Please Support Me!

One of my dear relatives was recently diagnosed with ALS, and as sad as this disease is, I recently accepted the challenge of participating in The ALS Association’s Walk to Defeat ALS in the hopes that this is something I can do to help him.

Often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive, fatal neuromuscular disease that slowly robs the body of its ability to walk, speak, swallow and breathe. The life expectancy of an ALS patient averages 2 to 5 years from the time of diagnosis.

Every 90 minutes a person in this country is diagnosed with ALS and every 90 minutes another person will lose their battle against this disease. ALS occurs throughout the world with no racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic boundaries.

This crippling disease can strike anyone. Presently there is no known cause of the disease though support is bringing researchers closer to an answer. In the mean time it costs an average of $200,000 a year to provide the care ALS patients need.

The ALS Association is the only non-profit organization fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease on every front. By leading the way in global research, providing assistance for people with ALS through a nationwide network of chapters, coordinating multidisciplinary care through certified clinical care centers, and fostering government partnerships, The Association builds hope and enhances quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure.

I am asking you to help by supporting my fund-raising efforts with a donation. Your tax-deductible gift, no matter how big or small, will make a difference in the lives of many! It is faster and easier than ever to support this great cause – you can make your donation online by simply clicking on the link at the bottom of this message.

Any amount, great or small, helps in the fight. I greatly appreciate your support and will keep you posted on my progress. Thank you for your support!!

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Oh! I remembered!

(The last cool thing in my previous entry.) Remember this video?

I met those two guys! haha They came into the bookstore to sign their book, the reissue of A Lion Called Christian, and it was so cool. They’re a lot older than in that video for sure, but when I realized who they were I was like, “Omigod, I saw that video on YouTube and nearly cried!” And they said, “Only nearly?” haha

Cool Things That Happened This Week

  1. I spoke to David Sedaris on the phone! He called to speak to his agent and I picked up since the assistant was away from her desk. I recognized his voice right away, it’s very…unique, haha. I was squealing inside after I passed on the call, because I’m clearly too cool to show how excited I was at my internship. haha
  2. I also spoke to Richard Matheson! (Writer of I Am Legend, Somewhere in Time (SUCH a good movie!), and What Dreams May Come, to name a few.) He just sounded…old. But it was still cool.
  3. A few weeks ago I requested 2 sample chapters, a synopsis, and author bio from a query letter we received, and it came on Wednesday so the agent passed it on to me to read, and it was addressed to me! As if I’m actually a real literary agent! haha (Still, if even I don’t think it’s good enough, it doesn’t get passed on, so it’s important still to impress the intern!)
  4. This didn’t happen this week, but I did pass Taylor Momsen just a few blocks away from my apartment. We both crossed the street, and she was looking tall and skinny and was carrying a cigarette (which she was presumably smoking, although I didn’t actually see that). Cool, ey?
  5. I feel like I’m forgetting something, but I’m not sure what. Guess we’ll save it for next time! 🙂

The weather is beautiful and warm today – if you happen to not work, go outside and enjoy it for me!!! Especially since it’s going to rain all weekend after- suckkkk!

xoxo

I still love you, New York!

God, how depressing was my last entry? Haha I’m in much better spirits now, especially since there are tiny little developments in steps towards where I want to be career-wise, happening every week, and it’s exciting! And totally reigniting my optimism and my spirits and my love for NYC. 🙂

Anyway, Saturday was spent being a tourist with some friends. We took the Staten Island Ferry, and passed Lady Liberty. It was FREEZING on the boat (I took a picture of this woman’s crazy curls flying in every direction, for which one of my friends told me I’d go to hell for it. What? It was funny!) Here’s a photo of the ladies:

And then on Monday night, I went to go see the elephants come into town via the Queens-Midtown tunnel! That night was free-eaking-zing! So cold and windy, and apparently one of the coldest nights in a long time (great timing, thanks). They were walking to Madison Square Garden for the Ringling Brothers Circus, which I think opens tomorrow.

I love when they hold on to each other’s tails and trail behind one another – it’s SO cute! Awww. heehee I did kind of expect them to be bigger though, so that was slightly disappointing.

This weekend I am going to find somewhere to go salsa dancing with a friend – can’t wait! haha

Remind me what I’m doing again?

I. Am. Exhausted.

Last night I went to bed about an hour and a half later than I meant to, and I was already tired (got caught up talking to the mama bear and granny on the phone), and then this morning the stupid deli I live above woke me up at 5.30. Again. So I made my second noise complaint to 311 in three days. My eyes were all bleary, my mind drowsy, and I was so tired I felt like I’d been punched in the eyes. Fun!

I guess this is why I don’t normally do much aside from work, my internship, and reading. I still have an entire non-fiction manuscript/proposal to read for tomorrow, and if I’m planning to get to bed by 10, that gives me 3.5 hours to read, eat, shower, and do a little tidying up. Eek.

Plus, this stupid economy is really not helping. I need a normal, 9-5, 5 days a week job, and that simply isn’t happening. Tomorrow is my 6 month anniversary of moving here and look where I am! (Although at least I have my internship – and it’s relevant to what I really want to do!) I better be much better off SOON.

It’s kinda tempting to just give up and go home. I left everyone I love behind when I moved here, and for what? What have I got to show for it, really? Obviously it’s not a lack of qualifications on my part or any of that, but still. Maybe I’d much rather be unemployed, bumming off my parents, and surrounded by the people I love and care so much about, than working my butt off 6 days a week and feeling so drained all the time.

Sigh. Is this what pursuing your dreams looks like? I don’t think I like the look of it!