Obviously these three and a half (four ish?) months are filled with them. Good ones, bad ones. Embarrassing ones, out-of-body ones. Experiences I’ll only have here.
Every morning when I open my eyes, the first thing I see is the Empire State building, and every morning I sit up after the realization sets in once more about where I am.
Today is my day off from work and I’m sitting in a fabulous little coffee shop called Sweetleaf about two stops away from where I live. I’m going to do my best to recount some of the best experiences I’ve had these past two weeks…(neglected posting last week…it was BUSY…I won’t ever let it happen again).
One of the things that’s been nagging at me constantly is my future. It seems like I just rolled over one morning and it was suddenly February. I’ll be 22 this month, and while that’s certainly not an age to be freaked out about, it reminds me that God only knows where I’ll be a year from now. Where will I be on my 23rd birthday? That’s never happened. I’ve always known year after year the general path my life would take. In middle school you prepare for high school, in high school you prepare for college, and in college…how are you supposed to prepare for life?
I must say I’m in the perfect city to be having these thoughts. I was walking around union square yesterday on a run for work, listening to my iPod. Just looking around at my surroundings I couldn’t help but smile. Everything will work itself out how could it not?
Speaking of work, after a less than stellar second week, the third week took a slight turn for the better. I accidentally ended up going to a press conference with Blake Lively and Nicholas Sparks (I love how I say it so nonchalantly). Godiva, a client of ABPR, has launched a sweepstakes called The Sweetest Story Ever Told, just in time for Valentine’s Day. (side note–BOO VALENTINE’S DAY.) Anyone and everyone can submit their personal love stories for a chance to win a one-on-one with Nicholas Sparks who will then give advice on how to write a great love story. Among other cool things like a ticket to the red-carpet premiere of Nicholas’s next movie, “The Lucky One”, the winner will also have a character named after them in Nick’s next book.
Pretty sweet deal right? Oh and Godiva will also provide one full year of free
chocolate to the winner. I know all of you are constructing your love stories in your heads right now. So I bet you’re wondering why Miss Blake was there. Why because she loves chocolate of course. Good ol PR. One of the ladies of ABPR explained to us that she is a complete pro at dealing with the media. She knows exactly what to say and when to say it. Unfortunately I didn’t meet her, I had to leave to get back to the office and head to class. I’m not even sure if I would have been able to, but being at this gorgeous hotel seeing public relations in action was a pretty cool experience.
Another experience I’ve had that’s worth noting is grocery shopping. You’re probably thinking, “Really?” Yes. Really.
First there’s the size. Not only are grocery stores here the fraction of the size of an HEB, the aisles are practically impossible to maneuver because they are half as wide as an aisle you (Texas folk) and I are used to walking up and down. In a “normal” sized grocery store, two grocery carts can easily slide past one another. Here, my grocery cart (shorter and smaller than a “normal” sized grocery cart) can only go down an aisle where no one else is browsing. It’s almost laughable trying to get around. I don’t know how many times I passed up going down an aisle because I literally would not be able to fit.
Second, I’ve had to learn to prioritize what groceries I can buy and when. The store my roommates and I have been going to is two train stops away, and I can only buy what I can carry. I knew I needed milk so I had to put back cranapple juice because I knew I couldn’t carry two heavy things all the way back to my apartment during the same trip. I was so sad. I was literally standing holding the cranapple juice in one hand and milk in the other, pouting. That’s when I got a longing feeling for HEB and my car.
An experience I would have DIED to have, was one that an intern at work had. Wednesday morning, Emily, a fellow Lifestyle intern, told me a story that had my mind spinning all day. After work on Tuesday she headed to Union Square, only a few blocks from our office. Let me remind you I work on Park Avenue. Park Avenue is parallel to Madison and 5th. Madison, I was told is where you should go if you want to go celebrity hunting, 5th is known for its designer stores, and Park Avenue, well hello it’s Park Avenue.
So there she was, just going along on her merry way when she bumped into someone. She turned around to apologize…and it was Mr. Big.
I must have said “Shut up, you’re lying, no you didn’t,” at least 100 times before saying, “I’m so jealous. Oh my gosh. What the heck.” If you know me, you know how much I love the show Sex and the City. I mean HELLO my blog is titled “Audrey and the City.” If you’re just now making that connection you’re slow. Before leaving for New York, my mom and I watched seasons 1-4. Obsessed much? If there’s one person I’d want to run into in this city, it’s Mr. Big.
I might just have to hang out in Union Square after work from now on.
I continue to have them day after day. In a city like New York, it’s impossible to live the same day twice. I really should be taking more pictures, that’s one thing I need to up the ante on.
Bringing this full circle, I often think about the future and living here long term after graduation. There are days when I think, “Yes. Absolutely. This is where I want to begin life post-graduation.” And then there are days when I talk to these goofy people…
and can’t fathom how I could be so far away for an indefinite amount of time. It’s an exciting fear, not knowing. Taking it day by day is all I can do, and New York is the only place I want to be right here, right now, and that is one and only thing I know for sure.