Well, we made it through the first week in the city.
It’d be silly to talk too too deeply about what life feels like right now. After just a week, you can really only expect a range of unfiltered emotions—at least if you’re talking to me. Some moments I feel I’m on an extended work trip that will surely be ending soon, and other moments I feel very familiar with my surroundings. Navigating the subway, walking around, and carrying multiple heavy bags feels normal. The latter makes me miss my car though.
The work week was good for the most part! No one loves being the new girl so I’m thankful for friendly faces and a really welcoming team. BUT I was thrown a serious curveball with my computer. It’s a PC, not a Mac. When I received it at orientation I almost passed it back and said, “you must have a mistake. I don’t use these.” It’ll take a few more projects to get a hang of it again.
Other work-related notes from the first week:
- I love the surrounding area of my office. I’ve been able to eat outside too.
- The quiet environment will take some getting used to. I came from an agency that played music all day.
- Sitting for hours is still bleh but I think everyone feels that way.
- My commute has been great so far. About 23 minutes door-to-door. I have an option of taking the subway too so I’ll do that on the first rainy day.
- My business wardrobe is growing but I don’t think I’ll ever look the part. I see other women in incredibly put-together outfits; wearing heels and carrying one compact, fancy black bag. I, however, pledge allegiance to flats with arch support and carry two mismatched bags and a lunch box. Trying my best :)
So Monday-Friday was focused on work and trying to establish a morning and evening routine. I had intended Saturday and Sunday to be super productive but I think my brain has been saving energy for the bare necessities during this adjustment period. I had a cart full of things at TJ Maxx and ended up deserting it out of frustration. Nothing matched, the line was long, the sizes weren’t exactly right, etc. Then when I tried to order the same things online I couldn’t get myself to purchase them. If you’ve ever felt this then you know what I mean. If not, then I’m sorry for detailing the inner workings of my brain.
While I mainly wandered the streets, I did take one cool fitness class on Saturday. The studio is called Aqua Studio and it’s under water spinning. Water + cycling = good for injuries = good for me. I’m really glad I tried it but I’ve come to the conclusion that I dislike water sports. It’s just a pain to pack all the “equipment,” change clothes, shower, and then be cold after. The class itself was like a spin class with added arm movements in the water for upper body work (arm circles, breast stroke, tricep/bicep curls).
I window-shopped through the Union Square Greenmarket. There was no shortage of fresh produce and bright flowers.
And I ended the weekend in the kitchen—which already looks messy! With celiac and the amount of cooking I do, a nice kitchen was a top priority. I’m still playing with the oven temperature/timing and I *UHH* overcooked my expensive salmon.
I’ll share more of my apartment soon but I’m waiting on some items to pull it together. I feel so comfortable in my place which is a huge blessing.
Time to get ready for Monday. Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you have a wonderful week!