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11 February 2005 @ 12:48 pm
travel plans & craft counsellor?  
*weekend happiness*
fridays are a good day.

this weekend =
x. a lush bath to relax in tonight
x. shopping for craft supplies (online and off, but i promise not to go overboard !)
x. put together my shoeboxes of love
x. do some pages of the flb notebook because um, i haven't done any yet (eek, don't be mad at me alex_faerie, it is my #1 priority thing to do this weekend !!)
x. hang out with C.
x. finish letters and putting together packages for turtles_path, cara_mia, starmiranda, and heaps of others ♥
x. copy off more zines to send off to the sampler {!!}

and i'm having lunch with sparkleoflife in oh, half an hour? hurrah.

sigh, today is going rather slowly; hopefully the weekend will go this slowly too.

oh, and i am formulating a rather specific sort of plan for coming over to the usa next year, on my way back from being in the uk. the plan at the moment is to leave the uk, work in one of the american summer camps {as a crafts counsellor !! what d'ya think?} for 9 weeks, then spend a couple of months travelling around the us visiting as many of my dearest penpals and lj friends as possible. it means i'll be spending about 9 months in the uk, working & travelling through europe, which i hope will be enough time. but the australian-to-uk work visa has apparently been changed from 2 years in length to 1. so i won't feel so bad for leaving 3 months earlier than i could have done; of course, it'd be great to go over in june of this year and leave at the end of may next year in order to use up the full year, but i know i won't have enough money by then. besides, i don't think i'd last that long anyway.

it's still only a rough idea, but i'm pretty definite that's how i'd like to do it... i'd get to explore 2 continents during that time at least, make the most of my year "off". although it's not really a year off since i'd be working of course. i worry about loneliness and being safe and all those sorts of things, but one year is okay. i can do a year. september to september(ish); 9 months in the uk/europe, 3 months in the usa. the only reason i want to come to the us to visit people i know, and working at one of the summer camps would be challenging (one of my best friends did one a couple of years ago) but definitely an experience. not to mention going through camp america helps with things like travel insurance and other such things whilst in the us. some cheaper travel options through the states etc.

somehow, it's all tying in together. creativity + travel + friends + new adventures. perfect.

winterswitchery on February 10th, 2005 06:41 pm (UTC)
The US is a beautiful place to explore, no matter what your feelings on our governments' foreign policies. The people are not always accurately represented by their leaders ;)
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on February 10th, 2005 08:01 pm (UTC)
i believe you ^^ it's just never been high on my list of places, except for the people i know. i was always more partial to europe and asia.
remember to breatheturtles_path on February 11th, 2005 01:33 pm (UTC)
I couldn't agree more! :)
starmiranda on February 10th, 2005 06:53 pm (UTC)
yay for mail from you! & i wrote you a letter tonight about your latest wonderful zine. xo
remember to breatheturtles_path on February 11th, 2005 01:40 pm (UTC)
brilliant, just brilliant! :)

jade, it's finally dawned on me that similar opportunities are likely available to we US citizens in other parts of the world... this path that i'm on doesn't necessarily have to take place here in this state...

although i think do want to work this our here because i'm just so in love with the loving and supportive environment at PMTI - these are definitely ideas i want to hold on to for the future.

i love you, jade. you just keep giving me new reasons for me to tell you how OUTSTANDING i think you are, dear heart. <3

you CAN do this! you WILL do this! and you had better come to MD/DC when you do! :P
sylvia plath's revenge: faerykidvaniityx on February 11th, 2005 08:49 pm (UTC)
yes! yes! come to america and visit me! you would love pittsburgh, and you would have a place to stay and things. oh, that would be lovely. ♥
krystallos on February 12th, 2005 04:21 pm (UTC)
OOOH!!! Working as a crafts counselor. That is SO AWESOME!!! :) you are so cool!!
eleanor janephotogirl on February 13th, 2005 11:34 pm (UTC)

crafts counsellor!
fabulous idea, & so rewarding :) you're just the right sort of person to inspire the kids.
i've thought about work experience at a summer camp when i finish uni next year. then perhaps travelling for a little while in america.
i've got my mind set on travel (oh damn, & now george harrison... "i've got my mind set on you!") lately. i just wish i could think of a way to get the money together :s