Thursday, April 24, 2014

Three Month Mark

This coming weekend, I have lived in Los Angeles for three months.  Three whole months!

THREE MONTHS.  That seems crazy.  It both feels like I just got here and like I have lived here forever.  The other day, we had an admin meeting at work and my co-worker Jamie said, “We have three new people since our last meeting!” and I wasn’t included.  I called her out, jokingly, and she said, “You’re just so ingrained in my every day life now that I forget you’re new!”  That’s… good?

When I first got here, I had a plan.  Step one was to find an apartment.  I landed on a Monday night and immediately devoted FIRST THING ON TUESDAY to hitting the streets… by Friday afternoon; we had a place to move into on Saturday morning.  Phew. 

Step two was to find a job.  That took some time.  At least at the time, it felt like it was taking forever.  I was spending hours applying to jobs and not hearing anything back.  I went on a few interviews (mostly with recruiters) and slowly jobs would trickle in, but still – nothing solid.  Eventually, after a month or so, I got three job offers in a week and obviously picked the one I felt would be the best fit. 

Step three was to get a car.  We haven’t bought a car yet, but I got around with ZipCars a whole lot during the interview process and as soon as I nailed down a job, Beau’s brother and sister-in-law graciously offered one of their cars for me to borrow until I can afford one.  I’m getting there, but for now, I’m driving around a giant Chevy Tahoe.

Now, I’ve been at my job for a full month and some change.  I finally feel settled and comfortable with the job and the people.  It’s a bit hectic and every day is different and a little unpredictable, but I’m enjoying it and finding a nice balance with the rest of my life.

As far as comedy goes, I met with a group a couple of times before ultimately realizing it wasn’t going to work out… for a few reasons.  I’ve been filming and writing for a web series with my friends.  I’m starting classes up in the summer.  I'm working on a project with another friend.  It's certainly different not performing ALL THE TIME, but I've made up for it with a lot of writing. A lot of writing. 

We've been on a couple of California adventures!  We went to the desert (which was so weird) and last weekend, we hung out in Venice Beach all afternoon.  I even got my haircut while Beau walked around the boardwalk and then we had lunch.  It's nice out there, but I still think living in West Hollywood is more my stye than the west side.  I'm just not a beach lifestyle person. I still really want to go to Disneyland... and might for my birthday in a few weeks.  Or Vegas.  Or Palm Springs. 

And, well, I’ve dyed my hair super blonde.  Because I’m super California now. 

I don’t know what’s in store for me.  I’m definitely enjoying living in California!  It's very different than what I'm used to.  Not bad, just different.  It's so damn sunny all the time!  I’m just happy that I did it.  I’m so glad that I’m feeling settled and actually know my way around Los Angeles and I’m familiar with different neighborhoods and can even deal with traffic!  I have a much different perspective now than I've ever had.  

Oh, and also, I can finally afford to like pay off my bills.  And I already have.  That is a huge weight off my shoulders. 

Yay to the first three months!  Here's to many more! 


Erin said...

I love the positivity! In fact, I smiled all the way through reading this. LA is great. I can't wait to move out of the suburbs and get a full time job in the city.

Patty Barrett said...

Oh, that's so exciting! It's really great!


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