Think Happy Thoughts: Vol. 1
With all the ugliness going in the world right now, one way to deal is by staying positive and focusing on the good things in life. And there are so many. Here are some things making me happy lately.
School Supply Shopping
The company I work for is always doing some kind of collection for people in the community who are in need. With the start of school right around the corner, this month it's school supplies. Shopping for school supplies was one of my favorite things when I was in school. I get even more joy out of it as an adult knowing that it's going to a kid who really needs it.
Last Sunday, the weather was so nice that we decided instead of spending our time in the basement doing laundry, we'd splurge on Cleanly and go play outside. All you have to do is open up the app, schedule a pick-up time and drop-off time, and someone literally will show up at your apartment and pick up your dirty laundry. Within 24 hours, they delivery it back to you, all neatly folded and smelling of Tide. I don't think we'll be spending the extra money on this every week, but that way it will feel extra indulgent whenever we do use it.
After months of an insane audit at work, I've finally made time for my lunchtime walks again. Our building is surrounded by woods with walking trails. It's the perfect opportunity to get some much-needed Vitamin D and introvert time during the work day. It also makes me slightly less pissed off that I have to spend most of my day inside of a cubicle, and I come back refreshed and ready to tackle the rest of the day. I'm dreading the coming months where it's dark by the time we leave work, so I'm trying to soak up the sun every chance I get.
Exploring NYC Neighborhoods
We love our hood, but we also enjoy getting out of it sometimes to explore other areas. Friday night we headed to FiDi and met some friends on Stone Street for outdoor beers. We wandered around and stumbled upon the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. It's amazing, and I can't believe we hadn't seen it before. The words are from letters written home by soldiers fighting in the war. We then did some more wandering into South Street Seaport and discovered a wine bar on a quiet street where we could sit outside. They had wine flights and a badass 90's hiphop playlist. Definition of hidden gem!
Saturday we went on an aimless stroll in search of food, and wound up in Hell's Kitchen, where we ate our way through Gotham West Market. We shared a piece of pizza from Corner Slice, chili wings and roasted broccoli from The Carnivore (had to squeeze a vegetable in there somewhere), and a spicy tuna hand roll from Uma Temakeria. Yum yum yum.
The New York Public Library
I put holds on a bunch of books last week, and four of them ended up being ready on the same day. This weekend, I made it halfway through Aziz Ansari's Modern Romance. I met my husband the old fashioned way and never experienced the "modern" world of online dating, Tinder, etc. but I find it fascinating the way technology has changed things so much. I also love that the book is very research-based and data-driven, while also being entertaining and funny.
Sunsets over the Hudson
No words needed here.
And finally, this meme. I'm not sure why this made me laugh so hard, but it did, and I hope you get a chuckle out of it too.