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.
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.
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.
As anyone who has been around this part of the country knows, the beach is supposed to be the place to go to get away from the heat when it is hot in the Valley.
It is strange when the beach is hotter than the valley in summer and early Fall, it’s even stranger when the beach is hotter than Eastern Oregon. Eastern Oregon and the Rogue Valley are typically the hottest parts of the state in the summer.
Fortunately there is only one more day of hot weather before the autumn 🍂 weather returns.
I have had today off work, so I got to sleep through the night last night. I also did some Baking yesterday. I also have been working on my knitting. Beings that I have a lot of sock yarn, I am trying to get as much of it knit up as soon as possible. I am trying to get as many pairs knit up before the nice days are gone for good.
Work didn’t schedule me for today or tomorrow, so I am able to enjoy a few days off and be ready to dive into a full week next week.
Yesterday I spent the afternoon knitting and watching Hulu.
Today I slept in, then got ready to head out. I stopped at Freddie’s and Black Rock Coffee before running by work to check the schedule for next week. On the way home I stopped by Cooper Mountain Nature park, to take some pictures. While I love hiking, I didn’t want to put that much strain on my knee that I banged up pretty good a couple days ago.
Since I got home, I have been baking some gluten free and dairy free brownies while I waited for my KnitPicks package to arrive.
In my KnitPicks package, I got the yarn swift I ordered as well as a hank of the KnitPicks stroll fingering yarn. I really didn’t need to order more yarn, but it was a choice of buying a hank of yarn and qualify for free shipping or just order the swift and be a penny shy of getting free shipping so I would have had to pay for shipping. The choice was get more yarn or pay for shipping. Yarn won.
I have been enjoying relaxing since I got home from work yesterday morning.
It is early Saturday morning as I am writing this post. Yesterday (Friday) which ended only about 15 minutes ago for me was a productive day.
I finished up the pair of socks I was knitting. I knit this particular pair using KnitPicks Palette Yarn in the colors Victorian and Hazelnut. Beings I knit up pairs of socks entirely of these two colors and had some yarn left over, I have been working in combining the left overs of the colors I have already used and making socks from the left over Yarn.
Yesterday, my mom and I had also gone to my favorite bakery for treats. My favorite bakery is the only gluten free vegan bakery in the city. There are other bakeries in town that do either gluten free or vegan, but Back to Eden is the only one that does both. I hadn’t been in to the bakery for a few months, and since the last time I went in, they have acquired the space that used to be next door, took down a wall, and expanded and done some redecorating. The space that was the original (as I know it to be) is still where you enter the bakery, but now that they have expanded, they have way more space for seating and moving around. I love what they have done with the space. In the old / pre expansion when it got busy, which it would be at times, you would constantly be literally bumping into the other customers and there would be no place to sit. There is now plenty of seating and plenty of room to look at what they have available and order. It’s also like and airy, and definitely a fun place with great food. I know I will miss being so close when ever I am able to move away from the city.
At the bakery, I had a cardamom vanilla bean cupcake and a triple berry smoothie. It was very delicious.
After my mom and I had treats at the bakery, we stopped at Fred Meyer to pick up a few items. Fred Meyer has their autumn decorations out. While I love decorating for Christmas, I love decorating for autumn more. Autumn is my favorite season. It is cooling off, yet October can have some of the most beautiful days, with the leaves turning yet it can be sunny and be between 68 – 72 degrees (Fahrenheit) 🍁🍂 and perfect. Itis still warm enough to go out without a jacket on those days, yet isn’t so warm that I am too hot.
I had an interview this past Tuesday, for a job that I probably would have enjoyed. I found out today that I didn’t get the job. I am trying to keep my mind off it and focus on finding a job and where I need to be.
As much as I love this part of the country, the fact that I have struggled to find a long term job, for the past 7.5 years. So, if I can find a job elsewhere I would totally move. Portland is a tough place to find a decent job if you aren’t in IT, Engineering or Healthcare fields.
Besides that, I went out and about for a bit this afternoon since I was tired of being stuck inside. I just drove around the city a bit. If I could find a job here, I would totally stay. At the same time, if I could find a job else where I would move, and enjoy the adventure.
After I got home, I made a batch of Raspberry & Cherry freezer jam. It turned out amazing.
I also spent some time knitting today, working to get the pair of socks I am working on done. I am still on the first sock though.
Ideally I would love to live either at the coast or back in the mid valley, either in a small town or near the small towns, and be within a couple hours of Portland. I am definitely more of a small town / country girl rather than a city girl. Having spent most of my life in the city, I am used to it, I would just rather be living in the country.
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.
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.
- I gave up drinking coffee ☕️ in August of 2014
- I love the smell of campfires 🔥 (especially at the beach)
- My favorite place to go is the Beach
- My favorite Disney character is Winnie the Pooh
- My favorite Disney Princess is Merida
- My favorite band / music group is Celtic Thunder (the Original 5 + Neil)
- My favorite piece of classical music is Rachmoninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini variation number 18
- My favorite film is Somewhere in Time
- My favorite color is royal blue
- My top travel destination outside of the United States 🇺🇸 is: Scotland
- The state I want to visit the most that I have not visited yet is: Alaska
- I like a good cup of tea ☕️
- I am left handed
- In College I majored in Social Science (my focus area was U.S. History)
- In college I minored in Literature
- I spent my first 5 terms of college as an early childhood / elementary education major
- I love being outdoors
- I enjoy hiking
- I was in band in grades 7 – 10
- I did choir in 11th grade, as well as several terms while in College
- I went to Florida when I was 13 with my family
- I attended a Marine Corps boot camp graduation when I was 15
- I went to Hawaii when I was 19 with my family
- I went to New York on my own when I was 23
- I was still an Infant, the first time I went to Canada 🇨🇦
- I love overcast, cool, rainy days
- I enjoy knitting
- I enjoy reading books
- My favorite TV show has been Grimm
- I know how to can (aka preservation food in glass jars for later consumption)
- The one dairy item I miss the most now that I have to be dairy free is Cheese. Tillamook Cheese 🧀 is the best.
- I enjoy exploring historical sites
- My favorite season is autumn
- I love architecture.
- If I am going out to eat, my top choice is typically a Lebanese or Greek restaurant
- I call the Willamette Valley home
- My favorite author is Robin Jones Gunn
- My favorite board game is Scrabble
- My favorite animal is the bottle nose dolphin 🐬
- I enjoy watching Period Dramas (Downton Abbey, Lark Rise to Candleford, Dr Quinn Medicine Woman, etc)
- My favorite musical is the Sound of Music
- My favorite flower 🌺 is Plumeria
- My favorite fruit is: Cherries 🍒
- Favorite dessert: the gluten free vegan lemon lavender poppyseed cupcakes from my favorite bakery
- I got to see The Phantom of the Opera when the traveling show was here in Portland
- I went to Public School for K – 12
- I was the first of my friends to get my drivers license
- Of all the yarns I have worked with, the Todd and Duncan Cashmere was my favorite.
- I worked at a knitting studio for a few months
- I love exploring old ghost towns