Wednesday, May 28, 2014

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I moved to New York

I moved to New York.  It's 100% awesome.  So awesome, that I'm busy, and don't blog :(  But here are some photos. And a list (below the photos), because I'm tired, because every free minute I have here I just want to sleep from being out and about, and not sit at a computer any more than I do at work.  (Also, I fail so much at ever getting more than 6 hours of sleep.  Tonight I decided to skip wine night because I wanted to grocery shop and edit photos and blog, and then I sat on the couch and talked on the phone and now I'm still only getting 6 hours of sleep. Wah)

 ^^ i work near the flatiron and every time i walk by it i kind of pinch myself.  is this real? this is my life now? YES. yay

^^ when i first saw photos of the highline all overgrown i couldn't believe it/couldn't wait for it to ACTUALLY look like that.  guess what?  it does!!!  dreams do come true 

^^ yay, friends! friends whose birthdays i haven't celebrated with in awhile, it's great to live close enough to celebrate again

^^ springtime in new york is really as magical as they all say

Six weeks in: my favorite things about New York (aka, still in my honeymoon phase and loving it)
  1. $1 pizza.  And that whole $2.75 deal for 2 slices and a soda.  I've only gotten it once or twice but the fact that it exists just makes me :).  Also the fact that there's a Two Boots across from my apartment, but that's also kind of a least favorite thing because I want Two Boots ALL THE TIME.
  2. The buildings, the architecture, the neighborhoods.  My neighborhood.  Sometimes I'm in a bad mood but then I walk outside and I'm in New York, I live in New York, and I'm not sad anymore.  Or I listen to Bleecker Street by Simon & Garfunkel and walk to Bleecker Street and I smile.  
  3. My friends!  I have so many friends from college here.  It makes me beyond happy.  I love experiencing New York with them.
  4. Wash 'n' fold laundry.  At first I freaked out a little that so many apartment buildings don't have laundry machines, then I realized that made it acceptable to pay for wash 'n' fold, and then I was hoping to live in a laundry-less building.  Paying to get my laundry done was one of my favorite things about Southeast Asia, and it's one of my favorite things about New York.  Doing laundry sucks!
  5. Walking everywhere and jamming to my Spotify (except when it's Sunday and I'm lazy and don't want to walk or take the subway to my friends' just to watch Game of Thrones when I haven't showered... then I would kill for a car).  
  6. My cute bedroom with exposed brick.  It's really small, has no natural light, and I pay double what I paid in Santa Barbara, but I love it.  It's so cozy and comfy and the closet is normal sized, and there's just enough space for a mini desk with my computer.  And did I mention exposed brick? (insert heart-eyed emojis here)
  7. SEAMLESS DELIVERY, I think this might be my favorite.  Seamless is an app that has free delivery from thousands of restaurants, it's nearly impossible to decide what you're going to get.  One morning my friends and I were hungover on their couch, and ordered bagels from Seamless from the cafe IN THEIR BUILDING.  It was awesome.  New Yorkers are so busy, but also so lazy, which I love.
  8. Bottomless brunch.  Speaking of being hungover, bottomless brunch is the bomb.  I love brunch, I love mimosas, I love day drinking.  And I love that brunch is an institution here.  
  9. The people.  After being in homogeneous Santa Barbara for a year, it's amazing to be surrounded by diversity of culture (the cuisine is a major bonus of that too!).  New Yorkers get a bad rep for being rude, and yes people are short sometimes, but occasionally I experience these wonderful moments of humility and connection with strangers that leaves far more of an impression than any rude encounter.  You're around people nearly 24/7, and it can become exhausting, but those random experiences of affinity with strangers are much more intense. (Not sure I'm describing this accurately, eek)
  10. The wealth of things to do, restaurants to eat at, people to meet, places to explore: how do you ever get bored here?!  The energy of the city is so invigorating.  My least favorite thing is to sit in my apartment!  For someone who needs new experiences to remain excited (routine is dreadful), New York is the best city in the world.  

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