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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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Climbing Volcanoes  — October 17, 2015

Climbing Volcanoes 

Hey Everyone!

The past few weeks have been exhausting, physically, mentally and emotionally. I have had a lot going on, and I didn’t really have the chance to get out and recharge by doing something I love doing, going on adventures. 

While I was out today, I realized that my adventures are part of who I am, and if I ever get married, then I had better make sure whoever I marry is on the same level in regards to adventures, and won’t try to stop me, and better yet would want to go along and suggest them, because they enjoy them as much as  I do. 

This morning I decided to go up to the Johnston Ridge Observatory on Mt Saint Helens (the one that erupted May 18th, 1980). I had been up there a few times over the years. The first time I was about 8 to 10 (so about 15 – 17 years after it had erupted), so I have been able to see how the mountain side has transformed over the years. The first couple of times, as you got closer to the top it was still extremely desolate, bare, and covered with damaged trees. The past couple of times (last summer and today), the mountainside below the timberline, is recovering pretty well. It has taken three and a half decades, a lot of replanting, probably some species reintroduction, and other species returning on their own but the mountain is healing what it can. It will always be topless and have it’s one side blown out, but the ecosystem that was lost is recovering. A lot of the replanted trees are still pretty spindley and need to fill out more, but it reminded me a lot of being in Canada and going up to my aunt and uncles house. 

I have loved being outside since I was little. So it is no surprise that being outdoors in the middle of nowhere is something that is completely in my element. I am sensible about when I go and when, for obvious safety reasons, but I also don’t let fear stop me from living my life and doing what I enjoy. 

Having grown up with seeing the mountains on a regular basis (you can see them from the freeway when they aren’t being hidden by clouds), I should be used to them, but I still can’t get used to how beautiful they are, and how fortunate I have been, to have been raised in this part of the country. I have been other places, but this area will always have a piece of my heart. 

As I am writing this I am exhausted, not because work was crazy, or because I am working for a paycheck while I squeeze in what I am passionate  about in what little free time I have, I would love more adventures and more time spent discovering new places (and learn their history) and revisiting places I had visited when I was young but didn’t appreciate then, that I would appreciate now. I also love writing about it. 

Something about being outside brings a part of me to life that gets shut away when I spend a lot of inside, not doing anything related to History, knitting, or planning adventures. I am an outdoorsy kind of girl. That is just how I am, I thrive on fresh air. 

  
 

Amazingly Busy Weekend — May 18, 2015

Amazingly Busy Weekend

Hey Everyone!

It is hard to believe that the weekend is over and I am back at work. 

My weekend started Thursday evening after I had gotten off of work, and I went downtown and got dinner with a friend and then had gone to go see Phantom of the Opera, which was absolutely amazing. 

Friday I went for a hike with a friend, on Mt Tabor, and then had gone Yarn Shopping at Joann’s and Happy Knits before going grocery shopping. I also made gluten free and dairy free banana coconut muffins that evening. 

Saturday I ended up going and checking on something for my mom, which was in the neighborhood of where I had previously worked, where my favorite bakery is located. I went to the yarn store across the street, called close knit, and then went and got treats for my mom and I, and ran over to Vancouver and picked up some Dutch Bros and took her coffee and treats. 

I had been thinking about going to Chehalis on a Sunday morning for over a year now, so yesterday I finally did it. After the church in Tacoma Closed the people I actually knew and cared about started going to Chehalis, so that had a lot to do with why I went.  By the end of lunch I had made up my mind that I was going to make it to Dallas for the evening church service. So yeah, yesterday I spent about 6 hours on the road, it was pretty awesome. 

This past weekend was super busy but in a good, I am doing what I am good at and am passionate about, way. 

… And Its only Friday — May 15, 2015

… And Its only Friday

Hey Everyone!

I feel like I have done more in the last 48 hours than I do in most weeks. I went to work for 8 hours, then I got off, got ready to go, drove downtown, met up with one of my friends where we then had dinner, walked around for a bit and then went to go see the Phantom of the Opera at the Keller Auditorium.

Seeing the Phantom of the Opera (while not on Broadway in NYC), was absolutely amazing. Between the Costumes, the sets, the performances, it was fantastic. I am so glad that I got to go. It is hard to explain how good it was, It is one of those shows that has to be experienced, and seen in person. From the opening notes to the final curtain I was into the show. There is something about seeing a musical on stage vs seeing the movie/dvd of a performance/watching some of it on YouTube. The Emotion that the actors and actresses put into their stage performances can totally be felt by those watching.

This morning I got up, got out, ran a couple errands and went for a hike with one of my friends, and her dogs. The hike in and of itself was only about 2.8 miles, and it was amazing. I can totally tell that I am slowly starting to get into shape. It is a slow but steady process. I love hiking and being outdoors. It is one of the biggest stress relievers for me.

After I went on the hike with my friend, I went shopping. I went to Joann Fabric and Craft, and used 7 coupons that I had. I bought some yarn for myself, as well as some yarn for world vision Knit for Kids Sweaters. I was super stocked to be getting such good deals on yarn that I will use.

I also stopped at Happy Knits, which is a local yarn store (I couldn’t stop at just one yarn store) where I purchased some Alpaca/Merino Wool. Now I just have to figure out what pattern I am going to use while knitting it up. Fortunately I still have two projects that I currently am working on so I have some time to figure out what I am going to do.

After the fun yarn shopping I did some grocery shopping. I went to both New Seasons and Safeway for my grocery shopping.

After I finally got home, and got my groceries put away I made Banana Coconut Muffins.

As you can see I have been pretty busy for the last 48 hours, and the pst 27 hours have been really enjoyable and amazing.