Changes I have noticed:
- I am back to my college ways of walking long ways and not thinking it is a big deal. I remember just a few weeks before I left St. Louis when I didn't want to walk a couple blocks to get a smoothie, now I walk several blocks to get to the train each day and walk a lot to get places. It now feels strange when I get into a car.
- Even though I am walking a lot, I feel as though I have put on weight because of the lack of cooking home meals the first month+ that I was here as well as the yummy food I can get in the city. I have started to cook more at home, but even with that, I feel more hungry throughout the day than I used to and end up eating more than I used to.
- I am able to tell tourists pretty easily - before they even pull out their maps.
- I have become a regular at the wine shop by my school. So much so that when I walk in the clerk doesn't have to ask my name anymore. He just reaches into the notecard file (think Dewey Decimal System) to find my name while I pull out the money to pay.
- I have neighbors who recognize me and say hi when I walk by.
- I don't think leaving the house before 6 is a big deal when going to work. I like when I get there by 6:30 so I can be the first to use the ancient, slow copy machine before it gets crowded with the morning rush of teachers.
- I was a good packer before - even became the go-to person for my boo when he traveled so that I could get everything to fit and fit well in his bag. I now pack my bag with another bag when I go grocery or other shopping, pull out the bag from the pack and stuff both of them expertly for the trip home.
- I take power naps on the subway to and from work.
- I know the times when the subway will be most crowded on the way home and I know where best to enter the train to avoid the masses.
- I feel like I have become better at my sly-style people watching so I, hopefully, don't look like it is all still amazing to me.
I thought I was really at home, but just two days ago, I got off the subway and thought to myself, "I actually live here?" I guess, it is still unbelievable in some ways.
The circumstances for moving came so quick and were so unexpected, that it sometimes feels as though I am just on vacation or something.
That is, until I have to pay the exorbitant rent at the start of the month.