My online diary has been silent up to this point in 2014. It is perhaps because the majority of my life has come to a grinding halt, as I put my energy into my two jobs (as cashier and animator). The latter being a constant thing, whilst the former – well lets just say that anyone who has worked in retail will know how irregular the shift patterns are. It’s been difficult to assimilate any kind of social life around it (lets just say its because I’m not the best manager of time).
I’ve found myself stuck on what exactly to say… considering things haven’t been particularly lively here. But I felt it was due time to force myself to write at least something.
So, achievements for 2013.
Made it to Vancouver
Learned to like both coffee and marmalade (things I detested before), still cannot face custard.
Learnt the majority of hiragana (one of the 3 Japanese alphabets, 2000+ characters to go).
Wrote almost everyday in my diary since I came to Vancouver (since 13th of September)
I’m sure I achieved other things in 2013, but I can’t remember.
Well, what am I doing in 2014? For one, I have decided to return home to Cardiff at the beginning of May. I feel like its time, I like Vancouver but I miss home and everything waiting for me there. Before I go home, I wanted to take the opportunity to do a bit of exploring.
I’m visiting Victoria, Seattle, Portland, Boston and Reykjavik starting March 25th till my return on May 5th. Of course there as still places I have yet to go to in Vancouver – Casa de Gelato, The Black Lodge, Nitobe Memorial Garden, Chinatown… to name a few.
For now I’m focusing on finishing the project I’ve been working on, I’m looking forward to sharing it once its finished. But for now its a secret!
Brooches of Moss (IT Crowd), Dr. Who, Ringo Starr, David Bowie, Dwight (The Office) and Snape in the shop
Image from Trapp + Holbrook
Things are going well at the moment. I have some work freelancing, as well as selling a few brooches locally at Ainsworth Custom. I’ve been painting a little too, only quick things so far, but maybe in the new year I can begin on large canvases again.
It took a while to get used to the rhythm of Vancouver, but I feel a lot more settled now. However this has started me imagining all the places I could visit next~ Japan, South Korea, Mongolia, Vietnam, Paris, Finland, Norway, Sweden, New Zealand… the list is endless. I think what I long for most though, is the shores of home. I romanticize about the misty Welsh hills as if they’d come straight out of Wuthering Heights. But what’s worse is I haven’t spotted one ruddy prawn cocktail sandwich since I got here. I miss sandwiches so much.
Good things at the moment:
- Macarons from Soirette Macarons
- Where I live by Woodkid
- Jumper and coat weather, I love layering
- No internet. Ok, so as much as it’s been an inconvenience ~ its allowed me to be a lot more productive, which has been really good for me.
- Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami