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.
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.
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.
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.
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.