Unemployment

The Unemployment Diaries : Getting Out and About

OMG it’s December, and I can’t even wrap my head around it. Since graduating high school, each year has progressively flown faster and faster, and 2013 may have been the fastest yet. 

Soon I won’t be able to blink without missing all 364/5 days. Sheesh, getting old is weird.

Since I was here last, not a whole lot has changed. I finally got around to running some errands like getting my boots fixed, and just today I put up our Christmas tree (its a cute little pink thing; not really sure what I was thinking when I bought it). I also finally found the motivation to create a little camera set up and film a teeny video for the world to see. My accomplishments are small, but definitely satisfying.

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a shot of the lil pink tree that could from last year

I’ve had a couple small epiphanies this week too. Something that always seems to be a subject of contention with Russ and I, is how sometimes when he is telling me a story-and I seem like I’m listening- I am really busy being stuck inside my head, thinking and thinking and thinking. I’m sure you can imagine what it’s like telling a whole story, and then finding out later that the person you were telling it to barely absorbed anything (sorry Russ)…

…this week, I discovered what thats like pretty hard. I was telling someone about our trip (they asked me keep in mind), and the whole time I was talking, I didn’t really receive any feedback or followup questions. It felt like I was reciting something from a page, and had no opportunity to really get into it and tell them some of the behind the scenes stories. The person I was telling was upset about something that had happened that day, and it was obvious that they were still stuck on it ; so much so that after I was done telling my story, the upset was brought up again. 

Instead of being upset however, I used that moment to learn a bit of a lesson about myself. While I was thinking “man, I feel like I’m talking for no reason”,  the train of thought that I often do the same thing to other people was started. Everyone does it, but this was one of the first times that I was able to bring it back around and honestly apply it to myself. 

Hopefully being unemployed keeps this trend of realizations going. 

But anyways, that is what I am going to leave you with today. I have chili cooking in the slow cooker (it smells divine), and I’m off to start some bannock to go along with it. Have a lovely sunday evening/monday morning in other parts of the world!! PEACE!!

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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!