Here is one week condensed into one day, what a concept!
1) An addictive breakfast of spicy scrambled egg (with chipotle powder, sriracha sauce, lots of cheese) in a Thomas Sahara wrap, topped with ketchup.
2) Wandered into Payless Shoe Source, where if all else fails you can pick up something for a bargain, and they're now in the middle of the big summer sale. These beaded white patent leather flats are by Brazilian designer Abaete for Payless, original price £39.95 and, yep, you guessed it, I got these for $19.95. My Steve Madden-wearing roomie loves them ;)
3) In SoHo for a haircut at the wonderful Aveda, where it always smells like rosemary and you get a complimentary hand massage and herbal tea. Hair is an expensive thing to have.
There are many warehouses on cobbled streets in this small shopping/gallery district. I spotted many familiar European names: Karen Millen, L'Occitane en Provence (with its own restaurant!), Benetton, Ben Sherman, Pepe Jeans, and so on.
Immediately after snapping this, on the steps of a quaint cafe, I struck up a conversation with a couple from London - he's been here a year, she's been here a couple of months. And they love it.
4) Back home in Bay Ridge, I pass a fire station in the dwindling light.
4) It's dark out, and I am home, all sweaty, but happy. I love my Ralph Lauren t-shirts and my Yankees baseball cap ;)
Honestly, though, even in Texas I rarely wore caps or even hats...but it's actually a good idea if you're on a field trip - not in the city, of course. They dress up out there.
Today in NYC it's as hot as Texas: 94F (33C). In a little while I am setting off for a housewarming party in Chelsea for some former business school classmates of my friend Chris, who moved up from Houston yesterday.
Foot update: It's been nearly a week since it's been out of sorts. I re-injured it the day before yesterday running up the stairs from a giant spider just when it was improving, but it feels as though it will be better tomorrow...I hope.
Job update: Monday I am meeting someone at an allied health career college to find out about their programs. That's right. As usual, I am attempting another field change. Pharmacy tech? Veterinary tech? Dental assistant? We shall see....there is MUCH growth in the health care and medical research sector here and I would hate to miss out on it. Remember, I started out in biology and my first job was in a lab. I enjoyed it and found it fulfilling, so why did I leave? To follow a pipe dream, an idealistic whim, thinking I could earn money on a hobby.
Although the arts are huge out here, there is not much money in it. I dread being pigeonholed into finance again. And at this point I seek stability rather than pipe dreams. As an adult, you learn that life revolves around paying the rent. I want to be in a field that will not suffer during future economic downturns.
I am here for a new life, after all!