the ‘new’ means of transportation.

and by ‘new,’ I mean the first & original form of getting around. let me introduce: walking.

oh, you’ve heard of it? in that case, let’s ponder together ..

when [J] & I lived in new york city, we did not own cars. in fact we sold them before moving; and although they can be quite convenient, they’d prove to be more of a burden in the city. [fathom this: I felt bad for people with cars. the traffic, the lack of + high cost of parking, very limited gas stations]. walking & public transportation was how we got around, and I loved it! even in the snow + rain. it was a mile of fresh air & a chance to wake up in the morning. and a mile of unwinding after a long day. I cherished that time. [just a bonus: it doubled as exercise].

so, why is it so crazy to walk in iowa?

actually, I may expand this to include the entire midwest.

lately, I have been opting to walk to work. approximately one mile. and what used to be the norm in my life is suddenly “crazy”. I know there is a slight lifestyle change between des moines, IA & new york city ..but c’mon! people don’t even consider walking as a way to get somewhere. even if it’s a mere mile away.

do you think I’m crazy? or an early adopter? hahaha.

means of transportation //

means of transportation //

plus it helps when the scenery is so gorgeous.

do you opt to walk or drive? and am I the only person who feels this way?

miss you new york.

happy tuesday.


new york city I love you, but ..

{blog every day in may}

“rant about something. get up on your soapbox and tell us how you really feel”.

usually I can find something to rant about. if I dig really deep. but besides [J] being away on business, things are great around here.

but I was reminded yesterday, by {a cup of jo}, just how many pet peeves I had while living in new york city. and thought I’d share.

it has to be because you’re constantly surrounded by mass amounts of people. so there are a lot of opportunities to anger you. and in des moines, we’re, well, a bit more spread out.

now, I add two of my own new york city pet peeves.

#1 – walking the sidewalks of new york is like fish swimming upstream. with a brisk pace. it’s a science. if you stop, for whatever reason, in the flow of traffic will piss off many people, ruin the flow, and maybe get stepped on. it’s easy ..step to the side.

#2 – two words: golf umbrellas. hmmm, are you playing a golf game in the middle of the street in manhattan? no? then are you trying to keep your family of 8 dry? no? then get a dang normal sized umbrella. they’re called golf umbrellas for a reason. and frankly, the sidewalks are not wide enough for your ego umbrella. it’s just not necessary. I’ve been known [in my NYC days] to 1) duck under & pass a golf umbrella or 2) get right under there with them and say “I saw there was room for another”. [I never did the latter, but I’ve thought about it. a lot].

I’m getting flustered just reliving these in my head.

but I miss you new york. with all of your quirks.

happy “we made it to the middle of the week” day.

[only 9 days left in may].