Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Chapter seven

October 13, 2009

It’s been far too long since I wrote last. I kept meaning to but life, it seemed, got in the way of things – or rather doing absolutely nothing got in the way.

Life in Chicago is going really well. I feel more comfortable in my surroundings, I know the general layout of the city (which is a feat because it’s HUGE!), and I’m meeting new people and trying new things. Dance of course takes up most of my time and is a never-ending source of frustration and joy. Even though I’ve had a similarly busy dance schedule while in school as I have now, I don’t think I’ve experienced this kind of intense self-inflicted pressure. Making sure you’re “getting better” with each class, with each rehearsal. Pushing yourself because you know you can and will be mad if you don’t give it 110%. It’s physically and emotionally draining at times, to say the least.

Rehearsals are going well for the most part. I feel so privileged to be dancing in two pieces and covering for another. As an intern you rarely get to perform. On November 13 TDC will perform in Skokie and the 28 we will have our debut at the Harris Theater. I honestly can’t believe I’m going to be experiencing that. It’s such an honor.

Aside from dance, not too much is going on in my life. The job search is still in full swing, although I will admit that I give up every now and then. But I am hopeful that something will work out for me. It has to, right?

The most exciting thing to happen to me thus far is buying a DSLR. For those of you who know me well, you will know how excited this makes me. I’ve wanted one since 12th grade. Someone was selling a Canon Rebel XT on the Facebook Marketplace for a price I really could not pass up. I’ve taken a few shots with it and they turned out nicely. It feels so good to be in control of a camera again (as opposed to using an fully automatic point-and-shoot)! I’m looking forward to playing with it more. I’ve posted a few of the photos I’ve taken on my Facebook page.

What else? What else?

I’m 80% certain I will be moving to a new apartment in November. To make a long story short, Erinn moved back to Minneapolis and we’re putting our apartment back on the market. I’m hoping to find a cute, reasonably priced studio further south and closer to A) the dance studio and B) my friends. It sucks living out in the boonies.

I guess that’s about it. Hope everything at home is going well (and that the snow hasn’t inconvenienced anyone too much yet). It’s getting pretty chilly here, too, but no snow as of yet.