Hi friends! It’s been quite a week already over here.
Since I last checked in, Scott and I have moved into our new apartment in Brooklyn! By no means are we anywhere near settled in yet (boxes are eating us alive), but we are slowly unpacking and navigating our way into our new lives in Park Slope.
I don’t know what the weather has been like in your neck of the woods, but we have been completely spoiled with clear, sunny days in the 60s, 70s, and even 80s. Spring has arrived, and I’m in love!
We won’t have a solid wi-fi connection until Thursday, so I have been using my time offline to unpack a box at a time and make some sort of sense out of our place. We found a railroad style layout apartment, which means that there isn’t a hallway, and one room leads directly into another. It’s not for everyone, but it’s charming, it’s filled with natural light, and it provides even more space for us and the animals than we imagined. Plus, we love the building and surrounding streets very much.
Location, accessibility to transportation, and safety trumps almost anything in my book!
This post is all about what we’ve been up to outside of boxes on boxes and messes on messes lately. My favorite highlight from the weekend has to be meeting my friend, Erin, and some of her friends in Central Park on Sunday.
It was the first truly sunny Sunday of the spring season, so I was delighted when I received the invite to join in on a full day of fresh air in the big city! It was gorgeous out.
Against my initial judgement, I could have easily switched my long sleeved shirt and jeans out for a bathing suit. Whoops. (Layers are key for being out and about all day while commuting!)
It was an easy walk and train ride into the city from Brooklyn, and I met Erin and her roommate, Rachel, in the Upper West Side to pick up bottles of champagne and snacks before we walked over to the park. There was a great selection of fresh fruit, chips and dips, homemade guacamole, and cookies that quickly became my lunch.
I had visited Central Park a handful of times before, but this was my first time getting a mini tour from a local. We skipped the ridiculously long wait for the bathroom at Le Pain and walked down to a less crowded area to use the restrooms.
Erin’s friend, Merri, went with us and took us to the famous Bethesda Terrace and Fountain. The architecture and detail on the ceilings is unreal!
It felt magical just being there as I instantly recognized it as a popular movie set background. It isn’t out of the norm for films to be in production right here in the park around this time of the year. To say that Scott and I are already completely smitten by the city is the understatement of the year.
After over five hours of snacking and basking in the sun, I left with a group of new friends and an optimistic attitude about living in New York. It’s already starting to feel like home, and that is a very refreshing and wonderful thing.
Thanks so much for inviting me, Erin!
While Scott and I have enjoyed exploring the Manhattan area, we have become equally as in love with our new neighborhood in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
Like I mentioned in a recent NYC video update, we had been stalking a specific apartment in our friend’s building for months. Against all odds, we somehow managed to convince the landlord to lease to us, and we feel overly blessed to call Park Slope our new neighborhood. It is beautiful and has everything we could ever need.
We are just a few blocks away from Prospect Park, which is basically Brooklyn’s version of Central Park.
Roadie and I have thoroughly enjoyed our morning walks down to the running path that has easily become a new ritual that we both love.
When we decided to move to a popular city, we were worried that we wouldn’t be able to get Roadie to the amount of grass and trees that he’s used to. Not only has he seen more, but he has done better than expected with so. many. people. I’m a proud mom!
For those who are worried that we won’t have access to everything we need on foot, I can assure you that we will be just fine. Scott and I took an hour break from unpacking yesterday, and in that time we grabbed a quick lunch, I got my eyebrows threaded (for $6, by the way – the cheapest I’ve ever found), we went to the market, we went to a locksmith to get copies made of our keys, and we stopped into the post office. All of those errands would have taken me at least two or three hours in most cities.
I could really get used to having access to markets, coffee shops, gyms, libraries, convenience stores, pet supplies stores, and even juice bars in just a five minute walk or less.
I stumbled upon JuiceLand on my way to the train a couple of days ago. To be so close to this and at least three fresh fruit stands or markets makes me really, really happy.
(Berry smoothie and Mediterranean quinoa salad — yum.)
Of course, there are some drawbacks about living in a booming area like this. Pure Barre, for example, offers a monthly unlimited class package for just about three times the price of a Barre Code membership in Metro Detroit. *Sigh*
For now, I plan on taking advantage of the park and completing bodyweight and dumbbell workouts at home until we return from our trip to Orlando mid-May. Once we get settled and into a normal routine again, I will most likely pick up a gym membership and hope to find a way to afford barre classes. (ClassPass, I’m finally coming for you!)
Let’s see … what else … oh!
(A lot of these photos are from my snapchat: lifenleggings)
I’m finally feeling comfortable tackling commutes in and out of the city on my own. Google maps makes it pretty easy to find walking and transit routes around town, and there are several transit apps that I have yet to download. (Any suggestions?)
Thank you for being patient and walking with me through this journey of moving and craziness. I’m sure it will take several more weeks until we feel completely settled in, and until then, I am doing the best that I can to pop in as much as I can on the blog.
Our piles of boxes are rough to sort through until we have storage and furniture to help us organize. We rode the bus to IKEA last night to see what things look like in person, and we have an idea of what kind of order we will be placing later today.
It’s all very overwhelming, yet exciting!
As far as looking for jobs go, we have been searching and both have interviews with a temp agency tomorrow. Scott got hired as an assistant stage manager for an Off-Broadway show that will run until the first week of May, so that’s been keeping him very busy! Things are starting to pick up for me on the blog front, so I guess we will just see how everything pans out.
I am really looking forward to sharing more adventures and city life with you!
Thanks for checking in, and I will see you back in the morning with a total body workout you can do anywhere. (Also known as the the only type of workout that I can do over the next month …) 😉
Question of the Day
• What has been the biggest highlight of your week so far?
• Any small space tips (specifically for the kitchen/bathroom) as we set up our new place?