May 22, 2012

May I Tell You Something About Myself?

I've been back from the UK for two days now, and Jet Lag has her nasty teeth in me and doesn't seem to want to let go. Sucks, but our trip did not, which is a good thing. I've missed out on the first 2/3 of the Blog Me MAYbe Blogfest, but I figured I'd just jump in on the tail end.

The suggested topic for today is: May I tell you something about myself?

Okay, here goes...

I am seldom satisfied. That's such a terrible thing to admit, but it's true. I suffer from grass-is-greener syndrome and pretty much always have. This doesn't always have to be a bad thing. It means that I'm not content to settle on mediocre. In my writing, for instance, it means that I will likely fiddle with my story over and over again before even considering querying the thing. That only becomes a bad thing if I take it too far and never end up sending my WiP out into the world.

On our trip to Scotland, I found myself constantly wishing I lived somewhere so beautiful, so rich in history, and so inspirational. Red Deer, Alberta is hardly what I'd call any of those things. Truth be told, I don't feel like I've ever really lived anywhere that feels that way. And I want to. I'm not about to pick up and relocate to the Highlands of Scotland (though I wish I could), but I'm still hoping that someday I find a place that feels mostly right, that feels like it's where I'm meant to be.

And gosh darn it, I really wish it was this place:
Eilean Donan Castle



22 comments:

  1. Sounds like a very cool trip! I'd love to go back to the UK and visit Ireland and Scotland.

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    1. It was a really good trip! My favourite spot that we visited was Inverness and the all of the great places around there. I could easily pick up and move there. :)

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  2. Jet lag sucks!

    I'm the same. It makes everyone around me very annoyed but I can't help it!

    Scotland is very beautiful!

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    1. I think the jet lag is starting to wear off, but it's taking its sweet time. I suppose it's worth it after such a great trip, though. :)

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  3. Jet lag suuuucks. Take it from a girl who studied abroad in Australia and then had to come home to the States after 5 months. Blech!!! Hope you're recovering okay, Jaime.

    Now I know why I was missing your blog posts...you weren't blogging any!

    Scotland looks gorgeous. One day I'll make it there. BTW, I also blogged about traveling today :-D

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    1. I can't even imagine what that kind of jet lag would feel like. You'd essentially lose an entire day, so I'm not sure how that would affect you. Crazy. I think it's starting to wear off, but I still feel a little foggy.

      You should definitely visit Scotland someday. It's absolutely gorgeous, especially the Highlands. :)

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  4. Oooo, I want to move there, too! And I'm trying to learn to be satisfied with where I am in life, but it's so difficult! Oh, well. At least that grass is always greener syndrome helps me work harder toward my goals. Hope you get over the jet lag soon!

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    1. The places that we travel always make me dissatisfied with where I'm living, but then if I lived in some of those vacation spots, they'd probably end up becoming commonplace and not so cool. Or at least that's what I tell myself anyway. :)

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  5. What a beautiful place! Hope the jet lag goes away soon.

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    1. It is beautiful, especially the Highlands :) The jet lag seems to be wearing off a bit today, so that's good. Still feel a bit foggy-headed, though.

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  6. Welcome back to Blogland, Jaime!! :D I'm glad you had a wonderful time in the UK. You know the phrase "familiarity breeds contempt"? I think that's true to a certain extent with many things. We tend to be less considerate of those things (and people) with which we are most familiar. New friends get our attention over old friends; brothers and sisters get taken for granted; the new house becomes boring compared to someone else's newer house. I don't think you're alone. This is something we all have to work on--being content with what we have. I bet there's someone out there thinking "I wish I lived in Red Deer, Alberta!" And people in the Highlands of Scotland might dream of going to Canada. But, as you said, there is a positive side to it, and it probably does make you a better writer. :)

    I hope you recover quickly from jet-lag. :)

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    1. Why thank you, Colin. It's good to be back. I felt so cut off from everyone while I was gone. I think you're totally right about the familiarity breeds contempt thing. I lived in Germany for 6 months, and it didn't take long for it to become commonplace and not all that exciting. If I were to pick up and move to Scotland it might become that way too. Or maybe not. I just need to be happy that I live in a country as great as this one. It may not have old and beautiful buildings, but it has other things that are beautiful and appealing. Though, I confess I laughed a little when I read the "I wish I lived in Red Deer, Alberta" bit. Really tough to imagine anyone saying that. :) Banff maybe, but probably not Red Deer. Though, there are truly awful places in this world, so I really shouldn't knock this place, but should be grateful instead.

      That being said, I still think I could relocate to the Highlands and be content for the rest of my days. So, so beautiful. :)

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  7. Welcome back! That looks like a gorgeous spot...can't wait to see more pictures!

    What brought you to/keeps you in Red Deer, if I may ask? I've only lived in three different areas (and one of those was college) so I'm always interested to hear the stories of why people move.

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    1. I've dreamed of visiting Eilean Donan and other places in the Highlands for so long, so it was wonderful! The scenery is just breath-taking.

      I first moved to Red Deer because my sister and her husband were living here. I ended up meeting my husband here (he was born and raised in the area), and though we've moved away a few times we keep ending up back here. It's familiar, it's a pretty decent place to live--low cost of living, low crime rate--and we have family here. I really shouldn't knock it, but there are a few other places that spring to mind that I'd move to in a heartbeat. :)

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  8. Jaime! I've missed you!!! And you are so stinkin' gorgeous. Love that pic! I think we all suffer from the grass is greener syndrome on some level... I know it creeps up on me all the time as far as writing goes... and you're right that it can be beneficial! It can be a great push to improve yourself and keep going. ;) Glad you're home! And I hope you get back to normal soon!

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    1. I missed all of you too! As for the grass is greener thing, I just need to work on being more content. I have a lot of things to be thankful for, one of which is living in a really decent place in a really great country. Easy to say, tough to remember sometimes. When it comes to writing, I just need to make sure I strike a balance between not settling for mediocre, but also not being too nitpicky.

      It was a great trip, but we're both happy to be home. And I'm starting to feel a little more normal today (as normal as I can possibly be, that is). :)

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  9. Welcome home! Sounds like you had a great trip... Hope that jet lag passes quickly. Like you, I've yet to find my "perfect" home, but our Army lifestyle is so transient, I'm not sure I ever will. I'm trying to learn to appreciate the here and now more than I worry about the future. Sometimes it's so hard!

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    1. Thanks, Katy! :) We had a really great trip. It was tiring, but fantastic!

      It would be difficult to move around so much, especially if you found a place that you truly loved. My husband considered the RCMP as a career and that would have moved us around a lot in the country too. I was prepared for it, though. Hard to say if it would have started to bother me after awhile. I hope you're settling in nicely to your new home. I'm a little envious of the locale! :)

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  10. Beautiful! I want to hear more about your trip. I have trouble with the here and now, too--I always want to be living somewhere other than where I am.
    Good luck with beating the jet lag!

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    1. I'll make sure to share some highlights from the trip and some pictures. I say highlights because I could ramble on and on about it, and we took somewhere in the ballpark of 1500 pictures! Too many to share. :)

      Glad I'm not the only one who suffers from grass is greener issues. Definitely need to work on that, though. And the jet lag seems to be wearing off finally. Thank goodness!

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  11. Welcome back, Jaime!!!

    So glad to hear you had a fabulous trip - but I'm sorry for the jet-lag...I know how that feels, and I hope you get over it soon!

    And that picture is beautiful! I would love to live in a castle as well (that makes my home feel so un-epic, if that's even a word!) - especially since I just finished reading GRACELING and FIRE, and now I'm on to BITTERBLUE!!! So sadly, I too, share your "grass-is-greener" syndrome...I'd also like to ride away with Brigan, too, but we won't tell my husband that. :)

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    1. Thanks, Erin! :)

      So it turns out that it wasn't just jet lag plaguing me, I'm sick too. Yay! Spring colds are so much fun.

      Living in a castle would be awesome, but also a little drafty I think. I suppose that's what giant fireplaces and tons of thick fabrics are for, right? Weren't GRACELING and FIRE awesome? Love those books. :) Hmmm...I think I'd probably enjoy riding off with Brigan too.

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