A Tale of Two Chicas

eating dinner alone. May 16, 2011

Filed under: Chicago Chica — Yessica @ 9:03 pm
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I just finished having dinner alone at the Rocking Horse, a restaurant bar place by my house. Its very close and walking distance home. Why I love to eat here and drink here:
Everything on their menu is awesome. They have a great drink menu. I absolutely love drinking Ace’s Pear Cider Beer.

I’m glad my dad taught me how to eat dinner alone at a young age. I used to be real weird about it feeling extremely awkward sitting by myself while others around me enjoyed their meals in company of friends. I can still distinctly remember the first time I ever had dinner alone.

I was 15 living on Vashon Island, Washington for the summer with my dad. There was a chinese restaurant on the island which we would frequently visit. My dad told me the only way I’d ever learn to really understand people and deal with them is by learning to deal with myself first. He told me I should go have dinner at this place alone and deal with the awkwardness. He said that in the larger image of life that one dinner alone wouldn’t really matter and if I never wanted to do it again, I wouldn’t have to.

My dad’s taught me a lot about life at a very young age. I guess I wasn’t quite ready to understand the deeper meanings of his lessons at the time. So where does that leave me now? Well, I don’t know. Its not too difficult. Sometimes I like to eat alone. The end.

 

Oh Chicagoness. April 11, 2011

Filed under: Chicago Chica — Yessica @ 10:29 pm
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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the move to NYC. I wonder often when it’s the right time to leave Chicago and haven’t been able to come up with a solid answer. I did however come up with a short reality check list to help me keep this whole NYC idea in perspective.

Rule #1. Don’t move to NYC if you cannot afford the lifestyle you want to have.

As much as a love the fast paced energy of New York City, I’ve come to realize that I do not want to put myself in a situation where I cannot maintain the lifestyle I want. For example, apartment space. Yes, yes, yes, I’ve heard horror stories on how small and ridiculously expensive apartments are in NY, but lets face it- its NEW YORK CITY. I’ve been to those tiny cramped multi roommate apartments and they are definitely not fun to be in for very long.

Above is a picture the limited space in some apartments that I’m referring to. YEAH, that does not look appealing and most importantly comfortable. I currently live in a two bedroom apartment with a living room, full bathroom (with a stand in shower and full bathtub) kitchen and patio. It’s a pretty neat place and has plenty of space, 2 blocks away from transportation and awesome. I really do love my apartment.

I’ll post up my other reality checklist rules over my next few posts.