with just a few days left…

**update (8.11.11): a few more things were crossed off the list, including the veggie sandwich from ehc. twice. mmm…***

why is it that it’s when we’re about to lose something that we suddenly find that we can’t live without it. in my case, it’s access to nyc. so, to make the most of the few days before i take temporary leave, i will fit in the following: (the strike outs refer to what i was already able to accomplish earlier this week)
nine grain bagel from ess-a bagel (the PERFECT bagel. no joke)
a walk along the high line, including the newly opened section
goto moma for screening of ‘bonjour tristesse (who knew david niven had such leading man presence on screen? and seeing jean seberg as a precocious, young sophisticate makes me desperate to chop off my locks! bien sur.)
– sabich sandwich from taim
an afternoon at housing works bookstore cafe
– zumba class downtown
veggie sandwich from east harlem cafe (made using what must be magic bread)
– another few walks through central park with stops in the ramble, through the secret path, sitting on bow bridge and looking through the flower-shaped cut-outs, and getting lost on the carriage trails
– at least one more bike loop around central park
moma, again — this time just to visit a few my favorites (and make good use of my membership)
stop into my fave local cafe and some light banter with my fave cute barista
– and of course, a stop at babycakes, where the cupcakes are plentiful but the sugar is not. genius! 🙂 (i usually purchase an assortment of treats on my birthday, which, with the advantages of freezing and refrigeration, lasts me almost all month long — alas, i’ll miss my chance to stock up this year, so brownie bite and mint chocolate cupcake will have to tide me over for the year. the year!)

i know most of these are food related objectives. anyone who knows me knows that this is not a surprise. (and lest you think any different, i plan to eat my way through my various stops along the sabbatical routes to come…) but perhaps what i will miss most of all are the conversations and interactions that mark each of these ‘must dos’ that i hope to include in my a bientot to the apple. don’t get me wrong — i am very, very, do-a-jig excited about taking leave. but it hit me this weekend that my daily routines, non-existent and erratic as they are, will experience some changes. and so, onward! or as w.h. auden might say: leap!

Leap Before You Look

The sense of danger must not disappear:
The way is certainly both short and steep,
However gradual it looks from here;
Look if you like, but you will have to leap.

Tough-minded men get mushy in their sleep
And break the by-laws any fool can keep;
It is not the convention but the fear
That has a tendency to disappear.

The worried efforts of the busy heap,
The dirt, the imprecision, and the beer
Produce a few smart wisecracks every year;
Laugh if you can, but you will have to leap.

The clothes that are considered right to wear
Will not be either sensible or cheap,
So long as we consent to live like sheep
And never mention those who disappear.

Much can be said for social savior-faire,
But to rejoice when no one else is there
Is even harder than it is to weep;
No one is watching, but you have to leap.

A solitude ten thousand fathoms deep
Sustains the bed on which we lie, my dear:
Although I love you, you will have to leap;
Our dream of safety has to disappear.

— W. H. Auden

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