Today marks two months of living in Baltimore. That is crazy. I haven’t seen my family in a month. I didn’t even know my parents got a new car. It’s amazing how much can change in such a short amount of time. I feel like I’ve been back forever.
I haven’t had a weekend with “downtime” since I moved here. I went into this weekend with no plans and ended up filling it completely. It was absolutely perfect.
Iggy Azalea with the KIND team. That was really cool. We didn’t have “seats” but we were able to stand close to the front off to the side and see the entire show. She was on stage for about 45 minutes but she put on quite a performance.
Potluck at lunch. Baltimore bike party with November Project friends. After-party until midnight. I love these people.
Spinning. Work at the running store (where I sold a pair of shoes off my feet…literally). Dog sitting and root beer floats.
Road trip to DC. Walked the dogs in the morning, checked out the color run, brunch at Clyde’s (MINE was good at least…), went to the Museum of Natural History, people watched on the Lincoln Memorial steps, and had a late lunch/early dinner at Urban Butcher in Silver Spring. Followed by root beer floats round 2 and I was asleep before 9. Solid end to a perfect day/weekend.
I like being busy. Especially this kind of busy. I like spending time with people. I used to say I wanted to live alone, that I need a lot of “me time,” that I don’t really like being around people. Apparently that’s not true. Not at all. I came home from work twice last week and was the only one home. That hasn’t happened since I moved in two months ago. It was lonely. I imagined that being my life every night and couldn’t. I love coming home and hanging out with my roommates, or meeting friends after work. I haven’t done much by myself since I left the boat and now I look back and don’t know how I spent so much time by myself.
Exactly two months ago I moved back to Baltimore and started my new job here. I can honestly say it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I love it here. I love my friends, I love my roommates (who are also my friends), I love my job(s), I love November Project, I love where my apartment, and as much as I hated to admit it at first, I’m starting to really like this city. I may not be running at the moment and I may not be doing what I imagined myself doing after graduation, but it has all worked out exactly the way it was supposed to.
I may not be able to run, but I realized I really like biking/spinning. I may not be living in Boston, but I am learning how to live in the post-grad world without leaning on my parents (too much). I may not be working in the health/fitness/running industry, but I’m working at a company with so much opportunity and room for growth with people I enjoy spending my days with. I may not be where I thought I’d be, but I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.
I don’t miss boatlife (even if I still talk about it a lot), I’m not terribly homesick for Boston, and whenever people at my company ask if I plan to get transferred to the Boston office after I’ve completed my year as a traffic coordinator, my honest answer is that I don’t know. I like Baltimore, or at least I like my Baltimore life. I’ll always be a New England girl. But for now, this place seems like a pretty great fit.