Today, was my second day of Birthday.
Since I found out about the Gluten Free & Vegan bakery in town, four years ago to the day now, it has become tradition to go to the bakery to get cupcakes (instead of Birthday cake) to bring home and then next door to the tea shop for treats and tea. This year we kept up with that tradition.
This years cupcakes that I chose were German Chocolate, Chocolate peppermint mocha, pumpkin spice and cranberry gingerbread. For tea I got a pumpkin spice chai latte with coconut milk, and a pear ginger crumb cake.
This morning I had finished up the pair of socks I had been working on, and now that I am home from treats and tea, I started a new pair of socks 🧦.
Today I haven’t been feeling the best, so other than going for treats and tea, I have been at home where I can lay low and stay warm. I am trying to kick this bug as soon as possible.
So in my last post I talked a bit about what “3 days of Birthday” is. It is a tradition a good friend of mine and her family does and it kind of made sense and definitely something I want to do myself and continue one day when I have a family of my own.
My first day of Birthday was pretty great. My mom and I went to the mall today.
We looked at calendars, picked up some summer sausages since they were having an after Christmas sale, and I got my hair cut at one of the Salons at the mall. I had desperately needed a hair cut. We also stopped and got coffee afterwards.
This is me post haircut:
Today was my first day of birthday. One of my good friends and her Husband had started this tradition some years ago of doing 3 days of Birthday. 3 days of Birthday is where you spread out the birthday celebrations over 3 days. It is where you do different activities over the course of the three day period.
Everyone’s 3 days of Birthday would be different, and can vary year to year. It is not about spending a lot of money, but rather doing activities the person having the birthday enjoys doing and are special.
If you have kids, it could look like one day having their class party, another day having their family party / dinner, and the third doing something they enjoy (in any order).
For me, this year, my three days of birthday looks something like this:
Day 1: Going to the mall with my mom and wandering around (today I also got a hair cut),
Day 2: Family Dinner
Day 3: Tea and Treats at my favorite bakery and the tea shop next door.
Another year was:
Day 1: Hike with my best friend at the time
Day 2: Tea and Treats with my mom
Day 3: Mall and Family Dinner
What I like about the three days of birthday is that each activity can be enjoyed and not rushed since the point is not to be on a time schedule and not trying to cram to much into too little time. For me and my family, doing three days of birthday, means being able to take our time, and enjoy each activity.
Not only did winter start Thursday morning, but life is changing.
The past few months I have been working a seasonal job in retail. The season for where I work is wrapping up this weekend, and yesterday morning was my last shift. I am not really sad or shocked, I knew it was coming from the time I started.
My 20’s are also quickly coming to and end. I only have a little over a week left of being in my 20’s.
So there is a lot of changes that have been happening, and more coming up.
Looking over back over the past year, and the past decade, I have definitely learned a lot about life, who I am, and what I am supposed to be doing with my life. I have definitely learned a lot about what I am capable of achieving and that failing is a part of life. Often times you just have to pick yourself back up and try something else. At some point (or several) along the way you will figure out your strengths and what you are passionate about. For me personally, I love knitting, I love homemaking (which includes cooking and baking from scratch as well as canning), I love being outdoors and close to nature. I like supporting and buying local, and knowing where my food and clothing comes from. I want to get back to the land, and raise a lot of my own food, and reduce my dependence on the supermarkets, and keep that to only what I can’t feasibly do for myself.
Living a more self sustainable, self reliant (i.e. Homesteader) kind of life is definitely the dream / goal I am working toward.
As Christmas is only a few short days away, Shopping is on Everyone’s minds.
While Online shopping is sometimes the best way to go (especially if why you want isn’t widely available in stores). With that being said, I prefer to do my shopping (not just Christmas shopping, but shopping in general), in person.
I prefer to see, smell, feel, try on, and all the in person. In the past I have gotten scented stuff that sounded good on the website that then, to me smells disgusting in person, or clothes that don’t fit right. Being a knitter, being able to feel yarn before I buy it is also preferable.
Then there are issues with shipping. You have to wait for things to arrive, if they don’t get lost or delayed on the way. Some companies are better than others, and some are down right horrible (like DHL).
If I lived out in the boonies, I would definitely consider getting Amazon Prime, for the stuff I use but wouldn’t have access to without making a several hour round trip, but living in or near the city (like the suburbs or just outside of that), it is easy enough to come into the city and the shopping options are still readily available.
That is just my take on things. Though I will still order the things I cannot find easily in the stores around me. If you are running all over town looking for a certain item, then it might actually be cheaper to order it when you factor in time and gas.
Christmas has become a time for selfish materialistic gain, and for people to spend their hard earned money on things. Receiving a few Christmas gifts are nice (especially if they are practical), I also enjoy giving gifts and giving to those in need, especially children.
That is why this year, for my Birthday (and Christmas) I am running a Facebook Fundraiser to benefit World Vision USA. This organization does a lot of great work around the world and right here in our own country.
If you feel inclined to give, I would appreciate it immensely.
This weekend was pretty low key. Friday afternoon once I got up from sleeping after I had worked that morning, I baked some gluten free and dairy free brownies. The rest of the weekend I pretty much spent watching youtube videos (especially Urban Exploration videos) and working on my knitting projects.
I spent time working on one of my triangle shawls as well as working on the sock I currently have on my needles.
The past couple of weeks have been incredibly busy, and this weekend I just needed to lay low and relax.
Currently my favorite UrbEx channel is the Proper People. I also used to watch The Unknown Cameraman, but the last video he uploaded on Youtube was uploaded 8 months ago.
I am not one of those people who is brave enough / has the guts to go urban exploring, though I do enjoy watching the videos that some of the people who do go Urban Exploring make of their adventures. Don’t get me wrong I love creepy, old, no longer used / abandoned places, though I tend to stick to places like Fort Stevens (where exploration is encouraged) to get my abandoned places fix in person. The kind of abandoned places I find interesting are the ones that have history (like old forts, prisons, churches, train stations, schools, mansions, and ghost towns). I love old buildings, and I definitely enjoy exploring these kinds of places that have been restored / maintained and are open to the public for the purpose of exploring and learning about the history / way of life there back when it was open or a going concern.
I have loved learning about how live was lived during different time periods in U.S. History, and in different parts of the country (though History of the American West is still my favorite), as well as different parts of the world. For me, History is so much more than just names, dates, wars and military events. I am more interested in what every day life was like, especially for the women and children.
Since Thanksgiving, life has been going non stop. 3 weeks of full on, full force going and doing. The past three weeks have flown by.
Yesterday I had another interview, which I thought went well, but I have to wait and see a bit to find out if I got it.
After my interview I had gone for a little drive to clear my mind a bit. Afterward I ran a couple errands. I had stopped at Bob’s red mill, picked up a couple baking mixes, before stopping at the grocery store to pick up my brother’s Christmas present and a few other items.
I had work this morning. I even slept for a few hours since I got home, but I am still exhausted.
I had one of my orders of yarn arrive this morning while I was asleep, so I opened it up this afternoon.
The darker yarn is a worsted weight yarn, that has more yards per hank, while the off white / cream colored yarn is a bulky yarn that has fewer yards per hank (hence more hanks).
I have been enjoying being able to work on different knitting projects. I have a lot of yarn and so many ideas of what I want to make with it all. I am still working on socks, but I am also in a shawl mode as well.
As I sit here writing this, I have a batch of gluten free dairy free brownies in the over and it is overcast outside.
I know I have missed another couple days of blogging this month. Life has just been so busy since Thanksgiving.
While I have had a few down days so far this month, my planner is reflecting the craziness that tends to be December (Christmas is literally in a week and a half).
Today was one of those busy days, where I wasn’t home most of the day and when I was home, I had a lot to get done.
I had driven down to the capital for a meeting, and had done some shopping while I was there. I had also driven out to see a good friend of mine, and take her coffee.
I left that area a little before 4:30 this afternoon to head back to the city. I got caught in rush hour traffic. That is always fun. I had stuff to put away when I got home, a load of laundry to do, and a few other things. This was the second trip down to that area in a week and a half. I really have missed living there. While a lot has changed, including me, the fact that I love it there hasn’t changed.
Hanging out in the Kitchen is one of my favorite places to be. This year I have been helping my mom again in the kitchen at the church, to make hot cocoa for the annual Christmas event that takes place a weekend in early December.
Friday night we made 51 batches of mix which equates to 63.75 gallons of cocoa. We had a bit leftover so we put it in the cooler for tonight. In addition to that, we made an additional 45 bags of cocoa which equates to 56.25 gallons of cocoa Saturday night. So far this weekend my mom and I have made 120 gallons of cocoa. We still have one night left.
This time of year always gets so busy, and crazy. Most years any more I have to remind myself that there is more to life than the rampant consumerism that is pushed down our throats. I try to remind myself that Christmas is more than just the material and monetary gifts, rather what we can do for others.