The cost of ennui, part 1

New houses take a lot of time, not to mention the old house…

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A few months ago, I wrote about the big decision to buy a new home.  We did close on Sept. 23rd with no other last-minute surprises, thankfully.  We got to meet the previous owners during the inspection of the repairs to the sub-flooring and joist under the shower.  They told us the house was a duplex before the renovations, which completely makes sense with the layout.  Basically, my bedroom is a big as a living room, because it once was a living room!   Continue reading “The cost of ennui, part 1”

My furry friends

On my growth as an animal owner.

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Dawg

One of the bonus questions from Life Story asks about pets.  Our family’s first pet was my mother’s cat.  When my parents were planning their wedding, a neighbor’s cat had kittens.  The story goes that my mom rushed home to ask my dad if she could have one.  He sarcastically said, “Sure, if you name the sucker Dog.”  The story goes, the next thing my dad knew, there was a tiny kitten running around and everyone was calling it Dawg.   Continue reading “My furry friends”

The problem with toast

The Goldilocks of the condiment world.

I realized yesterday the issue that I have with toast.  Let me back up a few steps from that statement though and explain myself.  I love condiments.  A meal feels incomplete to me if condiments are not involved.  Bachelor fridge?  Yep, that was me.  (B has this annoying habit of insisting “real” food be kept in the fridge.  It’s pushing my condiment space aside, sadly.) Continue reading “The problem with toast”

My previous homes

Home is where your heart is…

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Azaleas framing the steps to the first house I purchased.

Continuing on my Life Story posts, I am choosing to combine a few topics this week.  I’ll start with my childhood home, and move on to the cities I have lived since leaving that home.   Continue reading “My previous homes”

My Travel History

Oh the places I’ve been…

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My world map – with pins for my travels.

One of the topics that lead to the name of my blog was travel.  I love to travel, both as a tourist to see the magnificent things that others before me have seen and to learn and experience the culture of people different from myself.  To me, this is the two sides of the “worldly” coin – both experiencing the sights and learning the culture.  The final Life Story blog prompt asks me to talk about the places I have traveled outside my home country, so this is a perfect topic for this blog. Continue reading “My Travel History”

The cures for ennui, part 2

Making adult decisions is hard sometimes.

I had already planned to chat about my current job and my ennui related to it, and interestingly enough, a few articles showed up on my Facebook feed.  The first was from The Oatmeal about being unhappy.  That lead to a WSJ article about the same thing, in prose format.  I’m not someone who would be described as a happy person.  I have resting bitch face (it keeps you pretty!) and a general pessimistic outlook on life.   Continue reading “The cures for ennui, part 2”

Whats in a name?

Your name is only the first chapter of your story.

Last entry, I mentioned that I had a personal goal to average one post a week.  While I may not post an entry every physical week, I want the cumulative average to be 52 entries a year.  When I have a lot to say (like my vacation wrap up), I can post many entries in a week.  Sadly, when I’m in a slump, I don’t post for weeks on end.  I enjoy writing, though.  Its one of the few creative outlets that I feel confidant in my skills.  So, in many ways it’s stress relief, and like I’ve mentioned before, it helps me solidify my thoughts.   Continue reading “Whats in a name?”