As I was leaving Seattle, my little friend Thomas (with the help of his mom, Betsy), gave me a Smash journal to fill in during my year in New York. I was already motivated to make the most of my time here. I know my carefree stint in this city of the world won’t last forever, so I want to make good use of every day. But that journal (and this blog and the photo reel on my phone) doubles as a reminder to document my adventure as well.
Another friend suggested a photo-a-day project. OK now I don’t take a photo every day, but I have made an effort to whip out my phone and snap pictures when I’m doing something cool. Like today. My sister is in town (currently taking a disco nap, so she doesn’t fall asleep during “Jersey Boys” tonight). She’s a crafty girl. She sews dresses for her daughter. She knitted me two adorable hats. She makes Christmas presents … you get the idea. So, I wanted to take her to the garment district and a yarn store in SoHo. I made her pose for photos outside Purl SoHo (she reads their blog) and in Mood (the floor-to-ceiling fabric store featured on “Project Runway”). I’m trying really hard to get over my embarrassment of snapping photos in random places.
It was fun to get back to my apartment and cross a couple things off my list of New York things to do. It’s a list I started when I visited in October and add to when I hear of cool things I want to see. Some I have mentally attached a name to, for example I want to visit the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum with my dad. I think Courtney would love Fashion Week. I want to go paddle boarding with Nicole and/or Mary, and I’m saving the Toys R Us Ferris Wheel for my niece and nephew. Others are things I can just do when I find myself with a free afternoon. Some of those have included:
International Center for Photography
Since you asked, here’s a look at what’s on my list today.
Stand-up paddleboarding (Rockaway)
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Sea, Air & Space Museum
Toys R Us Ferris Wheel
I couldn’t be more excited to tackle these items and add to the list. I hope you are all making the most of every day, too. You don’t have to be on a year-long vacation.
I’m a journalist, content strategist, doting auntie, amateur bobsledder, fitness enthusiast, and wannabe health nut (who loves chocolate and pizza too much to fully commit). I don't want you to think my life is perfect. It's not.