Have I really only been here 12 days?

I feel like I’ve been living in New York for weeks, if not months, already. I really can’t believe I’ve only been here 12 days. It seems like so much longer, but in a good way.

I’m not sure why that is. I know the three free days before I started my internship really helped me to get all settled and moved in and acquainted with the area, but still, I can’t believe how quickly I adjusted. It already seemed like I’d been here a long time by the time that first Monday came around.

Now, I’m not completely settled in at work yet. Things started off slowly last week, but I do feel like I’ve earned my editor’s respect and am starting to get to do a lot more with her. I’m optimistic that she’ll keep me busy; part of the problem is I work more quickly than she expected.

Another thing that helped me adjust was having a group of friends here. I knew one of my roommates and three girls living upstairs, who moved in a week before I did, so they were able to show me the ropes of the area a bit. And then we met our other roommates and a couples other interns in the building, and—  voila! — we had a nice group to hang out with. Plus, New York is such a hub of journalism that there are tons of Mizzou people here this summer, and that all helped me feel comfortable quickly.

I’ve also been really busy, which makes my time seem longer (and is exciting because there’s so much more that I want to do!). I went sightseeing in Midtown the first weekend, as well as unpacking and settling in. Monday night was the Taste of Times Square (like the Taste of Chicago), Tuesday I got off work early and went to Lincoln Center, Central Park and the area just south of the park. Tuesday night was also the Museum Mile Festival, so I went to the Cooper Hewitt and the National Academy museums for free. Wednesday there was an intern event, Thursday a group of us went out to dinner at a Big Daddy’s diner. Friday morning I went to the Today show at 4:30 a.m. to see  Rascal Flatts, as well as Matt, Meredith and Ann. Then we explored the financial district, and I got lunch with a friend who was in town on a layover. That evening my aunt and uncle came up to visit, so we went to Carmine’s for a delicious Italian dinner, saw Next to Normal and got cheesecake from Junior’s. Saturday a friend and I explored literally ALL of Central Park and went to the Met, and Sunday I went to church at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, saw A Little Night Music with my aunt (with Angela Lansbury and Catherine Zeta-Jones), checked out the Tonys red carpet (saw a slew of stars!) and then went to a Tony watch party in Times Square (so cool to watch the Tonys right in the heart of Broadway). It was a fabulous weekend and an absolute whirlwind, but that seems to be how life should be here in New York.

Anyway, I think it has to be a good thing that I feel like I’ve been here for ages. It means I’m comfortable in New York. It seemed like a natural move and an easy adjustment, and I have to think some people wouldn’t find a groove here so quickly — not that I didn’t have hiccups along the way, not that I know everything, and not that I already think I want to live here forever. But the transition into this summer has been amazingly smooth, and I can only be grateful for that.

So that’s where I am 12 days in. Also, I snagged tickets to Memphis for tomorrow night, so I will be seeing the 2010 Best Musical on Broadway two days after its win. =)

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