In late October of last year, I ventured off to New York City to visit with my dear friends Rena and Tori and see the Big Apple for the first time. I had a wonderful visit; we tried lots of different kinds of food (Gorgonzola bread – yum!) , visited many parks and famous sites and had a “bagel-off” between Rena and Tori’s favorite bagel places. It was supposed to be a short trip, from Friday to Monday, but instead turned into a longer trip with the arrival of Superstorm Sandy, the cancellation of my flight out on Monday and an almost complete shutdown of New York City itself (no trains or buses!). My beloved friend Rena, and her dog Aussie, graciously hosted me for four extra days (Rena is so awesome she gave me her bed and she slept on the couch for the entire time), two days of which we were stuck in her apartment watching Michael Bloomberg and his awesome sign language translator, while he stumbled over his Spanish (best part of the hurricane news coverage!). After four extra days, four cancelled flights and having to switch airports, I finally returned home on Thursday, November 1st.
My friend Laura was originally supposed to go with me on my October trip, but with the impending possibility of Sandy, changed her flight to another weekend in May. We missed her, but after my flights were cancelled and we sat out a hurricane, I saw her logic! I have no regrets of going – it was a grand time and now I can say I have been in New York City for a hurricane.
In April, Laura proposed that I go back to New York City with her on her rescheduled flights in May. It turned out to be the weekend of my birthday, and seemed a perfect opportunity to visit the City again and not get stuck in a hurricane. This time the sun was shining, the trees were blooming, and the trains were all running!
We had a great time trying out dark chocolate covered bacon at the Baconery (good, but not worth going back for), Big Gay Ice Cream, Five Napkin Burgers, Smorgasburg, and walked a lot! (I’m such a non-New Yorker – I got three blisters over the weekend and was so glad to get back to my car!) We walked across the Brooklyn Bridge, walked through Highline Park, saw the windows at Tiffany’s and Bergdorf Goodman’s, and I did several good jaunts through Central Park as well. Whew! I think all of us were tired after such a busy weekend!
Three days after I returned from New York I had an interview with Mike’s boss, the VP of Engineering at his employer, to discuss a part-time, summer position. Mike and I decided a few weeks ago that the kids are old enough that it might be good to try me going back to work part-time, while they try out day care. The “interview” went great, mostly because it wasn’t an interview, but just an overview of the job that he was offering to me for the summer. I’ll work three full days, with the possibility of adding another half day or full day if necessary. I start next week and the position will last until the end of August.
Since then it has been a scramble for me to find a day care for the kids that I am comfortable with and that we can afford. The pay for the position is small and with the cost of the day care that I chose (which is cheaper because they don’t provide meals or do field trips), we estimate that I will pull down about $150 a week after taxes. It’s not much, but it’s contributing to the household income and getting me back to the workforce, which I haven’t been in for 5 years. I’m crossing my fingers that it all goes well! I’ll keep you updated…