Exactly two weeks ago, I was sitting at a PDX gate, waiting to board a JFK-bound red-eye.
Now, I am sitting in my Queens apartment, wondering why we didn’t position our futon closer to the air conditioner.
In the span of two weeks, I’ve basically changed everything about my life (at least the kind of stuff you change on your Facebook “About Me” section and Twitter profile; new city, new workplace, etc.). And while I still want to write about that change (but not in a sappy, emotional play-by-play style), what currently strikes me is how much there is to love about where I am right this second. Here’s my list of the moment:
…that it’s after midnight and I’m watching a Mariners game, live on MLB.com. (I love this for two reasons: 1) Late night baseball rocks and 2) I’m not geographically blacked out from watching the M’s via MLB.com At Bat apps.)
…that for my birthday on Sunday, my friend bought one of the most delicious cakes I’ve ever tasted:
…that I get to write a short piece for the next installment of Mets Magazine.
…that Newsweek published a special edition about the Beatles (and it only caused my love for Paul to grow).
…that I can sit on our fire escape and look out into a courtyard at the center of a few apartment buildings (inevitably leading me to dream up a Rear Window-type scenario in which I innocently spy on interesting neighbors, then realize that’s only endearing when Jimmy Stewart does it).
…that this is my standard view for New York Mets games:
…that sometimes it gets so hot, I find myself sprawled on the futon, moaning like George Bluth, Sr. when he installed a hot tub in his attic. (Okay, I don’t actually love the heat. But I do a pretty good “Mikey, my eyes!” impression. And this was mostly an excuse to insert an Arrested Development clip.)
…that my roommate and I share an “organized chaos” mindset when it comes to apartment cleanliness: Livable, but with a few dirty dishes in the sink.
…that my sister came to visit on Saturday before heading up to West Point for summer training.
…that earlier tonight, I became the Foursquare mayor of my favorite neighborhood Chinese takeout spot (after only two check-ins!).
…that I live so close to Starbucks, my computer thinks Starbucks’ Wi-Fi network is the default.
…that I get to live, work and play with awesome people who have helped ease my transition from one coast to another.
In New York, this list could be endless. Whether you’re in NYC or not, I’d love to know what’s making your day.
P.S. – You may notice my blog URL is now paigelandsem.com. That’s right: I graduated to the big kids’ world of legitimate domain names. You can still access the site via theopinionpaige.wordpress.com, but it’ll automatically redirect to https://paigelandsem.com/.