Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Saturday, March 12, 2011
I have mentioned before that New Yorkers love their food. They enjoy food from every corner of the world too. If it exists anywhere in the world you are able to get it here in New York. The observation I have made however is they love to combine cultures even when they eat. Just like the city itself where it’s a melting pot of cultures and beliefs. The same can be said at the dinner table. I am used to it now however at first it was a bit confusing when ordering “take out”. You select a Japanese restaurant and as well as having the traditional dishes you somehow then can get these amazing fusion dishes. They combine two foods and create a dish that is a fusion. It’s so New York.
Having young children we do tend to order on the weekends especially when we have had a energetic day. Here in Manhattan you can order food at anytime of the day. This is truly a 24hour city.
I use this website called seamless web and basically everything is done online including the tip!
It’s just way to easy to get food delivered so whenever we have had a busy day or just cannot be bothered its online I get and presto in 20 minutes dinner is served.
Tonight we change our clocks to go forward and its the beginning of the change of season. On the 20th of this month it’s officially spring. Today is a “warm” 12 degrees and the whole neighborhood takes a totally different feel. It’s just delightful as people are coming out of hibernation. It’s also lovely to actually now bump into people I know when out and about. I have made so many friends around the neighborhood including my other man "Theo". I have really made this my home and I am so happy living here.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
I have decided that I really do miss my washing machine. We don’t think about it back home however it’s not as much of a chore as it is here. Being the time management queen I am back home the washing is always being done simultaneously to other activities during the day or night. You just do it on the side so to speak. Here in Manhattan you need to plan it. We have a Laundromat across the road others have them at the bottom of their apartment blocks. I now do it when Hugo gets home so I can be kid free.
We go onto daylight saving this weekend and I am eagerly anticipating the change of season. I only know New York in winter and as amazing and somewhat challenging as it’s been I am ready for a change. At Isabel school there is now ice-cream trucks parked out the front so kids can get an ice cream after school. It’s still quite cool so I do think they are getting in a bit early. However I think after this winter New Yorkers are truly wanting spring to arrive.
My sister arrives here in 11 days and I am so looking forward to it. I am so curious to see what her first impressions will be. I wonder if the fact that she is only on a vacation will alter her first impressions to mine. I am looking forward to showing off my new city.
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Well what can I say there is definitely the feel that winter is on the way out. Thankfully we have not had any huge snow falls of late. I never thought I would find myself saying this however life is very hard with two children when the city gets a huge dump of snow. I think if you were here visiting it would not be that bad however with all the airport closures and delays you would somehow be affected.
The temperatures have been a very “warm” 7-12 degrees. I cannot believe how much I seem to have acclimatized to the cold. I actually get quite hot in temperatures that are “cold” for us back in Sydney.
I am looking forward to not having to cover up from head to toe! However today we had a -3 degree day so they say it’s not till Easter that the change then becomes a more permanent fixture. I just hope this weather keeps up as I have my sister here in almost two weeks.
Emma will be here for two weeks and we are all looking forward to it especially the girls. They are quite close to her. We do speak nearly every day on skype but I am dying to give her the “New York” experience. I have many things planned for her. I also want her to experience my life here as its very different to back home. I just love living here and it was the best decision to move over here. I cannot even imagine going home. I do miss my family I must admit but that is it. Maybe things may change over the year but we will see.