For some, November means growing beards or spending hours preparing a grocery list for a Thanksgiving feast.
To me it meant a HUGE, CRAZY, AWESOME life change.
I realize how M.I.A. I’ve been, and I vow to start allotting more time to write. But please, allow me to explain:
At the beginning of November, after flying up for an interview in the midst of Hurricane Sandy’s aftermath, I was generously offered a job as an Assistant Editor at NBC in New York City. And I accepted!
The Rockefeller Rink! Image copyright Carla Ramirez
Then I went back home to Florida to gather my belongings and say my goodbyes to friends and family. Bittersweet indeed.
Hobe Sound, FL inlet. Image copyright Carla Ramirez
On November 14th, 2012 I boarded a one-way flight back to The Big Apple, and immediately became enamored by all the holiday bling around the city.
Radio City Music Hall. Image copyright Carla Ramirez
Giant Ornaments off of 6th Ave, behind 30 Rock. Image copyright Carla Ramirez
While adjusting to the bleak weather, balancing two jobs, and apartment hunting, I somehow managed to find time to explore. One of my absolute favorite sights in all of New York so far has been the autumn leaves in Central Park. I had spent so many years dreaming about being in the city for the holiday season, and the moment I saw those trees, a single, stubborn tear of joy escaped my eye and froze on the round of my cheek, forever imprinting the memory of that sight into my flesh. Tender, I know, but there are simply no words to describe how beautiful and peaceful it was to walk through.
Fall in Central Park. Image copyright Carla Ramirez
Fall in Central Park con’t. Image copyright Carla Ramirez
After a successful, turkey-filled Thanksgiving away from home with my friends, Christmastime took off. I experienced my first Black Friday working in retail (phew, what a frenzy!), and witnessed the Rockefeller Tree Lighting Ceremony in person. I had no idea just how serious tourists were about this tree.
Word of advice: if you wish to see the lighting, either get there EXTREMELY early or be prepared to lose a limb clambering through the crowd.
Holiday Tree Lighting Party at Anthropolgie! Image copyright Carla Ramirez
The Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting. Image copyright Carla Ramirez
And with that, ladies and gentlemen, our tour of my landmark adventures throughout the month of November has come to an end.
To my readers- thank you for journeying with me, it’s truly a pleasure to be able to share my present-day bliss with you.
To Instagram- thank you for making my photos look mildly interesting.
To New York City- I love you.