I love my apartment.
It has felt like home since the day I moved in, and although there’s still plenty to be done — who can tell me where to get an awesome area rug? — it’s coming together quickly and I love having a place that’s all my own.
Let me go back in time…to yesterday.
I started my day off by making the trek to Crunch Union Square in order to take a spinning class with my favorite instructor. I didn’t love the location and the class was intense for several reasons.
- You have to arrive an hour early to sign up and get a wristband. But you don’t reserve a specific bike, so then you have to line up outside the spinning room up to 30 minutes before class starts so you can get a “good” bike. It was stressful and I felt like I was at a nightclub. Too much for Hungover Ali to handle on a Saturday morning.
- There was serious pre-ride drama. Two chicks without wristbands tried to sneak in, so then two guys didn’t have bikes and blah blah blah, the front desk had to get involved. It was crazy. The class needed a bouncer at the door — seriously.
- The gym itself is pretty small. I didn’t love it.
However, the class was worth waking up for. The instructor is awesome and so motivating. I swear he lives in my brain and always knows exactly what to say to keep my legs moving. I was able to do some strength training and stretching before class, too. Solid way to start the weekend.
Then my parents arrived!
Yesterday was filled with apartment stuff including getting organized, fixing up the kitchen, hanging curtains and building things. It also included an intense trip to Bed Bath & Beyond.
Good thing we had five coupons.
And good thing I had my parents with me. They knew what I should buy. I was pretty much clueless.
We spent the rest of the day making everything pretty, then got dinner at Vespa, a delicious Italian spot on the Upper East Side.
This morning — after having slept on a very uncomfortable and squeaky air mattress — I was up with the sun to get in a 3-mile run before we went back to work on the apartment.
It was so nice out!
So without further ado, welcome to my home! Let me take you on a tour…
And there it is: my new happy place. I’ve got my first load of laundry here going as we speak — it’s only $1.00 per load! — and I’m excited about all of my new purchases.
Now who wants to come over and sit on my bar stools?
On an unrelated note, good luck to all the Boston Marathoners who are going to be superstars tomorrow! I’m inspired, envious and wishing each of you an amazing run. Don’t forget to smile at the start, at the finish and for all 26.2 miles in between!