I am still waiting to hear back about the job I interviewed for this past Thursday. Beings that I want this job, waiting is a challenge, I just want to know if I got it or not. It’s kind of like waiting to hear if you got into your top choice college.
I had ordered some pink and red (even though I am no longer a huge fan of pink) sock yarn a couple of weeks ago, and my order finally arrived today.
The orange looking yarn is actually hot pink.
Today turned out to be a beautiful day. We had a high of about 50 degrees (Fahrenheit) and clear skies. While it is supposed to be getting cold and wet again over the next few days. Next week is looking to be dry, but cool for this time of year. The sunny / partly sunny days and it being dry is definitely getting me in the mood to go hiking again. I definitely miss hiking local trails on gorgeous days. The cooler wet weather is good for staying home and knitting.
The past couple of weeks since I have really been over the cold I have had, has been pretty busy. March is looking to be pretty busy as well.
This past Thursday I had an interview downtown, so Wednesday night I had figured out my transit route and options, since parking downtown is a nightmare and I hate driving downtown. I drove as far as getting myself closer to the nearest max station so I could take public transit downtown.
I had gotten to the max super early, and had bought a day pass, so I hopped on a bus and went to Starbucks (a few blocks away) to get some coffee before walking back to the max stop, to get the max. I made it back to the max stop with a few minutes to spare.
I made it to the location of my interview with time to spare, which was nice, so I had some time to chill and regroup before my interview.
I feel that my interview went well, I am just having to wait to hear back on whether I got the job or not.
After my interview I went to the Chinese Garden (since it was literally a couple blocks away). I took my time walking around. With Chinese New Year coming up, they were in the process of decorating for that. Beings that we have had such a mild winter, some of the trees and shrubs were blooming and they smelled amazing. I also stopped in at the tea house and got some tea since I was there.
I had also decided to go see the US Customs House downtown as it was only a couple blocks from the max station I needed to get back home. I wanted to see the Customs House, as it was used at least for the exterior scenes in Grimm when they are supposed to be coming out of the police precinct. Beings that I loved Grimm, and being that close to one of the filming locations, I had to go see it.
So, this day I had done a lot of walking around downtown in Ballerina Flats, and my leg muscles have been sore since then. When I have had a fun adventure, whether it be doing something I normally don’t do, or I get to go hiking, the pain afterwards is totally worth it for the adventure I had.
This past weekend was pretty busy.
Friday Night I had gone “Home” for Pizza night at church, and Sunday I went back down for church.
I am actually excited for March to be here. While I am not wishing my life away, I just have some plans in the works that I am excited about.
I am also ready for the days to be a little bit warmer (like 58 – 62 degrees Fahrenheit would be perfect), so I can get back outside and do some more exploring and adventures.
I have known that Portland isn’t for me, for years. I am ready to move on, find a job some place new and have some new adventures and experiences.
While I am still figuring out where it is I am headed, and while I am still in this part of the State / country, I am wanting to go on a few more adventures here while I still have the chance.
Between having been sick, and the weather not being super conducive to outdoor adventures, I have been working on my knitting projects. I have a couple triangle shawls in the works as well as always having some socks going. The latest pair of socks I am working on, I decided to break out one of the pretty colors of yarn to work with.
While I am further along on this sock than I was when I took this picture, this is the color I am working with.
Last week I did go out on a mini adventure to just get out of the house for a little bit and out of the city limits. I stopped by an old Pioneer Church and rustic / historic cabin (both are on the same property). I enjoy going out on this drive. I love that the country is so close, and not that far of a drive to get to.
This weekend was a busy one. I was feeling pretty good after having a cold last week. So I had gone about life as usual over the weekend.
Then yesterday I feel like I ran into a brick wall and had taken a few steps backward in the illness department. Last night was rough, my tonsils were pretty swollen all night and have finally gone down as the day has gone on. I definitely picked up another bug.
I shouldn’t be surprised beings my weekend was busy and I was just getting over another bug. My immune system hadn’t completely recovered.
Fortunately, I am able to stay home for the time being, where I can rest and drink plenty of water.
I had a good weekend at least. I got to spend some time with a good friend of mine as well as being in the part of the state I consider to be home.
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.
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.