Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Day 28: A little coffee break

Things have been rather hectic. I started a new job and I have been working 9-5 during my orientation. Transitioning from student to worker-bee is very tiring. I actually contemplated taking a cab home yesterday! As I was packing up my bag for the day I thought about the ease of hailing a cab and sinking into the worn leather seat... but I pushed myself to walk. Anyway, the pictures will be coming. I predict I will be back on schedule in one week. I just need to adjust to working. But rest assured, I am jotting down my thoughts about this city and I am still living very fully in it.
On a different note, I found a great little book that I have been reading before I go to bed called "Instant Karma". It has over 8,000 little quotes to make you think, feel better, change your ways, or just say hmmm... Here is one of the quotes I love:

"There is always a piece of fortune in misfortune."

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Day 27: Begin Again, and again, and again

The secret to a rich life is to have more beginnings than endings.
Dave Wienbaum

Day 26: Taking a walk

I stumbled across three houses (326, 328, and 330) east 18th street. They were built in 1852-1853 and were part of Peter Stuyvesant's farm. They are said to be the earliest surviving structures in the neighborhood of the east village. All of the homes have deep landscaped front yards and beautiful "italianate" decorative elements.

All summer, I was kindof whining about not having outdoor space to barbecue and when I stumbled upon these homes I suddenly felt a stronger desire to get to know my neighbors! Summer is ending though, I can feel fall in the air and the distracting whisper of the beach is slowly fading away. But I have to admit... I would love to meet this particular neighbor. It would be nice to have tea in the front yard of and watch the people pass us by.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Day 25: Obama truck

I forgot to hit enter last night for this post. So, not much text but here is my picture. The healthcare debate is still not uniting the right nor the left (not suprisingly). But I am behind my president all the way.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Day 24: Feeling better

I was trying not to make this a mouse post... but here goes. Today my roommate and I found the holes in the kitchen and stuffed them with steel wool. And to my own surprise I actually made tea in the kitchen and ate dinner in for a change. I think we may have found the source of the problem behind the refrigerator. So, I am starting to feel more at home again.

Today was a soggy day in the city. I had the most amazing hamburger and Park Soho with my roommate and my nursing school friend and read another page turning chapter in New Moon. And now I am going to watch two episodes of True Blood on demand. It is a lazy Saturday!

And in two days I start my new job. In two short days another chapter opens for me!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Day 23: Rainy day

It is a soggy day today in the city. Fall is definitely making its presence known. The wind is getting cooler each morning and each evening. And the sunlight doesn't have the same feeling as it did during the hot days of summer. This weather makes me remember that every now and then a little rain must fall.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Day 22: Relief in a cup

This has been a stressful day. I had another mouse sighting today in our apartment. I thought I was seeing things but it was a tiny mouse on our stovetop. I jumped up (and almost out of my skin) and then called my mom. I don't even remember what I was saying through the sobbing. I think I have found the one thing that brings me to my knees... a mouse family in our kitchen.

So, I went to a cafe to decompress. Normally, I would order a coffee (cafe late, nonfat milk, and extra foam). But this time the only thing I wanted was a hot chocolate. I sipped my drink and remembered to breathe. I have to say, this was a day of not really *loving* what is going on right now but the chocolate helped me accept the reality of this situation. And tomorrow is another day to formulate a plan to restore my little New York City apartment back to the peaceful abode it once was.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Day 21: Beautiful

I didn't know what I loved more, the curvy strokes of the graffiti or the fact that it may say "Live", "Love" or "Sure" all at the same time. At any event, it was another eventful day in the city running a few errands and getting back into the swing of things.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Day 20: Back in New York City

I feel like I walked a couple of miles since I got back to the big apple! The highlights of my return are the following:
1. A magician on the subway who transformed an empty box into a box with a fluffy bunny rabbit (definitely worth a donation!!)
2. The cutest baby ever waving hello and goodbye to me
3. The first bite of a nyc pizza after a one week hiatus.

And the less than memorable moments are:
1. The sight of a mouse scurrying under our refrigerator
2. The sound of a woman cursing out a passerby for simply bumping into her
3. Waking up to the sound of sirens in the morning while I am trying to burrow deeper into sleep.

I still love it here. And I am excited to start work in a week and to keep snapping away and documenting my time here.