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The Holiday Rush is Starting.

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The last few weeks have been crazy busy.

This week, I have been sick for most of the week. So I have been pushing through being sick and working as many hours as I am offered.

I picked up an extra shift at a different store last night, since they needed extra help. This was the third store I have worked a shift at this season. I still love my home store, yet I also enjoy working shifts at different stores, and working with their crews.

While I am not a morning person, my normal shifts at work are ideal, I start early, and got off as the store opens.

This time of year is the craziest time of year when you work retail. It seems like my life is basically all eating, sleeping, and working. Trying to have a life as well can be a challenge, but I am trying. I managed to fit in a date yesterday before having to go to work. We had met up for coffee.

We had met up at a coffee shop I am familiar with, from when I worked in the area. It has kind of a old hunting lodge type theme to its decor, which is one of the things I liked about it. It is also very Portland.

The tea I had ordered, showed up while I was at work yesterday. Stash Tea, is my standby for tea. Even though Stash is local, one of the things I like about ordering it online is that there are 10 more tea bags per box. The more you buy of a particular kind (like English Breakfast Tea), the price per teabag goes down.

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Just Needing to Go!!!

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Despite still struggling with bad allergies, I needed to get out of the house and get out and about.

I got a coffee from Black Rock to start my day off. I got a soy hazelnut latte.

I also needed to pick up a couple items at Fred Meyer. I saw this super cute reusable bag, so I picked it up as well.

It totally makes me want to go shopping at farmers markets, for fresh local produce, to whip up into something tasty.

While I was out, i went up to one of the neighborhoods that I have fallen in love with here in the city. For someone who isn’t a fan of being in the city, finding a neighborhood I like was a hard task and a huge undertaking. It is over in Northeast Portland. It is one of those neighborhoods that is still a decent neighborhood and is also a traditionally working class neighborhood, where people like my grandparents would have raised my parents.

I came across this Catholic Church while I was out exploring.

Today I was able to pick two pints of raspberries and almost a pint of tomatoes.

There are starting to be early signs of fall. We are finally done with the long stretches of highs in the 90’s, that doesn’t cool off much at night. The days are getting shorter and it is definitely obvious that we are getting less daylight.

I am so ready for fall to be here.

Preparing for Summer Adventures

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I hadn’t planned on going for a hike today, or even leaving the house. This afternoon I really was just like “I need to get out of the house and do something, and get some exercise and spend some time in the woods”. Fortunately, “The Woods” can be found in quite a few locations near by, without even having to leave the metropolitan area. I lathered on some mineral based sunblock (more on that topic in a bit), and went hiking.

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Once I had come back to the park loop trail from the summit trail, I had decided to take the long way, up and around the mountain to get back to the trailhead I had parked at. This detour added a mile and a half to my hike, which means I hiked a total of 3.37 miles today. That is a lot for me, as I have been away from hiking for a while. Even when I was doing more hiking a couple years ago, today’s hike would have still been a good hike. This hike had kicked my butt, as I have really only started hiking again in the past couple of months. The ascents were what really got me. I am definitely wanting and needing to get out more, and do more hikes and walks.

While I was out hiking, I definitely had the scene from the newer parent trap with Lindsay Lohan where they are hiking up to the lake where they are going camping….Yeah, the first 45 seconds of this clip was the part that kept playing in my head.

While today was a beautiful day, and got up to 68 degrees (Fahrenheit), and was hiking in a wooded area, so you aren’t in the direct sun the whole hike, I still applied sunscreen. I have been trying different brands of mineral based sunscreens to see if there was anything I liked better than the traditional sunscreens (because, chemicals….). Turns out they have have some not so awesome chemicals in them too, and don’t work as well (for me anyway) as the traditional sunblock brands (like Banana Boat, Coppertone, Water Babies (which is by coppertone), and Hawaiian Tropic). The bugs also seemed to be attracted more to something in the mineral based sunblock I used today because they were literally attacking me the whole time, and i have never had that issue with “normal” sunscreens.

With feeling like I was getting burned while on my hike, and the bugs, and just overall not being impressed with the mineral based sunblocks, I stopped at Target on the way home from my hike (since there is literally a Target on my way home from where I went hiking), and I picked up some of the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer SPF 55 Sunscreen for my face, and a bottle of Coppertone Sport SPF 70 for the other exposed areas of skin that need sunblock. As a teenager and young adult (while in college), I didn’t care so much about my skin or the potential for skin cancer. I cared a bit more in my mid-twenties, but it wasn’t until I was in my late twenties that  I was like “I better really start taking care of my skin”, and that includes sunscreen. I have seen many women who have spent too much time outside and not used enough (if any) sunblock. Suffice it to say Sunblock and hats are quickly becoming my BFF’s when the sun comes out. Besides the fact that wearing a hat helps to keep the sun out of my eyes.

Other than my adventure today, and quick stop to pick up sunblock that should last me for the next couple of years, depending on how much I go outside, this week, I have spent the majority of working on my new sock pattern. I did go out Monday and Tuesday afternoons to go pick up my mom from Downtown Portland….But it has been primarily a week spent working on knitting and drinking tea.

I found season 7 of Call the Midwife on iTunes, so I bought the season pass, so now each Monday, I get to watch a new episode of my current British Periods Drama obsession. It’s still hard to believe that they have started filming Season 8 of Call the Midwife. From what I have been reading and seeing, Call the Midwife has been renewed for at least a total of 10 seasons, which means at least two more seasons after the one they are currently filming (and three seasons more to watch after I finish season 7). I am pretty excited about that. I am still waiting to see if The Blacklist is renewed for a 6th Season, and if there will a 5th season of Poldark (Season 4 is filming). Good TV shows are hard to come by these  days. Now that Grimm and Downton Abbey have ended, I have been looking for new TV Shows to watch while I knit. At least I found a few show that are still coming out with new seasons to watch.

Seizing the Day

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Between all the rain we got over the weekend, and the sun coming out today, hitting nearly 70 degrees (69 to be exact), I had to get out and go for a hike.

I went and hiked up Mt. Talbert, which is one of my favorite spots. From where I started, hiking up to the summit, and back down again, it totaled 1.86 miles. Coming down was a shorter distance than going up. In the mile going up to the top, there was an elevation gain of about 417 feet. It smelled amazing out there and the birds were chirping. It was awesome.

This is one of my places to go hiking at the moment since I have been away from hiking for a bit, and I don’t have much in the way of endurance, but I am working on it. Consistency is key. I am also still working on breaking in the boots I bout a couple month back.

I love being up there and just thinking, and trying to clear my mind from the stress and craziness of life.

I love being outside, whether I am going for a walk on the beach or hiking in the woods – up the side of a mountain, that is where I am most at ease and content with life. I have lived the city life, and it’s really not for me. I prefer to more active, and finding a better balance between being able to be outdoors and being indoors.

It’s Been Raining Cats and Dogs

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The past 48 hours has been so typical spring here in the Pacific Northwest. Yesterday was a beautiful day and it almost hit 70 degrees and would have been the perfect day to go for a hike. Overnight the storm rolled in. It has been windy all day, and the rain started in periodic downpours that has turned into consistently heavy(ish) rain. The citywide average is sitting at over an inch of rain, while closer to where I live it has exceeded an inch and a half in the past twenty – four hours. I wouldn’t be surprised if tomorrow we are hearing about on the news that raw sewage was dumped into the Willamette River and how people need to avoid the river….

With the exception of Monday, which is looking to be halfway decent, the next week is looking to be cool and damp. I am going to try to get out on Monday and go for a hike, I just want to get out of the house and go do something.

The rest of the week looks great for working on my knitting projects and drinking tea. I have plenty of projects to be working on, especially while it is still cool and wet. The more I can get done now, while I don’t have the warm weather to dry finished Wool projects outside, I can better use the consistently warm dry weather when it gets here.

Not to mention I have a bit more yarn coming in this next week, to fill out what I already have – so I don’t have to skimp on projects and so I have plenty of options of what to wear when I get them all done.

Let the Adventures Begin!

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The bug I had at the end of last week was short lived, fortunately.

The Saje Essential Oils I ordered had arrived on Saturday, and the bottle of DoTerra OnGuard arrived yesterday. I love that the OnGuard is DoTerra’s blend of thieves. Thieves blend has been around for a while, and is based on a 15th century legend, during the bubonic plague.

Today was rather busy, I ran a couple errands, getting ready for some plans I have coming up in about a week and a half.

I also went on a 2.75 mile hike today. It was such a beautiful day, and I have been wanting to go out hiking for ages. I am also trying to break in my new hiking boots. One of the down sides of new hiking boots is blisters. I am hoping with time that my boots will get broken in so that the blisters don’t occur.

Over the course of the last week or so I have also been binge watching Call the Midwife, it is really good. As per usual I am late to the game of the good British TV shows that come across the pond.

Cabin Fever; The saga continues

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2018 has been a rough one so far for illness. I am sick for the third time this year and we are really only 2 months into the year.

All I want is to be healthy again and some half way decent weather so I can go hiking again.

The conditioning cream and the insoles I bought for my hiking boots came today, so I was able to condition my new hiking boots this afternoon, since they are full grain leather. I definitely want to protect them and have them last as long as possible.

Even though I am sick, today has been productive. I got some laundry done, and got my boots conditioned. I have gotten several blog posts written on a couple of my blogs, including this post. I have also been looking for a job.

Today has already been a two cup of tea day, and is about to be a three cup of tea day.

I will be giving essential oils a try here in the near future, to see if they help me stay healthy, help with my allergies and with stress. I am going to be trying a few blends.

I have too much going on this month to be sick again. I have a ladies retreat in a couple weeks that I will be attending as well as a concert the weekend after and I want to fit in at least a couple hikes before Oregon Spring Break.

I have also been sorting through some stuff, and seeing what I can get rid of, especially of things that don’t fit right or don’t fit period and I won’t wear. I am also trying to simplify what I have, with the exception of a few decorative things (even that I am trying to keep simple), I am trying to not have excessive amounts of material things that I don’t really need. If it is something functional, that I am currently using (or will for sure use when I move out on my own again) I am keeping it for now, but other things are just taking up needless space.

While I have no burning desire to living in a tiny home, I would rather live on acreage, with a modest farmhouse, bungalow or cottage, than a big house in the city. The one thing I would like though is a kitchen with decent counter space so I can have room to cook and bake, as well as a table that can seat several people, for family gatherings and such.

Moving???

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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.

Just Can’t Catch a Break

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This weekend was a busy one. I was feeling pretty good after having a cold last week. So I had gone about life as usual over the weekend.

Then yesterday I feel like I ran into a brick wall and had taken a few steps backward in the illness department. Last night was rough, my tonsils were pretty swollen all night and have finally gone down as the day has gone on. I definitely picked up another bug.

I shouldn’t be surprised beings my weekend was busy and I was just getting over another bug. My immune system hadn’t completely recovered.

Fortunately, I am able to stay home for the time being, where I can rest and drink plenty of water.

I had a good weekend at least. I got to spend some time with a good friend of mine as well as being in the part of the state I consider to be home.

End of October Already?

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It’s hard to believe that it is almost the end of October, Halloween is Tuesday and daylight savings ends next week (for those of us in the US and Canada). October has flown by.

This week was kind of chill, even though Monday’s truck showed up on Tuesday at work.

Beings that I was off on Thursday, I watched a movie, some TV shows on Hulu plus and Netflix, as well as worked on the pair of socks I am knitting up.

I had interviewed for a job last week, for which I haven’t heard back from, so it is safe to assume that I didn’t get the job. I know that is the way things go, and most places don’t let you know if you didn’t get the job, which can make it hard, especially as you are applying for a ton of jobs. While I am working, it is a part time seasonal job, so I am not banking on it past mid January. With that being said, I am definitely still looking for something that is full time and more than just a seasonal position. I would also like to move away from living in the city.

Yesterday, we went for a drive out to Sauvie Island for something to do. It was a beautiful day to be out.

I love this time of year, as well as being out in the middle of farm country. Most days I do miss where I lived when I was in college, as it was a small town in the middle of Farm, wine and hops country.