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Introvert in an Extroverted Location

I’m still trying to get over the amount of people I ended up around this weekend.  Family was fine.  I was good.  Glad today was a calm work day.

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A couple months ago, I did a blog post about Portland and all the people.  Seattle:  Not much different, especially where I went.  Reminder: Pike’s Place at 7 a.m. when most of the shops are closed and getting ready to open is a much better time to visit versus 9:30 a.m. on a Saturday.

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I did have fun with scavenger hunt I did Friday afternoon, although I would have gotten more points had I looked either down or at eye level.  I was too busy looking up at the Space Needle to get some of the clues.

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My calves are still on fire from walking up and down the hills and then sitting for long periods of time in the car.  I did get to see a lot though, including a book nerd gem.

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All in all, it was a good trip.  I was happy to be back in California though.  I want to say that this has been a great experience and has done wonders for my perspective on family and life and how much nicer it is to do things with other people.  Ray and I skyped while I was doing Pike’s Place after 9:30 a.m. PDT and I got to show her some cool things.  Would probably have been cooler had she been there with me.

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My introvertedness was showing by the end of it all.  With family, it’s not so bad.  Without them… When you’re staring at your phone, with your headphones in, and (hopefully) talking to someone on the other end, things are a little better.  But there’s nothing like going somewhere with them and sharing your love of a place together.  I miss that.

Listening to:  Nothing right now.

Reading:  Just One Damned Things after Another by Jodi Taylor and The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs.

Quote of the Day:  “There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.” ― Will Rogers

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May’s Goals

It’s a beautiful Beltane morning!  It’s sunny and cold here but it’s sunny.

I didn’t complete much this month though.  Mostly, I was focused on going to Chris’s graduation and then not burning a book.  That was the surprising part and almost caused another reading slump.  This month, I’m focusing on getting another job and marking some of the travel things off my list.

  • Miles reached for Walk to Mordor: 1,457.87.  321.13 miles to Mt. Doom!
  • Weight: 250.2 (up 2.4 lbs)
  • Books read: 16 books.
  • Blog Posts: 5
  • Vlog Posts: 7

May goals:

  • Reach 400+ miles.
  • Get under 245.
  • 10 blog posts.
  • 15 books.
  • 10 vlogs.
  • Finish edits my NaNoWriMo book.
  • Attend a Writer’s Workshop in Bend, OR
  • Buy a lottery ticket.
  • Visit California’s North Coast (Eureka and Crescent City, CA).
  • Complete a 24 in 48 hour readathon.
  • Defensive Driving Class
  • Plan my trip back to the East Coast.

Really need to clean this list up; some of these things have been lingering too long.

Happy Tuesday.

Listening to:  Office noises.  Trying to wrap a couple things up before I leave to go do other stuff.

Reading:  The Lost by Vicki Pettersson and American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Quote of the Day:  “Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.” ― Oscar Wilde

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April’s Goals

Happy April…2nd.

March flew by.  Every time I wanted to write on here, I didn’t, mostly because I don’t know how much more talking about travel when it really stresses me out can keep this going.  I went a lot of places last month and read a lot of books.  I spent maybe a day in all working on “Journeymen” (working title, not the actual one I’m going with).  So other than work, reading, traveling, and procrastinating in general, there wasn’t much to talk about.

Completed:

  • Read 10 books:  I smashed this one.  I actually think I got through 24.
  • Take First Aid training:  Thank you work.
  • No Fast Food for a month (Day Zero Goal):  Really easy to do when there aren’t any McDonald’s or Dunkin Donuts around.
  • Shopped at Powell’s.
  • Got a new phone!

Book related goodness can be found with my April TBR and my March Wrap-up videos.  I hit up two different bookstores last month:  Powell’s in Portland and Grassroots Books in Reno.  All in all, I ended up with 40+ new books, both in two different book hauls.

One awesome thing this month is getting to go home to see our second Marine graduate boot camp next week.  I can’t wait!

But moving on to the check in stuff.

  • Miles reached for Walk to Mordor: 1,368.53.  Made it past Rauros and onto Mt. Doom!
  • Weight: 247.8 (up 0.4 lbs)
  • Books read: 24 books.
  • Blog Posts: 4
  • Vlog Posts: 9

Some of these are carried over from March since I still really want to get them done.  April goals:

  • Reach 325+ miles.
  • Get under 245.
  • 10 blog posts.
  • 15 books.
  • 10 vlogs.
  • Start 1000 piece puzzle.
  • Edit my NaNoWriMo book.
  • Buy a lottery ticket.
  • Visit California’s North Coast (Eureka, CA).
  • Complete a 24 in 48 hour readathon.
  • 30 Day Unsent Letter Challenge
  • Defensive Driving Class
  • New tattoo

Here’s to another great, busy month!

Listening to:  Amazon’s Spring Mix (Ed Sheeran, Demi Levato, Portugal the Man, etc.)

Reading: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

Quote of the Day:  “Learning is the beginning of wealth. Learning is the beginning of health. Learning is the beginning of spirituality. Searching and learning is where the miracle process all begins.” ― Jim Rohn

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Wanderlust

I started planning my weekend on Monday morning.  By planning weekend trips, I’m trying to feed my wandering thoughts and find a place to run away to from a place I’ve run away to.  I like where I’m staying honestly but small town life, without the anonymity of the big town bustle, can be claustrophobic after years of big city living.

So my adventure this weekend hopefully takes me to Portland, OR.  There are a few factors weighing on that but otherwise, I’m off to Portland.

Why Portland?  Why not somewhere closer to where I’m staying?  Couple of reasons:

  1. The books.–If you know you me or have been on my blog longer enough, you know I’m a book connoisseur. I love books.  I love reading.  I have books that I’d like to getting and some that I need for my collection to complete series that I have finished and plan to read again or series that I need to finish.
  2. The food.–The last time I was in Portland, there was a great food culture there.  Pinterest was littered with what to eat in Portland, from the usual touristy things to the little known places that people have stumbled upon.  There are food cart clusters, each specializing in a few key things like pizza or burgers.  There’s restaurants with international fare and fantastic beer.  Speaking of beer…
  3. The beer.–This outside of the books and the food, is probably the number #1 reason to check out Portland.  There are over 100 different brew works so Portland is a micro-brew, small batch beer lover’s paradise.  There’s Rogue, there’s Deschuetes, there’s Hopsworks, there’s McMenagmn’s (first time I ever knew there was anything like a growler), and the list just keeps on going!
  4. The transportation.–Very rarely will I ever say I go to a city because they have a good transportation system.  I dog D.C. and Baltimore out like crazy, but Portland… Only place I am trying to find a park and ride so I can take public transit.  It’s well done, well scheduled and pretty well maintained.  And goes to the airport now.

Do you really need any other reasons to visit a great city that’s not so much a tourist trap as just an awesome place to be who you are?

I don’t.

Listening to:  Dinner cooking.

Reading:  The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth Laban and Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop

Quote of the Day:  “Times of transition are strenuous, but I love them. They are an opportunity to purge, rethink priorities, and be intentional about new habits. We can make our new normal any way we want.” ― Kristin Armstrong

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March’s Goals

So March…

February was another “stellar” month.  Shorter but no less exciting.  Completed:

  • Read 10 books.
  • Travel cross county (Day Zero Goal).
  • Visit California (Day Zero Goal).
  • Read 200 books (Day Zero Goal).

Awesome things happened last month though, and then some not so awesome things happened that are the reason my day is shaky.  However, moving past it and knocking things off my bucket list that I need to get done since it’s the first of the month.  Already posted my vlogs (March TBR and February Wrap-up) this morning before work.

Goals check-in:

  • Miles reached for Walk to Mordor: 1,293.7.  15.3 miles to Rauros!
  • Weight: 247.4 (down 5.2 lbs)
  • Books read: 14 books.
  • Blog Posts: 3
  • Vlog Posts: 4

March goals:

  • Reach 250+ miles.
  • Get under 245.
  • 10 blog posts.
  • 10 books.
  • 10 vlogs.
  • Start 1000 piece puzzle.
  • Edit my NaNoWriMo book.
  • Buy a lottery ticket.
  • Visit California’s North Coast (Eureka, CA).
  • Complete HRC’s Nargle 9k.
  • Complete a 24 in 48 hour readathon.
  • No fast food for the month.
  • Complete HRC’s DA 5k.

There are a few other things I’ll be adding to the list as completed this month that I don’t want to add here because I don’t know if I’ll actually do them.  *fingers crossed on them*

Happy Thursday!

Listening to:  Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Reading: Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Quote of the Day:  “Some people may have greatness thrust upon them. Very few have excellence thrust upon them. They achieve it. They do not achieve it unwittingly, by ‘doing what comes naturally’; and they don’t stumble into it in the course of amusing themselves. All excellence involves discipline and tenacity of purpose.” ― John William Gardner

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Change in Location

There have been few opportunities where I can change my life for the better.  One was going to DC, then having some amazing people who were great and supportive of my life and my career.  Another was meeting Ray.  I know I talk about Ray a lot but she’s pretty freaking special to me.

Then, just when life feels like it is going to break you, the Universe (or whatever external divinity you believe in) reminds you that good (and even great) things are out there.  You just have to be brave enough to take them.

Currently, I’m typing this on my laptop at a table 3,000 miles from home.  I’m still coming down off the high of even being given this opportunity.  I thought it wasn’t real up until I got told there was an action in the system for it.  Still didn’t believe it was real as I was driving out this way.  It probably won’t hit me that this is really happening to me until I get to work tomorrow and get settled.

Every missed opportunity from before…  I want to say has led to this moment.  It hasn’t though.  I screwed up on an interview years ago for almost the exact position in a different location.  Then there was Portland.  I had my hopes up and everything, only to have it land in my face 24 hours later with two words:  Not selected.  I kicked myself a lot for those, but I wouldn’t change the way all that happened.

Life is good and things are awesome.  And someone was willing to take the chance on me to allow me to the chance to work in the field.

All because I put my name in the hat to do something different.

Listening to:  Down with the Sickness by Disturbd

Reading:  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling and Lirael by Garth Nix (Tim Curry is an awesome narrator!)

Quote of the Day:  “The most important thing is this: to be able at any moment – to sacrifice what you are, for what you will become!” ― Eric Thomas

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February’s Monthly Goals

Well…um…damn.

I think the only things I finished was “Read 10 books,” “Start RTY 2018 mile challenge,” and “Record 10 vlogs.”

It’s been a really slow start to 2018, but we’re already a month in.  How does that happen?  Oh right:  Because I procrastinate!

Sigh.

Work has been great so far this year and after focusing on the books, sending one more kid off to boot camp, traveling to another’s graduation, dealing with the uncertainty of work (furloughed government employee), and just the general moodiness of S.A.D., I didn’t do much of anything this month.

But check-in anyways:

  • Miles reached: 1,231.74.  77.26 miles to Rauros!
  • Weight: 252.6 (I’ve been fluctuating)
  • Books read: 27 books.
  • Blog Posts: 4
  • Vlog Posts:  11

For February, I have a detail coming up so I will complete a few things I didn’t think I’d get to do, and work is paying for it.

  • Reach 200+ miles.
  • Get under 245.
  • 10 blog posts.
  • 10 books.
  • 10 vlogs.
  • Travel cross county.
  • Start saving for honeymoon cruise.
  • Edit my NaNoWriMo book.
  • Submit “Finding Home” to Kindle Scout.
  • Buy a lottery ticket.
  • Visit California’s North Coast (Eureka, CA)
  • Complete HRC’s Nargle 9k

That’s it for now.  I’m looking at other things to add to my list while I’m away but we will see.

Happy Thursday!

Listening to:  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Reading: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot and More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

Quote of the Day:  “The greatest fear in the world is of the opinions of others. And the moment you are unafraid of the crowd you are no longer a sheep, you become a lion. A great roar arises in your heart, the roar of freedom.” ― Osho

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