Hello friends! I woke up this morning to see flurries outside. Eek. They’re gone now that it has warmed up to a balmy 28 degrees, but I’m still scarred from seeing them.
Truthfully, it’s not that bad here (yet). I went to our home inspection yesterday morning around 9:30 am and didn’t come home until almost 4 pm. The inspection went well–just a few minor things that need addressing, but overall things are moving right along. I snapped some pictures of my two favorite things: the view and the kitchen.
You can’t see from this picture, but there are TWO OVENS. What kind of fancy high rise living have I stumbled upon? I’m trying to get my bake on.
I had a lot of errands to run yesterday, so I was all over the city. I stopped into Target to grab some cheap running gloves and headbands to prepare me for the running tour that I am taking this Saturday. I’ll be sure to let you know how it goes if I survive. I am NOT fan of running in the cold, but I am going to try and suck it up and see how long I last in this city. Wish me luck!
Sidenote: I don’t know if it was only this Target or all stores, but all women’s outerwear (including fitness items) are 20% off through 11/15, so make sure to stock up!
Apparently it is already Christmas time outside of Macy’s.
I am really excited for Christmas in a city, so be prepared for a barrage of holiday pictures throughout the next month or two.
On a less than cheery note, our trip to India may be cancelled. For anyone new to this blog, there were many consequences to my addiction, one of them being 5 years of probation. I had to transfer it from MD to VA and now to the state of IL, who I heard from yesterday. While I had a great rapport with the officer in VA, they have no idea who I am in this giant city. They don’t know me from Adam (Eve?), so when I brought up that we had travel plans for India in the coming weeks, I was essentially laughed at and made to feel like a less than productive member of society. I am still not assigned a permanent officer here in the city, and by the estimated time that I do it will be the week of Thanksgiving. The timeline from there doesn’t seem conducive to meeting that person and getting permission to leave the country before we are scheduled to leave.
Needless to say I am upset, but I have learned that everything happens for a reason. I have also learned to be open minded, which allows me to change my perspective on things. This trip to India was set up months ago, before we were moving to Chicago. It falls only a few weeks after we arrived here and are trying to set up a life. It is in the middle of the closing process for our new home and the more that I thought about going, the less excited I got. Not because I don’t want to go to India, but because what should have been an exciting experience was turning into a point of stress and discomfort. So maybe this is a chance for us to settle in and physically be here during this whole transition. I still want to go to India, but I want to be excited about it and not force myself to go.
We haven’t made a final decision yet, but I think after weighing the pros and cons we may need to postpone it. I just wanted to share this as a reminder to always keep an open mind and look for the positives in any situation. You may not be able to see them right away, but in my experience they are always there when I look back. Also, I did not immediately jump to this level of zen. It took me holding back tears in the street, a talk with a very supportive husband, and the rest of the container of chocolate covered cherries to arrive at this destination 🙂
I am off to waterproof my Uggs (#basic) and whatever other clothing I may find. Enjoy your Thursday and stay warm!
Question of the day: How do you deal with bad news? Do you like Christmas or Thanksgiving more?