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Always been Outdoorsy — July 23, 2017

Always been Outdoorsy

Hey Everyone!

Today was a perfect day at the beach! It was sunny, windy, but not super cold, and the wind kept it from being too hot. It would have been a perfect day for this using solar and wind energy. 


My allergies were so much better at the beach, as was my comfort level. I was running around without a jacket and perfectly comfortable. 

I have always loved the beach and ocean. It has always felt more like home than the city. 

I have always felt better at the beach, between the fresh salty sea air, being outdoors a lot. Unless it’s raining, whenever I have stayed at the beach, I have spent more time outside than inside. 

Preferring to be outdoors, even when not at the beach is something I  have loved. Many of my favorite memories have included being outdoors. Whether it was ice fishing for lingcod in Canada in the winter, or hiking in the woods, or exploring an old left to ruins Fort, or being at the beach or sitting around a campfire on a summer evening (which is made better at the beach), or just being outside on a summer evening. 

It’s typically the blustery, cold, wet days that I prefer being indoors cooking, baking, knitting, curled up with a good book. 

The beach is my preference, the one place I love out of everywhere I have been, it is the one place I am truly a happy camper. 

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I am my Grandmother’s Granddaughter  — July 16, 2017

I am my Grandmother’s Granddaughter 

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Somethings are genetic, others are factors that come into play from how we were raised and what we were exposed to from a young age. 

As I am getting older, I have been realizing how much I am like my maternal grandmother. Granted she was the grandparent I spent the most time with. She lived in the same city as I did growing up, so she helped raise my brother and I. She was also the grandparent I had in my life the longest (she passed away when I was 22). So it’s only natural that some things were passed on to me, from her, by having been able to spend so much time with her. 

Other things, like the fact that my body doesn’t handle heat all that well can’t be learned. At least I know where I get it from. Not that I mind. I am definitely more of a fall and winter person anyway. 

Things I learned from my grandmother: That the beach is amazing, and that it never gets old, no matter how often I get to go to the beach. She also taught me how to knit. 

She also happened to be my birthday celebration buddy. Our birthdays were only 2 days apart, so we often celebrated together. I was born 2 days before her 69th birthday. 

I am glad that I was blessed to have her as my grandmother. She was always there for me. Even though I tend to be miserable in the summer from the heat, It reminds me of her. Air Conditioning and the fact that I know Autumn is coming are the the two things that get me through summer. 

Over Night Beach Trip with the Bestie  — July 21, 2016

Over Night Beach Trip with the Bestie 

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This past Sunday and Monday I spent at the beach with my best friend and her family. I kinda crashed her family’s beach trip, but they were all cool with it. I got to spend time with the babies (22 month old twins, their 6 month old little brother and 4 month old little cousin). 

Sunday, my best friend and I went to church at the church we attended in college (we have known each other our whole lives, then went to colleges about 20ish miles away from each other), before heading over then up the coastline to Tillamook. We stopped there so I could buy food, and we could get jerky at the Tillamook County Smoker. Tillamook is known for its cheese, ice cream, yogurt and butter, so the males are then used to make jerky and other tasty goodies. I love Tillamook jerky. It’s the best (so is the cheese and other dairy products, I just haven’t been able to eat for the last few years). 

Upon arriving at the beach house, we changed, played with babies, had dinner, went to the beach, went back to the house for dessert before going to town for Matches. Then went back to the beach to watch the sunset and get kindling for our camp fire. We had a campfire, where we made s’mores, had tea and talked until almost midnight. 


Monday, she got up first, and had gone down on the beach. I got up a little later, showered, went down on the beach for a little bit, went back to the house, held babies, and we had breakfast. More time was spent with the littles (4 under the age of 2), helping get them ready for the day, and getting the littlest dude down for a nap. 

After all that my best friend and I took a drive up to Cannon Beach, and wandered around, I bought yarn. We got lunch at Mo’s, before going to the antique store in Wheeler, before I had to head home since I had to work on Tuesday. 


The past few days have been a little rough since I have been missing the beach, and waking up at the beach and having campfires.  

I have always loved the beach. Though the past couple years it has really gotten in my blood, and from about March to September I feel like I practically live there, from how often I go. Many times I wish I could finds job there (or have a job that would send me there), and move there. 

A couple summers ago I fell in love with the area where my best friend’s family vacations each summer (I had crashed that vacation for a day that year as well, and had taken the twins and littlest dude’s mom with me, who was less than a month away from having the twins). That was the summer I first heard Rend Collective’s music. 

Friends and a concert  — June 28, 2016

Friends and a concert 

Hey Everyone!
I just wanted to give you all a little update.
Friday my best friend and I went to the beach and to the Oregon Coast Aquarium. We also walked through the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse before going down on the beach for a while before coming home. It was a great day with my best friend.
Saturday I got together with my ItWorks Upline and one of my teammates who is also enrolled with the same Upline. We have become friends. We went and got coffee (or in my case a passion tea lemonade), then went for a nature walk. That afternoon my Upline and I took her girls to the river for a while just to relax for a bit, beings that it was a perfect day. 
Sunday was a full day of church, and yesterday (Monday) was the concert. Sunday morning I helped my friend who has three boys under 2 (a set of twins and a 5 month old). Last night she brought her youngest who I got to hold through most of the concert. Poor baby though, I had finally got him to sleep then Marche Slav and the Battle Hymn of the Republic kept startling him. So I had one ear against me, and put a hand over his other ear and that seemed to help muffle the sound and he slept through most of it. 
My friend had also brought me some samples which are amazing, she and I are both doing DS for different companies so it is fun to give each other samples, and try each other’s products. 

History…. — March 19, 2016

History….

Hey Everyone! 

How are you all doing? 

I am doing pretty well. Today I had taken some food that I had made over to my friends who had a baby last week. While I was there they let me hold their baby girl, who is darling and tiny. 

While I was out, I decided to run to the beach for a bit. On the drive I had a lot going through my mind, which included whether I would ever find a job where I was working with Oregon and American West History and sharing it with today’s kids and making it interesting and tangible for them. Ever since I went to Barkerville as a kid, I have been fascinated by ghost towns and the frontier life (i.e. Laura Ingalls Wilder). Though it was not until college when I really began to understand history and why I loved it so much. How it was presented was different. I was also at an age where I could go out and explore what remained of some of what I had previously read about. In my K – 12 education the history I got was out of a biased textbook that only presented one interpretation of the events. It was also a lot of names and dates that I, to this day do not remember most of. In college, we were taught and shown different interpretations of the same facts, and sent to make conclusions based on the evidence was given. While we did have names and dates we also read and learned about what was going on socially, culturally, religiously, and that while the wars were going on, there were real people living their everyday lives, that the textbooks make no mention of. I can only speak for myself, but being someplace like Barkerville or Fort Stevens or Fort Columbia, made history real for me, because real people who were really no different than you or I had spent time living there, and working there. They played their part in history, they all had names, personalities, parents, siblings, many had spouses and kids. Not everyone is going to be a Theodore Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, Laura Ingalls Wilder or Margaret Thatcher, but we all have a story. Many of us lead ordinary lives, that won’t make the history books, but we all have been impacted by the “historical events” that take place during our lifetime. For me (so far) that has included 9/11 and the Iraq War. 

How I got off on a History Tangent when my original train of thought was more along the lines of Old long gone logging towns that are a part of Oregon’s History and how I would love to see one rebuilt or restored for the purpose of education and to make that part of history come to life. I was also thinking about if I would ever be able to use my degree, love of and passion for the history of the American West in a career. That is part of why I have been keeping my adventures blog, and started a YouTube channel to document my adventures and the history I interact with. 

It is always good to have goals and something to work toward. 

Crazy busy month — January 14, 2016

Crazy busy month

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The past month has been crazy. I haven’t had my normal weekly schedule in over a month. The weeks of Christmas and New Years I had short work weeks, then last week I switched days off so I could go to a family funeral and this week I took off yesterday and went to the beach for the day. 

Last night one of my friends had her baby. She now has 16 month old twin boys and a newborn infant son. I am excited for her and know she will have her hands full with 3 boys so close in age. I have been friends with her youngest sister pretty much my whole life, but didn’t start getting to get to know her better until a couple summers ago (when she was pregnant with the twins). 

The past month and a half really has been busy and I am hoping to get back into my “normal schedule” again soon. I don’t mind being busy, I just kinda miss the consistency. 

Home and Beach — September 20, 2015

Home and Beach

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This weekend has been busy, Friday I ran errands and got stuff done here in the city. Yesterday I had gone “home” for the Sunday school picnic that was put on by the church I went to while in college. Afterward I had gone to the coast before coming back to the city. I had also gone to the coast in part to see if I could meet up with someone I know who lives there. I didn’t see him, but being at the beach was worth the trip. 

Today I had gone to church with my parents this morning, then drove back down to where I had attended church while I was in college, for the evening service. I got to see one of my good friends and her kids. The drive back to the city is always the hardest part after being after being in the towns I grew to love and call home. They were more of a home to me than the big city ever has been. 

This summer has been full of trips to the beach, and other awesome adventures. I have been blessed to have been able to do all I have done this summer. 

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. 

Knowing more then one way back — July 20, 2015

Knowing more then one way back

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I spent Saturday and Sunday relaxing and trying to rest up as well as getting some knitting done. 

I am glad I had gone to the beach and gotten my grocery shopping done on Friday. 

I had taken the “normal” way to get to where I was going, and saw that traffic was already bad going the other direction, and would only be getting worse as the day wore on, especially with the air show starting later that day. I also got stuck in road construction traffic on highway 6, due to repaving the road. So I had decided to take another longer route which would have taken the same amount of time. On the way back I stopped and saw a good friend of mine and her kids, before the rest of the trip. Come to find out this morning that there was a fatal accident on the route I had taken to the coast that afternoon (during the period I would have been driving back). I believe that God was protecting me. 

Trains and automobiles  — July 18, 2015

Trains and automobiles 

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Today was pretty epic. I slept in a little bit and got up around 7:30 this morning. I got up and got ready for the day. I had to make a stop at the bank, the store and the gas station before skipping town for the day. 

I headed west, which pretty much only means one thing around here – BEACH DAY!!!!!!!!! I spent the past three weeks in the city and half of that time I spent getting over a cold. 

I had the worst case of cabin fever I have had for a long time. I just needed to go, drive and be away from the city. 

I drove out to Rockaway Beach, and went for a ride on the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad. During the summer the train that is pulled by a steam engine between Garibaldi and Rockaway Beach runs several times a day. I went once about a year ago, and really wanted to go again. About a month and a half ago I had the opportunity to go on the Salmonberry excursion, which used one of the Diesel engines (the 101, which has a cow print painted on it). It was amazing as well. 

My maternal grandmother passed on a few of the things she enjoyed to me, Knitting, cooking, the beach and Trains. I couldn’t help but think about her and miss her today and how much she would have loved having gone with me on today’s adventure where I combined two of her’s and my favorite things, the beach and trains. Having these common interests, while they remind me of her, and make me sad sometimes; they also make me happy. It is the little things that remind me that she’s have enjoyed them and have been proud of me make me happy and help me to not forget about her. 

On my way back inland I stopped and saw my sister for a bit and saw the kids. It was a long day and a lot of driving (pushing 300 miles today), but it was so worth it.