It is Thursday, and I am very excited about that because I am headed to Chicago for a loooooong weekend! I worked Monday-Wednesday, and now I’m off from work until next Wednesday. Eric and I had initially thought about going up to Vermont to ski this weekend, but we’re heading to Jackson Hole later this month, so we nixed that. I took the opportunity to visit home for a long weekend, taking advantage of $120 flights. Seeing as flights for Christmas were over $400, this kind of feels like stealing.
But more on Chicago later, when I’m not sitting on LGA waiting on a delayed flight. Oops. Since I spent the last three days working, I didn’t run at all, but I did squeeze in a quick four mile run this morning before leaving for the airport. I did break up the work week by heading to trivia night at a bar on Tuesday, which is something some of my friends are making into a tradition. We had a big turnout (as did the entire bar!), and it was fun even though I’m terrible at trivia. I walked to the bar from work, which is quite convenient, and I saw some changes on the Upper East Side that excited me or made me laugh. So, let’s do a Three Things Thursday and get on with it!
My first apartment in New York was on 76th between 1st and York. It was glorious in that I was less than ten minute walk to work and that it was newly renovated and actually fairly large. It was not so glorious in the fact that it was a fifth floor walk up and they kicked us out by raising rent by $1400/month. (Not to $1400, but up $1400. I’ll admit we had a pretty good deal on it, but oooooof.) Oh, and there was the multiple times that ants overran our apartment. But besides that, it was great. It will always hold a special place in my heart for welcoming me to New York. I walked by it on Tuesday and laughed when I realized that the landlord still hasn’t changed the name on my apartment from the people who lived in the apartment before I did. Five and half years later, it’s still the same name. The funny part is that the person who lived in 5B got their name changed, and they moved in after I did. Hmm….
I was also walking up 1st Ave and noticed that a new bar had moved into where the Recovery Room used to be. I looked up and saw the name – Mile 17 – and then had a HUGE smile on my face when I realized how the bar got it’s name. The 17th mile marker of the NYC Marathon is right there – I believe it’s actually 76th and 1st, and that’s the greatest thing I’ve seen in a long time. I wonder if it’s owned by runners or just really smart people, haha. Either way, we should probably organize a run there, or at least a gathering of runners. Let me know if you want in.
I continued my walking tour of the Upper East Side by swinging by my old apartment, located on 81st and 2nd. Living right off 2nd Ave was the bane of my night shift existence, as it was sooooooo loud. And my apartment was so tiny. But it was all mine, so that was great, I suppose. If you read my story about how I met Eric, you might recall that the first time we actually met was right outside the Starbucks that was on 81st and 2nd. (It’s easy to tell someone, “just meet me at the Starbucks.” So I did. My mom also hung out there a lot while waiting for me to wake up since there was nowhere to hide in my apartment, ha. Anyway.) Sadly, the Starbucks moved south a couple blocks, so that landmark in my life has been moved. On Tuesday, I noticed the Starbucks had been redone into San Matteo. I’d heard about the 90th St San Matteo location from Abbe and Baker – it’s a pizza place that apparently is delicious. Perhaps one day Eric and I will recreate our meeting and enjoy delicious pizza at the same time!
Apparently I should have made this more than three things, as I’m still waiting at LGA. They’re saying the wind is really strong so planes are circling until it’s safe to land. I’m sure there won’t be any turbulence, right? Right.