Claudia Schiepers

Atlantic City
November 17, 2008, 2:14 pm
Filed under: New York

After a busy, but fun week in Europe (London and Belgium), I drove down to Atlantic City, NJ for the weekend. So much fun! A fairly nice hotel, great company, the most decadent meal ever (6 pound lobster and steak!), a little bit of gambling, lots of staying in bed and heaps of saltwater taffy. What more could a girl wish for!

The boardwalk is quite nice off season. It reminds me a bit of the Belgian coast in the early 80s.


November 4, 2008, 8:03 pm
Filed under: New York

It's been quiet here lately, but I have been blogging on one of the Standaard blogs: In alle Staten. mostly about the elections and what is going on around here.

Once that is all done, I promise to devote more time here again!

So exciting today!!! I feel like I am watching history unfold right in front of me. Or around me. It will be a very emotional night. Let's just hope it will be the good emotions.

October 12, 2008, 6:11 pm
Filed under: New York

First a great evening with wonderful friends in the East Village (more on that later) and then a full day with two of my best friends doing this!!!:

And after that a dinner in the Rainbow Room in the top of the Rockefeller Center. See the slideshow below. 

Best Birthday ever!!!

The video and some of the pictures were taken by Sean 'johnny knoxville' Tillery.

An office with a view
September 12, 2008, 8:29 pm
Filed under: New York

The boss's:

Office view bossman


Office view me 

Long way to go…

August 26, 2008, 9:29 pm
Filed under: New York

Only in New York…

If you want to read stories about New York, check out the Gotham Observer, a new blog.
From the about page: "This is a collection of the personal tales and the history and the odd happenings and activities of Gotham".

Very funny read! (They should get familiar with the WordPress style/design options though).

August 20, 2008, 8:12 pm
Filed under: New York

Auch. Damn you Expedit book case.


Jan Bosschaert
August 18, 2008, 4:16 pm
Filed under: New York

The Illustration House, a gallery in Chelsea, New York had a wonderful exhibition and sale going on for the past 5 weeks. It is titled: Sequential Art: The Universal Language. Five Belgian artists have their work on display until tomorrow and everything is for sale. The artists are: Jan Bosschaert, Ilah, Nix, Olivier Schrauwen and Judith Van Istendael, all comic book artists.

I have always been a fan of Ilah. I think her Cordelia comic is just sheer genius and I've had similar emotions many many times 🙂

I wasn't in the city for the opening of the exposition with all the artists present, but I found some picture online on the fansite of Jan Bosschaert.

When I was younger, I liked reading Sam, the comic about the girl with the mechanical skills. I was probably already to old to be the real target group, but nevertheless, I liked it very much. Jan Bosschaert has so many skills. His comic books are funny, inventive and interesting, his pin-ups for Che Magazine are gorgeous and his paintings are just wonderful. When browsing through the catalogue of the work on display in New York I fell in love with two of his paintings. So I decided to buy one (the other one was a bit above my budget). So I went to the gallery this weekend and my first art-buy in New York is reality. This is what I bought:


What do you think?

My new flat
August 15, 2008, 6:45 pm
Filed under: New York

Still empty. I'll post some pics of the decoration when there actually is some…

My floor (and H. and my lovely feet)

My kitchen

The entrance/dining area/living room

Good size living room

Still the living room

Bathroom (and my butt)

and last but not least, the bedroom.

August 15, 2008, 5:51 pm
Filed under: New York

Whoopi … was signing autographs at the Xanadu musical theatre, a show she is starring in for a couple of weeks.

August 14, 2008, 1:14 am
Filed under: New York

Yesterday and today I took off from work to move into my new apartment. Several deliveries were planned weeks ago and magically they all (but one) made it here. Well… that's not really completely true, but let's just say, I'll be able to get by for now until my stuff from London arrives.

First there was Macy's. The salesguy sold me a bedroom and a couch at the end of June and promised it would take only 3 weeks for the stuff to get to the warehouse of the store. "Great", I said, "I only need it delivered by the 12th of August." The result is that I have my couch (yay), a head and foot board for my bed and a mattress, but nothing else from my bedroom yet. Expected time of delivery: End of august.

Then there was Ikea. The ordering online (at the beginning of July) was a bit difficult because of me using a foreign credit card and they ordered me to fax a credit card statement over to proof it's actually mine. Giving me the wrong fax number twice didn't help the situation much. Anyway, the order was finally confirmed on July 28th and the expected time of delivery is now August 20th. Now it's just hoping that all the right stuff gets delivered.

Thirdly, there was Bed, Bath and Beyond. It's a store that has pretty much everything you need for the house that is not furniture (although they have that too). You can go in in the morning and have it delivered to you in the afternoon. I went over the weekend and had it delivered yesterday. Everything was there, except my shower curtain that somehow disappeared between the shop and my house.

Then Crate and Barrel, a store I absolutely love. Furniture and stuff for the kitchen, bed and bathroom, but a bit nicer than the previous store I described. Also shopped there over the weekend and today and everything was delivered perfectly tonight. I can eat now on plates with actual silverware and I have a nice new rug and lights. Very happy about my purchases there.  

And lastly, there was FreshDirect, the New York CaddyHome. It also lets you order online and deliver somewhere in the next week. When the guy arrived yesterday with the cardboard boxes, I asked him if he was sure that was everything. "Yes, of course, miss", was his answer. 30 minutes after he left, before I even unpacked everything, FreshDirect called me to say that not everything had been delivered and that they would come back the next day (so today) and get me the rest of my stuff, "free of charge, miss" (duh!). I'm waiting for it to arrive any second now. The food for sure is fresh, of good quality and as described on their site. Now let's just hope my shampoo still arrives tonight so I look a bit presentable at work tomorrow…

My place is slowly starting to come together and it feels great. All I need now is my Ikea delivery and the stuff that's still coming from London that hopefully is on a ship right now crossing the ocean.

Of course, while unpacking and decorating, I listened to Standard de Liege almost beating Liverpool in the qualification of the Champions League! They so should have been awarded that goal!!! I wanted to go watch the game here, but apparently the UEFA was charging too much for the game and it wasn't available anywhere in the US or Canada. Let's hope that won't be the case for the game at Anfield Road.