I went home to Indiana yesterday to hug my parents and transfer some stuff and let my mom buy me dry goods at Big Lots. Also visited with my sister and niece, and my brother and his wife. My sister-in-law, who herself just arrived from China to start a new life with my brother, told me I looked happier since I moved to the city. "Your spirit is brighter."
I hope so. I think it will be more so when I feel a little more self-sufficient and independent.
To that end, I will now soak up a little sun on a walk to the store. It's a beautiful morning in Chicago.