Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Run Away

The title of my blog is Run Away Maggie May.

Looking back, I realize that perhaps this was a huge error because I don't believe I am running away from anything. I am always running somewhere. Not with the purpose of escaping soething, but merely onwards to...

"... the core of man's spirit comes from man's experiences..."

Don't know that that's true, but the basic idea behind that is one I enjoy thinking upon.

And then...



I have yet to feel the need to settle in.

I am content moving on every 3 months or so.


I feel like a great adventure is always awaiting me, just a bit further on in life.


Just got back from Switzerland around a month ago.

I'll be residing in Seattle, going to community college for three months to get me some of that good ol' education.


Afterwards, life is New York City.


I have never had a draw to the city of New York or a strong desire or urge to go there. With the chance, however, the opportunity to go there, I think it ought to be wonderful.


A decent three month trial period will be given. I'll continue to grow on experiences. Absorbing what I see and adding it to my catalogue of knowledge.


Here are somethings I wish to work on:

- Reading some of the classics. Learn from the experience of others.

- Memorize quotes. Use them.

- Read the Bible and memorize it more.

- Learn about the legalities of traveling around the United States.

- Vegetable juice - twice a day.

- Gain control of SPD, if possible.

- More music.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Community


Guess I've already been a "college kid" for the past three months, yet it doesn't feel that way as I never had to attend a single class.

Choosing to go to community college is not something I have yet to regret. I am glad of that decision.

In my talks with many adults, one reaccuring piece of advice I got was to go to community college for two years.

I am going to community college....

For the small class sizes. With my learnign style, I can't afford to just be one in 400 in one class. I need to be able to raise my hand during class and ask a question. I want that teacher to be able to call on me by name and know something about me.

For the price. My next quarter tuition is $1,055 for 15 credits. Not much, is it. And that credit I get is of value at schools from the University of Washing to to Trinity Western University. It was also easy for me to get into any class I wanted to, even a week or two after they started enrolling. There was room for me in the classes I needed to take.

For the sake of being able to explore. Since this isn't so expensive, I can afford to try out different classes to see if they're right for me.

I think community college is a good fit for me. Many people think that the dorm experience is unvaluable, and I'm sure it is. But for me, I have another experience, living in Switzerland twice, that I think helps cover that void for now. I don't feel like I'm missing out on too much by not living with a bunch of people my age in an appartment. I'm sure it's wonderful and awesome, and I think I would enjoy it, but I'm ok with not having it right now.

I will be taking the bus to school each day or carpooling with my father unit. That will cost me up to $45 total for transportation, which is less than what I would have to pay for car insurance alone, per month. Taking the bus is a relaxing experience for me and I'm glad I enjoy it, considering I could end up on the bus for 80 minutes a day, 400 minutes a week, almost 7 hours.

I have every intention to explore my options at school. I'm stoked for badminton club on Wednesdays or International club, fencing club, ping pong club, and maybe even jazz improv club. I can get whatever I want to out of this experience and it's up to me to turn it into something more than just book-learning.

This will not just be a stepping stone between me and university.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

[carrots challenge]


Monica and I have a list of things to accomplish this summer, from swimming to skateboarding.

Our new challenge is to eat so many carrots, our skin turns orange.

I am quite excited.

According to many medical sources, it is, indeed, possible.

We will eat carrots, and lots of them, till we are orange.

So, let the carrot consumption begin!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

[a quick note about deoderant]

I have been on the quest to find suitable deodorant. I am picky.

Picky about smell, feel, effectiveness, and if it goes on clear.
Many have failed the test. They smell gross. They go on whitish.. and I don't like that.

Today, Monica and I invested much money into some amazing deodorant. So much technology and research has gone into it. It's like the new cancer in amounts of research they have done.

Guess what... it's been proven at the hottest temperature ever recorded on Earth! So amazing! I am in love.

It is called Degree Absolute Protection for Men - Cool Rush.
It is not only a anti-perspirant, but a deodorant as well.
It will keep me from sweating while making me smell good and manly.

I am amazed - it responds to increases in adrenaline, releasing extra protection when I need it - so next time I save a falling baby, I will smell so good. Like a cool rush. Yum.

Also, there are 1.4 million Armor-Tech fragrance molecules in every use. I am impressed.

So, next time you see me, be sure to inhale and enjoy the scent coming from my armpits. Is that a nice man? No , it is I, Maggie, suffering in this unforgivable heat... but at least I've got protection.

Monday, June 22, 2009

[bus trip]

Odd sentiments towards buses, that's what I have.

There is something comforting about boarding a bus. With the bus, I simply have three things I need to know or have:

Where & when to board.
Bus fare.
Where to get off.

I just have to walk on, sit down, and relax. When I'm on the bus, I don't have to think about where I am going or if I'm late. The bus will get there when it does. I can read a book, take a nap, write letters.

Sitting in those seats can be quite relaxing.

Yes, riding the bus is something I enjoy (but I like trains even more).

Dustin Thomasson - Thank you for this. I used to ride busses all the time and was asked on a regular basis how I could relax on it and why I felt safe. Most times others feel the same way as you and over time, usually a short time you accept this and learn that everybody will just get along and nobody will disturb you should you want a nap. If the person next to you is too loud most times you can ask them to quiet down without too many difficulties.

All in all thank you Maggi for this. Nobody has ever brought this up. 

 
Hilary Waite oh how love the bus and the train. i wished i didn't live in duvall so i could take the bus more often

Tucker Cholvin - Everything in this is true. I wouldn't change a word.

Becky Shipe - i love riding buses too. i don't do it often enough. and i LOVE riding trains. it's like taking an airplane, but your ears don't pop which is the worst part of the voyage. and the whole you can't really get up and go anywhere once you take off thing. trains may be slower, but they're awesome.

Samantha Valtierra Bush - i rode a bus today and thought the same thing. they're my favorites because, as you said, i'm not allowed to be anxious about being late or be worried about where i am. the bus gets there when it gets there, so i might as well relax and enjoy the ride

Kyly Hawk - yes but when it's the night bus in switzerland don't take a nap because then you miss your stop and have to get a taxi cuz it's too far to walk lol

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

[decision time]

Well, I told my future, potential host family that I would tell them by July 18th if I will be staying with them for the next year.

July 18th? That's tomorrow.
I choose the future for my next year tomorrow.

I guess that means it's time for another round of "Pros and Cons."

Pros
- Earn money for college
- Opportunity to live in Switzerland again
- I love working with kids
- Learn French
- I enjoy taking care of homes
- Surefire job I'm qualified for
- Good working experience
- Low key
- Seems like a fantastic family, doable
- Weekends off means I can visit Obwalden
- Europe exploration opportunities
- Less regulations than exchange
- I'm not exactly up for living at home for another year
- All I've wanted since I've left is to go back
- I might be staying in America liking my old life, but I know that my new life in America would be so different. With all of my friend's gone, I can see myself getting a bit depressed, not literally, being the one left behind in Kenmore. It's time to get out of here.
- One of the many majors I'm considering is "linguistics" and knowing French would be a great compliment to my German and my limited knowledge of Italian and Spanish.

Cons
- During this time, not moving on with life
- Not getting a college education as this point
- One year is a long time to take care of kids
- Will this be messing with my mind, is it dangerous to go back again after it took me so long to adjust back to America
- Does this go with any plan I have for college

As of right now, folks, I think I'm going. I've got something of a plan, something, at least a bit of direction. I think this is a great opportunity and I'm always up for some adventure. As of right now, I'd say I'm going.

I think it's time for me to start packing up again.
Packing up.
Nothing new in that.

Who knows when I'll come back? It might be right after the year is over, and then again, it could be a bit longer. I'm not sure yet, don't think I'll know for a while, but that's the beauty of it all.
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