— Spinster (@SpinstersC) May 14, 2013
I received an e-mail a month ago from Tina over at Pinterest, asking me if I wanted to be part of the new Pinterest United Kingdom campaign. It surprised me because I didn’t think that anyone paid much attention to my Pinterest boards, but it was a pleasant surprise. Since I like Pinterest, and since a little extra blog exposure is also nice, I said “yes” to participating.
I’m often late (on purpose) when it comes to any & all trends, so when I began seeing people talk about Pinterest on different social media websites, I didn’t jump on it straight away. (This is from someone who didn’t join Facebook until 2008 (I think) and ignored Twitter until very late 2009.) But then, I got lots of invitations to join and since my inbox got filled with invitations, I said to myself, “To hell with it. If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.” Lo and behold, I was pleasantly surprised.
Recipes. Do-it-yourself tips. Home decoration. Fashion. Beauty. Health & wellness. Quotes. Food. Food. Food. Did I say food? Travel. Travel. Travel. Did I say travel? Expatriate stuff. Child-free stuff. Whatever you’re looking for, it’s there in living color.
Pinterest is a tool for collecting and organizing the things you love. You can “pin” things from around the web on boards you create, on any topic you’d like. I pin about a few things, but for my blog’s sake, I especially pin things about travelling & expatriation. I have a board devoted to cities or countries I want to visit, interesting sights to see, and anything relating to expatriation.
What’s so great about pins is that I can go back to my boards and, say, find a recipe to try for dinner, or dream about a country or city on my travel/expatriate bucket list. The pins also link back to the source so I can get more details about that recipe I want to try, or that country or city I want to visit.
I’ve used Pinterest for a few months now, and it’s pretty decent. Once you see things you like, you’ll start building up your boards & dreams/wishes/fantasies. Follow me over there, and if you don’t have an account yet, start pinning by clicking on my registration link.
Welcome to Pinterest, inhabitants of the United Kingdom. :-)
May 14, 2013 | Categories: blogging, expatriate, photography, travel | Tags: benefits, blog, blogging, campaign, challenge, color, colorful, colors, colour, colourful, colours, cuisines, culture, daily, daily prompt, DPchallenge, dream, dreams, everyday, everyday life, expatriate, expatriates, explanation, explanations, fashion, food, foods, forward, genius, health, help, how-stuff-works, how-to, indulge, inspiration, learning, media, nomad, nostalgia, online, outdoors, perspectives, photo, photography, photos, picture, pictures, pioneer, positive, positives, postaday, postaweek, prompt, recruitment, sights, social, social media, solo, technology, travel, United Kingdom, vicarious, visitors, wander, wandering, wanderlust, weekly, weekly writing challenge, world, worldwide, writing, writing challenge | 7 Comments
04.10.2013 – Like me, he must’ve had a long day at work. The work uniform signifies that he works in either construction, public transport, or engineering works.
April 14, 2013 | Categories: blogging, expatriate, photography, work/career | Tags: career, challenge, color, colour, colourful, daily, daily prompt, DPchallenge, everyday, everyday life, Great Britain, job, life, people, photo, photography, postaday, postaweek, public, public transportation, solitude, solo, transport, transportation, United Kingdom, weekly, weekly photo challenge, work, worn | Leave a comment
— Spinster (@SpinstersC) April 8, 2013
I like this Weekly Photo Challenge because it makes people tell a story with photos. Sometimes, words aren’t necessary; as the famous saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. So although I added a few words to the following photos, the photos should tell enough of a story for you to see a day in my life. I suggest viewing the photos from left to right, and hovering your mouse over them for captions (all but 2 or 3 have captions). Enjoy.
04.02.2013 (with a couple thrown in from 04.03.2013 & 04.04.2013)
(Since I switched teams, though, I don’t conduct visits as much as I used to. That has its pros & cons.)
I try breaking up my week (or weekends)
to keep from going insane in this career field to keep myself a little grounded. For example:
So there you have it. Hopefully you’re not too bored with a day in my life. Until next time, thanks for reading.
April 8, 2013 | Categories: blogging, expatriate, hassle, photography, travel, work/career | Tags: career, challenge, challenges, child, childfree, children, children under 18, daily, daily prompt, DPchallenge, everyday, everyday life, expectations, explanations, Great Britain, introvert, job, life, people, personal-growth-habits-and-challenges, photo, photos, pictures, postaday, postaweek, public, public transportation, reality, social services, solitude, solo, transport, transportation, United Kingdom, weekly, weekly photo challenge, weekly writing challenge, work | 2 Comments
— Spinster (@SpinstersC) April 2, 2013
Today is an old friend’s birthday. We’ve not spoken in a very long time. Our friendship never really ended; life happens – work, marriage, kids, military, etc. and our lives took different directions. Like everyone else
addicted to connected to the world-wide web, I got on Facebook and got an alert reminding me about my friend’s birthday. His settings are such that no one can write on his wall, but can send a private message instead, which I did.
I rarely view other people’s walls or pages, but I decided to
be nosy skim through his friends list. I don’t know 98% of the people on his list, but I recognised a couple of old, familiar faces. I didn’t click on their names, but it got me thinking about where I was then, and where I am now.
I wonder about those people not because I’m nosy (well, I’m usually not nosy), but I wonder how they’re doing and if they’re still in the same place, physically and otherwise. I look back and I’ve changed a lot since then. Back then, I was deep into church yet filled with anger & negativity. Those people, looking back, were ultra-religious and ultra-conservative. Now granted, I had some good times with those people – hell, one of them wound up being my longest relationship ever – but that part of my life, and those people, can stay back there. If I remained where I was, physically and otherwise, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
I’ve done so much since then. I’ve been through so much since then. I live in another country, a life-long dream fulfilled. I’m now agnostic, and aside from my friend, his wife, his sister and another friend, I don’t speak to any of the people from that time in my life. I’ve seen different places, done different things, met different people, made many mistakes, learnt many things. And while I don’t miss that part of my life, I appreciate that era for keeping me focused, out of trouble, and on the straight & narrow. I take those things and carry them with me… not to stay stuck, but to sustain me as I move onward & forward.
Here’s to looking back on life. Here’s to
dropping dead weight distant memories of those who are in your lives for a reason and a season, no matter how short the season. Here’s to being insane crazy scared brave enough to move to another country. Without looking back every once in a while, one can’t move forward to new experiences, people or places. And I’m glad that those things landed me where I am today – in the United Kingdom and in a whole new world.
How have your experiences in the past led you to where you are today as an expatriate? Did you ever think that you’d be living in another country?
April 2, 2013 | Categories: blogging, expatriate, moving, travel, work/career | Tags: achieve, appreciation, bittersweet, blog, blogging, bravery, challenge, challenges, change, changes, childfree, circumstances, confidence, contrast, courage, crying, daily prompt, difficult, distance, DPchallenge, dream, dreams, education, everyday, expatriate, expatriates, experience, experiences, forward, free, freedom, friend, friendship, growth, happy, history, home, hope, inspiration, introvert, intuition, learning, life, love, meaning, memory, moving, nostalgia, path, personal-growth-habits-and-challenges, perspective, perspectives, plans, postaday, postaweek, power, private, purpose, random, realisations, realities, reality, reason, reasons, relationships, religion, review, setbacks, solitude, solo, strength, tears, thanks, transitions, travel, trials, tribulations, trouble, troubles, United Kingdom, United States, vicarious, wanderlust, weekly, weekly writing challenge, why, world, writing, writing challenge | Leave a comment
— Spinster (@SpinstersC) January 14, 2013
This is just a small sample of my photos taken in 2012. Feel free to look at my archived Weekly Photo Challenge posts for more.
January 14, 2013 | Categories: blogging, expatriate, photography, travel | Tags: art, big, bravery, challenges, contrast, down, DPchallenge, everyday, everyday life, fashion, food, foods, Great Britain, growth, happy, home, home sweet home, London 2012 Olympics, love, nature, Olympics, personal-growth-habits-and-challenges, perspectives, photo, photos, picture, pictures, postaweek, solitude, solo, summer, travel, United Kingdom, United States, urban, wander, wandering, wanderlust, weekly, weekly photo challenge, wrong, WTF, WTH | Leave a comment
Nothing much to add; just read & abide by it, this week and beyond.
October 28, 2012 | Categories: blogging, expatriate | Tags: achieve, appreciation, beauty, bittersweet, care, challenges, confidence, ethical, ethics, everyday, everyday life, expectations, experiences, forward, friendship, happy, health, help, hope, how-stuff-works, how-to, introvert, justice, love, moral, morals, people, personal-growth-habits-and-challenges, positives, postaweek, power, re-blog, realisations, reality, reblog, relationships, resolutions, setbacks, solitude, solo, strength, thanks, weekly, worldwide | Leave a comment
September 20, 2012 | Categories: blogging, expatriate, moving, photography, work/career | Tags: beauty, bittersweet, challenge, everyday, everyday life, food, foreigners, Great Britain, home, introvert, life, negative, negatives, people, personal-growth-habits-and-challenges, photo, photos, picture, pictures, postaweek, private, public, reality, solo, United Kingdom, weekly, weekly photo challenge, work | Leave a comment
— Spinster (@SpinstersC) September 19, 2012
My maternal grandmother died over 17 years ago. Although it has gotten easier with time and the pain isn’t as sharp as it used to be, the longing, the memories, the love… even the pain, no matter how dull… never go away. She was a major part of my life. We (her grandkids) saw her almost every day, as she lived down the block from us and watched us after school sometimes while our parents worked and made their way home in the evenings. We’d play in front of her building, not too far from her sight of course. Our old neighborhood is far from savory, so after calling us to get in before the street lights came on, we were inside with her and/or down the hall at my god-sister’s house and/or upstairs at my play cousin’s house (her god-daughter).
Before I moved over here, my aunt J surprised me & gave me one of my grandmother’s possessions as a parting gift. It pained her to do it (she shed a few tears), but she wanted me – the oldest grandchild & only granddaughter – to have it. I was, and still am, humbled by it and keep it on my dresser. I’ve even used it once or twice. What is it, you ask?
Her old school powder puff. (I have other items from her, but this one sticks out the most.)
Grandma used this powder all the time, whether she was making a quick run to the store, or going on a weekend trip to Atlantic City, New Jersey (Wikipedia link) with her sisters (my great-aunts), or visiting Panama (Wikipedia link) or Barbados (Wikipedia link) or (insert anywhere here). I vaguely remember her putting it on, standing in front of her mirror as she finished getting dressed. I loved hugging & kissing her after she dabbed the powder on her neck & chest because she smelled so sweet! She’d fuss at me a little – “Don’t mess up my face (make-up) & clothes!” – but she knew full well that she loved her granddaughter’s hugs & kisses.
I still think about her, miss her, and love her beyond infinity. I wonder how our relationship would be if she were still alive. Grandma liked travelling a bit, so I’m sure that she’d visit me over here for a while and, later, fuss at me for making such a fuss over her.
(Panamanian accent) “You don’t worry about me! I’m not that old, I know where I’m going. I want to explore this place, it’s so big, my goodness!… Yes, I know it’s like back home but still, it’s big!… Just give me the spare keys so I can find my way around… Yes I’m sure, dammit! You’re not too grown for a pop in the mouth. Your mouth fresh!… Yes, I’ll be fine… Yes, I’ll call you… No, I won’t lose the spare phone… Alright alright! Ay yi yi, dios mio, yes I’ll behave!… I love you too, babes.”
If any of you are from the Caribbean or Central America or South America (hell, almost anywhere worldwide) and you have grandparents or older parents who visit you when you’re an expatriate, they stay long time! My grandmother would surely stay at least a month.
I laugh just thinking about it… but that’s how I picture things in my mind if she were still alive. I’d prefer her to be here in body & mind, but at least I carry her spirit with me everywhere. And it only takes one whiff of her powder to reminisce and treasure the memories.
You are forever missed & loved. Que en paz descanse pa’siempre, Grandma. And thank you, aunt J.
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September 19, 2012 | Categories: blogging, expatriate, family, moving, photography | Tags: appreciation, attire, beauty, bittersweet, care, challenge, children, comfort, countries, country, courage, cry, death, difficult, distance, DPchallenge, dream, dreams, everyday, example, expatriate, expectations, explanations, families, family, fashion, flying, forward, freedom, funny, Great Britain, growth, history, home, home sweet home, imagination, intuition, jetlag, life, love, meaning, memory, moving, New York City, nomad, nostalgia, outdoors, outside, Panama, personal-growth-habits-and-challenges, perspective, perspectives, photo, photos, picture, pictures, positive, positives, postaweek, reality, reason, relationships, solo, strength, sweet, tears, thank you, thanks, tour, tourist, unexpected, United Kingdom, United States, urban, vicarious, visitor, wanderlust, weekly, weekly writing challenge, writing, writing challenge | 7 Comments