Hello, everyone! I noticed the blog is up and running now, so I thought I would go ahead and send in my intro. =)
My name is Marian and I am 22 years old from the state of Oklahoma in the United States. I was born and raised in Texas, but after I graduated with my BA in English, I moved to Oklahoma to be with my now husband. I've been in Oklahoma for over two years now and I love it, although I do not love living in suburbia. =p
We are currently located in Oklahoma City, which is one of the largest cities in terms of land mass in the world. It is roughly three times larger than Dallas, but we have only two million people, so as you can tell, the city is quite spread out and covers many counties. You have to drive quite a way to get outside of the city limits, but for miles before you reach the limits you still see farmland with cattle or other livestock on it. I even passed by a pasture with a flock of sheep in it the other day, and this was in a developing area with neighborhoods and shops nearby. I like to refer to Oklahoma City as a big city with a small-town feel. Oklahoma also gets many tornadoes and is always windy.
My husband and I eloped and were married on 11/10/09. We don't have any children and don't plan on having any for at least several more years. For now, we are happy with our eight dogs, who are very much spoiled. =) Although we live in the suburbs, we are in the process of buying some land outside of Oklahoma City, so that we can start working toward self-sufficiency. We have dreams of a quiet life where we work for our livelihood and have as little dependence on society as possible. I look forward to farming and raising my own food, as I disagree with the methods of food production currently being used in America (for livestock and crops), and want to know exactly where my food comes from, how it was cared for, and what goes into it.
I am a big animal person and would like to one day start a rescue for the hardest-to-place animals, like big black dogs, black cats, geriatric animals, Pit Bulls, etc. I love dog training and am practicing my skills with my own dogs so that one day, I can help unruly dogs find homes instead of being put down because of their bad habits.
I am a very creative person and I love art and writing as well as crafting. My favorite craft is knitting, and the main livestock we plan to have after we move are sheep so that I can shear the wool and spin it myself (a craft I also enjoy) for my knitting. I also enjoy crocheting when I need a break from knitting, as it is easier and faster for me to do, but not quite as enjoyable as knitting. =) I sew, embroider, and papercraft as well, and do pretty much any craft that catches my fancy. I love to sketch and I also paint, although I am not nearly as good at painting as I am at sketching.
I am a bit of a hippie in that I try to reuse, recycle, or repurpose everything. I enjoy taking things that people would normally throw away and finding some useful purpose for them. For example, I start seeds growing in Styrofoam cups from fast food places. We use a large trash bin to compost food waste and spread in our flowerbeds when it is ready. I save used paper to make recycled lettersets and such. And I like to take thrift store clothing, de-construct it, and sew it into something fresh and new. We aim to keep trash out of the landfill and only need to put our trash bins out for pick-up every six weeks or so.
There is much more to me than just what I have written, but I think I have written quite a lot and this shall suffice for now. =) This is a picture of my husband and I: