In other news, we have some new household acquisitions. As many of you know, we have been saving up for a new bed since September, and finally had the time and patience to do our research and shopping in January. We ended up buying a bigger bed (full -->queen), which also meant purchasing a new box spring. After a lot of comparison and research, we took a leap of faith and bought a memory foam mattress from Amazon, and a new bed frame (with head- and footboard) from Overstock. I felt sorry for our UPS guy, who delivered these heavy/unwieldy packages over the span of only two days. And then of course, we had to put everything together, which was its own adventure. But our new bed is amazing, and Nick and I are both surprised at how much better we feel in general than we did a couple of months ago.
Also high on our list of things to see was the MTA Transit Museum. Nick had actually visited with his parents as a child, but the Museum has expanded significantly since then, and so we both saw a lot of new subway and bus things. My favorite part was seeing all of the awesome ads in the subway cars, like this one for Schmulka Bernstein's cold cuts. But there were others: Etti-Cat reminders for proper behavior during one's commute, a bazillion ads for various kinds of booze, and the Miss Subway competition/winner announcements. Last weekend I took a trip to my favorite ice cream shop, Ample Hills Creamery, located in my old neighborhood. For a few days before the Oscars, they offer the most amazing flavor of ice cream ever, called "Oscar nite": large chunks of red velvet cake generously smooshed into sweet cream ice cream. Unlike cake shakes and other cake ice creams, the red velvet cake used here (which also had a ton of frosting, by the way) seemed to have been specially formulated for the purpose of using in ice cream (quite simply, it was dry enough that the cake didn't get soggy until the third or fourth day after purchase). Last year, the first year they made it, I missed out on the amazingness, but this year I was determined to give "Oscar nite" a try, and purchased an entire pint for good measure. And given the variety of responses to the awards ceremony itself, I think that "Oscar nite" beat "Oscar night" hands down.
Monday night Nick and I both attended a screening of Future Perfect, our good friend-and-vacation-buddy Liam's Master's thesis film, which was sponsored by his alma mater's alumni association (the screening, not the film). We enjoyed some free food and wine, and a nice chat with our other Cape vacay buddies Kevin and Vanessa. And the screening! The film was a rough cut, which meant that it's still in the editing phase of production, and shots and sounds may differ from the final version. Nick will be doing sound editing for this film, so his attendance was required. After the screening, Liam, Nick, and other crew members participated in a Q&A session with members of the audience. Overall it was a nice evening, and everyone (around here) is looking forward to seeing the final cut of the film later this spring.