Monday, July 29, 2013

More Happy Things

Well one thing that is definitely happy: this is post 100 on this blog.  Which probably counts the couple of drafts that are sitting and won't ever be posted, but still... that's something.

Anyways, it's been a long and somewhat rough week, what with starting a new job and Tyler moving away.  But that's not what this is about.

I do love my new job still, and I'm getting good at it.  Plus, it has the awesome perk of going to some really cool events around town.  This past weekend I went to SolarFest, which is a festival focused on solar power and other green things.  Which apparently includes alpacas, llamas, and Ciscoe Morris.  Came face-to-face with all of these, and saw some cool technology as well.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Happy Things, week 3

I haven't managed to keep my journal this week, because I was camping for the start of it, brought but didn't write in it at all, then took a couple days to unpack, and have just been too tired at the end of the day to do anything but crash.

On the other hand, this is a very good thing.

So good things for the week:
  1. Camping, of course.  Went out to Lake Quinalt and had a relaxing couple days.
  2. Started my job.  It's fantastic.  Exhausting and rather challenging but really quite fantastic.
  3. Started a new knitting project.  It's a big green gorgeous blanket.  Nice to finally have something to work on again.  Maybe I'll finish it by winter.
Someone else's finished result of the same pattern.
Source: Stockinette Knits

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Happy things, Week 2

This has been a pretty good week.  A few hitches, as always happens, but a lot to be happy about.
  1. I got a job!  A part time job promoting Puget Sound Energy's Green Power program, which is a program where Puget Sound Energy customers can sign up to pay more and know their energy is coming from renewable sources (PSE is audited by a third party to ensure that they actually are buying as much renewable energy as their clients pay for.)  While it's only part time, it is doing exactly what I want to be doing: educating the public about the importance of sustainability and helping them achieve it.
  2. A free electric toothbrush from the dentist, my reward for telling him repeatedly that I'd use one as soon as he gave me one (don't try this at home?  I've been going to the same dentist for 20 years, and my parents for even longer)
  3. Plenty of fun physical activity: a high ropes course, paddleboarding, walking an adorable dog, hiking on trails near my house that I didn't know existed.
  4. Plenty of spending time with good friends who I don't see often enough (breakfast dates are the best).
  5. Finally: last night was the MEOW Cat Shelter Auction.  It's always a really fun event, John Curley is a hilarious auctioneer, and a lot of money went to an organization that I really strongly care for.  Plus... it's always fun when celebrities talk to you (even if it's just John Curley, and it's just "thanks for coming" as you walk by him).
I've even kept up with breaking in my hiking boots mostly.  I'm going camping next week so hopefully they're good and broken in by now, or else hiking won't be as much fun.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Happy things, week 1

I meant to post this yesterday, but I got a migraine, so all bets are off.  (Still fighting this one, it's a doozy... grr).

Anyways, it's been a slow week, but probably the best part was Tuesday night, when I decided, for whatever crazy reason, that I wanted to jump in the lake after sunset.  So my boyfriend and I sat at the park, eating our "dessert" (which was a pizza...) until the sun went down, when we packed up and jumped in the lake.

It was cold.

But it still felt really good.  Refreshing or something like that.  Plus, it was a nice dose of impulsive.

Now I need to get back on walking, because them hiking boots aren't gonna break themselves in...

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

I guess I'm back (July Challenges)

I was going to end this blog.

I had decided, on the drive home from college, that I was going to retire it.  It seemed appropriate, seeing as I started this endeavor near the beginning of my time in school.  Besides, half my motivation had been to see if I could make any money through Google Adsense, and that hardly worked out (I made the quota of ad money, but never received my check).

My thought had been to write some quirky funny post about things I learned in college, as a way of finishing it.  But it's July now.  I graduated nearly a month and a half ago, it's a little late for that, and I still don't have ideas.

However, when asking friends for advice for a monthly challenge for July (since I did none in June and failed my only challenge for May), the advice I got was not only to do a certain challenge, but to blog about it.

So, knowing that at least 2 people will faithfully read what I write, blog about it I will!

I've got two main challenges this month.

1.  A happy journal.  This summer so far has been kind of rough, and this month especially will be difficult (various reasons, most predominantly that my boyfriend is moving to another state at the end of the month, for who knows how long).  As a way of counteracting that and hopefully helping myself keep a positive attitude, I'm going to keep a journal every night only of good things that happened that day (or, good things in general if I can't think of any for the day).  Then I'll be blogging at the end of the week about the highlights.  If this goes well, I may try to keep it up, but I'll stick to a month for now.

2.  Walking!  I had been planning on making my goal for July to run every day, but last week, I thought I'd try it out first.  My hope had been to ultimately run around the block (1 mile).  I got all ready to run, headed out the door, started running, and before I'd made it to the first turn, I was out of breath.  Like... hurt to breathe how am I gonna get back home out of breath.  So that backfired badly.  (Granted - it was up a steep hill.)  However, I have a new pair of hiking boots that needs breaking in, so I think I'll do a daily walking, just so I can get those used to being used (woooo homophones).  Maybe I can even speedwalk and try to push my time around the block.  We'll see.

So there you have it.  July has goals.  We'll see what August brings.  I know come November, my goal will be writing a novel!  That one I'm excited about, for sure.