Saturday, 7 January 2012

The Three Questions

Hello Chickens, I told you I would be back. I told you.

Guests frequently (as in, every day) ask me these three questions:

  1. Where are you from?
  2. How long have you been on Iona?
  3. What are you going to do when you leave?

The first question is straightforward, or at least you'd think so. You know I'm from Australia. It really should be obvious that I'm Australian. I'm pretty Australian after all. Guests do not realise this. The British ones think I am from America and the American ones think I am from England. You cannot win.

The second question is rather more complicated. You see, after I stayed with Liam in Edinburgh, I went to volunteer with the Iona Community on the Isle of Iona. I was a housekeeper (my mother finds this hilarious) for three months and I had a really good time. By the end I didn't want to leave, and I probably wouldn't have had I not been looking forward to VidCon, but as it happened I bundled all my stuff together and got on the ferry. I thought it would probably be years before I ever set foot on the wee pebble again.

Then VidCon happened and I went to visit my sister afterwards. I thought everything was going pretty swimmingly because I had applied for a job I was feeling confident about happening in Glasgow but then it fell through! What was I going to do? I didn't have anywhere to live!

That was when I saw on Facebook that my friend and old line manager Becki had an 'interesting knee'. Later on I found out that meant she had a nasty infection. I offered to go back to Iona and help out, so I was designated Mac Housekeeper Cover and ran the housekeeping side of things for three weeks until Becki recovered. I didn't know I had this lined up until I was actually in transit back to the UK. I don't recommend doing that.

During this time I applied for a resident post on the island, which meant if I got it I would live on the island for the duration of my stay in the UK. I had my interview while I was on Iona and then finally got the job.

And that's how I came to live on Iona. I don't tell that whole story to guests though. Usually I just pretend like I've been here the whole time. I'll be here until February of 2013.

The third question is sort of annoying because honestly I have no idea. Will I apply for my UK ancestry visa and move back here? Will I travel to South Korea, braving the prospect of nuclear war to teach English to children? Will I travel to live and work in Canada?

Or will I settle back in Australia? Where? On the Gold Coast again? Or Brisbane? Or somewhere else like Melbourne? Will I study? Will I find a job?

So many questions.

Monday, 2 January 2012


This post would have been more impressive if it had been written on the 1st of January, but no matter. I spent the 1st of January doing what any self-respecting 23 year old would do: I was asleep.

I was asleep and then I watched two-thirds of the first season of Sherlock.

You see I am not usually one for making many new years resolutions, but this year I had, like, a lot. The list, which reads like a set of instructions from an overbearing mother, reads thusly:

  • Stop dropping your clothes on your bedroom floor, especially if they are clean.
  • Start doing your push-ups and sit-ups again; you're getting skinny.
  • Read that daily devotional that's sitting, looking forlorn on your bedside table.
  • Make it to morning service more than half the time okay?
There've been a number of reasons I just couldn't bring myself to blog for most of 2011, but the biggest one was that I had no freakin' idea what I was doing. All year. This isn't a negative thing, it's just a thing.

(I had a really good 2011, just so you know. It was much better than my 2010, definitely.)

Anyway, 2012 is looking to be a year where I know almost exactly what I am doing all the time. I feel like maybe this is a good environment for blogging, kind of like it was in high school and university. I knew what I was doing, I knew I could do the blogging. This is my hope for 2012.

I sort of hoped that I could start AFRESH with a brand-new blog on a brand-new platform, but alas that was not to be. Wordpress is amazing apparently, but I find it difficult to get used to. Right now I need as few barriers to doing the actual blogging as possible. Also I couldn't think of a good name for a new blog. Such a shame, really. Also, designing new websites is super, super annoying. Do not want.

So here are my aspirations for a NEW Fillet Skillet:
  • Topical posts
    • I'm not going to do away with conversational posts like this one altogether, but I want to write on point more often than not.
  • Updates twice a week
    • I mean, this isn't unreasonable is it? I used to update my blog every day, but that was before Tumblr came along.
  • This is a 12 month thing
    • This is going to be a blog about my experiences and thoughts about living on Iona. It is going to frame much of my other creative output (YouTube especially) for the duration of 2012.
Three things. This is achievable. It's achievable. This really is achievable.

Okay. This is pretty well it for now. My next post will be about what I've been doing since I last updated this blog. I'll see you then.