Friday, December 28, 2007


I am amazed how much I'm enjoying my Chicago winter. Of course, it seems like it's a mild one this year, so that helps. But it's finally snowing again after a very brown Christmas. My desk is up against the windows in our spare bedroom and I can watch the flakes pile up along the branches of the old trees.

Y bought a projector which works wonderfully against the white wall in the living room. We watch a lot of movies anyway but now we seem to manage to watch even more. A couple of good ones lately: Once (sweet modern day musical ... no, really, it's really good), Eastern Promises (I'm not sure why I liked this one exactly ... perhaps a happy ending against a dark plot, good acting), Primer (from 2004, indie sci-fi, left me feeling confused but in a good way).

The other night I had this very strong urge to move back to Seattle/Portland after the program even though the job prospects (as far as money management go) don't seem that good - I just wanted to go home. See Baby Y grow up near the mountains and the sea, with grandparents and aunties and uncles and room to roam around. Thinking of him growing up in New York is very strange for me - given how rural my own childhood was.

Perhaps it was the holiday that inspired the feeling. But then, in the light of the day, Y and I want to find adventure in the Big City. I started college on the east coast, wanting to be as far from I where I grew up as possible and never planned to go back to the west coast. But after only a few years, I realized home was west for me. I returned to Seattle/Portland at that point, but wrestle with the east vs. west coast decision every year, even now. By choosing to live in the northwest after college I feel that I made some very big career sacrifices, but it's also where I met my husband and formed a pretty good life for many years. So I suppose it worked out in the end. Now I have the opportunity to choose again ... what to do.


Anonymous said...

I agree, I liked Eastern Promises as well, maybe because it was a different kind of mobster movie, location, story line, etc.

Recently also saw Flock, this movie stuck to me, if you have seen it you will know what I mean.

Good to read your enjoying yourself, over here (N.Europe) no snow :(

Wishing you and your baby a very happy, healthy and succesful 2008!

MaybeMBA said...

No snow! Damn that global warming ... I will have to check out Flock.

HappyBunny said...

Thank you so much for such a encouraging comment. I'm visiting my husband in Chicago right now, and was very amused by the snow last night. Snows are so pretty when you are watching from inside (even better next to a fire place with a cup of tea).

Maybe you will start to love Chicago, they do have awesome resturants. You can always move to the suburbs to raise baby Y. From what I heard that U Chicago is very good at placing people in Chicago area. That's what me and J's plan, to have a condo in the city and a ranch 2 hours south from the city (lots of corn field). If you haven't done so, I would suggest you take a day in Fall to drive south where all the corn fields are, after the harvest. At a clear night, you can see very far because it's so flat, and you can see the curvature of the earth at the far end. It is a quite amazing sight. I went to U of I for undergradute which is 2 hours south of here, that was my most awesome discovery in college. :P I grow up in the bay area, west coast will always have a warm spot in my heart.

Iday said...

Hey - thanks for your comment. Hope you enjoyed my rant :)

Just wanted to wish you and you family, especially Baby Y, a very happy and prosperous new year!!!

Anonymous said...

Move back to Seattle/Portland. There are jobs there! More important, there are grandparents and cousins and room to roam. You'll find a good job and a good life. And, what's a good job without a good life??