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Course correction

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Switching tracks again.

I am returning to canine education. Which means I’M LEAVING THE BLOODY HOTEL!

Part of the reason I abandoned this course previously, involved the belief that certification would be necessary for full-time work as a dog trainer, and another issue was a considerable amount of intimidation from the level of involvement demanded by said certification. As it turns out, I just got offered full time work as a dog trainer without that particular credential, after all!

I still intend to get me a hostel, and although I’m departing the hospitality biz, this new path will be more enjoyable, more flexible, and more lucrative, which means that I may end up more likely to acquire a mortgage with which to procure the requisite real estate to get that communal lodging venture started.

So… Yay :D Pretty excited. Transition sucks a little. I am not sure how long it will take for me to reach full-time status; somewhere between a few weeks and a couple months. Turns out, when you have plans to leave your current job that you dislike, it becomes even more intolerable. That and the indefinite time-frame is a tad frustrating, but the bright future of bold possibilities is pretty thrilling.

Looking forward to another new twist in my grand adventure!

 
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Posted by on 08/15/2014 in Plans

 

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Birthday retreat

I took my dog, and we went and met the Gulf :)

She LOVED it!

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Cin at Padre

I found peace in the experience, but I’ve confirmed my suspicion that I’m just not one of those people who thrive on interaction with the beach / ocean / seashore. I do, however, find comfort in a relatively close proximity to a coast. Austin satisfies that, and this trip solidified it for me, as well as my drive to greet certain geographic features.

This was my first use of airbnb, and it treated me quite well.

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Blew Pony Bunkhouse

The Gulf Coast is very patchy, and there are many water ways in between land ways. To get from Aransas Pass, where we lodged, to the end-of-the-line true coast, we crossed by one of many little ferries that run a short little jaunt over to Port Aransas, or “Port A”.

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Port A ferries

First things first: we greeted the Gulf waters. Hello Gulf.

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Next, we hit the beach and enjoyed the Gulf’s warm waters and cool breezes (both in the 80s) for a spell, then headed further south, to check out the beach at Padre before returning to the bunkhouse after much time on the road.

Sadly, I had only the one night’s stay in my budget, but it served my purpose, nonetheless. I awoke in the morning, having completed another trip around the sun since birth, and we packed up to head home, but not without a final farewell to the Gulf at Portland.

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Portland, TX

Cin frolicked some more, and we hit the road.

My favorite pic was the first I snapped, when Cin first ran the shore. It’s a fitting finale :)

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Port A Cin

 

 
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Posted by on 08/07/2014 in Action

 

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Adventure returns!

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Port Aransas and Aransas Pass

I’m going to the Gulf! :D

I was very pleased to have met the Med (aka the Mediterranean Sea), and now I get to greet the Gulf (the Gulf of Mexico, that is), by way of Aransas Pass, Texas. I just booked a night through Airbnb, for me and my dog to stay at a beautifully rustic ranch near the beach – as a birthday treat to myself :) I actually got four days off from work next week, and I’ll use the first day to relax, maybe run some errands; day 2 I’ll drive down to the coast, check into my digs, go get acquainted with the 80 degree waters, and explore the town a bit; day 3 I’ll awake to warm sea breezes for my bday, have a nice breakfast, and drive back to Austin, then probably hit up a favorite dive or maybe a new watering hole; and day 4 will be a bonus day of ease. Ahhh, I do enjoy a leisurely pace ;)

I am stoked to be exploring again! I will try to get a couple good photos, and I’ll be sure to share the adventure – stay tuned!

 
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Posted by on 07/28/2014 in Plans

 

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Independence

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It’s American Independence Day, and I will not be participating in the festivities. I will be working. I find it fitting, though. For one thing, I’m told the City usually does the fireworks show on the water, right downtown, but as the park across the way (which would have a marvelous view, with the buildings and Capitol as backdrop) is under renovation, the show will be put on at an alternate location this year. But aside from that, I feel that it is appropriate that I shall be barred from celebrating, as I myself have not yet regained my own independence. I hope that by this time next year, I will be more fully able to enjoy this blessed holiday. And it is a good one. I am very grateful to have had the privilege of living in this fine country, and enjoying its many freedoms. Happy 4th of July, y’all! ;)

 
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Posted by on 07/04/2014 in Musings

 

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Battle of the Burrs

So… there are some fiendish little seeds down here that have made their way into the number 2 slot for my least favorite things at present (number 1 being mosquitoes): burrs. The way in which these devil dots are affecting me negatively has to do with my dog. She has a grand ol’ time frolicking through the bushes, then comes out with a blanket of green mats, and when we get home I spend 1 to 2 hours de-burring her. The other day was the worst yet, and after an initial go at brushing her out on the kitchen floor, I found myself too daunted by the task at hand, and made the heart-wrenching decision to surrender. I took her to the groomers… and… I had her shaved :( I almost cried. She loves it, but I feel like I just butchered a work of art.

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Unfortunately, shortly after this pic was snapped, she collected a new burr coat. It took 50min to remove at home. Fortunately, it was much easier, but I’m hating these things with a renewed passion.

Here is a poor photo of one of the shrubs that bear the burrberries:

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Here are a few of the demon spawn:

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Here is a sea of them:

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And here is Cinnamon after a swim:

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I wish I had taken a photo of her with these covering her full coat.

So, now she’s got her summer cut, and I’m bummed about my dumb looking monkey-deer-dog, while I get to continue raking these hellions off of her multiple times a week. Thank you, Texas. (Overall, I really am still happy to be here.) I’m planning on acquiring my own grooming clippers so that I can take care of the trim next year myself, and shear her coat to a more moderate length – before she gets matted to emergency.

Hopefully, I will find a way to live in peace with this native plant. At least it only goes to seed a couple months per year. I suppose I can learn to just push through the Texan summers, with their intense heat, voracious mosquitoes, and pesky burrs. There is quite a lot this fair city has to offer in return :)

 
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Posted by on 06/14/2014 in Musings

 

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Heating up

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Not much to report; mainly just trying out a new app…

The temps are hitting low 90s; I’ve started seeing fireflies on occasion – in fact, the other night, one flashed overhead, and when I tipped my head back to follow it, I saw a shooting star! That was pretty cool :)

I got a new phone. Finally moved on from the BlackBerry; got me a Samsung Galaxy Light (with Android). I’m remembering why smart phones are dangerous for me – me and my time management, that is.

The TreeHouse gig is looking like a no-go, but I haven’t managed to give up all hope just yet. I’m still dreaming up ways to manifest my hostel.

I snapped that pic above while on a walk with Cin the other day; thought it was rather splendid.

Austin continues to burrow into my heart. I couldn’t be happier to be here :)

Love to you all <3

 
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Posted by on 06/02/2014 in Musings

 

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I am on a grand adventure

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Texas State Capitol Dome

I often find myself feeling “dead in the water” lately – like a boat meant for exploration, stuck without fuel nor wind to propel my journey.

I learned that I did not win a spot at the Enviropreneur Institute; my work schedule is rather prohibitive of social networking; my funds are insufficient; I appear to be unusually dependent on an as yet unidentified stranger who may partner with or invest in me and my plan; and I don’t know what to do next in the process of further developing this hostel dream of mine.

A good friend recently reminded me, however, that I am living the life I set out for: I am relatively fancy-free; I just picked up and moved to a brand new city; I’ve taken a job to put me on track towards a future in tourism hospitality; and on the larger scale, I really am doing what I enjoy. At first, I scoffed at her, since this doesn’t feel immediately as fun as my past adventures, but the message later sunk in: I truly am on a grand adventure!

When I discovered I had a three day weekend, I decided to live my dream, and travel. I am surrounded by new sights to explore, and although my budget is meager, I can still find inspiration for awe. I finally went and visited the Capitol. It was massive and gorgeous and imbued with history. Another day, Cinnamon and I drove out deep into Hill Country, and visited the Pedernales Falls State Park. We had a great time roving the rocks and shrubs. Then we stopped in Marble Falls, and I stuffed myself on a delicious burger by the river, to the point of severe discomfort. For the drive back, we took RM 1431 and it was spectacular. I love the Hill Country! I’m so glad I get to explore this lovely rock I live on :)

I’m still looking forward to a trip to the Gulf. I was thinking of doing that this weekend, but I can’t quite afford an overnight stay, and a coworker pointed out that it really is a bit far for a day-trip, so it will have to wait, but I’ll probably visit South Padre Island when I do go. Also on my list, but much more within reach: a little kayaking jaunt on the river right here. In fact, a friend and I were going to do that the other day, but I got called in to work, much to my dismay. I am definitely going to do that soon, though. Further on, I hope to visit Louisiana, and even other parts of the south. We’ll see though; if I’m lucky, I’ll be too busy enjoying my hostel! Either way, I just hope I can find that sweet spot, of earning a decent living, budgeting within my means, and having the means to support Travel, either personally or via my hostelers :)

I am working on accepting a broader time frame for actualization of the hostel, but I am also working on finding a better balance in the meantime, where I can enjoy the journey.

 
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Posted by on 04/20/2014 in Action

 

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