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Autumn in Portland — October 16, 2017

Autumn in Portland

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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.

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Hot Days and Going for a Drive — May 23, 2017

Hot Days and Going for a Drive

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Yesterday and today have been roasting hot. Yesterday was 94 degrees and today got to 88. While that isn’t hot for some areas, it is hot for Portland. Fortunately it has been cooling off quickly today. It went from 88 degrees sometime between 3 and 4, to 80 at about 5, and now at 8:30 pm it is sitting at a comfortable 62 degrees. 

This afternoon I needed to get out of the house and to go do something, so I went for a drive. It was so nice to get out of the city, even if it only was for a couple of hours. It was nice to be able to roll down the windows, turn up the radio and drive a two lane windy country road. That is definitely something I miss from having spent a few years living in a small town. 


While I would have loved to have gone to the beach, that was a bit out of a question, since the beach is and hour and a half to two hours away. I do love this part of the country. Well, the Mid & Northern Willamette Valley and the beach (Northern and Central Oregon Coast) anyway. 

Day trip out of the City — March 6, 2016

Day trip out of the City

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What a busy weekend. Not only was Friday a busy day spending it with my best friend in the city, then going grocery shopping and church, then yesterday I went for a drive out along the Columbia River. 

Normally, my adventures in the past few years have been down to where I went to college, or the beach and in the rare occasion I went north up to Washington. I went out through the gorge more often before I went to New York, which was back in July of 2011. I forgot why I fell in love with the area between Hood River and the Dalles. Hood River is on te northern end of Central Oregon, where as the Dalles is in the northwestern end of eastern Oregon. The area out there is rugged, wild and tough. I love it. I had forgotten how at home I feel out there. I could totally see myself moving out there and settling down out there. It is still close enough to the city to come in to go shopping and stock up on the GF/DF food I couldn’t get out there, but far enough out that I wouldn’t be in the metro area. At least one of the towns has my favorite coffee place (for as often as I drink it), my favorite clothes store, the two grocery stores I am used to and a Bi-Mart. Hood River and the Dalles are also known for their fruit, so I could totally go get cherries, pie cherries, peaches and probably pears and do some canning. It also wouldn’t be that hard to come into town and go to Kruger farms and get pickling Cucumbers, dill and garlic to make dill pickles and from Thompson farms raspberries and strawberries to eat and make jam out of. Nothing is set in stone, and it totally not happen, but it is something I am praying about. 

I started using ItWorks Greens and Chews 5 days ago, and I already have noticed a difference. I am waiting for my fat fighters to arrive. I am also wanting to try hair skin and nails. I am not a distributor, at least not yet. That is something I am thinking about, but don’t want to decide on until I see how the products work for me, and if it is something I want to stick with. 

The past few months, I have learned that there are things in life that I should not and will not compromise on, when it comes to dating and guys. When the right one comes along, the things that make up who I am, and what makes me feel alive he will embrace the same things and be down with the others (like the occasional girls night or girls weekend) that allow me to recharge. I won’t change the essence of who I am for a guy. I am not saying I am looking for Prince Charming or “the perfect guy” as they don’t exist. But there are those who are a good match. I would seriously prefer to be single than in a bad relationship, and that, how I was raised and the life experiences I have had, are how I have become the woman I am today. 

Hey Everyone!

What a busy weekend. Not only was Friday a busy day spending it with my best friend in the city, then going grocery shopping and church, then yesterday I went for a drive out along the Columbia River. 

Normally, my adventures in the past few years have been down to where I went to college, or the beach and in the rare occasion I went north up to Washington. I went out through the gorge more often before I went to New York, which was back in July of 2011. I forgot why I fell in love with the area between Hood River and the Dalles. Hood River is on te northern end of Central Oregon, where as the Dalles is in the northwestern end of eastern Oregon. The area out there is rugged, wild and tough. I love it. I had forgotten how at home I feel out there. I could totally see myself moving out there and settling down out there. It is still close enough to the city to come in to go shopping and stock up on the GF/DF food I couldn’t get out there, but far enough out that I wouldn’t be in the metro area. At least one of the towns has my favorite coffee place (for as often as I drink it), my favorite clothes store, the two grocery stores I am used to and a Bi-Mart. Hood River and the Dalles are also known for their fruit, so I could totally go get cherries, pie cherries, peaches and probably pears and do some canning. It also wouldn’t be that hard to come into town and go to Kruger farms and get pickling Cucumbers, dill and garlic to make dill pickles and from Thompson farms raspberries and strawberries to eat and make jam out of. Nothing is set in stone, and it totally not happen, but it is something I am praying about. 

I started using ItWorks Greens and Chews 5 days ago, and I already have noticed a difference. I am waiting for my fat fighters to arrive. I am also wanting to try hair skin and nails. I am not a distributor, at least not yet. That is something I am thinking about, but don’t want to decide on until I see how the products work for me, and if it is something I want to stick with. 

The past few months, I have learned that there are things in life that I should not and will not compromise on, when it comes to dating and guys. When the right one comes along, the things that make up who I am, and what makes me feel alive he will embrace the same things and be down with the others (like the occasional girls night or girls weekend) that allow me to recharge. I won’t change the essence of who I am for a guy. I am not saying I am looking for Prince Charming or “the perfect guy” as they don’t exist. But there are those who are a good match. I would seriously prefer to be single than in a bad relationship, and that, how I was raised and the life experiences I have had, are how I have become the woman I am today. 

Perfect Day — January 23, 2016

Perfect Day

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  You know when you have one of those days where everything going right, and you have an amazing day? Yeah, that was my day yesterday (Friday).

My day started stated off with getting to the bank, getting right in and taken care of, then getting to Fred Meyer before going to the mall to pick up one of my friends. While i was at the mall (the first time) I was able to pick up the entire series of J*A*G, at a decent price. I was super excited about that. My friend and I went for a hike at Scouter’s Mountain. It was an amazing hike.  

    
    
 After our hike my friend and I went to red robin and then I took her back to the mall, and I found an amazing park so I ran in ad went to Teavana and got some tea and a tumbler that was on sale. I went to ditch bros and my favorite bakery before going to the grocery store. 

Yesterday felt like a spring day, it was partially cloudy, it got up into the mid to upper 50’s for a high, and wasn’t pouring down rain. 

I love the rain, don’t get me wrong there, but after a record amount of rain in December and a couple of inches above average of rain so far this month, I was definitely feeling Cabin Fever set in. I needed to get outside, and enjoy being outside. In running to the bakery and the grocery store I went out in a tee shirt, a jean skirt and toms after I had pretty much roasted while hiking. I am definitely a cold weather person, when I think that the upper 50’s/almost 60 is tee shirt weather. I would fit right in, in SE Alaska. 

This was my “Normal” week, in like a month. By normal, I mean back to my normal 4 day work week with Friday off. Every week since the week of Christmas my schedule had been different, and it felt good to be back on my normal routine. 

Yesterday was also amazing in part because I was doing what I love, which includes being outdoors as well as building relationships with people on a one on one basis. I am not a big group person. I like people, I enjoy spending time around people, but in small groups that I am comfortable with or on an individual basis. I am an introvert, and do need a certain amount of alone time to recharge. Around some people who I have known my whole life and have more of an active role in my life during that time I am more ” outgoing”, but that has a lot to do with the fact that I have known them for as long as I can remember, and always had had positive interactions with them since I was little. 

  For having to live in the city for the time being, I love that the country is so close, so that I can easily escape the craziness of city life. I had seen these horses, and not even two minutes away were expensive houses, on a hill, in the city. Where my friend and I were hiking was legitimately in the city, and what is still in the heart of the metro area. 

Climbing Volcanoes  — October 17, 2015

Climbing Volcanoes 

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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. 

  
 

Labour Day Weekend — September 8, 2015

Labour Day Weekend

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This weekend went well. Friday I ran errands. I had gone to Fred Meyet to pick up some stuff, and then I had stopped at Joann’s to pick up some more fall candles. I hit another sale, 40% off regular price then I had an 25% off total purchase, so I got $40 worth of candles for just under $18. I then went to my favorite bakery and I got some cupcakes, which were Gluten Free and Vegan, they were delicious. 

Saturday I spent at the house, knitting, and reading Outlander. 

  Sunday, my parents and I went to the beach. Beings that it was labour day weekend, the coast gets busy, really busy. I know a spot that is low key, and that you have to know its there to know it exists. It is a nice spot to hang out, which I have done a fair amount this summer. We hung out there for a while, then went up to Cannon Beach for dinner then went back to the beach to watch the sunset. About the time of the sunset we saw some whales surface, which was pretty awesome. 

Yesterday, I did some baking, knitting and spent several hours reading outlander.

It was a pretty productive weekend, and I am stoked that this week is a 3 day work week. 

Weekend Reflection — August 23, 2015

Weekend Reflection

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Now that I am home, have unpacked, had a good night sleep, and some normal food I wanted to look back at this weekend and reflect on it a bit.

I did have fun this weekend. I am really glad that I went. This was my first Vlogger / YouTube convention, and I have a feeling it will be my last. Beings that the SacconeJoly’s were the only ones of my favorite vloggers not at this convention, I am good. I realized that while I enjoy watching vlogs, I don’t enjoy making them. I much prefer blogging (obviously….).

Navigating a city I am not familiar with, while getting myself where I need to go on time was a huge deal. When I went off to college 9 years, the idea of learning my way around a small town scared me, and yet this past Friday I took off for Seattle without batting an eyelash.

Whenever I am in Tacoma, I like going by my Dad’s old high school, not just because it is where my dad went to high school, but because its architecture is amazing and it sits overlooking Commencement Bay, which is part of the Puget Sound. I have been by where my mom went to high school here in Portland. it pales in comparison. My Mom’s high school opened in 1960, is of a modern architecture and has no impressive views from any vantage point.

While I am partial to Portland (even though I don’t like living here), though I do enjoy visiting the Tacoma and Seattle area, and seeing Mt. Rainier and the Puget Sound. It is an amazing change of scenery from where I live.

As much as I don’t care for living here, due to politics, the economy, taxes and such, you can’t beat the scenery. While I was in Washington I paid sales tax, which really isn’t a big deal, Oregonians just make a big deal out of it because we don’t have a state sales tax, but have state income tax.

It has been hazy all day, to the point it looks overcast from all the smoke that has settled over the valley from the wildfires.

This trip was definitely something  I needed to do for myself, and to prove to myself that all the work I have put in over the last 9 years hasn’t been a waste. Going away on my own, and going to a big city that I am not familiar with on my own and not having anything bad happen to me just reminded me that moving away, when I can find a better job is something I am capable of. I am up for the challenge and stuff like this weekend doesn’t have to scare me, and I won’t let the fact that something scares me stop me from doing it, if I know that what I am doing is the right thing for me. I am a strong, independent young woman. Going to New York on my own to be a Nanny is proof of that. Keeping safety in mind, there is a lot I want and will go do.

Vlogger Fair  — August 22, 2015

Vlogger Fair 

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Today was VloggerFair, which I went to in the Morning. I went to bed around midnight and really didn’t sleep that well because I was in a hotel, in a strange bed and yeah, not much sleep happened. So at about 6:00 this morning I just got up, showered, started packing, went down to breakfast where I just got some sausages, an apple and an orange. I went back to my room, brushed my teeth and finished packing up my stuff before checking out and going to VloggerFair. 

I drove up to Seattle, hunted down a gluten free, vegan bakery to get some muffins and I tried to find a Starbucks which was a fail. How is that possible that I was in downtown Seattle and could not find a Starbucks for the life of me.  

 While I was trying to find the bakery I found the Fremont Troll on accident. How that happened I cannot tell you. 

I finally got back to the area I needed to be in, parked and had the hardest time finding where I was supposed to go and was pretty much walking in circles. I eventually found it, which was good for me. I did get several pictures of the space needle. As you can see in the picture below the sky is all smoky from all the wild fires burning here in the Pacific Northwest.

 I finally made it to the convention center and waited around for it to start. I managed to get a picture with Ellie and Jared when they got there, then waited for the meet and greet to get pictures with Bryan and Missy from Daily Bumps, as well as Cullen and Katie whose channel is just their names. I also got to see Cullen and Katie’s daughter Macey Gaines. By the time I got to Bryan and Missy, Ollie was beyond melted down so Missy’s sister Cassy was walking him around in the stroller. I have no idea who had Jackson (Ellie and Jared’s 2 year old son) for all I know he is still in Utah either with Ellie’s parents or her sister Bonnie. I also got to hang out for a bit with James and Ashley (and their daughter Baby Chick) after James finished his Panal.  

    
   
It was awesome to meet most of my favorite vloggers. 

After I left VloggerFair I had attempted to go down to Pikes Place market to go to the original Starbucks to get the Pikes Place mug as well as another Starbucks to get a Seattle mug, but traffic was horrible, there was no parking and it was like I was back in New York with different scenery so I just left. 

I stopped and got food then some Starbucks in a different town before driving back to Portland. 

I know Portland is wierd, but Seattle is weirder. Portland is really more weird than I care to deal with. 

This weekend was fun, and the first on my own big city that isn’t the city I was raised in adventure I have had. I was amazed at how well I really did in just taking it on like it is normal, which is huge for me. Having gone to New York to be a nanny 4 years ago did me good. 

Found my passion — June 14, 2015

Found my passion

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I finally decided to write a short life update post, since that has been a lot going on the past few months that I haven’t necessarily talked about in the blog. 

I had to part ways with a “friend” a few months ago, just because I was tired of everything being about her. After I had decided to part ways with her, my life really started changing for the better. 

I finally felt and feel free to pursue what I am passionate about, and keeping the friends who understand me, encourage me, and help build me up and want to see me become a better person. 

As the weather has been nicer I have been going to the coast fairly often, about every other weekend since the end of February, which has been amazing in and of itself. 

The people I have gotten to met, and gotten to know a little bit has been amazing. 

I have really noticed that with my weekend adventures my life has become so much more enjoyable and I alway look forward to my weekends and being able to go and do what I love and am passionate about and sharing it.