Hello, I am Jana and a Manhattanite.
As you might guess just to write this one short sentence means that one of my life goals has come true. For six days we have now lived in our beautiful Midtown apartment and I still can’t fully grasp that this is real. By this I mean my boyfriend, Canavar and I finally living together; us having a (for East Coast terms) affordable apartment right in the center of the City; the apartment being bigger than any of the ones we lived in recently; having nice neighbors who actually talk to me (and this is a first for me in the U.S.); having amazing and helpful doormen (although this is something that might take us a while to get used to having); …
It was immensely stressful to get to this point though and, to be honest, our beautiful apartment is still a bit chaotic. But we are slowly getting there. There are mainly only boxes with my clothes (ok, and one with all my nail polishes) standing around and we’ll need a few more pieces of furniture to be fully done.
When I wake up in the morning though, I disregard all the things that still need to be done. Instead I pull up the window shade, get myself a cup of coffee and look right down at a wonderful Lexington Avenue junction. There is a little cafe opposite that seems always busy. Lots of people walk their tiny fluffy dogs. There are always a few policemen around directing the traffic. And I just sit there, enjoy my coffee, take everything in and am thrilled that we now live here.
|Watched| The Carrie Diaries (yep, again); Yulan Grant’s “Buss Demon Choat” live art performance
|Read| I heart Hawaii*, Bartimaeus: The Golem’s Eye*
|Listened to| whatever Alexa suggested
|Done| enjoyed a very quiet Monday, drove the moving van and Canavar to Manhattan on Tuesday, moved into the apartment, unpacked plenty of things, slept a lot, went to an art performance at The Shed, enjoyed a quiet weekend
|Eaten| pasta, donuts, falafel, smoked pork chop
|Drunk| water, coffee, beer, lemonade
|Thought| Wow, I really live in the middle of Manhattan.
|Been happy| when we had finally moved in
|Laughed| on 4 July I was reading “The Golem’s Eye” and had just reached an extremely thrilling moment when my boyfriend sneaked up on me and said something – I was so startled that I first cried and then laughed
|Desired| nothing really, or maybe that our mattress would not be delivered several days after the bed frame
|Bought| a new cat tree, a new showerhead, food like their famous banana pudding from Magnolia Bakery
|Clicked| I didn’t reach much online, but discovered the Facebook Local app for events
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