I have been trying to title this entry in my blog-turned-diary for the last several moments. How do I capture the past 14 days and all their incredible glory? So much as happened since we last spoke.
I can cut to the chase right now and say that I fulfilled the tasks I put to myself for the past two weeks. I worked out, I ate good food, and I read. Boom.
Let’s just put it this way: I like being unemployed. I could get used to it. 🙂 Particularly when I’m still receiving a paycheck (yay severance!). The days feel full of endless possibility, open to the whims and fancies of the moment. There are no full calendars, no 40 (ha 50-60) hours to clock, no to-do lists, no high heels… it’s glorious. I went days without showering or wearing makeup. Gross, but liberating for sure.
I started cooking again, enjoying healthy favorites like nut butter covered parsnip fries, kale and eggs, chicken salad with grapes, and lots and lots of green smoothies. Simply, healthy, tasty food. My body is happy!
I also spent as much of the time exercising and burning calories and enjoying the feel of my body moving through time and space and not chained to a desk as I could.
From long hikes in Flagstaff to bikini skiing at A Basin to tough yoga sessions at Qi Yoga to personal bootcamp sessions with my BFF Tori, I haven’t been so sore or happy in maybe forever. I love challenging my body, mind, and spirit with therapeutic exercise, and I am glad I seized this time to max myself out and see what I can endure. Every single day I did something new and hard and BOY I was/am sore from it all!
To top off what was an already incredible break from the daily grind, I had a trip to my home-away-from-home, New York City, scheduled at the end of the two weeks off! After enduring two scorching (literally and well, literally) days, I was eager to head for the city where A/C and rainy days reigned supreme. I didn’t pack for it very well (it doesn’t rain here often, see above), so I spent a few days a bit wet and cold, but the trip was a success nonetheless!
It was the most authentic NYC experience I’ve ever had. For one, I stayed in Astoria, Queens, in an up-and-coming neighborhood inhabited by Tori, her boyfriend, and their amazing cats. I had forgotten how much I miss having a cat around…and how much they SHED! Haha.
We did so many awesome things! We visited Astoria Park (make sure you check out the size of the public pool!), Astoria Bier & Cheese (watermelon beer, yes please), The Strand Smokehouse (hellooooo moonshine and meat-by-the-pound), Milkflower (opened two days earlier, lines already out the door!), Dutch Kills (truly authentic Prohibition-style bar, if you count both the drinks and the location) and The Queens Kickshaw for, get this, affordable breakfast tapas. I mostly just ate and drank my way through this amazing neighborhood.
I did venture into some other boroughs, like oh, Manhattan, where I did more eating and drinking. The highlight, though, was my visit to Central Park on Saturday, which was a gorgeous day and more than made up for the rain. It was a lazy, lazy afternoon spent lounging with most of my best gals from college, trying to muster up some energy to go eat lunch at 5:00 pm. Soooooo authentic if I don’t say so myself. 🙂
The visit ended with a sunrise trip to a street taco stand after dancing for hours at a warehouse party in Somewhere Random (okay Bushwick), Brooklyn, in what my girlfriends and I were pretty convinced is the same warehouse featured in that one Girls episode. (I can’t believe that statement myself, just roll with me.)
Anyway, needless to say, in the City That Never Sleeps, I took my cues from Jay-Z and waited until takeoff from LGA at 7:45 am to finally pass out.
Which sort of brings me to now. And the part I’m sure you’ve been waiting for anxiously.
I got a job. (!!!!!)
Today was my first day and so far so good! I’m excited about the work, I’m eager to learn from some veterans in the industry, and I’m already making friends. 🙂 I’ll try to check back soon-ishly and let you know how things are going. Hopefully my life continues along this awesome trend of awesomeness, because gosh I’m enjoying things right now.
Till then, xoxo Pamela