— Walt Whitman
The Summer has given me a lot of gifts, though.
I got to:
- Live in Lulu Lemon for months straight. High heels are seriously for the birds.
- Take daily 15-mile walks around the city. What a bizarre city we call home.
- Have long dinners at Minetta Tavern, Lafayette and Blue Ribbon Sushi with people whom I adore.
- Learn a lot about myself and my struggles with allowing myself to lean on people or be vulnerable.
- Read the NYT with bagel sandwiches and lemonade for hours in Washington Square Park.
- See a mind-blowing magic show at the Waldorf Astoria.
- Spend an entire day hunting down ingredients in Chinatown for Peking Duck
- Hike one of the tallest mountains in Aspen.
- Sit in Madison Square park, eating Shake Shack for the first time with a saxophonist playing on a nearby park bench.
- See a brilliant Broadway show, If/Then, with tickets we’d purchased only hours before.
- Plant tomatoes in my grandmother’s garden and actually eat them in a meal this week.
- Receive more visits from my West Coast- based family in two months than in the previous 2.5 years combined.
- Explore wonderful exhibits at MOMA and the NY Public Library (I highly recommend the Children’s Book exhibit)
- Read 21 books (including Atlas Shrugged, one from my bucket list, which has a certain to do-ness about it).
- Go to Vail for the 4th of July and then get to go again for Labor Day.
Most importantly is the unconditional love my sister, whom I know checks this blog regularly, now, has given me during the most difficult time of my life that says it all. There are seven billion smiles in this world, and yours is my favorite. #bloodisblood