today was one of those really great days where i was reminded why living in nyc can be great. every so often, tyler and i ask ourselves "why do we live here?" from an outsider looking in, you may have two thoughts:
1. yes, why the HELL do you live in nyc? it seems dirty, expensive and a lot of work.
2. how could you not love living in new york? you have opportunity and inspiration all around you every day!
some days, i'm team #1 and i'm like "GET ME ON A PLANE ANYWHERE BUT HERE." these days typically happen when the subways are awful, i realize i have absolutely no room for anything in our closet, or when i just want the freedom to get in a car (that i own) and drive to mother. effing. TARGET. oh, also missing family (love you mom and dad!). but then there are days when i'm all team #2 and everything i listed falls to the wayside. funny how that works :)
so what are the good things? serendipitous, wanderlust moments. 100% corny, but 100% true. whether it is walking around the west village and seeing sarah jessica parker (literally moments after talking about her. not joking!) or just being out with friends having the city at your fingertips and feeling like you couldn't be in a better place. i've grown so much since moving to new york and sometimes i can't help but wonder, would there be a new me if i wasn't in new york?? HAHA. kidding!! i just finished watching the sex and the city series and that was my inner carrie trying to come out. however, i will say watching that show really does make me want to seize every moment i'm out here. and dress-up for every occasion.
so, as i mentioned - today we had a really great nyc day. we left our apt. around 8:30 to go meet our friends david and kristen for breakfast. for us 8:30 is a very early morning out of the house on a sunday, especially since it was rainy! however, we had to make sure we got a spot at the restaurant we were headed to. we went to a lower east side spot, prune, and we were the first in line! success. tip: get there at 9:45 to ensure a spot! here's kristen and i cheers-ing to our 4 years of friendship! it coincidentally was our friendiversary today!
after what was a great breakfast (i had the dutch pancakes for those dying to know), we just meandered around the neighborhood popping in and out of shops we saw along the way. this is my favorite thing to do. having one solid thing on the agenda and then just letting the day take you in any direction. a few some photo ops later, we ended up working our way to chinatown where there was a parade for chinese new year! it is the year of the dog, y'all! if you don't know what this means, you can read about it here. kristen, this girl, had the most GENIUS idea of all time which was to get some confetti poppers. here she is doin business:
and not just regular poppers...GIANT poppers. holy cow - these were so GD fun. see the look of pure JOY (and some terror at the beginning) on our faces?! ugh. so much fun. but see?! it was just one of those things that we just happened to stumble upon. where else can you do that!? besides the obvious (china). :)
so then after the popping, we we went in a few more shops, another restaurant for some fries and wine and called it a day! we were home and i was in my robe by 5. that's my kinda day. ps - if you are ever in soho and need (not want, need) good fries, i highly recommend you go to mother's ruin. their waffle fries and slushes are sooooo good.
now i know new york isn't everyone's cup of tea and that's just fine. as i mentioned, i'll be the first to agree it isn't an easy and always pleasant place to live. but if you are able to appreciate the little things and take advantage of what the city has to offer here and there, new york can be a really great place to call your home. i'm going to keep sharing moments like these. maybe it will help you appreciate the little things wherever you are and just be open to what the day has in store for you. i'll try and share some "unpleasant" experiences too just to keep everyone grounded that nyc is not 100% fun all the time ;)