Month: April 2018

Plethora and Perturbed

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What a day. Today flew by. The day started flying by when I went out for a walk this afternoon. I took a three mile walk around the neighborhood. It was so easy, like a walk in the park. That being said I have done more hikes than walks lately, so that probably has more to do with it than anything. My normal walks don’t have a lot of elevation ascents or descents, and is paved versus dirt, rocks and exposed roots.

Other than the fact that it is clearly spring, with the flowers blooming, and the trees are also in bloom and the leaves are still their pretty green of early spring, it felt more like autumn, like late October. It could have just been me, and the fact that I love everything autumn, and wish it could be October all year long.

After I got home and showered, I got a couple loads of laundry going (yay for adulting), and got my chicken marinating. I am letting it sit in the fridge overnight since I got it marinating so late in the day.

I was thinking about something that happened earlier and I was trying to figure out how I felt about said situation and I was like “I am annoyed and perturbed, but mad, nope, just perturbed”. Then I was writing a post for my knitting blog and I was describing how I have a lot of projects going and even more yarn sitting, waiting to be knit up. I had phrased is along the lines of “and I have a plethora of yarn waiting in the wings to be knit up”. I totally thought to myself “There’s the Lit Minor coming through….I want to read more books. I miss books”.

I watched the latest Call the Midwife episode tonight, the one where Sister Monica Joan gets the cataract surgery and Barbara is diagnosed with Septicemia by Dr Turner and is rushed to the hospital. Having read the spoilers from when it aired in the UK, it is to the point where I just want to see the next two episodes which will bring me to the end of series seven. The last several episodes have been kind of meh for me storyline wise. I am hoping the last two will pick up a bit more. With Helen (who plays Trixie) being on leave because she was clearly pregnant IRL when she left and had her baby and then comes back (after having her baby) in the last episode (again spoilers), and with the Turner’s storyline being on the back burner after the departure of Magdalena, it’s just not the same. While I don’t miss Jenny much, I do miss the dynamic there was with Jenny, Cynthia, Trixie, Chummy and the days of Sister Bernadette and the early days of the Shelah / Dr Turner relationship. I get that Max’s role of Timothy was reduced so he could focus on school and preparing for his GCSE’s in real life and not miss school. The last several episodes, Dr Turner and Shelagh have been minor background characters this season, which has been kind of sad. I hope we see more of them and at least Angela and Teddy in series 8 – 10, with the random appearance by Max so we can see how Timothy is getting on with preparing to go to University. Going into series 8, Angela is about 5, so in future series her character will hopefully start being developed some more and be less of a background character whom we just see to know she exists. Beings that the series have been renewed at least through series 10, Angela will be about 7 by then and start having a storyline of her own (like will she follow in Timothy’s footsteps with learning the violin or another instrument? Will she be in girl guides or whatever the British equivalent is of Girl Scouts like Timothy was in Cubs?). If the series is renewed after series 10, which could happen, but I am not getting my hopes up, it would be interesting to see the relationship between Angela and Teddy as they grow up, as well and their relationships with their parents, and how does Timothy still fit as he enters adulthood, and if he still feels the same way about Shelagh as he did in the early days after he lost his mom. If the series continues, will Dr Turner and Shelagh tell Angela she is adopted, how she reacts to it, and how it changes her attitude and feelings toward Timothy and Teddy, beings that both boys are the biological sons of Dr Turner. It would be interesting to see play out, but I doubt we would get that far before the series is canceled. If the series continues after series 10, it would take another 6 to 10 series to get Angela to her teen years if they continued at the pace of roughly a year per series. Potential storylines being the Angela / Shelagh storyline beings that Shelagh’s mother died when she was 4, another being Angela pushing the boundaries with her parents, especially Shelagh, especially if Angela found out she was adopted. One of the kids (Angela or Teddy), should definitely be a rebellious teenager, because, let’s face it, Timothy is the good kid / golden child. If Either of the two younger Turner kids were going to be the Rebel Child, I would kind of like to see it be Teddy, because, as of this point he has it good, and unless the writers kill off either Shelagh or Dr Turner, Teddy had the most going for him (being wanted by his parents, having both parents still alive, not being the adopted one, and being the third, and likely the last child that his parents have together).

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Angel Eyes

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Yesterday I had gone down to the area I had lived while I was in college, for an adoption party. My good friends had gotten the adoption of their daughter finalized just after Christmas, and had the party yesterday. Little Miss also recently turned 5.

I still love the area there, and it was my home for four years. I fell in love with the area, and being in and around small towns in the middle of farm country. Having lived there will always be a part of me and who I am. It has been almost eight years since I lived there, and for a while I wanted to move back.

In more recent years, I have come to terms with and accepted the fact that I will likely never live there again, but it will always be a part of me, and I left a little piece of my heart there. I will also have the memories I made there.

I have had the song “Angel Eyes” by ABBA stuck in my head for the past few days. Really since I figured out the title of the song. I had been hearing it on the promos for Mamma Mia Here We Go Again (the sequel to the 2008 film Mamma Mia). I remember the summer of 2008, and having gone to see Mamma Mia in theater like three times. When you live in a small town in the middle of nowhere, going and seeing movies is one of the few things to go do.

Earlier I mentioned that I know that realistically moving back to the towns I lived in while in college isn’t going to happen. That being said, the small town & country life is more the life that I am called to than the city life is. The city is fun to visit on occasionally, and with having family still in the area, I know I will be back here to visit. Moving somewhere else, is what I am being lead to do. The west coast is so expensive, and realistically (based on my eight years of trying to find a full time job here), staying here isn’t possible. So I am definitely looking at moving elsewhere. I am ready to move and see what else is out there. This country is so big, and I have only seen a handful of places. I love adventures and seeing new places and new things.

Still being younger, single, and nothing holding me here, I am ready to see what is out there, and take life by the horns and take you all with me on my adventures.

Not living here, will make visiting, going for treats and tea on Alberta, and going over to NW to go to the tea shop there and get tea, and then to the Stash Tea store, and Bob’s Red Mill that much more special.

Preparing for Summer Adventures

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I hadn’t planned on going for a hike today, or even leaving the house. This afternoon I really was just like “I need to get out of the house and do something, and get some exercise and spend some time in the woods”. Fortunately, “The Woods” can be found in quite a few locations near by, without even having to leave the metropolitan area. I lathered on some mineral based sunblock (more on that topic in a bit), and went hiking.

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Once I had come back to the park loop trail from the summit trail, I had decided to take the long way, up and around the mountain to get back to the trailhead I had parked at. This detour added a mile and a half to my hike, which means I hiked a total of 3.37 miles today. That is a lot for me, as I have been away from hiking for a while. Even when I was doing more hiking a couple years ago, today’s hike would have still been a good hike. This hike had kicked my butt, as I have really only started hiking again in the past couple of months. The ascents were what really got me. I am definitely wanting and needing to get out more, and do more hikes and walks.

While I was out hiking, I definitely had the scene from the newer parent trap with Lindsay Lohan where they are hiking up to the lake where they are going camping….Yeah, the first 45 seconds of this clip was the part that kept playing in my head.

While today was a beautiful day, and got up to 68 degrees (Fahrenheit), and was hiking in a wooded area, so you aren’t in the direct sun the whole hike, I still applied sunscreen. I have been trying different brands of mineral based sunscreens to see if there was anything I liked better than the traditional sunscreens (because, chemicals….). Turns out they have have some not so awesome chemicals in them too, and don’t work as well (for me anyway) as the traditional sunblock brands (like Banana Boat, Coppertone, Water Babies (which is by coppertone), and Hawaiian Tropic). The bugs also seemed to be attracted more to something in the mineral based sunblock I used today because they were literally attacking me the whole time, and i have never had that issue with “normal” sunscreens.

With feeling like I was getting burned while on my hike, and the bugs, and just overall not being impressed with the mineral based sunblocks, I stopped at Target on the way home from my hike (since there is literally a Target on my way home from where I went hiking), and I picked up some of the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer SPF 55 Sunscreen for my face, and a bottle of Coppertone Sport SPF 70 for the other exposed areas of skin that need sunblock. As a teenager and young adult (while in college), I didn’t care so much about my skin or the potential for skin cancer. I cared a bit more in my mid-twenties, but it wasn’t until I was in my late twenties that  I was like “I better really start taking care of my skin”, and that includes sunscreen. I have seen many women who have spent too much time outside and not used enough (if any) sunblock. Suffice it to say Sunblock and hats are quickly becoming my BFF’s when the sun comes out. Besides the fact that wearing a hat helps to keep the sun out of my eyes.

Other than my adventure today, and quick stop to pick up sunblock that should last me for the next couple of years, depending on how much I go outside, this week, I have spent the majority of working on my new sock pattern. I did go out Monday and Tuesday afternoons to go pick up my mom from Downtown Portland….But it has been primarily a week spent working on knitting and drinking tea.

I found season 7 of Call the Midwife on iTunes, so I bought the season pass, so now each Monday, I get to watch a new episode of my current British Periods Drama obsession. It’s still hard to believe that they have started filming Season 8 of Call the Midwife. From what I have been reading and seeing, Call the Midwife has been renewed for at least a total of 10 seasons, which means at least two more seasons after the one they are currently filming (and three seasons more to watch after I finish season 7). I am pretty excited about that. I am still waiting to see if The Blacklist is renewed for a 6th Season, and if there will a 5th season of Poldark (Season 4 is filming). Good TV shows are hard to come by these  days. Now that Grimm and Downton Abbey have ended, I have been looking for new TV Shows to watch while I knit. At least I found a few show that are still coming out with new seasons to watch.

Knitting is a Way of Life.

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I got some new yarn in from KnitPicks on Thursday as well as yesterday (Saturday). I got in some Dishie yarn in several colors in order to knit up some dishcloths, as well as some more shawl yarn. Most of the shawl yarn I got in was to have enough on hand of specific colors I already had, in order to have enough to complete the shawls when I get around to those colors. I also got in some Wool of the Andes Bulky yarn in Hazelnut because I love the hazelnut color, and I love bulky shawls.

The past few weeks have been amazing knitting weather, which has been great. It looks like over the course of the next 10 days we will be seeing a bit more spring like weather. This means I will have to get out and go for a hike at least once and continue getting my hiking boots broken in.

I am also working on a pair of socks, that I have adapting the leg area of the pattern from what I have been doing. I just finished up a post about this change of sock pattern over on my knitting blog if you are interested in that kind of thing and want more specifics.

Working on my knitting projects and working through a lot of the yarn I have sitting out is definitely on my priority list.

Seizing the Day

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Between all the rain we got over the weekend, and the sun coming out today, hitting nearly 70 degrees (69 to be exact), I had to get out and go for a hike.

I went and hiked up Mt. Talbert, which is one of my favorite spots. From where I started, hiking up to the summit, and back down again, it totaled 1.86 miles. Coming down was a shorter distance than going up. In the mile going up to the top, there was an elevation gain of about 417 feet. It smelled amazing out there and the birds were chirping. It was awesome.

This is one of my places to go hiking at the moment since I have been away from hiking for a bit, and I don’t have much in the way of endurance, but I am working on it. Consistency is key. I am also still working on breaking in the boots I bout a couple month back.

I love being up there and just thinking, and trying to clear my mind from the stress and craziness of life.

I love being outside, whether I am going for a walk on the beach or hiking in the woods – up the side of a mountain, that is where I am most at ease and content with life. I have lived the city life, and it’s really not for me. I prefer to more active, and finding a better balance between being able to be outdoors and being indoors.

It’s Been Raining Cats and Dogs

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The past 48 hours has been so typical spring here in the Pacific Northwest. Yesterday was a beautiful day and it almost hit 70 degrees and would have been the perfect day to go for a hike. Overnight the storm rolled in. It has been windy all day, and the rain started in periodic downpours that has turned into consistently heavy(ish) rain. The citywide average is sitting at over an inch of rain, while closer to where I live it has exceeded an inch and a half in the past twenty – four hours. I wouldn’t be surprised if tomorrow we are hearing about on the news that raw sewage was dumped into the Willamette River and how people need to avoid the river….

With the exception of Monday, which is looking to be halfway decent, the next week is looking to be cool and damp. I am going to try to get out on Monday and go for a hike, I just want to get out of the house and go do something.

The rest of the week looks great for working on my knitting projects and drinking tea. I have plenty of projects to be working on, especially while it is still cool and wet. The more I can get done now, while I don’t have the warm weather to dry finished Wool projects outside, I can better use the consistently warm dry weather when it gets here.

Not to mention I have a bit more yarn coming in this next week, to fill out what I already have – so I don’t have to skimp on projects and so I have plenty of options of what to wear when I get them all done.

Content with Small Town and Country Life

Content with Small Town and Country Life

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The past three weeks have been pretty busy, with the ladies retreat, and preparing for that as well the Rend Collective Concert last weekend, family coming to town to visit, and then Easter this past weekend.

There have definitely been a couple of times where I just needed to get out of the city,  and kind of regroup before throwing myself back into the city life.

I grew up in the city, so it was what I knew until I went to college. Even then it never really felt like home or that I belonged here, I just never knew why. I went to college in a small town, and it hit me like a ton of bricks as to why the city life never felt right or normal to me.

I came back to the city after college because of not having a job lined up in the small towns I was in and around, so I was forced back. The past eight years have been all about trying to find a long term job, and figuring out who I am, and all that kind of stuff.

While I have been figuring out who I am, the whole finding a job thing has been a bust, and hasn’t happened. Which has lead me to really consider moving, and looking for work in other parts of the country. Life doesn’t always work out the way you would hope it would. Dreams change as people grow and change.

I have been really trying to make a better life for myself, and live a simpler more meaningful life. Not being someone who is in the High Tech, IT, Medical, or Outdoor Wear, or Craft Beer fields, I haven’t found a place to fit in here, and have not had the opportunity to get my foot in the door on a career here, since there are so many other people who are unemployed and underemployed from the recession who have more experience in the “entry – level” fields than I do. So that has really push me to seriously consider moving someplace else to at least have a job. In addition to that, I would love to have new places to go exploring and hiking in.

As I have gotten older, the city life, and the increasing influx of people has been wearing on me. It has helped me to realize who I am, and the type of life I want to live, and that is a simpler life, away from the constant hubbub and traffic of the city. It has taught me what I am capable of, and that is more than I ever though I was. It has taught me that I am tougher, stronger, and more self sufficient than I thought. There is more to life than putting up with a life you hate, just because it is familiar. A life that has meaning and purpose is a life worth working hard for and fighting for.