Back to The City

It wouldn't be a summer at the Nev's without a BBQ send-off! On the Saturday before I left we decided to do an all-day/all-evening BBQ where everyone could drop in to say bye. Perfect! Basically an excuse for the Nev's to booze it up all day!!

I've had such a nice time at home! For the first few days it definitely felt weird as it didn't feel like my place anymore which as my mum told me is not a bad thing at all! It's quite nice that I've comfortably made a life for myself back in New York. One thing that has been great is that coming home is like a little bit of reassurance that nothing really changes no matter how far away we are for however long, from home. It was so great to see my family and my sister once she got back from Portugal. It was nice to be able to just chill at home in the living room, cooking, catching up etc. just like we used to. The strange part is how easily you can slip into old habits and routines. I was snacking like a motherf**ker, just like I used to when I was home all the time. But at least this time I could use the excuse "I'm on holiday", although I think I may have used it a little too much....nevermind!!!!

The journey home was actually really really great, no delays and barely any layover time at Heathrow Airport. For some reason I was so much more relaxed on the flights home and I had a really good headspace, to the point where I even slept through take off from London, which never happens. During the flight I watched Zootopia, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and How To Be Single. I have to say although I'm named after Luke Skywalker (not kidding), until now I had no interest in watching Star Wars, but I am now HOOKED! Holy shit that movie was good, I cried three times and genuinely clapped my hands. Sad. Sad. Sad.

When I got into JFK the immigration line was absolutely ridiculous, but Gino met me as I left the airport so I was in such a good mood it didn't even matter! Was so so amazing to see him again and get back to my apartment!!!! We were both so exhausted though that we devoured a Margherita pizza and passed out.

This morning we woke up at like 6:30AM because we'd gone to sleep so early, like and old couple. But around 7:30AM it was already warm to we shoved our trainers on and went out for a walk along to Dumbo. Gino hadn't been along here before but fell in love. I'm sure you'll be able to read all about it on ExperiencingGino in the coming weeks! Well today is 4th of July so we're going to head into Soho for a little shop around and maybe grab a cheeky bev, and then tonight we're gonna get loads of nibbles and some wine and watch the fire works from my rooftop! ITS SO GOOD TO BE BACK!!

Happy Monday Everyone! And Happy 4th July to all you Americans!

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Rooftop Sunsets & Social Media Positivity

It's a Wednesday here in New York City and although it is warm it is MISERABLE and rain-ey. I mean I guess I don't really mind all that much when working throughout the day but my cork-souled-Birkenstock's (my old lady sandals) just can't take the rain. #shoesforcomfort. This week thus far has been great, working on Sunday has thrown me off slightly, BUT its a great week because: 

a) Gino has a couple days off work, meaning I won't be such a loner
b) Ian gets back from Boca, meaning I won't be such a loner
c) I am finally getting more furniture for the apartment so I won't be living like a squatter
d) the Tony's are on Sunday, and this year I won't have to stay up till 4AM to stream it, yay!
e) I fly home to see the rest of the Nev's next week
f) I have a free soup & sandwich at the local deli next door to work

I think I'm most excited about F.

On Monday when I arrived in from work I really could not be bothered to work out in the gym straight away so made my Avocado Brunch Toast for dinner and took it up on the buildings roof and the view was in-cred-ible. I mean you all know I love some perspective but I think its even MORE relaxing after a day of working in the city, to look over it all like this. Everyone around here is so friendly as well, it feels just like being at home. I was sat on the roof reading my current summer-read "Submarine" by Joe Dunthorne (which is hilarious btw) and some of the other tenants were popping up every so often to take a photo of the sunset behind the skyline, saying hello and asking how my Monday was. Lovely, lovely stuff. The sunset really was bloomin' marvelous!

I have been keeping up with exercising regularly. I mean having a gym on my roof means that I really do not have any excuses for not working out or trying to keep fit. Yesterday (Tuesday) I had a late start as I was working until 9PM so I thought I'd go out for a morning run back along to Dumbo. I did a few test shots for an upcoming post on the area, and then just spent half an hour wandering around the streets and parks around Dumbo before running back home. I'm trying this time to not go crazy and cut things out of my diet, if I want something I'll eat it. I'm just trying to counter balance all that with exercise and it seems to be working for a change! 

One major thing I love about running or even walking around the city is these graffiti quotes that are on sidewalks/pavements around Manhattan and Brooklyn. Now we all love an Instagram or Facebook quote to get us through the day but it's so great to see one when I'm out running. I pretend the city is egging me on to keep sad. This one I saw on my way back to the apartment on Tuesday morning and I had to stop and take a photo of it. For me I think this resonates with us changing and growing. I remember when I first moved here thinking, don't change, don't change at all. When I was younger I would see people come back from London or university and think to myself "urgh they've changed". This meant when I came here that I was so conscious of not becoming one of those people...but hang on. Of course they've changed. Of course I have changed. I realized I was saying this to myself when other people came home because I HAD NOT CHANGED. We love nowadays to share our opinions and sometimes negativity to people and on social media. My assessment of someones growth is irrelevant, and vice versa. So why worry?! I won't worry if I've changed because I bloody well hope I have. I mean don't get me wrong I'm still the same old tit-head from County Durham, but things have happened, things have developed and grown (environmentally, I'm not growing a fourth arm), so of course I have. We all have! Experiences and environments and time, changes us, we have friends, family and support systems that keep us rooted but we develop constantly. We reveal our truths. Around October I made a conscious decision to remove negativity from my life. I've seen a few people get swallowed up by the city because negativity can easily make New York a horrible place to live. So I thought, no! Who needs that?! Now I resist the temptation to comment on a negative status, or bite at a cryptic Tweet/Facebook post, because quite simply what is the point? Social media is an incredible outlet that we have as a generation and can be used in so many positive ways. I'm so thankful that I am able to call or FaceTime my family at the touch of a button. I'm thankful they can see via this blog or my social media what I'm up to. And I'm thankful I get to see all the other journeys my friends and family are embarking on in their own lives. Positive, positive, positive. I really think this is something worth trying.  

Wow. That got preachy. I have to say that was neither post-specific or about anything in particular, just simply what I was thinking on my run home!

In other news, Gino and I caught the movie "X-Men: Apocalypse" yesterday. Now anyone who knows me, my love/hate relationship with Superhero/Action/Sci-Fi films is difficult. I either love it, and get hooked on the series/movie series **cough**LOST**cough**. OR I think it's awful and a waste of money or time. HOWEVER I LOVED THIS MOVIE. It's the first X-Men movie I've ever seen (I know...theres probably some ComicCON loving teen on his way to bitchslap me), but I now want to see the others, because this movie was so so good. Good job 20th Century Fox, you got me. Go see it, even if you have no idea who these iconic superheros are like I didn't. SPOILER ALERT: Hugh Jackman makes a short cameo as his old character Wolverine and all I could think about was him singing "One Day More". So kinda funny to see him as half-wolf, claw-bearing killing machine. Javert wouldn't have stood a chance.


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