A New Newness

Max station at sunrise
Credit: SBI

It is dark and cold. The moon is a perfect crescent just hanging there in the very early morning sky as a reminder that the night is not through with its hold. I am standing at the train station, my new mint green travel mug is in my hand warming it and filling me with hot Jasmine tea. I look around at my fellow commuters. It is Monday and their faces seem to reflect that. I see many yawns and tired eyes.
I am, on the other hand, grinning like a banshee. I couldn’t be more awake. I am on my way to my new job and it is the first day. I’m sure in time I will become as lackluster as these poor other souls here; shivering in the cold, dark and lonely train station at 6:13 a.m., but for now I am too excited and definately much too grateful to do anything but wear a smile as wide as the sky.
The job hunt took longer than I thought and I don’t have to tell anyone that times are harder than they used to be. I am looking forward to getting a reliable income. Despite my extra long commute, I can’t help but appreciate this opportunity that I have been given.
I’m sure that you remember me complaining about money being tight in the past but now things will ease up a bit. I couldn’t be happier about it. I think the economy is turning a slow and steady corner and my good fortune is a sign of that.
I am taking the train. In reality it’s called the MAX. It is a light rail that will transport me to a faraway land called Beaverton. I am leaving my comfort zone of good old Portland for the sprawl of suburbia.

Credit: SBI
Credit: SBI

The commute is long but it will give me a chance to think, scribble in my little blue notebook which I am doing now and catch up on my reading. I am glad that I had the opportunity of working at home in the past but I am also just as glad that I am able to work out of the home now. My children are growing up; they don’t need me as much and I need to get out into the real world. I’ve lived somewhat of a sheltered life and to be a decent writer one needs to be somewhat worldly….for now my expanded world includes Beaverton, but this is not forever. I am even more determined than ever to make a go of at as a professional writer.
I am probably telling you all of this because I won’t be able to visit you as much as I’d like, at least for now….I will be doing most of my visiting on the weekends and some nights and playing catch up as I’m sure many of you do already.
I think my frivolous activities such as tweeting and playing Scrabble online will have to be toned done a bit but I will make blogging a priority. My writing and contacts with you are important to me and that won’t change even if as I take on the wilds of Beaverton and slowly become a corporate killer….haha. really…I’m just a grunt in an office. The job that I really wanted at the nursery was not offered to me and I had to go back to what I am experienced in which is office work., oh well. I guess one must do what one must do.

Credit: SBI
Credit: SBI

I am fortunate enough to be able to work in a nice place that is in the middle of a natural like area with shrubs, trees and fields of green. Just the other day I spied a hummingbird on my break; so things could be worse. I am thinking of it as an adventure and I am very grateful for the opportunity.

I’m sure I will have much to share with you over the coming months…

Have an excellent day!


“In response to those who say to stop dreaming and face reality, I say keep dreaming and make reality.” 
~Kristian Kan


“Perserverence is a great element of success. If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody.” 

~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Author: Strawberryindigo

A starry-eyed dreamer and adventurer of the imagination. I am a feisty Aspie exploding with colorfully creative energies.

29 thoughts on “A New Newness”

  1. Hello Strawberryindigo,
    Congrats on the job. I envy that you can take a train to and from. I think trains are cool, I am like Sheldon in that way I guess. Also, hope it is okay, but you are one of the few bloggers I know and well, I tagged you if you have time.
    Hope all is well during the work week.Trains, you can read, do work, or catch up and what not…pretty cool and love the good news 🙂


    1. Hey Niaaeryn! Thanks. I am learning much on the job and meeting some great people. The train ride is the perfect chance to catch up on my reading. Next week I may even take my laptop with me and do some writing, who knows?
      Thanks for including me. I will make the time to respond, looks like fun! 🙂


  2. Excellent news my dear friend, although I find it hard to believe a nursery didn’t hire you. They obviously never read your post on parenthood, oh well, their loss. By the way Miss Steinbeck, and I truly mean that, it’s only a matter of time when this old hermit will show up at your first book signing.


    1. Hello Caimbeul! It was a plant nursery and yes they should have hired me but it was their loss. You better show up at my first book signing my friend, THAT is reason enough for me to write one! 😀


  3. Hey my strawberry sister! I am so excited for you. I love the way you look at the world, I have a feeling with that twinkle in your eye, that freshness in your soul, you will have those other commuters smiling and eager to see life as they ride by.


  4. There is a strain of melancholy. Being in my sixties, I remember my shivering mornings with Monday blues to my work spot in my younger days, in a train. There is a bright sphere dear, bear your counts patiently and reach it soon. You will do it. I assure you.


    1. Yes, you have picked up the melancholy my friend. My feelings always come out in my posts even when I try to hide them, I am paying my dues now but I know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I am making new friends and gaining experience. My world is getting bigger. I truly appreciate your support Justine. You are a dear person.


  5. How exciting! I wish you lots of luck in the new job, and hope it’s fun to be out in the big wide world again, with nice colleagues and enjoyable tasks! 😀


    1. You got it Cathy! THAT is exactly what is going on. Thanks. 🙂 I saw two ducks yesterday swimming by and I am amazed at all the wildlife I see on my breaks. I am meeting lots of great people and it is invigorating learning all this new stuff!


  6. Wishing you all the very best of luck and fortitude in your new endeavor. If you don’t mind a bit of advice…? Try to save a bit of that extra new income if you can.


  7. I so like seeing your new world and your new adventures. I think it is very cool that you can take the train. I pictured you in an endless car commute. This is a way better way to travel. The train photo is particularly cool the way you captured motion. Don’t worry – your patient and adoring readers understand and will wait for you!!!


    1. Hey Janet! Thanks. I am making new friends at work and the train ride is being filled with lots of chit chat with my fellow commuters. It’s very enriching to get out into the world. Thanks for all your support.



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