Monday, November 30, 2009

Working Girl: Day 1

Ah, work.  That is something I haven't done in many many months.  Until today, that is.  I landed myself a receptionist job at a company that films and produces food commercials.  It's a pretty neat place.  Today was kind of overwhelming.  I was loaded with a ton of information and I feel like I only retained about 5% of it, if that.  The people I met were all nice though.  Most of them seem pretty spunky, so that'll be entertaining I think.  I have my own desk!  And my own Mac!  And my own walkie talkie!  I also get to listen to music at my desk.  Yay for Pandora.  I had to get a new AIM screen name so that I could talk with my fellow coworkers on iChat.  I also got a free lunch today.  Apparently sometimes the owners feel like everyone is working hard so they let us order lunch on the company.  I love perks.

I still don't have internet in my apartment.  I miss it, but not as much as I thought I would.  I just go to bed a lot earlier.  I also get over 30 TV channels without cable.  Probably 5 or 6 of them are in Spanish... but maybe I'll hone up on my skills so that I can enjoy some Spanish TV.  

More updates to come!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

New City Thoughts

Here I am!  At a Cosi in Lincoln Park, Chicago.  I am alone.  It is dark.  And I walked here by myself.  I think I might really like Chicago.  I moved in yesterday and have felt tons of different emotions already.  Excitement, intimidation, independence, lonesomeness.  It's so crazy to think that I actually live here and can do anything I want.  And I can get practically anywhere I want without having to depend on others.  Tomorrow I'm going window shopping on Michigan Ave with a friend and we're going to have a picnic in Millennium Park.  I'm excited.  One thing I'm afraid about is making friends in the city.  I know I just have to put myself out there and things will happen.  I just need to get over my shyness.

Right now I'm a bit overwhelmed by everything.  I don't quite know what I'm doing and I don't really know the area too well.  I think once I've been here for a little while I'll feel better.  I think doing something routinely makes you a lot more confident.  New things are scary.  But oftentimes new things bring about the greatest rewards.

I went to the grocery store by myself today for the first time ever.  Yeah, you read that right.  It's interesting that people here use baskets a lot more than carts.  Rarely in St. Louis do I see people using baskets to do their grocery shopping.  It makes sense, though.  People walk  and take the bus to get their groceries, rather than driving.  Thus, you buy less so that you can carry everything.  There are a lot of little differences like that between living in the suburbs and living in a city.

I love you all and already miss you bunches.