August 2, 2010
Good evening! I’m writing on my laptop again, as my computer is NOT hooked up, in fact you can’t even see it amidst the boxes. But it’s my first complete day here and when I get Internet access I can actually post. In the meantime, I can write. The beauty of technology and the save button.
I think I’ve counted 52 boxes. At least. And I have found the Recycling Center! What a cool place. 5 minutes from my place is a complete area devoted to recycling. There’s a bin for hangers, for filmy plastic – like saran wrap, one for hard plastics, one for mixed plastics, one for cardboard, and newspapers, and on and on, and it’s just unbelievable. A neighborhood after my own heart. It took me 6 years to get my condo complex of 133 units to recycle with blue containers. This is so wonderful that a whole community does this and recycles on a regular basis. I even have my own compost container under my sink. Go figure!
So the first day I furiously unpacked, went to the recycle center, and visited my NIRVANA SHOPPING CENTER!!! It’s actually called El Cerrito Shopping Center, but to me, it’s Nirvana. Everything I could want is right here, 4 blocks from my apartment. Trader Joe’s is there, Wells Fargo is there, Lucky’s, CVS, See’s Candy (oh, my), The UPS Store!!! Even Bed, Bath and Beyond, Barnes and Noble, Pier 1 and Panda Express – the unmentionables that I better stay away from are there. J AND there is a Farmer’s Market every Tuesday and Saturday morning!! So twice a week I have a chance to get fresh organic food. A Californian’s dream. BART is across the street and I can either walk or drive there as there is plenty of parking. So, it really is Nirvana.
So here I sit satisfyingly exhausted from this great adventure I’ve begun. It was interesting. I had 2 fortune cookies I took with me yesterday on the drive up and I decided to open one while driving and snacking yesterday. Lo and behold, it was a double fortune, uncut. The first one said, “You’ll never know what you can do until you try” and the second one said, “Your faith carries you through difficult times.” I couldn’t have made up a more amazing fortune for myself. Another coincidence, as I’ve had this fortune cookie for awhile and never opened it. So on the day I’m driving up to my new home with my 2 cats in a jam-packed car, I open THAT fortune cookie. I had to laugh at the irony and feel elated at the wonderful feeling those fortunes gave me. So I see this as an amazing new omen of what life has in store for me. I have a cute tiny new home, my 2 cats are safe with me, hopefully the third is down with Mike and I have a whole new future ahead. I wish that for everyone. It’s a wonderful feeling that I hope you all get a chance to feel.