Saturday, October 10, 2009
saturday, october 10th '09
faux diamond earrings (from New York Look); Rugby Ralph Lauren cashmere sweater (from outlet store in Woodbury Commons); Michael Kors sequin pants (extremely lucky find from yoox.com clearance section); Lanvin flats (from Anbar shoes, now sadly out of business)
well, folks, this might be one of the last pictures i'll be taking in this apartment...
i'm moving to philly!
crazy, i know, it all happened so quickly. i wasn't even looking for a job, but i was contacted by a company i had interned for while i was an undergrad in engineering school in philly a few years ago (any college students out there, take heed - work hard at those internships!), wanting to know if i was interested in re-joining them. a few trips back and forth from nyc to philly and voila! suddenly i'm a junior engineer at the company. a pretty big deal, i can't really say much about it but i'm basically going to be like a real-life bond girl! (minus james bond...)
so here i am, moving out of my home turf. i'm not that sad about it, actually. new york now is a lot different from the new york i grew up in, what i like to call the "pre-bloomberg" era. a lot more out-of-towners here, it's soooo much more crowded and big-business-y. (new world coffee, anyone?) in fact, i dug up an old picture of the neighborhood (i can even spot the exact building) i grew up in...
most of you probably won't even recognize columbus circle without the fountains and without the time warner center. before there was time warner there was the new york coliseum, an ugly, scary place. my sister and i weren't allowed to walk around the coliseum alone or at night, there were always a lot of bums and junkies hanging out there. and forget about going into central park! not exactly the safe playground it is now.
philly kind of reminds me of the old new york - a little grimier, a little seedier, studio apartments in the heart of town for under $1K. i'll be back in nyc a lot, my family is still here and many of my friends are here as well. it's only two hours away - kind of like a really long subway ride from the heart of manhattan to the far reaches of queens - they don't call it the "sixth borough" for nothing! plus i went to college in philly so it's not entirely unfamiliar.
i'll be moving in with the parents for a little bit before heading down to my new apartment (with a WALK-IN CLOSET - yes, CAPS are necessary, this is the first time in my life i'll have a walk in closet. in fact, it might be the biggest closet i've ever had!) in november.
it's hard to leave your hometown when your hometown happens to be new york, but when you're on your own and landing a rich husband isn't exactly your path to a comfortable retirement, you have to do what's best for your career. it's scary having to make grown-up decisions. it's also exciting, i know this is only the beginning of several grown-up decisions i will have to make. so wish me luck, the blog will go on, there just might be a few lapses here and there while i get settled...