Feeling much better today. Being unable to work and being stuck in my apartment has been a bit tough, especially when I had a couple more health things pop up several days in a row, but it’s better now. Maybe I’ve gotten used to just sitting here. I’m just trying to keep busy, I have lots of books to read and an online course to complete, so I have things to do. Just looking forward the future. I’m going to New York City near the end of August, actually in just a little less than a month now with mom for vacation and I’m really excited for it! I have it all planned out, which cafes, restaurants, museums, etc. But for now, gotta get this online course done! Before New York and I have to go back to uni.
This week, President Obama signed an Executive Order that prohibits federal contractors from discriminating against their employees on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
On Friday, join a conversation on the new Executive Order and steps the President has taken to expand opportunity for the LGBT community. Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President, will host for a Tumblr Q&A this Friday, July 25 at 1pm ET.
Right now, you can ask your questions here on the White House Tumblr, and Valerie Jarrett will answer a bunch on Friday, July 25 at 1pm ET.
Sorry if this seems like a weird question, but… this wasn’t already law?
So you may remember that I was planning on going to teaching Korea this fall, but then decided to just get my bachelor of education done and out of the way first, and then go to Korea. It’s still conflicting, quite honestly, for me. I know “teaching” in Korea, it isn’t a real teaching position. It will do little to contribute to my resume as a teacher, but I’ve wanted to go and live and work in Korea for nearly three years now and I’m going to do it. My problem is that I feel like I need to spend every year as efficiently as possible.
21-22 bachelor of education
22-23 teach in Korea
23-26 teach in England
That’s the plan for now. Friends and family say, relax, you have all the time in the world. I suppose I just don’t share that same confidence. For me, I want to do the travelling and the living in different places and all that stuff as quickly as possible so I can do as much as possible before I settle down one day in the future. My parents both married at much later ages and I was always sure that I would have kids in my thirties as well (mum was 35 and dad was 45), but I still feel like I only have ten to fifteen years to do what I want to do.
As I write that, doesn’t that sound crazy? Who says I have to stop living at thirty or thirty-five, or whatever age? I’m the most intense planner I have ever met, I even have my Korea packing list all set to go! My plan was, well, I’d finish my BEd in the end of May of 2015, I’d work for a month or so while taking care of visa stuff, then fly to Korea and start working in July. So I have a while to go. It’s kind of part packing list part wish list. Lets dispense with the wish side of things first!
- Barbour jacket (I’m from Canada and we have little need for jackets here, it’s either a t-shirt, a sweater, or a winter coat, or maybe that’s just me?)
- Hunter boots (black, matte, er, we don’t get much rain in Ontario!)
- L.L. Bean boots (I know, I know, this list is silly, but I have a dream of arriving in style)
- Roots sweats (I had to throw out my old hoodie two months ago because it was completely worn out and the material had gotten itchy, have to represent!)
- red flannel (self-explanatory)
- a full teacher’s wardrobe (or at least, the start of one, with trousers, button ups, blouses, blazers, capris, pencil skirts, cardigans, and all that jazz)
Yeah, I’m not gonna buy all that. Work clothes I will definitely try and get some of though since I’m like a kilometre tall and no way is anything going to fit me. Nothing even fits me in Canada (thank you Britain for all of your tall sections). Rain and chilly weather apparel and footwear I feel though is legitimate! I spent a year studying in western France and was soaked the whole year because I live in ballet flats until snow arrives, typically, in Canada. Decisions, decisions…
The regular packing list is pretty boring in comparison but the highlights include…
Boring Packing List
- Epipens (do Koreans have peanut allergies? I’m kind of doubting it)
- ultra mega foxy strong deodorant (I am terrified of being smelly to smell-less Koreans)
- maple syrup (as coworker presents as well as birthday breakfasts and the like, I imagine it’ll be pretty expensive in Itaewon and similar locations)
- smoked wild salmon (you can get in really beautiful wooden boxes that have gorgeous native Canadian designs that could make a great gift for principals and the like; I thought of ice wine but it would likely be too sweet for the Korean pallet (it is for me, even)).
- a paperback Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (it’s like a security blanket, don’t judge!)
- a Canadian flag!
- photo album (something about being able to leaf through photos is so much better than on your phone or laptop)
- box of stuffing and can of gravy (for Christmas, guys)
If you ever feel like you’ve screwed up, just remember that in 1348 the Scots thought it would be a good idea to invade England because the English were weakened by the Plague. They subsequently caught the plague themselves, went back to Scotland, and killed half their own population.
“A little Texas hospitality goes a long way, y’all.”
The best signs from last weekend’s immigration rally in Texas.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was released seven years ago - July 21, 2007.
I CANNOT BELIEVE THAT WAS 7 YEARS AGO!
In the past month I have had a nail bed infection, a messed up ankle (maybe early arthritis, they don’t know), an x-ray, soon to be an MRI, an anaphylactic reaction, an ice pack burn all down my calf (I’ve been icing because of the ankle), have been to physio six times, an after hours clinic twice, the emergency room twice, a physiologist once, and the pharmacy too many times to count.
My boss told me to not come back to work until I’m all better, so there goes any chance in hell I had in paying for residence and shit. I can’t go anywhere or do anything outside of my apartment because then I would irritate my ankle, and now I have a super bandaged calf from my ice pack burn.
I think the world is trying to tell me to go fuck myself.
"… and to you, if you have stuck with Harry until the very end."
Here’s to book seven. Here’s to the years of anticipation before it and the years of discussion in its wake. Here’s to the boy who lived and how he changed everything.
And here’s to you, if you know that “the very end” isn’t happening anytime soon.
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