Month: November 2013

The Unemployment Diaries : Video Games and Skiing

 

Today was one of those days where I have to take comfort in the small things I accomplished. I helped my grandpa dig out some Christmas decorations, played Final Fantasy, tidied the house, and made dinner.

Oh, and applied for a couple of jobs….it was thrilling.

Who am I to complain though? I mean, I did just come back from vacation (I know its what you’re all thinking, so I have to say it first).

It’s just habit for me to get bored though. As I’ve mentioned before, I have problems finding satisfaction in non-lifechanging things. That’s probably why it’s taking me so long to hit my stride in something; I always move on to the next “thing” (be it blogging, or school, or whatever), inevitably becoming bored of that too. I blame that on the fact that my chinese horoscope is the Horse; as Astrology.com puts it, horses are the nomads of the chinese zodiac.

Ah, if only zodiacs were a real excuse for it 😉 .

I’ve also been thinking a lot about skiing today. All the hills around us are finally open, and both Russ and I are chomping at the bit to get out there. I’ve been dreaming of the drive up the mountain to Marmot (our hill of choice), freshly fallen powder, the sound of carved up snow under my skis, and the undeniable joy I get out of ripping from top to bottom of the mountain. Skiing has been life-changing for me.

For three years after graduating High School, I fell hard out of love with winter. Looking back, the three winters I trudged through before meeting Russ, aren’t full of too many happy memories. I had had figure skating in High School, but with university and life, I let that fall by the wayside. Winter had become a miserable six months that were cold, full of terrible driving, and just general misery (in my mind anyways). Without a winter activity, I was done. Then I met Russ, and in November of the first year we were dating, I met skiing.

The first time I went out with him to Marmot, I refused to ski. I was too embarrassed. But, while sitting alone and bored in the hotel room, I resolved that the next time Russ took me to Jasper, I would be joining him, not matter how mortifying it might be. So that’s what I did.

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I think we made it down from top to bottom a total of maybe three times, and I sat in the lodge for about two hours, but I didn’t completely suck, and I was having fun even when I did. In short, I completely dug it. Like Russ, I found myself counting the days until we could get out again, and even maybe, might have had a bit of a temper tantrum when Russ went without me. Finally, there was something (other than Christmas ;)) to look forward to in winter.

And now, I can go from the top of the mountain, to the bottom (without falling) in ten minutes or less. It’s something that brings me a lot of pride. And, while tidying and helping my grandpa pull out decorations isn’t quite as thrilling as flying down a mountain, I have to remember that not everyday is full of action and adventure. Everyone has tedious things to do, and as long as I’m unemployed, I’m going to have to find a little bit more excitement in mine.

Hope you’ve had a great Monday!! PEACE!

Vacation and The Unemployment Diaries : Prologue

Hello there blog…it’s been awhile; I’ve officially been back in Edmonton for exactly a week now, but my vacation only “technically” ended three days ago. From start to finish it was a great time (we met Bassnectar in the airport and flew on the same plane as him to L.A. if that says anything). I finally saw Disneyland, we were a part of both the Price is Right and Craig Ferguson’s audience, hit Vegas for the first time, and so so much more.

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Russ and I at “The Happiest Place On Earth”

I think a few parts of me finally found home in L.A. Every person we met there was lovely, and so open and willing to talk and to offer advice (I will forever be kicking myself for buying into the “loud-mouth American” stereotype). We stayed in a super trendy hotel, The Standard, on Sunset Boulevard, which was rad. The action that we could watch right out of our hotel window was the best part. HollyWeird indeed. I’m so grateful that we were able to go, experience some new things, and to just recharge. There were moments, especially while walking around Disneyland and Vegas, where I felt sort of like I was back at Sham; genuinely happy, and loving all the crazy things there were to see.

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“artwork” at our hotel

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Santa Monica

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Russ strolling the Hollywood Walk of Fame

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us on Fremont Street in Vegas

But now, to the Unemployment Diaries part of this whole thing. As I’m sure some of you know, I mentioned in this post that I had just quit my job. Well, I came back from this glorious vacation to no job, and three days after officially coming back to real life, I still am without job. I won’t deny that I am loving it; the last three days have been a combination of getting stuff accomplished, and doing absolutely nothing but enjoying my own time. I don’t know how long this is going to last, but I plan on reaping the benefits while I can (I didn’t choose the home life, the home life chose me ;)). 

What one of my plans is, is to a bi-daily post on here about what I have been doing with my unemployed time. I’ve also been thinking about trying to assign myself a new random topic each week to try and research, so I will potentially be posting my research to this blog each Sunday too. I know this is a lofty goal, but really, other than applying for jobs and maintaining the cleanliness of our house, what else am I going to do? If anyone happens to stumble upon this post and knows of any cool topics I could learn about feel free to comment or whatever. 

I hope everyone has been having a great weekend, and whether you are somewhere hot, or somewhere cold, you are staying nice and comfortable. Thanks for hearing me out on yet another hair-brained scheme, and I’ll be back soon 🙂

Peace!

Leaving the Country and Starting Fresh

HELLLLOOO EVERYONE!!

Sorry for the extended hiatus. It’s been kind of a whirlwind to be completely honest. A couple of weeks ago, I discovered that I was being played pretty hard at my job, and it has all kind of snowballed from there. I pined, and stressed out about it for a whole weekend, and by the end of it, I decided to quit. My heart had never quite been in the job anyways, and after the experience in question, I knew that I could no longer work there.

So now, I’m unemployed. 

For the first time in eight years. And ohhhhhh, its scary.

Scary, but I also feel like a giant weight has been lifted off my shoulders. 

Stagnation would be the best word to describe my experience over the last year. That’s not to say that I didn’t learn anything in my time there, but by settling and taking a job that I was not really sure about from the get go, I feel like I really started just settling a lot more in my normal everyday life as well. Dropping everything suddenly though, has given me the shock to the system that I desperately needed. I feel invigorated, and excited about going out and pursuing new opportunities. I’m still mid quarter-life crisis, but at least I’ve finally found the courage to remove one of the things that drained so much of my energy.

I have a clean slate. (yay!)

Oh, and did I mention….Russ and I are headed to sunny California on Monday!! His parents very very kindly gave us money to go on a trip for Russ’s birthday, and honestly it couldn’t have come at a better time. I’m so excited to get out of our little ice water burg for a bit and see some things that I’ve never seen before (one of which is Disneyland, eeeek!!!). So if you don’t see anything from me this week, don’t fret, because I will be back next week with cool pictures, and hopefully some cool stories.

Hope you all have a fantastic Saturday night!!

Peace out yo!!!

 

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-oh, and here’s a cute picture 🙂