Well, as I still don’t have any of my belongings (or my car) here in Helena, this is only going to a short up-date post. Plus, I’m so tired lately…probably from going to bed late, waking up at 6 a.m. every morning, and eating way too much food that is bad for me.
Anyway, there are so many differences between Helena and Miami – even Helena and Olympia (my hometown). The people here are so friendly. So friendly, in fact, that it is almost difficult to get anything done because it is impossible not to get sucked in to chatting! When I bought my new couches off Craigslist from an older couple, I went out to look at the couches before picking them up, and wound up talking with them for over a half an hour. They, too, were transplants (from Myrtle Beach), but they were retirees and were relocating to be closer to their kids.
While meeting with my State Farm representative, we spent about five minutes going over my policy and about twenty chatting about Helena, Miami, and Washington (the State Farm regional headquarters if located in Dupont, Washington, so my agent had been there and we were reminiscing over Farrelli’s Pizza, an amazing restaurant there). Today, I stopped by my new bank to pick up a paper that the banker had forgotten to give me yesterday while I was there setting up an account, and the teller said, “Well, hey, Kate!” when I walked in the door. (Oh yes…did I mention that there are no Bank of Americas within the state of Montana? So I now have three different checking accounts in three different banks…in three different states. Yay! Can’t wait to consolidate.)
After living in a place like Miami, where people are much to busy (or “cool”) to speak to you in passing, or if they do speak to you, there is a high probability that they do not speak your language, living here feels like living in Happy Town. Even in my office, every single person is just plain nice. There is no other word for it. My boss is constantly telling me how much she appreciates my work and thanking me for coming to work there. She was at a conference in Great Falls today, and emailed me that she was telling everyone how excited they were to “have me on board.” Yesterday, a woman that I hadn’t met yet (she had been out of town last week) stopped by my desk just to tell me that everyone was just so happy to have me there. It is such a warm and stimulating environment to work in – I could not have gotten luckier.
I am one of those people who tends to absorb the atmosphere around me – if I am surrounded by negative energy, I find myself in bad moods all the time, angry and pessimistic. When I am surrounded by positive energy, I find it so easy to be motivated and creative and simply happy. I think everyone is this way, to some extent. But this environment really brings out the best in me, I think. Although I do not work within their program, the offices of a couple of the directors who work with curriculum are across the hallway from me, and I overhear their conversations frequently; it is so wonderful to be around people who are so enthusiastic about what they do. The energy here is so positive. I love coming to work in the morning!
As for everything else outside of work…things are slowly falling into place. Well, as much as they can without any of my things here! But I set up a bank account, got my insurance policy transferred, built my bookshelves and dining room table, got some couches…things are coming along slowly. Although I still wake up disoriented every morning, wondering where I am! (I figured out the other day that I have slept in eleven different beds/couches, in three different states, over the course of the past two months.)
Anyway, I will have more updates on my job this weekend, hopefully! I also hope to – at some point! – set up a new blog for my Montana adventures. Goodness knows I’m not exactly living on a beach, anymore! Thanks to everyone for all your support during this crazy time. : )
P.S. Another difference – gambling is legal here in Montana. There are casinos literally every other building here. I’ve never seen so many casinos in all my life. There are casino chains. It’s very odd.
P.P.S. Another good thing about my job is that, because I have to get up so early, I get to see sunrises again! In Miami, I always saw the sunsets when I got home from work. Here, I always see the sunrises (like that picture above) on my way too work. Sunrises instead of sunsets. Is there something symbolic in that?