Hungry for a Really Big Apple

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

That quote has been attributed to Mark Twain, though perhaps incorrectly. H. Jackson Brown was the first to publish the maxim, and that was in 1990. Whomever the author, it’s a fabulous way to think about life and all its twists and turns.

Our latest twist and turn is this: My husband has been offered a job in Manhattan, and he took it, so WE’RE MOVING TO NEW YORK! We just got settled here in Vancouver and are sad to be leaving so soon, but we also see this as a most fantastic opportunity that we just can’t pass up. Twenty years from now, we will be glad we set sail, so to speak.

We are grateful to our friends and families who will be putting up with us being far away yet again. At least we’re not nearly as far away as we were while living in Bangkok, and the time difference between the coasts is only three hours! My little sister is happy, though, because she’s on the East Coast too. Though a good 11 or 12-hour drive away, we’re so excited to be living closer to each other than we have in years.

Personally, I am looking forward to exploring a part of my home country that I have only seen glimpses of and living in such a fascinating and historical city. I will also be thrilled to have American Netflix back (seriously, Canada, you have no idea what you’re missing), a Trader Joe’s a mile away (10 minutes by Subway; I checked), and oh yeah — the ability to work!

As an American, I haven’t been able to work here in Vancouver, so I look forward to transforming Sean and me from SINKs (single income, no kids) to DINKs (double income, no kids), which is much preferred. I’ll be looking for teaching (both elementary school and yoga) and other education-related jobs ASAP.

I am also excited about music, art, and theater; we’re going to need an entertainment budget. And a food budget of course, because I’ll want to sample at least a few of Manhattan’s 20,000 restaurants.

There is much to do between now and next month, when we’ll take the plunge. Besides the typical moving stuff, I’m also doing these things to prepare for life in NYC (note: red words are links!):

1. Downloading apps:
*Time Out: New York
*SitOrSquat (tells you where all the cleanest free restrooms are…handy!)
*Central Park NYC Lite 
*I’m not sure which Subway app to get. Any suggestions?

2. Buying warm clothes (did I mention we’re moving in JANUARY?)

3. Studying maps (SoHo, NoHo, NoLIta, TriBeCa, what?)

4. Watching movies that take place in Manhattan…which is most movies…just for fun (Elf most recently.)

5. Visualizing living in an expensive third-floor shoebox without an elevator or laundry facilities (to prepare for the reality). We liked this one, but we went for the tiny 1-bedroom in NoLIta instead. 😉

How else might I prepare myself? Any tips? Thanks in advance!