Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Summer Love (and Ramblings)

So I've been rather M.I.A for the past month. I blame summer in this glorious city that I'm still completely enamored-head-over-heels-in-love-with-can't-get-enough-of! I just passed my three months of living here and this place continues to feel like home every day. :)

My social calendar is still crazy and on top of hanging out with my new friends a few times a week as well as now-weekly happy hours with coworkers, June also included a trip to Atlantic City/the Jersey Shore for a girls' weekend, dog sitting on the Upper East Side (for free in exchange for staying a block away from Central Park...I had NO CLUE how many people own dogs in this city, those 7-8am walks definitely opened my eyes!), my Dad visiting twice on business and my Mom visiting for an extended weekend! July is already turning into a similar busy month since my brother is coming to visit this weekend, a girlfriend is coming on the 22nd and my Dad's coming for business again on the 28th. No complaints here, though, because I love visitors! (I also got the pleasure of meeting and hanging out with the lovely Single Filez during her NYC vacation...we had a blast walking across the Brooklyn Bridge and eating amazing pizza at Grimaldi's! I totally agree with Jon Stewart, by the way. I must be turning into a real New Yorker.)

The plus side was that with my parents visiting for a handful of days during the month, they paid for all our meals out and gave me a bit of spending money (mostly for expensive groceries) so I was able to send $200 to my Roth IRA, $100 to my Travel Fund, $100 to my Gift Fund and still have a bit of leftover to be used as I wish. Yay for still being able to save!

I also just had a fantastic July 4th weekend where three of four nights were spent on rooftops. I will admit, however, that the lack of a grill is just killing me. I miss grilling, let along being able to do it ALL year 'round in San Diego! Oh well, small sacrifices for living in New York.

On another note, my current sublet is up on July 31st so all too soon I'm about to embark on yet another apartment hunt. The hardest part is that I really, REALLY want to stay in my current neighborhood, Hell's Kitchen. A 15 minute walk to work? A bajillion restaurants around the corner? Only 2-3 avenues from almost any subway line? Ability to get on the roof of the building and see all of the fireworks on the Hudson? I love it so much more than I ever expected to, especially since I knew next to nothing about the area before I moved to the city and just happened to get my first sublet here. I've already started sending out some emails to ads on Craigslist and all my friends know that I need a place for August 1st, so we'll see if anything comes from that. I just need to heed all the advice I previously wrote about and try to be patient with this crazy process again. Oh, and keep an open mind about possibly moving to a different neighborhood. Even though it hurts my heart just thinking about moving away from here!

How's your summer going? Also, shout-out to a sweet reader (hi, Dee!) who emailed me and made me realize how long it's been since I posted. :)


Elaine A (TOBeautyReviews) July 5, 2011 at 11:03 PM  

Glad for the update! I don't get on twitter as much anymore and my timeline is noisier so I think I miss a lot of your tweets! Sounds like such a great transition you've made :)

Dee July 6, 2011 at 12:42 AM  

Oh, thank you so much! I'm glad you're back and look forward to reading your next post. :)

Frugalista July 6, 2011 at 11:41 AM  

Glad you are enjoying Summer in you new City. What a busy girl you've been. But really, life is for living so that's awesome. Good luck with round 2 of the apt search.

cindy July 8, 2011 at 12:13 PM  

Congrats on passing your 3 months here in NYC! Have you considered the lower east side for living? It might be a bit cheaper in rent but just as great of an area - it's a little pass the up & coming stage of a neighborhood so there's tons of great restaurants and nightlife in the area. There are train stations close enough by for you to get where you need to go to!

ashley @ sunnysideshlee.com July 8, 2011 at 2:22 PM  

I'll be apartment hunting in Chicago come late August/early September. Not looking forward to it! Good luck in your search!

MoneyMaus July 17, 2011 at 10:02 AM  

@Elaine - Thank you! It has been way more than I hoped for. :)

@Dee - You are very welcome! Thanks for the encouragement to blog.

@Frugalista - Thank you, it has been busy but I've enjoyed every second of it.

@cindy - I actually have considered LES and I've emailed a bunch of shares in the area but never heard back from any! They must go incredibly quickly as it's a desirable area to live.

@ashley - Thank you and good luck to you as well!

sophie September 1, 2011 at 3:10 PM  

Sounds like a fun time! :)

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