Panic isn't fully adjusting to being here. I think we are suffering from the same type of stress, the stress of not being able to get away. 4th of July wasn't the worst, but the aftermath was terrible---residual fireworks at any and every time of the day for weeks. There are still some that go off. That put him on edge anytime we went outside for the week after the 4th. Suddenly I had an extremely noise sensitive dog on my hands. He's getting a bit better, but still isn't a fan of the baseball that is always going on at the park next to our apartment. This is a city and we have never been city folk. There are people everywhere. There are dogs everywhere. There are noises everywhere. There is no place we can just sit outside and relax.
I am learning to love Chicago in so many ways. It is beautiful, and there is so much to do and see. I love being able to explore the city with people. The idea of moving here after I graduate has been rolling around in my head, and in a lot of ways it makes sense. Being here this summer is giving me a good idea of the things I value in a living space and a location. Ultimately, that will make it easier to find what I'm looking for.
I have the day off today, and we'll be using it to explore hiking spots outside the city. I have to accept that I won't find anything close by like I can in Louisville, but at this point an hour and a half drive seems like nothing if it means we can get away.