Tuesday, November 13, 2012

What?

Blogging is such an interesting form of communication with the world.  Some people use it to communicate with family and friends who live far away, others use it as a way to earn income, while still others use it as a way to track projects or hold themselves accountable.  I started this blog in 2008 before I really started using Facebook.  A lot of my early posts are now what I would most likely do as a status update or shared link on Facebook. I don't think they justify a full blog post. I don't quite know what my blogging should look like now.

While I was in the Peace Corps, I created a new blog to keep in touch with family and friends.  I didn't want to spam people with e-mail updates of what I was doing and I wanted a good way to share photos. In some ways I regret using a blog as my means of communication.  First, I think using a blog as a way to communicate made me feel even more alone.  People didn't write back as they might with an e-mail and I don't think I encouraged people to leave comments enough. The other reason I regret using the blog to communicate was that our blogs were heavily monitored by the Peace Corps and we were told we could only share positive experiences on our blogs if they were public.  This means I didn't really blog about a lot of my experiences and it also means that my friends and family (and anyone else reading) didn't really get an accurate portrayal of my service.  In hindsight, I wish I had just written an e-newsletter about my service instead.

Now that I have finished my service, I find I do still want to write and I have come back to this blog. However, I find myself at a bit of a loss when it comes to what exactly I want to write about. I am still trying to figure out what I want my blog to focus on.  In the mean time. I guess a little snapshot of what I have been up to will suffice.
Chicago Activities
Since my previous posting in August, I spent a week in Chicago having a reunion with some of my amazing cousins.  The weekend involved lots of yummy food, seeing Ira Glass speak at the opening weekend showing of "Sleepwalk with Me," and miniature golf. I also spent three and a half weeks in NYC work on a temporary job collecting samples of waste and recycling at transfer stations. As September ended, I found myself back in Seattle and back on the job hunt.  This is where I feel like things sort of stall.  I have had some phone interviews, but nothing has turned into anything.  While I do feel frustrated, I think more than anything I feel embarrassed.  At my age, all my friends seems to have a major successes or life changing events occurring that seems to make my existence pitiful at best.  I cheer on the new babies, promotions, new homes and loves found, but another part of me is so conscious about my own lacking that it makes it hard to be around people.  I hope in the coming months that things will change.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

fUNEMPLOYMENT

One of my friends works on political campaigns and throughout the years has found herself unemployed between campaigns a few times. As I face my first time being unemployed in ten years, she introduced me to the concept of f-UN-employment; the idea that you accept your time without a job to be a time when you allow yourself to have fun between job hunting and networking.  It is actually a hard thing to do because being unemployed I feel like every free moment should be spent looking at job postings, tweaking my resume and trying to network.

I have taken decided to spend my "fun" time doing projects with clear attainable goals so I can feel like I am making progress doing things.  I completed by first small project today.  I painted my childhood dollhouse with the hope that next time my niece visits she'll want to play with it.  The original dollhouse was just plain wood like the shingles, but I thought it might be nice to have it match my parents' house so it will be even more special for her.  Without further ado, voila!




Saturday, August 18, 2012

The Elusive Box

A little over a month ago I moved back to the U.S. after finishing my 27 months in the Peace Corps.  I have spent the last month getting acclimated back to stateside life and hunting for jobs.  I have also spent time trying to go through stuff I left in my parents' basement and figure out what I need and what I no longer want.  The good thing about coming back and looking at stuff again is that it gives me a fresh perspective on what I don't need.

The funny thing about Peace Corps is that although the application process takes forever (it was over a year for me), you really don't get much time between finding out when are where you're going.  I basically knew I would be invited in a particular window, but then I only had five weeks between when I found out and when I was leaving.  In that five weeks I had to quit my job, sell my car, pack up and move out of my apartment, not to mention buying supplies for the next 27 months and saying goodbye to all my friends and family.  In short, I was a wreck for five weeks and most my memories of that time period are a blur of feeling sick to my stomach and crying a lot. 

This being said I don't have very specific memories of packing, plus I moved everything from my apartment to various spaces in my parents' house.  I know I also got rid of a fair amount of stuff, but there are some things I thought I kept and just haven't been able to find.  I found all the stuff I need which is lovely, but there have just been odds and ends that I can't find. I find myself in the limbo of hunting for a job and an elusive box which may or may not have a mustard yellow purse in it and one fabulous blue and white striped blouse.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Paris

I've been doing some spring cleaning and sorting and compiled a few photos from my trip to Paris last month.  Please enjoy a few shots of the Lourve, P√®re Lachaise Cemetery, Notre Dame and Arc de Triomphe. It was a lovely trip. 


Saturday, March 17, 2012

Mapping It Out

I have always loved maps, both old and new.  Today I found myself marveling at all the creative things that people do with maps, both traditional and modern.  From t-shirt designs to jewelry, from art to tablecloths, I love them all!

United Shirt of America on Threadless
River Thames Brass Cuff Bracelet from Jezebel Charms on Etsy
Colorful US Map Print by Lazy Daisy on Etsy
Map of Canada Pillow Cover by Nicole Tarasick on Etsy
1901 Antique City Map of Stockholm by bananastrudel on Etsy
Vintage California Tablecloth from VINTAGE DYETOPIA on Etsy
Perhaps someday I'll have a crazy map themed room!

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