Yesterday, I took my new calendar out of its clear wrapping and hung it up. I starred at it for a couple seconds...then took it down and flipped through the blank pages looking at the different dates. I wondered what those numbers would represent in the days and months to come...would it be just an average day? Will I be on a trip? Is it one that will be remembered...or quickly forgotten? I can't say, but as I stood here in my room, I couldn't help but feel like I'm living the sequel to It's a Wonderful Life...how does the story play out when George Bailey gets his wish and actually does move?
I've had many of you email or call asking how the move to the big city has gone. With the holidays, I've only been in the city 13 days total...but that first week, I texted my sisters at one point saying, "Is it too early to say I tried this and it didn't work? I want to come home." I think that came soon after I backed into a light-pole, crunching up the back of my car. Their response?...no response. Good girls. I knew better...I was just having a fabulous moment...a very pathetic, drama-filled moment.
But apart from that...it's actually been really REALLY great. I'm far from being a big city girl...I'm not sure I'll ever be one...but I've learned a few things in my first couple weeks...so here are...
My Top 10 Lessons Learned so far:
There's an app for everything. Literally, everything.
So far, I've downloaded an app for the CTA, Metra, Transit, Amtrak, Hailing a cab, buying groceries, finding theaters, checking the status of my insurance claim, and a new photo app. They're all meant to make my life easier, but I may be more confused than ever just trying to figure out the right app to use.
I can buy groceries online and have them delivered!
As I said before, I don't have a car right now as it's getting fixed...and desperate times call for desperate measures...so I was told that I can buy groceries online and some sweet little person will actually deliver them to my doorstep! It's turning out that I basically moved to the city just to never leave my house. :)
I can get along with cats.
I didn't think it was possible...but it's true. Remember the cat that I tried to adopt? The overly needy and affectionate cat? Yeah, they're the opposite of him...although, every time I come out of my room and they see me, they go tearing off like they've just committed murder. I've never been so constantly suspicious of two little animals in my life.
A Chicago city mile is COMPLETELY different from a Bloomington-Normal city mile
It still baffles me how my GPS will say that a location is 0.5 miles away and gives 10 min. as the aprox. time of travel.
The city makes me feel very small.
People in the city don't make eye contact as much as they do from home.
The hardest part of getting around the city is acting like I'm not completely lost.
I went to meet a friend in the city a couple nights ago, and I kept trying to glance at the street names from the corner of my eye...and trying to follow my GPS but making it look like I was reading a text. It was all very tricky and I got lost a couple times. By time I got to the restaurant I literally had to stand there for a couple minutes warming up my numb lips so I could form the words of her last name. The host was not impressed...I'm clearly an amateur.
Unless with friends, eating is a chore.
I'm starting to think this is why Chicago has so many great restaurants...because no one feels like cooking. It seems to be very much of a 'norm' here. Thank goodness I have Kasey and Rebekah who know me well and both sent me home with some care packages. Kase, I'm making an effort to eat...no need to worry. :)
My allergy to alcohol actually makes a difference here.
I've never explained my allergy to alcohol as many times as I have in the past 13 days! It was always one of those 'fun facts' to pull out when I needed one...but here, it's actually somewhat of a handicap socially.
I'm surrounded by really great people and friends in the City.
This continues to amaze me. I feel like my roommates and their friends have welcomed me into their friendships completely...it was honestly very unexpected...and it means so much to me.
It's very difficult for me to ask for help...and people have gone COMPLETELY out of their way to help and knowing that there are people that have my back makes all the difference in the world.
So yeah...the move to the city has been very good. :)