This weekend was centered around moving!! Slightly painful yes, but it all turned out pretty great.
Saturday: MOVING DAY
What made this move somewhat exhausting was that I packed AND unpacked everything in one day, since I decided to move the day before (see my last post on this!). Packing started around 10am on Saturday, and it surprisingly didn’t take too long. I make an effort to not accumulate that many things, and definitely was less organized this time as most things were just stuffed in trash bags.
Finally, my movers came around 3pm. I hired the same movers as when I moved to Astoria – they are so fast, so cheap, and made my life oh so much easier. I didn’t have to lift a finger!
It only took 2.5 hours to get everything from point A to point B, pretty fast! I spent the rest of the evening unpacking and organizing my new room. The roommates instantly welcomed me and made me feel at home. I felt so blessed. After a long day, I was in bed by 10:30pm.
I must say, the apartment search was quite the exhausting one. I searched for a good 2.5 weeks, running around the city after work almost every other day. The travel around the city itself made me exhausted, and needing to evaluate each apartment without a second opinion was somewhat difficult for someone as indecisive as myself (Christine did fortunately accompany me on a few luckily!). There was even one that I committed to but the other side backed out, leaving me hanging and emotionally drained. I constantly doubted whether all this work was worth it and if I was making the right decision to uproot my life again.
All I can say is, everything happens the way they’re suppose to. I really believe that, and having that as my mantra made the whole experience more bearable. This new apartment is everything I was looking for and more; this rollercoaster ride was so worth it to get here.
As I’m writing this, while eating ice cream in my new living room, I don’t have that gut-wrenching feeling of loneliness I usually had on Sunday nights back in my old apartment. I hated waking up and dreading each day as I knew most of it I would be spending alone. Now, waking up this morning in my new apartment, I felt so at home and without that lonely feeling knowing that there were roommates right there and close friends a few blocks away. I can’t describe how much that means to me ❤
A very productive day! That’s what going to bed at 10:30pm the night before gets you :P. My day started off with a run along the East River…A++. I don’t even remember the last time I was able to run 5 miles without stopping because of traffic. It is SOOO nice to be able to have a running path along water again. I am SO excited for many more river runs to come!!
I suppose I’m in the base building phase of marathon training, which will officially begin in a few weeks. I had a discussion about this the other day with a friend…why is base building not an official part of marathon training?? Most training plans say you should have been running 15-20 miles for a few weeks, even months, before starting the official plan, so why not just add that into the plan? I think it’s because no one wants to embark on a plan that’s longer than 18 weeks, I know I don’t. It’s definitely a mental thing to not “officially” be marathon training, but still running in efforts to ramp up for it.
Then I was off to Astoria one last time to clean the old place and turn in my keys. But first, BAGELS. Aren’t they the best treat after a run?
It was so relieving to know that that was the last time I’d have to take the train from Queens -> Manhattan again. I will not miss those long rides. Saying goodbye to the old apartment wasn’t sad at all; I definitely will cherish my summer in Queens and everything I learned from living alone, but I am so ready for this next chapter!!
The rest of the afternoon was spent organizing my room and getting all my decorations up. Then, Sean and I grabbed some Indian food for dinner. He only lives a few blocks away from my new place – so nice to have a good friend close by!! There are so many great food spots in the area. Kips Bay is at the heart of everything – just in the past 24 hours I’ve discovered 4 new food spots, including this one!
Then, we went grocery shopping at Trader Joes. I am SO stoked to live minutes from a Traders…this is a game changer.
Thanks for reading my much-too-excited rants on this new place! Hope you all have a great Thanksgiving! 🙂