How to even begin…
SO- Once again, it is becoming a habit for me to only post once or twice a year (sorry!). Guess I get caught up in my own little world of chaos.
Where I left off- I left off knowing that something in my life had to change so that I could finally grab happiness by the balls! Leaving my beloved London to live back in my hometown for a year definitely put me into a state of shock and numbness. So it was only upon my decision to become Frodo Baggins again and adventure west that I finally found my spirit again!
The Road Trip- Since you are probably wondering…..YES, I did make the move! Last August, I packed up my car, marked out a map, grabbed my mom, and made for an epic roadtrip to the west! In my head, I had always imagined an epic road trip across country consisting of my best friends, many chippendales bars, hitting up every mechanical bull riding contest, and lots of awkward Walmart-people encounters. BUT….that phenomenal image was molded into an image of Barbara Striesand and Seth Rogan on the ‘Guilt Trip.’ Unfortunately, my best friends couldn’t make the road trip so my mother was BEYOND excited to take their place. Of course when she first recommended this setup, like any other daughter in the world, I thought to myself, “Oh HELLLLLLLL No!” To my surprise, it was actually a very relaxing and pleasant trip filled with many hotel pools, continental breakfasts, and infinite amounts of cornfields (no thanks to Kansas). And no, there were unfortunately no chippendales stops…ugh. To continue….since my brother had just recently gotten engaged, I decided to drive my car out with my mom and then we would both fly back for his engagement party….and then I would fly back again after. -BUT- following up on LIFE LESSON #22: As a man named Murphy once said, ‘Anything that could go wrong, will go wrong! When I was back in my hometown for my brothers engagement party, I somehow managed to acquire a horrible infection on a microscopic cut…..which then turned into an infected abscess (AKA- a bulging golfball-sized, tumor-like, excruciatingly painful infection….which of course was located on my butt, because it wouldn’t have been as much fun in a less- sensitive area). So the doctor immediately sent me in for an emergency procedure to cut it open. The doctor who cut it open was talking on her cell phone when I first entered her office (not a promising sign). She seemed extremely rushed as if I was inconveniencing her with this last minute squeezed-in appointment. So like a great doctor, she used a local anesthetic but didn’t wait long enough for everything to be completely numb. It is safe to say that this tough Viking was crying like a baby on that operation table. I truly think I should write to the C.I.A. and recommend the procedure as a great interrogation tactic…they could probably get any information out of anyone that they would ever need! Since the procedure was done under such care, the next day I spiked a fever and ended up in the emergency room for having the infection spread since the doctor didn’t provide me with any antibiotics and left debris in the wound. After lots of poking and prodding, screaming and crying, flight changes, and a bottle of codeine later….I was walking as if I had a stick up my butt and was ready to get the hell out of town and back to my adventure out west.
Finally reaching the west- Finally….it was such a relief when I got back out to the west and in cowboy country! I even got my first part-time job in Wyoming as….wait for it…..WAIT FOR IT….a college Adjunct teaching Cultural Anthropology!! WHOOOO!!!! Anyone who knows me well laughed when I told them this. Their first thought is, “Teaching college students??? YOU??? HAHA.” They just assume I would date one of my students or tell inappropriate jokes all the time (which, of course, I did. Not the dating….but the jokes part). So I completed a whole semester of teaching college kids and LOVED it. I would show them the most horrifying videos of cultural practices just to get a chuckle and of course, teach them extremely valuable knowledge *wink* *wink*. On top of that I also got a full-time day job….not the best paying, but it pays the bills! As far as a juicy love-life goes…..Yes, yes…I did date! I had a serious (but not really) relationship for two months with a guy because I thought it was really nice, but apparently you have to be compatible to actually make it sustain haha…who knew? You live and ya learn!! So unfortunately I broke it off and moved on to new adventures! For the most part, it has been pretty boring. Mostly just working and staring at the vast, infinite amount of dry open land in Wyoming. I haven’t found my dream job yet, but I am hoping it is just around the corner! I hope to get a research job through a university in Colorado so that I can move down there and live an epic life! But I know that patience is key! So until then, I am waiting patiently trying to enjoy life. And No, no new love interests yet…..but it is cowboy country so I’m sure I can try and lasso one up soon 😉 If all else fails, I’ll wait until I move down to the mountains to rummage up a lumberjack. No big deal. I always have back-up plans!
My New Home in Wyoming: