A Tale of Two Chicas

Pittsburgh Chica Update May 27, 2012

Filed under: Pittsburgh Chica — Sonia @ 7:32 pm
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I haven’t posted anything in a hot minute! And, looking back at all the old posts I have to admit that I got a little teary-eyed! I just can’t believe how lonely and miserable I was! That jerk of an ex-boyfriend really did a number on me, didn’t he?

I’m glad to report that things are soooo much better! I’m still with my man that I’ve been dating since December (and that I’ve known for over a year). He’s so good to me. For my birthday this past February, he surprised me with a basket of mangoes (my favorite fruit) with balloons (I mentioned how sad I was that I wasn’t going to get my yearly birthday balloons from my sister) tied to the basket. I’m such a lucky girl.

I hopefully will graduate with dual Master’s degree in December. I can’t wait to finally finish.

I also did end up getting a job within my agency in another department. I love my coworkers. Something crazy is always happening. My boyfriend cracks up with all the stories I tell him.

I love my life.

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All I want for Christmas is workers’ comp. November 18, 2011

Filed under: Pittsburgh Chica — Sonia @ 10:47 am
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My co-workers are freakin’ hilarious. I’m really going to miss this place. For those that don’t know, my contract ends in December and it’s not a guarantee that I’ll get hired by another department.

But back to my hilarious co-workers. The maintenance dudes are putting up the Christmas decorations and we’re just pretty much amused by it. They’re dropping the garland and ornaments all over the place.

One of my co-workers wants to get whacked either by the falling garland or a falling human being so he can claim that workers’ comp. My other co-worker suggested he slip on the ornament.

“It happens all the time,” he said.

“Yeah, dude. Haven’t you seen Home Alone?,” I add.

I seriously cannot stop laughing like an idiot right now.

 

I love us October 24, 2011

Filed under: Pittsburgh Chica — Sonia @ 12:40 pm
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I’m not happy with my job. I do it just to pay the rent. However, there’s another reason why I don’t want to leave. The people there are just too damn cool. It’s an amazing organization to work for not only because of the services they provide for the community, obviously, but also because the employees are treated right.

They let me leave immediately for 2 1/2 weeks for health purposes and I returned with my job waiting for me. It wasn’t until then I realized I met some amazing and caring people. People I’ve known for only 5 months and they have shown great concern for me. I can honestly say I call these, about 4 or 5, people my friends. While I was at home (basically laying around until I left to get my flight back home to Chicago), my co-worker/friend offered to bring me food because I literally wasn’t eating for days.

I thought about that today as I experienced another act of kindness from another co-worker/friend. He had a big plate of chocolate covered strawberries and said, “Sonia, let’s go to the cafeteria and eat these.” Let me tell you, those strawberries were bomb.

I thought about how it’s funny the way things work out. You think you know a person. You think you can trust them. You think they mean it when they make promises or claim their loyalty. But, you really don’t know if they’re good on their word, loyalty, trust or whatever until it’s put to the test. It’s a good thing though because it weeds out the people that don’t deserve your presence, love, trust and loyalty. A little good karma plays into it as well. While you may have lost a person or two, a group of amazing individuals (even strangers) show up to let you know that they’re here for you. I have tons of stories about bomb people that have been nothing but kind to me. That’s all that matters. As my Katie bear would say, “I love us.”

 

I’m the crazy lady that cries at work July 13, 2011

Filed under: Pittsburgh Chica — Sonia @ 10:55 am
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I just embarrassed myself today and made a stranger and her child feel incredibly awkward. This woman comes in with her child and all I could think about is how he resembles my 12-year-old nephew both physically and socially. He was very tall, dark, chubby, quiet as a mouse and introverted just like my nephew.

I’m speaking with the woman while I continuously glance at the boy and I start to get teary and choke up. She didn’t say anything but from the look on her face she became uncomfortable and probably thought I was a crazy idiot (and rightfully so).

How embarrassing.

 

runnin’. June 8, 2011

Filed under: Chicago Chica — Yessica @ 3:08 pm
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I have two jobs both in the loop. I love running from job A to job B. Switching on and off between roles keeps me happy.

I think I’m even happier with my inability to really think. I’m just doing. Work – strategy – love – laughing.

Is this the lifestyle I wanted? I think so. As much as I strive off of consistency and structure, I’m happier just doing this. I like looking at the people on the street wondering where they are going. Each day here I realize how disconnected I’m becoming from this city. In the loop I get to experience the urban elements I love, only to realize that they can only exist between certain times and certain days of the week. Funny how that reflects a lot of my relationships.

 

Is June over yet?

Filed under: Pittsburgh Chica — Sonia @ 10:49 am
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Don’t get me wrong. June is awesome. I love June. I’m so burnt out though. Summer grad classes and the full-time gig are draining me. I’ve never taken a day off since I started working at the end of February (with the exception of Memorial Day) and I only had a one week break of classes before I started again in the summer. By the time Wednesday night hits I’m totally done with the week. I don’t want to do anything after that. All I want to do is sleep and drink a beer on weekend nights.

I also haven’t had the time to do anything just because I’m so exhausted by mid-week. I haven’t had the time to clean my room and prepare for a move-in with a new roomie.

I think it’s all starting to catch up with me. I’ve been feeling really sick lately. This whole morning I’ve been feeling really light headed and nauseated. I just keep telling myself that I have to keep hustlin’ until the 27th and I’m done with the first set of excruciating classes. Then I can finally hit up Chicago and kiss the concrete.

 

Loopty Loop. June 1, 2011

Filed under: Chicago Chica — Yessica @ 3:18 pm
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Yay!! June 1st is here. I survived my final month at my old store after all. I’m back downtown working in the loop, good times indeed.

I can see why people like to stay and think that Chicago is the place to be. You’re free to pick and choose whatever type of lifestyle you’d like. Yes, that’s true. I can easily settle into one of the city neighbourhoods buy a wonderful home and settle my ass down forever if I wanted to. I can move into what Chicagoans call “trendy” neighbourhoods and live among artists, hipsters, and college kids. I can move to the loop: live among the expensive, over priced, fast paced Monday thru Friday people. The point is that Chicago’s lifestyles are endless, there are several options to pick from. Finding the right one that feels right can be a bit overwhelming.

So my point is this: yes I work in the loop now, yes I like it, and yes I still don’t expect anything else to change. Because for whatever reason no matter how much change one can create for themselves in this city- some how you’re limited to experiencing a full range of change. As my father says: “learn to live here, stop complaining, and settle or move the hell out. If you move out of Chicago and return you’ll see nothing has changed people stay the same.”

I feel like everything right now for this moment is exactly where its supposed to be.