I have officially been living in NYC for an entire month (mind blown!). The oddest part about it, is I’m having a hard time imagining not living here. I’ve never lived in Utah as a college graduate so I can’t imagine the Utah counterpart of my current life. Does that make any sense? Hopefully.
Last weekend my mom and sister came to visit and it was so fun to see them! So here’s a couple of pictures from the weekend, because those are more fun than me rambling about everything we did.
I will say though, because I don’t have a high-quality picture of it, Ali and my mom and I went to Waitress starring Sara Bareilles (also music written by her) and it was INCREDIBLE. She’s only performing for another week though, so you’ll have to take my word for it.
Saturday morning we went to the top of the Rockefeller building. I recommend it over the Empire State Building, because you can see the Empire State Building from the Rock—which is much more iconic anyway. So if you want to take NYC recommendations from me, that’s one.
Us just after church in front of my building. If I look tired to you, it’s because I had just taught a class of six 6-7 year olds in primary.
Sunday we went for a walk through Central Park. I’m dreading any week in the future when my Sunday’s no longer include a walk in Central Park.
Monday we went to the MET & Friday we went to the MOMA. So that is 3 times I’ve been to the MOMA and 2 times to the MET, and I can personally guarantee I will be going to both again. Ali wasn’t thrilled, but she was a good sport about it.
That’s all for this week. & I promise next post I’ll come up with a more clever title than the date of how long I’ve been here. (I love writing, but titles have never been my forte).
Here’s a short (& late) recap of week 3 through pictures. You know it’s a good day when you see the sunset in central park. (Although I did get approximately 12 bug bites from that run—you win some you lose some)
Wednesday I won the first Broadway lottery I have ever entered, so it was arguably the luckiest day of my life. And Lion King was incredible!
Saturday we visited the Brooklyn Bridge & walked to Chinatown
Found this pond full of turtles in Central Park
More pictures of Central Park for your viewing pleasure, because it was definitely in the top 10 prettiest Sunday walks I’ve taken in my life.
The PR interns: Claire, Tanner, & me (incase you forgot what I look like)
Me beating Tanner at monopoly deal for possibly the sixth time in a row
On Friday we visited the MET as a class. I have a feeling living by the MET and working down the street from the MOMA will ruin me for life…but I have no regrets.
Tanner has one pan (thanks Tanner!!) and we both have one set of dishes (literally: plate, bowl, cup, silverware) so these tacos were pretty impressive. And delicious.
My friend McKall got home from Cambodia this weekend and my family sent me this picture—I’ve officially been replaced, but I couldn’t have handpicked a better replacement. 🙂
Also on an unrelated to NYC note—I found my glasses that were lost for 2 weeks last week. It was a pretty big deal, but I had already ordered more so these ones have officially been replaced. So long glasses, it was a good run.
This morning my mom asked me how late I sleep in on the weekends. I told her it gets bright as day at 6:15 a.m. and maybe the reason it did that is because we are living in the sky. She suggested I name my blog post that, so it seemed only appropriate.
Here are a couple moments from my week:
Tuesday—I bought a little plant for my room and it is so bright and happy. (pictures of my small room and plant below, because I know you’re all dying to see it 😉 )
Wednesday—Got on the 6 train to work (I work about five or six stops away?) with two of my friends and two stops in the train stopped. A few minutes later an announcement was made that the train needed repair and that we could move over to the Q train. Well, I’d never taken the Q train, but from a quick google search it seemed like it could get me where I needed. We walked over there, hopped on and all of the sudden we were south of Times Square. Hint: Not at ALL where we needed to be. So my friends ended up taking a taxi (they work together) and I thought I’d walk, because it seemed close on my phone. 3 miles later I ended up at work with some insane blisters (new shoes that day, lesson learned) and a new knowledge to never take the Q train to work. In fact, I learned it would’ve been faster for me to walk from the street the 6 train had stopped on, straight to work. Notes for the future…
Thursday—My friend Claire ended up with two free Broadway tickets to see Groundhog Day after work and she brought me along. It was good, but not a favorite. Talented cast though! (Also not super kid-friendly FYI)
Friday—Call me crazy, but Friday I went back to the MOMA. LOVE that place. (Thanks to friends like Tanner who will fully indulge me going back to an art museum 2 weeks in a row.) Sitting in front of Monet’s water lilies is arguably one of the best places to be, ever. They stretch across an entire wall and have a room dedicated to themselves. It’s beautiful.
Friday after the MOMA we walked through Times Square and made our way back uptown where we stopped at BareBurger, which has great gluten free options incase anyone cares. (If you ever need to know how to survive in NYC gluten free, let me know because I am quickly learning.)
Saturday—Torrential downpour day. Tanner & I went grocery shopping with umbrellas and rain jackets. It’s interesting how different a mundane activity like grocery shopping or doing laundry can be here. Cue the man wheeling his laundry down the street with an umbrella over it—yikes! Afterward a few of us went to the Natural History Museum. It’s cool, but the best part is the upstairs dinosaur exhibit and the downstairs underwater area in my opinion.
Once we were finished at the museum we went to dinner and headed home, because when it rains here it rains and we were all wet and cold so it didn’t make much sense to try to do anything else.
Tip: If you’re coming to NYC anytime soon, bring an umbrella because you just never know. This morning it was beautiful and 10 minutes ago it started pouring like I have rarely seen in my life. (Now I’m understanding Utah really IS a desert.)
here’s a quick brain dump of my first week in the big apple. (so cliche it hurts)
Sunday night—met my friend Tanner at the airport at approximately midnight for our red eye
Monday morning—(4:30 a.m. Utah time or 6:30 a.m. NYC time) arrived with red eyes (but really because we were so tired)
Monday day—walked 10 miles. Moved into our (tiny) apartments, found our places of employment, walked around Central Park, ate Mexican food & discussed PR like the nerds we are.
Tuesday—went to work. Survived. Had a class meeting with a BYU alum.
Wednesday—went to work, then visited Central Park & watched the sunset! This is going to start getting repetitive real quick.
Thursday—work again & then a visit to Y&R (an ad agency) where we had a BYU Alum (Adrian Martin) speak with us.
Friday—work & then the MUSEUM OF MODERN ART. I have been waiting to come back here all year & I’ve been studying modern art for the past semester. Seeing Monet, Van Gogh, Pollock, Krasner etc. was beautiful & I would 10/10 recommend anyone coming through NYC make the stop. I teared up when we walked into Monet’s garden, because there’s just something about art that says so much to my heart.
P.S. it’s free on Fridays. P.P.S. I will go with you any day.
After the museum we went to a Mexican Restaurant (because Cinco de Mayo!) & mostly because we love Mexican food. It was a 1.5/10 and we will not be going back. But it’s all for the experience, is it not?
Saturday—Visited The High Line (a repurposed railroad track park) & the Fearless Girl then stopped at Trader Joes for the first affordable groceries of our entire trip.
Note about the Fearless girl: The Fearless girl statue was very busy & has obviously been highly debated. (just google it) However, aside from who made it or the fact that it does change the meaning of the Charging Bull, I love it. It’s empowering and Saturday I saw people from so many backgrounds coming together to get pictures with this girl who symbolizes (to me) the empowerment that so many girls and even women need here on Wallstreet, but more importantly around the entire world. Women are so powerful & so influential, but yet so repressed around the world. Women’s issues and women’s empowerment are both things that I am very passionate about though, so I’ll just leave this here for another day.
Sunday—church & writing this blog post (plus I’m going to central park in few minutes)
*shoutout to Tanner, Sam & iPhones for being our photographers*