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Downton Abbey — January 28, 2015

Downton Abbey

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I have finally done it! I have committed to the first five series of Downton Abbey. I don’t know how I feel about that yet, but I have done it. I am hoping they will arrive in the next couple of days.

I figure now is as good of any to dive in. I love British TV shows as well as culture, history (in general), architecture, costumes, and pretty much every thing British I had better get on it.

I am excited to be expanding on my TV on Dvd collection and to add a British TV show in my collection.

I am thankful for being able to work so that I can add to my collection and be able to go shopping.

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Laidback Weekend! — January 25, 2015

Laidback Weekend!

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Well this weekend was kind of a bust in many regards. I did get some stuff done, mainly cooking, but other than that I have been trying to lay low, and not get sick. I almost went home today, but I decided to stay where I am because I wasn’t feeling 100%. I don’t know if it is just my allergies flaring up because the last couple of days have been incredibly warm and sunny for this time of year (it got into the low 60’s yesterday, which is abnormal for Portland, this time of year). Beings that both of my parents have been sick, I am kind of waiting it out to see what happens, if I am really getting sick or it is just nasty allergies. I am hoping it is just allergies.

Lately I have really been missing home. For those of you who are new to my blog, the place I consider to be my real home is the 10 mile-ish radius around where I went to college. I am currently back living at my parents house, which is only until I can find a better job, that I can support myself on, and be able to pay my bills, rent, and make my college loan payment and still have money for groceries. I would love to move back home to the area I love, but first and foremost all I care is that I have a job I can support myself on, and that the job gets me out of this city. I have spent 23 years of my life living in this city, and I have been sick of it for at least half that time.

So yeah, moving on, I got thinking today about how thankful I am, that my food intolerances didn’t start until after I had gotten done with college. While I could have definitely managed it better after I was no longer living in the dorms, the idea of having to live in the dorms, having to solely rely on what little I could store in my dorm room, and then whatever is in the cafeteria is enough to have made me rethink going away to college if I had food intolerances before going to college.

There are times when I still feel like I am trying to get my body acclemated to my work schedule, even though I have been at my job for more than 2 months, and it has been almost a month since the Holiday’s ended, so you would think that I would be used to it by now. So I don’t know what it’s deal is, but I am going to be heading to bed a bit early tonight and try to get some sleep before I head back to work for another week of work.

Over the course of the next few months I am going to be working on saving some money up, and buy myself a new laptop. I am still undecided about what type I want to get, but I want to get a good one that will be a good computer and last for a while. I want something that will be good, and that in a couple years, hopefully when I can move out, I will still have a reliable computer to take with me wherever I move to, and be reliable for whatever I am doing, and will be able to support being able to up load pictures, and write blog posts, and be able to support video editing software if I want to get into vlogging. so I am starting to do my research now, so I can make a wise purchase.

This weekend I did invest in a new camera, I got a Canon PowerShot ELPH150 IS camera in blue. I am actually pretty excited about it. So far it is looking like it will be a really good camera. I wasn’t impressed with the little sony camera I had purchased about a month ago. I only used that camera twice, and I was not impressed with the quality of pictures that I was getting with it, so I got something better. Once I actually get out and shoot at least one adventure with my new camera, I will write a review on it, over on my adventures blog.

So for now, I am going to end the post here, and go to bed so that I will hopefully get a decent night sleep and be well rested for work this week.

Blogging and Then Some — January 22, 2015

Blogging and Then Some

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The Future, and what I am supposed to be doing career wise, and doing with my life on the whole, has been on my mind a lot lately. Especially now that I have a job, I can work in improving my blogs, in that I am wanting to take better pictures, of more places, and I know that blogging is something I am supposed to be doing. I love writing about stuff that is going on in my life. I love writing period. Some people vlog, and that is how they express themselves. Blogging, is my creative outlet. I internalize things more, and a lot of the time my brain functions on overdrive. I am always thinking about something.

Getting up and going to work 5 days a week, will help me anyway really be able to afford what I feel I need for my Adventures Blog, and my Gluten Free/Dairy Free Blog. It gives me more freedom to be able to purchase what I want to cook, or to put gas in my car, or pay admission fees to go do fun, amazing things. Working on my blogs is something I really want to do, and something I love doing. Have quality content to share is also important.

Right now, I do feel like my life is a bit stagnant and stalled out, but I am hoping over the course of the next couple of years, I can see at least one of my blogs, if not more of them take off.

I love that I am now able to actually be working toward making what I want happen, and being able to

Transitional Phase — January 19, 2015

Transitional Phase

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One of my friends had written a blog post earlier today, that is along the lines of what i have been feeling and going through the past five years. Around this time, about five years ago, it became so real that I would be graduating from college, and I was trying to “figure out” what I was going to do with my life. Deep down, I had a sense of purpose. How exactly I am supposed to fulfill that, as a career, I am still waiting on, and figuring out. I know that the experiences I have had in the mean time have been character building, and have helped shape the woman I have become, and who I will be 50 years from now. I know that I was supposed to go to college where I went to college, and study what I did while I was there. If I hadn’t gone to that school, I would have missed out on the opportunity to fall in love with small town life. I grew to love living in a small town. From a young age, the city I had grown up in had never been home to me, and it wasn’t until I had moved to a small town that I understood why. I have always been an outdoorsy girl, but that became intensified after I started college, I fell in love with Hiking, and I love being outside as much as possible. In college I studied History, and I feel in love with the History of the American West, and that goes hand in hand with my love of the great outdoors. I love the Pioneer and early American West History. I have been intrigued by how life was lived and the social roles during the 19th century, as well as what women’s roles and duties were. They cooked, cleaned, gardened, took care of kids, did laundry in a tub with a washboard, they sewed, they knit garments.

Even though I have yet to find a career in a History related field, I am working and earning money where I can, so that I can work on taking more adventures, and continue my adventures blog and facebook page, to share my love of adventures and history with my readers. With my current job, I am working on investing in some better gear to make going on adventures a bit easier for me, and have better quality photos for myself, as well as for the blog and facebook page. I am working on.

For the past 4.5 years I have felt like I have been in a transition, or in between zone. This phase a stepping stone for the rest of my life. I am glad that I started blogging, It is one of my many creative outlets.

I know what it feels like to feel like you are meant for something bigger, and something more but are stuck wherever you are, and you don’t know how to bridge the gap between where you are, and being where you are supposed to be. Sometimes it is a day by day process, other times it happens just like that, other times, there are many steps in between that when you look back you can see how they got you there. In the mean time I will continue to wait, and do what I love and am called to do in my free time. For now I will continue getting up, going to work, and fitting in going on adventures to historical places, hike and be in the great outdoors.

I know a lot of the time when I blog, I just write, and sometimes I wonder if I even make sense to anyone but myself. But that is part of why I blog, it is for me, and to share my life and experiences with you all.

I love Rainy Saturday’s — January 17, 2015

I love Rainy Saturday’s

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Call me crazy, but I love the sound of pouring rain, and love the smell of winter air. I love gray, overcast rainy days, and being able to be inside drinking a cup of hot tea, knitting, cooking, watching a movie or tv show.

The sound of the falling rain also has a soothing effect that the apps for white noise / to sleep with just cannot replicate. I have lived in a part of the country where we get a fair amount of rainy days. While other parts of the country get more rain in inches, we have a lot more days with measurable rainfall. Though in the past 24 hours we have gotten at least an inch and a half of rain.

Today has been a lazy productive day. I spent most of the day watching tv, working on my current knitting project as well as cooking and baking for this upcoming week. I have bread, cookies and dinner ready for this week.

I am also starting to save money, I try to put what ever I have left each week, after paying my bills and buying groceries into my savings account. I have spent most of the last 9 years without a job, and I hated not having any money of my own. So now that I am working, and have an income I am trying to put some away for down the road in another year or two, so I have a safety net to fall back on.

Technology doesn’t Work — January 16, 2015

Technology doesn’t Work

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I am so happy it is Friday night. It is not that week was rough, last weekend went by way to fast. I am happy to have another weekend.

The hard drive on my computer also went belly up this week. Until I can get it replaced I am only using my iPhone and my iPod touch. I am hoping to get my hard drive replaced next weekend.

I had thought my nook had gone kaput as well, but after deregistering and deleting it, then setting it up again, I got it to work again. For now I am not going to replace it, as of late a lot of my money has been spent on electronics items, so I am going to get as much use out of my nook as I can. I am also still trying to decide which nook I want. I also want to push out that purchase until I am actually going to be doing more traveling.

After work I stopped at New Seasons and Fred Meyer to do some grocery shopping before coming home.

Body Shop Haul — January 10, 2015

Body Shop Haul

Today I had gone to the mall with my parents as my mom had book to exchange. While we were at the mall I had gone to The Body Shop. I used my 8th point rewards which meant I got $25 of my purchase plus 10% so I had gotten 5 items and only spent $4.05. Like how does that happen?

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I did some additional grocery shopping. While I was there I got some fresh herbs for the chicken I bought last night at new seasons. Even though being gluten free and dairy free is tough, as long as I cook it has gotten so much easier since I started the whole figuring out what bothered my system 3 years ago. I have also found that buying more natural, cage free, better for you ingredients I also feel a lot better. My body feels better without the junk.

New Years Goals — January 6, 2015

New Years Goals

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This year I have made a couple goals for myself that I want to achieve, the first is, I want to go on an adventure each month, and vlog it for my adventures youtube channel. Along with that, I am going to blog about each adventure as well.

my second goal is to buy better quality food, which includes cage free, free range, grass fed, vegetarian fed, natural, organic, when it comes to fruits, vegetables, eggs, flours, meats, and so on. I am really trying to eat better this year. It is not so much about weight loss, but more about eating better, feeling better, and having foods make me feel better rather than making me feel like crap on toast.

My third goal for this year is on my food blog, my knitting blog and this blog I am going to attempt to blog on each of them weekly at a minimum, which means in addition to working full time at my job I am going to also fit in three blog posts, as well as my monthly adventures post and video.

I love blogging, adventures, food, and knitting. The past month and a half has been a bit of a blur beings that it has been the holidays, I started a new job, and I am working full time. I have been working on just trying to get in the groove of things and trying to get stuff done. Now that I have kind of gotten into a groove with work, I am better able to refocus my energy on the things that I love, which my blogs center around, and in and of themselves are. Blogging, even when at times feels like I am doing it to just do it, because I don’t want to not do it, and let it lapse, and then quit blogging. I am hoping to continue working on creating blog posts with meaning, and with quality content, that I care about. Honestly the idea of vlogging on my adventures channel does terrify me a bit, but at the same time it is a challenge, and I want to keep challenging myself to try things that scare me, and if my vlogs suck, then at least I tried, and I would rather have tried and failed, than to have been too afraid to have even tried. I want to keep getting better at the things that I love doing.

Adventures and Commitment to Healthy Eating — January 3, 2015

Adventures and Commitment to Healthy Eating

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145Today was an amazing Saturday! I started off my day with spending several hours with one of my good friends at the Chinese garden here in Portland. This is one of the best days I have had in a long time. I love spending time at the Chinese Garden, it is so peaceful, and tranquil. My friend and I met up there just before it opened for the day, beings that it only gets more crowded as the day goes on. To read more about my trip to the Chinese Garden click here. While my friend and I were at the Chinese Garden, she bought me this mug, for using as my tea mug. I really like it, as it has Cherry Blossoms on it, and it is a kind of clay that feels like it will hold the heat better, and help keep my tea hot longer.

After I had gotten home from my adventure to the Chinese Garden, I spent the rest of the afternoon and early evening doing some baking, for this next week as well as cooking up the chicken that I had purchased on Thursday from New Seasons. To see what I did with my chicken, I posted the recipe I came up with here. I like how it turned out. I am trying to eat better, and eat foods that are better for me. Foods that don’t have GMO’s, Antibiotics, that are free to graze and are grass or vegetarian fed. Beings that I am working I am able to do more of my own grocery shopping, therefore if I want to spend $6.50 on a pound of chicken for myself, that is my choice, and I am getting a better quality of meat.

I got to spend time outside in the brisk winter air, enjoying myself, to then come back to the house and work in the kitchen making tasty gluten free and dairy free things to eat during this upcoming week. I wanted to get my baking and cooking done today so I could spend tomorrow afternoon working on my knitting, and work on getting my current project done. All I will need to do tomorrow in terms of cooking, is putting my lunch together for Monday. I am so ready to go back to work after having most of this week off. I have enjoyed the two adventures I have been on, but I am really ready to go back to work.

Before I head to bed for the night I want to watch a vlog or two, and relax, now that I have gotten caught up on posting pictures from my adventure on both of the facebook pages in which I posted pictures, and have gotten my blog posts written for the day, I am ready to relax and wind down.

Happy New Year — January 1, 2015

Happy New Year

It is January 1st, the start of a new year, and another birthday over for me. For many they make New Years resolutions and then by March few are still working on keeping them.

The only resolutionish thing that I am making is that I want to cook more healthy food for myself and make taste amazing. With that I want to blog about it and share a picture of the meal. I am trying to eat more organic, natural, non GMO, cage free, grass fed, antibiotic free etc food because I believe that it is better for my body, and that it would be getting food more like what was available prior to the 1960’s. Back then there were not all the cases of food intolerances and allergies like there are nowadays. Beings that I am one who deals with food intolerances I know what it is like to have food make make sick. I know full well that this good costs more, and beings as I am working, I am totally ok buying my own specialty more expensive food. That is my choice for me.

This year I want to write more for my blogs. I would think that daily blog posts would get boring after a while as most of them would be like “I got up, showered, ate breakfast, went to work, came home from work, had dinner, watched the chicks life as well as Ellie and Jared then went to bed”. That is how my life is at the moment.

Today I had gone to New Seasons and I found gluten free and dairy free pumpkin spice waffles. How awesome is that? I had gone to the New Seasons that I am not as familiar with so I got turned around and was like “where is everything?” I have gotten used to the little one that is on my way to and from work. I had also picked up some cage free better for you chicken for dinner this next week.

I stopped at Fred Meyer as well to pick up some lunch meat and Allergy Meds. I have allergies year round so I feel like I am taking allergy meds daily. It kinda sucks but it in part has to do with where I live.

This year I am also trying to save money and live on a budget so that I have some money to fall back on, or use to move out when I get another job when this one ends, or what have you. It would be nice to have some money set aside so if I have other weeks like this where there isn’t enough work for me to be at work, and I lose a week of pay, it isn’t as much as a financial hardship. Having spent pretty much all my adult life living paycheck to paycheck scraping by while living with my parents has been tough and I have hated it, so I am working toward becoming financially independent and moving out one of these days, like I have been taught my entire life. I have also learned that getting married and raising a family isn’t my only option in life. While both of those are admirable things, if it just doesn’t happen for me or I choose to not get married, that is an acceptable choice. Getting married is not the solution to my current living situation, or to all my “problems”.