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50 Random Facts — May 16, 2017

50 Random Facts

Hey Everyone!

I have been doing this blogging thing for a few years. I started this particular blog back in August of 2014, though I have been blogging on some level since 2011. 

I decided that it was time to do a 100 random facts about me post, for you all to get to know me a little bit better. 

  1. I gave up drinking coffee ☕️ in August of 2014
  2. I love the smell of campfires 🔥  (especially at the beach) 
  3. My favorite place to go is the Beach
  4. My favorite Disney character is Winnie the Pooh
  5. My favorite Disney Princess is Merida
  6. My favorite band / music group is Celtic Thunder (the Original 5 + Neil)
  7. My favorite piece of classical music is Rachmoninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini variation number 18
  8. My favorite film is Somewhere in Time
  9. My favorite color is royal blue
  10. My top travel destination outside of the United States 🇺🇸 is: Scotland 
  11. The state I want to visit the most that I have not visited yet is: Alaska
  12. I like a good cup of tea ☕️ 
  13. I am left handed
  14. In College I majored in Social Science (my focus area was U.S. History)
  15. In college I minored in Literature 
  16. I spent my first 5 terms of college as an early childhood / elementary education major
  17. I love being outdoors 
  18. I enjoy hiking
  19. I was in band in grades 7 – 10
  20. I did choir in 11th grade, as well as several terms while in College
  21. I went to Florida when I was 13 with my family
  22. I attended a Marine Corps boot camp graduation when I was 15
  23. I went to Hawaii when I was 19 with my family
  24. I went to New York on my own when I was 23
  25. I was still an Infant, the first time I went to Canada 🇨🇦 
  26. I love overcast, cool, rainy days
  27. I enjoy knitting
  28. I enjoy reading books
  29. My favorite TV show has been Grimm
  30. I know how to can (aka preservation food in glass jars for later consumption)
  31. The one dairy item I miss the most now that I have to be dairy free is Cheese. Tillamook Cheese 🧀 is the best. 
  32. I enjoy exploring historical sites
  33. My favorite season is autumn 
  34. I love architecture. 
  35. If I am going out to eat, my top choice is typically a Lebanese or Greek restaurant 
  36. I call the Willamette Valley home 
  37. My favorite author is Robin Jones Gunn
  38. My favorite board game is Scrabble 
  39. My favorite animal is the bottle nose dolphin 🐬 
  40. I enjoy watching Period Dramas (Downton Abbey, Lark Rise to Candleford, Dr Quinn Medicine Woman, etc)
  41. My favorite musical is the Sound of Music
  42. My favorite flower 🌺 is Plumeria 
  43. My favorite fruit is: Cherries 🍒 
  44. Favorite dessert: the gluten free vegan lemon lavender poppyseed cupcakes from my favorite bakery
  45. I got to see The Phantom of the Opera when the traveling show was here in Portland 
  46. I went to Public School for K – 12
  47. I was the first of my friends to get my drivers license 
  48. Of all the yarns I have worked with, the Todd and Duncan Cashmere was my favorite.
  49. I worked at a knitting studio for a few months
  50. I love exploring old ghost towns
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Life Update — March 10, 2017

Life Update

Hey Everyone!

I haven’t really talked about what I was doing for work on this blog, mostly because I didn’t really want to talk about it, and really didn’t feel that it was appropriate at the time to talk about what I was doing. From mid – November 2014 until recently I had been working for one of the local phone/internet companies as a contractor, where my title was Engineering Assistant. I was hired to help with a big project that they had going and needed help with. Now that it is wrapping up, they didn’t need as much help with it, so I am now looking for a new job.

This job had given me about 2.33 years of work experience at the same job, which is a huge deal for anyone my position, who graduated from college during the recession who had also struggled to get work experience. Each of the jobs I have held have been learning experiences, in who I am, and what I am supposed to be doing career wise with my life. While I don’t see myself having a career as an engineer or with the phone company, I don’t regret having taken this job, nor do I see it as a mistake or a bad career move. Like I previously stated, it gave me more than two years of work experience at the same job, It also gave me an income during that time, during which I was able to make some progress in paying off my student debt. It also allowed me to work on growing my personal library. I have purchased plenty of books during the past two years. It also allowed me to buy yarn, in which I have and will be able to knit up into some amazing items. It also allowed me to pay for some weekend adventures, which have been a blast.

In the course of the adventures I have been on, and being able to really get out and see more of the city I live it, and experience it, I have learned a lot about who I am and the direction my life is going in. I love this part of the country. This is my home.

I have had the opportunity to go on more hikes, and spend more time at the beach, and that has been amazing. I love hiking, it is one of those things that I will keep doing for as long as I am able to.

Over the past couple months I have been stocking up on Sock Yarn, so I can knit myself socks that are sturdier, warmer, and of a better quality than store bought socks for Hiking socks. I am all about doing as much DIY stuff as possible, and I love making hand knit goods for myself that are not only pretty, but also functional and useful to my lifestyle. I definitely love being outdoors, exploring the are around me.

My love of History, especially that of Women’s roles, and what women did throughout history, has been a passion of mine that has been thriving. Between knitting, and learning more about homemaking, cooking & baking healthy dairy free, gluten free, egg free food.

This winter was hard, normally I love winter, and I love the rainy, grey days. This winter I have been in a funk, largely due to stress. Now that we have had a few nice, semi warm (like 58 – 60 degrees Fahrenheit) and at least partly sunny, so that has helped me get out of the funk. I am doing fine now, with some sleep and a nice day.

Today, I have been working on a pair of socks I am working on, I also got a load of laundry done, as well as relaxing which is really important right now. Burn Out and negative stress are not healthy, and I am working to get back to a good place when it comes to the stress thing. I also got my resume updated, so come Monday, I can hit the ground running to find a new job as quickly as possible.

2017 Goals — February 5, 2017

2017 Goals

Hey Everyone!

It’s only February 5th, and I know this year is going to be a year of changes, and I know they are going to be for the better. I know I am being vague right now, but that is all I can say, until I know what is going on and things work out. 

Things I want to make happen this year:

•More Adventures – I am beginning to plan one out of state which I will write about when it happens. The last big adventure I went on was 5.5 years ago when I went to New York.

•I intend to spend more time outside, as the weather gets nicer. 

•I am working on eating a healthier diet, and adhering to clean eating a lot better, as well as figuring out how to be dairy free, gluten free, egg free and clean eating and getting the most for my money. 

•do more to be the happiest, healthiest version of myself

•More personal knitting projects. I have several in the works, and have many more I want to complete. 

•Reading more books – I have one Nicholas Sparks book I am currently reading, another one to read, as well as several (like 6) novels by Gail Tsukiyama, as well as the Outlander series and Game of Thrones series. 

•work on my blogs

I am excited to see what this year has in store for me. 

Settling Back into a Normal Routine — January 7, 2017

Settling Back into a Normal Routine

Hey Everyone!

As I am sitting here at my computer, watching the snow coming down outside my window, I can’t help but think about what I want to accomplish this year. 

This year I want to read more books, go on more adventures, I also want to spend more time blogging and knitting. 

This past week has been pretty busy, with work, knitting, and the orders I had put in at the end of December all arrived. It was like Christmas all over again, getting something every day. I had only put in a couple orders but most of the items came two or three in a package since they were coming from different warehouses is different parts of the country. The last of my orders came today. Today’s package were the little bags and the item stickers for when I make Scentsy samples of the new spring and summer fragrances that will be available march 1st. I am going to be making samples for my customers. 

Here a couple weeks ago I had gotten the entire series of Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman since it was half price and it is set, beginning in 1867 in Colorado Springs, so it is still the era of the Wild West. It also stars Jane Seymour, which typically means it’s a show / movie I will for sure watch and probably like. 

I love books, and reading. It wasn’t always that way, I didn’t really start enjoying books until Middle School. By the time I started college I was well on my way to working on building my own little personal library. College only added to it, as I minored in Literature (while no one in the post graduation world really cares what you minored it, I still have reminders of what I minored in, packed away in a box with the rest of the books I owned prior to college graduation.) while in school. I always love reading a good book, and the days of having a school break so I could stay up all night reading a good book and going to bed when the sun is coming up. I am also thankful that I have a job which allows me to buy new books every so often. I am currently reading Two by Two, which is the newest book by Nicholas Sparks. 

Yesterday afternoon I had gone out and was running errands and I had stopped at Home Depot, which is one of those stores I could spend way too much time in, there and sporting goods stores. I had stopped by to pick up a few moving boxes since my Scentsy warmers had kind of been all over the place and were totally unorganized, so I wanted to organize them and get them all in one place. Other than the warmer that I am currently using, and my diffuser, I was able to get all my warmers, and warmer accessories packed into two medium boxes. While I was at it, and had freed up a couple plastic storage containers, I reorganized my autumn and Christmas decorations as I had crammed them all into one storage container that had gotten too full, so I split them up into their own containers (which will be much easier to deal with when I get my own place). I also filled up another plastic storage container with more kitchen stuff that I have picked up in recent months. Bringing everything from the garage to the second story, organizing it, then taking it back down to the garage was a good workout last night, and my quads are feeling it today. 

Now that the Holidays are over I am finally settling back into a normal routine. I am definitely looking forward to working on my goals for this year. 

Still trying to figure things out — February 17, 2016

Still trying to figure things out

Hey Everyone!

I can’t seem to get this post written, even though I feel like it should be written.

I have had a lot on my mind today. A lot of has to do with my future and career plans and goals. 

After I had realized that being a teacher wasn’t for me, I became kind of lost in terms of career goals and aspirations. I finished college and got a degree in Social Science with a focus in American History and I minored in literature. It will be 6 years in June that I graduated with my bachelors degree and I still feel as lost as I did then, and I have no idea what career I should have or what I should be working toward. 

Some people know what they want to do as a career from the time they are young, others take some time and figure it out through working several jobs in different industries. 

I know I have said it before that I want to read more books as I still have 7 Outlander books to read, as well as the newest Nicolas Sparks book, and the Game of Thrones books. I was a literature minor in College, because I love reading. Since high school I have started collecting books. I have a whole uhaul electronics box full of books and then I have been buying more since then. 

The six things that are constantly  on my mind are Gluten Free/Dairy Free food, knitting, books, blogging, a home of my own/homemaking and adventures not exactly in that order. I would love to find a way to get paid to do all the above as well as help young women who are or have gone through what I have been through. 

Books, knitting, music and hiking — January 10, 2016

Books, knitting, music and hiking

Hey Everyone!

Since this year began I have been trying to fit in more knitting and time spent reading books. 

Pretty much the whole reason I had minored in literature while I was in college, was so I could read books. 

In early elementary school, I hated reading and I had struggled with it. Somewhere around third grade it started changing. In 4th and 5th grade I was on library duty and enjoyed that. In middle school the library was one of my favorite places. In high school, books became my best friend. Pretty much once my parents got home, I was in my room reading books, instead of doing math homework. One year in English class, for the first book we read we got to choose the book we read, I had picked Gone with the Wind, and had read it from beginning to end well before we were supposed to be done with our books. 

During high school I had started my own library, and had started my own collection of books. College had only fueled that book collection. 

While I was an early childhood/elementary education major my two focus areas were going to be History and English. When I changed my major History became Social Science (my major) and English became Literature (my minor). College helped me further my own personal library between the books I had for classes and the books I bought for myself. By the end of college I seriously had a large packing box full of books, which I still have.

Since I graduated from college I have been adding books to my collection every chance I get. Besides the box of books from my college days, i can’t quantify how many books I have bought since then, as they are all spread out in different boxes. All I know is that I am going to need at least two tall book cases to fit them all, I may even need a third. I have been bought (in store) or ordered all of Robin Jones Gunn’s books and Nicholas Sparks’ books as they come out. I also bought the entire Outlander series last year. 

I realize that not everyone is as into reading and books as I am, and others are more so. Reading and books are second nature to me. Books, knitting, music and adventures (especially hiking) are four things I can’t live with out. These four things help me to destress and tune out the external forces that keep trying to hold me back from living my own life to the fullest.