Something has been slowly happening since we moved here almost four months ago. That, my friends, is a little thing they call settling in. Or, as I prefer to call it, “getting comfy”. We’re settling into our new lives here, we know the best grocery stores for different things*, we can now successfully give directions when asked (for the most part), we have figured out the quirky weekend train schedules (again, for the most part), and overall it feels really good. We’re loving it here and while there’s so much work to be done in our actual home, we’re still in that phase where most of our time is spent out of it, so it’s really okay that our budget is a bit tight still and furnishing/decorating our place will take a little bit longer. Pinterest is tiding me over until we have the money to buy a few more pieces and things to decorate these bare walls. I’m starting to get itchy, though.
| From a week or so ago when it actually felt like Fall and not summer. Go away, 80 degree temps! I want my sweater weather back. |
As settled as I’m starting to feel here, I also still have moments where I honestly ask myself, “Is this real life?”, because even when you do get settled in here, it still doesn’t exactly feel real. Living in Manhattan is so different than living anywhere else, I mean obviously, but it just is, for better or worse. I honestly hope that never changes and that I never lose that sense of wonder about living here and being in this place with it’s all of its positives and negatives and quirks. This city can break your break your heart one minute and then fill you with so much joy the next, but that’s kind of what makes it special, you know?
I know, I know. “Honeymoon phase”, “just wait until February”, “see how you feel in a year”, yada yada yada. I’m pretty sure I’m not going to feel too different about it, but we’ll see.
Anyway, all this to say that I’m finally starting to feel like I’m home and I’m so honored to be here. I also hope that I’m here for a really, really, really long time because this crazy, magical place just speaks to me. We are settling in and my goodness, it feels good. I love you, New York.
*What we’ve learned about the local markets: Zabar’s is best for coffee beans and cheese, Maison Kayser (okay, not technically a market, but still) for fresh baguettes, Citarella for prosciutto di parma, pre-made sides, and rotisserie chicken, Fairway for almost everything else, and Trader Joe’s when you have the patience of a saint. This lost will be updated as we make our discoveries and may have to have its own page, but we’ll see as we go along.
Side note: If there’s anything anyone wants to read about here specifically, please let me know in the comments or shoot me an e-mail. I’m curious about what you’re curious about. Can’t wait to hear from you!