This was the post I didn’t want to write. The end-of-vacation post.
Five days ago I was all but running to my car to get to the airport. I was hot. I was tired after a long week. I was mentally and physically done with everything. Done.
This morning I feel new. I’m rested. I feel like I can see the things that are in front of my face. I’ve smiled more this weekend than I have the past month.
And I’m not ready to head back to Tampa today. I’m a different person here at Estling Lake. I’m excited, outgoing, motivated, loved, centered (if we’re getting all hippie), totally relaxed. I’m probably more fun. I’m leaving on United at 3 p.m. Who wants to slash the plane tires for me?
I can’t pick any favorite moments because I’m obsessed with them all. To name a few:
(1) A painless flight on Wednesday night that left late from Tampa but still arrived on time in Newark because the pilot “gunned it.”
(2) The most spectacular day in New York City on Friday when the weather gods showed. up. and I got to visit three friends.
(3) Three consecutive days of Jersey pizza.
(4) A Saturday morning pancake breakfast with tons of relatives and friends I haven’t seen in years.
(5) A Saturday evening Italian feast at La Cucina.
(6) Ten million cups of coffee every morning with my uncle.
(7) Walk/runs every day with no time crunch, just one foot in front of the other.
There were so many hugs. And my heart is about to explode. Here’s what you didn’t see on Instagram.
Wednesday night: Somewhere between Florida and New Jersey.
Thursday: Morning coffee on the deck. The weather was perfection.
Part of my walk/run on goes through trails in Mountain Lakes. Heaven.
Beach day, hello.
A quick grocery run to stock up on some bunny food.
Pavolo’s pizza; the best ever.
Friday: Fishs Eddy, NYC.
I could’ve spent hours in Fishs Eddy. They have everything you could ever want for your kitchen. It’s so perfect in there.
I found a farmer’s market (or it found me) in Union Square.
Walking the Highline.
My friends took me out to lunch at Aquagrill on 6th and Spring St. After walking for 4.5 hours, it was the biggest treat. To start, I got the Rosemary Citrus Sprtizer: Iced London Dry Gin, Rosemary Syrup, Hint of Green Chartreuse and Fresh Lemon Soda. ((Best decision ever. It was like drinking a flower. With lots of alcohol. An alcohol flower.))
South Street Seaport; another one of my favorite places.
I headed even further down to the water at South Street Seaport to visit another friend. We had drinks and caught up at Watermark. The views were freaking unbelievable. I’m SO JEALOUS he lives a block from here.
Facing the Watermark; the water is behind me.
The pace of NYC is my speed. It’s exciting. It’s different every day. I’m going to be there one day. Some day.
Sunday: It was raining and that only means one thing. Baking! Apple Walnut Bread happened.
Monday morning: Just a few hours left of vacation before I shove off to the airport. Big sad face. But I’ve got so many happy feelings for this past weekend. I can’t wait for another.
How was your weekend?