My Weekend: A Reprieve In Connecticut

Somehow, this summer, New York became normal.

I have the same habits, I frequent the same cafes, I have favorite restaurants that I'll go to without searching for new culinary adventures.

I sit in the same parks, on the same lawn, next to the same rock, looking at the same turtles.

I see some of the same people on my commute every morning.  Sleepovers that used to be novel have gradually become more familiar (though I'm not saying that's a bad thing).

I found out that my apartment has roaches and I have stopped eating out at local restaurants and delis in favor of the quick and nostalgic chains like Panera.  I even craved McDonald's yesterday.

Seeing concerts has become routine, and I've lost any qualms about leaving early if I"m tired (and I usually am).

It's harder to explore and be excited about a place that seems so familiar.

So this weekend was a reprieve from the norm.  I went away, and came back only to fall in love with this city all over again.  To see New York as an exciting and wonderfully magic conglomeration of people and places, rather than just somewhere to live and work.

This weekend was an absolute blast.  I took early trains, ate a home-grilled hamburger, went tubing in the Long Island Sound, got to pet a golden retriever puppy named Charlotte, and hopefully gained some arm muscles from lengthy kayak rides. To barbecue and swim and be with friends whom I've too rarely seen this summer, despite our close proximity, was unbelievable.

I didn't even have time to take pictures.  I didn't care.  Except this amazing photo of the dessert sculpture Chayenne and I made.

And now it's back to work.


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I'm Madysen, born and raised in Nebraska but now living out my dreams in New York City. I moved here to go to Columbia, but living in New York has become so much more to me. This blog is a space where I can share my experiences of reconciling my midwestern upbringing with the life I live in the city. But even bigger than that, this blog serves as a space where I can try to understand where I fit into the larger social world, where I want to go in life, and how I want to go about pursuing all of these endeavors.

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