The End.

I suppose it’s a good idea, for the sake of closure, to tie a neat little bow around it all and say goodbye.

Goodbye, forever-digital. You’ve been great to me, but it’s time to move on.
It’s not you. It’s me. Really. I just need a fresh start.

I’ve set up shop over at jennthegeek.com. I’m excited about starting from the beginning using everything I’ve learned from years of keeping this blog going. It should be fun. A new adventure.

I’ll keep this domain and the blog here for sentimental reasons, but I won’t be updating anymore.

So goodbye, f-d. It’s been a good 7 years. Enjoy the retired life. Adieu, Adieu, Adieu.

Time to Move On?

I’ve been thinking about the future of this site a lot lately. It’s been on my mind for at least a few months, but with my impending move and new, post-college life, I’ve been trying to organize everything and this site keeps popping up in the question mark category.

On August 25th I’ll be celebrating my 7th recorded year here at forever-digital. I say recorded because the older posts were somehow lost wayyy back in the day when I was a n00b and still fighting with the likes of greymatter (Remember those days? Ancient times, indeed!). That’s a REALLY. LONG. TIME. A third of my life, in fact.

But, the sad thing is that posting here for 7 years has really become my only motivation to continue posting here. Why stop now? Will I regret stopping? Will stopping make these past 7 years all for naught?

The why stop now question is the only one I have a definitive answer to and that answer is leading me closer and closer to closing the doors, so to speak. You see, with all of these newfangled modes of communicating and recording, I find that I have less and less to talk about when I actually sit down to write something here. I’ve been updating Twitter pretty frequently for the last 2+ years. My flickr stream is almost always current and a good representation of what I’ve been up to. And then there are my Tumblr and delicious (and now even my Google Reader activity) which collect all of the miscellany I find in my travels on the interwebs.

With all of this fragmentation, I’m left with little to talk about here, especially now that school is over and I likely won’t be talking much about what I’m doing at work until after the fact. This blog has always served as more of a personal diary or journal. I’ve gone off on tangents here or there, but for the most part I consider it a time capsule of my high school and college years. With those years behind me and with so many other services out there to cover my incessant need to share and collect and record, this blog has become a bit of a relic.

I think it would be fun to have a fresh start. A place where I can write about whatever suits my fancy without taking away from the dairy aspect of this site and where I don’t need to worry about people stumbling upon my horrendous use of 14-year-old teeny bopper internet speak to talk about the kewl thingz i did in skool that day!!! :) :) :)!!!1! But, the sentimentalist in me doesn’t want put this place out to pasture.

I do have some ideas for what I would like to do with a new blog, should I decide to finally cut the cord and move on. I even found a domain I’ve had lying around that would fit the bill (another part of mission:organization – finding domains that I forgot I had!). I suppose the only thing that’s stopping me from moving on is that same fragmentation that’s leading me to move on in the first place.

I don’t like fragmentation. I like things to be neat and organized. Documented and easily accessible. An organized mess.

Right now I just have a mess. A mess of services and updates and usernames and accounts and it’s just all over the place. I think the only thing I have going for me is the Yahoo! Pipes stream I set up a few years ago to funnel the majority (if not all) of my online activity into one neat little feed. Had I been gifted with a bit more foresight, I would have sent all of that activity to one place so that it was archived for posterity in a nice timeline of internet nerdery and growing up. But, alas, I was not that insightful.

Which leaves me right back where I started. Do you see my dilemma? I’ve been on this loop for a while and I’d really like to make a decision, and soon. Any words of wisdom?

I'm Back!

It may look

like I all but disappeared since I graduated from college, but I have, in fact, been keeping up on my 101 in 365 promise to blog at least once/week. It’s just been at a different blog. I know, I know, a good blog-keeper would have posted a link to that new blog, but I forgot. Oops!

Just over a week ago I returned from my 6-week European Adventure. I traveled all over, saw things, did things, and had an AMAZING time. The time of my life. I have all sorts of thoughts about the trip itself, but I think that needs to be saved for another post. This one will just be a catch-up.

So when we left off I was fresh out of the car from my final drive from Ithaca. I’d just graduated from Cornell and I had a few days to get my act together before leaving for a few months in Europe. I’ll start from there:

As I said, the trip to Europe was absolutely fantastic. I couldn’t have asked for a better six weeks. I met so many amazing people and learned a lot along the way. I was originally blogging about it from notesfromabroad.net, but after that domain expired, in an effort to streamline (more on that later), I let the domain go and moved the blog to travel.jennvargas.com. It’s all there from start to finish so if you want to know what I’ve been up to since May 24th, that’s your best bet!

I ended up cutting the trip short. I originally gave myself 5 days between getting back from Europe and moving to San Francisco, which, as time went on, became apparent as a completely idiotic idea. Given my state of jet lag and general post-trip disorientation there’s no way I could have managed to pack up my entire life and ship it to California in 5 days. That would have been nuts. So the trip went from just about 9 weeks to 6 weeks. I don’t regret that decision at all.

Since I’ve been home I’ve spent some time just relaxing and enjoying the first real vacation I’ve had since I was 14. No work. No internships. No responsibilities at all, actually. It’s pretty wonderful. Not something I’d like to do permanently, but it’s good to be able to do whatever I want whenever I want and just take it easy without any sort of major deadline looming. I’ve been keeping my neighbor’s pool company (She’s about 75 and doesn’t really use it anymore.) I’ve been catching up with friends from high school and college both in person and online. I’ve been catching up with what’s going on in the world (Traveling really does put you in a current events vacuum. I think it’s the lack of TV and consistent access to information). I’ve been doing the things I should have been doing for the last 8 years.

I’ve also been, almost inadvertently, working on my 101 in 365. I had a bunch of things to cross off once I got back from Europe, but there were also a few side effects that I got to cross off along the way (it turns out that 6 weeks in Europe on a tight budget is an excellent diet plan!). Check out the list! Considering there are still 165 days left in the year I think I’m in pretty good shape!

Mostly, though, I’ve been focusing on the next 3 weeks. I’ve spent hours and hours on craigslist looking for an apartment in San Francisco. My mom and I have been spending a bit of time each day cleaning out the garage and the attic – setting things aside for a garage sale that we’re going to have next week I think. It’s amazing how much crap I’ve accumulated. It doesn’t help that we moved a few days after graduating from HS so none of that stuff was ever sorted through, but then tack on four years of basically using my room at home as a storage closet and you can imagine the amount of clutter. I’m hoping to take the bare minimum with me to CA – I don’t particularly want to start out this next stage of my life already burdened by clutter!

The apartment search is only going OK. There aren’t as many options as there were in the beginning of the summer, and after spending so long focused on every single penny I spent, some of the numbers I’m seeing on craigslist are outright scaring me. When you’ve gotten used to spending no more than 20 Euro a night on a place to sleep, it’s tough to rationalize spending over $2000 for a month! Then there are the other expenses that make me nervous. I’ve dealt with bills and things for the last 4 years at least, but now that there are going to be MORE bills and a regular paycheck and retirement plans and taxes and all of that, it’s a bit overwhelming. Hopefully, though, when I finish reading I Will Teach You To Be Rich , I’ll be less panicky and will have that aspect of my life all sorted out.

So that’s been my summer so far: lots of travel, lots of planning to move, and lots of relaxing. Not bad, if you ask me!