Been there, done that

Despite the fact that I have much to say about my current state of affairs, the post I’m most inspired to write is a tangential one.

I tend to run with people who love to travel.  I suppose that isn’t too hard to do, as most people enjoy the exoticism of hopping on a plane and leaving the world behind for a few days or a week.  I can’t say if my friends travel more than most, I just know that several of my close friends make it a point to take at least one big trip a year, sometimes to far flung places like Thailand and Australia.  I have an uncle who I’ve always known for traveling, and he is making his way across the globe in a lifetime of trips, thoroughly exploring Europe, then South America, now Asia.

I love traveling too.  There is something inexplicably fascinating and freeing about standing in a city you’ve only seen on a map before, or in pictures.  Exploring the hidden corners that never make it to tourist books gives me a real sense of adventure, something that I think is hard to come by in this day and age. Continue reading

Radio silence

So I just looked at this blog and realized (realised?) that I haven’t posted since January 3rd.  That’s rather a long time.  But I have some reasons for that.  Okay, I have two reasons for that.

The first is that I was busy fulfilling one of my New Year’s resolutions and finding work.  I had a scary moment at the beginning of the year where I realized I had blown through almost all of my monthly allowance in the matter of a week.  By allowance here, I mean disposable income.  MR and I are very socialist redistribution of wealth types and split our disposable income equally between two separate bank accounts.  Being on one salary meant that said disposable income was rather small, and we had a very serious talk about how I needed to work.  I am then proud to say I went at it full guns blazing and applied for every teaching job I thought I could do, including Head of English positions.  I even had a spreadsheet, and made it a full time employment, practically. Continue reading