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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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Perfect Day — January 23, 2016

Perfect Day

Hey Everyone!

  You know when you have one of those days where everything going right, and you have an amazing day? Yeah, that was my day yesterday (Friday).

My day started stated off with getting to the bank, getting right in and taken care of, then getting to Fred Meyer before going to the mall to pick up one of my friends. While i was at the mall (the first time) I was able to pick up the entire series of J*A*G, at a decent price. I was super excited about that. My friend and I went for a hike at Scouter’s Mountain. It was an amazing hike.  

    
    
 After our hike my friend and I went to red robin and then I took her back to the mall, and I found an amazing park so I ran in ad went to Teavana and got some tea and a tumbler that was on sale. I went to ditch bros and my favorite bakery before going to the grocery store. 

Yesterday felt like a spring day, it was partially cloudy, it got up into the mid to upper 50’s for a high, and wasn’t pouring down rain. 

I love the rain, don’t get me wrong there, but after a record amount of rain in December and a couple of inches above average of rain so far this month, I was definitely feeling Cabin Fever set in. I needed to get outside, and enjoy being outside. In running to the bakery and the grocery store I went out in a tee shirt, a jean skirt and toms after I had pretty much roasted while hiking. I am definitely a cold weather person, when I think that the upper 50’s/almost 60 is tee shirt weather. I would fit right in, in SE Alaska. 

This was my “Normal” week, in like a month. By normal, I mean back to my normal 4 day work week with Friday off. Every week since the week of Christmas my schedule had been different, and it felt good to be back on my normal routine. 

Yesterday was also amazing in part because I was doing what I love, which includes being outdoors as well as building relationships with people on a one on one basis. I am not a big group person. I like people, I enjoy spending time around people, but in small groups that I am comfortable with or on an individual basis. I am an introvert, and do need a certain amount of alone time to recharge. Around some people who I have known my whole life and have more of an active role in my life during that time I am more ” outgoing”, but that has a lot to do with the fact that I have known them for as long as I can remember, and always had had positive interactions with them since I was little. 

  For having to live in the city for the time being, I love that the country is so close, so that I can easily escape the craziness of city life. I had seen these horses, and not even two minutes away were expensive houses, on a hill, in the city. Where my friend and I were hiking was legitimately in the city, and what is still in the heart of the metro area. 

It’s Christmas — December 25, 2015

It’s Christmas

Merry Christmas!

I have been spending a nice quiet Christmas knitting and watching Downton Abbey. 

Yesterday I had run errands. Beings we had had our family Christmas this past Sunday, I was able to go Christmas shopping for myself. 

Earlier in the month I had ordered the illustrated Cooks Book of Ingredients for myself. I had received a gift card for REI so I went to REI yesterday and picked up an REI Flash 58 pack, as well as a Steripen and a water bottle. 

I had also gone to Joann Fabric and Craft, where I had bought a couple of Christmas Pot Holders, some ribbon and two skeins of Fishermen’s Wool in Natural. I am planning on using it to make a wrap. 

I have also been thinking about my future and where I want to move. I still am torn between Alaska and Colorado. Both places have great outdoor activities and history. I would love to learn how to snowboard and go hiking, among other things like putting all my hand knit winter accessories to good use on a more regular basis. 

Predictions and Hopes for Season 6 of Downton Abbey — May 31, 2015

Predictions and Hopes for Season 6 of Downton Abbey

Hey Everyone!

I am super excited for season 6 of Downton Abbey, which should hopefully be coming to the U.S. Early next year. I kind of wanted to do this before it airs in the UK, so that there will hopefully be no spoilers. 

What we know will happen or has happened:

•Carson and Mrs Hughes will get married

•Bates and Anna’s future is still up in the air with the whole death of Mr Green… 

•Edith has Marigold and her parents know Marigold is Edith’s daughter 

•Tom and Sybee leave for Boston

What I would like to see happen:

•Mary get married again to a man who will love George as his own, but has a title/place of his own so he won’t be competition with George for Downton

•Edith will find love again and get married to a man that doesn’t really care that Marigold isn’t his, and will adopt her as his child.

•Daisy will move to the Mason Farm, and take it over and successfully run it.

•Bates and Anna will live a comfortable life, they will take over in Carson and Mrs Hughes roles as head butler and maid and have a family of their own

•Mrs Patmore will still be head cook

•Thomas will be gone (I never liked him anyway)

•Baxter will still be maid to Lady Grantham 

•the other maid and butler will still be maid and butler

•Tony Gillingham is no more 

Excited for the Weekend! — February 19, 2015

Excited for the Weekend!

Hey Everyone!

I am starting this blog earlier in the evening, so I can remember to actually write it tonight.

Beings that I finished season 3 of Downton Abbey last night I am holding off to start season 4 until next week. Especially when I have plans tomorrow night, Saturday, and Sunday night. Beings that I have seasons 1 – 5 on DVD I can watch them at my pace, but it is nice to have something to look forward to when I get home.

Last night I completed the first of two baby blankets I am knitting for my cousin and his wife who are expecting their first baby in June. They are waiting to find out the gender of the baby until the baby is born. I completed the turquoise blanket last night and started the Honey Bee yellow sweater while I was watching the season 3 finale of Downton Abbey (where the Crawley’s were in Scotland!!!!!) I have to say that it has to be my favorite episode so far. That might also have something to do with the fact that I think Scotland is amazing, and really want to travel there.

I know I am kind of Downton obsessed right now, and that will die down after I have watched the 5th season, and then I will be patiently waiting for the 6th season to come to the US.

Tonight I am going to watch Divergent, while working on the second baby blanket for my cousin.

I am super stoked for this weekend, and going hiking. The weather should be gorgeous.

It’s Thursday — February 12, 2015

It’s Thursday

Hey Everyone!

I am super happy that tomorrow is Friday.

I got home later than usual, because I needed to get a new pair of jeans. I really hate shopping for jeans. I wish there were more stores that carried modest (to the bottom of the knee) jean skirts. I’d wear those anyway over a pair of jeans. I by no means want to be one of the Duggar or Bates girls, but at least they have Jean skirts.

I am making great gains through Downton Abbey. I am loving this show. I am almost done with the second season.

I am so ready for a weekend. I am hoping to get out and go on an adventure. Saturday is supposed to be nice.

Can’t Get Enough Downton Abbey — February 11, 2015

Can’t Get Enough Downton Abbey

Hey Everyone!

I am yet again glad that the work day is over. While I was at work, I was excited to get home so I could watch some more Downton Abbey. I am seriously addicted to that show now. In the beginning of the series I didn’t like Edith in the slightest, but now, I still don’t like her on the account of how malicious she has been to Mary (who is far from my favorite character), but I have a better understanding of why she behaves the way she does. She is the forgotten about middle sister. About the only way she will get attention is if she acts out, and she really has nothing to call hers. When it comes to men, if any man is deemed suitable, and does take interest in her, Mary either tries to steal him for herself or does something to sabotage things for Edith. So Edith in turn works to sabotage Mary. It is a vicious cycle that Edith and Mary are in. While Mary and Sybil are not super close, they are on better terms with each other, and Edith is the sibling who really doesn’t seem to fit, and just needs a way out, to really be free and discover who she is. I was really pulling for her with the one widower who had taken an fancy to her, and was hoping that that would have worked out, but no (at least where I am at now), Mary went and screwed it up for her, because Mary couldn’t stand to see Edith happy, while her own life was falling apart, because of the stupid, self centered choices she had made.

I am super stocked to be getting the Little House books soon as well. I have been wanting to get my own set for a while. I am going to put them away and save them for when I have my own place.

I feel like my post yesterday, for me is the reader’s digest version. I could have written a longer post, but then it would have been more along the lines of a term paper that I had written in college, than a simple blog post, to answer a question. I may one day write the longer post over on my adventures blog, but it isn’t going to happen tonight.

Tonight I want to work on a baby blanket while watching Downton Abbey. I know this post is short, but I just wanted to say hi, and write my post for the night.

A Quiet Sunday — February 8, 2015

A Quiet Sunday

Hey Everyone!

After I got home from Church, I got a loaf of bread made for this week, and then I spent the rest of the afternoon working on organizing my pictures on my new computer. That was a big job. I still need to make my playlists on iTunes, but I am going to try to do that during the week. Like doing one or two playlists a night, so that way they get done, but it isn’t such a huge job. I am trying to slowly ease myself into using this new computer and new operating system. I feel like I am getting the hang of it, but it is taking time.

I haven’t been watching many vlogs the last few days, as all but one of the youtubers I watch are all at Playlist Live, so they are all in each others vlogs so it feels like once you have seen one of their vlogs you have seen them all. It’s all Youtubers hanging out with other youtubers, so I’m like, “Moving right along, lets go see what show I want to watch, and get caught up on, on Hulu”. That is another thing I am excited about with having a new computer, is getting caught up on the shows in my Hulu queue.

I finally made an appointment to get my hair cut. It has been like 10 months since I have had it cut or trimmed or anything. It is definitely time to go and get my mane cut, and get it to be more manageable. My appointment is on Friday, so I will try to remember to do a before and after picture. While I am waiting for my downloads to complete, I am going to watch Downton Abbey, and work on a baby blanket that I have in the works.

I finished watching the first season of Downton Abbey this evening. It has become one of my favorite shows. I know I only got it in the mail this past Monday, and I have been thoroughly enjoying it since I got it. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it, but took the chance and got it. I took that chance because I am fascinated by History, even stories with where the main characters and their plots are fictional, but the bigger events, and the goings on in the world around them are based on actual historical events. The costumes, and the filming locations are amazing as well. They have really done a good job.

I would love to know your guys’s thoughts on my daily blog, whether you like it, don’t like it, what kinds of topics would you like to see covered (keep it PG/Family Appropriate), should I continue with the daily blogs after february, and so on.

Glad to be Home — February 3, 2015

Glad to be Home

Hey Everyone!

It is Tuesday, which means this work week is 2/5 of the way over.

Today was just one of those days that I was glad when it got to be 4:30 and I could go home.

I finally got Downton Abbey in the mail today, I am so excited to get into it, and watch it. I love stuff like it, that is based on history, and that carries a lot of historical accuracies.

Forever — September 14, 2014

Forever

I just finished watching the Pilot of a new TV show called Forever. I have not been this excited for a new TV show since I saw the Pilot of Grimm. Beings that Grimm is going into its 4th season, Nashville is getting boring, Revolution is over (the last season was pretty pathetic) and Once Upon A Time stopped being good after the second season, I need a new TV to add to my line up, beings that Grimm is the only good TV show I have seen in the last couple of years. The only reason I am still watching Nashville is to see Lennon and Maisy sing.

I am not one who is normally into the new TV shows that are coming out each season. It has to actually look interesting for me to watch it. Some of the shows that I have seen they are good for a season or two, but after that they quit being good, because all the good material gets used up in the first two seasons and there is only so much you can do with a show without much forethought without them being dull.

What show are you guys really into right now and why?