Category: Work Projects

Still Awake at 2 AM

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I have had several nights lately where I have been up until 2 am or later working on various projects. 

I am definitely a night owl, that is for sure, especially in the summer, when it is too hot to fall asleep any earlier. 

This time I have been up late working on some YouTube videos for my adventures channel. I had come up with a few ideas that I got started on earlier in the the day, and I am just now waiting on the past one to process on YouTube so it will be scheduled for another day. I got 8 videos edited, processed in the editing program, uploaded, scheduled and processed on YouTube. I am definitely hoping to be able to start creating more original content for all my YouTube channels here in the not too distant future as well as have new content for my blogs. I have no real desire to get big on YouTube, and if I were I would want it to be on my Homemaking (and hopefully at some point homesteading) channel as well as my knitting channel. My adventure channel and life at full speed channel (which I just started today), are really for me, 

I started the life at full speed YouTube channel just so I would have it claimed to match my blog and Facebook page, should I decide I want to make videos about life that are not so in depth and specific to Adventures, Homemaking & homesteading, and Knitting. I know it seems like a lot to have 4 YouTube channels on top of 5 blogs. I know it seems like a lot, and it is. I may not do a whole lot with the YouTube channels, but I want that option available once I have my own place again, and am able to actually have the space to film videos, and be organized about it. I love my blogs and won’t give them up, as I am definitely more of a writer than a speaker. 


Breaking out of the Insulated Bubble

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I know I have talked about wanting to move away from the City, and if I have the opportunity I would. At the same time, in exploring other parts of Portland I have found other neighborhoods that feel like home. The neighborhoods that feel more like home for me are the neighborhoods that were traditionally working class family neighborhoods from the mid 1940’s –  1960’s. I know I had a very insulated childhood in a nice neighborhood, and lived a different kind of life than I prefer to live now. As a kid I was very mainstream yet insulted life. Choosing to live more a life that is based on eating more naturally, knowing where my food comes from, how it was raised / grown, and all in all a more Portland lifestyle has been something that didn’t happen over night. The seeds were planted and started taking root while I was in college. It took off after I developed food intolerances. It doesn’t help that our food has been changed and altered so much since my grandparents were raising my parents. 

Looking back at the past few years I can see how much I have changed, and I finally feel like I can see everything coming together and the direction I am supposed to be going. 

I had an interview today for a job I feel would be a good fit for me, and something I would excel at. I have to wait a few days to find out if I get it out not. 

Getting a new Transformer

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Today’s excitement was having the power company come out, and replace the transformer on the utility pole outside of the house. The power company had gone around and left paper notices on the doors of houses over the weekend, letting the residents know they would be doing this work. I wasn’t surprised that they were going to be replacing the transformer on the pole outside the house, since there was a posting on the pole for a while about possible back feed.

Today I have also been working on knitting up socks today. I started this pair over the weekend, and I am still working on the first one. I am hoping to get it done either today or tomorrow, and get the second one knit up quicker than the first one. The yarn I am using has been interesting to work with in terms of socks. I had used up most of the 1,500 yards of the wool on a shawl, and i am just using what is left over to knit up socks since I have enough. After I get this pair done I still have a couple more pairs of socks to knit up out of other sock yarn that I have before I dive back into to knitting socks up out of the KnitPicks Palette yarn I have. I have enough Palette yarn to make up several dozen pairs of socks. I realize that I am going sock crazy at the moment. I am working on so many pairs of socks, because I want many pairs of socks for Hiking, and traveling, so I can go on adventures and have enough clean hand knit socks to have at least one clean pair for every day I am away.

I started watching the show Indian Summers yesterday. It is a British show, done on Channel 4 in the UK, and PBS here in the States. It is set in 1932 in India. It depicts the social politics relating to the decline of the British empire and British hold on India. It also takes a look at the social class system of India at the time, From the White, English, Aristocracy, to how the native Indians are treated by the white aristocracy, even if said Indians are land owners and business owners, all the way down to the mixed race (white/native Indian) children who are shunned by society, and appear to the be lowest of the low class wise since they are fully Indian, but they are not white either, they are “half cast”. That seems to be the case every where you look in History. The mixed race – half white have native children are the worst of, and are worse off than the natives who are treated like savages and less than human as it is. It is the way it is, but it is sad.

“Just because it is, doesn’t mean it should be” – Hugh Jackman as the Drover in Australia.

I have only watched the first three episodes so far and I am wanting to watch the rest of the first and second seasons.

The first season begins in 1932, which is a few years after when the ending of Downton Β Abbey is set to have taken place (1926). The second season is set in 1935, which is 9 years after the last episode of Downton Abbey is set. According to what information I have gathered, at some point in one of the seasons of Indian Summers, Ralph Whelan is 33. IDK yet if he is supposed to be 33 in the beginning of Season 1 or at the end of Season 2. If he is 33 at the beginning of the show, that would mean he was born in 1899, if he is 33 at the end of season 2, he would have been born in 1902, meaning Alice would have been born in 1904 or 1907, as it has been established that she went back to England when she was 8, and Ralph was 13 at the time.

While I know that Indian Summers and Downton Abbey are in no way actually connected or that they tie into each other. I just got curious about what the age differences would have been between the characters of Ralph & Alice as well as the 3 Crawley Sisters would have been beings that these two shows are period dramas, involving the British aristocracy and upper class, and one show is set only 6 years after the other one’s ending set date. Ralph would have been a few years younger than Lady Sybil. Though Alice, age wise would have been somewhere between the elder two Crawley Sisters and Sybbie – Sybil’s daughter. Lady Mary and Henry Talbot’s child would have been born in 1927, making that child about 4 – 4.5 years older than Alice’s son, Percy, If Lady Edith and Bertie Pelham had any kids of their own, they would be close in age to Percy. While there is a larger age difference between the Crawley Sisters and Ralph and Alice, Matthew Raworth – the missionary couple’s son would have been the same age as Master George, also making him about about a year younger than Miss Sybbie and about a year to a year and a half older than Miss Marigold.

While I know that these shows are fiction and unrelated, I find it interesting to see which of the characters would have been about the same age, and under other circumstances could have moved in the same social circles.

Living a Simpler Life

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Over the course of the past few years I have been working to figure out what I am supposed to be doing with my life. As time has gone by, I have been finding myself spending more and more time outdoors, going on adventures and hiking. Since I graduated from college, I have developed food intolerances and sensitivities, which has made food a big deal for me. Knowing where my food comes from and sticking to whole grains, lean proteins, fresh & local fruits and vegetables is my goal.

What I have come to the conclusion is that the city life is not for me, and I want to live a simpler life. A life that is less about having a lot of material goods and more about actually living life and living more off the land, without excess. 

I don’t want to live completely off grid, but I want to take advantage of a simpler life, where I make as much of my own stuff as possible. I also want to take advantage of alternative energy sources such as Solar, Wind and hydro power that are renewable. 

I have also been trying to use more natural products, as I have found that skin care, laundry care, dish care products are so full of synthetic chemicals that cause adverse reactions and have been linked to diseases that were nowhere near as prevalent 65+ years ago. 

To some extent I am going more natural, there are still areas of current mainstream society that I don’t want to go without. I know I would miss having a cellphone, internet, grocery stores (for food that I am unable to grow or raise myself), and my current wardrobe. 

I have loved being out in the woods, campfires, canning fruit, making jam, going to the farms or farm store / co op and buy what I can’t grow or is not time / cost effective to grow small scale from local farms and orchards where they grow what I want on a larger scale. I love supporting local. 

From the time I was young, I have been fascinated by Laura Ingalls Wilder’s life as a girl and young woman growing up and living on the frontier and being a pioneer. 

The college I had attended was in a small town in the middle of nowhere, in the middle of farm, wine and hops country. While I know there are towns even smaller out there, and even further away from the city. This experience, combined with the fact that I chose to spend as much time there as possible. I didn’t want to be one of those college kids who goes away to a school within 100 miles of my parents house, just to go “home” every weekend. I wanted to integrate myself into life there. I chose to stay there most weekends and most summers. It totally became my home. 

Having grown up in the city, and having had to come back after university, I have seen how expensive it really is to live in an urban area, especially on the west coast. It is difficult for a young professional, like myself to find a job I can support myself on and maintain the city lifestyle. 

My dream job is living in a small town to a small city (like under 70k people max), and blogging about living a simpler life, more off the land, where I can spend more time outside when the weather permits. I also want to blog about the homemaking end of things, as well as what I knit up for myself. 

To Those who unfollow or unfriend too quickly

πŸ‘‰Let’s stop being annoyed by everything and start lifting each other up!
πŸ‘‰To the pregnant women on social media posting constant updates and belly pictures…We LOVE seeing how excited you are to become a mommy.😘
To the women posting “selfies”, thanks for letting young girls know that it’s okay to love yourself and to feel beautiful!πŸ˜˜πŸ’‹
To the fitness lovers posting your own pictures in whatever you have on!! Good for you!! Makes me happy to see people happy for things they have accomplished with their body!! It’s hard friggin work!
πŸ‘‰To the mom posting a million pictures of her kids (2 or 4 legged) it makes my heart❀ so happy to see parents so proud of and loving their babies!Β πŸ’š
To the married couple constantly posting “sappy love posts”πŸ’‹Β thank you for being a reminder to the next generation that all hope isn’t lost and happy marriages most definitely DO exist.Β πŸ’œ
To the singles who have time to travel and post about their adventures, keep posting! Those of us stuck at home on the couch live through your photos.
πŸ‘‰To the business ownersπŸ‘‘Β who constantly post about their businesses keep going! Your strong will and passion for what you do is astounding! Even in the midst of all the negative remarks you keep on going for yourself and family!Β πŸ’ŽπŸ½πŸ’΅πŸ’΅πŸ’΅

Girl’s Night

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It is hard to believe that Wednesday is winding down, and that today is the last day of September. Tomorrow is Little Red’s birthday, as well as the birthday of one of my friends. Little Red is turning 11, and I have known her since she was born. I can still remember getting to hold her when she was a week old. 

This week has been a bit crazy, with Monday finding out I was switching projects at work (which I am totally ok with). Then yesterday after work I had gone over to my former coworker’s place, because her partner is a hair dresser. 

Last night was a girls night and the only boy there was the coworker and her partners son. It was a party. I totally needed a night out (or in rather) and just be me. I have known these ladies for going on two years. I got my hair highlighted and trimmed which it desperately needed. 

I had needed the girls night. These days I don’t get a lot of time with my friends because we are working, and have different schedules and issues we are all dealing with, so when girls nights or going out for tea and clothes shopping I take advantage of it. These are the few times I “let loose” and act my age (if that). Most of the time I am too busy being responsible, mature, and  trying to make a good impression. 

If and when I ever get married, having girls nights or spending time with my friends, and having a break is something I still plan on and will be doing. While it gets harder with kids, without the time to just breathe and refocus is necessary. Without that, burn out is a reality and when you have nothing left to give, that is when things go seriously wrong. So, pretty much whoever I marry will need to be good with kids, willing to learn how to change a diaper, give baths, prepare simple meals, and put kids to bed for the occasion that I am not there, and to give me the occasional break. I don’t think it is too much to ask that he be a real dad when kids come along, and understand that I need some me time/girl time. 

 The after picture from getting my hair done last night. 
In my last post I had touched on the topic of making a good impression – “if you just smile and behave you can always get your way” – I have found this true at different times. Being helpful, willing to learn new stuff, dong your best to get along with your coworker’s and managers, going with the flow, etc helps get people to like you, want to work with with you and ultimately be a reference when it is time to move on. I am not saying to do anything that is morally wrong or illegal, but in the general scheme of things when what is being asked of you isn’t morally wrong or illegal, especially when starting out in the business world, you should do it. Getting along with my coworker’s is how I got this project switch, one of the managers who had the next cubicle over from me while I was working on prem, and had tried to stop by and say hi to when I had to go into the office once I was working off prem had asked that I be the contractor who got switched to her project. 

It is getting late and I got home late for a work night last night. Fortunately tomorrow is my Friday. 

Expanding on my Knowledge Base

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If you just smile and behave you can always get your way.
It’s a universal plan that’ll get you where you can in all societies.

This line from a country song, popped into my head today while I was on my way back from the office. It popped into my head, in large part because of what happened while I was at the office. It was actually a pleasant surprise today. I still have a job, and I still have my full hours and stuff. I am just being taken off a project to help with a different project that is going to be needing extra help here in the near future, which is good for me. What made it even better, is that the manager who is in charge of the project I am going to start helping with, is one I sat next to, and got along well with while I worked on prem, and have kept in touch with when I had to go in and pick up prints and stuff. So she had asked for me when it came up for which contractor to pull off the project I currently working on. I don’t mind doing my current job, and will totally work on which ever project they need my help with, it was just kind of nice to know that I was asked for by name. The point is, and why the quote came to mind, is that when I started my job a little over 10 months ago, I knew I would be one of the youngest, if not the youngest person in the office, and I wasn’t going in to this job to make a whole new group of friends or anything, I just wanted to get along with my coworkers. That paid off. I got along with most of the people who sat around me, and had gotten to know a few better than others, which is normal in that size of group, but this particular person and one of the others (who had worked with my mom, when she had worked in that building), I hit it off, and definitely was part of their group. There was some work in the beginning, and putting myself out there in the beginning (going and joining them for lunch room for lunch) paid off. I know I have made a good impression, but that at least with a few people I didn’t have to work that hard, I was just myself and it happened.

I will admit, I am not perfect, and my best friends can tell you that when I am around them, and we aren’t someplace where we have to be on our best behavior I can definitely act my age, and have some fun. At the same time I learned how being mature, responsible, polite, and “behaving”, gets you more in the long run than being irresponsible and goofing off when it is time to be serious and mature.

In this change of projects at work, I give the credit to God, I was not expecting this but from what little I gathered today, God had worked it out so that I was the one who got switched. I can only give God the credit for this, and I am thankful for all that he has done for me lately.