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Catch 22 — September 29, 2014

Catch 22

To get a job you need experience, but to get experience you need a job. Having a college degree will help you get a good job, but having a college degree without experience makes you worse off in many cases than a high school graduate. That has been the story of my life for the past four years.

I went to college, graduated with my bachelor’s degree, and now four years later I am still looking for a job. I have had a few jobs here and there that didn’t last long, one of which helped me to really see that I had changed my major in college for the right reasons.

Growing up, I always heard that going to college will mean that you will find a good job, and a career, and was pushed into college. It was just what you are supposed to do. Here I am with a degree and no job, and no steady income, thinking I would have been better off not having gone to college and started working at 18, before the recession hit.

These days, you are hard pressed to find a job WITH experience, and no one is really willing to give someone with little experience a real chance and the time to learn what they need to know on the job, and those who have degrees without the experience that employers expect to go along with it, you are pretty much in the same position as a high school dropout.

In between jobs I have spending my time learning how to knit more complicated patterns, as well as spending even more time knitting hats and sweaters for kids living in poverty.

They can say that the economy is improving, but what I am really seeing, being down here on the ground in the real world is that the dropping unemployment numbers are really showing that more and more of the unemployed have stopped looking for work, because the talk and promises are just talk without actions to back them up, and millions of American’s are fed up with not being about to support their families, and pay off their college loans.

Many of us who are unemployed would totally work for $9 to $10 an hour if we could work at least 30 hours a week. I get that the global marketplace is changing and we have to change with it, but that is not a justifiable reason to keep millions of American’s unemployed, losing their homes, and dissatisfied with our leaders. I am one of the millions of American’s who just wants to make a living, and support myself. I among how many other of my fellow American’s aren’t the occupy wall street/ occupy (city name here) protesters, but are just plain fed out with being lied to, and having the only thing being done is having the economic outhouse hole being dug even deeper with every passing day.

I am frustrated because I did what I was supposed to, I went to college after high school, and I graduated, but no matter what I have tried, I am still unemployed, and I am angry and frustrated about being lied to for the past 6+ years. I have been out trying to find a decent job for 4.5 years, I started looking and applying before graduation, and the best job I had, was as a Roadshow sales representative that was a temporary job.

Let my experience of living in a catch 22 for the past 4+ years be a lesson to all of you young people out there, who are having college shoved down your throat, that unless you plan to go into health care, IT, education, engineering, or sciences, I would strongly urge you to rethink going to college, and if you do, work while you are in college. I guarntee you that the vast majority of the time college will not prepare you for the working world, and what really does help you is proper on the job training, experience. Sitting in a classroom taking notes, writing papers will not train you for the real world.

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Work experience — September 27, 2014

Work experience

I have gained a lot of experience that is applicable to life and other jobs from the jobs, volunteer experience, and other life experience I have had.

I have been knitting sweaters and hats for kids since I was twelve. This is a very voluntary cause that I have stuck with for more than half of my life. Over the years it has grown from a hobby to a passion. It has been something that I care deeply about. Being able to use a talent that I have been given to be able to help children living in poverty is something that I care deeply about.

In high school I spent my senior year volunteering in a first grade classroom after I got done with school. This is one of those experiences that helps teach one commitment, and punctuality. There were good days and hard days, short days and long days. It was to the point where the other lower end (K to 2) teachers all wanted me. I helped the kids during school hours. After school was also work. I would help clean up the classroom, help get stuff ready for later in the week, take books that the teacher had checked out from the library back to the library and record them. I had made copies, use the die cast for objects for cards and other projects, I tested markers, got new ones out, sharpened pencils, cleaned tables, washed paint brushes. There was a janitor, who I got to know, what I was doing in terms of cleaning was more of what the teachers normally did. What I learned through this experience is that the little things behind the scenes are just as important as the big things. It all has to be done, and someone has to do it.

College taught me how to juggle and balance a class and study schedule that changed each term. Most of my studying and papers got done after I had gone to class. It was my responsibility to keep track of my own schedule each term, and do what I needed to do to graduate. I had an adviser, but as far as my major went I was dealing with my own schedule planning and such. I graduated in four years, I got my self up each day, and out the door to class. I strived to do my best, and did what I needed to do to graduate on time, there were late nights, and long weekends reading assigned sections, doing research, writing papers, studying for tests, all so I could earn a piece of paper that said I graduated.

After college my first job ended up being more like a crazy vacation. I had gone to New York to be a nanny. That only lasted a week, as I was too much of a goody goody (ie not having partied in college) for the mom, so back to the west coast I came. I needed to do that though. I had to do it to prove to myself that I could do it, and not have anything bad happen to me for doing something that wasn’t stupid and that I believed was the right thing for me. I also spent a night stranded at LaGuardia trying to get back to Oregon. That was an experience. The whole thing helped me grow as an individual.

About a month after I got back from New York, I spend a month with Aflac. I was an insurance sales person. I learned that insurance sales, and commission only ate hard and take the right person. I also was not given much training as my trainer left me to go cold calling most of the time on my own (have I mentioned that when I left it had only been a month after I started). It was completely out of character for me.

My next job was working at a daycare. I did it because I needed a job. Of all the classes I worked in there was only one that I liked. I also would do garbage duty which, I really didn’t mind as it got me away from the kids for a while. This was another job where I wasn’t trained and was expected to sink or swim. From this experience (and having a 3.5 year old hit me, kick me and bite me in less than 5 minutes) that dealing with children in a classroom setting, as their teacher is not for me. I knew teaching was going to be hard from the volunteer experience, and had changed my major from education to social science in college. This was more or less because I needed work and to see if I had made the right decision to change my major in college. It was the right decision.

For the past few Christmas’ I have helped make and serve cookies for the Christmas event that takes place at my church. The last year we make them, we had made more than 5000 cookies. We had used the church facilities to make all the cookies and had a system down.

I had the opportunity to work with Rwanda Partners Basket Company (now All Across Africa) for several of their Costco road shows in my local area. The baskets, beads and bags were handmade given Rwandan’s and Ugandan’s jobs so they could support themselves and their families. It is a nonprofit company. While sales is not my strong point, the fact that I was helping support other women, and helping children in the process made it worthwhile.

I have also spent some time working in manufacturing and production. I worked for a luxury sweater company, making knitwear using a knitting machine. I learned a little bit of how to use a linking machine. I spent half the time that I was there finishing the garments (mainly tucking and tagging) as well as being an unofficial manager’s assistant. In assisting the manager, I was doing inventory, re-arranging the yarn, pulling and cutting swatches for swatch sheets, running to the bank to deposit checks, as well as running to FedEx, UPS and the Post Office. I put my own knitting finishing skills to work. I was also trusted with money. I only looked at the checks and receipts to make sure that what was on the receipt matched what was on the check and I had taken the receipt back to my manager. While I worked there, I had to do some problem solving as the owner would place orders for the stores, and not look at the current inventory, and would order items in colors that we had not had in the studio for two years. Many times when I had been given these items, they just couldn’t be done because we did not have the yarn in stock (and you can’t just overnight two cones of yarn from Scotland). That being said, there was one particular head scarf that had been put on my list, and I had let the manager know that we did not have that specific yarn in stock, I had got looking at the swatch on the swatch sheet and was then went over to the shelves that had that particular type of yarn, and grabbed two cones different colors, found the ends, twisted them together (with that yarn, there is only one item that we used a single strand for, everything else we used that yarn for we used double strands), and put them next to the swatch of the color we needed, and saw that it was super close. I then went to the manager and told her about what I had come up with, and was given the go ahead to go with the yarn solution I had come up with.

I have also been blogging off and on for just over 3 years. In the past 15 months has been where I have really dedicated myself to is. I have found that it is an amazing creative outlet, as well as a means for me to share what I love doing, what I have learned, and share what I know and an good at. I don’t foresee myself giving it up anytime soon.

Now that I am looking for another job, being able to write out what I have gained experience in is important. The big question I know I get asked is what do I want to do with my life/ what kind of job am I looking for/ what career do I want. As for a job, I want to do something either knitting or craft related (it would be even more awesome if History was somehow involved, but still trying to be realistic here), or working with non profits to get school supplies, warm clothes, and food to children and families living in poverty or even just struggling in the current economy. I like the idea of working more out in the field/ distribution and getting the resources where they need to go in an orderly fashion.

I have also taken on leadership roles in various things I have done. Both times I have served on Jury Duty, I have been the Jury Foreperson, the most recent time I took on that role voluntarily. I have also been a group leader throughout school, including college. During my senior year in two different classes I was the group leader on my group’s term projects. The organizational skills, time management skills, and drive to get the task done right the first time, have all been skills that I have developed over the years that has opened the doors for me to become a leader.

I am one who loves organization, and putting things back where I found them. Everything has a place. I am creative, I am a problem solver, and I have taken initiative. I have gotten in there and done stuff. I am reliable, and do everything in my power to get to where I need to go and be there early. The fact that I moved 65 miles away from my parents for college, and would maybe see them a couple times a term at best, and lived on my own for all but the first term, and I graduated in four years with a cumulative GPA of 2.78, and my Senior Year my GPA was 3.35, shows commitment, dedication, time management, problem solving, and initiative in my own education and future. College is hard, and it takes dedication and perseverance, and I did not let the challenge and difficulties stop me from furthering my education. By the time I started my sophomore year of college I had seen those who were not serious about being in college drop out, or waste their time. I also spent a lot of time around others who had the same can do mindset that I had, and I graduated with two other young women that I had known since Fall term of Freshmen year. I had had a History class with one, and had lived for a short time on the same residence hall floor as the other.

Goals Change — September 24, 2014

Goals Change

I am trying to find a job, and from there a place of my own to live. As I mentioned in my last post I mentioned that there are really no jobs for someone with my education and experience in the state where I live, so I am looking to get out. I want to live somewhere new, and have that adventure.

With a move, I know I would have a lot more to write about, for all my blogs, and would love to see where a move would take me, and how it would help me grow. Between having my own income, and a kitchen of my own, I would be doing my own grocery shopping again. That is something I really miss about when I was in college, living on my own is that I did my own cooking. That is one thing that is really bothering me right now, with not having a job or my own kitchen, is that I really can’t cook what sounds good, and try new gluten free and dairy free things. I know with having a job and a place of my own I would have a lot more to write about and share on My Gluten and Dairy Free Life. I have so many ideas, and things I want to try, that I just can’t do right now.

Moving someplace completely new and unfamiliar would mean a lot of adventures, from the adventure of moving, to getting settled, learning my way around, which grocery stores have the best selection to meet my needs, and so on and so forth.

I know in the past I have talked about how much I love small town country life, that hasn’t changed. What has changed is the realization that I am in the prime of my life, I am young, single, and it is time for me to take on life full speed, and get out of this little corner that is doing more harm than good. I need to get out, and grow as a person, and do it without my past, and those who want to hold me back from my full potential keeping me from living the life I was born to live. Living in a city bigger than where I am would definitely be an experience. I have been to New York once, and I want to go back. I am wanting to keep my options open, and I would not rule out somewhere like Nashville, Burlington VT, Portland Maine (aka the other Portland), or Cambridge. Part of what I look for in someplace to live, is not only chain grocery stores, but also a few of the Health Food Stores (like Whole Foods, New Seasons or Trader Joe’s), or close proximity to one. My reasoning is this: I want a Whole Foods or sometime similar realtively close for the selection of gluten free and dairy free items, but also have the normal grocery store as well for the general shopping where I could find a lot of what I would by and the “normal” grocery store here. That would leave the only stuff I would have to order online would be from Bob’s Red Mill. Living in a small town would be what I have been wanting since I was in college while the practical side is saying that there are more job opportunities, more rental options, and more grocery store options. I am really just trying to find a job and a place to live that is all on my own.

I also want to do more videos for my YouTube channels, definitely adventure videos, and cooking/baking gluten free and dairy free food videos. I doubt I would get into Daily Vlogs, but adventure videos would be fun for my viewers and for me after the fact to go back and watch, and I feel like the cooking and baking videos have the potential to help so many people. I want to be able to share recipes that are gluten free and dairy free that are not that complicated, to help those who are trying to figure out how to cook and bake Gluten and Dairy Free.

Moving to wherever I end up will be a cultural experience, as each region here in the states has its own culture, and way of doing things. They also have different words for things (like Soda and Pop, or Shopping Cart and Buggy). Why I want to move is also to get out of my shell, and experience other ways of life, in a new environment.

Figuring some things out the Hard Way — September 23, 2014

Figuring some things out the Hard Way

Fall is here, in full force! It has been overcast all day, started raining this afternoon, and the air smells like fall. It has also been in the mid to upper 60’s. I don’t know about other places, but here, each season has a distinct smell. I love the way the air smells this time of year.

There are times in life when where you are and what you are doing aren’t working for you. These are often wake up calls to get you back on track to what you are meant to be doing with your life. I have spent the last four years living in Oregon trying to find a job, and just spinning my wheels so to speak. As much as I love Oregon, I have come to realize that this is not working for me, and I need to find a job and a way out of here. There is more to life than being unemployed, doing nothing real productive and wasting my life. I have spent the last four and a half years filling out hundreds of applications, I have had maybe a couple dozen interviews, and a handful of jobs that were either a temporary and lasted a short time, to ones that did not work out, because I was not properly trained. Unless you are in the tech industry, or education (IE teaching) there are no real jobs for someone with a college degree in Oregon.

I went back to the towns I lived in while in College again today. While I love that area, I have come to realize that college was a chapter in my life, and I am meant for bigger and better things. I will never stop loving that area, and the friends who I have there, became my family, and still are my family. They will be a part of my life. These towns will always be my first real home, and living there, I learned so much about myself, made a boat load of mistakes, that all helped me grow. I have spent so many years wanting to live in a small town, that I failed to really seek God in that matter and where he wants me to be. I have realized that I have been holding myself back from being all I can be for him.

The Chick’s Life Braided Bangs Tutorial —

The Chick’s Life Braided Bangs Tutorial

I am super excited that Ashley Chick (from The Chick’s Life) did a hair tutorial on how she braids her bangs. It is a super cute, fairly simple hairstyle. Click Here to see the video.

The Chick’s Life is currently my favorite daily vlog channel on Youtube, if you haven’t seen their vlogs, or the videos they make for BabyLeague – Legend of Baby Chick, you should totally check them out. They are awesome.

First Day of Fall! — September 22, 2014

First Day of Fall!

Fall is officially here! The weather here is quite fitting for fall, mainly cloudy with some patches of blue sky here and there, with temperatures hovering in the high 60’s. Today has been a perfect day weather wise. I love overcast grey days. I know I am weird, but I love days like this. This weekend was really hot, from what I heard Saturday hit 94. Anything above 75 (with low humidity) and 70 (with humidity 35% and higher) is just too uncomfortable.

In preparation for Fall and Winter, I pulled out the wool accessories I have knit up over the last couple of years, and washed the ones I know I had not  or could not remember if I had washed since I knit them. They are currently laying out on towels on the living room floor drying. I also opened up the house today to get some fresh air, and air out the wet sheep smell of the wet wool. If you want to read more about how I washed the wool accessories (how many of us have thought that washing wool will ruin it period?), click here, to find the blog post I wrote about it earlier today.

Fall is my favorite time of year! Summer could not end soon enough. If I could bypass summer completely, or live somewhere that is cool all year around like SE Alaska, I would be super happy.

Watching the Process — September 19, 2014

Watching the Process

Yesterday’s referendum in Scotland has sparking something that I have not seen in a long time, if ever. I have been watching the aftermath unfold, and looking at the results. This is only the beginning, of a long process. While the No’s took 55% of the votes, looking at how the votes were broken down by age, Yesterday was only the beginning. I would not be at all surprised to see an Independent Scotland in my lifetime. I have heard and read that the referendum was rigged and there was voter fraud that took place. I don’t know if that is true or not, but that does raise questions and cause for concern.

Yes, Scotland chose to join England in 1707, but that was 307 years ago. Nothing stays the same for 307 years. The United States became its own country, and one that is not even part of the Commonwealth, other countries have broken away, become their own countries, with their own governments, with their own currency and their own economies.

85% of those living in Scotland turned out and cast their vote. I wonder what would happen if 85% of the American population voted in each election, how much different, and better our own country could be. This is a lesson for my generation, that we do have the power to affect change. It won’t happen overnight, but if we all educated ourselves, and chose to come together to have our voices heard, how much more we could do for our own country. It is sad to see how many of my fellow countrymen (non gender specific here) don’t know what is going on within their own country, and are completely clueless to what is going on around the world. With the advent of ships, and planes, and even cars the world had gotten so much smaller. There is no excuse to not have any clue to what is going on, or limit the sources in which you get your information from.

There is something about seeing a country turning out in force, and being passionate about its future. By what I have been seeing today, this whole Scottish Independence debate is really just getting started. Seeing a country turnout in force and actually participating in their future. Seeing that much active participation astounds me, and gives hope for the future. Young people taking part in the decisions that affect them, their future and their nation is something that my generation of American’s is sorely lacking.

It also baffles me, to think that Scotland is only about 1/3 of the size of the state of Oregon (my home state) in square miles and a population that is roughly that of the state of Minnesota.

I totally believe that Scotland could succeed on its own, it would take work yes, but it can be done. Playing it safe never gets you anywhere where you want to be.

why should I trade one tyrant three thousand miles away for three thousand tyrants one mile away? – The Patriot (2000)

It’s all for nothing if you don’t have freedom. – Braveheart (1995)

I *am* William Wallace! And I see a whole army of my countrymen, here in defiance of tyranny. You’ve come to fight as free men… and free men you are. What will you do with that freedom? Will you fight? … Aye, fight and you may die. Run, and you’ll live… at least a while. And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willin’ to trade ALL the days, from this day to that, for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they’ll never take… OUR FREEDOM! – Braveheart (1995)

There’s a difference between us. You think the people of this country exist to provide you with position. I think your position exists to provide those people with freedom. And I go to make sure that they have it. – Braveheart (1995)

10 books that have stuck with me — September 17, 2014

10 books that have stuck with me

list 10 books that have stayed with you in some way. They do not have to be the “right” books or great works of literature, just ones that have affected you in some way. I am taking this from Facebook, as a friend of mine left a comment on my post about learning how the books affected me, so I thought I would write about it in a blog post.

– The Bible: For any Christian, this is an important one. Even though I was raised going to church my entire life, it was not until this summer when I had to make the choice to serve God or not to, that what I was reading and heard in church became so much more real to me.

– The Samurai’s Garden by Gail Tsukiyama: This is a book that I read in English class freshmen year of high school. It stuck with me, and affected me, because the story is told through the main character, a young man who contracted TB and was sent to live at his grandfather’s house, that is still in the family. The young man is sent from Hong Kong to Japan during the Japanese invasion of China in the 1930’s. The main character deals with being an outcast because he is Chinese, and being in the country of his country’s enemy during a time of war. That also leaves him being the only young man his age in the area, because he is recovering from a serious disease. While he is in Japan he meets the local leper colony, and gets to know a couple of the lepers. It really opens his eyes to what it is like to be shunned by your own family, and society, because of something you have no control over. It really stuck with me, because it helped me realize and see that it takes getting out of your comfort zone, helps you learn the most about other people. It also taught me, before I even realized it, that the best way to learn about a different culture is through immersion. It also reinforced that everyone is a person, and those with disabilities are people too, and should not be treated differently than those of us who are healthy.

– The Katie Weldon Series – Robin Jones Gunn: This series really stuck with me, because I read the first three books while I was in college, and the last book came out two years after I graduated from college. For those of you who have read The Christy Miller Series, Sierra Jensen Series, and/or Todd and Christy The College Years books by Robin Jones Gunn, you will know that Katie Weldon is Christy Miller’s best friend through most of these books. This particular series centers around Katie and follows her from Todd and Christy’s Wedding at the end of her Junior year of College, through her senior year of college, and shortly after she graduates from college (so roughly covering a calender year). It affected me because I could relate to some of what was going on for Katie. Having gone through college and such. While I know the entire series is a work of fiction, it illistrates the struggles that young adults have, and that God is right there through it all. He directs our path, even when we don’t see it, and feel left in the dark, clueless and lost, God always has a plan, and his plan is better than our own. That is a lesson I have been having to learn myself.

– Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell: This is a book I have read several times over. It is one of the biggest, longest, heaviest books I have ever read. I liked it because it is a classic, as well as Historical Fiction. It is also a cautionary tale, of what I didn’t want to end up like. I found Scarlett to be a whiny, conniving spoiled, manipulative brat. Exactly what I don’t want to be.

– The Little House on the Prairie Series – Laura Ingalls Wilder: I love these books. While they are actually Historical Fiction, they are based on the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder. A lot of what happens in the books are based on actual events that took place, the timeline (especially early on) is switched up, so that the story is told in a linear progression heading west, and some of the characters were based on real people or took on characteristics of two people and so on. I love the fact that the stories though are from the perspective of a girl growing up on the prairie. These books illistrate what life was like in “the old west” for a girl growing up into a young woman. The whole Oregon Trail and Westward Expansion era is my favorite era of History, and the part of history I love most is the History of the American West. All of that is wrapped up in these books. How women lived, and what their roles were, what they did, what they felt, thought and so on during this period has always fascinated me. This era, and part of history in particular is MY history, of essentially how I came to be.

– The Hunger Games Series – Suzanne Collins: This series is a popular series among teens and young adults. At first I was hesitant to read, because of its popularity, but then I got sucked into it. I couldn’t put the books down as I started reading them. I loved all three books. Why these books have stuck with me, is because throughout the series Katniss grows up a lot, and has to go through a lot of hard things, and crappy situations to learn what is important to her. The experiences she goes through shapes who she becomes, but they don’t define her. She also learns that she is at her best, when she is being herself, and doing things “her way” or that are in character for her. Those are important things we all learn. How to be ourselves, learn from our past, and not let others live our lives for us, those are all things I have had to learn, and still am learning myself.

– A High Wind in Jamaica – Richard Hughes: This book is one I read in one of my college English classes, and I was surprised I actually liked it. It is totally one of those easy yet enjoyable reads with a lot of subtext stuff that you have to read carefully for to pick up on.

– Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte: I spent an entire term in college with this boos as the focal point. It is a classic, yet greatly overlooked, British Novel. It does get greatly confusing at times, the the jest is that Girl loves Boy, Boy Loves Girl, but Girl marries different guy, Boy is devastated, yet still marries someone else (and only one character marries outside of the two main families in the book). Girl has a daughter who she names after herself, and boy has son who he names after himself (hence where it really starts getting confusing), and boy forces her daughter and his son to marry. It is weird, and having had a term to try to understand it, is part of why it sticks with me. That and the fact that I made it all the way through the novel and the term with some understanding of the book, I am a bit proud of myself.

– Marcia Schuyler – Grace Livingston Hill: I loved this book, and thought it was a sweet story. Marcia Schuyler is the main character of the book and the novel follows her journey through her first year of marriage. Her sister leaves the man she was going to marry standing at the alter for another man, so rather than have it be a scandel and have the sister’s impropriety reflect poorly on the family, Marcia marries the man her sister leaves jilted. Most of the book centers around what Marcia is going through with having married her sister’s ex, who is heartbroken and has blinders on (metaphorically) for most of the first year. Towards the end of the book, the sister shows back up, having had a failed marriage, and subsequently tries to steal back the man she stood up at the alter who is now her brother in law. Marcia’s husband finally sees Marcia’s sister for who and what she really is, and comes to his senses. He realizes that he got the better end of the deal, and that he pretty much wasted a year not loving Marcia the way he should have. During this time all of Marcia’s clothes and such were her sister’s wedding trousseau, and as an act of finally casting off the last of the cruel sister, Marcia’s husband buys her a whole new wardrobe that is all her own. It is one of these sappy love stories, but at the same time, it also shows that people are not always as they seem, and the quieter, shy ones are the ones worth getting to know, and often get passed over, but they are more than what they seem.

– Christy – Catherine Marshall: This book is based on a true story of Catherine Marshall’s mother who did go and become a teacher in a rural school. The themes of this book are teaching, rural communities, cultural differences, immersion, and that when you move to a new place, it will change you more than you will change it or them. Learning a different way of life in a new place is foreign and different for you, but you are the person/thing that is foreign wherever you go. Adapting to your surroundings is part of growing, and is what helps make us well rounded people. Being an anthropologist, even an unconscious one, is part of life, and learning about our surroundings in new places.

Scottish Independence????????????????? — September 16, 2014

Scottish Independence?????????????????

Since I got wind of it in the last few weeks, I have been paying attention to the up coming referendum vote that will be taking place this coming Thursday, September 18th. Those living in Scotland will be deciding whether or not Scotland will becoming it’s own country again. Something that has not been a reality in over 300 years.

I am interested and excited to see what happens, as I would jump at the chance to move to Scotland given the chance either way of this vote. I have had the desire to live in Scotland for 5 years now, but have relegated myself to the reality that the easiest and most practical way for that to happen is to marry a Scotsman, and the likelihood of that happening is looking slim.

If the vote comes back to be yes, Scotland would still not be it’s own country until March 26th 2016, which is just over 18 months away. Even if Scotland became its own country, my best legal option of moving would be through marriage.

Why would someone like me want to move to Scotland? you may ask. I will tell you. I have been fascinated with it’s culture, history, lifestyle, climate (and about the only place in my own country that rivals that is SE Alaska) and I want a change of pace. I want to learn about another country’s culture by immersion. I have been trying to learn about the culture and such through BBC documentaries and non fictitious TV Programs. I also realize that it would be a huge adjustment for me, and that challenge is part of the reason why I want to go. I want to get out of my shell and experience living abroad.

I have done a bit of research, and I know even with food intolerances I would be fine, It would just be part of the adjustment and learning how to take care of myself in a new environment with brands I am not familiar with. It can be done. Not allowing myself to give in and come back without giving it a fair chance just because it is unfamiliar and new. If I were to move I would rely on the fact that I got through College (University) without giving up in the first year (I had serious thought about it, and wanted to at one point), but I did not give up. I stuck it out, and I am glad I did.

Forever — September 14, 2014

Forever

I just finished watching the Pilot of a new TV show called Forever. I have not been this excited for a new TV show since I saw the Pilot of Grimm. Beings that Grimm is going into its 4th season, Nashville is getting boring, Revolution is over (the last season was pretty pathetic) and Once Upon A Time stopped being good after the second season, I need a new TV to add to my line up, beings that Grimm is the only good TV show I have seen in the last couple of years. The only reason I am still watching Nashville is to see Lennon and Maisy sing.

I am not one who is normally into the new TV shows that are coming out each season. It has to actually look interesting for me to watch it. Some of the shows that I have seen they are good for a season or two, but after that they quit being good, because all the good material gets used up in the first two seasons and there is only so much you can do with a show without much forethought without them being dull.

What show are you guys really into right now and why?