So far I have moved more times in the past three months than my boss has in the past ten years. Not sure what that says about either of us….
When I decided to take my job and move to NYC I knew things would be unsettled for a little bit while I figured out the rest. Somehow that seems to be my motto, “decide now and plan later” which has turned more into “make a quick decision that you’ll question for months while everything is fcuked up and then be happy when it all works out”. I’m in the former part at the moment. As I sit on my blow up mattress (short-term lease by my boss’s boss), and l.o.l. at myself and the mess that is my life at the current moment. Literally. Surrounded by piles of clothes in random suitcases and bags because I have no furniture. But I am thankful for the friends and family that have supported me and know fully that although my life is in a bit of a mess now it’s still more put together than a lot of others and for that I am grateful.
So a little over two months down and I’m on my second apartment, this one in Brooklyn. In the few days that I was homeless I moved everything I owned in NYC to my office. I let all my coworkers get a good laugh in every afternoon for two weeks when I was pushing giant suitcases around the office. Still have a few hats remaining there so I guess I’m not officially moved out yet… whoops.
I’ve only been here for about a week and a half so I still have a lot to see but my area isn’t bad. It’s in Bushwick but not the hipster Buschwick everyone has told me about. Although I did venture to that side today and it lives up to all the hipster-ness. I’m a few minutes walk to my subway stop and the grocery store is at the end of my block which is also convenient. The area itself doesn’t have a lot of restaurant/not fast food options but I will make sure it’s high up on my priority list in the next apartment search. Embarrassed to say I didn’t even think to look around before I moved. But the apartment has central so you can’t win them all and have to count your blessings where you can.
Since I didn’t get a chance to explore Brooklyn on my first weekend since I was out-of-town, I took this weekend to do so. I asked a girl at work if she wanted to explore Brooklyn with me (aka show me around since she lived in the area for about a year) and she invited me to a ladies picnic a friend of hers was putting together. It was at Prospect Park which is nowhere near where I live. It looks close on a map and would be if I had a car butttttttttt I sold it so it’s public transportation for me. Except the subways get all screwy on the weekends with construction so instead of sitting in a train for an hour while it brought me into Manhattan just to transfer subways and bring me back out to a different part of Brooklyn I decided to just walk. It was going to take 30 minutes more but I figured I could do it. Thirty minutes in I was rethinking my brilliant idea to try and be healthy and walk. It was so incredibly hot outside I was sweating from my head to toe. Strategically walked on whatever side of the street had the most shadows from the buildings. It was a pretty walk though, and I even passed through a farmers market where I picked up a blueberry cake for the picnic so that was a perk.
This ladies lunch was way more put together than I could even of imagined. There was a table, tablecloth, labeled food and homemade hibiscus tea, sangria and other beverages. I was seriously impressed but I was the youngest one there and thought “this is how adults picnic”. Instead of a few weekends back when some friends of mine were in the park celebrating a birthday and only had snacks that came out of bags. One day I’ll get there.
After the picnic it started to rain so we ubered (thankfully) over to Bushwick so Maggie could show me one of her favorite restaurants/bars, Robertas. We grabbed a seat out in the back because the restaurant was full but that was okay with us because we were just grabbing drinks. The outside was a lot larger than I had imagined and lined with picnic tables and graffiti walls. Since it was raining I didn’t take any photos or look around more but I’ll have to go back. After ordering a few frozen blue drinks (some sort of marg) and chatted about life, love and New York. It’s amazing how much you can connect with someone who has similar life experiences to you even though you may not know them that well. It was some much needed girl time. After awhile we decided it was time to head out.
I decided to stick around the area and check out what was around. Stopped into a clothing store and of course walked out with a few items. Then headed back to my place (via subway) to get ready to meet a friend in the city. Wasn’t planning to venture into Manhattan after the long day but a friend from college texted to grab drinks and I figured that was better than going home to lay on my blow up mattress and watch The Good Wife. Although not a bad alternative and may be what I do almost every night I get home from work.
So of course the subway trains couldn’t be easy for me and rerouted me onto three different ones but I finally made it to Pier A Harbor House (30 min late) and it was well worth it. My pictures don’t do it justice because it was too dark by the time I got there so I’m planning to go back one evening. From the outdoor area you could see Brooklyn, Governor’s Island, The Statue of Liberty and Jersey City (all which had to be pointed out to me because I have no sense of direction – besides our Lady). It was really neat to see all the buildings lit up and to be on the water.
We even got to watch a fireworks show that was out on the water – still not sure what it was for though. After grabbing drinks we walked around the water and explored Battery Park which I wasn’t too familiar with so that was interesting to see that area and up into Wall Street. By the time I got back to my apartment my legs were about to give out, checked my Health app (which I’m obsessed with) and I walked over 10 miles for the day. So I justified that with the hot dog and root beer float I had from Shake Shack a few hours earlier. Which btw was my first time going and I will be going back.
Sunday was a little less productive. Enjoyed the beautiful day from my window while laying on my bed. Definitely had little motivation to get out of bed. After talking with a girlfriend on the phone I finally motivated myself out of bed by bribing myself with a manicure. So I ventured into Williamsburg (I think) to treat myself to a manicure. Afterwards I walked around and chatted on the phone with another friend for a while before picking up a bottle of wine and returning back to the salon for a pedicure. That kind of week. Drank my wine from a Starbucks cup and my little sister quickly pointed out how basic I was. Can’t argue with her.
Once I got back to my apartment the sun was starting to set so I headed up to my rooftop and enjoyed the view of the sunset behind the city. I stayed up there for a little bit thinking about the last few months and thinking to myself that even though my days can be a little rough right now that eventually everything will work out how it’s supposed to.