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I am my Grandmother’s Granddaughter  — July 16, 2017

I am my Grandmother’s Granddaughter 

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Somethings are genetic, others are factors that come into play from how we were raised and what we were exposed to from a young age. 

As I am getting older, I have been realizing how much I am like my maternal grandmother. Granted she was the grandparent I spent the most time with. She lived in the same city as I did growing up, so she helped raise my brother and I. She was also the grandparent I had in my life the longest (she passed away when I was 22). So it’s only natural that some things were passed on to me, from her, by having been able to spend so much time with her. 

Other things, like the fact that my body doesn’t handle heat all that well can’t be learned. At least I know where I get it from. Not that I mind. I am definitely more of a fall and winter person anyway. 

Things I learned from my grandmother: That the beach is amazing, and that it never gets old, no matter how often I get to go to the beach. She also taught me how to knit. 

She also happened to be my birthday celebration buddy. Our birthdays were only 2 days apart, so we often celebrated together. I was born 2 days before her 69th birthday. 

I am glad that I was blessed to have her as my grandmother. She was always there for me. Even though I tend to be miserable in the summer from the heat, It reminds me of her. Air Conditioning and the fact that I know Autumn is coming are the the two things that get me through summer. 

It’s Rose Festival Week — June 7, 2017

It’s Rose Festival Week

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The Rose Festival is back in Portland. That means it is also Fleet Week.

The Rose Festival is one of Portland’s annual traditions that has been going on for more than a century. It is one of the big events to kick off the summer season in the City of Roses.

It starts if with City Fair (where all the rides are) and the Starlight Parade on the first Saturday evening. The Starlight Parade has floats and high school bands. The Wednesday during the Rose Festival is the Junior Rose Parade which is made up of elementary and middle school entries (including bands). The final Saturday is when the Rose Festival Queen is crowned (each of the high schools elects a princess who competes for Queen), just before the parade kicks off. The parade includes high school and adult bands, horse and float entires. All the float decorations have to be decorated with natural products (like seeds, nuts, and flowers). It is a huge event that attracts a lot of people to turn out in person to see it, as well as people tuning in and  watching it on TV.

This week, as part of the Rose Festival, it is also Fleet Week, where we have Naval, Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy ships come and dock along the water front (on the Willamette River), for a few days and during certain times can be toured.

While I was in Band in Middle School I was in the Junior Rose Parade twice. In 9th grade I was in the Grand Floral Parade (in Marching Band) and my sophomore year I had been in the Starlight Parade. Being in the grand floral Parade was a big deal, and I got to do it as a freshman. My freshman year was the last year the band from my high school (by itself) was invited to be in the Grand Floral Parade.

I had attended the Starlight parade a couple of times while I was in Middle School since my brother was in it. My brother and I were both in the high school bands the year we were in the grand floral parade.

The parades, the ships and city fair (which is like a big fair or carnival), is a really fun way to kick off the summer season and for the kids (especially the band kids), to be ending the school year on.

Family Is Here — April 8, 2017

Family Is Here

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This week, my aunt and uncle have been visiting from Canada, as they do annually. 

Tuesday we went to the beach, Thursday I had gone to the Scottish Shop with my Mom and Aunt. 

Yesterday (Friday), the power had gone off sometime before 9 am and didn’t come back on until about 6 am this morning. I managed to finish up a pair of socks I had been working on yesterday, using primarily the natural daylight. We also had gone to the Taco House for dinner since we didn’t have electricity. 

Today I had gone with my mom, aunt and uncle as well some of my Mom and Aunt’s cousins to lunch at the Old Spaghetti Factory. Fortunately, the spaghetti factory has some gluten free and dairy free options. It was nice meeting some of my mom’s cousins. 

Friends and a concert  — June 28, 2016

Friends and a concert 

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I just wanted to give you all a little update.
Friday my best friend and I went to the beach and to the Oregon Coast Aquarium. We also walked through the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse before going down on the beach for a while before coming home. It was a great day with my best friend.
Saturday I got together with my ItWorks Upline and one of my teammates who is also enrolled with the same Upline. We have become friends. We went and got coffee (or in my case a passion tea lemonade), then went for a nature walk. That afternoon my Upline and I took her girls to the river for a while just to relax for a bit, beings that it was a perfect day. 
Sunday was a full day of church, and yesterday (Monday) was the concert. Sunday morning I helped my friend who has three boys under 2 (a set of twins and a 5 month old). Last night she brought her youngest who I got to hold through most of the concert. Poor baby though, I had finally got him to sleep then Marche Slav and the Battle Hymn of the Republic kept startling him. So I had one ear against me, and put a hand over his other ear and that seemed to help muffle the sound and he slept through most of it. 
My friend had also brought me some samples which are amazing, she and I are both doing DS for different companies so it is fun to give each other samples, and try each other’s products. 

Working a lot — February 19, 2016

Working a lot

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This week has flown by, and it isn’t even over yet. I have been busy working, I not only have had my regular job, but I have also been working a few roadshow shifts. I have already completed two out of my four shifts, I still have tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday to work. By the time Thursday ends I will have worked roughly 110 hours in 11 days, without a day off. It’s insane, I know, but for two weeks I can handle it, besides I have plans next Friday to look forward to 😀.

As much as working 8 – 11.5 hours in a day is hard, and leaves no real free time, getting an extra week’s worth of pay is totally worth it. 

Working hard to be able to pay down my bills, and work toward building a better future for myself. 

There have been several things on my mind and that I have been working toward making happen, like finding a job and hopefully moving to a new state. Then eventually get married and have a family. 

Life is Changing — November 30, 2015

Life is Changing

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This past week was rather hectic. I saw some of my cousins from Canada a week ago, as they had come down to spend Thanksgiving with some of their family on their dad’s side of the family.

Thursday, My brother had brought his girlfriend over for Thanksgiving Dinner. She seems nice enough, and I am trying to like her, but that is going to take time. Right now I am still indifferent about how I feel about her and them. That is at least better than me not liking her.

Friday afternoon I had run errands and braved the Black Friday crowds and went to Fred Meyer, Ikea and the grocery store. I needed some storage containers for my Scentsy stuff, as well as my Fall and Christmas decorations.

Yesterday I had decided to go up to Chehalis for their evening church service. My intuition was telling me to go, and I know better than to not listen to when my instincts tell me to do something because they are spot on. I needed to be in that service last night.

My goals, what I am working toward, where I am going in life, rather where the Lord is leading my life have been on my mind and heart so much lately. I have no idea what will happen in 2016, but I know changes I coming. I don’t know what they are, or where I will be in a year from now, but I know that God does and that is what matters.

In looking at places I am considering, leaving te Pacific Northwest behind has been pretty much a given for 5.5 years now. I have been looking at places like Alaska, Maine (my top two choices), Vermont or New Hampshire. 

You Are Here Collection and Life  — November 5, 2015

You Are Here Collection and Life 

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What a week! 

I had a post on Facebook for my friends to leave a memory of me or them and I. One of the young women i had grown up with had posted about the girl’s nights I would try to have every so often while I was attending university. Outside of my first term there I had had my own apartment so I could have friends over whenever I wanted, and just could do it. I loved it. One time I had fit at least 8 people in the tiny living room I my first apartment and it was packed. It is memories like that I don’t want to forget. Those girls nights are some of the many things I miss about my college/university experience. I miss having my own place to go home to when I had had enough of being at my parents house. I also miss the only rules being the ones I made. Studying, homework, writing papers and such were so much easier on my own.

While I don’t necessarily want to move back to where I lived while I attended University, I really miss having my own home. I may be one of those “weird” people who stopped considering their parents house home once they got their own place. Even now, i don’t consider my parents house home even though I have been back living here since I graduated from college. Growing up, and even more so now, their house was alway just my parents house, and never felt like home to me, a lot of it has to do with my personality, I am very independent and now know what it is like to take care of myself and living on my own/being an adult just clicked with who I am. 

Today I had picked up the Oregon Mug from Starbucks You are here Collection. Now I have to go get one more to trade my aunt for a Canada mug. While my main goal is to collect them myself and go to these places, when it comes to Canada and Vancouver BC, if my family were nice enough to bring them to me, I am ok with that as I have been to Canada and Vancouver multiple times. I am not saying that I won’t ever go back once I get the mugs, it’s just that beings that I have already been to these places I don’t feel like I am missing out if someone else picks up the mugs for me.   

How things are — October 10, 2015

How things are

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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. 

Part of Growing Up — August 5, 2015

Part of Growing Up

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I woke up to overcast skies and cool temperatures, which looks and feels like fall is here. Who knows how long it will last since it is only August. 

This week is youth camp, and it is kind of bitter sweet to not be there as I loved it as a kid. I had also gone a couple times as a counselor while I was in college. I had gone as a camper from the first year I was old enough to go (going into 4th grade), through the summer before starting sophomore year of high school. 

There were several years where my grandparents would pick me up from youth camp, and then I would spend a week at their house. 

Trains and automobiles  — July 18, 2015

Trains and automobiles 

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Today was pretty epic. I slept in a little bit and got up around 7:30 this morning. I got up and got ready for the day. I had to make a stop at the bank, the store and the gas station before skipping town for the day. 

I headed west, which pretty much only means one thing around here – BEACH DAY!!!!!!!!! I spent the past three weeks in the city and half of that time I spent getting over a cold. 

I had the worst case of cabin fever I have had for a long time. I just needed to go, drive and be away from the city. 

I drove out to Rockaway Beach, and went for a ride on the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad. During the summer the train that is pulled by a steam engine between Garibaldi and Rockaway Beach runs several times a day. I went once about a year ago, and really wanted to go again. About a month and a half ago I had the opportunity to go on the Salmonberry excursion, which used one of the Diesel engines (the 101, which has a cow print painted on it). It was amazing as well. 

My maternal grandmother passed on a few of the things she enjoyed to me, Knitting, cooking, the beach and Trains. I couldn’t help but think about her and miss her today and how much she would have loved having gone with me on today’s adventure where I combined two of her’s and my favorite things, the beach and trains. Having these common interests, while they remind me of her, and make me sad sometimes; they also make me happy. It is the little things that remind me that she’s have enjoyed them and have been proud of me make me happy and help me to not forget about her. 

On my way back inland I stopped and saw my sister for a bit and saw the kids. It was a long day and a lot of driving (pushing 300 miles today), but it was so worth it.