Small City

There are 10 million people (give or take) in New York City. That’s a huge number of people, you say. Yeah, that’s a lot of people, totally. Except for when you’re all living within 10 miles of each other. Then not so much. That person who you thought you’d never see again? Oh hey, sitting next to me on the subway!

Anyways, it’s not always bad. Usually it’s comical, or even good! Lots of relationships start because people live near each other (though they oftentimes end and I’m not sure if that’s because of the proximity or just because lots of relationships end, but I digress). We live in this city for ease of access to everything, so we take the good with the not-ideal. 

Anyways, on my floor in my apartment building, there’s a family at the other end of the hall that’s a mother, father, and son. The son is probably in his mid-20′s and he’s a ghostwriter for CEOs and smokes a lot of pot (I can smell it). He’s a super nice guy though, stoner tendencies aside.  

Well, I was waiting for the elevator and my office building this morning and who walks into the lobby? That guy. I looked at him like, “I recognize that dude, but wait, I don’t work with him…” and then it clicked. I think the same thing went through his head, too. He told me his office just moved into the building. 

I couldn’t believe it. How random. It’s a small town that I live in. 

PS: Also small world-esque: A coworker of J’s lives in my apartment building. We run into him all the time now in the elevator!

Not So Bad

I think everyone I knew, who hadn’t been at work for the last 1-2 weeks, was dreading this morning. I stopped at Gasoline Alley on my way into the office to pick up a mocha for extra energy and settled in. The morning flew by and I ordered lunch (Thai!) and before I knew it, it was 6pm. I was at the office until 6:30pm, but the day flew.

I wasn’t actually dreading work [I love my job – my colleagues and I greeted each other with hugs and wishes for happy new years this morning], I think I was simply dreading having to put on presentable clothing and be in one place other than my couch or bed for 8-10 hours. It was like coming back after a school break – everything was new again. We all had so much to talk about. It was nice. 

I’m really looking forward to the quickly approaching polar vortex though. It’s an excuse to dress almost-in-pajamas but not really (sweaters and leggings and boots, oh my). And any excuse to stay indoors and re-organize my apartment or clean out my closets is fine by me.

Also gives me more time to meditate and read. Stay warm! x

All New Things

I was fortunate enough to be able to buy an apartment and I closed on it two weeks ago and tomorrow I am finally moving in. It was the last apartment that I looked at in late-July (out of probably 50 apartments) and it was about a three month process but it’s done and I am a resident there now. It’s on the border between the Upper West Side and Morningside Heights. It’s a small one bedroom but it’s great and it’s mine. Oh, and it has a roof deck. And it allows pets.

Woot! Time to adopt a cat!

And since moving and starting a new job aren’t enough of a change, I thought I’d throw in “new Macbook Air” too. I haven’t bought a new computer since 2009 and I feel a little guilty as that Macbook is still perfectly fine (if not slow and heavy as a rock). But I found a great deal for an upgraded 2013 Macbook Air on Mac’s refurbished section and went for it. 

I was checking out the specs on my current Macbook to compare. My current Macbook has 250GB of space and 1GB of RAM. The Air has 500GB and 8GB of RAM (a 1.7 processor). 

While I was packing up my walk-in closet I found my college laptop in a case on the floor. It is an IBM and it had all of 32GB of space on it. I’m not sure what to do with it. Ideas? I need a case too. 

It’s so pretty: