Happy New Year! Never thought I would still be contributing to this blog in 2012. But here I am, and busy as ever. I was offered a temp position at the library where I went to grad school, so I went from having all the time in the world to working 8-5 5 days a week! Though I’m still searching for a more permanent position, I’m learning a lot and enjoying my time expanding my skills. I’m still living out of boxes, but life as a nomad is now my new normal. I’m thankful for those that have made the past seven months a little easier and a little less nomad-ish.
I found out in late May I would be working at DTH, a mere three weeks before my start date. Plenty of time, except for a few obstacles:
- My best friend came in town on a road trip, and I played hostess for a couple of days.
- My mom had emergency surgery, and I flew to Indiana for a week.
- My lease was going to run out while I was in NYC, so I had to move out of my apartment.
- I had to sell my dining room table and chairs.
- My cat, Luna, needed a place to live.
- I needed a place to live in NYC.
Luna and me in my old apartment
Luckily, my boyfriend came to the rescue. He helped me pack up, borrowed his mom’s truck, and made room in his place for all of my boxes, my bed, my couch, and Luna. Craigslist helped me sell my table and find an awesome sublet. I packed up a large suitcase, a backpack, and a computer bag, and moved to Washington Heights.
My first sublet was really great. I was a 30 minute walk/20 minutes by subway from work, I had my own bedroom, an elevator, and 3 great roommates and one cat. They were extremely friendly, and the woman I sublet from even let me extend from 5 weeks to 7 weeks. At this point, my extension was up in the air, and my funds were a little low. My best friend from grad school offered up his couch in Queens, an hour commute to Harlem by foot, bus, and subway, and I stayed there about 2 weeks. He was in the midst of moving, and his third roommate offered me her room so she could have time to prepare to move. So I moved to the eastern edge of Bushwick, about 1 hour and 20 mins from Harlem. We were without internet for a while, but at least Judy lent me her air mattress so I had a bed. I was there for a month before I needed a break, winter clothes, and a new place to leave. So I went back to Texas.
I spent less than a month in Texas, including a week when my boyfriend, cat, and I went up to Indiana (15 hour drive). I packed up some new clothes and arranged to live in the DTH apartments across from the building. They were occupied during the summer with guest teachers and choreographers, but I came back in October when the DTH Ensemble was on tour. I was without hot water for a few days, without a working stove for two weeks, and stole internet from who knows where, but at least I had no commute! I spent about 5 weeks there, a lot less than I had planned for, and was able to spend Thanksgiving with my boyfriend and his family. The work wrapped up fairly quickly after Judy and Patsy’s hard work while I was gone, and there was no point in waiting around for our shipments.
I’m not sure about the other fellows’ living experiences, though Patsy moved up to NYC after grad school. I didn’t think my experience was extremely important, though it does give another viewpoint of life as a fellow outside of the job. Like I mentioned previously, the DHC Board was extremely interested in this experience. I’m sure a lot of temporary interns/fellows deal with crazy living situations, but I don’t think it’s something we talk about much. It’s just expected for people to spend money to work for nothing and gain important job experience. Luckily, Libby believes in paying people for their work and works hard to find funding for the fellows and their sites.
So that’s a little view into my life as a nomad/fellow. The shelves finally made it to DTH, and Patsy should have an update soon with some awesome pictures of her with some tools.
I still need to provide a fuller update on the warehouse, the final report, and some videos. I promise to have those before 2013. Hopefully things at DTH are close to a “finish,” and at some point this blog will come to a close. Thanks to those that are still reading!