This past week I covered two assignments for a new paper, bringing my total of suburbs I’ve covered to five. This Thursday, my daily video project is supposed to begin after getting postponed last week. I have another assignment tomorrow afternoon, and it sounds pretty cool. It’s about a high school kid who was chosen to play in the Grammy band, and he’s going out to LA soon for a week for practice.
I went out on a date last week, and you can be sure it’s going to be a while before I do that again because it was a disaster. But still, first Chicago date? Check. At least I got to see “The King’s Speech” out of it. I’m just going to be a lot more reluctant to give a guy my number next time because the constant, uncomfortable texts are only just now winding down. Also, did you know AT&T charges you $5 a month if you want to block a phone number?
My friend Christine is coming to visit in a few weeks. She’s coming for Presidents’ Day weekend and we’re going to visit the Shedd Aquarium. Maybe I can ask if she’d also like to visit the free zoo I’ve become so fond of? I’m kind of a lame person to visit right now, because it’s cold and I’m poor, but I can’t tell you how happy I am that these friends are willing to come all the way here to see me. BC and Christina were going to come earlier this month but C got horribly ill days before the trip. We’re planning on rescheduling for spring when hopefully everything will magically be better on all counts.
I met a friend of my uncle’s for lunch last week. She was a very kind, humorous and generously helpful woman and I was glad to meet her. She worked for the Chicago Tribune for many years but is now retired. She offered a whole slew of job sites I haven’t been looking at and encouraged me to reach out to media outlets directly. We’ll probably meet up for lunch again soon, and I’m looking forward to it already.
I dressed kind of professionally to go meet her and I thought how nice it was to wear a regular office outfit instead of my department store all-black, or my pajamas. Sad, I know. Then I realized the outfit I was so excited about was easily something I’d be wearing to a regular day at my old job, any old time. I certainly don’t miss some things about working at my old office but I think I do miss the normal feeling of getting dressed for work and leaving the house to be somewhere at a certain time. Then it also occurred to me I should probably be dressing up for my newspaper gigs, which I haven’t been, so maybe that problem’s solved.