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Going to the Mall for the first time in Months — October 11, 2017

Going to the Mall for the first time in Months

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Today was another one of those kind of crazy days. At least this time I got a little sleep before going out and about for a bit. I also ran errands on a day where I don’t have to be up later in the evening to work again that night, as I have tonight / tomorrow morning off.

My errands included stopping by the store where I work to purchase the last couple ornaments I had been eyeing for the past week or so, as well as a stocking.

While working my department yesterday morning, we had gotten these journals in, and I was like “oohhh, I need to get me one of those”, so I got that as well.

When you work at a store that carries Christmas ornaments this time of year, and they give you a discount on pretty much everything in the store, you shop ornaments and decorations while the picking is still good. I wanted to make sure I purchased one of each of the ornaments and decorations really liked to add to my small, yet growing collection of Christmas decorations before they sold out and we were not going to be getting anymore in.

What I have noticed, at least with the store I work at, that different holidays come out super early (we were getting our first Christmas stuff in Mid-September and by late September we were starting to wind down Halloween, and now by not quite mid October, Halloween and autumn/Thanksgiving are being phased out and shrinking the area the are in as the stock on hand is dwindling. We aren’t getting much if any new fall and Halloween stuff in. That is why I wanted to get what I liked for Christmas early on in the season even though Christmas is still more than two months away, and neither Halloween nor American Thanksgiving have occurred yet.

While I was out in the area of my work, since it is next to a mall, I had wandered around the mall for a bit and stopped by yankee candle and had picked up a couple candles (since it was buy one get one free for the size I bought). I got two of the apple pumpkin scent candles as the scent kind of reminds me of Scentsy’s Apple S’mores.

On the rare occasion I go to the mall (I hadn’t been to a mall in a few months), the mall I was at today is not the one I usually frequent, I just stopped there because my work is there, and I know how my store is laid out, so I am more comfortable shopping at the store I work at. I really wasn’t impressed with this mall.

After my foray to the mall, I stopped at New Seasons to pick up some of my favorite Smith Teamaker Tea – no. 47 – Bungalow.

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Busy Tuesday — October 3, 2017

Busy Tuesday

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This morning I worked my normal shift at work, then afterwards the crazy busyness ensued. Afterward, I came home got food, showered and got ready for an interview (for a second job), and went to said interview.

My day really didn’t end there, I also had some errands to run. By the time I got done running around town, dealing with things like going to the bank, getting bills paid, and a couple fun errands like picking up some Christmas decorations since I could get them with my employee discount, and got new earrings that I can just leave in and not have to take out to shower or sleep, it was a busy day.

By the time I got home and got food, and went to bed for the day, it was a little after 2 pm.

Now I am up again and need to start getting ready for work again.

I should hopefully hear back on the second job by the end of the week.

That is one thing I never really missed about the city while I lived in a small town, how busy running around town a day could be. I really didn’t miss the hustle and bustle of the city. Sometimes even now that I have been back for years it still is overwhelming.

First Storm of the Season — September 18, 2017

First Storm of the Season

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The rain has finally returned and we are having our first storm of the season!

Just a week ago the temperature hit 90, and a month ago the highs were still in the 90’s and hitting 100 on multiple occasions. Today only got to 59. It has definitely shifted.

We have finally gotten our first measurable rain in months. With the rain we are and have been getting has been helping with the wildfires, especially with the Eagle Creek Fire in the gorge, but with that there is now the increased threat of landslides and rockslides.

My schedule this week has changed a little bit but I do prefer this better. While I still start work late, it still is a bit more reasonable, and there are a few more people out and a few places still open when I am heading to work. I am also getting off earlier, so I am beating the morning rush hour, yet is still late enough that there people out starting their day. It is also dark so by the time I get home, have some breakfast, shower and head to bed, it is only starting to get light. When it is cloudy and rainy, it is darker outside which makes it easier to sleep during the day. Going to bed at a quarter to 7 means I get more sleep in one stretch before I wake up in the afternoon. I am still napping in the evening before I have to leave for work, but I am still getting in some time to knit and watch a few YouTube videos and a few episodes of tv shows on Netflix.

Saturday I had gone out and gone to the stash tea store, to pick up some more tea. I picked up a couple boxes of English Breakfast Tea, as well as several 10 tea bag packs of teas I wanted to try. I had gotten: Raspberry White Tea, Cranberry Pomegranate herbal tea, Acai Berry Herbal Tea, Christmas Eve Tea and Christmas Morning Tea.

The summer that never ends — September 4, 2017

The summer that never ends

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Today has been a rather busy day. I had a couple different job interviews earlier today. The first one was at 8:30 this morning, and it was on the other side of town. Well it technically was in one of the suburbs out past the other side of town, but when you cross over into the suburbs, here, one doesn’t really think much about it.

The job interview went quicker than I expected it would, so I came back home between interviews.

We have had a few days of relief from the forest fire smoke that has blanketed the city for a better part of a month, and it has been back in full force. It has been really bad.

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My second interview was over in the Pearl District. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Portland, the Pearl, is a very ritzy, posh area that is takes affluence to be able to shop there regularly. It’s also just up from a not so great part of town.

On my way home from my second interview I stopped at target to pick up a few items. I have found that Target has the best selection and price on the Dove Advanced Care deodorant, which, I have found is the deodorant I can use without adverse side effects. I do realize it is more expensive and that it does have aluminum in it. As much as I am not a fan of using deodorant that contains aluminum, it if is that or have unpleasant side effects (either from a different deodorant causing a rash or going without and smelling to high heavens), I will deal with the aluminum.

This evening I have been spending some time knitting before I call it a night and head to bed.

Total Solar Eclipse 2017 — August 21, 2017

Total Solar Eclipse 2017

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The buildup to this mornings total Solar Eclipse has dominated the local news media for months, it finally occurred this morning. 

I was outside in the backyard picking raspberries when it occurred. Portland was just outside the path of totality, we were like at 99.2% of totality. So it got darker, and the light was weird, but it more or less got dusky, but the shadows were the wrong direction for sunset and sunrise. 

Traffic and the grocery stores were not all that bad this weekend, but from what I have been seeing now, after it is over, traffic is horrible. At one point about noon, the drive time from Salem to Portland on I-5 was 186 minutes, which is over 3 hours. To get from Portland into downtown Salem (roughly the Marion and Center Street Bridges) is about 45 minutes under normal conditions. 

I am glad I didn’t waste the time or the money to go somewhere in the path of totality. To me it was over hyped, and I had better things to do today than sit in traffic. 

I made Jam this morning, got chicken marinating, cleaned the kitchen, labeled and put away the pickles my mom and I canned yesterday. 

It really didn’t even get that dark. So to me, it was rather lackluster. I went outside and saw why happened, and was unimpressed. 

Smoky summer days — August 10, 2017

Smoky summer days

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It’s been so smoky that it has looked overcast all week. The air quality has been at an unhealthy level all week as well. The heat and humidity have also been rough this week. 

I have spent most of this week inside with the AC. I am slowly been working on cleaning the house, which is something I can do in he comfort of the AC. I have gone outside a couple times in the evenings to pick raspberries and water the plants. I have enjoyed being the one to go out and pick raspberries, since I have been able to eat them all myself. Tonight I just ate them as I picked them. 

This week I had finished up a pair of socks and got them washed, blocked and dried beings that it has been 90 or warmer much of the week. 

I am definitely looking forward to cooler days this next week. Sunday is supposed to not even hit 70 with a chance of rain.  After tomorrow all the other days are forecasted to be in the upper 70’s to low 80’s, which after this long stretch of upper 80’s to low 100’s (weeks worth) will be “cool” in comparison. 

This shift in the highs is starting to get my hopes up that Fall will be coming sooner rather than later. 

When the Sun Glows Pink, and the Moon Pumpkin 🎃 Orange — August 6, 2017

When the Sun Glows Pink, and the Moon Pumpkin 🎃 Orange

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We have been socked in by wildfire smoke for most of the last couple of weeks. It got a little bit better yesterday and then came back full force today. Most of the smoke is coming down from of wildfires burning in British Columbia. There are a few wildfires here in Oregon and in Washington that we are getting a bit of smoke from, but most of it is coming from the elephant hill fire in BC. The fires are so bad up there that a stretch of Highway 97 is closed for a stretch through the Fraser and Thompson River Canyons. Highway 97 is the longest north – south Highway in BC (and meets up with US 97 at the US / Canadian border, and eventually goes down through Madras, Redmond and Bend in central Oregon). 

At last check the Elephant Hill Fire (the one that we are getting most of our smoke from) has grown to 425 square miles and was about 30% contained. 

With all the smoke in the air, our air quality has been at an unhealthy level (not to mention all the pollution we already have going on). So I have been trying to stay indoors as much as possible with the windows closed. Between the poor air quality and the uncomfortably hot temps, the AC has been my best friend. 

I had gone up to Chehalis this evening to see some friends I hadn’t seen for a while. On the way home, due to the smoke, the sun was glowing this almost hot pinkish orange color. It was weird. Then the Moon has almost this Pumpkin Orange hue to it because of the smoke. My allergies have been crazy and my eyes have been so irritated, since we have had the smoke. Tonight, it reminded me of a couple years ago when I went to Seattle. I remember waking up in my hotel room and going and looking out the window and the sun was glowing a strange color because of the smoke we had that year. 

This weekend has flown by. Friday I ran errands, cooked up some lentils, made some chocolate chip cookies, and by the end of the day I was exhausted. It kind of reminded me of a typical Friday while I was in college. I definitely miss being on my own like that while I was in College. 

Yesterday I spent the day working on finishing up knitting a pair of socks, started cleaning the house, picked raspberries in the backyard and watered the outdoor plants. 

Today I started a new pair of socks, and went to Chehalis. As I am writing this (I began writing it in my head on the way home). While I was so ready to get home while driving back, I have needed a little time (hence writing this post) to wind down so I can go to sleep. 

Here is to going to bed before midnight. 

50 Random Facts — May 16, 2017

50 Random Facts

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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
Knowing when it is time to Move On — April 25, 2017

Knowing when it is time to Move On

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For years really, I have known that where I am, is not where I am supposed to be long term. Now that the job I had had for almost 2.5 years ended, it is really time for me to figure out where to go from here, and where I am supposed to be, and what I am supposed to be doing.

I know for a while I needed to be here, as this was one of the best places in the country to have to learn how to have to be dairy free and gluten free, but now that I am on top of it, and know how to live that way, it is time for me to move on.

I have known that there were no living wage jobs for someone like me here, for  years, the economy here is really IT and manufacturing driven. When you studied History in College, and know that you want to do more to live off the land, and share the knowledge that I have gained about clean eating, healthy living, growing and preserving my own food, that it isn’t going to happen here.

There is so much I want to do with my life, and I can’t be all that I know I can be, and all I am supposed to be when I can’t get a job that I can support myself on. I am one of those people, who don’t understand algebra, let alone calculus, who’s brain struggles to grasp engineering concepts, let alone all the math and science to become an engineer of any sort or go into the health care fields.

The easy simple answer would be to stay, and not put in the effort to leaving, but anything that is worth doing, isn’t easy, and by staying I would not be allowing myself to achieve my full potential, or help others to achieve their’s while I am achieving mine. There is more to life than not being true to who you are, and not pursuing what you love and are really good at. What I am good at, and am really passionate about is not even close to being tapped here. It was through being here, and going through several of the wrong things that I have found what I love, and what I am good at, and with that I must leave and find where I am to thrive, and excel.

Got Caught out in the Rain.  — April 18, 2017

Got Caught out in the Rain. 

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Today was just one of those days where I don’t feel like I got a whole lot done. 

I did manage to go out and take a walk this afternoon. I left while it was still dry, but it did start raining while I was out on my walk. 


I loved the way the sun was shining through the clouds on the wet pavement, so I snapped a pic. 

After I got home, and got cleaned up (and warmed up), I made a batch of gluten free, vegan cinnamon rolls. They turned out so good. 


I have been doing a lot more baking and cooking from scratch since my job ended. I have been spending my time looking for a new job, and in between that, I have been knitting and baking like crazy.

Yesterday I had restarted the second sock of the pair I am currently working on. In the skein of yarn there were these globs of yarn that did not knit in well, and stuck out like a sore thumb. It didn’t look good, so I restarted the sock to make it look nice.