Dear readers, I heartily apologize for being so lax on Friday and yesterday on my blog posting. The truth is, that I was sick. Well, I’m still technically battling this cold, but it at least isn’t sending me back to bed nor causing a shortage of ginger ale and Kleenex in the Astoria area. I have a tendency of pushing myself a bit too hard – especially with work – and I frankly just burned out. Plus, you know, I’m still a slight newbie to this new lifestyle of mine. With the workload (all exhilarating) and the changes (so exciting), my body I feel just said, “STOP!” Yes, I sadly admit this is somewhat of a repetitive process with me (when will I learn?), but afterwards I usually do take some time to take care of myself and get my life a bit back on track instead of only being tied to a computer screen and bouncing between events.
However I have not been sick this entire time, and have been getting to know this new neighborhood of mine! What I discovered most quickly though is one thing about this apartment. The water. Not just the water, but the water heat. I am one of those people who loves hot baths – actually scalding baths. I also heat my coffee in the microwave after I poured it into my cup. I reheat my soup multiple times in the microwave as well. It is shocking that I still have nerve endings, but that’s the truth of it. I have a timetable almost finalized as to when I can take a shower before the water turns cold. However hot baths are just impossible. The water is lukewarm at best no matter the time of day or night. Luckily this apartment is equipped with a stove and very reliable pots and pans and a tea kettle. If you’ve already assumed as much, you assume correctly. While the bath is running, I’m boiling water in a pasta pot and a tea kettle. Mixing the boiling water and lukewarm bath water actually works! Yes, I feel like I’m straddling two different time zones with this process, but at least I can still enjoy a hot bath, and even a slightly homemade one!
Speaking of water, the only time I haven’t washed dishes by hand is when I lived with my parents growing up. In every other apartment I’ve ever lived in, I washed dishes by hand and had a dish rack. This apartment actually has a dishwasher! However this is a funny aspect to this dishwasher. In order for it to work, you have to wheel it over to sink, plug it into an outlet and fit a hose and spigot onto the nozzle of the kitchen sink. It took some back and forth with the couple who I’m renting from, but in the end I figured it out!
Aside from the interesting inner-workings of my apartment, I also discovered that Astoria is a beautiful bureau for walking! Walking has always been my stress-relief, workout, and escape from the work day. I can put on my headphones and power walk for 2-3 hours at a time. I’ve been walking since I was in junior high, so it was very important for me to find some good walking paths. I am happy to report that I found several!
There are two areas that are absolutely gorgeous and offer a quick “I only have 30 minutes” walk to the “I have all day to kill” walk. The quick option walk is at Astoria Park. It’s considered the “Central Park of Astoria”, and boy is it beautiful. There is a track, walking and bike paths, tennis courts, a pool (yes, I’m coming back for that in the summer!), and great areas for picnicking or just throwing a Frisbee. I actually prefer this walking path in the evenings. It’s right on the river, and walking along the sidewalk to the lights of Manhattan across the way is a great way to unwind from the workday.
The other walking path I discovered is much more of a journey, and boy is it worth it. I walk through Socrates Sculpture Park (yes, there are sculptures there!), past the Costco and then I walk along Roosevelt Island Bridge to Roosevelt Island. Sometimes I just walk to Lighthouse Park and back, but other times when I have more time, I walk around the entire island. Again, it’s just so beautiful, it can clear any stress away.
It’s exciting getting to know the area, and I continue expanding my circle of exploration each week. We’ll see what I stumble upon next week (in perfect health of course)!