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Girl’s Night — September 30, 2015

Girl’s Night

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It is hard to believe that Wednesday is winding down, and that today is the last day of September. Tomorrow is Little Red’s birthday, as well as the birthday of one of my friends. Little Red is turning 11, and I have known her since she was born. I can still remember getting to hold her when she was a week old. 

This week has been a bit crazy, with Monday finding out I was switching projects at work (which I am totally ok with). Then yesterday after work I had gone over to my former coworker’s place, because her partner is a hair dresser. 

Last night was a girls night and the only boy there was the coworker and her partners son. It was a party. I totally needed a night out (or in rather) and just be me. I have known these ladies for going on two years. I got my hair highlighted and trimmed which it desperately needed. 

I had needed the girls night. These days I don’t get a lot of time with my friends because we are working, and have different schedules and issues we are all dealing with, so when girls nights or going out for tea and clothes shopping I take advantage of it. These are the few times I “let loose” and act my age (if that). Most of the time I am too busy being responsible, mature, and  trying to make a good impression. 

If and when I ever get married, having girls nights or spending time with my friends, and having a break is something I still plan on and will be doing. While it gets harder with kids, without the time to just breathe and refocus is necessary. Without that, burn out is a reality and when you have nothing left to give, that is when things go seriously wrong. So, pretty much whoever I marry will need to be good with kids, willing to learn how to change a diaper, give baths, prepare simple meals, and put kids to bed for the occasion that I am not there, and to give me the occasional break. I don’t think it is too much to ask that he be a real dad when kids come along, and understand that I need some me time/girl time. 

 The after picture from getting my hair done last night. 
In my last post I had touched on the topic of making a good impression – “if you just smile and behave you can always get your way” – I have found this true at different times. Being helpful, willing to learn new stuff, dong your best to get along with your coworker’s and managers, going with the flow, etc helps get people to like you, want to work with with you and ultimately be a reference when it is time to move on. I am not saying to do anything that is morally wrong or illegal, but in the general scheme of things when what is being asked of you isn’t morally wrong or illegal, especially when starting out in the business world, you should do it. Getting along with my coworker’s is how I got this project switch, one of the managers who had the next cubicle over from me while I was working on prem, and had tried to stop by and say hi to when I had to go into the office once I was working off prem had asked that I be the contractor who got switched to her project. 

It is getting late and I got home late for a work night last night. Fortunately tomorrow is my Friday. 

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Expanding on my Knowledge Base — September 28, 2015

Expanding on my Knowledge Base

Hey Everyone!

If you just smile and behave you can always get your way.
It’s a universal plan that’ll get you where you can in all societies.

This line from a country song, popped into my head today while I was on my way back from the office. It popped into my head, in large part because of what happened while I was at the office. It was actually a pleasant surprise today. I still have a job, and I still have my full hours and stuff. I am just being taken off a project to help with a different project that is going to be needing extra help here in the near future, which is good for me. What made it even better, is that the manager who is in charge of the project I am going to start helping with, is one I sat next to, and got along well with while I worked on prem, and have kept in touch with when I had to go in and pick up prints and stuff. So she had asked for me when it came up for which contractor to pull off the project I currently working on. I don’t mind doing my current job, and will totally work on which ever project they need my help with, it was just kind of nice to know that I was asked for by name. The point is, and why the quote came to mind, is that when I started my job a little over 10 months ago, I knew I would be one of the youngest, if not the youngest person in the office, and I wasn’t going in to this job to make a whole new group of friends or anything, I just wanted to get along with my coworkers. That paid off. I got along with most of the people who sat around me, and had gotten to know a few better than others, which is normal in that size of group, but this particular person and one of the others (who had worked with my mom, when she had worked in that building), I hit it off, and definitely was part of their group. There was some work in the beginning, and putting myself out there in the beginning (going and joining them for lunch room for lunch) paid off. I know I have made a good impression, but that at least with a few people I didn’t have to work that hard, I was just myself and it happened.

I will admit, I am not perfect, and my best friends can tell you that when I am around them, and we aren’t someplace where we have to be on our best behavior I can definitely act my age, and have some fun. At the same time I learned how being mature, responsible, polite, and “behaving”, gets you more in the long run than being irresponsible and goofing off when it is time to be serious and mature.

In this change of projects at work, I give the credit to God, I was not expecting this but from what little I gathered today, God had worked it out so that I was the one who got switched. I can only give God the credit for this, and I am thankful for all that he has done for me lately.

Needed a Day to just relax. — September 27, 2015

Needed a Day to just relax.

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I  just realized I haven’t blogged in the better part of a week. This past week has been a bit crazy. It has been an interesting week, that is for sure. There was one thing that was really stressing me out this week that did get resolved which is really good.

Friday I had gotten my errands done and out of the way, so that I could do whatever I wanted yesterday. I ended up going back to where I had gone to school. I needed to get out of the city for a while. I just needed to go, drive and clear my head. I had fallen in love with the central valley, and it is one of the best places I know of for clearing my head besides the coast.

I spent this afternoon working on my current knit for kids sweater, I am trying to get it done here in the next week or two. Once I get this sweater done I will have one more size 8 to knit up to have 14 of each size sweater knit up, and then from there I want to go to knitting sets (a set is five sweaters, one in each of the five sizes).

While I was working on this sweater, I was also going between listening to music and watching youtube videos which included Steam Engine (Train) videos. Steam Engines are awesome, and such a significant part of American History. They had a lot to with the shaping of the American West as we know it today.

I really needed a chill day today, and I got it.

Home and Beach — September 20, 2015

Home and Beach

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This weekend has been busy, Friday I ran errands and got stuff done here in the city. Yesterday I had gone “home” for the Sunday school picnic that was put on by the church I went to while in college. Afterward I had gone to the coast before coming back to the city. I had also gone to the coast in part to see if I could meet up with someone I know who lives there. I didn’t see him, but being at the beach was worth the trip. 

Today I had gone to church with my parents this morning, then drove back down to where I had attended church while I was in college, for the evening service. I got to see one of my good friends and her kids. The drive back to the city is always the hardest part after being after being in the towns I grew to love and call home. They were more of a home to me than the big city ever has been. 

This summer has been full of trips to the beach, and other awesome adventures. I have been blessed to have been able to do all I have done this summer. 

Prioritizing More of my Time — September 13, 2015

Prioritizing More of my Time

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Today I feel like I finally hit a brick wall, that I saw coming for awhile. I have had enough of the famous YouTuber’s. I was watching one vlog in particular of YouTuber’s I have been watching for over 2 years. I have been watching them since they lived in Ireland and their daughter was about 9 months old. I liked them back then when they were famous enough that I found out about them but not famous enough that they were obnoxious. Their vlog for today pleas of their 3 years old daughter’s 3rd birthday party. Letely they have been wearing ob me a bit with how bossy, sassy and in control they are allowing their daughter to be. Seeing her 3rd birthday and party was the point in which I was like enough is enough. It isn’t so much out of jealousy, but rather a realization that I was wasting my time on rich people who seem to be pretentious and full of themselves, who have made their money off of YouTube. 

I still watch a handful of the smaller YouTuber’s who are living normal lives, and have normal jobs, where they have to get up and go to work, in addition to making YouTube videos. Though I decided to stop wasting my time supporting those who’s lifestyle’s I was supporting through watching their videos and who have let the fame of YouTube go to their heads. 

I had gone to Vloggerfair a few weeks back, and I am glad that I went. I went away from it knowing that I would likely not be going to anymore YouTube conferences. If the Chick’s Life were to do a local meet up I would totally go, but they are a small channel and they have “real” jobs in addition to doing YouTube. 

Diversifying My Style — September 11, 2015

Diversifying My Style

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It is Friday, which is my typical weekday off from work. This week I only had a three day work week, beings that Monday was a holiday. Today has been a pretty busy and very productive day. This morning I got my grocery shopping done. I got my groceries back to the house, and put away before going and meeting up with a friend of mine for treats and tea. I picked her up and we went to my favorite bakery, and then to the tea shop next door. This was my first time going to the tea shop. It’s like a typical coffee shop in atmosphere but serves tea rather than coffee. It is this cute little shop that I had been by more times than I can count but never took the time to go in. I plan on going back again. At the bakery I got a gluten free & vegan blueberry lavender cheesecake as well as a gluten free & vegan chocolate muffin. At the tea shop I got a cup of pumpkin spice chai tea with coconut milk. I am thankful I have been living somewhere for the past 4 years that has so many options for those who have food intolerances. There are so many varieties and variations on the gluten free/dairy free/vegan fares. While I am not full vegan, I tend to gravitate to the places that have vegan options because then I don’t have to worry about dairy. When I am cooking, or know what I am getting into, I have no problems with eating meat, fish, eggs, or honey (I have had all of the aforementioned foods except for fish to eat at some point in the past 24 hours).

When my friend and I were wrapping up our tea and treats, we got talking about what to do afterward. Beings that we had done treats and tea which was as far as I had gotten in plans, she wanted to go clothes shopping, I resisted for a good bit, as I hate clothes shopping unless I absolutely have to, but I eventually caved. We went to Cascade Station out by the Airport, and had gone to Maurices, where I had actually made out like a bandit. I found a couple really cute button down shirts as well as a really cute sleeveless middle layer shirt and a couple tank tops (one of which, matches the blue in the two button downs I bought), and they pair well with the middle layer sleeveless top and the button downs. The middle layer top, I came to find out after I got back to the house goes with most of the button down shirts I already own. The past few months, especially, my clothing style has changed a bit. During high school and college I was totally into jeans and a tee shirt or jeans and a sweatshirt. It worked well for me during that period, but I have been out of college for 5 years already have realized that as I have grown up, my style has changed and has needed to grow up with me. Beings that I now have a steady income, I am working on adding items to my wardrobe that fit my current style that is more age appropriate to being in my late 20’s. I am still waiting for my Old Navy orders to arrive, but between those orders, what I picked up today and what I already own I feel like I have a solid base for my wardrobe. The middle layer top I bought today I absolutely love, and it goes with so many other tops to help make more outfit options for me. Lately I have also understood on a different level why dressing modestly is important. Modesty is an issue that I just want to touch on, and could be an entire post of it’s own, but I will keep it to my own experience. I was raised with the understanding that modesty was important, but it didn’t mean that I had to look like I was Amish, Mennonite, Radical Mormon or the Duggar Girls from the era of “14 kids and pregnant again”. Especially once I was in college, I realized I could look and dress “normally” but also be modest, I just had to keep my eyes open, and look for clothing that was modest. I found that it is possible with some work and shopping around on my part to make it happen. Part of why I love fall and winter (in addition to the cooler weather, awesome scented stuff, awesome decorations, and the best foods), is that the stores start caring the warming clothes that are more modest.

After we finished up at Maurice’s we went through Banana Republic and Dress Barn quickly just to scope things out before going to the Bath and Body Works, where I got some hand soaps and a wall flower warmer, for my stash of bulbs that I am holding on to for when I get my own place. We also went to Ross for a little bit, but by then it was around 4:30 pm and I was so over and done with shopping, and had filled my quota of shopping for the next three months. Beings that I have never lived so far out in the boonies that coming to the city meant an all day shop till you drop marathon, I have a very low shopping tolerance, especially when it comes to clothes. If you told me that I had a day, the money and had places like the Body Shop, The Bath and Body Works, Old Navy, REI, a shoe store, and Barnes and Noble and told me that this was all I would get for the next 6 months to a year, I could spend all day shopping and getting what I would need/want for the next several months. Even when I was in college and living in a small town in the middle of farm country, the nearest mall that wasn’t in the heart of downtown of a decent sized city, was half an hour to 45 minutes (depending on traffic) away, which is only a little worse than going to the closest mall is to where I currently live. Even then, going to the mall that I am used to here in the metro area, with normal traffic would take about 75 minutes. So in the scheme of things I could go to a mall pretty much whenever I wanted to, which I did maybe once a term if even that.

I haven’t forgotten that it is September 11th, and while it has been on the hearts and minds of American’s, I haven’t forgotten, but have also chosen to not dwell on the past. It has been 14 years since that day. It has been fourteen years since I was a thirteen year old, eighth grader in Portland, Oregon who woke up to seeing the events unfold on the morning news. It has been fourteen years since that eighth grader, who was old enough to understand what was transpiring nearly 3000 miles away. It has been fourteen years since I watched the second plane hit the second town, and watched both towers collapse on live TV all before going to school.  It has been fourteen years since that eighth grader had to go to school, and try to get through the day while trying to get as much information as possible throughout the day, while some teachers allowed us to listen to the radio, while others chose to proceed with business as usual to try to keep our minds off it, but how could we, this was my generation’s Pearl Harbor. It has been fourteen years since the world as we know it had changed forever. Like the children who were too young fourteen years ago, or have been born since then will never know a Pre – 9/11 world, the same can definite be said about those who were too young to remember, or were born after the bombing of Pearl Harbor that we will never truly know what life was like before it happened. The events of 9/11 are a lesson, much like that of Pearl Harbor. While forgetting about and not learning from it would be a mistake, to dwell on it seems to be unproductive. Today I was wondering, for how many more years will the 9/11 ceremonies and reading of the names of those who lost their lives on that day continue, it can’t and won’t continue forever. I know I probably sound disassociated from it all, largely in part to the fact that I didn’t know anyone at the time who was there, and have only met a couple since who were in the area. I was young when it happened, and I also was at the other end of the country, so yes to some degree disassociated from it. I have been by ground zero, and I have no doubts that it was tragic for those who lost their lives, for those who lost loved ones, and for the nation as a whole. It has had an effect on my life. Time and distance has created that disconnect, like Pearl Harbor, none of my grandparents were even married when Pearl Harbor occurred, and yet, in school I learned about it, and am reminded that December 7th, 1941, “A date will live in Infamy” – FDR, of the events that brought my country into an active role in the Second World War. Having visited the U.S.S Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and seeing the sunken Arizona, as well as being abroad the U.S.S. Missouri (where the Japanese Instrument of Surrender was signed) made the History, made the history that has transpired many years before become more real. As much as I hate to be the one to say it, like Pearl Harbor, or the Gettysburg Address, or July 4th, 1776, the more time that passes, the more it will become a chapter in history textbooks that students will read because they have to, without any of the emotional and personal attachment to the events that transpired. Today, in my part of the world and in my life, Today went on like any of the other Friday’s have had in the past six months, Life as usual.

Labour Day Weekend — September 8, 2015

Labour Day Weekend

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This weekend went well. Friday I ran errands. I had gone to Fred Meyet to pick up some stuff, and then I had stopped at Joann’s to pick up some more fall candles. I hit another sale, 40% off regular price then I had an 25% off total purchase, so I got $40 worth of candles for just under $18. I then went to my favorite bakery and I got some cupcakes, which were Gluten Free and Vegan, they were delicious. 

Saturday I spent at the house, knitting, and reading Outlander. 

  Sunday, my parents and I went to the beach. Beings that it was labour day weekend, the coast gets busy, really busy. I know a spot that is low key, and that you have to know its there to know it exists. It is a nice spot to hang out, which I have done a fair amount this summer. We hung out there for a while, then went up to Cannon Beach for dinner then went back to the beach to watch the sunset. About the time of the sunset we saw some whales surface, which was pretty awesome. 

Yesterday, I did some baking, knitting and spent several hours reading outlander.

It was a pretty productive weekend, and I am stoked that this week is a 3 day work week.