Rainy Day

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No, it wasn’t rainy today, but it was last week.  I took this picture last Monday when I walked to Whole Foods after my job interview had been postponed.  At first I thought it was going to be too rainy to walk over there, but it wasn’t bad at all, because my umbrella kept me dry.  There were lots of people out that day, using their umbrellas, which surprised me.  It seems like the rain would have kept them in.

I spent an hour (two?) in Whole Foods, which is the longest I’ve spent in one before.  I looked at everything, and I mean everything.  It was fantastic.  Then I bought ingredients for a Mexican fiesta and headed back home. 

It was rainy and gloomy outside, yet very beautiful.  It smelled like spring… like rain drops and lilacs.  It just seemed so perfect out, I had to snap a picture.

I wish today would have been as lovely, but it wasn’t.  Today was the first bad day I’ve had in Chicago.  A bad day at work ruins your whole day, unfortunately.  I’m in a funk and there’s no coming out of it.  I’m hoping for better days there in the future.  I think I have to develop a tougher shell if I’m going to make it in Chicago, and not let things bother me so much.

I’m feeling homesick, too.  I miss my mom, dad and sisters something fierce.

So anyway, I was going to write about my first Cubs game, but I’m not feeling it.  I think I’ll just bake some brownies, drink some chardonnay, and throw myself a little pity party. 

I hope your day was better than mine!

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“Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you - not because they are nice, but because you are.”  ~Author Unknown

41 comments:

  1. I'm not a consistent commmenter on here, but I figured you would enjoy the news that you were not the only one in Chicago who had a bad day, I was right there with you. I hope you are loving Chicago otherwise though - it truly is a great city - and am glad to hear you have experienced Wrigley :)

    Melissa

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  2. Hope you have a better day tomorrow! Everyone has bad days sometimes! Enjoy your new city and the man who loves you!

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  3. Your kindness will carry you through! Don't let others' nonsense bring you down. Here's to better days to come. Keep on keepin' on! :)

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  4. Sorry to hear you had a bad day - bad work days are the worst and tend to seep into everything else. Brownies are my go-to medicine for this type of situation as well...I hope tomorrow is much better!

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    1. The brownies ended up turning into chocolate chip cookie donuts! Haha.

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  5. So sorry you had a bad day. Being homesick compounds that too. Wishing for better days ahead for you. I love your quote. So true. Hang in there.

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  6. I love the look, smell, feel, and sound of rain ... all of it. So beautiful.

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  7. So bad your day sucks this much... But you definitly find THE way to make it better: chardonnay + brownies= feeling better!

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  8. Feel better soon, Em. Try and get in some Skype sessions - it doesn't replace being in person, but it can help.

    I love rainy spring days because yeah, it is raining, but at least it's green. One major difference between where I live in Indiana to cities like Chicago and NYC is that rain doesn't stop anyone. They just don jackets, rain boots, and actually use umbrellas! I just make a mad dash from the car to the store.

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    1. Skype is a good idea. Unfortunately I don't have a webcam. :(

      Haha so true about the rain! That's what I was trying to say, but I couldn't. We do the same thing back home.

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  9. I have a saying about big cities. "People who live in big cities tend to be @ssholes." When you're surrounded by that many people, just trying to get through your day, and everyone else is trying to do the same, and seeingly in your way, and think you are in their way, well, it doesn't always foster a happy positive attitude (although I have often observed that Chicago is a bit different from other big cities and the people there are so nice it's creepy). Yes, you will have to develop a thick skin and not let others get to you. I have faith that you will do this. I also have faith that you will not lose your own humanity in the process.

    Even with all of the excitement of your new life, it would be impossible not to miss everything and everyone you left behind. Yes, you are making a big change in your life, but no matter how positive it all is, that doesn't change the fact that change will always be stressful. Reality is reality no matter where you go. Just accept that. Accept that there will be bad days. Accept that you are going to feel homesick now and then. Then eat those brownies, give your boyfriend a hug, and remember all of the joys you have in life.

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    1. I want to keep my humanity! Everyone has been really nice up until this day. It's a long story, and I can't go into it here, unfortunately.

      I will give my bf a hug! Thanks for the kind words.

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  10. moving is tough. moving away from family is the toughest. i hope they can come visit you soon. xoooox

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  11. Emily, it made me sad to hear that you had a bad day. You are always so upbeat and fun!! Just think about all of the great times ahead when you start culinary school. You are so good at creating recipes, I think you could teach them! Perhaps you are sad because Mother's Day is this weekend. Do you Skype with your parents? Things back here in the Springfield/Ozark area are basically the same; no news to report.
    I wish you & Eric the very best and hope for wonderful times in the near future!!

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    1. You really should report news to me from back home!

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    2. Emily, maybe I can report to you about the new restaurants / food in the Springfield/Ozark area! The new Farmer's Market in Springfield is the next big thing! It will be built next to Houlihan's South between the restaurant and the hotel that Matt O'Reilly built. It is going to be a covered market and very extravagant!

      I will send you more later. Bye!

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  12. Emily...so sorry to hear about your bad day.It sounds like craziness of moving has settled and the reality of a new life situation is setting in. A big city can be a big adjustment. Be kind to yourself...major life changes are not easy but you will make it. Saty true to who you are and look ahead toward your adventures at the culinary school and how starting there will open up a whole new range of career opportunities.

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    1. It is settling in... I knew this day would come. It's going to be a long year!

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  13. I'm sorry you had a bad day! Hopefully those will be few and far in between. Building up thicker skin certainly helps too. I remember when I moved from a small town to Miami and how I quickly realized, there are A LOT of rude people in this world and I felt like they all lived there. Keep your head up and don't let the rude people get to you. They're just unhappy people, taking it out on nice people because they're bitter at life. Hugs! :)

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  14. There are good and bad days, tomorrow will be better! Your blog is a real beauty, you are so talented, keed on going!

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  15. Chin up Buttercup!! Better days are ahead:)

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  16. so sorry to hear about your bad day! i never really comment but i live in chicago (in your area actually!) and feel free to contact me with any questions or anything:). it can be an overwhelming place but it is also a really amazing city! (sarahbren@gmail.com)

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    1. Hi I would love to! That's fun that we live in the same area. I've really enjoyed everything so far. Can't let one person bring me down!

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  17. Oh you poor thing :( Hang in there! I know how hard it can be. My boyfriend moved out here a year ago just to be with me and he misses his family, and hates his job (which totally just makes everything else worse). I hope you have better days coming ahead!

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  18. Be good to yourself, you've had a lot of change in your life recently. Now more than ever it will be important to take care of yourself, do things that make you happy so that you can be strong in new situations. Try not to let bad experiences ruin your day. Your family, friends and Eric will always love you! Sunny skies and happiness to you always!

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  19. Sending you hugs from Kansas....your sweet, upbeat personality......will get you through....but for now...enjoy those brownies...they are always my best medicine:)

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    1. Thank you! I like people from Kansas!

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  20. Emily cheer up!! Not to quote Annie but "the sun will come out tomorrow". Brownies usually cheer me up, with milk and a few moments with the boyfriend, a walk...day mended! Sometimes some things are meant to happen for better things to come our way :)

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  21. aw, i'm sorry that you had a bad day and are homesick. put up lots of family pics around your apartment! and fill that glass of wine up to the top! hope you have an awesome weekend. :)

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    1. The boyfriend did help me feel better.

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  22. I'm saying a little prayer for you today! I'm about to move far from home, so I will know how you feel all too soon. But I love the quote on the end of your post. I needed that today!

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  23. It's always hard in a new place without your support systems but even more so when you encounter a not-making-you-happy person. Just remember they seem worse than they really are because you're so awesome that the humanity-factor gap (yes, I did make that up ;-D)is even bigger between you!!

    I hate people who say "Someday you'll look back at this and laugh" since they don't seem to be able to understand that it's sympathy and support that you need, not soppy sayings. So hang in there and just be your marvelous self and the heck with them!!

    We all love you!!

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  24. A bad day at work sucks, but being homesick is awful . . . just plain awful :(
    Hope you feel better soon ~ hugs to you ♥

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  25. Aw girl I'm so sorry love! Hopefully tomorrow will be better and if anything it's a new chance to have a lovely day!

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  26. Just think that if you don't get to experience the not-so-good days, you wouldn't appreciate the better ones as much. The ups and downs makes life not so humdrum.

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  27. I've been lurking on your blog for a while and this post made me feel obligated to reach out. I was so excited when I read your blog post about moving to Chicago. I secrety hoped I'd run into you at Trader Joe's! I moved here from Cleveland a few years ago after school and it took some getting used to. I love it now and would be happy to help you out if I could. I'm sorry you had a rough day. Need a cupcake? Cup of coffee? Glass of wine? Let me know if you would like to meet a friendly face here in Chicago (hvolsky @ gmail .com)

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    1. I'm sure we'll run into each other! I might go today. I would love to meet! I think we should have a Chicago meet up. What bakery would you recommend?

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