As far back as I can remember I have only wanted to live in New York City.

My family originates from The Bronx, and while I grew up primarily in the suburbs of Long Island, my weekends were oft spent visiting my grandparents in The Bronx, and my aunt in Manhattan.

When it came time to choose a college, I purposely didn’t apply to schools in Manhattan because I knew it was were I would spend the rest of my life after college.

I love New York, when I’m far away from it for a long time, I miss it like it were a person I love dearly.  I still  have moments of awe when I see the New York City skyline from the D or Q train as it crosses the bridge.  YET…

I still fantasize all the time about packing a bag, getting on a plane to just about anywhere and starting over…at least for a little while.  There are moments when city life doesn’t feel real enough.

I’m not sure I know what that means.  But, when I visit friends in other states, or just visit my family on Long Island the comforts of non-city living seem nice.  A car!  I couldn’t even imagine owning one.

A house!  What would I do with all that space?

Walmart! A bit overwhelming.

There are times though that the idea of having a “real life” with a car, a house, a  mall seems a bit romantic.

I can’t imagine ever actually moving back to the ‘burbs, but I will revel in my fantasy life where my commute to work happens in a nice comfy car and not getting up close and personal with 300 fellow city dwellers on the F train.

Breakfast

Smoothie with spinach, soy milk, banana, frozen strawberries, ground flax seed

Lunch

Apple

Chipotle Lentil Soup (frozen from a few weeks ago)

Dinner

Brown rice with roasted vegetables and chickpeas

Exercise: P90X Chest & Back + Ab Ripper