Are you up for an unsolicited NYC update? Here goes.
1. We had a mouse situation (HOLD ME). It was beyond unfortunate. The wonderful pest control man who came and remedied the problem told me that these buck-wild city mice can fit in spaces smaller than a dime and whilst wiggling through said tiny holes they leave behind the gunk on their bodies that they collect during their sewer play dates. I needed to be sedated after that one.
2. Another Levain Bakery just opened in my neighborhood. That means there is one a couple of blocks in one direction from my house AND now one a couple of blocks in the other direction from my house. The 60 pounds I will surely be putting on in the next few months might be a shock to some, but to me it will be a labor of love.
3. It’s SO humid. I mean, it was humid in PA but I would get in my nice, air-conditioned car to go to Target and not have to walk several blocks in air that feels like hot jello and then go down to a subway platform with air that feels like boiling jello, then walk more blocks in more hot jello air until I reach that blessed Target store. Needless to say, I look SO cute all the time in NYC. It’s called sweaty sexy.
4. People who haven’t been to the city or haven’t visited here extensively often ask if I’m ever nervous in the city. I’ll admit this was something I was sort of worried about, too, and while, I know there are some dangerous people in any big city, the biggest thing I notice is the kindness here. Just yesterday I was helping a friend get to the place she was staying on the train with two big, heavy suitcases and my stroller and two kiddos. When we got off at our stop the elevator was broken and we were trying to figure out how to get everything up the several flights of stairs to the street. As we were standing at the bottom of the stairs trying to figure it out, three strangers came by and picked up the stroller and suitcases and started carrying them up the stairs (remember, too, it’s hot jello air season. NOT a pleasant time to have to exert yourself). They weren’t looking for praise or accolades, they just saw people who needed help and quietly stepped in, and that isn’t the first time this exact scenario and bunches more have happened to me. There is so much kindness in this city and people are so good.
5. Two more items of honorable mention that are saving me as I adjust to this life:
-Our Joovy® Caboose Ultralight Graphite Stand-On Tandem Stroller. This thing was MADE for city life. It only weighs 22 lbs which means I’m not stranded when we have to take the stairs (which is ALL. THE. TIME.) It is so light and slick for a double stroller while still being super sturdy since it has a graphite aluminum frame. Plus, as your family grows, your older child can ride on the rear bench or use the standing platform. It also has the PERFECT removable second rear seat that is so great for longer rides. This thing also has tons of storage, and still folds up small. We literally live in this thing and I love it so.
-Flowy, easy dresses like this blush number from ModLi! Pants are just not something I am playing with in this humidity and this dress is so versatile and perfect for flip flops or heels. I love the fit, too. So pretty.
There it is! You have hereby been updated. In summary, things here are good and bad and fun and stressful and loud and hot and busy and exciting. I hope things are wonderful where you are, too.