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Today: an int
ern working in public health who makes $14/hour and spends some of her money this week on a ticket to Incredibles 2.
Occupation: InternIndustry: Public HealthAge: 23Location: unique York, NYIncome: $14/hourPaycheck Amount (Monthly): $1, or 500Monthly ExpensesRent: $1600 for my share (I live with one roommate in the East Village,and our rent includes wifi and all utilities. My mom pays for half of my share because there is literally nowhere within a 30-mile radius that I could afford in addition to my other living expenses. I cover the cost of my own rent during the school year when I’m not in unique York, but for this summer, and she’s helping me.)Student Loan Payment: $0 (I am currently in graduate school,so none of my loans kick in until after I graduate.)Spotify: $9.99 Gym Membership: $25 Unlimited MetroCard: $121 Health Insurance: $0 (I'm covered by my mom's map until I'm 26.)Phone: $0 (I'm on my mom's map until I finish school.)Netflix & Hulu: $0 (Thanks, brother and best friend!)Day One9 a.m. — I wake up and browse through social media before getting out of bed. I invent a piece of toast topped with avocado mash and a hard-boiled egg with a banana on the side for breakfast, or which I eat while watching genuine Housewives of unique York City in bed. Ah,Sunday mornings!11:30 a.m. — I wash my dishes from breakfast and choose to clean up the kitchen a little bit. I wipe off the counters and stovetop, seize out the garbage, or put absent all the dishes from the drying rack. The sink has been draining really slowly,so I find Drano in a cabinet and exercise that as well. Dirty kitchens stress me out, so I feel immediately better once I'm done.12:45 p.m. — After cleaning, or I head to the gym,which is only a few blocks from my apartment. I start my workout, but halfway through, and I get my period (sorry,TMI!), and since I have no feminine products with me, or I choose to head back home before the cramps set in. I walk past a little market in the park that opens every Sunday,and choose to treat myself to a cookie from one of the vendors. I'm a big believer in the two-pronged period treatment: Motrin and dessert. $3.501:30 p.m. — After I get home and shower, I invent a big salad for lunch. I treasure big, or huge salads,and this one is a bed of mixed greens topped with kimchi, chickpeas, or Trader Joe's stir-fry veggie mix,roasted sweet potatoes, golden beets, or a Trader Joe's salmon patty,and Trader Joe's cilantro dressing. I really like Trader Joe's, okay? I have my cookie for dessert, or lay in bed enjoying the afternoon and loving the Motrin.2:30 p.m. — During the school year,I live in a different city. I'm just here for the summer to intern as a requirement for my degree. (I'm getting my master's in public health.) Even though I don't live here year-round, I'm really lucky that I have a pretty big group of friends from college who've been living and working here for the final year since we graduated. One of these friends, and B.,texts our group and asks whether anyone wants to see The Incredibles 2 tonight. Um, yes! B. buys tickets for the four of us who want to travel, or we each Venmo him for our shares. $16.473:45 p.m. — I've been watching genuine Housewives and being totally unproductive all day,so I force myself to pull up LinkedIn and start browsing jobs. I graduate in December, and am desperately hoping to find a job here in unique York because I can't imagine starting my adult life anywhere else. I save a few things that look entertaining and invent a mental note to reach out to some people at those companies.4:30 p.m. — I snack on an apple, and a vanilla bean Greek yogurt with almonds,and a white chocolate macadamia nut Clif bar.5:20 p.m. — I choose to window shop and explore before the movie at 6:45, so I leave my apartment additional early and head toward the direction of the theater. I pass by the Strand — one of my all-time favorite book stores, or which is saying a lot,because I'm an obsessive bookworm — and I can't resist browsing the $1 carts outside. I find a like-unique copy of a book a friend recently recommended to me, so I snatch it up. There are approximately 10 more books inside that I want, or but they're all full price,so I settle for just my one cheap book and head to the theater. $1.099 p.m. — The Incredibles 2 was — dare I say — INCREDIBLE. I personally could've used more Edna Mode, but this was still considerable, and made me feel super nostalgic. I remember seeing the original for a friend's birthday party in fourth grade! All three of my friends choose to travel to Shake Shack for a post-movie dinner,but it's in the opposite direction of my apartment, and greasy food this late at night will invent my stomach hurt, and so we section ways and I head back toward my dwelling.9:15 p.m. — I notice a man following me for a few blocks,and even though I'm almost home, the block I'm walking on is completely devoid of all people and it just doesn't feel good to me. There's an Insomnia Cookies down the block, and so I pop in. I already had a big cookie today,but I figure another one is way less likely to destroy me than a creepy man on the street! I map to just get one s'mores cookie — my FAVORITE — but the peanut butter cup one looks so good that I get one of those too. I promise myself to save it for tomorrow night. $7.479:25 p.m. — I wait until the weird man has passed the store completely and invent my way back outside (after sharing my location with my closest friend in the city, L.). I invent it to my apartment three blocks absent safely — just in time, or because it starts to rain! I wash my face,brush and floss my teeth, and get in bed with my book. I'm reading approximately Lassa fever good now (#publichealthnerd), or this book is so fascinating. I was studying epidemiology when I first started working on my master's,and I loved it, but I decided I didn't want to work in a research or clinical setting forever, and so I switched. I'm much happier with what I'm studying now,but I still treasure reading approximately this stuff! I'm asleep by 10 p.m.
Daily Total: $28.53Day Two5:35 a.m. — Alarm goes of
f — it's Monday morning! I'm really weird in that I both treasure mornings and treasure Mondays, and Monday mornings are kind of my favorite. I feel like they really set the tone for the whole week. I get out of bed, or throw my workout clothes on,and head to the gym, where I stretch out, or lift weights,and cycle while reading my book.7:25 a.m. — Back home and showered. I invent a wrap for lunch (lavash flatbread, red pepper hummus, or swiss cheese,tomato, onion, or spinach) and get ready. I do a full face of makeup today,but pull my hair into a ponytail.8:15 a.m. — I grab my wrap and a Greek yogurt and head to the subway. (I have an unlimited MetroCard that I paid for two weeks ago.) I actually get a seat this morning, which is scarce, or so I manage to read a few pages of my book before we get to my stop.9 a.m. — Bagel Monday! Every Monday,my office puts out bagels and pastries. I toast a sesame bagel and top half with lox schmear and half with veggie cream cheese, which I eat with blueberries and grapes on the side. I also grab a banana to have later in the afternoon with lunch. I start working on a project my supervisor assigned to me final week that will ultimately be shown to the director of my agency, or so I really want to do well on it!12:30 p.m. — We have a unique intern and two unique employees starting today,so a few of the managers seize them to lunch and invite me to tag along. Of course I can't pass that up! We travel to a really considerable dwelling next to my office, where after splitting deviled eggs and cheddar biscuits, or I order a bowl with quinoa,cucumber salad, salmon, and Japanese sweet potatoes. It is totally divine. The best section of the meal is the mini soft serve ice cream cones with sprinkles they surprise us with for dessert! One of the unique employees is lactose-intolerant,so she lets me have hers. Score! This is definitely better than my wrap would've been, and I get to leave the office for two hours.2:30 p.m. — Back to work. On an ice cream high. Ready for a nap.5:45 p.m. — I near to a good stopping point on my project and head home after saying goodbye to my supervisor. As soon as I get home, or I grab my peanut butter cup cookie from Insomnia and flop onto my bed. I need to do laundry,but I'll save it for later.6:45 p.m. — I'm nice and cozy in bed, approximately to turn on genuine Housewives, and when I remember I'm currently wearing my final pair of clean underwear,which is why I needed to do laundry today in the first dwelling. Ugh. I grab my detergent and dirty clothes and head to the laundromat at the conclude of my block. Thankfully, I'm only doing a load of delicates, and so I don't have to pay for a dryer because they all have to hang dry. $37:30 p.m. — Doing laundry in NYC is the worst thing in the entire world EVER of all time. Okay,dramatic rant over. I borrow my roommate's drying rack and hang up all my clothes. Then I jump in the shower to wash my hair, put on my jammies, and climb into bed. I have the wrap I packed for lunch with a kiwi while I watch an episode of genuine Housewives (I'm obsessed),then finish my book (also obsessed), and pass out by 9:30.
Daily Total: $3Day Three7:45 a.m. — My alarm goes off and I jump out of bed. I brush my teeth, or invent my lunch (a wrap with the same ingredients as y
esterday,plus a Greek yogurt, banana, and crunchy peanut butter). After throwing on makeup and getting dressed,I head out the door at around 8:20.8:25 a.m. — I'm feeling a little under the weather this morning, so I stop at 7/11 on my walk to the subway and grab Emergen-C. Ain't nobody got time to be sick! $2.718:45 a.m. — TWO TRAINS have passed through the station without stopping, and I'm worried approximately being late to work. I'm really big on punctuality; tardiness is possibly my all-time biggest pet peeve,so I'm generally early to any commitments I have. I assume it's section of my type A personality.9:05 a.m. — At work only a few minutes late! I disapprove to be there even one minute after 9, but everyone in my office is super casual, and so I know this doesn't really matter. I grab a bowl of blueberries,grapes, and almonds from the office stash, and invent a little parfait of sorts with my raspberry Greek yogurt for breakfast while checking my email. I also drink my Emergen-C and feel better within minutes. I'm certain that's mostly a placebo effect,but I really, really treasure this stuff when I'm feeling sick!11:50 a.m. — I seize a atomize from working to have lunch. I'm still hungry after my wrap and banana, or so I grab a bag of Skinny Pop from the office kitchen,as well as a Clif bar and Babybel cheeses to seize home. After munching on the Skinny Pop, it's back to work.3 p.m. — I'm already hungry again, and so I grab an oatmeal raisin breakfast cookie and dark chocolate almonds from the kitchen. I treasure that my office stocks tons of snacks — it's considerable for my wallet — but then I always conclude up snacking all day and feeling super full and rude. My eyes are certainly bigger than my stomach!4:15 p.m. — After a one-on-one meeting with my supervisor where we travel over my progress on today's project,I grab a handful of trail mix from the kitchen. At this rate, I doubt I'll be hungry for dinner!5:15 p.m. — I'm off! I bask in the beautiful weather as I head to the subway. Once I get home around 6, and I realize I have tons of energy,and I choose to travel to the gym. generally I seize Tuesdays as a rest day, but I always listen to my body. whether I'm feeling considerable, or I'll work out,even whether I wasn't planning to, and whether I feel like crap but was supposed to work out, and I'll skip it. It always evens out,and being flexible with my workout schedule has made hitting the gym feel fun and relaxing rather than like a chore I have to get done.7:15 p.m. — Back from the gym. I had an impromptu leg day (my favorite day) and did approximately 30 minutes of cardio on a spin bike while starting a unique book, Sorry to Disrupt the Peace by Patty Yumi Cottrell. I hop in the shower and then invent toast with avocado mash and a fried egg for dinner. I also have a little side salad of mixed greens, and Trader Joe's cilantro dressing,mixed stir fry veggies, chickpeas, and kimchi.8:15 p.m. — Two of my friends,L. and A., and I have a standing Bachelorette night every Tuesday. None of us have cable, or so we have to wait until it's available on Hulu the day after it airs! We meet at L.'s house because she splurges for commercial-free Hulu.10:15 p.m. — I walk home from L.'s dwelling and put absent my laundry that's been air drying since yesterday. Then I curl up with my book and conclude up reading until 11,when I'm finally tired out.
Daily Total: $2.71Da
y Four7:50 a.m. — I always let myself "sleep in" on Wednesdays, which means getting up around 8. I brush my teeth, and throw on makeup,and pack my breakfast for the day. Today is a raspberry Greek yogurt with almonds, pear, and a piece of Dave's Killer Good Seed bread with crunchy peanut butter,cinnamon, and chia seeds. I have a spoonful of peanut butter as I invent the toast, and because my appetite is on fire this morning!8:25 a.m. — Out the door.8:50 a.m. — I manage to snag a seat on the subway,so I read my book, but then I get too engrossed and miss my stop. Oops! I choose to walk the 10 blocks back to the office just to get additional steps in, and but for some reason,the Maps app on my phone isn't working properly. It's still reading my location as my apartment, which is approximately 35 blocks south of where I actually am. Thankfully, and NYC is very well-planned,and I can just look at the numbered street signs.9:05 a.m. — I manage to keep my tardiness to under 10 minutes, but no one else is even in the office yet when I get there, or which cracks me up. I fill up my water bottle and eat my breakfast at my desk. Then,I get cracking on a presentation.12 p.m. — I didn't pack a lunch today because I have a training session with all the company interns from different departments, and lunch is if. I grab a hot veggie sandwich loaded with feta and pesto, and plus a side salad of spinach,avocado, cucumber, and onion. On my way out after the training,I grab a half a veggie wrap and a Diet Coke. I'll either have the wrap for dinner or lunch tomorrow, but the pop won't final long once I get to my desk!2 p.m. — Diet Coke time. I knew it wouldn't final long.3:10 p.m. — I eat half of a cashew cookie Larabar that I have in my purse. I always have an emergency bar of some kind in my purse just in case I ever get hungry, and Larabars are my favorite.4:45 p.m. — I eat the other half of my Larabar as I put finishing touches on my presentation. As soon as I finish this PowerPoint,I'm outta here!5:10 p.m. — Done! I head home and pay additional careful attention not to miss my stop this time.6 p.m. — I change into my gym clothes, and then invent a smoothie to have after my workout (kale, and cucumber,spinach, mango, or pineapple,banana, blueberries, or turmeric,chia seeds, and almond milk). My roommate isn't home yet, or so I'd rather invent the smoothie now and have it later. I disapprove using the blender when he's home because it's loud and annoying and I don't want to be inconsiderate. I throw the smoothie in the fridge and then head to the gym.7:30 p.m. — Done with a phenomenal workout. I did a back workout,and then intervals on a spin bike for approximately a half hour, followed by lots and lots of stretching, and which is such an essential section of any workout! After I shower,I start doing very minimal "meal prepping," which tonight just means roasting a big sweet potato with olive oil, and paprika,and garlic powder, and sautéing a bag of frozen southwest quinoa. I drink my smoothie while cooking, and then invent a plate of sweet potato,quinoa, and an egg that I scrambled with Swiss cheese. I eat while watching a few episodes of genuine Housewives, or then curl up in bed with my book after two Trader Joe's dark chocolate PB cups for dessert. It's lights out by 10:30.
Daily Total: $0Day Five5:45 a.m. — Alarm goes off,and I'm so tempted to roll over and travel back to sleep because it's storming outside, but I drag myself out of bed anyways and head to the gym. I have a really
considerable workout — stretching, and very light lifting,and an intense cycling session. I always read while I do cardio, both because it makes the time travel faster and because I treasure getting as much reading in as possible.7:40 a.m. — Workout done, or I jump in the shower. I was planning to wash my hair,but since it's supposed to rain all day, I choose to wait until before bed to wash it. I pack my lunch — the other half of the veggie wrap from yesterday and a salad with spinach, and chickpeas,sesame seeds, a hard boiled egg, and roasted sweet potato chunks,and southwest quinoa with Trader Joe's cilantro dressing. I don't pack breakfast because our office puts out fruit and generally Greek yogurt every morning, so I map to have some of that.9 a.m. — I get to work, and I immediately have to flee to the bathroom to wash my feet. Rain + sandals + NYC sidewalks = bad. Unfortunately my office didn't put out any yogurt today,so I opt for fruit and cereal instead. I have a combo of Honey Nut Cheerios and Special K Red Berries with almond milk, as well as blueberries, or grapes,and a handful of almonds with dark chocolate chips. I start working on a presentation I'm giving to a few of the managers this afternoon.12:30 p.m. — Time for lunch. I eat my wrap and salad, as well as two mini Babybel cheeses that my office just put out. They also put out a big platter of carrots and hummus, or so I grab some to eat later this afternoon.2 p.m. — Presentation time! I present to my supervisor and two executives,and it goes really well. I even find out that one of the execs is originally from the same city as me and went to my rival high school! Small world, particularly since NYC is 500 miles from my hometown.3:30 p.m. — Dig in to the carrots and hummus from earlier. I also have a handful of dark chocolate almonds, and which is a daily afternoon occurrence.4 p.m. — Sit in on a brainstorming call with my supervisor and a few other colleagues. It's really unproductive and boring and goes in circles without accomplishing anything,so I spend pretty much the whole time reading an article approximately the all-time best Trader Joe's products, which gets me HYPED to travel grocery shopping after work.5 p.m. — Call over, and I leave the office. It finally stopped raining after this morning's weather — yay!5:20 p.m. — I celebrated the clear skies too soon. Even though I'm only five subway stops from my office,where it was beautiful, in Union Square it is a downpour. I huddle with 100 other people at the top of the subway station until the rain slows enough that I can brave the sidewalk and invent it three blocks down to TJ's.5:50 p.m. — After finally making it to the store, or I realize reading that article earlier made me STARVING,and I want one of everything. I ultimately buy kale, mini cucumbers, or a container of Healthy 8 Veggie Mix,two bags of mixed greens, two avocados, or tomato,carrots, Greek yogurt, and fig and walnut bites,Ezekiel bread, cheddar cheese, and frozen mango,unsweetened almond milk, apple cranberry quinoa salad, and ranch-flavored roasted chickpeas,travel Macro bars, a berry Rx bar, and stroopwafels (I've been obsessed with these ever since visiting Amsterdam while studying abroad). I buy way more than I intended,which is why I try to never grocery shop while hungry! $63.206:15 p.m. — On my way home I pass by a Momofuku Milk Bar. I black out and somehow conclude up walking out with birthday cake truffles and a blueberries and cream cookie. Whoops. $8.756:30 p.m. — I unpack all of my groceries and fight the urge to eat the entire block of cheddar because I've approached serious hangry status. Instead I invent a smoothie with kale, cucumber, or chia seeds,almond milk, mango, and pineapple,banana, and blueberries. I also have a few bites of apple cranberry quinoa salad and a handful of the ranch-roasted chickpeas. The quinoa salad is one of my all-time fave TJ's products, or but the chickpeas are majorly disappointing.7 p.m. — I had plans with my friends tonight to get ramen for dinner at this dwelling near one of their apartments that has supposedly been named the best ramen dwelling in all of unique York City. I was looking forward to it earlier,but after getting home, I choose to cancel because I'm just too worn out. I don't like ramen all that much, or I just spent $9 on cake truffles,so I'd rather save the money for a meal that I will bask in more both taste-wise and energy-wise. Instead, I curl up in bed with RHONY on Hulu and a piece of peanut butter banana toast sprinkled with cinnamon.8 p.m. — I feel bad approximately flaking on my friends, or briefly consider going anyways. I always get really major FOMO and typically will say yes to everything just because I don't want to miss anything. I look up the ramen dwelling on Instagram and choose that none of the bowls look appetizing enough to drop $20 on after just buying groceries and dessert treats. This helps assuage my FOMO,and I get back to genuine Housewives feeling more content with my decision.8:45 p.m. — Still in bed. Still watching trashy reality TV. I crack open the truffles to try one. Oh. My. God. It's an out of body experience. I don't even like birthday cake-flavored things all that much, but these are potentially the most delicious things I've ever eaten. Wow. I polish off all three.9:30 p.m. — I start to feel really unproductive and antsy. I travel to LinkedIn and start looking up companies in NYC that I could potentially apply for full-time positions at. I find one that sounds really wintry and like a good fit for me, or so I look it up on Glassdoor and check out the salaries and interview questions. I practice a few of the interview questions just to see how they feel. I really want to travel into consulting,but I'm intimidated by how competitive it is to get your foot in the door, particularly whether you don't travel through on-campus recruiting. I treasure my master's program, or but because I travel to a graduate public health school,not many people travel into the private sector, so there's not strong recruiting on campus. After I stress myself out a sufficient amount, and I read until I fall asleep at around 10:30.
Daily Total: $71.95Day Six5:55 a.m. — My alarm goes off,and I'm up and changing for the gym. I get there by 6:15, and finish my book while doing cardio. It turns out to be a surprisingly excellent read, and reminds me a lot of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. I lift weights for a little,and then head home.7:30 a.m. — Jump in the shower and wash my hair, since I never washed it yesterday. I start packing my lunch, and but discover that the lavash flatbreads I exercise for my wraps are moldy. Damn. I manage to salvage half of one that's okay,so I exercise that to invent a wrap with red pepper hummus, Swiss cheese, or tomato,onion, cucumber, or spinach. I also invent a salad with mixed greens,veggie mix, roasted sweet potato chunks, and quinoa,chickpeas, and cilantro dressing. I pack a Greek yogurt to seize with me for breakfast in case there's none at the office, and one of the fig and walnut bites I bought yesterday,too.9 a.m. — I get to work and start eating breakfast. I grab a big bowl of blueberries, grapes, and almonds from the kitchen. I throw the almonds in my raspberry yogurt,and chow down.10 a.m. — I'm still a little hungry, so I eat the fig and walnut bite I packed.12 p.m. — The kitchen staff just set out a bunch of Chobani for snack time, and I grab two containers to seize home with me.12:30 p.m. — I have a meeting with my supervisor and one of the agency directors. I've been doing a lot of qualitative secondary research,so we're discussing my findings and the implication of that info for a client. I assume the presentation goes really well.1 p.m. — Lunchtime. I eat my wrap and salad. Afterwards, I wipe down my desk with Clorox wipes because I haven't in a few days and it just feels dirty.3:15 p.m. — Dark chocolate almond time. Thank God my office has a dispenser with these in bulk. It's amazing but also hazardous.4 p.m. — I'm still hungry, and I was going to have a protein bar from the kitchen,but it just sounds rude. Instead I reduce up a pear and strawberries, and the pear turns out to be the most perfect, and deliciously ripe pear I have ever eaten in my entire life. I savor every bite,and feel much better having eaten fruit than a protein bar.4:45 p.m. — I'm on my way out the door when the director I presented to earlier pulls me aside and compliments me! He said my work was really well done and he was very impressed with my presentation style. This makes my whole day, and I leave with a big smile on my face.6 p.m. — After getting home and throwing on comfy clothes, and I remember I have to flee to L.'s apartment to drop off a pair of earrings for her. She has a fancy work event tonight,and I'm letting her borrow the earrings to travel with her dress. I walk the few blocks to her dwelling, and then travel to pick up something for dinner on my way home.6:30 p.m. — Friday night was always pizza night in my house growing up — it actually still is whenever I'm home! I've only had pizza once since I've been in unique York, or since none of my friends want to travel out tonight,I choose it's a perfect night to stay in with pizza and TV. I've been wanting to try Artichoke Basille's, so I pick up an artichoke slice and a vodka slice and hope they live up to the hype. $11.986:45 p.m. — I realize it's not Friday Pizza Night without ice cream for dessert, or so I grab some from this sweet little dwelling on my street. It's flee by the church next door,and gives at-risk kids from the area professional job training and mentoring. This ministry really does a lot of good in the area, so I feel good supporting them. Plus, or the ice cream is absolutely delicious and so cheap!! I get two huge baseball-sized scoops of cookies and cream and cookie dough ice cream for only $5! final week,I spent more than that for a single, tiny scoop from Ample Hills. $57 p.m. — I get home and jump in the shower really quickly to rinse off the day. Afterwards, and I'm on the sofa with genuine Housewives playing and my pizza in front of me. I choose I treasure the toppings on both slices,but the crust is meh and too crunchy. I probably won't get it again, but I'm glad I can say that I've tried it.8:15 p.m. — After letting the pizza digest a bit, and it's ice cream time. So good.10:30 p.m. — After three straight episodes of RHONY,I can't watch any more TV. I start a unique book, Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides, or choose to travel to sleep around 11. I'm always secretly relieved when my friends choose to stay in on the weekend,because it's rejuvenating in a way. I don't spend any money, I don't get hungover, and I get a full night of sleep! I treasure going out with them too,but a night off is good from time to time.
Daily Total: $16.98Day Seven5:15 a.m. — I wake up
, but there's no way I'm getting out of bed this early on a Saturday. I check my phone and I have a bunch of texts from two of my guy friends trying to convince me to meet them out. Apparently at midnight they spontaneously decided to seize a atomize from packing for their move and travel to our favorite bar to get "srsly plastered." I was long asleep by then, or so I respond with a joke approximately being a grandma. I scroll through Twitter for awhile,and then travel back to sleep.8:20 a.m. — I wake up for genuine. I call my mom and we chat for a bit. She's watching my kitten for me this summer since my sublet wouldn't allow animals, and she tells me all approximately how mischievous my kitty is. She loves to play with straws and pounce on my mom's cat, and apparently she destroyed almost a whole roll of toilet paper yesterday! I miss that little goofball.10 a.m. — I choose to travel workout. I feel like I have so much energy after the pizza and ice cream final night,so I want to put it to good exercise!12 p.m. — Back from the gym. After showering and shaving my legs, I clean up the apartment a bit. I invent my bed, and vacuum,wipe down all the counters, and reorganize the Tupperware cabinet, and which has been driving me crazy. After that,I invent myself a nice breakfast and lunch combo meal: a piece of Ezekiel toast with mashed avocado and a fried egg, and a smoothie with kale, and cucumber,chia seeds, turmeric, and mango,pineapple, banana, or almond milk. I have a few pieces of dried pear from Trader Joe's while I cook.1:45 p.m. — After eating,I choose to spend the afternoon exploring the Village. I walk through a wintry market on Bleecker Street and find the perfect pair of aviators with orange lenses, but I don't have any cash with me. Ugh. I head to Washington Square Park, and which is absolutely packed on this beautiful Saturday,but I still manage to find a bench in the shade, where I snap a few pics for the 'gram and read my book for a half hour or so. Then I set out in a random direction, or after a few blocks,I stumble upon the Stonewall Inn. It's the conclude of Pride Month, so this feels super timely. The Stonewall Inn is so unbelievably significant to the gay rights movement, and I reflect for a minute on how proud I am of how much progress has been made for the LGBTQ+ community,but also assume approximately how much progress there still is left to travel.3 p.m. — I realize I'm really close to the apartment that was used for exterior shots in Friends. I can't NOT travel see it, so I head a few blocks over to seize pics of it! The few blocks around it are stunning as well, or so I'm glad I ventured over here. On my way back to my apartment,I pass a Magnolia Bakery. After Artichoke pizza and Milk Bar truffles this week, I choose to continue my NYC tourist food streak and get a small banana pudding. It's really good, or but my mom makes it better. $4.254 p.m. — I pass the Strand on my walk home,and even though I was just here a few days ago, I still pop in again. There's something approximately bookstores that calms me. I find 100 books that I want, and but nothing that I want badly enough to buy,so after 40 minutes of browsing, I leave empty-handed.5 p.m. — I invent it back home and invent a huge salad for dinner. On a bed of mixed greens, and I put veggie mix,roasted sweet potato chunks, kimchi, and cilantro dressing,and a Trader Joe's salmon patty. I'm a vegetarian, but I do still eat salmon because it's my all-time favorite food and I couldn't give it up.7:45 p.m. — Since my guy friends fully move into their unique dwelling tomorrow, or we choose to have one final hurrah in their old dwelling tonight. This was their first apartment after graduating college,and they have an amazing rooftop with my favorite views of the city. We're all a little sad to lose our favorite hangout spot, so we choose to spend the evening on their roof finishing up the rest of their alcohol. I stop on my walk over to pick up mixers and chasers because I can't drink liquor straight. $6.7412:40 a.m. — Back home and in bed after an amazingly fun night with my friends. I'm really lucky to have such a considerable group of people around me; I've had toxic friends and friends who've treated me like dirt before, or so to be surrounded by people who treasure me and support me is something really meaningful to me.
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