All The Way.
A lot has happened since we last spoke. I quit the job I worked for the past nine years. I started a new job in a totally unrelated field. I went to Rhinebeck and frolicked with woolly creatures and bought lots of yarn. And, you may have heard, the Chicago Cubs won the World Series. It's a big deal.
The mixed blessing of my new position is that I'm no longer commuting into the city. My acclimation to suburban living has been lengthy. Despite moving nearly three years ago, I've been reluctant to fully accept my separation. It was easy to remain connected, because I spent most of my waking hours downtown in the thick of it. Unfortunately, this arrangement meant I was spending more than 12 hours each week traveling between work and home.
My new position is closer to home. Much closer. I travel half as much in an entire week than I did in a single day. The subject matter of my new job is incredibly lighter than before. The balance between my wok and life is much more aligned. Now that I'm starting to feel more comfortable and adjusting to the initial shock of "change", these things have an incredible effect on the amount of stress I'm experiencing on a daily basis.
The tradeoff is that I'm not in the city. I no longer have immediate access to the people, places and things that had become routine parts of my life. And, when something incredible happens, like the Cubs winning the World Series for the first time in 108 years, I have to observe from a distance.
I felt very sorry for myself that I couldn't drop down from my office last Friday to join five million other fans gathered for the biggest celebration in Chicago history. That feeling was short lived when I realized there was only one person I wanted to celebrate with. Cheesy. I know. But, true.
One of our first dates was to a Cubs game. I read pretty deeply into that. Being a Cubs fan is so much more than sports. It's about loyalty, tradition, knowing how to take a loss without quitting, it's about optimism, and it's about shared experience. Mike's love for the Cubs inspires my own. He was raised to bleed blue. Some of his earliest memories are of listening to Cubs games on the radio with his grandparents. I think most Cubs fans have a story. Most of us are connected to the team by someone we love. It's not just baseball. It's memories. I'm so happy to have this one. We did it. We finally did it. We did not suck.
Shirt- Pattern: McCall's M6044,
Fabric: Japanese Cotton Flannel from B&J
Jeans- Banana Republic: Slim Fit
Boots- John Fluevog: Newell, lined, green
Pattern notes- This is my go-to pattern for Mike's shirts. The only modifications we made were lengthening the sleeve and body. I may bump the sleeves up to a larger size in future versions where I'm using flannel or heavier fabrics to increase wearing ease and allow for layering.
11/7/2016 04:40:34 am
I've missed your blog, glad your back.
11/7/2016 04:53:17 am
Living in a different state we felt a huge pull to want to be back living in the city for a Cubs world series win! As we sat down to watch Sat nights game, thinking kids are in bed and now we get some alone time, Alex starting getting really sick. Little did we know that we would then watch the remaining games by his bedside in the children's hospital. The night before he was released to go home we watched the Cubs make history. Truly an experience we will never forget. We couldn't be in the city, or at a bar, or with our closest friends...but there was no place we would rather be. Go Cubs go! 😀
Congratulations on changing your life! I've never had a super long commute. But, I totally recognize the difference living and working close to each other makes in my quality of life. It would be hard for me to move out of the city and kind of readjust my thinking about who / what / where I am. But, I'm sure the added time in with the activities and people you love have made a world of difference! Congrats on the World Series. I was cheering for the Cubs all the way in Baltimore!
11/7/2016 10:38:56 am
Glad to hear you are doing well and things have changed for the better. Hope it continues for you. Be well.
11/8/2016 11:32:33 am
WOOHOO! I'm glad you're back, if only for a brief moment in time.
11/15/2016 09:11:50 pm
Yay for less stress. I'm relieved for you. I also miss it and I'm starting a new job soon of which is in the burbs as well and not a train commute. We really should catch up.
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