guess.

however, i still am working on unpacking..i had a nice dent in everything, but havent touched it since i started working….it will happen soon. i suppose.

Had a great Cinco de mayo!! Kissed the Statue of the Bull on Wall Street – got a pic! It will be posted soon, oh dont you worry!!! Been having way too much fun. Spent saturday afternoon with Valerie just hanging out in Central Park and catchin some rays, then we had a nice dinner at a little cafe on the sidewalk. (buzz kill was I had to go to work at the Depot that nite) – wasnt ALL bad though…dont mind seeing some people that work there.

my roomie is in the Dominican Republic this week, a little lonely without her. No one to go grab a Magners with at the pub around the corner. AND i HATE that she is laying on the beach while i am stuck in an office with no windows…oh well…c’est la vie!

As I always say…I AM SO HAPPY RIGHT NOW! My life is good. God has blessed me with good fortune, good friends and GOOD FAMILY!

this weekend my girls from lawschool are coming to NYC for our girls weekend. I am so excited to see Mary, Linda, and Kiki!! Friday nite we are going to a broadway show and then out on the town and then saturday we are heading back to my pad in the BX, to BBQ, drink and meet IRISH MEN (Right Kiki??).

gotta go back to do some more work….grrrrrr…here until 6 and then off to the Depot….can’t wait to quit there at the end of July!!!


Karin in the CIty .6

Karin in the CIty .6
Current mood: indescribable

Well, I finally started workin as a Lawyer, after a little bit of a delay. I was supposed to start a week ago, but I started yesterday. It is not too bad so far, the case I am working on is interesting at least. People are nice, pay is good, hours a flexible…good stuff.

Except for the fact that I have been staring at a computer screen since 8:00am and it is now 4:20…oooo…good time. My eyes havent hurt like this since I was in my internship in the Netherlands staring at the computer screen all day. I guess this is going to be my life for awhile. In a room with no windows, horrible lighting, lines of tables with computers – it is like a lawyer factory. Some people have plants, even fish in the little area. Weird. Maybe I will bring in something…hmmm…ANY IDEAS????

Yesterday was my first day, worked 10-5, then walked to the Home Depot and worked 5:30-8:30. On my walk there, I saw Mecca – Louis Vuitton on 5th Avenue…AHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! Bright lights flashed at me!! Some Day soon, i will be able to walk in there and buy me somethin nice.

No real weird encounters as of late…just livin life and enjoying it. Bob came to visit this past weekend, it was a GREAT!!! weekend!!! We did have an experience on the subway with a homeless man whose leg was all gross and smelled soooooooo bad, i thought i was going to die. I just puked a lil in my mouth thinkin about it.

Can you believe I have been here a month now?? I have to tell you all I am happy, very very very happy.

in a few weekends, i get to see my lawschool girls, i am sooo excited for our girls weekend.

then Jenn and I are having a house-warming/my birthday BBQ the first weekend in June- details to come…

then my birthday weekend and I get to see my MA peeps…woo hoo!

I am finally getting somewhat settled. I have put a huge dent in my mounds and mounds of storage totes. I think I only have about 5 left with clothes in it, 3 with shoes, 2 with handbags, and probably about 10-12 with misc, decor, books, etc. Who knows when I am going to finish now that two jobs are taking up all my time, but I will and hopefully soon!!!!

alright back to work…got another 2 hours to put in…then out for some drinks…