Since Thanksgiving, life has been going non stop. 3 weeks of full on, full force going and doing. The past three weeks have flown by.
Yesterday I had another interview, which I thought went well, but I have to wait and see a bit to find out if I got it.
After my interview I had gone for a little drive to clear my mind a bit. Afterward I ran a couple errands. I had stopped at Bob’s red mill, picked up a couple baking mixes, before stopping at the grocery store to pick up my brother’s Christmas present and a few other items.
I had work this morning. I even slept for a few hours since I got home, but I am still exhausted.
I had one of my orders of yarn arrive this morning while I was asleep, so I opened it up this afternoon.
The darker yarn is a worsted weight yarn, that has more yards per hank, while the off white / cream colored yarn is a bulky yarn that has fewer yards per hank (hence more hanks).
I have been enjoying being able to work on different knitting projects. I have a lot of yarn and so many ideas of what I want to make with it all. I am still working on socks, but I am also in a shawl mode as well.
As I sit here writing this, I have a batch of gluten free dairy free brownies in the over and it is overcast outside.
I know I have missed another couple days of blogging this month. Life has just been so busy since Thanksgiving.
While I have had a few down days so far this month, my planner is reflecting the craziness that tends to be December (Christmas is literally in a week and a half).
Today was one of those busy days, where I wasn’t home most of the day and when I was home, I had a lot to get done.
I had driven down to the capital for a meeting, and had done some shopping while I was there. I had also driven out to see a good friend of mine, and take her coffee.
I left that area a little before 4:30 this afternoon to head back to the city. I got caught in rush hour traffic. That is always fun. I had stuff to put away when I got home, a load of laundry to do, and a few other things. This was the second trip down to that area in a week and a half. I really have missed living there. While a lot has changed, including me, the fact that I love it there hasn’t changed.
In the past couple of weeks, as I have had more time inside to knit and watch shows on Hulu and Netflix, because it has gotten colder and wetter. The cold isn’t so bad as long as you dress for it, it’s when it is pouring down rain as well, that makes being outside miserable.
Like I had already mentioned, I have had more time to watch more shows on Hulu and Netflix. A couple I have gotten into here recently have been Shetland and Godless.
Shetland is a murder mystery show that is set in the Shetland Islands, which are part of Scotland, but are North / Northeast of the northern tip of the Scottish mainland. The are also west of Norway. The Scottish accent is heavy, but at least to me, it’s not that bad, and can follow along without subtitles.
Godless is a show set in the old west of New Mexico. It is about a gang of outlaws who track down a young man who used to be part of their gang who became a traitor and enemy of the gang. One of the Characters in the show is played by Michelle Dockery, who has played Lady Mary in Downton Abbey. So it was to see her act in a different show, why I got into this show, besides liking westerns.
While I was watching Shetland this afternoon and evening I made a lot of progress on the sock I am knitting up. The sock I am working on is the second one in a pair. I am trying to get it done in in the next couple of days, so I can start a new pair before this next weekend.
My weekend was pretty uneventful. I have been working on a pair of socks, using KnitPicks Hawthorne yarn. I am still working on the first sock, but plan on having it done tomorrow.
It’s hard to believe that Christmas is a little over a month away, and Thanksgiving is on Thursday.
What are all of you (well those of you who live in the U.S.) doing for Thanksgiving? I will be spending it with my family, and helping my mom cook Thanksgiving Dinner. I have been helping my mom cook Holiday dinners since she took over after my Grandma (my Dad’s mom) passed away. So I have been helping my mom make Holiday dinners since I was a teenager. Pies are my specialty. I make them from scratch, including the pie crust.
Friday morning I work, I have no idea how crazy it is going to be, fortunately I won’t have to be there super long while customers are there (since I am early stock crew). I have never done the whole Black Friday, being at stores at some early hour (at which I would rather still be in bed), to shop.
This week has been a tough week. There has been tragedy that has hit myself and many others I know.
With that being said, I am drained.
I am not going to focus on the negative stuff, so I will share with you the good stuff that happened this week.
Thursday I made my mom her birthday pie, since her birthday is this month. I made her a cherry cream cheese pie.
Thursday I also picked up a few more Christmas ornaments and decoration-y things. While I am more of a Merida / Brave fan as far as Disney Princesses go, I already have a Merida, an Aurora and a Pocahontas ornament, I got a Cinderella ornament to add to my collection. I also got the last 3 ornaments I had seen at work that I liked. I also had picked up a string of clear mini lights, as I had picked up a fake garland with fake berries on it as well as a string of wooden snowflakes that I plan to use on a mantle or entertainment center.
The past few days I have been working on knitting up more socks and trying to work on getting up as much of the sock yarn I have knit up as soon as I can.
This weekend I have been hearing a lot of people I know, primarily on social media, talking about how they want to put up their Christmas decorations or that they want to decorate for Christmas.
I’m over here like “Noooooooooo, it’s to early for Christmas decorations” and “I am already so over looking at Christmas decorations”. For the past two months I have been working a seasonal job in the retail industry, and we have been working on setting up our Christmas shops in store since mid September, so I am at a point already where I am over looking at decorations before the season has already begun.
This past week was crazy busy, first time I worked 5 days in nearly a month, and as Christmas is approaching it is only getting busier.
I have been sleeping a lot this week when I haven’t been working.
Yesterday I helped baked some cookies that I cannot eat since they have dairy, eggs and gluten, but it was fun.
Today I finished up a pair of sock I have been working on for the better part of a month. I had hoped to have these socks done and washed by Halloween, but that didn’t quite happen. At least they are done now, well besides the washing, blocking and drying part. I am waiting on a sunny semi warm day in order to put my socks out on the line to dry.
It’s hard to believe that it is almost the end of October, Halloween is Tuesday and daylight savings ends next week (for those of us in the US and Canada). October has flown by.
This week was kind of chill, even though Monday’s truck showed up on Tuesday at work.
Beings that I was off on Thursday, I watched a movie, some TV shows on Hulu plus and Netflix, as well as worked on the pair of socks I am knitting up.
I had interviewed for a job last week, for which I haven’t heard back from, so it is safe to assume that I didn’t get the job. I know that is the way things go, and most places don’t let you know if you didn’t get the job, which can make it hard, especially as you are applying for a ton of jobs. While I am working, it is a part time seasonal job, so I am not banking on it past mid January. With that being said, I am definitely still looking for something that is full time and more than just a seasonal position. I would also like to move away from living in the city.
Yesterday, we went for a drive out to Sauvie Island for something to do. It was a beautiful day to be out.
I love this time of year, as well as being out in the middle of farm country. Most days I do miss where I lived when I was in college, as it was a small town in the middle of Farm, wine and hops country.
We had our first major autumn storm roll through the area over the weekend (well it started Thursday, but kept up through the weekend).
Friday morning I had gone to work then relaxed the rest of the day.
Saturday I went out and about with my parents. We had gone out to the outlet mall in Troutdale. Saturday I also had a Venison sandwich, which was really good.
Yesterday I had spent the day knitting and watching Alaska the last Frontier, which is one of my favorite shows on Hulu. I also got the first sock of the pair that I am working on done. I am using KnitPicks Palette Yarn in Orange. I am also trying to get this pair done before Halloween.
Today I slept in, and then spent the afternoon working on my second orange sock.
I have work tonight so I will take a nap in a bit before I have to head out to work.
I haven’t heard back yet from the most recent interview I had, so I still don’t know whether I got the job or not. If I don’t hear back by the end of the week, it will be safe to assume I didn’t get the job.
Today has been a rainy, and rather gloomy day. I have enjoyed it.
This afternoon I had an interview, so I went out and about for a bit. There is a Target down the road from where I interviewed today, and beings that I was super early, I stopped at Target to pick up a few items.
I had left super early for my interview because Traffic tends to be a nightmare. Traffic has really gotten worse over the past decade.
For the moment, while I am still living in the city, I am trying to take advantage of that. Beings that Autumn is here and snow is coming, I am hoping I get this second job so I can work on saving money, so after the Holidays, landing a full time job will be my main focus, and if moving a longer distance than a couple hours around where I am, is something that I need to do, I can make it happen in the spring, once the weather is a bit more conducive to moving. With the exception of going to central Oregon, moving any other direction within 2 hours is doable even in the winter. It’s not fun to move in the rain, but it’s doable.
I love the rain and this time of year. I know a lot of people who don’t. I for one love the rain, the Grey overcast skies, the actual need to wear a jacket, without being hot (and over 90% humidity). I know I am probably in the minority who loves the cold wet Pacific Northwest weather. This is the time of year when hot tea and knitting, or cooking / baking up something tasty is a favorite pass time.
I had this morning off, so I could sleep at night like a normal person. Beings that I woke up at a normal time for me, I had the energy to go for a walk this afternoon.
Looking for a full time job here that is a good fit for me, has been a challenge. It has made me really think about what I am good at, what I am passionate about, and how I want to spend my career.
I have spent the better part of 7.5 years not using my degree, bouncing around doing different jobs in different industries, yet have had one that was close to being a good fit.
I am definitely wanting to spend more time doing Homemaking stuff and outdoorsy stuff. What would be even better would be modern Homesteading (aka living on a farm, that has electricity and at least a septic system), with a great view. Then I could do the Homemaking and outdoorsy stuff and not have to choose.