Sunday, May 23, 2010

"I'm pretty sure there isn't a 1999 Bryan Street..."

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Today was quite a day! Mani woke up early for some reason so I was actually up in time to get some breakfast in the lobby...that I brought back to my room to save until I woke up again. Once I FINALLY got up I figured I'd go take some things to the apartment and see what was around there. It's kinda sad that I'll be moving out of this hotel tomorrow since it's really all I know. But I'll get to stay in my huge apartment with FURNITURE! Mani also goes to daycare tomorrow for her first day! I'm nervous for her but I'm sure she'll have fun. I hope she makes friends!

Anyhow, I went out to the apartment and saw lots of girls sitting outside braiding each other's hair. Adorable. Then I went to the dollar store and bought a TON of stuff for like $40 then attempted to drive to work...45 minutes into the estimated 16 minute drive it occurred to me that perhaps I was lost. As someone who has been in my fair share of cities I think it's safe to say that downtown Dallas is right up there with D.C. for the most confusing cities on the planet. Blocks? Grids? Nah, let's just throw the buildings somewhere and then have a train/tram thing go right through the middle of it all. After about an hour I pull over and ask for directions.

Me: How do I get to 1999 Bryan Street?
Stranger: ....1999 Bryan Street?
Me: Yes.
Stranger: Well...there's 2011 Bryan Street.
Me:.....so is 1999 just a block or so over?
Stranger: ......I'm pretty sure there isn't a 1999 Bryan Street....
Me: Ok. Thank you sir.
Stranger: Harwood Street is that way. Maybe you're getting Bryan mixed up with Harwood.
Me: Maaaaybeeeee.....
Stranger: I don't really know. I'm from Georgia. But I'm pretty sure there isn't a 1999 Bryan Street.

Oh geez. Is this what the south is like? Eventually I did find 1999 Bryan Street. The problem is the tram thing goes down Bryan street...which means cars can't go on it. Lightbulb, maybe I'll be taking the bus to work.

So then on my way back I found lots of parks with walking and running trails that I can take Mani to on non daycare days and found the 24 Hour Fitness center closest to my apartment. All and all it's been a really exciting day. It sounds lame, yes, but I got a driving tour of downtown Dallas and got all kinds of fun stuff for the apartment. Success! Can't wait for tomorrow!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

On My Own

Mom left early early this morning and ever since I've been officially on my own here in Dallas...well, Irving. It's weird...and more importantly, boring. I can't wait to make friends! Tomorrow I'm taking all of my stuff over to my apartment before the furniture comes Monday. Thank God my mom was nice enough to extend my hotel stay. Mani also goes to daycare Monday so she'll quit driving me nuts! There's just not enough for her to do around here. Or me for that matter. So I spent the day eating sour patch kids and other crap and watching the Lifetime dysfunction junction movie marathon. I had enough of that so I switched to HBO just in time to catch My Sister's Keeper. Excellent movie but I CRIED LIKE A BABY! Kinda put a damper on the day, but now I know the next book I'll be reading. Success. Hopefully I'll have more to report soon other than it's so damn hot!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Every Hour's Rush Hour



Today I got the keys to my new apartment and set up my electricity! Very exciting! It'll be more exciting after I get my furniture on Monday morning but getting the keys is a good start! I was up bright and early (ha) and went to do the apartment thing before my hair appointment at noon. I ended up getting it cut :( but after a few hours I decided it wasn't that bad.

Traffic is ridiculous here. At every hour. But it's been kinda neat just because it gives me time to look at everything. And getting lost constantly is teaching me a lot. Too bad I'm staying in Irving but will be living in Dallas. But in the event I ever have to spend time here again I'll be ok.

Other than the apartment, today was a really boring day. I hate getting my hair done and of course it took FOREVER so I wasn't in the best mood. I can't wait to start Armani in daycare because she's starting to drive me and TJ crazy since she hasn't gotten to burn as much energy as usual. Nothing else to report but check out that picture I took of downtown while sitting in traffic! (p.s.- still meatless!)

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Another Day, Another Daycare...

Today was an important day, Mom (I), went on a mission to find the perfect daycare for little Armani. After laying in bed watching a few hours of Wife Swap and chatting on Facebook with Hammy, I got up and headed out to Dee's Doggie Den. It's only about 15 minutes from where I'll be living but more like a half hour from where I am now in Irving so I decided Mani would have to forgo the trip. Thanks to the lovely Dallas traffic it took more like 45 minutes to get there but it was well worth it. The place is perfect! They even have pools outside for the dogs to swim in. And even better, it's cheaper than where I took Mani in Louisville! The woman who gave the tour was super sweet and it's a really nice place. Afterwards we went to this Mexican restaurant a few doors down and I got a bean burrito but I forgot how enormous the portions are so I did a pretty pitiful job of finishing it all. After the meal we checked out the 24 Hour Fitness center down the street for a little tour. I'm excited to try spinning and get back into yoga. I've gotten lazy after the marathon. Not as interesting of a day as some others but I'm still happy. Tomorrow I get my keys, move some junk into the apartment and get my hair done and then it's my first weekend!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Stanley!

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So for those of you who don't know, I'm spending this summer working as an intern in Dallas. Though I'm excited, I can't deny that the thought of being an intern AGAIN is really not all that appealing to me. But luckily I'm working for a great (HUGE) communications company that prefers recent grad interns so I'm hoping I'll have lots of work to do.

Before we got on the road, we stopped for some McTrash and my sister got herself a Happy Meal. But the best part was, we got a plastic gingerbread man from the Shrek movies as a toy! We decided he'd be our flat Stanley. Thus, the birth of Stanley. Anyhow, I got the bright idea to drive from Louisville to Dallas with my fur babies in tow. So we shipped my little Hyundai a few days early, rented a jeep, packed up a bunch of my junk, Armani and TJ and headed out. 6 or so hours later we stopped in Memphis for the night where me and Alexis had to run to Target to get a litter box for my little guy and looked at all of the Stanley pictures from earlier through the day. Tennessee was full of these weird dead armadillo things on the side of the road that were all belly up. Apparently when they die they flip on their backs to make it easier on the buzzards. So the next day we hopped back on the road bright and early and spent the day driving through Arkansas...there is absolutely nothing to say about Arkansas other than we passed a huge sign that said "HOPE, ARKANSAS. BIRTHPLACE OF PRESIDENT WILLIAM J. CLINTON!" Unfortunately Stanley was unprepared so we missed that sign and had to settle for a picture with the Hope sign. We spent most of the drive following signs for Texarkana but once we got there we had no idea whether we were in Arkansas or Texas. We kept driving and started seeing the state of Texas on all of the bridges and assumed we changed states. Apparently Texas doesn't welcome you, you welcome Texas. A few miles after Texarkana we saw some Texas State Troopers...IN PICK UP TRUCKS and a little further down a big herd of Longhorns! I almost died. 200 and some odd miles later we were in Dallas! We passed a huge lake where people were boating and the sun was shining and it was just gorgeous. Now that I've been to the lake with Rachel I hope I meet a richie here and get to go to the lake with someone. But I guess I have to make friends first...

Finally, we make it to Dallas, pick up my car, check into the hotel and EAT. Later we went and looked at some apartments and the first one I saw was amazing! I usually make a strict rule not to take the first thing I see but this one was a steal. It was originally $409 a month which is already cheaper than anything I've rented in Louisville (ps- note the fleur de lis layout I chose for this blog hehe) and was really spacious. It has a patio which you can get to from the living room and the kitchen. It has tons of counter space, a dishwasher and washer/dryer hookups. The guy who was leasing it was excellent at his job because he was so charismatic if I were anyone else I would've taken it. However, holding a degree in communication and being as business savvy as I am, I wasn't convinced. So I say I love it and he says Ok, Rennay. Let's get you leased! But I know that tone. So I say I need time to look around some more then say, I'm not sure, I have problems with commitment. But never one to lose a sale, homeboy says, What if I give it to you for $389 a month? Holy crap. I win. So now I have an apartment :)

I don't know much about Dallas so far other than that it's very hot, will only get hotter and is terribly confusing to navigate (much like Lou). But I'm optimistic. I think that once I start work things will get a lot better. But don't fret friends, I'm sure there will be PLENTY to report. Stay tuned...