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I am in New York and I haven't had enough sleep. - helen-louise
I am in New York and I haven't had enough sleep.
Dear gods, I am going insane. Whose stupid idea was it to bring myself to New York even though I haven't finished my coursework, on the basis that I can do my work anywhere? ARGH!

Dealing with Richard and my mother together is like herding cats. They woke me up at 11.45 this morning by shouting about cups of tea - not shouting as in arguing, shouting because the flat here is too large and you have to shout to be heard. I was unimpressed because 4 hours sleep plus 20 hours awake plus 11 hours sleep does not balance out to the right amount of sleep for me. But then we didn't actually make it out of the flat until 1pm - so I could have had another hour. Bah.

Then we went to Whole Foods and damn, we were in there for close to 3 hours due to major faffing. Okay, that included getting lunch - but apparently neither Richard nor my mother is capable of navigating a lunch buffet where everything is labelled with all ingredients without handholding. My mother because she flaps and Richard because there was too much choice. Argh! As for shopping for food, well, is it really so very difficult to shop for food in a foreign country? Granted, the brands are unfamiliar, but it's in your own language... I knew exactly what I wanted but nobody else had thought about it.

By the way, my lunch consisted of a vegan cheese pizza, roast potatoes, roasted peppers and courgettes/zucchini, sprout salad, shredded raw carrot, and vegan "noodle" (spinach tagliatelle) with fake meat; followed by a vegan chocolate chip scone. Delightful, all of it. And Boylans cream soda, because it is Local, so I can drink it in abundance without having to feel guilty (unlike when I get it at home). Mind you, it's US $1.39 a bottle here (on special offer - usually $1.99) - at home it's £7.99 for 4 bottles on special offer and usually... more. I don't know the price, it's a luxury rather than an everyday drink.

And Whole Foods didn't have everything we wanted, so we ended up going to two branches of D'Agostinos (a normal supermarket) and a random health food shop that we walked past too. My mother is flapping because "she checked" that the milk and yogurt with plant sterols that she has is available here, but she obviously didn't check very well because I found out in about 5 minutes with Google that although both brands exist here (Benecol and Flora Pro Activ - called Promise, apparently), they only sell margarine, not anything else. I have managed to get some peace and quiet by sending her & Richard off to The Vitamin Shoppe to buy capsules of plant stanols or sterols, and then up to The Food Emporium to get more yogurt and soy milk, and get me some legwarmers from American Apparel because I forgot to bring mine. Richard is moaning because he wanted to go to Radio Shack and get a figure of eight cable, and buy a couple of mobile phone SIMs from T-Mobile. Well, Radio Shack is open 'til 8, that should be possible.

I am so glad that we didn't try to go anywhere exciting for dinner last night and just went to Better Burger. Because anything done twice is tradition, and I'm now on my fifth trip to New York and... seventh? eighth? tenth? trip to Better Burger. Last night I had a soy burger, smashed potatoes, fruit smoothie and vegan brownie. Fast food that is actually food. Om nom nom.

Okay, I think I've got all the moaning out of my system. Better try to get on with some work.

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Current Location: 222 E 39th St, New York, NY 10016
Current Mood: irritated irritated
Current Music: The rattling of the heating pipes.

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From: x_mass Date: 11th December 2010 01:53 (UTC) (Link)

can you buy me some radius scuba toothbrushes??

whilst your in new york is there anyway that you can pick me up some right handed radius scuba toothbrushes? They stopped selling them here some years ago and I'm desperate for some more http://www.radiustoothbrush.com/scubatoothbrush.aspx
I will pay you back whatever it costs plus... Apparently they do a 6 pack.

If you can't carry them mail them to otterylexa and i will sort out payment when your back in the UK

I still using 3 scuba's I have had for the last 5+ years which is a bit out of date even for them

sorry to ask but I'm desperate

Edited at 2010-12-11 01:55 (UTC)
baratron From: baratron Date: 11th December 2010 03:05 (UTC) (Link)

Re: can you buy me some radius scuba toothbrushes??

I can try? But is there any reason you haven't just bought them online? The website you linked to says they ship to the UK.

Edited at 2010-12-11 03:06 (UTC)
From: x_mass Date: 11th December 2010 18:15 (UTC) (Link)

Re: can you buy me some radius scuba toothbrushes??


I asked them repeatedly I've always been told they didn't ship to uk

ok I'll get them from the US


baratron From: baratron Date: 11th December 2010 18:33 (UTC) (Link)

Re: can you buy me some radius scuba toothbrushes??

Says here that they do. Try to place an order and see if it works? Then let me know.
From: x_mass Date: 11th December 2010 18:48 (UTC) (Link)

Re: can you buy me some radius scuba toothbrushes??

forget it

apparently amazon uk sell radius


ps you don't know what this means for me

best news i've had for ages!

Edited at 2010-12-11 19:06 (UTC)
From: ext_221050 Date: 11th December 2010 15:00 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, the tyranny of choice. I tend to have similar issues to Richard's, to the point of forgoing food if I'm too spacey/hungry to decide about what I want to eat.

This appears to be a common-enough affliction that they've installed a food service facility (http://finweb.rit.edu/diningservices/golisano/) very near the lab I frequent (http://www.rit.edu/cast/ectet/embedded-systems-design-lab.php). The menu is arranged such that the rightmost/bottommost item (the last one you'd read) is both the least expensive and sufficiently nourishing (grilled cheese).

I'm sure this is accidental; if it were intentional, it'd be called the Else Clause or something.
baratron From: baratron Date: 11th December 2010 18:34 (UTC) (Link)
It's called Ctrl Alt Deli! That's hilarious.
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