Your job's a joke, you're broke, your love life's D.O.A

Well I failed at my attempt to blog at least 5 times a month this month - can I blame that on February being a couple of days shorter? No? Are you sure?

February has been filled with job hunting and being constantly reminded that writing cover letters is really not an enjoyable experience. It has also been filled with a lot of Friends (I'm actually a little bit surprised that we still have 2 seasons still to watch after two months of bingeing), and obviously I've had the theme tune to Friends stuck in my head since January 1st (thanks Netflix!), and of course it is of vital importance that I drop whatever it is I'm doing in order to clap along at that point - I mean, who doesn't??

Have you been watching Friends on Netflix too?

Things I've Learnt in New York... Part 1

On the 1st it'll be 4 months since we moved to New York so I thought I'd share with you some of the things I've learnt so far. It's only part 1 because I'm 100% certain there will be at least one more of these lists in the future!

1. Always, always, avoid the empty subway car.
I'd heard this said before - I think it comes under the basic survival tips for NYC - but I really can't stress this advice enough! I had a very close shave in my second month here, when I stepped in to what looked to be an empty subway car and was met with the strong smell of poo. Yes, poo. And a butt-naked man asleep on a bench. Luckily I had just enough time to quickly get off & jump in the next car!

2. A waffle iron is an essential kitchen item.
Because waffles are one of the greatest creations in the world.

3. Grocery shopping is quite a painful experience.
(Which is probably why all real New Yorkers get take-out)
In the UK we lived close to 4 different well-known supermarkets that sold almost anything. Here we live near 1...that doesn't sell almost everything. There are a wealth of delis/bodegas but sadly the food there is reeeeally expensive! Trying to buy good produce is also a mean feat!

4. Brunch is the most important meal of any good day.
I love brunch. I really love brunch. I think it would be fair to say that brunch is one of my favourite pastimes. There are just so many great brunch foods - waffles, pancakes, bacon, waffles...

5. Trader Joe's Frosted Toaster Pastries are better than Pop Tarts.
Also, their Golden Round Crackers are better than Ritz Crackers.

6. You'll never know when the next subway train is coming.
Only a handful of stations in NYC have a countdown display so you just have to hope for the best; you could be standing on the platform forever or a train may come along in a minute - one Sunday we waited 45mins for one! It really makes you appreciate how good the London Underground actually is...

7. Sirens sound strange here.
There's lot of whoop-whooping and honk-honking.

8. You will quickly get used to the sounds of New York.
That is, the sirens & horns & car radios. However you will probably never get used to the sound of your upstairs neighbour pacing around or your next door neighbour's kids running around & shouting before 8am. And you will definitely never get used to the sound of them practising their piano early in the morning! Damn you paper thin walls & cheapskate contractors!

9. Nobody actually yells "Hey! I'm walkin' here!" at the traffic.
Just another way that Hollywood has deceived us.

10. A down jacket will be your best friend from November through to March.
New York winters are cold & there is a very good reason why everyone is wearing a duvet-esque coat! Also - snow boots (Sorels are my favourite).

Reasons to be Cheerful - January 2015

Oh deary me, is it really the 22nd already?! I have had little to no enthusiasm to blog this month - I've started a couple but they've ended up sitting unfinished in the drafts folder - but I still wanted to take stock for last month, so here goes!
  • The infamous City Bakery hot chocolate with giant marshmallow - tasty but very sickly!
  • A walk along the High Line on a cold but sunny day
  • I completed my first proper cross-stitch & had so much fun doing it!
  • The Chris Ofili: Night and Day exhibition at The New Museum - elephant poop & colour!
  • A walk around the West Village - my favourite part of Manhattan...
  • ...where we also spotted the Friends building!
  • Waffles, lots of waffles! And pancakes too!
  • Walking around Wall Street on a quiet Sunday
  • My Hello Chiqui loom arrived & I started learning to weave!
  • Our first proper snow experience - not really one for the cheerful pile but, y'know.
Read/Watched/Listened to/Saw/Visited:
  • Friends. We binge-watched a lot of Friends in January - thanks Netflix!
  • We also finally got around to watching Twin Peaks - it's weird as hell but so good!
  • And I finished re-watching Gossip Girl for the third time... xoxo!
  • Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Four Weddings & a Funeral, GreaseDirty Dancing & Notting Hill - oldies but goodies galore!
  • I finished reading The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen, Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham and I started Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger