A NY vs. LA State of Mind

I’ve been quiet on the blogging front because so much is going on, yet nothing is going on. All at the same time.

I’ve been in LA since mid-November, and have no plans to return to NYC until January. I know. Who does that? All that precious rent money in Manhattan going to keeping my messy bedroom warm. I told ya’ll I hate cold weather. The good thing is my friends seem to be using my apartment while I’m out. Living in Manhattan means most people want to come stay with you (or at your place in your absence) due to your location to the City. I’m always opening my home to my friends when I can (as does my roommate). Somebody might as well enjoy the fruits of my labor if I can’t.

Can I tell you how happy I am to be in LA? I see the sun everyday at home! The Target stores are all neat and fully stocked! There’s no long ridiculous line at Whole Foods! I can drive anywhere I need to at a moment’s notice! I have a car to fill up with all my shopping bounty! I’m wearing flipflops in December! I don’t have to buy a whole new wardrobe just to get through 4 months of life! I’m pondering why it is I moved from this place. I miss it. Sigh.

You know what I noticed? Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind” is somewhat meaningless when  you’re not in NY. When it comes on the radio in LA, I am not excited. I am not pumped. I am not loving NY. I am loving my flipflops in December! But in NY, this song is the best walking-through-the-city soundtrack. It’s the best song to sing to in the club. I feel like I’ve bought into the hype I always knew existed: New York is the greatest to only those who live there. I suppose New Yorkers have to stay positive when the sun hides behind skyscrapers, and the  City doesn’t have the convenience of fully-stocked, neat Target stores nearby. 

As another year closes, I am yet again reevaluating the meaning of life, and what it is I’m doing with myself (my year-end emo state of mind). I do this throughout the year, but the end of the year and the holidays forces me to really inspect everything. I’m sure I will come up with something interesting to do in 2010!

Back to the Chi

Chicago Skyline

It’s been a rough couple of months.

I’m not sure where the time went, but I have allowed myself to enter a time warp working on a few projects, and in between I find time to do some traveling. Some might think I travel or vacation too much, but I truly do earn these vacations. Work hard, play hard–one of the great things I learned in undergrad (though there was little “playing” being done on my part while at MIT).

Anyway, I interrupt this time warp to say I am both excited and afraid to visit Chicago this week. Excited because I get to see my chapter sorors and celebrate birthdays and see my summer friends in Chicago. Best of all–I get to peel my behind off of my couch. (I still need to work on procuring some office furniture!). Of course, this means I will be planted on my line sister’s couch this week, but any couch is better than mine. 

I am afraid of Chicago because of the cold.  As it is, your girl is having a hard time coping with the weather in Manhattan. I can’t figure out if it’s hot or cold on any given day, what degree of coldness it is and what to wear to accommodate the level of frío. I am always over or under-dressed for the temperature. I am not used to wearing layers and carrying around clothing too hot to wear because I might need to put it back on later in the day. It’s ridiculous, all this thinking that goes into wardrobe! In LA, I choose my wardrobe by looking at the sky: if it’s clear skies, then it’s warm outside; if cloudy, then it’s cold outside. See how simple that is?  I am thinking about boycotting the East Coast for the month of November.

Looking up flights to LA as we speak. I’ll take the L on rent if I have to! 

Pray that Chicago takes it easy on me this week.

Manhattan Love

I’ve been in NYC for about a month now, and everything is going well. It snowed. A lot. And it was cold. Really cold. Similar to my Boston winter’s during college, I elected to go out in the cold when I felt like it–which is never. The luxury of working from home means I can hibernate for days if I want. I instituted an office policy that says I don’t have to go outside unless it is at least 30 degrees.

I’ve finally picked up this public transportation system, I think. During my first time on the subway from Manhattan to Brooklyn, I was lost in the subway (on the F train) for two hours. I was so mad! Today I took the same trip and did it lickety split. I also love the buses here, maybe more than the subway. The buses are great since Manhattan is a grid system. Easy peasy once you get used to it, and the 2 hour transfer system helps a lot (I can do a roundtrip on one metrocard fare if I take the bus one way and the subway on the way back).

Not to be a Brooklyn Debbie Downer, but I REALLY like living in Manhattan. I can’t imagine ever living in Brooklyn now. Everything is so close to me here. Whenever my friends get off work, they’re always nearby for a quick bite for dinner, drink, or movie. The grid is pretty much an actual grid EVERYWHERE in Manhattan. I think if I lived in Brooklyn I would never see Manhattan. It’s too far in my book, haha. I can’t wait for Spring/Summer, I might walk all the way up to Harlem one day, it’s so lovely here!

My life is going to be a lovely wreck for the next few weeks. I am leaving to Boston tomorrow to attend a conference at Harvard Business School. I’m not much of a networker, so I am mostly going to see my friends and sorors attending the conference, and Boston. And maybe MIT, if I feel up to it. The following week I’ll be at SXSW. In between or during these trips I’ll be launching some big projects on the web.

Needless to say, I am a little fried. I am loving life, though!

Moving East

I finally decided to make the move to New York. I know I have spent some time here lamenting about a move to NYC. I’ve been toying with the idea for over a year now, but I never really created a plan because I was scared (I don’t like change). I slowly relieved myself of Los Angeles responsibilities (finished school, quit a job I was tethered to), stacked my chips, and all that was left was apartment hunting. I was putting off apartment hunting month after month, mostly because I was so busy. Like the other doors that have opened in my life, this one sort of just opened up on its own. All I did was casually mention to someone I was thinking about apartment hunting in NYC, and then the next week I was meeting my potential roommate and checking out my potential Manhattan apartment. I’ve learned that when opportunities open up this way for me, it’s usually a sign that that’s where I need to go next.

I gave myself 6 months to see how it goes, and if I like it? I will stay. If not, I can always move back to LA, or to a different city. Some have asked me why am I moving to NYC. My answer: because I can. My business/work is virtual. I like NYC a lot. And I have great friends there. I figure I can do it while I am young and untethered to a family. Besides, I have always wanted to be bi-coastal, here is my chance to step up and give it a try.

I start paying rent February 1st. I have yet to pack a box to ship over to Manhattan, but I did buy some boxes today. That has to count for something. My apartment is very…quaint, and in a good location. I plan on painting my bedroom walls, as I want to make it a creative and personal space. I am excited to go furniture and interior design shopping. I just need to make sure I stay on task with getting it done.

Any suggestions on where to get a good deal on mattresses in NYC would be most appreciated!