Hi! How was your week? Mine was pretty good. Highlights: Drew and I saw Willie Nelson Tuesday night at Coney Island (that’s us afterward, on the subway home). It was, I think, our fifth time seeing him together, and this one was one of the best. Definitely in the top five. On Wednesday we got great news that Miles’ diabetes, which he was diagnosed with five years ago, is in total remission and he no longer needs insulin (which we were giving to him via shots twice a day). And this week, I also started volunteering in the cafeteria at Jackson’s school during kindergarten lunch period, which is equal parts kind of gross (have you ever witnessed over one hundred 5-year-olds eating BBQ chicken at the same time?); totally sweet (one little girl I hardly know gave me the biggest hug because she was sad that she was away from her 6-week-old baby sister); pretty funny (another little girl looked me up and down, narrowed her eyes, pointed to the massive amount of freckles on my chest, face and arms [see photo above for evidence] and said, quite concerned, “What happened to you?! What are all those DOTS all over your body??”); and rewarding (there were at least twenty kids who probably wouldn’t have eaten any of their lunch if I hadn’t helped them cut their food, open their utensils, open their tupperware containers, etc., and two kids who might have peed their pants if I hadn’t been available to run them to the bathroom). Anyway, it’s good to feel needed, is what I’m saying. Plus, Jackson got a kick out of seeing me at his school. I hope to volunteer during his lunch and recess period once a week if my schedule allows (the kindergarteners are new to the cafeteria and especially in need of lots of assistance).
And now the weather has finally started changing — yesterday I even got to wear a new (short-sleeve) sweater I got on sale earlier this summer (from LOFT, but it’s sold out now) — and it’s almost my very favorite month in NYC. I visited New York for the first time during the first weekend of October, and I moved here three years later during the first weekend of October. If you’ve never been here — or even if you have — I recommend coming in October. There’s nothing better than autumn in New York (except maybe Chicago in the summer, but even then I think New York has a slight edge if only because the season’s shorter, which makes it seem more special).
Anyway, enjoy your weekend!