Dude, things have been going so great lately.
I love my new apartment, I love my friends, I love living on my own, I love freelancing all day, I love learning how to cook, I love washing my own dishes, I love taking out my trash, I love folding my laundry, I love vacuuming my floor, I love my neighborhood, and I love my freaking life.
The pace of things is starting to pick up and I’m definitely feeling much more useful than I did a few months back when I had absolutely nothing to do with my time.
For one, Destructoid is starting to trust me with a few of their bigger preview assignments (the latest being Zelda: Ocarina of Time for 3DS, and Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten for PS3). Actually, being able to work closely with Hamza has been especially beneficial to my writing. He is constantly encouraging me, for example, to put as much of my personality into my articles as possible. “Write that shit like you write your blog, Cheri!”
So I have been.
If you’ve been reading my published work (not here on my blog, but on media sites, as my own website is another beast entirely), you’re probably noticing that I’m starting to relax! The pressure of writing for large press is finally starting to lift from my shoulders and, in turn, my writing is becoming more and more laid back and fun. More and more me, if you will.
Also, my friend April’s been in the city visiting while she works at her new job, and it’s so nice just having her around! I’m usually cooped up in my room all day with the shades drawn writing article after article, blog post after blog post, or churning out illustration after illustration. With April here, I’m learning to actually take breaks from my work instead of zoning out with productivity 24/7.
The only thing that stinks is that I am now cooking, cleaning, and fending for two instead of just for myself (which is both hard on my priorities as well as my pockets).
That can’t really be helped.
My new apartment feels so much more like “home” to me. I’m comfortable here, the neighborhood is safe and quiet, and I can invite people over without having to apologize for the room echoing, the floorboards creaking, or having to tell people to quiet down because the walls are so thin.
I’m seriously so lucky that I even found this place because I pretty much love everything about it. My roomie, my landlord, my kitchen, how much space I have (I have TONS, omg), etc — I love it.
Now that I’m actually settled in and enjoying myself, I’ve been able to start hanging out with my friends more and having people over! I’m talking boxed wine (classy, right?), home-cooked meals, lit candles, etc.
It’s definitely been exhausting having to entertain everyone, but at least it’s been good for my sanity. Only now, all I want to do is lay around and sleep all day or munch on potato chips. I’m so freaking tired! I’m even half-passing out while writing this blog.
Recently, my landlord let me move into the biggest room in my apartment building for only $25 more, provided that I fulfill whatever art requests he has (within reason, of course). So this is where I’ve been sleeping until I get my King Sized Bed (which I’ll hopefully be picking up this weekend!). I pretty much just pulled the mattress off of my twin sized bed and laid it out on the floor. :3 It’s surprisingly comfy!
My dressing area. :3
EDIT — Oh crap. I woke up today, realized I didn’t schedule this post to publish (because I hadn’t actually finished it), and logged into my site just now to remedy that. o_o
So uh. Enjoy the post.
And I promise next week’s will be much better. Ha! My bad — I’m so freaking busy, you have no idea.
XOXO Cheri XOXO