Two weeks ago, I wrote about my first post-NYC week
. Now I've been out of New York for 3 weeks, and thought it might be a good time to update, revisit, take a snapshot, what-have-you...
I'm feeling a little stuck on what to write about because much of the novelty (warm weather! palm trees! so many tacos!) has already worn off. But I also haven't been here long enough to speak to any long-term post-NYC effects. But be that as it may, here's where things stand:
> I started volunteering
at Ten Thousand Villages
, a non-profit store that sells fair-trade goods from artisans around the world. And I'm really super excited about it because for years I've wanted to learn more about sustainable ways to support folk art/craft on an international scale. As a bonus, today I got to spend a couple hours helping design merchandise displays, which, frankly, rocked my world! Volunteering is something I never felt I had enough time (i.e. money) to do in New York, so I'm feeling really lucky that I get to do this here.
> Paying work
is not quite so easy to come by; I've applied for a couple writing jobs, but won't know for a while if that will pan out. Trying to keep things cheap so I can live off some savings for a little while longer.
> I have to admit that every time I go downtown
(which has been seldom) I get a little bummed out about Austin. While I'm able to appreciate the 'burbs for what they are (peace and quiet!), I still want my downtown to be a happening place, and most of the time it's just not.
> As mentioned in a previous post
, I'm still getting my bearings on this whole driving
thing, but have felt a bit more comfortable with it in the past couple days. Next step: parallel parking! Ugh.
> My parents are coming for an early Thanksgiving visit
this weekend; I'm interested to get their take and see what it's like to show them around a place that I don't know that well myself. But it seems like it will be much less stressful than having visitors in NYC, because there's less expectation to show off "the sights" and do all the exhausting tourist stuff.
I guess the final thing to address is, after 3 weeks away, do I miss New York
? No. But I still don't feel like I'm home yet, either.