My Life in Macedonia

My Life in Macedonia

A lot has happened since I put this blog on the backburner. On September 14th I said my final goodbyes to a small group of friends while eating breakfast before I caught my flight to Washington D.C. It was the last time I will eat in one of my favorite late night diners for two years.

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Going on the Backburner

Hey guys! Even though I have more followers on this blog I think I’m going to have to put this one on the backburner. I’m not saying there won’t be posts here (ones I don’t want friends or family to see) but other than that I don’t think I’ll be posting much about the Peace Corps here.

It is going to be hard enough to write and publish on my other blog specifically for Peace Corps let alone writing two posts for two different blogs. Mainly because my other blog posts are slightly more adult? professional? I’m not sure. BUT if you would like to follow my other blog about my Peace Corps experience in Macedonia then follower my other blog at

Playing Catch Up

Hey everyone! It has been quite awhile since I’ve had the time to sit down and actually write something more substantial than a couple paragraphs with punctuation errors….wait there’s always punctuation errors in my writing who am I kidding? Now I have wifi at home with only 25 days left until I leave for the Peace Corps. Makes sense…not really but once I tell you everything else it will.

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It’s the Final Countdown

This is going to be a super short post because I’m at the library and Wilton is ready to leave. I just wanted to let everyone know that I have another blog that I am going to keep that is specifically going to be about the Peace Corps. Mainly because I don’t want my friends and family on this blog reading what I have written so far. If you’d like to check out that blog it’s https//

I was also nominated for another Liebster Award by Rambling Kori . I haven’t had an opportunity to respond but I promise I’ll have another longer post about the liebster award, the new information I’ve received from the Peace Corps, and everything else that has been happening in my hiatus from the blogging world.

Hope everyone is doing well.

Are You a Bookworm? Read this!!

Do you love reading as much as I do? To the point you’re like whoa it’s been how long? I’ve been reading for hours!! Or have tons of books every where? Or maybe you just like to read occasionally? How about building up your class library if you’re a teacher?

This is great for you. I promise this isn’t some ad or get rich scheme and is really me. My friend made a status on Facebook and if people liked it she sent them a message detailing everything.

Basically what happens is you tell me you want in on the favorite book exchange. Then I’ll give you the address of the person before me and you send them your favorite book (I sent the Glass Castle and it only cost $2.50). I’ll then give you a message that you can post here on WordPress, facebook, instagram or where ever. Then you’ll give the people that want to do it my address and they’ll send me their favorite book and post the message on their accounts. The next group of people would be sending you books.

Do this!! Not only is it a great way to get a lot of books for the price of the one you send but you’re getting books you might never read, learning something about someone you know, and helping to spread the word about how great books really are!

I would love it if some of you would like to do this with me!! I think it’s a great way to gain a book collection without spending very much money at all!! Hit up my contact page if you’d like to be involved!! Save the book culture 😆

What’s Going on in my Life?

Well, where should I start? Since my last post a lot has happened. My boyfriend got sick at work and was told to go home by one of his bosses. When he went back to work they called him into the office and told him he was fired because he went home. What this means is that instead of him paying all the bills so I can save and buy everything I need to leave for Macedonia I’m stuck paying them. Continue reading “What’s Going on in my Life?”


The ever present memories that float through your head of childhood and teenage years and young adulthood. The memories that for everyone are different some good and some bad. The ever present memories that chase you through adulthood never letting go. The ones that, while still young you thought would always be with you fading slowly into the background as new ones are created. The ever present memories that chase you through adulthood never letting go. The ones that, while still young you thought you could manage to hide from yourself or at least forget.

Your memories are never what you want them to be. The ones that you cherish during the moment they are happening in your youth slowly start to lose their color and fade away. Finally you’re grasping at them as they are slipping through your fingers like smoke. Like the one of you and your first love. You know the one I’m talking about. He’s sitting in his car outside your house with the lights off. You’re laying down in the front seat with your head on his lap, his arm across your shoulders, playing with your hair. You used to remember the song that you were listening to that one time. Now you just remember both of you hearing a car horn honk a funny tune and there was no cars around but his. You remember talking for hours past your curfew just sitting there in front of your house talking until your father came outside yelling your name but you can’t remember what you talked about. You used to remember. You remember that sweet electrical current that ran through you every time he touched you and kissed you . Now you just remember it you can’t remember how it really felt because you haven’t felt it since.

How can it be that the good memories fade slowly away becoming harder and harder to remember as the memories you’d rather forget become clearer and clearer? How is it that you ended up here, at 24, seeing his wife and kids and regretting everything you did that led to the eventual demise of what was once so precious between you. How is it that you ended up here, at 24, still regretting the fateful night in 2006 that holds its ugly head over you. Life they say. Life is how you ended up hear with a handful of good memories slowly fading away while the overflowing bad memories creep slowly into your brain gaining vibrancy as they move to the front and you just keep pushing them back.

Making new memories that you aren’t sure will last and trying to scoop them up and save them by taking photos, posting on facebook-twitter-instagram-etc, recording moments, and writing blogs. Pretty soon though the memories of those times are just of the moments you tried to save.

Memories. You can’t escape them, you can’t hold onto them, you can’t keep them forever, and eventually they’ll end up like smoke slipping through your fingers. Disappearing into the wind to not be seen again by anyone except maybe just maybe the one person that could remember those times in the same way you do. The one person or two people or however many that were there in those moments. You talk about them together remembering different sections and try to fit them together like a puzzle. Memories.


Everything’s Not Bigger in Texas

Hello and happy Monday cyberspace nerds (if you’re offended then probably not the blog for you). Normally today I would be publishing a new post all about some great adventure I had on Sunday. Sadly my weekend was chock full of everything except an adventure.

I’m going out of state this coming up weekend so we’ve been trying to get everything ready for that and figure out if my puppy can go with. Then on top of that I had graduation and honors night for the school I work at. But wait….don’t you work at two schools Ciara? Why yes, yes I do. That means I had to go to two of everything.  So, instead I’m going to leave you with this post all about Texas and later today a post about the award I was nominated for. I hope you enjoy.

Everything is definitely not bigger in Texas contrary to popular belief. I have a lot of family that live in the Houston area (some of them might be bigger lol). By a lot of family I mean I have 5 uncles, 1 aunt, and over 10 cousins. We are a very diverse family having Italian, African American, and Hispanic blood running through different people. I lived in Houston part of my 8th grade year and have visited once since so I haven’t really had to many experience to write about. I’d like to go back and visit Cadillac Ranch and Austin.


I have no idea what time of the year we went and visited my family. I’m pretty sure it was summer or close enough to it. It was so humid that I gave up trying to get my hair to do anything and just tried to tame it. I stayed with an uncle who lives in a very predominantly Hispanic neighborhood. We went to grab a bite to eat at a Mexican restaurant one night while staying with him. Now the restaraunts around where I grew up were nothing like this one. The T.V. was playing a Spanish soap opera, the waitresses spoke Spanish, and the menu was in Spanish. Considering I took 3 years of Spanish in high school you would think I would be good right? Wrong!

I couldn’t remember a single word for food except pollo meant chicken so I just made a guess and ordered something that had pollo in the name. It turned out better than I ever would have expected. After eating we went back to my uncle’s house and drank a few beers together before going to sleep early.

The next morning we woke up bright and early and I left with my uncle to go fishing while everyone else went to a beach in Galveston. I ended up catching 2 really big flounders and my uncle caught some too. We actually were wading in the Gulf of Mexico fishing in the water and not on a boat. After we packed up we headed to the beach where we met up with my mom and everyone else. I got to go out in the water for a little and layout before my aunt-in-laws kids wanted to leave. We ended up packing up and heading to a hotel to spend the night.

Before we went to the hotel though I convinced everyone to go see some a free art show that was going on.

My uncle’s wife’s family is originally from Mexico and she decided to make us homemade margaritas and guacamole. I had never liked guacamole but hers was delicious. We all stayed in the hotel drank some margaritas and ate guacamole. Once we got up in the morning we headed back to Houston with a different uncle. He took us to this place that I can’t remember the name of. It had an aquarium, games, boat rides, and other little entertainment. It wasn’t something I would normally go to because it was really touristy but, it was kind of interesting.

After we got home I was pretty exhausted but the uncle I was staying with made fresh potato salad, fresh fried shrimp, and fresh fish. It was probably the best seafood I have ever eaten. The next day we hung out with family because it was our last full day there. We went to a different uncles house and everyone got together for barbecue and Mexican food. If you aren’t able to tell my family is all about the food.

That’s really it for Texas. I know I haven’t really done much there but, I’m hoping to go back and see some unique and interesting spots before to long.

Have you ever been to Texas? Do you have some where you would recommend me to go in Texas or another state? Leave a comment below telling me about it.