Settling into the new job + finding an apartment + making all the friends + doing all the exciting things = full dance card.
I just didn’t have time to do everything I wanted and remain sane. So I pressed pause on the blog for a while and went radio silent.
Lately, though, I’ve realized that writing every day actually helps me remain sane. So I’m back!
To get you all back up to speed, here’s a short version of the last six months:
I moved to the UES.
I know. Everyone thought I was going to wind up in Brooklyn. I thought I was going to wind up in Brooklyn. But the allure of being able to walk to work proved too much for me, so I wound up in Manhattan.
I adore the Upper East Side, and I’m going to stay here in Manhattan for a while.
My love affair with Brooklyn continues, though. I’ll probably wind up moving there eventually, if only to save on the time and money I spend on the subway getting there every weekend.
I met some of the world’s most amazing people.
Making friends in New York is easy. New Yorkers are friendly. I know that’s shocking to some of you, but it’s the truth.
It’s never hard to find someone willing to head to the outskirts of Queens for a food festival preview / grab the Path train to Jersey for a band they’ve never heard of / get last minute tickets to Otello (even though I’ve always hated Othello and should have known better than to make Otello my first opera) / pop out of their apartment at 10:30p on a Friday night with zero notice for a show you just came across on Facebook.
And that means I’ve done some amazing things with amazing people since I got here.
Added bonus: they know the best spots to go already. So I haven’t had to make much effort in exploring the city.
People are constantly coming and going in New York. On any given night out in the city, you’ll meet a handful of people who are brand new. So I wasn’t the newest transplant for long.
I went to my first, second, third, fourth, and fifth Broadway shows. Love love love.
I never thought I would be a Broadway person, much the same way I never thought I would be a New York person. I don’t particularly like crowds; I’m a homebody at heart.
And, yet, here I am. And I love Broadway.
I’ve been going once or twice a month on average, and, let me tell you, Broadway can be an expensive habit. So worth it.
Tako settled right in.
Tako definitely beat me to New Yorker status. I have it on good authority that I won’t get there for another couple of years (more on that another time), but Tako is perfectly at home.
Honestly, I think he’d feel right at home anywhere I was. He’s a dog. All he knows about New York is that there are interesting smells to sniff and people to introduce himself to everywhere.
I started my new job.
All I’m going to say about that is that the learning curve was steep. But I’m on the other side of the on-boarding for the most part, and I’m really happy there.
I’m feeling really good about life. And I really like that feeling.