December 10, 2006
So I survived my first week living in Chicago. I have been meaning to call/email alot of people and tell them how things are going, but haven't had enough time to get out everything that I would want to say to each person...maybe this is an easier way to do that.
Ben and I went on a cleaning spree last night and sorted through all of his cd's (see forum to buy the ones he's getting rid of). It looks really nice in the living/dining room now. We created kind of a work space in the 'dining room' area...with supplies along the window ledge, so you can sit and listen to music while working.
I started at the chocolate place this past Monday, after getting into town on Sunday afternoon. So, I didn't get settled until mid/end of the week. I have been taking the train/bus to and from work, which is hard to get used to doing by myself, especially since it gets dark here around 4pm. It's about a 40 min ride to work, but it goes pretty fast if I bring something to read.
I met a couple of cool people the other night when Ben and I went out for dinner. A woman from his program was having sort of a birthday dinner at this Thai/Sushi place called Butterfly, with about 25 people. Everyone brought wine or beer since it was BYOB, and we all had a good time. Afterwards we went to a party that was way too far out of the way and ended up cutting out pretty soon after we got there and coming home. I could tell the food didn't sit well though, and I ended up waking up in the middle of the night and barfing up Pad Thai. Needless to say, I didn't eat the leftovers.
Tonight, Ben and I went to see Little Miss Sunshine at this old theatre in a predominately Latino area just west of Logan Square. It cost $3 each and we sat in a small theatre with about 15 other people who came to see the movie. It was a good laugh. I'm glad I saw it. We walked home, and everyone had their Christmas lights on in their big huge old houses along the boulevard.
It doesn't quite feel like I live here yet. It still feels like I'm visiting or something. And I still haven't really come down from my job at the clinic in GR. I think it will finally hit me when I go back to GR for xmas around the 22nd. Before then, I will turn 24 on 12/12.
So far, I haven't quite figured out if I like Chicago better than GR. They both have their good and bad things. Chicago has bike lanes and mass transit, GR is cleaner and you can return your cans for money....things like that. I'll let you know when I figure out which is more worth it.
I did go for my first bike ride in Chicago yesterday. It was pretty scary. I had no idea where we were going and I was riding a one speed with only a front break...which I have never done. We were going so fast, and it was so cold out. It also didn't help that the bike was too high up for me and riding up my crotch....pretty exhilarating.
Posted by emma at December 10, 2006 10:00 PM
almost everyone i know has gone. weird, weird, weird.
i know you will get the hang of it soon, and you will have two homes. bi-homal. good luck, emma!
Posted by: george at December 10, 2006 11:25 PM
i bet a bike ride in chicago would more than terrify me.
Posted by: stephanie at December 11, 2006 12:04 AM
You don't return your cans for money here, but neither do you pay deposit in the first place.
Posted by: jdawe at December 11, 2006 1:32 PM
Posted by: emma at December 11, 2006 7:02 PM
i always thought that was a weird policy when i moved here --- i mean, i guess it's supposed to help encourage more people to recycle. but in minnesota, where i'm from, we don't pay deposit and there's a real high percentage of consumer recycling, we just throw the cans in the recycle bin when we put out the trash.
anyway, glad to hear you're doing well, em.
Posted by: imoak at December 11, 2006 9:22 PM
$3 dollar movies?! Main, them shits cost $9 bucks over here! I want to find a cheap movie theater and a bike too.
Posted by: Anthony at December 12, 2006 12:47 AM
Before you know it Emma, we'll have you all cozied in here. Don't even worry about it. Just make sure you wear a helmet when you ride the bike lanes!
Posted by: Michelle at December 12, 2006 3:46 PM
I *still* haven't figured out how to recycle cans here. You'll like it though. Chicago is fun.
Posted by: michael at December 12, 2006 6:44 PM