Monday, May 23, 2011

New Life

So I recently made the biggest decision of my life: I moved in with my girlfriend. I've heard nothing but bad news about moving in with one's significant other or getting married and I haven't seen anyone ever happily married. I don't mean to say those people don't exist, but I've never met them.

Also, I don't believe terrible shit like that. Obviously I don't, I did just move in with my girlfriend of almost one-and-a-half years. I love her and in the last week-and-a-half we've had a lot of fun. It has been scary though, scary because I don't know what to expect and I don't know how to deal with being scared. It hasn't stopped me from being happy or comfortable, but doing something new is scary for me.

I had a crisis just before I moved in with her though, in that I thought, "What if I stop loving her?" But I've come to notice that I just like having her around. I don't like having people around, even people who I like I get bored of after a while, or feel uncomfortable with. But now I feel great with her around. Even when we're doing totally different things I like to have her around. I like seeing her and hearing her voice.

We even do a lot together you might not expect. I've heard time and time again that video games hold less than second-pony to girlfriends and you should forget about them when you make any commitment. However, it hasn't been true. My girlfriend is no gamer girl (and honestly I don't want to have a gamergirlfriend), but she enjoys playing games with me or watching me play a game.

Enough about her though, I'm not obsessed but she's obviously a huge part of my life. Otherwise things have been odd for me. I assume life in a new place goes through its phases where it's confusing to where it's uncomfortable, then odd and then comfort and, eventually (hopefully), contentment. I know my way around enough to find a place nearby or within 15-20 minutes away. I'm not afraid of driving around but I am afraid of getting lost in the University.

The university's roads are consistent but they sort of change into different roads at random. If you can remember which one goes where and where you are in the school then you can get around almost easily. It's really easy to forget where you are in the school because the surroundings change quickly and constantly, and there are a million side roads which seem to go nowhere. Also, it's very easy to drive out of the school and onto a main road or into a dead end. It's not scary but it's a little annoying because normal logic doesn't apply. The sideroads never, ever connect to one of the main roads in the school. They always just end or go into a parking lot. It's annoying.

I started working last Friday at a Long John Silver's 20 minutes away. It's one of two stores I'm working at right now, but more on that later. This store is on Dale Mabry Highway. The area isn't bad but the store itself was really odd. It was bright and vibrant but very small. The kitchen was huge, but everything else was very small. The parking lot, the dining area, the sink. It was the opposite of what I'm used to, a rather large dinning area and sink with a very small kitchen. It made cooking easier, but didn't really help much else.

The thing to note about that night, though, is that it was crazy busy from six until ten. Very, very busy. It helped the night move along quicker, by a lot. Before I knew it, the digital clock I call a phone knocked 9:07 and I had to start cleaning. It was still pretty busy otherwise. At 10 sharp everything dropped off. Perhaps the most odd aspect of this is that the store closed at midnight. I don't think we had one customer from at least 11 (probably more like 10:30) until close. We all left at around 1 AM. Overall, it was a good night.

The second store I'm working at isn't as exciting. I met some cool dudes today, Sunday, when I worked there but that was the only cool thing. It's an A&W/LJS, so some of the menu I don't know at all and everything that I don't know has to be prepared by me (which is mostly burgers). I didn't really get trained either. Overall the most stressful thing was not being able to prepare the burgers which really put a damper on my abilities as a cook. Otherwise, working at that store wasn't so hard. It has a lot of problems (a lot). A picture I tweeted out earlier really explains the biggest problem with the store. There are a lot of issues, but that's for another post perhaps.
It was the longest four hours of work ever, even longer than the seven hours I worked at the other store.

So far that's my new life. I'm having fun and I'm happy (finally), but nothing is perfect.