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We woke up pretty exhausted from a terrible sleep. Lucas’s cough is worse but no fever.

Khris made us some delicious breakfast sandwiches. After breakfast we packed up to go Queens. Lucas was looking pretty miserable but he perked up when we got to the Hall of Science in Queens.

He really wanted to “see the science”. The first thing he wanted to do was play mini golf. After golf we played with bubbles. Then we went inside to look around a bit. We had a bit of an argument on if Lucas was allowed to get a rocket toy, ultimately we let him get it. I was super tired and ready to get to the hotel.

On the way to the hotel I lost my cool a few times. The driving and the parking situation at the hotel were not ideal. Once we got checked into Hotel Indigo though things were better. Don went out and picked up some lunch at a chicken place. Then we took a nap.

After nap we decided Lucas and I would stay at the hotel while Don went to Miguel’s wedding. I was bummed but we couldn’t take a sick kid to a wedding and I was also feeling under the weather.

We ordered a few slices of pizza and alfredo pasta. Lucas didn’t eat much at first. After awhile he decided we should go out for a walk around Flushing. It was nice to get out.

When we got back Lucas ate a lot more. We enjoyed the view from our hotel room. We could see Citifield, the city, and LaGuardia Airport. It was a lot of fun to watch the planes take off.

Zoo day

Lucas woke up at 6:45 today even though we went to bed late. We went over to Lola’s around 9:30 for breakfast.

It was a beautiful day so we decided to go to the Bergen County Zoo. We had been there last time we visited but we thought it sounded fun. We had fun seeing the animals, riding the carousel, and eating ice cream.

After the zoo we went back to Lola’s to nap. I noticed your cough and congestion were getting worse around this time but you seemed ok after nap.

We went over to Jonathan’s around 4. Jonathan was going to grill. He had invited over some of Raiden’s friends and parents. Khris, Jess, and Lola also were there. You had fun playing outside and with Optimus Prime. You had more ice cream and helped Khris build a fire.

We got home late and Lucas seemed ok but he had a really rough night with coughing.

NYC Second Time Around

So we have moved back to NYC last week. It has been a pretty hectic past few months and up until now I have been constantly busy. I thought it would help to write more. Let’s start with the actual move. Last Monday (6/23) we paid some movers to load up our UHaul. Then around 11:30 am we set out on the road, Don driving the uHaul and Lina and I in the car behind him. The beginning of the drive was not too bad, but from about Ohio on it rained on and off constantly. Not just a light normal rain but downpours. It was scary. We stayed in a hotel Monday night in Pennsylvania. Lina did pretty good the whole first day and at the hotel.

The second day of driving started off pretty good there was barely any rain. We made it to NYC around 10:30 am. Ethan met us here and we had movers take our stuff up to our new 4th floor apartment in Washington/Hudson Heights. Luckily we have 2 elevators in the building. I was surprised to see how big the apartment was and I can’t wait to take pictures. I want to wait until we get a few more things done first.

The rest of the week was spent unpacking, organizing, and doing various things for my new job at NY Presbyterian. I start July 21. I also suffered from some sort of virus that made my muscles so sore and achy. At first I thought it was from moving but when it wasn’t getting better and my sister said she had similar symptoms I knew it was more than that. Luckily by yesterday I started feeling better but it was miserable. So achy and headache for about a week. How come every time I move I get sick? When we moved to Chicago I got a terrible cold. For the weekend we made a trip with the car to Lowes and Ikea in Brooklyn. We got blinds and various things but had no luck at Ikea due to their credit/debit machines not working. Hopefully we go back soon.

The place is pretty much getting in order now. Now I find myself having a lot of time to get things done but there’s only so much I can do. I find it harder to keep busy, especially with the weather being so hot. Keeping busy is key to not thinking about everyone and everything you’re missing. I love NYC and I love friends and family here, but I never thought I would miss Chicago so much. We made tons of friends there and my job at Lurie’s was the best. It makes me so homesick and sad to think about it. The problem is I don’t want to forget and lose contact with people…as well as I don’t want them to forget about me. But keeping in contact and wishing I was at work there doesn’t help with moving on here. I’m sure it will be different when I start working, I hope it will be good. Last night was the first night I cried about it in a long time. I know we did the right thing and I know things will get better. I also know we have no idea what the future holds. I’m excited for everything, I just want to feel happy and not homesick. I want to go on adventures with my husband and be able to sit around and watch our favorite shows again also. We haven’t been able to spend a lot of time together these past few months.

I went to the park today and it is so beautiful. I can’t wait to show people around when they come to visit. I can’t wait to see what the next year brings. Starting over is hard but I am able to do it, I’ll never forget our time in Chicago but mostly I won’t forget the people.

So I learned a few things…chicago vs. nyc

When I was living in NYC I mostly took the train, hardly ever the bus. In fact I only took the bus once by myself. Every other time I was with someone. I always thought the buses were more confusing. But here in Chicago I’ve been trying out the buses. The bus stop is closer to our apartment than the train, although the train is not far. Well let’s just get to it, today I took the bus by myself.

I knew where I was going, so I wasn’t scared of getting lost, so I’m just trying to relax and listen to some music. On the way downtown some crazy lady got on the bus and I noticed she was pretty much having a conversation with an invisible person. So then of course I take off the headphones and try to listen in to what she could possibly be talking about to this invisible person so intensely. She’s just crazy man. I can barely hear what she’s saying but it’s all nonsense. It’s like having a conversation with your friend at work and you’re talking about someone at work you don’t like. She’s gossiping to an invisible person. I know she probably has like schizophrenia so whatever…that was my bus ride to downtown.

On my way back home it was even CRAZIER! I walked into a crazy lady having a debate with someone else about racism. And how one person can’t make a difference. It doesn’t matter what she does in life she’s not making a difference. Pretty much she has like 4 strangers listening to her and one woman is getting kinda mad about it. Normally if someone is crazy you should probably just ignore them, but this woman was like asking the crazy lady questions. And not to mess with her, to just argue or prove a point against her. There’s 2 things you should do to crazy people: ignore them or mess with them. Never go along with them hahaha! So the normal lady asked the crazy lady “so what’s your take on God?” So we’ve went from racism to making a difference and then a couple of Obama health care reform comments to now religion. So what’s her take on God?…”Listen we all have earthquakes, hemispheres….atmospheres….” SERIOUSLY…what does that even mean? I suggest using it though. Good quote.

From religion we went to terrorism. How we got to that I don’t know. Crazy lady said something like “A terrorist isn’t someone out in the desert! A terrorist is someone taking money out of my paycheck!” There were many common things that we struggle with every day, that according to this woman were terrorists. Things I never really thought terrorized me, but had me second guessing. Especially when she brought up this one: “A terrorist is when you order an egg-roll and it tastes like fish.”