6.18.2009

spotted

What the heck do I do with all this fabric?

I was in a bad mood yesterday. Real bad. Maybe it’s because I didn’t get much sleep the night before. The man who lives on the floor above us stomps around at night and yells at his girlfriend. “THIS IS THE END OF THIS CONVERSATION! I AM SO DONE WITH THIS!!!” is something I have heard him say. Other things too. I know who he is. He’s in a band. I won’t say which one because I don’t want to get in trouble, but I will say is that it was Joe’s favorite band when he was in high school. And John C. Reilly played this guy in one of the band's music videos.

So back to the story…I didn’t get much sleep the night before, and I had a miserable day of sorting through loads of fabric and trying to figure out where to put what in my office. I was so sick of unpacking and trying to get my apartment in order and just ready to start work. Enough is enough. So after a full day of this frustration, I headed out to the corner bodega to grab some caffeine. Let me set the scene by saying that my hair was greasy, I was wearing my Kansas t-shirt and a ratty old zip up hoodie, and I hadn’t even bothered to wash my face or cover my dark under eye circles. So I’m walking down the street and I notice some girl staring at me. I literally SCOWL back at her like “What the eff are you looking at, beeotch?” And at that very moment she says, “I read your blog!” Dang.

42 comments:

Jill said...

you might enjoy this poster about the noise in nyc. i often draft letters to the neighbors and by the morning i'm too over it to care.

Myra - twigs and honey said...

neighbors... can be frustrating. after 1 full year, last weekend I finally had it with mine because their beagle was crapping in our yard that whole time (and dragging and dumping garbage in our yard). I'm completely a pacifist and hate confrontation, but I couldn't take it anymore and it was completely out of character for me. *psst* you should have a word with your manager/landlord. ;)

cindy : quaint said...

sounds like you looked perfectly dressed for williamsburg ;). gotta' watch our for the 'blogarazzi'.

nibsblog said...

I guess that's the price for 'blog fame.' :)

miss liss said...

bad day :(
good story ;)

wishing you luck and serenity in the whole moving into a place a settling down thang.

Anna Allen said...

oh damn! oops! but i have to say, funny story! we all have those days. ;)

CARLY WAITO said...

russell simins from blues explosion?

LeeAnn said...

Oh snap! Well, at least your kitty has settled in. All they need is a pile of paper or fabric on the floor and they have found a home. :)

martha said...

ooh, sorry that happened. But I have to admit I laughed really hard because that is the exact sort of thing that happens to me!

chelsea | arugula press said...

jenny, i laughed too. i don't blame you- everyone has those days. and it seems to be, at least with my luck, those are the days when i should have looked nicer when i left the house, because i will run into someone i haven't seen in forever. i just want to tell them, " i don't always look like this!" don't worry. i'm sure she will understand once she reads your post.

mi said...

would you consider selling me some of the fabric you want to get rid of?
but maybe not clever thing to do since i live in Turkey....
its just that the creativity of patterns here are just so .. well lack of creativity : )

Julia said...

oh snap! well, hopefully that put you in a better mood?

jennifer said...

Yikes, I definitely know who this guy is (the band was a favorite of mine in HS as well).

When I moved to SF a few months ago, I was in a grumpy mood for WEEKS while we tried to sort all of our shit out. Having everything out of sorts in the apartment affected me a lot more than I expected. Hope things smooth out soon!

Casey said...

Unpacking and getting settled can be one of the most soul-sucking activities, imho. :p

I did have a little chuckle over the blog reader spotting you. This is exactly something that would happen to me, and I'd be caught tongue-tied and in an even fouler mood at myself. ;) Hope your day got a little better though... Sending you lots of good wishes!

Modern Crush said...

Ha! That is an awesome story!! Oh Jenny, if I could give you a real live hug I would. How sweet that girl spoke up, it is good to be reminded to put things in perspective. <3

Elise said...

Domestic issues can be a pain especially when they permeate apartment walls:)

Awwww...Your poor sweet fan. I'm sure she will read your blog and think you are not always that scary:).

Catherine said...

Yip, I found that pretty funny too, sorry! She will no doubt read your blog and hopefully understand. Perhaps invest in a Bose headset or enjoy fine wine every night to dull the noise. I had dogs barking next door last night (they never do) and I ended up joining up. "Shut the hell up! Be quiet!" I have become quite intolerant of pesky noise when I have a baby to get to sleep.

Jennifer said...

Funny story... :)
I'm sure your reader was just kind of surprised to see you and didn't even notice you were in a bad mood.

As far as your neighbors go, maybe you could slip some torn out yellow pages under their door with MFT/ Couples Counseling listings...or listings for soundproofing materials ;)

xo

Miss Kate said...

You're famous! You may have to start wearing a pair of those gigantic bug sunglasses now!

fleur_delicious said...

Oh, neighbours. I don't even share walls, but man oh man am I ever getting sick of guys pulling up (in front of my house, no less) and HONKING THEIR HORNS for folks who live next door to come on out. I actually finally threw open the door one night (mind you, in the early morning hours of a weekday) as a young 20-something girl traipsed to the car, and yelled out, "HEY! It's after midnight, and it's a weekday. Can you please ask your friend to NOT DO THAT AGAIN?"

hah! She seemed penitent, and actually, THAT car hasn't honked again. Sometimes it pays to be grumpy old lady next door!

hope your day got better, Jenny. And I hope things feel better as you get fully settled in. Moving is such a trip; it always takes so much longer to finally be settled than I think it will, you know what I mean?

Gail said...

"Just moved in to 14G so cosy, calm and pieceful. Perfect for a mouse like me...until I hear" Look up Kristen Chenowith on Youtube, it won't stop the noise but will make you smile.

erica said...

ha, blogarazzi! i hope you sleep better soon. there's something soothing about a homeless guy rattling down the street at 3am with his shopping cart filled with bottles and cans, but a stomping angry guy yelling at his girlfriend would piss me off.

sounds like you need to hold a fabric sorting party?

Christina Lowry said...

I laughed when I read your post. My sister had two guys from a heavy metal band living above her for 6 months. Not arguements though, just the rest of the band coming around and drinking while playing loud heavy music. Great neighbours.

I've never been recognised in public beause of my blog... note to self, just in case, try a bit harder with the hair and clothes and insure there is no baby spew on shoulder...

Moving is a pain. Good luck finishing unpacking. Once you do you will start to feel like yourself again.

:)

Anonymous said...

The joys of apartment living - must be a shock to your system!

You have mean storytelling skills, by the way. If you ever give up on fashion, you should consider writing :-)

Anonymous said...

Ah, I mean writing fulltime, like a column or book - because you obviously write on your blog...!!

sara said...

my upstairs neighbor stomps around all the time and it used to drive me crazy! then i got this sleep mate and it really helps!

Anonymous said...

cure for your bad mood:

MUSIC!!! turn up your stereo and play something that makes you dance:)

i'm at work and having a ruffff day and then i hit play on my ipod and suddenly got a silly grin on my face

bad mood....GONE

Hyena In Petticoats said...

Oh, sweetheart!

I'm sorry you had such a shitty day, but I did giggle at the end when you ran into one of your readers - that just tops it all off, doesn't it? Especially when you come across as being such a sweetie on a normal day!

Here's my advice for the fabric - I fold all my fabrics like this tutorial says:

http://thehappyzombie.com/blog/?p=124

Even the yardage - and it takes up about a third of the space it used to. Or you can fold yardage and hang it off clip hangers on a clothes rack instead....

I hope you start to feel better soon - and I hope that New York provides you with inspiration and purpose..... hang in there love - and don't be afraid of being grumpy - in real life or on the blog..... people need reminding that we bloggers are human sometimes!

Leah xxx

belinda said...

hilarious!
and not so hilarious with the idiot that lives upstairs.
life's a crazy thing sometimes huh....

hannah said...

oh jenny... is that better or worse than me finding you at target using the bathroom because you were redoing yours? hope today is better.

Emily said...

I hope it made you smile and laugh, because your readers are smiling and laughing now :)

janis said...

I love how you tell a story :) but I am really sorry about the lack of sleep. Hope the situation improves - I can say I understand this neighbor thing all too well. It becomes all consuming if it persist. A heart felt "good luck" ... Take care :)

dc said...

sorry but i also got a good laugh out of the last few lines! it is so strange how we are so inter-web-connected. its like having all sorts of imaginary friends that do cool things and you feel cool for "knowing" them. i am sure she is going to love the post!
p.s. my downstairs neighbors just got rock band. the duets are painful. my dog is getting lots of extra walks thanks to them.

ashima said...

you are so brave with these blog entries of yours. I don't know how you do it but i like reading about it. i'm sure your blog reader understands.

Curry said...

I hope you feel better now!

Oh, and your post made me smile.

Nantucket Dreams said...

aw. i hope she read this post and now she will understand why you were a little under the weather. neighbors from he double hockey sticks suck...i hope he breaks up with the poor girl and you can get some sleep!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for such a well-written story! I think we've all had those moments where life just smacks you a little bit.

I also had a neighbor who was loud and mean to his girlfriend. Don't be afraid to call the cops if you need to!

Anali said...

OMG! LOL! Every blogger's nightmare! I had a day like that recently and I was thinking that I'd better get it together. : )

Root and Leaf said...

haha! this is what i like to hear!

etoilee8 said...

Haha, I feel like people are always critiquing my outfit in a negative way (it's the way it used to be in these burbs). . . it's always surprising when someone says "I like what you're wearing", instead of smirking in a nasty way. Next time I think someone's hating, I'll remember this.

Theresa Hannah said...

loved loved loved this post. dang, too funny! I know, probably not to you at the time, but you improved the mood of my foul day, so thanks :)

Maggie Mason said...

The woman upstairs from us is inclined toward infidelity. Every few months, she and her most recent beau shout upsetting things that make me feel like I need to burn sage outside her door. Ugh.

Solidarity, city sister.