Hard Indy Paint

“Let us step into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.”  ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

photo 1It has begun. My summer adventure up north in Indianapolis interning for USA Gymnastics begins tomorrow, and there are so many thoughts and emotions going through my head. I’m excited, but most of all I’m nervous. It’s less nerves for the whole thing as getting things started the first day. As those of you who know me know, I’m an extreme introvert and don’t especially like change at all. Driving to something for the first time, eating somewhere for the first time, going somewhere new for the first time, not knowing the schedule of the day ahead — it all gives me anxiety until I’ve done it. Every time I realize I have nothing to worry about, but I still get worried without fail.

Friday, my mom and I dr0ve up from Atlanta through Tennessee, Kentucky and into Indiana to get to Indianapolis. Although it took us about nine hours, it didn’t feel like that bad of a drive. Maybe that was because I didn’t do any of the driving. That night we explored the area, searching for Targets, grocery stores and the office building I would be spending most of my time at for the next two months. We ended up finding a Target and getting most of the stuff there since I didn’t bring everything I needed from the ATL. Plus, I have a kitchen and no meal plan to make all my meals for me, so I’m going to have to cook like a real, live adult… at least until August.

photo 2The place I’m staying at is interesting — well, at least the other residents are. The elevator also looks like it’s straight out of a horror movie the way it opens up slowly and squeakily. It’s an extended stay hotel format of living with a pool, so that’s a plus. The workout room, if you can even call it that, makes Ramsey look like something you might find in the White House or a castle, which I guess it kind of is. Needless to say, my workouts are going to get interesting. I’m definitely not running in the area around my place so the treadmill and three weight machines (I shudder just thinking of it) are going to be my best friends for a while. Or at least until after the Peachtree then the treadmill may get toss by the wayside like a blouse your grandmother gave you that you only wear to make her happy.

Saturday, we drove around downtown, which is actually really nice. Too bad I can’t live there. That would be convenient and about 100 times nicer than where I’m at. But I’m not complaining. We stopped by the downtown mall to check it out, grabbed lunch and found a nice grocery store for me to go to. We also went over to another mall for some relaxation time and cheesecake at the Cheesecake Factory. I can tell you I needed some comfort by that point.

photo 4Today, Mom and I looked around at the Indiana State Museum before I had to take her to the airport to head back to Atlanta. I’m not usually a fan of museums, but this one had its bright spots. There were exhibits for space, the ice age, and fossil stuff, which was pretty interesting. After that I had to take mom to the airport while scoping out the place myself for when I have to fly home for the Fourth of July (first time flying alone!). After leaving her at security, I was officially all alone in a new city. Intimidating to say the least.

I’m sure there will be more to report tomorrow after my first day on the job. I think the first day will mainly be filling out paperwork, learning my duties and settling in, but you never know what to expect. This weekend I’m also planning on hitting up an Indianapolis Indians baseball game. The Indians are a Pirates AAA-affiliate, so it should be some good baseball. It also just so happens to be the Gwinnett Braves they’re playing against, so that’s fun. See! Indianapolis isn’t all bad! it’s also home of the NCAA Hall of Champions and an Ansel Adams exhibit at the Eiteljorg Museum.

Stay tuned.