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Welcome to August

I’m looking forward to a busy end to 2013. It’s already kicked into high gear this week. It seems as though I’ve got events planned for nearly every weekend until the middle of November. No doubt I’m happy about being busy type, but how does this happen?

With all the nice weather and feeling more settled, less stressd and less depressed than I was this Spring, I haven’t had much to gripe about. For me that seems to mean less blog posts. I haven’t been traveling either, so not loads of pretty photos to post.

But I have some good news to report:
1. I’m going back stateside in October for my friend Ali’s wedding in New England. Ali and I have been friends for nearly 10 years now after our lovely study abroad time in London. I’m so happy to be able to go back and see her take her vows. And I get so see a load of my other friends from studying in London as well. Should be an excellent time. Oh and I guess I will see my family a bit too. I wish I could stay longer and go up to Maine for a couple days. It’d be nice to go to the coast and have a proper holiday. It’s only a week and is bound to be hectic.

2. I’ve done my work visa! Let’s hope for the best and get the UK government to agree with many people in the greater London area that I’m good company and should get to stay here longer.

3. Fulham are back home in London after playing some pre-season games abroad. They have 2 matches this week for pre-season and I’m going to both. Yey, football time is very close and this season the Premier League is wide open (in my opinion). Should be good.

I think that’s it. Below are some photos along the Regents Canal. I’ve been using it as my main transport route the last couple weeks as it’s the shortest and most pleasant way to get to where I’m working at the moment. Only will get to use it for the next couple days and then I’ll be off to a different area for work. I shall miss it.

Well, I’ll leave you with the photos. I hope you’re all doing well and enjoying the summer as much as I am. Cheers.

The quickly changing face of King's Cross. One of those buildings will be my office come next year.

The quickly changing face of King’s Cross. One of those buildings will be my office come next year.

The Canal and the Constitution.

The Canal and the Constitution.

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Be Courageous

Oh buddy! What a find! I was attempting to look up something else on the internet this evening when a link to Road Trip Nation popped up in my address bar. I must have book market it years and years ago as I haven’t looked at it in ages. But nothing could have been more timely as I was thinking along the lines of Road Trip nation my whole cycle ride home. Really about the path I’ve been on in life and how others have chosen to make (or not make) their way. But this show Road Trip Nation is really fantastic. I watched it during college and post college late night in my bed back in Indiana on WTTW. From the show came one of my most favorite quotes of all time from an interview with Devorah Major, Poet Lauraete of San Francisco at the time (Click here if you want to hear it). I remember when I heard it  the hairs on the back of my head went up, as Oprah would say. The show inspired me to go on road trips and to explore and experience as much as I can. I think I’m doing ok still in regards to traveling, though things have slowed down a bit since moving to London. Any ways, back to the point of this post. I clicked on the bookmarked link to Road Trip nation and was happy to discover it’s still going and still producing great videos. This was the latest one:

How lovely is that? Dude is in the Lourve now. He very succinctly said what I was thinking about tonight. Although not so much the living in your Fiat with your dog part.

So I leave you with that. I’ve got some more studying to do tonight before my head hits the pillow. EDUCATION never ends. Peace.

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Getting ahead

It’s just gone 9 AM on a snowy morning here in south London. I managed to sleep in till 8:26. For me, that’s a pretty good lie-in. I woke up and looked out the window to find more snow falling on top of the 2-3 inches we already have on the ground. This snowfall over the last couple day is my first proper snow of London. It has snowed this winter and last but it didn’t stick for this long. This snow has cause H-A-V-O-C on flights, trains and road. And the Met Office says there is more all day today. Fine with me as long as the major roads are clear tomorrow for me to cycle to work. I’ll take an alternative route than I normally do, as Tooting Bec Common was rather treacherous on Friday night as you can see by the picture.

Snowy cycle home.

Snowy cycle home.

There has not been much on the docket this weekend outside of some interneting, reading, keeping warm in my house. I’d do more but the stress of getting out there is not worth it. Plus I’ve got a bit of a bum knee which I’d like to rest. My other thing I’ve got to do this weekend is try to make myself more marketable for a long term employment. I’m going to bite the bullet and do a couple of qualificationy type things I’ve been dragging my feet on the last couple years. It’s alright to get temp work here, but to get anyone to keep you on long term seems to be difficult. So perhaps I need a few more letters after my name? A bit more British based education? I’m not sure what’s lacking. Or perhaps it’s just me and my awkwardness that wards potential employers off. That is also to be addressed in 2013. Either way, I’m going to do my best to improve and be prepared for the next permanent job I go for.

This January has been rather routine and uneventful. I’m going to blame the lack of alcohol in my diet. It’s left things feeling rather unpredictable. In some ways that’s good and some ways bad, but mostly good. It’s been a tough test to not drink at points. I walked into the Ferrer’s on Wednesday night to find the best line up of alcoholic beverages I’ve ever seen there in my life. Lots of By the Horns, Brodies, Thatchers and Cronx, which I have been dying to try. I ordered a peppermint tea. I was so fucking thrilled to do so. It’s the closest I’ve come to cracking, but I would have been sorely disappointed with myself. I only have 11 more days of being on the wagon, so I hope some of those brews are still available in February.

It’s been good to not drink as I have spent limited funds this month. A night out can ruin my budget for the week very easily. And I need to save all the pennies I can with a possible trip to the Best Coast in April/May happening. The trip has hit a bit of a speed bump this week as my employment prospects over that period has become rather tenuous. I’d very much like to go back stateside and see my lovelies, but it appears life over here is against me doing that. I will continue to fight my way through the slog and get back stateside ASAP. And if I don’t go stateside, I’m going to the mother flipping continent to go see some new city I haven’t yet seen for a few days. Most likely it will be Amsterdam to ride bikes. Anyone want to come join me?  Please please?

On that note, I need someone to confirm plans to come visit me soon. It’s been too long. My 2 hours with Tera hardly

The snow keeps falling.

The snow keeps falling.

counts towards anything. No substantial visit has occurred since September. Get it together folks. Especially relatives. Your lack of visitation is simply appalling.

Any ways, I’m out. I’ve got some more NY Times to read, more tea to drink and my traditional sunday brekkie to make.  I hope you’re all well. Keep in touch my friends. Much love.

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