Back to the Beginning

September 5, 2013

I slept in this morning, despite my plans of waking up early and taking a trip into the city around the time I will be going in tomorrow for work, and I have not a single regret about doing so! After waking up, working out, and making myself a tasty breakfast, I got ready for the day and headed out of my house JUST in time to catch the bus pulling up.

I made my trial-run work commute with no problems, and it took about an hour (which is good to know for tomorrow). The weather today was absolutely WONDERFUL so I decided to walk around my work site to kill sometime. After passing Crumbs Cupcake Shop and doing everything in my power to stop myself from trying their cupcake of the month, caramel apple, I went into “Hale and Hearty,” a salad, soups, and sandwich place right near work.

This was my favorite part of the day… After selecting the ingredients for my salad and picking up an oatmeal raisin cookie, I snatched myself a seat in the exact spot Mom sat in when she brought me in for my interview back in April. Not only was my spot absolutely perfect for people watching (the bar top was facing the sidewalk), it brought back memories from the day I walked around with butterflies in my stomach, hoping to nail my interview with Joan Roberts. I thought it was only fitting to eat in the same place I sat before walking over to Kleinfeld a few months back.

Anyway, after my little (tasty) sentimental lunch alone, I walked up and down a few streets and avenues and poked in a few shops to see what was around. Yesterday, I learned that every 20 city blocks equals about a mile, so that’s a good rule of thumb to know when walking. Even though Trader Joe’s is across the street from Kleinfeld, I headed to the Whole Foods Market, which is a couple blocks away, to do some shopping. I’m always like a kid in a candy shop at Whole Foods, but I managed to contain my excitement and get only what I needed.

If I didn’t need to get cold foods, I would’ve walked around some more after shopping, but I’m not a fan of bad Greek yogurt. On the train back, the group of 3 dancers that I’ve been actually really wanting to watch came on, but once again, someone’s head was blocking my view! On the bright side, I’m sure I’ll get more chances, since I have to take that train to work everyday.

I just woke up from a much needed nap and am enjoying the breeze coming in from the windows in our living room. To be honest, I’m missing my back deck and yard a lot right now (one of the downsides of city living). But, at the same time, I could always head into Central Park and lay there for a while…

People-Watching Lunch @ Hale and Hearty

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