So of course today should be my post about cooking something and while I have had some good cooking adventures this week (Vanilla Roasted Pears and Pot Roast), I didn’t really take any pictures and I actually spent most of my evening hanging out with some co-workers at a happy hour on Capital Hill. In a recent email exchange with my friend Ruth, who also moved away from Evanston this fall, she talked about how it is really the 2-3 month mark that is the hardest in any big move and I have to say I kind of agree with her.
It is at 2 months that most of your routines have re-adjusted, the basics of a a new city have been learned, bus systems mastered, new jobs figured out, rooms finally unpacked. And then you kind of look up and go “oh, right, I still don’t have friends yet”. Of course I do have Alex and other good friends who I knew before (Katie, David, housemates) and my fellow VISTAS who have quickly become key friends. But the biggest hole is formed by those always ready to hang out, try a new restaurant, watch Star Trek with you on a Saturday afternoon, go to an event or better yet bake brownies and watch chick flicks with you on a random Friday night. It is those friendships and community that I miss the most right now and also the relationships that take way longer than 2 months to create. While I wait for those deeper connections to form and those friendships to develop, taking a couple of hours to hang out with my favorite co-workers makes for a pretty good alternate evening.