Monday, May 23, 2016

Summer Break Update - Finally!

I know—it's been way too long since I've written a blog post. I have done an absolutely terrible job at keeping up MM this semester, that's for sure. But good news, it's finally summer, which means I'll have more opportunities to be inspired and more free time to blog. Unfortunately for MM, I've been investing most of my energy in school and work these past few months, and haven't left much space for creativity. I had two end-of-the-semester choir concerts, five final essays, one final exam and far too many late nights spent procrastinating studying. Just last week, I moved out of my dorm and into a new apartment, which I basically furnished with books that I snagged from work (there are far too many books on my to-read list and I can't wait to get started on them this summer!) The apartment itself is in a really cozy residential area, surrounded by trees and nature—definitely unlike my old room back in Union Square. The change of scenery will hopefully help me get over this bout of writer's block. 

My dad paid a visit to NYC a few days ago for business, and he treated me to lunch around Columbus Circle. It was honestly the best meal I've had in...three weeks, four? (the amount of instant ramen I consumed during finals is—to put it simply—disgusting.) We went to a restaurant in midtown called Jean-Georges, which combines French, American and Asian influences. Pictured below is their tuna and foie gras appetizers, wild hake entrĂ©e and finally, grapefruit sorbet dessert. 

Lately, the weather in NYC has been so weird. I swear to god, only in New York is it 70 degrees one day and 54 the next, in May. This week though, it's going to get up to the mid-80's—perfect for lunch breaks in Central Park and weekend trips to Coney Island. This week also marks my last few days working in-person at The Book Report Network. I had a really wonderful time interning there (and shopping among the various bookshelves!), but I'm looking forward to a summer filled with reading and reviewing manuscripts at my next internship. More to come! 

(Photos taken in Manhattan, NYC)