chicago-bound 2008

All Moved In

Well, all my stuff is moved in, anyway. Whether or not I am actually all settled is a whole different question!

The kitchen is unpacked. The bedroom and bathroom are pretty much set up… except there is some outstanding stuff that I need to figure out what to do with it. Will probably be in Aidan’s/guest room for the time being. The office stuff/desktop computer will be the most challenging, I think. But I’ll get through it.

Adam’s home! See ya! :)

Now playing: Nelly Furtado – No Hay Igual
via FoxyTunes

(Originally published at Anywhere Is…)

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Settling In

So, I’m now a Chicagoan. And to be honest, I have many mixed feelings. I know it’s because this is a huge life change and it’s new and overwhelming. I’d lived in Ohio all my life, and in Columbus since 1995. This is huge! So, here are my thought processes often:

– Oh my God, what did I do?
– I miss Aidan.
– Where the hell am I going to put this? Who built an apartment with no storage? I mean, who thought it was a good idea NOT to include a medicine cabinet?
– Wow, look at that skyline. I can’t believe I live here now.
– I want to go [insert place here], but I want to figure out how to get there by train rather than by car or bus.
– Oh God, does that mean I have to DRIVE?
– I need to drive and get used to it so I can stop being freaked out about it.

As the place comes together, I feel more at ease, though. And so does Lucy. At first, she hid in the closet, then under the bed. As more of my stuff gets put out, the more she ventures out.

The cats are a soap opera like whoa. When they first met, Crookshanks sniffed Lucy through her carrier and started purring. Later, Lucy started hissing at him and growling. Crookshanks is very sad at her rejection of him. He comes up to her and makes a couple friendly meows. She hisses and growls and maybe even yowls, and he makes a sad little meow and walks away. Today, he decided to force her to play with him. He was even doing the rolling on his belly and being submissive to her, but she was throwing a seriousl hissy hit! It was really funny. He’s determined to make friends with her. I just think she needs time to explore and whatnot. She’s out and about now; he’s asleep on the bed beside me.

Since I’ve been here, I’ve had Avanti pizza (which crimsonghost_oh totally loved), and Hot Doug’s! :) And McDonalds, because I’m on a kick again and need to get off of it ASAP. Adam and I went downtown last night and I took some really pretty pictures on Michigan Avenue. I also just took pix of the apartment. I’ll post them once I find my card reader or USB cord to get them off the camera and onto the computer. At B&N, I used my gift card and got an AWESOME pretty blue lap desk. It’s already gotten a lot of use! :) And… and… Adam let me watch hours of America’s Next Top Model that he recorded for me last weekend. :)

Living with Adam is weird now, only because it’s surreal. Even though the closet is filled with my clothes and my books are all over the place, it still feels like a visit and that I’ll be heading back to Columbus in a few days. But, as newwaytowrite commented to me, it’s going to take 21 days to get my bearings, so I’m giving myself time to do just that.

Off to unpack the rest of the kitchen stuff. ‘Til next time! :)

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Last Saturday Night in Columbus

It’s so weird. When the crazy across the hall slams her door, I think to myself “THANK GOD I’LL BE RID OF YOU IN A FEW DAYS.” But when I hug someone and they have that inevitable sad look on his or her face, I feel sad. It’s a bittersweet ending. I started offically living in Columbus during the summer of 1995, when the building I was living in offered a can’t refuse deal on its summer rent costs. I was already tired of moving back to Cleveland for the summers; my life was in Columbus by then.

The last thirteen years…

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Counting Down & Stuff…. (Pictures)

People like to feed you for special occasions or life changes, etc. I guess it makes sense. Breaking bread together is such a time of fellowship and togetherness. And fulfillment in more ways than one.

Yesterday, Dawn and Wanita took me to Bob Evans for lunch. I ate like a little piggy, but it was awesome. Today, I had a farewell party at La Chatelaine. It was awesome! Some of my favorite people came, and . For lunch, Karen and Sarah took me to China Dynasty, which was also yummy. I ate way too much today, but it was worth it. That’s me, trying to hit all my Columbus haunts before I head out to Chicago.

Various pictures of me and my co-workers from Zaner-Bloser.

Ronni's Good-bye (Goodbye?) Party
Me, Michelle, and Rebecca

Ronni's Good-bye (Goodbye?) Party
Me and Janet

Ronni's Good-bye (Goodbye?) Party
Me and Heather

Ronni's Good-bye (Goodbye?) Party
Jay, me (looking 12), and John

Ronni's Good-bye (Goodbye?) Party
Me and Tony (who is really broken up about my leaving, incidentally *giggle*)

Ronni's Good-bye (Goodbye?) Party
Sarah and me

Ronni's Good-bye (Goodbye?) Party
Laura and me


This picture of from China Dynasty this afternoon:

China Dynasty Buddha!
Karen (my Columbus mommy), me, Sarah ♥

So, how many days now? Tuesday is almost over, so five? Holy crap. Everytime a neighbor does something obnoxious (and believe me, it happens all the time), I just keep remembering how it’ll be over soon.

I’m eager to be there. To have all my stuff unloaded and in the apartment. But there are things I need to do here still, so it’s good I have those five days. I can’t believe it. It’s here!

Tomorrow’s my last day at ZB. Work has been insanely busy. Correlations, deadlines, adoptions. The days have been going quickly, but it’s been stressful. I did what I could, though, so I can leave feeling okay about that.

Been listening to my old House Blend CD. It’s good old Chicago house music. Totally getting me in the mood. That, some Bad Boy Bill, I should be good to GO.

Now I should GO TO BED. I’m sleepy.


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