Update: I did NOT get lost on my first day!
In other news, I'm wrapping up the second week of my internship, and lemme just say--TGIF! These past two weeks have been incredibly exciting and equally as exhausting. And to think I sometimes couldn't roll out of bed, throw on shorts and a t-shirt, and make it to my 10 AM classes on time?! Reality check! Adjusting to this schedule was definitely a struggle at first, but I'm catching on and learning my lessons with each day. For example: don't drink coffee after 2 PM or else you will toss and turn at night and feel judged by your FitBit when you can't fall asleep. Napping is for the weak and it will ruin everything. Ditch the nap and go on a run instead. And check the weather before you dip out without a raincoat or rain boots. It will start raining and you will have to ditch your flats and run barefooted to the train station if you're not prepared. But, there is something surreal about the whole experience. I take the train to work every morning with hundreds of other Chicagoans, walk the city streets with thousands of other young professionals each day, eat lunch by the river, do all the marketing things (aka the real reason why I'm here), ride the train to get home, go for sunset runs by the lake, eat, sleep, repeat. It's the coolest routine ever and so so different from any lifestyle I've ever lived before, and I'm LOVING it.
Last Saturday I took advantage of the gloomy weather and decided to take a day to just relax. I had been sight-seeing and walking around covering lotsa territory ever since I arrived, so Saturday, I napped (and to clarify, napping is only bad M-F, weekends are fair napping game). My roommate's copy of Amy Poehler's Yes Please was chilling on the book shelf, so I picked it up and couldn't put it down. 150 pages later, Dorothy invited me to go out with her and her cousins in Wrigleyville. Think lots of drunk Cubs fans. So of course, I went and had a great night meeting some of my cousins-not-cousins (long story) and their friends!
The next day, Mackenzie came into the city and we went to Giordano's for my first personal pan Chicago style 'za. It was filling to say the least. While at lunch, we met up with one of Mackenzie's friends who also goes to UGA, and my friend Kiley from Massachusetts who is also interning in the city came to join as well. Yay for intern friends!!
Tomorrow after work, I'm taking on the Metra (different rail system) and heading out to Geneva, IL to spend the weekend with the other MJ. I'm trying out a Pure Barre class with Mack on Saturday morning--I've heard good things, so I can't wait to see what all the hype is about. Check back next week to find out if I got abs!
Until the next time I have the will power to continue staring at a computer screen,