Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Bullet points mean:

  •          I’m short on time.
  •          I lack creativity for a more elaborate post.
  •          And this is the most logical process to get my thoughts out and posted in an efficient way.
  •          I’ve never made a blog post like this, so it’s also an opportunity to be creative and distinct.

  •          This summer has been very crazy.

  •          Sometime last year it was suggested that I go to school (college) in Portland. I really like Portland as a place. The city is grungy and creative, much like Seattle, but it has a slight difference to it. An organic and hippy tendency which I, as a prospective bohemian, appreciate. Not to mention, I have some friends down there who are some of the most gracious and laid-back people on the surface of the earth and I love them. It kind of made sense that I go to college there.

  •          I started researching colleges and universities in Portland, hoping to find one that will accept the CLEP credits I’ve accumulated over the past couple years.
  •          I found one.

  •          Portland State University will accept everything I’ve earned so far and apply it to the degree I’ll be studying for through their curriculum.

  •          Portland is four hours south-ish from where I currently live, which means attending college there will force me to move to a new place of residency. Which is… well, it’s exciting.

  •          For me to apply at PSU I have to send them SAT scores. Unfortunately I never took the SAT after high school, and when I found out I needed to send the university scores from an SAT, the deadline had already come and gone. So I’ll be taking my test on the 3rd of October. Which is fine and dandy I suppose. But I’m scrambling to get my numbers up to a grade which I’ll be proud to present the school with. So… I’ve been studying. A lot. And I hate math so much, but I’m just fighting through it because I’m going to score well on that test or be damned.

  •          My plan and hope is to be moved and settled by the end of September. This means I will be living and working in or near Portland by September 30th. Which means I have a grand total of four and a half weeks to get a job, find an apartment, and move my earthly belongings to my new place of residency.

  •          The time crunch is definitely sinking in and stressing me out.

  •          If all goes as planned, I’ll have four months to explore Portland and the surrounding area, save money, and get my school schedule figured out. I’ll apply and start school in January while working part time. It’s going to be a rough haul, but I can do it. If I dedicate myself to my work and my studies I’ll make it out on top in the end.

  •          I already begin to miss my friends and family. I’ve started saying my goodbyes and… it’s been hard. Obviously I’ll visit during holidays and whenever I can get away from work, but there will be long stints during which I will be a little isolated from all the people I’ve grown up with. That thought undoubtedly depresses me and I hate thinking about it, but it’s a present reminder that moving forward has two edges to it.

  •          I have big plans. Life is exciting and new possibilities are exactly what I need. I’m looking forward to what the future holds.

Other things that happened this summer:

  •          I lost twenty pounds through an intentional shift in my lifestyle and now look hot.
  •          I quit my job at Ace. This is my last week there.
  •          I’ve been reading a lot of books. From Theological Apologetics to Kurt Vonnegut’s zany novels. I’ve read a pretty wide variety and feel I’ve spent my time well, scheduling out my days to make the most of what time I have. My reading list is as follows:
Welcome to the Monkey House – Kurt Vonnegut
Slaughterhouse Five – Kurt Vonnegut
Breakfast of Champions – Kurt Vonnegut
Cat’s Cradle – Kurt Vonnegut
Orthodoxy – G.K. Chesterton
Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
The Stranger – Albert Camus
And possibly others that I forgot… As you can see, I really like Vonnegut’s writing. He was a genius.
  •          And last, but not least, I have begun to write poetry. It’s nothing to shake a stick at, but I have a few poems I like. Nothing I’d be bold enough to share on my blog though. One day, maybe, one day.


  1. This makes me excited and extremely sad at the same time. Its going to be strange not having you around and I'm not exactly looking forward to it.
    But man, the adventures you're going to have; the stories you'll tell: it'll be worth it in the end, I know. You're going to conquer the world, bro, even if that's just Portland.
    The amount of reading you've been doing is inspiring. I've been slackin' so badly its embarrassing. I should get on top of that.
    Also, bullet points are never bad. Because bullet-points mean lists and lists are beautiful. :)

  2. Oh looky! We are twins for finally posting. Also, you're just so shmokin' hot! XD

  3. I think the organic-hippy-bohemian lifestyle of Portlandia will suit you. I will miss you more than any words can describe, but I look forward to all the times we can reunite, and to hear what God is doing in your life and all the adventures He has in store for you.

  4. Caleb; I love you very much and I want to wish you blessing on the new life you are starting. I just read your blog and there is so much more I want to say but I can't say it here. I'll just say stay, close to the Lord he is always there for you and I ask you to please let Granma know how to reach you. I love you forever; Granma

  5. This sounds like the start to an awesome novel:)

  6. Even though it's far and between when we see each other, I miss you. I love you and hope you have a wonderful new journey! I'm so proud of you for following your dreams and making it happen!

  7. Brooo I found this blog through your sister and I must say: I'm extremely glad that I did. You sound like a sarcastic Hemingway protagonist, but with a fantasy metal aesthetic. It's pretty incredible.

  8. Good luck with school, also! What are you taking?

    1. Hey! Thanks so much! I don't see many new followers, and I don't post often enough, but with life changing who knows, maybe I'll keep this blog updated more.

      As for what I'm taking, I'm not certain on the classes yet, but my major will be in English with a minor in writing. My hope is that I can use what I learn in school to more master the art of writing.

  9. That would be great if you updated more. I'd definitely like to read more. But no pressure; I don't post often enough either to be perfectly honest.

    That's so cool, good luck! The great thing about an English course is that you learn to write from writing: from the sheer amount of writing assignments you have to do, regardless of whether you end up hating the course or not. :')