The Weary Traveler

Have you ever been in the scenario of having to travel through multiple airports in a short period of time? The gypsy lifestyle making you forget whether home is a place or just your suitcase? If you readers out there answered yes, I totally feel your pain!

I am currently dealing with that very situation: where is home and why am I stuck re-wearing a small set of clothes??!!. Within the past month I have gone from London to Ireland, and back again. Then I went from London to San Diego. This past week was San Diego to Oregon (via Seattle because airlines are slightly crazy) and now I patiently (yea right!) sit inside Portland airport waiting for my plane back to San Diego. And to top of the never ending feeling of living out of a suitcase and not knowing where I am when I wake up in the middle of the night, I am moving next month. Who knew life as a college student would be so transient!

I don’t know about any of you out there, but this is not a lifestyle choice I would easily jump into. I feel terrible for flight attendants, pilots, and other airline personnel must be so confused as to what the concept of “home” feels like.

This trip to Oregon was a chance to visit with my parents, one of my sisters, and her family. It has been close to a year since I was last home, and almost 4 years since I saw my sister Stephanie or her husband and kids. This brief trip made me realize how much (please excuse the following cliche) “home is where the heart is.” Despite the fact that I did miss “home” I realized that it truly does not matter where you are, but who is there.

I look forward to coming home because of who I get to see and memories that can be shared from the past with those who matter most. Even though I’m sure that I will wake up tonight in a panic wondering how I got back to San Diego, the trip was completely worth it.

So, I ask you out there who have suffered from this “weary traveler” condition, let me know what kinds of things help you stay grounded (pun intended, of course!). Maybe you travel with a stuffed animal or photo of your family. Or maybe, coming home and visiting a certain person or location helps you to feel settled again. Let me know in the comments section, I’d love to hear your stories!

Until next time weary travelers, drink lots of fluids & snuggle up with an itchy airplane blanket while you dream of home…

I'm leavin' on a jet plane...

I’m leavin’ on a jet plane…

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Head in the clouds

Photo by: Megan Elizabeth Eilers; Please do not copy

Photo by: Megan Elizabeth Eilers

Well ladies & gents, I’m successfully blogging for a second day in a row–go me! :)

Days like today get me in the creative mood. It is 36 degrees fahrenheit in Bend, and up at my parents house we are literally in the clouds–snow looks imminent.  Anyway, this cold weather, which forces everyone inside, has me wanting to write, read, listen to good music, and cook!  While in my creative mood, I found some really cool food blogs. Gimme Some Oven and Love & Olive Oil are both really nicely done, and showcase some gorgeous pictures of their yummy treats. Something like warm soup sounds easy enough and perfect for this chilly winter day. Maybe I can convince my mom to have mother-daughter time in the kitchen. *hint, hint Mom*

As for the good music portion of my day, I recently created some new playlists for myself.  The last time I posted music choices, people seemed to like them, so I thought I’d share again!  My current guilty pleasure music-wise isn’t actually available for download yet, but I love it anyway: NKOTB (New Kids on the Block) and BSB (Backstreet Boys) mashup. You can listen to it on YouTube here: NKOTBSB.  Here is the list of my other fave songs right now:

Marry You by Bruno Mars

Back to December by Taylor Swift

Forget You by Cee Lo Green

United State of Pop 2010 (Don’t Stop the Pop) by DJ Earworm (available for download for free @ http://www.djearworm.com)

Tonight (I’m Lovin’ You) by Enrique Iglesias

Cheers (Drink to That) by Rihanna

Make Me Wanna Die by The Pretty Reckless

Well that’s all for today, I’m feeling a hot cup of coffee or tea in my future. Let me know what you think of the songs, or some of your favorites in the comments!

~Meggers

Bye Bye Beavers

Megan & Dad at OSU Football Game with Benny the Beaver

Today is the last day of classes here at Oregon State for the Spring term (although there are still finals next week). This is so exciting, today is my very last time attending class on this campus, but I am still trying to figure out where I will be in the Fall. It is insane that I have already completed my first two years of college! Graduation from high school seems like yesterday, and yet here I am, about to embark on yet another journey: moving to back California and switching to an entirely new college! I wish today was pretty and warm so I could treasure my last day, but alas (as per typical Oregon) it is wet, cold, and windy–honestly, its June, what the heck?!

Well bloggers, I will be very busy the next two weeks, so I may not get to post much, but please keep the comments rolling, I love to hear what people thing of my blog (p.s. there is a poll in the link bar–it’s only 1 question, it won’t take you long).

“Hail to Old OSU”

OSU, our hats are off to you
Beavers, Beavers, fighters through and through
We’ll root for every man, we’ll cheer for every stand
That’s made for old OSU.
Watch our team go tearing down the field
Men of iron, their strength will never yield.
Hail, hail, hail, hail
Hail to old OSU.

OSU BEAVERS; Logo from: http://oregonstate.edu/

Memorial Day

Photo by: Megan Elizabeth Eilers

Guess what everyone? I have finally taken more photos!! I’m sure you are all very excited about that, aren’t you? Well, I suppose the excitement trail may end with me, but regardless, you should check them out. I spent my Memorial Day weekend in crazy amounts of traffic, and thus got extremely bored creative! Here’s the link to my “stuck in traffic” photos, or you can just click on the side bar, over there —>

How did you spend your memorial day? Did you do anything to curb your boredom?

-Meggers (the exhausted driver)

Girls Weekend

Hello All!
This weekend, I am hoping to finally get the opportunity to take more photos because I’m headed to Portland with my roommates to have a “girls weekend” before the end of school/before I move back to California! Tonight commenced by going to see Nightmare on Elm Street, which was (in my opinion) not scary at all (except the last scene…I’ll leave you in suspense of what happens, incase you haven’t seen this absolutely genius (haha) work of cinematic adventure). How do you (blogging world) feel about scary movies? Are you like my roommate who hardly saw any of the movie because her hands were covering her face? or are you more like me, who is just disturbed to pay $9 to see a movie that is chalk-full of creepy men & lots of fake blood? Let me know in the comments below! Anyway, I’m off to LaLa land so I can fully enjoy my day o’ shopping & goofy girl time tomorrow–should be loads of fun! Goodnight world.
-Meg

Study. Study. Study.

Photo by: Megan Elizabeth Eilers

Today has been one full day of homework and studying, and I am exhausted.  Unfortunately, I took no photographs today, but I did take a photo of the gorgeous sunset last night (see picture above–sorry its poor quality, its from my phone). Tomorrow I plan on sleeping in, unfortunately that is the most exciting thing going on in my life this weekend.  Next weekend, on the other hand, I am looking forward to going home to Bend, and seeing my parents!  Also, the highlight of next weekend will be…drumroll please….getting my regular tires put back on my car! I’ve been stuck with winter tires since November, and boy oh boy am I ready to have better gas mileage again!  Thats all for today, have a great Sunday!

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A Time To Not Be Forgotten…

Photo by: Megan Elizabeth Eilers

I don’t want to make my first blog post depressing, but I thought that it would be best to reflect on events/issues that occurred today.

This evening I attended one of the various speeches that are a part of Oregon State University’s Holocaust Memorial Week.  The event I was able to attend was about German Television and the Limits of Holocaust Memory.  This beautifully put together presentation was by Wulf Kansteiner, who has done immense research on the connection between media, past, present, and future and the way we inform people about the terrible events that transpired during WW2.  I found his points about an absence of “perpetrators,” to be absolutely fascinating, and unfortunately true.  German soldiers were unwilling to take responsibility or even show their faces after the war–they held immense fear of being put on trial for crimes they were forced to partake in.  This presentation was not only fascinating due to the historical aspects of the clips we watched, but the fact that Kansteiner stated that television is the old form of media.  Of course, after taking New Media Communications classes, this comment immediately drew me in–and how correct this thought is.

As Pam Cyntrynbaum (and all of the guest speakers) say, New Media is constantly on the cutting edge.  New technology is obsolete by the time you get it home from the store.  The computer I am typing on, a descendant of the ENIAC (Electronic Numberical Integrator and Computer–i.e. the first computer), is already significantly outdated, and I only bought it 2 years ago!  Technology is simply fascinating, the way it evolves, and becomes more and more user-friendly with each new “generation.”

So for anyone who is reading this, I hope you have enjoyed reading my first blog post, and were not too appalled by my lack of transition between these last two paragraphs.  Now, I must head back to the real world (as opposed to the blogging variety) and study for my French test tomorrow with my amazing roommate, Randi Williams, who insisted that she be a part of my blog…so there you go Randi.   :)


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