So, remember that job opportunity I told you about a few weeks ago? The one that would require me to leave the IE and migrate back to the homeland, a.k.a. the Great North? Well, I GOT IT!!!! Soooooooo excited. Seriously. It was a blur of phone interviews and nail-biting for two weeks, but I'm thrilled. It's for a company called A&R Edelman, an independent public relations firm in San Mateo that has large accounts for companies like Mozilla, Palm, and Adobe, to name a few. I will be working on the Adobe Digital Video Web team. It's perfect, really, because I'll be doing PR while also learning about these newfangled computer programs that all the hip kids are using. The same ones that I can't run on my home computer, since I'm an old-skooler and still running Windows 98 thanks to my broken CD-ROM drive.
Anyway, I went apartment hunting last weekend and found a gorgeous little studio literally a block from my work in San Mateo (I'm going to WALK to work every morning; how fabulous is that?!?!?) I'm on the 8th floor with a view of the San Mateo hills. . .and while the apartment is pretty dang small (a downgrade in space, but an upgrade in price. . .that's the Bay Area for you,) I'm still super excited about it. When I traveled back to the North this past weekend to visit my family, I realized just how much of a NorCal chick I truly am. Call me crazy. . .but I just really enjoy clean air. And normal traffic. Among other things. I look forward to hanging out with some old friends as well as taking trips into SF for exploration and getting lost on purpose. I could really use a trip to Golden Gate Park, now that I think about it. . .I miss the gardens and museums too.
This, of course, means that I will be departing from the IE in a matter of weeks (about 2, actually.) My last day at Glen Ivy is Sept. 7 (HALLEFUCKINGLUJAH!!) and I move on the 16th. I started packing today. . .took most of my wall decorations down and the place is already looking bare. Napoleon is enjoying climbing in and out of the half-filled cardboard boxes scattered around the living room. Maybe he'll finally tire himself out. But I doubt it.
Going through all of my things, I've been finding things that make me smile (a photo album of my debauched 25th birthday celebration in Vegas from last year) and things that I throw away (pretty much anything to do with my ex.) Just looking at the pictures of us reminds me of how he's now dating some jailbait dumb-ass that he probably thinks he'll marry, in his ridiculous naivete. I used to be okay with him, but now seeing pictures of him just irritates me. He was so young and stupid. . .and I was with him for way, way too long, making me stupid by association.
Not like I have any money right now (yeah, so how much does it fucking SUCK to pay $500 for a moving van and shit??), but I'm already thinking. . .new apartment means. . . new decorating options!! I have to go for a more subdued vibe; I'm thinking of getting some new bedding, and making my favorite framed pictures into black and whites, so that there's a unified theme in the place. . .now that my living space is just going to be one big room, things have to match. Kinda. I still won't give up my super-awesome collection of "Alice in Wonderland" prints.
All in all, I'm excited to begin this new chapter in my life. . .I have become a different (and better) person through my time in Southern California, and I wouldn't change it for anything. . .but I also know that new adventures wait for me up North, and I embrace whatever life has in store for me. . .
. . .like it or not, you'll hear all about it. :)