I am having a fantastic weekend. It’s been a good mix of fun and productivity.
Friday afternoon I went to Trader Joe’s, the bank, grabbed a sandwich from Hale and Hearty, and then got my hair cut. Then I headed home to drop off my groceries and headed right back to out return/pick up books from the library. Then it was back home very briefly before heading out to kickboxing.
From kickboxing it was back to home take a quick cold shower and then head out, with my roommate Abby, to meet my friends Amy and Mike at Greenwood Park, a new beer garden that opened in my neighborhood. The beer garden was nice, it’s a really cool space and there was a moderately good selection of beers. However, there were a lot of children (par the course in Park Slope) and they searched my bag TSA style. I couldn’t bring in my bottle of water so I chugged it and then I couldn’t even take in my empty water bottle. Then they found the small container of 11 peanut butter pretzels that I always carry with me in case I get hangry and they confiscated those (I got them back at the end of the night). As I wrote in my Yelp review, I understand that they sell food there and they don’t want people bringing in tons of snacks or ordering in pizza, but I don’t think my peanut butter pretzels were going to impact my decision to order or not order food.
In the end I ordered a veggie burger (a special) which was good, not great, and it had mayonnaise on it which I had to scrape off. I did like this buy climbing above the bar.
On Saturday I went to the 9:30 kickboxing class and then came home to shower and get ready to meet my friend Amy to go to Governors Island.
I think NYers were hiberating with the extreme heat we’re having because there was no one on my bus, on the ferry to Governors Island, or really on Governors Island. Yes, it was hot, but it wasn’t that bad.
We grabbed sandwiches before we went over ($4 amazing sandwiches for the win!) and had a little picnic along the water. Then we headed over to this really cool sculpture garden they have going on.
It was, as you can probably tell, interactive.
I was a particular fan of the Circle of Intention. Here’s the explanation:
The power of positive thinking, it’s something.
Then Amy took the best picture of me ever. Nothing but class here. I wish they had left her mouth open so you could climb in and it would look like she was eating you. How cool would that be? (I don’t know what’s wrong with me.)
After the sculpture garden we did some swinging, the breeze from going up and down was amazing. (That’s what she said.)
And then we headed over to a special exhibit the Cooper Hewitt was doing on graphic design.
There were some really cool pieces, but I’m not going to lie, the best part about the exhibit was the air conditioning. By that point we were done and decided to head back to the mainland.
We ended up getting Italian ices and then grabbing beers at a bar where we played pinball. I won twice!
We parted ways and I intended to go out with friends, but they weren’t out yet so I headed home. Shockingly, by the time I made it home I was completely exhausted and about to gnaw off my arm. I ended up ordering a salad for dinner and when my friend finally told me they were going out (around 10pm) I was already in bed.
This morning I watched the men’s Wimbledon final, went to kickboxing, ran some errands, came home to do some work, cooked, cleaned, and now I’m just relaxing.
Hand to god I feel like I had a truly fantastic weekend. I spent time with people I genuinely enjoy being around, I had fun by myself, I went to kickboxing three times, and I got stuff done that I needed to get done. Pretty great, all in all.