So many, many things have happened since I last regularly wrote in this blog. What happened to Czechlister? Well, a lot. In May (2015) I crashed my car, and tearfully accompanied it to the wrecking yard, where I was overcome by a fit of sentimentality and tore the license plate off with my bare hands to keep as a memento. #Poetlife, y’all. It ain’t easy. I borrowed my dad’s truck to get to my research job for a couple weeks, but the demise of Beloved Camry (may she be recycled and live on) accelerated the end of my job there. I was intending to stay on at the lab until it was time to leave for Prague, but I couldn’t keep using my dad’s truck, and it just wasn’t practical to buy a new car 6 months before leaving the country.
Mid-June, I quit my job working with the monkeys earlier than planned – I loved that job, but I was ready for a new adventure. First though, was the interim adventure – moving back in with my parents. I moved all my things and my kitty (I miss you Mishka!) from my tiny Austin apartment, to my parent’s lovely house outside Houston. I spent a month house and dog-sitting for my parents while they were away, which sounds better than the reality, which is I sat around unemployed for a month. I read, I laid in the sun, I swam, and tried to make youtube videos. But, my month in the sun couldn’t last forever, as I needed to be earning money to save for my big move.
I got hired on at a local animal hospital as a veterinary technician in July, and I couldn’t have asked for a better interim job. I love working with animals, and though dogs and cats aren’t as fascinating as monkeys they make up for it with the cuddle-factor. My co-workers and the vets there were all great, and I was lucky enough to make some real friends. And when late September rolled around, everyone was so supportive and encouraging when I announced my impending move overseas.
In November I made the big move, began my TEFL course. Within 30 days I was loose in Prague with a TEFL certificate in one hand and the other freezing ’cause I can never keep track of my gloves. I hibernated through the slow-hiring period during the holidays, and after New Years began job-hunting. February 1st I began working as an English teacher at last, and just two weeks ago I turned over my first bundle of monthly invoices to get that sweet cash to fund my regular shenanigans.
Now it’s March, 2016… It’s been over a year since I started this blog, and nearly five months since I moved to Prague. I think it’s time this blog saw some real progress – which is why I am solemnly super-swearing I am going to update this blog more regularly – and just to show you I really, really mean it this time (really!), I am initiating a Seven Day Czech List Blogging Bonanza! That’s right folks, every single day this week I promise a new post. If I don’t live up to my word… well, I’ll just have to keep trying! Else the word “bonanza” will lose it’s zingy appeal and I’ll start to cringe every time I see it.
I know many (okay, like, two people at most) of you are wondering where I’ve been, how did TEFL go, what’s Prague like, what am I up to, what is life in Prague like? Basically, because I’ve been so bloggingly negligent, I now have no shortage of topics to write about this week. So no excuses.
Also, you may have noticed I’m no longer writing under the moniker “czechlister” and it is now “Elliott Bell” – how very observant of you! Truth is I’m going through an online-identity overhaul, editing and updating all of my blogs and social media accounts, as well as making a new website, as I’ve decided to turn my online identity professional and write freelance in addition to teaching English. If it goes well, I hope to completely phase out of teaching by the end of August. But, that’s a whole ‘nother blog post I think. Coming soon!