Well, I suppose now is as good a time to change my journal as any. It's been about seven months since my last update, so I just wanted to let you all know what's going on. The big thing now is, it's official:
I am leaving Canada, and moving back to the US for good.
The issue is my income situation. My ultimate goal of working toward Canadian citizenship sort of hinged on me being able to find a job-- but after 4 years of doing everything I possibly could to land one, including going back into a college program to gain a more marketable skillset, I am forced to come to the conclusion that Canadian citizenship is a lost cause. My permit is expiring at the end of June, so I've got to be out before then. And the job situation here-- at least, for me-- has been absolutely dismal.
What I'd really like to do is build up a freelance graphic design/art practice-- but this is not an option for me so long as I live in Canada and have immigration concerns hanging over me. So, this move should at least remove that factor from the equation altogether.
In addition, in recent months, I have really lost my taste for Vancouver anyway. The straw that broke the camel's back, honestly, has been all of the road construction around here recently to put in new bike lanes at the expense of drivers. A bunch of roads around my neighborhood-- roads I used to use frequently-- have been permanently narrowed or closed off completely for the benefit of cyclists, to the point that where I live is now far more difficult to access by car than it used to be. And on top of that, my building is right near one of the major intersections where changes were made, so I've been made to suffer through even more noise-- this, after my building went through exterior renovations, and the road outside was opened up before the Olympics to install a new sewer pipe. In total I don't think I've had a significant period of peace and quiet in this apartment in the past five years. I can no longer live this way.
My friends in the Absconding Group (seasidehedgehog Genisay mandy-kun rickcressen) have been very supportive, and I'm fortunate to have them to chat with on a regular basis, because where I'm going, I might not have much of an IRL social life for a while. I'm not completely leaving behind all my IRL friends in B.C., though. I've been looking for places in the Bellingham, WA area-- close enough to the border that I can still occasionally visit them, and those with passports can still occasionally visit me. And hopefully, wherever I end up will be a lot less noisy and difficult to navigate.
The good news is, my prospects look promising. All of the apartments I've seen in Bellingham are cheaper than where I live now by a couple hundred dollars, and yet larger, with their own dishwashers, washer and dryers, patio space... one place I'm seriously looking at now even has satellite cable included. And any new place I move into should have space for an actual dedicated art studio-- that was a big requisite for me this time around. So hopefully after I move, my productivity on dA might pick up a little.
So chances are, this post will be the last that many of you will hear from me until I'm permanently back Stateside. I'll finally admit, there is stuff about the US that I miss. I'm not sorry I came to Canada, though. I've met so many awesome people here, and had so many awesome experiences that I never would have had if I'd just stayed in my own country all this time. The majority of my twenties was spent here. Those are things I'm going to carry with me forever, wherever I go.
Goodbye, Canada. Thanks for the memories.
And the Tim Hortons doughnuts.