Monday, November 18, 2013

Fall In New York

IMG_1664 Fall is more than halfway over and I'm not quite sure how that happened. When I was a kid I remember the two and a half months between the first day of school and Thanksgiving felt like an eternity. But with Thanksgiving a week and a half away, and September feeling like it happened just yesterday, I realize I need to savor each day a little more.

This fall has been jam packed. I started working 6 days a week. I adopted a 98% gluten-free, plant based diet which requires a lot of planning and cooking. I've renewed my emphasis on running and overall fitness. And I've been trying to squeeze in time to see friends and family. Free time is a delicacy these days, but I wouldn't want it any other way.

What I do want...and what I really need, is to appreciate each day a little more. When you work six days a week, it can be tough to fit in things you really enjoy. Which makes the days all kind of pass by in a blur. But I find that when I make the time to do something new- even if it's something teensey like watching an interesting documentary, or whipping up a tasty new recipe - I end the day feeling so much more fulfilled.

Sundays have become like a little slice of heaven for me. Even though it's my only day off, I try to wake up early so I can jam pack as much as possible into the day. Grocery shopping. Time with friends. Exploring the city. Trips to Long Island. It never feels like there's enough time!

With that said, here's a peek at how I've been spending my free time:

Grub Street Food Festival down on Hester Street. I think one of the things I love most about New York, is that there is always something new going on. Andddd I was able to get a Gluten-Free, Vegetarian stir-fry. #forthewin
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I've gone to lots of New York sports games over the past two months! For better or worse, there's nothing like New York sports fans.
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My friends from Boston visited for Halloween. You remember those troll dolls with the spiky neon hair? Well, we decided to dress up as them. Hilarity ensued.
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The rest of their time in New York was spent in normal clothes, without the neon hair. But we still had a blast! And really packed in a lot. Bottomless brunch (think: mimosas... lots and lots of mimosas). Long city walks. Touring The Plaza. Ice skating in Central Park. Dinner at Pulino's. And a late night spent dancing at The Westway.
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