Learning the World.

Musings on relocation, exploration and other general oddities.

Holding on.

I really needed a win today.

I’m still in employment limbo, to the extent that some of my clients are being reassigned. Which means that even when I *can* go back to work, my hours will be cut, and I won’t get to see some of my kiddos. Which sucks for them and for my colleagues as I screw around with their schedules. And there’s the whole not-earning-money thing, which is a problem when you live in Seattle. Without a defined end in sight, I just feel stuck.

The nation I live in and the nation I come from still feel fractured beyond repair.

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This is not fine.

Well… this week did not go the way I wanted.

As you may recall from my previous post, I had two looming events, one personal – the imminent expiration of my employment authorisation – and one public – the Brexit referendum. I was stressed, but hopeful.

I am no longer hopeful.

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“I’m an alien… I’m a legal alien…”

It’s a very strange day to be a Brit living abroad. I feel a little bit like I’m free floating, waiting for someone to tell me what to do next.

The polls have just closed on the ‘Brexit’ – the referendum as to whether or not Britain should leave the European Union. My mind boggles at the fact that this vote even took place – it seems like the kind of isolationist, nationalist idea that should have died out 100 years ago. Yet as I look at politics, in Britain, Europe and here in the USA, I see more and more xenophobic, isolationist politics. That’s a more in depth conversation though, and for another time.

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This hurts.

So I’ve been living in the USA for over two years now, and I’ve clearly neglected my writing commitment. With the husband away on business, I’d been mulling over a few things about the good old US of A that still baffle me. I’d mentally drafted a mildly amusing ‘only in America’ post that I was planning to sit down with a pot of coffee and and tease America about its silly and strange habits.

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Springtime in Alaska

Did you know, gentle reader, that Obama is in Alaska right now, renaming mountains (and angering Ohioans) and being the first sitting president to visit the US Arctic (thanks, NPR)? Of course you did, you’re smart people. You probably don’t know that my in-laws are there as well – if you do, I’m a little concerned.

But right now, I want to tell you about MY trip to Alaska. This trip report is only about. . . 6 months late. Ooops. But read on, if you’re interested in our experiences in America’s final frontier and the hunt for the Northern Lights.

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Love won last Friday, just in time for Pride. Many more eloquent people than I have talked about how awesome this is, as well as how it’s far from the end in the fight for LGBT rights. So I won’t do that here. I will just share a few photos from the Capitol Hill PrideFest.

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Cannot believe I’m still writing about this. . .

You remember how I wrote about a particularly annoying doctor’s visit several months ago? (You don’t? It’s here.) Turns out, I was not finished with this saga. So once again, I am subjecting you to a rant about something not even slightly interesting. Sorry. TL;DR at the end.

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One year in. . .

I swear, I didn’t forget I started this blog.

Just before Christmas, during an unnecessarily drunken evening, an American friend admonished me for not writing this blog anymore, and that this was a shame. And although I may disagree with him on the importance of corporate social responsibility, he was right about this. I enjoy writing – I always have. There’s something cathartic about putting my thoughts onto a page, and although most of the internet is indifferent there’s a handful of family and friends who are interested. So why haven’t I written in so long?

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Falling asleep . . . .

There really is no point in me starting a journal and not writing in it for months. There are lots of thoughts swirling around in my head that I want to get on paper, but to be honest, I’m tired. I’ve been working, studying, exploring and accidentally getting my husband hooked on Grey’s Anatomy. So there are things of mild interest and musings to share, but not tonight.

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