Home sweet home apparently. I was going to cave and take a cab with all of my bags to avoid the rush hour subway. hundreds of cabs drove past and no one was willing to help a lady out. I moved to different corners and eventually made it to a subway station anyway. Dumb idea. The 5pm subway with a really heavy duffel bag, tote bag and a comforter bag is damn near impossible. It was hot, packed and the trains were running late. Miserable. There was no way I was getting on the second subway I needed to complete my trip so I got out at Union Square and tried to hail a cab from there. After a lot of patience I managed to get there $10 later.
Once I got to the room, the girl I'm subleasing from announced we were going to dinner at 8:30 to this great little vegan place. Ummm excuse me? I suddenly got flashes of the scene in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days where Matthew McConaughey made a delicious rack of lamb and they have to go eat at a vegetarian restaurant instead and he has to swish water around in his mouth after every bite. I'd post a clip if YouTube had one. I was less than thrilled to spend what little money I have at a place I didn't even want to go but I didn't want to be the pain in the ass new roommate.
While I waited for dinner, I made a trip to the grocery store to get a few staples: Cup O Noodles, Frozen broccoli, peanut M&Ms, peanut butter, veggie oil, popcorn, pancake mix, butter, syrup, milk, tuna, ranch, ice cream, eggs and a salad bag. $32.89 Keep in mind I also found a sale at Target on Mac & Cheese and Pasta Roni and Ramen so I can mix those into my meals too. I figure all of these items can form some sort of meal for the days I'm not allowed to spend any money or the money I have left is already spread too thin. According to my subleaser, I went to an expensive grocery store and she suggested I go to Trader Joes...that can't be less expensive, right? I've never been to Trader Joes but I bought the cheapest items I could but nothing I bought was more than $5 and the majority of it was under $3. I guess I'll have to explore the area more.
Eventually it became time to leave for dinner. After waiting a long time, we realized they only take cash...perfect. We had to walk to an ATM which of course wasn't a Wells Fargo affiliated ATM so they charged me an extra $3 plus my bank charges $2.50 per withdraw at a non ATM bank. Super duper. Lesson learned, carry cash apparently. Or maybe don't go to vegan restaurants.
My sea ceaser salad cost $11 which turned into $17 with the ATM fees. I would have happily made mac & cheese at home instead. And that is exactly what I will do tonight.
So the first night was a little rough but I do have some good news!
I got another job! I found a place willing to start training me as a waitress and it's close to my work. The place seems nice and the food looks great. I start tomorrow night (training on a Friday night...throw me to the wolves why don't you?!) and I'm also working brunch on Saturday. I'm pretty excited and really hoping this works out for a longer amount of time. If I can be a little more financially stable and maybe even have a little extra.
Wish me luck!