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Shopping is Normal — October 30, 2015

Shopping is Normal

Hey Everyone!

It has been a busy couple of weeks here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. I last posted about my trip up Mt. Saint Helens. This past weekend I went to the Coast, to go on one of the last Fall Splendor Excursion trains that the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad runs on the weekends in October.  The past couple months I have been updating my fall and winter wardrobe, as it still pretty much was made up of the clothes I wore in college. Beings that I am working, and the fact that I was due for a wardrobe overhaul I have done some clothes shopping. I have added several tops, a couple sweaters, a jacket and some new jeans to my closet. I also weeded out a lot of clothes that I don’t really wear anymore. It’s like it hit me that I am really in my late 20’s now, so I needed to start dressing like it, rather than continuing to look like I was a 20 year college student who couldn’t be bothered to put on more than jeans and a sweatshirt. 

While in general my style hasn’t changed since I was 20, the fact that I am actually trying a bit more to make it easier to look “put together” when I go out, with as little effort as possible. I still love the layered look, so I have made it easier by having a few staple pieces and having different over tops and a cute jacket to complete it. 

Part of why I love having Friday’s off, is so that I have a week day to play with, and actually have a just because I want to day to do my hair (and when I get more contacts) and makeup, and feel confident when I leave to go run errands. I spent so long not caring really about how I looked, and my self confidence had taken a hit. When I had started using makeup regularly and doing my hair (even if it was something simple) I felt better about myself and more confident. 

Today I had gone to the mall (for the millionth time it seems like in the past two months), which is becoming a common occurrence in my life lately, the city is taking hold again on me. I had gone to get more jeans and to look at boots, I got the jeans and ended up with a new pair of Vans, some Bath and Body Works hand soap and some hair stuff from Lush. I was also checking out different stores as some have started Christmas stuff, and I am looking for a cute Christmas Apron, but didn’t find anything I liked, so I am just going to have to keep looking as December gets closer. 

In the past few weeks is has definitely decided it wanted to be fall. When I went up to Mt. Saint Helens, it still felt kinda summery, but now it is chilly, grey and rainy. Beings that the weather was turning, I put my toms away to keep them as nice as possible until next spring, when it starts drying out. That is part of why I got another pair of vans, while I love my Doc Martens Boots, I don’t want to wear them all the time, so I wanted something that could hold up well in the rainy weather yet still be cuter than Nike athletic shoes (going back to the whole dressing my age thing). 

   
   

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Climbing Volcanoes  — October 17, 2015

Climbing Volcanoes 

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The past few weeks have been exhausting, physically, mentally and emotionally. I have had a lot going on, and I didn’t really have the chance to get out and recharge by doing something I love doing, going on adventures. 

While I was out today, I realized that my adventures are part of who I am, and if I ever get married, then I had better make sure whoever I marry is on the same level in regards to adventures, and won’t try to stop me, and better yet would want to go along and suggest them, because they enjoy them as much as  I do. 

This morning I decided to go up to the Johnston Ridge Observatory on Mt Saint Helens (the one that erupted May 18th, 1980). I had been up there a few times over the years. The first time I was about 8 to 10 (so about 15 – 17 years after it had erupted), so I have been able to see how the mountain side has transformed over the years. The first couple of times, as you got closer to the top it was still extremely desolate, bare, and covered with damaged trees. The past couple of times (last summer and today), the mountainside below the timberline, is recovering pretty well. It has taken three and a half decades, a lot of replanting, probably some species reintroduction, and other species returning on their own but the mountain is healing what it can. It will always be topless and have it’s one side blown out, but the ecosystem that was lost is recovering. A lot of the replanted trees are still pretty spindley and need to fill out more, but it reminded me a lot of being in Canada and going up to my aunt and uncles house. 

I have loved being outside since I was little. So it is no surprise that being outdoors in the middle of nowhere is something that is completely in my element. I am sensible about when I go and when, for obvious safety reasons, but I also don’t let fear stop me from living my life and doing what I enjoy. 

Having grown up with seeing the mountains on a regular basis (you can see them from the freeway when they aren’t being hidden by clouds), I should be used to them, but I still can’t get used to how beautiful they are, and how fortunate I have been, to have been raised in this part of the country. I have been other places, but this area will always have a piece of my heart. 

As I am writing this I am exhausted, not because work was crazy, or because I am working for a paycheck while I squeeze in what I am passionate  about in what little free time I have, I would love more adventures and more time spent discovering new places (and learn their history) and revisiting places I had visited when I was young but didn’t appreciate then, that I would appreciate now. I also love writing about it. 

Something about being outside brings a part of me to life that gets shut away when I spend a lot of inside, not doing anything related to History, knitting, or planning adventures. I am an outdoorsy kind of girl. That is just how I am, I thrive on fresh air. 

  
 

How things are — October 10, 2015

How things are

Hey All!

This week has been busy with learning the new project I am working on at work as well as life stuff. 

The new project at work I am now working on, I had heard about while I was working on prem earlier this year. Beings that things are still a little slow in what I am working on I got another job from what I had been working on to help fill the gap of time in between jobs for the new project. 

What I am doing is a lot if administration, records updating and organization, so really I am just in a way being an administrative assistant in the engineering department. 

It is still hard for me to believe that I have been at this job for as long as I have. Once I had gotten to the 6 month mark I had taken a deep breath was was like “I can do this”. Beings that the economy has been what I has been for the past 7 or so years, finding and keeping steady work, can be and is a nightmare for many. At least from my experience, where I am at, employers, especially in small businesses can but pick over how well a new employee is learning the job and fire them if they aren’t learning it fast enough according to the employer or not even give someone a chance when the skills they need can be learned on the job. 

Finding steady work after college when I didn’t have much of a resume was a nightmare, and I spent more than 4 years floating between jobs that didn’t last long. Until this job, the longest I had been at a job was 5.5 months. While I don’t see this job really turning into a career, it has been a good entry level job. It has been giving me some good business world experience, as well as a consistent pay check. I have been at it for almost 11 months, which I know isn’t all that long in the grand scheme of things. Though for my first real, steady job, I know that by the time the projects I have been working on are completed or I find a new job, I will have a year under my belt. Beings that I just got pulled off one project and put on another, and this close to the one year mark and the holidays, the idea of looking for something new has been put on the back burner for a few more months, as I would like to see at lest 18 months to 2 years, at this job, which depends on having enough work to keep me busy through next summer. 

As many of you know, I majored in Social Science, and within that I focused on American History, primarily Women’s History and the History of the American West. I also minored in literature. I fell in love with and became passionate about history while in college. I found Women’s History and the History or the American West the most interesting by in large, because it has had the most impact on my life as I know it. It helped me to understand how myself, and women like me, in part are who we are, and how we got to where we are today.  I consider myself to be independent, and one who thinks, feels and believes for herself. I am very opinionated, and I don’t take the whole “because I am the man” like for an answer. 

I had seen this recently and I identified with its message.   
As a woman, I realize that I will never have the physical strength of a man, my body is built differently. But that doesn’t make me any less of a human being, or any less intelligent, or any less capable of doing whatever I set my mind to doing. I am still single, and not necessarily by choice, so I have had to learn how to take care of myself and be able to do my own thing. Having seen one of my Grandmother’s become a single mom and having to finish raising two daughters on her own, it made me realize, even in a good marriage life happens, and a spouse can be taken out of the picture. I saw that my grandmother had to be strong and determined to make it work on her own, it wasn’t her choice for her husband to get sick and pass away. When I knew her, she was a strong, independent woman, who had to work, and it is from her where I see that I got a lot of the mindset I have, I saw her do it, so I knew I could. That being said, when and if I ever got married and had kids, I would like to be able to keep house and be at home at least while the kids were young. Having been to college, and having real world work experience is also a good thing, especially in this day and age, I may never get married, and I am not willing to settle for a bad match just to get married. 

Portland’s Greek Festival  — October 3, 2015

Portland’s Greek Festival 

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You guys are getting a bonus blog post, as I had written my other post before having gone to the Portland Greek Festival at the Greek Orthodox Church in NE Portland (it runs through tomorrow so if you are in the Portland Oregon area you should check it out).

We had gone and gotten food, and hung out for a bit, before we left (and while my brother was getting pasta salad) I had stepped inside the church to see what the inside of it looked like. I have been fascinated with church buildings for years and have always found it interesting to see what different churches look like. This particular church was completed in 1952, and was absolutely gorgeous. 

While I had not seen a church like it before, the sanctuary did kind of remind me of the last church my grandfather had pastored and where my grandparents had stayed after my grandpa had retired from pastoring, which had been constructed as, and used as a Jewish synagogue before the church I had attended purchased it and used it for the Tacoma Church. 

Interior of the church   
The exterior of the church: 

 
Like I mentioned above I am fascinated by church buildings and ther history. I also love seeing the insides of them. 

Becoming one of THOSE Girls —

Becoming one of THOSE Girls

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Right now I feel like I am becoming one of those girls who spend their free time going clothes shopping and spending money on hair care products, and time doing my hair. I would be doing my make up too, that will have to wait until I can get more contact lenses. 

Yesterday I had spent like $40 on a bottle of shampoo, conditioner and a bottle of moose stuff that Ashley, who had done my hair, had used on my hair. 

I totally did my hair this morning and it was super easy, and it turned out super cute. 

This past month I also did a fair amount of clothes shopping which is something I rarely do. 

So yeah I am feeling like I am becoming one of the girls I kind of rejected when I was younger. From what I can see my style is really in style this season, which is awesome for me.