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This week was a rollercoaster of emotions. As I stepped off the plane from Myrtle Beach my stomach had already begun to tie itself into knots. I had a serious case of the sads: the last scheduled stop on my summer of fun was over. It was an indulgent few months where I engaged in excesses of spending, partying, and other forms of gluttony all in the name of breakup recovery. And it was over. A fairly typical case of post vacation depression.

Add to that the anxiety: While my summer was booked solid all along, my fall plans are still completely up in the air. And unfortunately right now I can’t solidify anything until I hear back on a job offer (which I’ll give more details on if it comes to fruition), the response to which will set in motion Plan A or Plan B and the periphery of mini plans that will snuggle in the corners. This feeling of limbo, of uncertainty, has been killing me. I mean, for one summer (especially one following a traumatic life event) I think it’s fairly acceptable to go home to your family, bum on friends couches and entertain a decadent travel schedule. However, there comes a point where you start to feel a little adrift and irresponsible and perhaps pushing the boundaries of others’ hospitality. A point where you need something significant, something real, something for you — whether its a fabulous job opportunity in a foreign country or simply another big adventure with a one way ticket to an exotic land.

So yeah, there was some serious moping going on. But then a funny thing happened. I realized I was in Brooklyn — one of my favorite places on Earth, hanging out with my Brooklyn friends — some of my favorite people on Earth. The kind of friends who fill my life with light and laughter and make me want to be a better version of myself, because that’s the kind of person they deserve to be friends with. And I spent the week with them, and with every conversation and hug and — ahem — wild night of mayhem I felt my anxiety about the future and my depression about the past lifting. As I walked to the train last night I couldn’t keep a smile off my face. I may not know the details, but I do know that some day very soon I’m going to be half a world a way from this place and these people I love once again, and I want to soak up every minute of happiness I can with them.

Hence, a bunch of photos taken while running around Brooklyn this week.

Photo A

New York City Rooftop

My friend Zoe and I climbed the fire escapes to the highest point of her roof and watched the sun set over Manhattan from her rooftop. My feet were there.

Photo B

Polaroid Picture

I love Polaroids, the antithesis of my digital life. And I love this picture in a picture.

Photo C

Warehouse Party Brooklyn

This crazy night at a Brooklyn warehouse party — what my parent’s generation may have referred to as a rave — ended with watching the sun rise from the roof in Photo A. This reminds me of one of the photos from Week 56.

Photo D

Balloon in the Park

The weekend ended with a day spent lolling around Prospect Park. Perfect ending to a wonderful week.

Which photo is your favorite?

 

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27 Comments...
  • Olivia
    August 27 2012

    Awwwwwwwww Photo B!

  • Olivia
    August 27 2012

    Because B is for besties šŸ˜‰

    • Alex
      August 27 2012

      Haha I like your logic. Yes indeed it is for besties.

  • Grandma Burr
    August 27 2012

    D At my advanced age, I don’t enjoy the others as much as your age group would. By now – be sure and keep me in the loop Gram E

    • Alex
      August 27 2012

      Thanks for the vote. I like that one too šŸ™‚

  • Dani
    August 27 2012

    You know that we love Polaroids, so of course B gets our vote šŸ™‚
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    • Alex
      August 27 2012

      I always look forward to your weekly polaroids! šŸ™‚

  • Zoe
    August 27 2012

    you KNOW I’m voting for the polaroid šŸ™‚

    • Alex
      August 27 2012

      Oh my gosh how rude am I… I didn’t even credit you as the Polaroid photographer! Isn’t it fun how it lines up with the trees though šŸ™‚

  • OrpingtonT
    August 27 2012

    I am with Grandma Burr here with D probably for the same reason. I am not keen on toes and fingers and things in the photos. On second thoughts perhaps things would be OK.

    • Alex
      August 27 2012

      I appreciate all the perspectives šŸ™‚ Thanks for voting!

  • Chris Shaw
    August 27 2012

    Gotta go with B…hang in there Alex, your next trip will take you exactly where you should be!

    All the best…

    • Alex
      August 27 2012

      Thank for the encouragement!

  • Gram
    August 27 2012

    I’m big on stars, so D. I LOVE THE LITTLE STARLIGHT PEEKING THROUGH THE TREE!

    • Alex
      August 27 2012

      Yes! I love the double starlight in that photo.

  • Chin up boobs out like my Mom always says!!! I love all of the shots, but B is REALLY special.
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    • Alex
      August 27 2012

      You’ve given me that advice before and I still love it just as much šŸ™‚

  • cody
    August 28 2012

    Loving the polaroid!
    What’s the Plan B?

    • Alex
      August 28 2012

      It’s all going to be revealed in an upcoming post šŸ™‚

  • Sarah Somewhere
    August 28 2012

    Gotta go with D, buoyant in more ways than one! Lovely post, glad you found your groove in Brooklyn and I know your plans will be amazing!!! And I think enough time has passed for me to say, that ex of yours is c-razy!!!! P.S nice advice Andi šŸ™‚
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    • Alex
      August 28 2012

      Ha, thank you Sarah! I assume you mean that in the “crazy for letting you go” sense, in which case thank you for the compliment šŸ™‚

  • Jen
    August 28 2012

    I love A… I’m a fan of summer feet pictures.
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    • Alex
      August 30 2012

      Okay, I’m glad to hear I didn’t gross everyone out with my feet! Ha. Although I do realize I have some stubby little toes…

  • Nadia
    August 29 2012

    Photo B really captures a moment I believe.

    • Alex
      August 30 2012

      Yes, it does scream “summer,” doesn’t it?

  • Aparna
    August 31 2012

    Loved photo B …awesome shot and wonderful framing!!

    • Alex
      August 31 2012

      Thanks Aparna! I love hearing everyone’s votes!

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