I’m in an especially good mood today, for whatever reason. The sun is shining and it’s going to be in the 80’s this weekend. All is right with the world. I think the surly posts outnumber the happy posts on here, so you’re probably confused by this onset of cheerfulness; but I am actually a pretty positive person. I guess I just feel compelled to write more when I’m being a giant grump.
Here are five things that are making me jump for joy this morning:
- We’re going to a Yankees game tomorrow night, and we have amazing seats thanks to a generous friend.
- I made a huge sale yesterday to one of my clients and have decided to buy myself a new camera to celebrate.
- I just planned a trip to visit my BFF – henceforth known as The Scientist – in June. I can’t wait to see her!
- One of my favorite people ever is coming to visit this weekend, and we are spending Saturday together. I haven’t seen her since she moved about eight months ago.
- Did I mention it’s going to be 80 degrees this weekend? Yeah.
Hope your day is just as wonderful.
My hair is a nice normal color once again! I mean, it’s not perfect, but it’s fine for now and my engagement photos won’t look ridiculous. I will never attempt to lighten my own hair again. Ever. I really learned my lesson this time. No, really.
Also – I forgot to mention – the doorman strike didn’t happen, so that was wonderful.
BUT I did already renege on the whole no shopping for three months thing. I felt terrible, but I found the perfect dress for our rehearsal dinner and it was ON SALE. So oh well. I’m thinking the no shopping thing might be something I have to do after the wedding. I don’t know if it’s honestly possible right this second.
I desperately want to redecorate our apartment. I want to refinish our coffee table – which isn’t very old, but is quite beat up. (Thanks, cats.) I want to create a collage of artwork above our living room sofa. I want to get some new vases, and make some flowers out of paper for the vases. (I’d prefer real flowers, but again… cats.) I also want to paint the living room and bedroom. The only problem is that we might move in September. So… redecorate or wait for the new place?
In New York City, apartment shopping is usually a short process. Okay, that’s wrong actually. The shopping is a really long process, because Craigslist is very misleading, and we don’t like using brokers, because it’s a total waste of money. We’re diy-ers when it comes to real estate. But once you find the place, it’s generally only two to four weeks from applying for the apartment to move in date. You don’t find an apartment months in advance here. You find an apartment and two weeks later you’re living there. Or at least paying for it.
So… we want to move. But only if we find something bigger and better. And honestly, our current apartment is pretty great, so there’s a chance we won’t, and we’ll sign our lease for another year or two. The main reason we want to move is that we miss living downtown, and I need some office space for my little growing business. If we don’t find a new place with a little area for an office, then I’ll have to rent a desk somewhere. And I really really really don’t want to do that. I don’t have a good reason why I don’t… I just don’t.
So the question remains… redecorate and just accept that we might move in four or five months and all the effort might be for naught. Or don’t redecorate… assume we’ll move… and then kick ourselves if we don’t move for not redecorating when we had the time. Because our wedding is October 9th, and then with the holidays after that… if I don’t do it now, I guarantee it won’t get done this fall. And then it will be spring again, and I’ll say… redecorate or wait to see if we move? See? It’s a horrible cycle.
I’m trying to take decisive steps toward accomplishing my Life List. Trying to scratch off the easier goals, and then move on to bigger things. I’ve decided I want to accomplish at least three of these things by May 5th. It’s an arbitrary date, really. I just pulled it from my brain. But I do better with things if I have a deadline. Even if it isn’t a “real” deadline.
So my three things I will accomplish by May 5th are:
- Make homemade marshmallows. (#11)
- Go to the Bronx Zoo. (#88)
- Ride the Staten Island Ferry. (#83)
These are all pretty simple, manageable things I can do in the next three-ish weeks, I think. Of course I’ll take pictures, and let you know how it goes. Have you made any decisive steps toward achieving your goals?