There is something about New York City. I am sure a lot of people would never think of New York as a place to go to relax. It's fast paced, it's noisy, it's crowded and for some I'm sure that would be sensory overload vs. calming. You know that saying, "I need a vacation from my vacation"? I totally get that - when you travel to new places you want to make sure to see and do everything! So, I'm not sure if it's the fact that I have been to New York so many times that I don't feel like I have to do everything or if it's just the city itself - but it is so relaxing for me. I like the subway, closing my eyes until reaching my stop, I like the parks full of people where you feel so anonymous, the buildings so tall that you feel sheltered from every direction...I don't know, maybe I'm an odd ball, but it does feel like a true vacation.
Tom and I stole a few minutes on the steps of some Municipal Building in Brooklyn yesterday while waiting to hop on the free Ikea shuttle - not to actually go to Ikea but to take advantage of the free transportation that would get us closer to our destination than the train would - anyway, it was so nice to just sit on those steps for a few minutes and talk and laugh. You'd think we would do that all the time, not having kids, having time to ourselves, but the fact is life gets in the way of having time to just talk about nothing. You know, light hearted, fluff conversation. Most of the time you talk about specifics, life, the dogs, taxes, grocery lists, schedules, etc. But the unexpected moments of true "down" time are fantastic. We giggled at each other's silly jokes and talked about, well, nothing. It was precious.
So, this week is a wonderful time to restore my energy. Hopefully I will come away from this trip with more enthusiasm and inspiration to pour into my work. It's only been a day and I am feeling it already!