Infatuated: Blue Skies, Wide Open Spaces, and Me

I really think this title says it all. So let this be a photo entry accompanied by some words, instead of the other way around.

I’m not sure when my love and interest in bright blue skies first came about, but I know I first noticed this infatuation on top of Elk Mt. in Oklahoma.IMG_0030.PNG
You could see for miles in all directions. It was breathtakingly beautiful, the water reflecting the intense blue of the sky, and that sky meeting the land far off in the distance. Up there was the first time I realized I would have been very happy to sit for hours just bring under that sky, looking at it’s beauty and power… Feeling small and humbled, but also beautiful.

For years I took for granted the majesty and beauty of Southern Illinois, where I used to spend my summers and now where I run to in an attempt to escape New York City and regain… Or maintain… Some of my sanity. There, un-impeded by sky scrapers and city lights, you can see sky, trees, water.

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I have come to realize that I could happily be under and look at a blue sky, really anywhere, and by so happy. Now I don’t just mean any blue, I mean that piercing, intense, clear, powerful blue sky that says “yes, look up from your phones, get up form your office chairs, and come outside. Look up at me and bask there, totally unchained from all other daily problems. Just be”.

I’m not saying you can’t see a phenomenal sky in New York City, because you can in fact.

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You just have to be in the right place, but even then there is usually a building standing in the open blue. And all to often, you may only get a small glimpse as you move through the dark underground of the city.

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I believe there is something very deeply rooted in us, that draws us to nature in some form. For me, the blue sky… Being able to watch it go on and on. Yes it can make me feel small and vulnerable, but it also gives me a view of endless possibilities with plenty of space and time to try them all. When I’m distracted by a perfect, uninterrupted blue sky, I never feel lonely or lost. I’m reminded there’s so much more out there.

Ever had a dream where you fly? Well, I can tell you- it’s the best way to see the sky!!

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For more fun pictures, check out my Instagram @nychristiane ❤️. And follow, share, like, comment! I always love to get feedback and support.

Love always, Christiane

Remember to check out my original choreography “Shaded Blue” posted in Sharing is Scary Part 1

Take Off, Hey Let’s Go Flying: Airport Adventures!

How many airports have you been through? For someone who did very little air travel until being a young adult, my list is growing quickly… Roughly 7 different ones to date… And I am always surprised at how different they all are.

Being from Atlanta GA, I am used to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (the worlds busiest airport- beat that!!) so needless to say, anything else seems very small and quiet. When I fly to New York, I prefer to go through LaGuardia verses JFK, it’s just cozier. And Will Rodgers Airport on OKC- with it’s one terminal and 24 gates- is by far the smallest I’ve ever been in.
While sitting in the St. Louis Lambert Airport, I noticed how much each airport reflects the culture and people of its location, while serving as international hubs for people from all over the world.
At LGA people are cold and things move fast, and JFK is just flat out confusing… just like NYC. In Atlanta it’s a friendly but strictly business attitude- especially when going through security, and in the Mid-West there’s a more cozy friendly slow paced vibe. Here people are more inclined to chat and wish you safe travels and a good day. I’ve come to love flying and passing through these various ports because I get to see the people and experience a taste if different cultures.

What do I not enjoy about air travel? The TSA security. I know it’s important but boy-oh-boy is it stressful. I’m always worried I forgot to remove my bail clippers or eye drops from my bag and they will be confiscated. Or that the one time I’m running late for a flight will be the time the security line is crazy long and I get stopped to have my bag checked. Hence, I’m always very early! To date, as I’ve yet to have a major problem while traveling, I still enjoy it. The exhilaration of taking off and getting to look out the window still thrills me. I spoil myself by always flying Delta direct to my final destination. The mobile app, which lets me check and adjust my seat is the best thing ever- I now always go for a window seat. The more I fly the more little tricks I learn to make the flight more enjoyable.

What are your favorite flying moments? How many airports have you traveled through? I’ve yet to do overseas or cross country… But I’m sure it’s not far off. Comment below, share with friends, like just because you can, and follow the blog if you like reading personal stories and observations.

Carpe diem!

Love always, Christiane

Lights up in Washington Heights!

Hello beautiful dedicated blog readers! I know it’s been forever sense my last post, but life has been crazy and I’ve been running all over the place. This evening however, am in my new apartment and I finally have some relaxing down time and reliable Internet!! (Yes, this is a BIG deal)

So I’m hoping to entertain you with stories and pictures from the past few weeks as I truly made the transition to LIVING IN NEW YORK CITY!!!

To recap, when we last caught up I was still sleeping in a basement, working just 4 days a week, waiting for paperwork to be processed, and embarking on a new (sort of) relationship.

Well, in short now I am living in a lovely 3rd floor walk up apartment with windows, working a very long and solid 6 days a week, not dealing with and pending paperwork, and more in love and committed then ever to a very special person.

But a lot has happened in between… And here we go!

I was the first roommate to move in… And what did I do? After personally moving almost all ov my belongings in one day via trains, which took about 5 trips from Queens to the Heights and back… I slept on the floor for two nights and cleaned the entire apartment… Yes that’s right and it was rough-

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But so worth it. One, because I’ll be living with 4 men… So you know, start REALLY clean. Second, I would feel comfortable bringing in the new bed, clothes, food, etc knowing the kitchen counters had been Clorox-ed and the shower bleached.
Did you see that in the previous line…. New BED! And it’s amazing

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Kyle and I went out and shopped around, making decisions together and getting one we both liked and could afford. I, of course, went all out with pillows and coziness… And I regret NONE of it! It feels so wonderful to come home after a day at work to a room with a good fan and bed and food.

The other roommates are arriving one by one over the course of the month and, as they are all buddies from OCU (and I’m the odd ball out) I’m getting to know them and such.

Then speaking of buddies, I took a long weekend off work and traveled out to Bellport, Long Island and the Gateway Playhouse to see Kyle perform in “Buddy: the Buddy Holly Story”.

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The show was so good, and I really enjoyed getting out of the busy city. I could actually hear crickets at night and walk calmly down the side walk.

On dark theater days, Kyle will come into the city for a few days to spend some time at the apartment. The first weekend he stayed we made breakfast together-

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And dinner-

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Then we went exploring in out neighborhood and found this–

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Yes that’s the Hudson River and the George Washington Bridge I believe. This park is gorgeous and huge! Looking forward to getting my running back, especially now that the weather is cooling off again.

Basically I’m living the opening number from the Broadway musical “In the Heights”. But really though! Look up the opening number and actually listen to the lyrics and that’s my life!! Pretty cool.

What else, work is going well, now at 6 days a week. Which yes, is a lot, but I really enjoy going to work and as I work the evening/closing shifts, I have the whole first part of my day to do as I please. Recently I’ve been getting to the studio early and taking a Pilates mat or yoga class before getting cleaned up and clocking in. I’m really working in my core, flexibility, and tone… And yes, I know you’re thinking “well why are you not just taking more dance classes!??” And the answer to that is relatively simple… I don’t have tons of money right now… And I was more interested in having a bed to sleep in every night then class. But also, as an employee I get free classes… So why not use it!?!??!!! Plus it’s something new for my body and it helps me to do my job better– if I can help to recommend a class from personal experience guests are usually happier.

So that’s the job front… There has been talk of a possible promotion, but that’s still in the works and goes way over my head, to corporate, so it takes a whole anyway. But still, it’s a good sign.

So yes… That’s really where things stand for now. All that with many Target runs in between… Like really though. But on one of those trips we got a coffee maker and mugs, so my life is now complete!

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And if you can’t really tell, I have begun using Instagram… Sometime I’ll release my username and y’all can follow me… OR just ask for it in a comment here 😀 Eventually I’ll get FB updated as well! But one social media at a time, y’all should feel special for being the first ones.

I could ramble on… But I should go to bed. Christiane, it’s early… What the heck are you going to bed now for?? I know that’s what everyone’s thinking. Well, because I was up at 6:30 this morning for work and worked till 5:00 this afternoon… but ALSO because Kyle will be coming in from Long Island about 3AM and someone will be getting a call to let him in the building.., so may as well get a jump start on the rest. I’m excited thought because he will be staying here in the city for about 2 weeks between show tours, so we will be able to spend time together and explore the city together!!

So, until next time… Which I hope will be shorter then last time… Remember to like, comment, and share!

<3always, Christiane

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This is real life

it’s my real life and I’m trying to enjoy every minute of it!

Hi all, it has been an exciting week between work, outings, and adventures! Of course, my camera has been through it all, so expect lots of pictures! This can make up for the past few posts without them.

Earlier this week I took myself into the city in search of Loemanns and DSW, both of which I found near Union Square area and both of which are HUGE. Like no joke, the Loemanns here has 4 levels and so many clothes! I walked around for a while and tried on some very gorgeous sunglasses (something coming up on my list of items that need to be replaced). After that I walked to DSW, which as you can see from the sign–

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is also enormous! I’m still holding out on shoes, as to get the most out of the pairs I have without risking hurting my feet. I tried on some very promising things… Then headed over to Starbucks for an ice coffee treat and some quiet time to check emails and enjoy AC.

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I walked around and enjoyed the park for a bit, read some of “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes”, my latest page turner, before hoping back on the very wonderful N/Q and heading home.

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Thursday after some early hours at work was roomie day with Megan who took me on a “5 Borough Thursday” trek. I met her in Washington Square Park, which I walked to from Union Square because I had to stop there again.

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After a brief walk in the park and surrounding areas, we headed to the Brooklyn Bridge, and yes… I walked across the Brooklyn Bridge! And took tons of pictures!!

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It was really beautiful to see the city from this view and we picked the perfect day, relatively cool and overcast without being too threatening weather wise… but it probably kept some people at home, plus it was a weekday. We got pizza and walked around DUMBO before heading back to Manhattan. Next we went to Megan’s favorite place, Bryant Park. This lovely park has free wifi and so many free summer events I don’t even know where to start– yoga, movies… Just some of the things I’m interested in!

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Finally, we headed back to Queens and stopped by another park! (I love NYC because not only do they take care of their many public green spaces, but people actually use these parks!) Gantry Plaza State Park is now one of my new favorite places.

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As you can see, the view is to die for, and they have lounge chairs and grass and trails and everything. Not to mention its beautiful. 🙂

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And that wrapped up our day out, and we made it in just in time, as the rain was rolling in.
Speaking of rain, it has been raining quite a bit here in NYC, especially on days when I have to be at work! :-p Which gets old fast. But work has continued too well, I think the director of the museum complimented our work, that’s nice! And July schedules should be out soon. Friday was National Doughnut Day and a co worker brought some in to share, so sweet! I took mine home and had it with a cup of tea while I listened to the rain outside all evening.

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Walking to work in the rain… Vs-

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The sun!

Yesterday after work, I spontaneously went out to the movies with a coworker from Rain Room. We took the walking scenic way of getting there, which was fun because she walked me through some very beautiful parts of the city. I’m enjoying getting to know the people I’m working with. We went to see new independent film/comedy titled “Frances Ha” about a girl who is a dancer in New York and her life… Sort of, something like that. It was good!

Speaking of dance… Yes I dance–

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Look at those, I know… That’s me!!!!!! And my brother, Jesse, performing our waltz is past semester at the 13th Annual Swinging Night of Tap in Atlanta. Huge special thank you to Mrs. Kathleen for these… And to all of DSoB and DCD for many years of lessons, performances, and work ❤ ❤

I'm looking forward to begin taking classes here in NYC now that I'm getting more settled.

On that note, I've been here a MONTH! It hardly feels like it, but it's true! I told myself a moth to see if this city and I got along, and as we have so far, it is time I start making plans to stay after Rain Room ends in July. I plan on spending this week updating my resume, looking at places I’d be interested in working at, and filling out applications. I would love to for for Mac/Apple, Swarovski, Gap, see if MoMA needs someone like me for anything else, something… And of course continue to look into the dance and theater world, Haha!

Ad that brings us to today! This morning I got up and went for an amazing run… I’ve actually gotten several good runs in these past few days (especially as the weather has been cooler in the mornings), so I am really happy. I really miss my running friends at Big Peach Running Co. in Decatur though… However, the VIEW I have to look at while I’m running here is pretty stunning, I’ll try to get a good picture for y’all one of these days!
Shower and brunch followed the run, then some cleaning of the room before throwing on a swim suit, grabbing a book, a towel, ice coffee, and heading back to Gantry Park for an afternoon of sun and scenery…

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Yes, that’s what I got to look at the whole time, talk about bliss! I walked around the park and took in all the angles of the sky line… And a lot of pictures.

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Maybe the only little downer… I accidentally fell asleep on my chair in the sun for a good bit and didn’t apply another layer of sun screen before… And now… well… maybe I’m a little sore and red… But 1. I did it to myself so I can’t complain 2. I’ll have a great (slightly uneven) tan in a few days and 3. It’s summer! it happens! 4. I did get and apply some sun screen. It’s going to be cold and rain again tomorrow (while I’m at work) so I’m just incredibly happy I got to enjoy being outside today!

But I’m sure you are wondering how I’ve had all this time to sit about and write this long post?! Well, I’ve done the whole thing while sitting at the laundromat doing my laundry! Hahahaha, most of it anyway, the pics I’ve had to put in back at the apartment because that requires Internet connection.

And clocking in at 10:25 PM EST, Christiane has had a very relaxing productive day outside and is looking forward to work tomorrow and maybe been the rain!

I would… before I call it a night to put clean sheets on my bed, set an alarm for 5:00AM to go for a run and all… Like to thank each and every one of you following and reading my blog. Some of you I know, some I don’t… But thank you all! And please remember to comment, like, and share the blog!

<3always, Christiane

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June is bustin’ out all over

Name that musical!!

Happy June everyone!

Sense my last post, things have been running pretty smoothly…work and days off. The Rain Room has been running well, they got the leaks fixed and so far it has not malfunctioned again too much. And the lines have been growing every day, especially as the weather has gotten nicer. On that note- hello a week of nearly 90 degree weather and sunny! Ok I’ll admit, it’s been a little hot, but I’m loving it so much more then the cold rainy 50s we had earlier. Been drinking a TON of water and such on the job to stay hydrated.

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And look!! There is me at work with my fabulous red statement coat!

This past Friday was my last “free Friday” for the month (our schedules change for June) and I made cupcakes for my team of coworkers. I enjoyed baking them and relaxing before work that day, and I know they enjoyed them after shift. 🙂

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I’ve been getting many compliments on my outfits at work recently, I like that… Haha! Sometimes when I’m here in NYC and at work I feel like I should have a camera crew or photographer following my to take awesome city and adventure photos! Finding the right shoes for this city is still something I’m working on, but I’m waiting until the few pairs I have now totally die before I get some new ones… Always keeping my eyes open though and asking around what different people like to wear.

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I had Monday, Memorial Day, off from work and I took myself down to Madison Square Park and the Shake Shack again for a milk shake and a little walk around. It was a lovely day and it was nice to get out of the apartment but not be at work.

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I’m looking forward to continued exploration of the city and taking advantage of some of the free events in the parks and other summer events. I’ve been here for almost one month and as I’m still loving the city, I think it’s almost time to start looking for a more permanent job and place to live. Things have been working so well, hopefully that will continue!

Now, can I have a little sentimental moment? Please and thank y’all 🙂

As much as I love New York, there are so many things I am missing about home and Atlanta. Some things are sort of trivial– YDFM and good cheep coffee, decent prices in basic items in general!, fuzzy puppy dog and someone to take on walks, my car, pools and tanning being easy to access (which I really need to work on!!), my room, my own space, and my level of clean, running with Big Peach, or running 4 mi. a day in general, family, friends…. The list could go on. I miss having someone to love and spend time with… Someone special I can talk to and trust, go out on the town with or stay in with. I always see lovely couples on the train, in line at RR, or on the street and well, that’s just something else I miss. If I’m being too sentimental for any of you I’m sorry… But this is a side of things that I can’t forget about… In all my writing and time here, I have hardly cried or outwardly missed home, New York is amazing and work is wonderful, but home friends love are things I have missed and have the right too.

On a slightly different note, you know when you hear a new song that you really like, you can’t get it out of your head, and the you find yourself listening to it all the time?!??!! Well, I have come across some new music of one of my favorite artists and I can’t get enough!
I’m coming up with quite the summer sound track and for my commute every day 🙂

And on that note, I must get out and go grocery shopping, do some cleaning, maybe laundry, and who knows what else before work this evening!

<3always, Christiane

Is there a good title for this?

WHAT? Another entry so soon? Christiane, is this going to be a trend… Posting every other day, I did not sign up to get that many email about this!
No no, have no fear- today was just so crazy, exciting, scary, and more it needed an entry. I needed to talk about today… Maybe make it a little more real for myself? And with training starting tomorrow, I will get busy and then you may find yourself wishing I was posting more! Haha 🙂

So, shall we start at the very beginning? A very good place to start (points to those who got that)
Yesterday, was a busy productive day- filled out official MoMA paperwork and sent that off, moved everything out of Agnes apartment and packed baby Pete (my dear darling car) full of stuff, cleaned the apartment, visited DSA, and got to my last Decatur Big Peach group run! A nice dinner with the family and slept well.
This morning was easy. I was already checked into my flight, thank you Delta app. and my bags were ready to go. We were taking baby Pete to the airport, so we went for one last cruise down NDH to the gas station (Is it bad that writing about my car is making me cry?) then we left for the lovely large Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson international airport around 12:45.
Did this awesome thing- curb side baggage check- SO EASY… Very glad I checked both of my large bags. After some pictures and many good byes with Mother dear it was off to security– “Waiting, everyone is just waiting”… But I got through that no problem at all and the I was right there on concourse T, so easy to get to the gate! I was vert early so i got a good seat looking right over e air field and watched the planes… when ours got there i even saw my luggage get scanned and loaded on board, so cool! Plane was on time, we boarded and were up at what, 30,000 feet, in no time at all. And after a glass of juice, pretzels, the introduction to A Cabinet of Roman Curiosities (thank you so much MD) and a cup of coffee… It was back to the upright and locked position for landing.

(Now it gets good!)

I’m LANDED IN NEW YORK!!!

If anyone can navigate Hartsfield, any other airport is a piece of cake… De-boarded and got to baggage claim in no time at all. Had to wait there a bit, but when they came around, there was NO missing my matching set of pink floral Vera Bradley duffle bags!

It wasn’t raining, thank goodness, so I bought my first ever MTA metro card and headed for the BUS! M60 to Manhattan, and let it begin. Immediately my skills of observation kicked in, I did not want to look like I had no idea what I was really doing… I think I did a good job. Sort ride later I’m getting off in Queens and calling my new roommate (whom I’ve only via Facebook and Skype mind you). “You see the big highway” ” yes…” ” cross that and I’ll be down to meet you”. Alright I thought, here I go.

I have gotten moved in and unpacked… It feels more real now. Not like I’m here for a long weekend or something, but that I can call this home, to some extent, and take things in over time.
My new roommate and I the went for a lovely evening tour walk around my new neighborhood, showing me laundry matts, grocery store, delis and bakeries, shopping, and tons of other things in my new neighborhood.
AND the SUBWAY… Which I will use for the first time tomorrow to get to training!

I went grocery shopping and came home for dinner. Isn’t there a saying or something that once you buy your first round of groceries you are really living in a place? Well, that’s me!

I’m still calm, surprisingly… I have not cried much or been so nervous that I do something incredibly Stupid (get that reference??) so I think I’m taking this well and adjusting.

Dinner was my comfort go to food- peanut butter sandwich and an apple.

Then with a hot mug of Georgia Peach tea (thank you Emilia!!) it was blog time.

And now, clocking in around 11:15pm in NYC, I think it is bed time.

And tomorrow, the real work begins.
(Ill give you that one, it’s a line from the Disney movie Mulan )

So, a few photos to close out the night.

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Pete, I miss you! ❤

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There she is!

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And there we go.

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Coffee coffee coffee

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My new space!

Enjoy, good night y’all! (Remember to follow and share the blog, I’m not just writing for my own amusement.) 😀

<3always, Christiane

Reflection

Well, it’s 2:15… AM… And I have been packing, cleaning, unpacking, removing items, re-packing… You get the idea. Thank goodness for vacuum pack bags… I feel like I’m over packing a little, but there is so much I’ve already decided I don’t need! Anyway… As I have to much on my mind to sleep, I decided a pre-departure post would be nice.

I’ll actually be leaving Wednesday afternoon and training starts Thursday morning, but doubt I’ll have tome for a good post then, so this will work 🙂
Hopefully jumping right in a being busy will help with the sadness I am feeling (no matter how much I try to hide it).

This past week has been crazy. Besides pinning down a place to LIVE in NYC and booking the flight… I still wanted to keep some continuity and continue doing the things I enjoy and have committed here at home… AND to top it all off, FINALS. So here’s a list to recap all the events of the week:

Alliance open dance audition
Classes ended
House/cat sit for 5 days
ROMAN CIV final paper
Lunch with Marianne and Maria– YAY McCain Library Archives!
Dog/house sit
300 LATIN LYRIC RESEARCH paper
“Beat the Street for Little Feet” Pete the Cat 5K run– Saturday morning… IN THE RAIN
DSA Fringe Fest– ❤
Athletic Club Northeast– Final day of work. 2 years, I'll miss y'all! AND Staff lunch!!
PACKING
Clothes shopping for the job
Visit with BFF Jessica
PACKING
Rug Cutters Swing… Last rehearsal– y'all made me cry! I'll miss you so much.
PACKING and CLEANING

and that brings us to right now.

It's been a busy week, but I have never felt more loved from all the people around me. And realizing how much they mean to me and I mean to them. I'm technically not done with my Undergraduate career and a graduate of Agnes Scott College 2013. In a way it's all a little bittersweet, but we must keep moving on.

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There’s the photo montage to go with!
This weekend I also got my schedule and training information for MoMA Rain Room so this is becoming very real. The NY subway system is still intimidating, but I have an app for that!! Haha, so when I get there maybe I won’t be totally lost. Having borrowed “The Devil Wears Prada” on DVD from the library all this weekend, I have been channeling my inner New York fashion diva, and it was a great relaxer between papers!

And it’s pushing 3AM… There is much more I could write about, reflect about, but I’ll save that for another post, probably from an air port or NYC itself.

So, until then
<3always, Christiane