Life in the Big Apple

As you may have gathered from my post title, I am writing this from NEW YORK CITY.

I did it!

I know, I know. I’ve been saying for YEARS that I’d move to NYC, but I’m not sure how many people thought I was actually serious. (I’m actually not sure how serious I was at some points.)

But I decided after grad school it was time to take the plunge. So I sold all my furniture and my car and got some roommates and moved to Brooklyn.

And it already feels like home. I love this city.

But I’ve been playing a game with myself. Kind of keeping a mental tally of things to check off that are quintessential New York.

  1. I’ve seen rats on the subway
  2. I’ve seen clearly DISEASED rats on the subway (nothing like a good ol’ flesh disease to brighten your commute)
  3. I’ve accidentally missed my stop because I was too involved in my book
  4. I’ve had to plan an alternate route home because there was construction on my line
  5. I’ve run into someone I knew in NYC (seriously, how cool is that? NYC is huge!)
  6. I’ve eaten some NYC favs: Momofuku, Junior’s, Shake Shack, Roberta’s…
  7. I’ve spent hours roaming Central Park
  8. I’ve successfully given directions on how to transfer to another line on the metro
  9. I’ve seen multiple film productions on the street/metro
  10. I’ve had a shared connection with a complete stranger on the metro

But I’m excited for this new venture and all the changes it will bring. There’s so much to explore. And, of course, I’ll be updating here with my adventures and misadventures.

View from Brooklyn Bridge Park of the Manhattan Skyline

Word of the Day: Pharisaic Writing Prompt [1]

I love words. When I graduated from high school I received an unabridged dictionary as a gift and I was absolutely ecstatic. (Yeah, I know I’m a nerd, okay?)

Anyway, I have the mobile app for and I love how they send me the Word of the Day and I wanted to find some way to incorporate it into my daily life. So I thought it’d be cool to do a 100 word writing prompt with the WOTD. That way maybe it would stay in my head and I’d also be doing some writing.

So, without further ado, my latest addition to the blog: WOTD Writing Prompt!

Julie May couldn’t help but wonder if her neighbors invited her to church because they feared for her wayward soul, or if they were simply observing a strict set of pharisaic principles. Being a rambunctious 12 year old had its perks, but even Julie May wasn’t sure if her usual inquisitive nature could handle asking religious questions of Mrs. Matthews. For months she avoided her neighbors until one day little Jimmy Matthews let it slip that the reason Ma invited Julie was because she thought Julie didn’t get enough food at home and their church always served a picnic lunch afterwards.


\ far-uh-SEY-ik \  , adjective;

1. Practicing or advocating strict observance of external forms and ceremonies of religion or conduct without regard to the spirit; self-righteous; hypocritical.

2. Of or pertaining to the Pharisees.

That awkward first post…

I’m not sure why, but first posts kind of stress me out. It’s probably because I feel like the first post has to set the tone for everything I want to accomplish in my blog. And that’s a lot to handle.

So I usually freak out and write several drafts before giving up and writing something short. And this post is already following that format…drat.

But here’s a list of things I’ll probably write about in my blog’s future.

  1. Writing
  2. Photography
  3. Rants
  4. People watching
  5. Eavesdropping
  6. Poetry
  7. The publishing industry
  8. Food
  9. Family
  11. Writing how-to articles

Also, some magnet fridge poetry? Yeah, probably.

Thanks for checking out my blog! Here’s to many more posts!