I’m a romantic and a walking contradiction

My name is Michelle and this is my blog.

I am a collector of things, a reader, a web designer. I crochet, knit, design jewellery and have high levels of affection for insects (but not spiders). I take photographs, I’m shy and confident, I’m a walking contradiction. I get upset, I laugh, I cry. I’m a romantic, a girl who can’t drink too much alcohol. I smile and a frown. I’m nothing if not immensely complex at times, and sometimes simple. I’m a girlfriend, a lover, an experimental individual. Most of all, I am myself.

What do I do?

I’m a 20-something year old full-time student in British Columbia, Canada. I graduated in May 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences and Earth Sciences. I am a Bachelor of Science in Nursing candidate – I will begin the program in August 2012 with an anticipated graduation for May/June 2015. When I’m done, I will be eligible to write the Canadian Registered Nursing Exam (CRNE).

Volunteering has been a huge part of my life since 2008, when I started at the long term care facility that I volunteer at. I spend a few hours a week spending time with senior citizens and people with a varying range of mental and physical disabilities. Hearing their stories of the places that they grew up in and the things that they have lived through really humbles me and I love learning more about the history of the world from a primary source.

I collect Blythe dolls and I also write about them, take photographs of them, and tote one around in my bag when I can.

And the people that I love…

A major part of my life is my boyfriend, Clay. We’ve been together since September 7th, 2008. He is without a doubt one of the best people who I have ever had the pleasure of having in my life. He’s my best friend, a listener of my tangents, believes in me and loves me.

I have a fantastic group of friends. Many of them are from high school, some from university, some from work, some from online. My support group through life is important to me, and I try to let them know how much I care.

People on my blog generally do not get identified by their names – Clay does get identified (mostly because ‘the boyfriend’ is longer to type out), most people get their initial mentioned.

Why am I on the web?

I have been dabbling in web/graphic design since 1999 but never became very serious about it until 2003, when I was first hosted on someone’s domain. I got my start in making websites when I joined NeoPets in my preteens. I got my first domain in March of 2004 and my second in June of 2004. Imaginary Sunshine is my third domain (registered in October 2007) after spending about a year without a domain/website.

Imaginary Sunshine is also the domain that I’ve had for the longest time (from 2007 to present). I documented all of my undergraduate degree here and I will be writing about experiences and feelings about nursing school (2012-2015) here as well.