I finally am starting to feel settled here. I went grocery shopping by myself for quite possibly the first time ever. It was kinda fun and made me feel like a grown-up. haha (Funny how I still need to add "feel like," even though I'm 21 and living hundreds of miles away from my family).Â
My internship has finally officially started, even though I've already met everyone several times because of my housing problems. That actually helped to make the transition that much easier. During my regular hours, I'm going to be doing lots of different tasks, but right now I'm creating a database of all the authors that they publish. It's not too bad, but the really cool part is that my boss, Jon, wants me to do real work outside of my normal hours. I'm going to get to go to plays and write reviews, and interview writers. It's actually very cool that they're putting so much faith in my writing abilities. Next Tuesday, I get to sit in on a dress rehearsal for a play about King Kong. That should be interesting, to say the least.Â
Last night, Jon took me to an awards ceremony because one of the writers that our company publishes was being honored. It was interesting, but a little hard to keep up with all the name dropping. I managed to keep a few of the names in my head of authors to add to my reading list. The best part, however, was eating at a Chinese Cuban restaurant (that's right, Chinese Cuban) and getting a chance to hang out/get to know my boss. The biggest difference I've noticed between this internship and working for the University is that here, I'm a real person. Not just a student or a residence staff member. I'm someone that's fun to have dinner with. It's really a very neat experience.
I'm not working on Friday, so I've got big plans to hit up as many museums as I can during their free hours. A lot of people have been suggesting cool things to do, as well, so I'm going to try to do some of those, too. Jon suggested that I take a water taxi from port to port and get an uncommon view of the city. Heather says I need to go to Otto to get the celebrity chef experience. And of course everyone has about twelve amazing restaurants that they recommend, but I'll have to wait and do those gradually with friends.
Tonight is actually my first night in about a week with absolutely no plans. I'm looking forward to getting some laundry done, reading a book, and maybe figuring out how many free museums I can go to on Friday. Sounds lame, I know, but I'm excited. This is the first time I've ever lived in a real apartment. It's the first time I haven't had family or friends or homework or resstaff to balance. This is peace of mind. This is solitude. This is ... me probably calling up family and friends tonight. haha Oh well. Maybe I do like all that stuff, after all.Â