Routine Makes the World Go Round

I have only been in New York for a week and a half. I have only been unemployed for a week and a half. So why does it feel like it has been forever?

I love routine. I realize that sounds incredibly boring and not at all sexy. “I love routine” said no exciting person ever. I didn’t even know this about myself until a few years ago, and in my old age of 27 years I will stop denying who I am and simply embrace it. It’s become clear that my love of routine is one of the main reasons I love church. I walk into any Episcopal Church in any city (around the world even!) and I pretty much know exactly what I’m getting and in what order. Those weird services where we use a different Rite? (or whatever its called, I’m too lazy right now to look it up) I hate them. I want the same prayer every week so I can truly zone out, feel comfortable, and recharge.

That’s what church is for, right?  Oh, its not? It’s okay, I’m quite convinced pretty much every single person on Earth is doing church wrong, so I’m just gonna go with it.

Which brings me back to the fact that I have had 1.5 weeks without a routine. Hardly a huge number, and yet I am barely holding onto my sanity. Baaaarely. I have been feeling widely unproductive and my self esteem is taking a dive so I will loosely recap what I’ve been up to so that I can feel validate my existence.

1. I got a library card! And I sat there and read a book while a man with obvious disabilities would stand over me and breath loudly. That happened twice without me even flinching. He eventually walked away both times but that was enough to wrap up that particular library session. New York, amiright?

2. I walk around A LOT. I’m averaging 23,000 steps a day just in case anyone cares. I’ll pat myself on the back for that one.

3. I scored some “awesome” clearance wines! After tasting these awesome deals Selemon politely suggested that I don’t dip below $10 for wine unless its Trader Joe’s moving forward. I guess he wasn’t as impressed with my $3 bargain bin wines.

4. Speaking of wine, I only had a glass before 3 PM one time this week. If that doesn’t look like success I don’t know what does.

5. The wine at 3 PM day was a rough one but I salvaged by being super brave and joining a group run at a local running store. I had no idea how long it would be and it was hot. And I wore my shorts but worried about my jiggly bits being judged by everyone else on the run. But I did it anyway and it was lovely and we had a great run and afterwards I got dumplings with 2 new friends.

6. I haven’t stepped in dog poop all day.

7. I took all the loose change I’ve lugged from Boston to New York to a Coinstar and it was $42. That was a really exciting day. No lie there.

7. I’ve been doing yoga! I alternate between a studio where I got a great deal ($20 for 20 classes!) and free yoga in the park. One day at the park I bravely attempted crow, which is balancing your whole body on your forearms and I did it! Which means my head did not bash into the thin layer of yoga mat between me and the concrete. Another huge success.

8. I haven’t stepped in vomit all day, but I did smell it being hosed off the sidewalk this morning.

9. I’ve seen two celebrities! And I only took a picture of one but totally lost my shit with the other. I saw Alec Baldwin with his family in the park. He looked very scruffy and a bit…homeless. Which I suppose the rich are allowed to do. And really anyone in New York is allowed to do that. No rules here. Then I saw Garance Dore who is a French illustrator and blogger and way less famous than Alec Baldwin, but a personal hero of mine and she was even prettier in person. I stood like 15 feet away and just stared at her while on the phone with Lindsey which I’m sure made me look casual and cool, not like a crazy stalker at all.

10. Tomorrow I have an interview! So maybe (hopefully) in another 1.5 weeks I’ll be missing these leisurely days and my 4 PM dates with Ellen.

Okay, that was a list with 10 things on it so I’m calling today a success too!


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