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7.25.2011

my manhattan: and summer rushes in.

summer version

through the links

brunch gals

amnh

public brunch

afternoon red

{i am a terrible person in this heat. it turns me into an utterly horrible human being}.

for anyone who wishes to enjoy the real new york i invite you to come stay in a prewar apartment--an apartment without central air. let's make it a sixth floor walk-up, shall we (just for kicks)? sixth floor walk-up means no elevator.

now i invite you to bring your groceries up those six-flights into your non-airconditioned apartment. keep in mind it's 100 degrees and new york humidity rivals the very best (i'm from houston, so i should know). remember that in order to get those groceries you had to head into the bowels of the city and travel on a steal contraption (the subway) with countless other terrible human beings (made so by the heat) where you fought tooth and nail to get a small basket through narrow aisles and to not be run over by women half-a-foot shorter who've lived in new york so long they give the word entitlement new meaning.

this is just a slice of life right now.

winter here is long and hard. and i always suffer a little bout of sadness. the thing is, i'm starting to think the heat has the same effect.

the texan in me knows little more to do than pray--pray for the sweet release of a thunderstorm.

thank goodness for sunday brunches with the best of girlfriends, friday night viewings of harry potter, and thai papaya salads to keep me from all-together-falling-apart.

here's to hoping this next week the rain comes, things cool off a bit, and my friends continue to tolerate my changing disposition.

36 comments:

Jenni Austria Germany said...

thai papaya salads? i don't know what these are but i like the sound of them.

also, your comments make me very happy. very happy indeed!

withoutizy said...

Papaya? really? Jeepers! It tastes like dirty feet, and I am obsessed with Thai food.

I want a spring in NY, not a summer. I've heard it smells bad in the summer time.

Daina @ New York State of Mind said...

Could not identify and agree more with your description of the NYC summer heat! Only I am in a fourth floor walk up, not six. And I know that those two extra floors make a difference! Although the heat has been intense, your pictures of the city are still beautiful. I love the shot of the buildings through the fence.

Enjoy the next few days of (slightly) cooler temps. before we are back to 95 on Friday!

Jessica Holly said...

Yeah, I'm pretty sure I'm melting out here. I'm not used to the humidity! This week has been killer! It's all about cold fruit for me too!

Meg said...

we had a 120F day with the humidity last week... and i was so thankful for my air conditioning! i can't imagine... how do you manage to do anything but lie on your bed with a wet washcloth over your face?! very impressive :)

Daina @ New York State of Mind said...

Also, thank you for the comment on my blog! I replied in the post :)

Julia said...

i feel your pain meg! it looks like it's going to rain today, though! i've never been so excited to see clouds.

Taylor Yves said...

the best thing i can think of regarding this heat and that winter freeze ... is that it keeps only the tough in town :) can you imagine how much MORE crowded either new york or chicago would be if we had anything like a temperate climate?

Life Happens said...

You sound like me when I'm hot, I just can't function! Bless you for enduring this heat in the city! Sixth floor with no elevator??!!

I love thai papaya salad!! I have friends who know how to make it so yummy and spicy!

Hope life cools down for you!

Brei said...

HA this is some what discouraging me from my up coming trip to NYC in a couple of weeks. I know I'm not going up there to escape the Louisiana heat and humidity but I was sort of looking forward to a little reprieve! At least my best friend lives on the first floor.

Peggy said...

Hopefully you get that rain (we did last night and it's a little less miserable here)!

Beautiful shots of the city =)

marissa at the boot said...

i hear that loud and clear. we haven't got AC either and it was a whopping 92 inside my house on friday. i took to walking around with cold washcloths on my body. haha!

p.s. i am completely humbled by your compliment! and you don't need zumba! you're already gorgeous!!!

Collections said...

I cannot imagine doing that. NY has been unbearable recently so I feel for you! It's cooler today though!

Fashionable Collections

Alexandria said...

I hope the rain comes to your Manhattan very soon. It just arrived in Boston for a hot second (quite literally), and I already feel some semblance of relief. But I also get cranky with the heat, and everyone around has been getting the rough end of the stick. Keeping my fingers crossed for you.

by r. said...

wow, that does take things to a whole new level. i'm pretty bad in the heat myself. just yesterday after brunch we walked around a little and i was wearing too many clothes, too tall heels and carrying a too heavy camera and feeling disgruntled, and that was only for an hour! :o/
all those little things to keep it together really sound great!:)
and yes, rain is delicious.

Ana Magdalena said...

I live four hours away from NY, minus the six flight of stairs... and oh boy! the heat effects are the same. experiencing 105 degrees on Friday had me reconsidering if summer is better than winter.

Erin said...

I've always been a southern summer girl so the heat doesn't generally bother me much, but this year has been exceptional. Temps have been 100+ for a couple weeks and so with only mid- to upper-90s forecasted this week, I'm ecstatic!

communikate. said...

i'm sorry lady. heat is straight up the devils breathe. i moved to phoenix two years this weekend and it was 118 degrees. moving in those temperatures was nearly a death sentence. dramatic? yes. it was. :)

i'm sending you cool breezes from the northwest my dear!

The Lewicutt's est 2006 said...

I think I'll pass on the invite. ;-)

Although, Florida isn't any better, I promise. I feel like I'm suffocating every time I walk outside.... but, I do have air conditioning (a must here). Sorry lady.

Here's to hoping fall comes quicker than usual this year.

Alex said...

NYC is hotter than Houston right now, which is crazy. I'd say come home for relief, but it's really not a whole lot better. Butttt there's plenty of AC!

wildchild said...

oh amen- i'm so glad someone finally admits that ny humidity is awful too. i'm moving to texas next summer and when i complain about the heat up here, they tell me it'll be even worse down there, but i dunno. new york has some intense stuff

Chloe said...

I completely empathise, even though I am thousands of miles away in England. Us Brits are even worse at coping with the weather, I definitely think that I have a case of the SADs (Seasonal Affective Disorder)!

Thank you for being able to write about something as mundane as the weather and humidity in such an exciting way -- in an almost poetic way, even!

Chloe xxx

christine said...

Feeling your pain in DC right now. I'm in a pre-war row house, that has no central AC. The bathroom is the worst room in the house heat- wise right now. Ugh!

I love the photo through the fence and the last one as well. Both gorgeous.

Here's to finding fun ways to stay cool!

Kate said...

Central Illinois is kinda the same. Except we have AC and it's not so condensed. So I guess it's really not that bad comparably.

dull boy said...

think of the excercise & resilience....

(sitting in your underwear, an open window, a fan, & a glass of ice cold white wine could work wonders)

Emily said...

Haha I feel like we are kindred spirits in terms of how we react to the weather. It's been SO hot here in DC and I have been such a crabby girl. But then I remembered how I used to grumble about how cold it was when I lived in Boston! We just can't win! I am craving those crisp, bright fall days ahead - they'll get here soon enough. Hoping you are feeling cooler, my dear!

Erin Marie said...

Oooh. my. word.

how lovely.


i so want to visit!

Jasmine said...

This sounds terrible! In Switzerland it's rather cold right now, it actually snowed in some parts of the country!
I'm going to see Harry Potter tomorrow evening - for the second time :)

Jennifer Rod said...

Oh no. Im visiting NY this weekend and you've just scared me... but Miami weather has trained me a bit to handle heat and humidity. i hope i dont melt. :=O

Sladjana said...

WoW! How gorgeous is your blog header! Simply fabulous! I`m totally blow away!

BTW Awesome photos!

xoxo
-S

classic case said...

I completely 100% agree. I like to get my groceries from Trader Joes, especially for their frozen mango that I can eat by the bag, but Trader Joes in the summer is a MADHOUSE. Especially the only in Union Sq.

Oh sigh, I know I'll miss summer when it's got but sheesh. Have you been to Brooklyn Flea yet? It's definitely something that makes the dog days more bearable. :)

Jenni @ Story of My Life said...

Oh, girl. I am right there with you. It is morbidly hot here in Austin. I just wrote today about how our plants are literally charring and turning BLACK. No exaggeration! I am a horrible, depressed person in this heat, too. It hasn't rained here in months!! NEEEEEED RAAAAAINN!!!

rebecca said...

hey fellow new yorker. i'm beginning to think we are kindred souls... not to mention, i think you live in my neighborhood according to the pics? HA

Karls said...

You are an incredibly talented writer, Meg. I totally felt I was there. Trudging my way up six flights of stairs, damp armpits and strands of hair stuck to my forehead. You sure paint a lovely picture!

Rachael said...

I feel bad for my future kids... Excessive cold turns me into a beast.
Heat turns me into a beast.
Lack of sleep turns me into a beast.
Feeling fat turns me into a beast.
Either I need to find a couple miracle pills and a perfectly temperate climate or I need to work on my good mood stamina.

Jennifer M. said...

You write so well, Meg! I totally feel your pain. Even if I didn't already hate the heat of summer, I would after reading your post! Lol.