It’s hard to believe it’s been almost three months.
In some ways, it feels like I just got here yesterday. There are still so many things that feel new and foreign – and no, in case you were wondering, my sense of direction really hasn’t improved, so yes, I do still get lost. A little more often than I want to admit. (But I am getting better at realizing when that’s happened, and fixing it quicker!)
In other ways, Brooklyn (or at least my small corner of it) is starting to feel a little more like home. I finally have places in my neighborhood where, while people might not know my name, they know I’m a “regular” – so at least there’s a smile of recognition now and again. (You wouldn’t believe how much that can matter after awhile, when you only know about 15 people in a city that 2.6+ million people call home.)
I’ve done a lot of exploring over the past few weeks. Some of the places I’ve been I really wouldn’t recommend. (We’re not even going to talk about the “coffee shop” (which, granted, did seem to sell some sort of coffee) that I thought was going to be a good spot to write last weekend – tho I will happily mention that the 333 Lounge (which I found accidentally because of the coffee shop mishap) was an unexpectedly awesome find, and I suspect it’s going to be a new favorite writing spot.
A few highlights of my other adventures (not in Brooklyn) over the past few weeks:
It’s fun to have “favorite” places to go, as well as good memories and a few adventures, and I’m looking forward to continuing to explore the city. But there are definitely things about living here I hope I never get used to:
There are also a lot of idiosyncratic things about life in New York that I’m not sure I will ever get used to, either – like coffee shops that don’t allow laptops on weekends (which is pretty much how I ended up writing in a bar last weekend) – but in the grand scheme of things, it’s probably a good thing: I respect that local businesses are trying to foster a sense of community and help people live healthier lives, and that is what’s at the heart of the policy. It just makes things tricky for those of us who find outdoor patios more conducive to writing. Ah, well. On the upside, it all makes for a Grand Adventure.
Speaking of which, there’s a movie about A.A. Milne coming out this fall. (I can’t wait!!)
Grace and peace, friends.
Simple Felicity is, at its heart, a blog based on the unshakeable belief that happiness really isn't all that complicated. Sometimes finding it can be - but happiness itself is pretty simple, and it's often found in the simplest of things: good food, good books, and good company. So those are the things I write about, along with a few other things that really matter to me, including faith and feminism.
A bit about me: My name is Happy. I have an amazing talent for misplacing my keys, a deep appreciation for whomever looked at the coffee bean and thought, "Hey, I wonder what would happen if I roasted this?", and road trips to Michigan are pretty much my favorite.
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