Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Sunrise Hike

We have never done a sun rise hike before, but even on the cloudiest of days, I recommend it. In fact, we did it on a cloudy, windy, cold day and still enjoyed it! I have been, and for the next few weeks will be, working 7 days a week. It's not as bad as it sounds since it's split between two jobs, but I was in serious need of some nature time. 

My Pinterest Board
Sunrise was at 7:50a yesterday, so we woke up, packed up some food and the dogs, and set out for Marys Peak. It's the closest, easiest hike in the area (easiest if you hike from the parking lot on top, not easy if you hike the entire mountain). Our lack of snow in Oregon this winter also made it possible, usually the mountain is covered in a few feet of snow and you aren't able to drive up to the top. It was cloudy and cold, but it was still wonderful to fill my lungs with fresh air and not be surrounded by four walls and fluorescent lights. And the dogs had a good time too.

At the top, so much fog!

After a chilly walk up Marys Peak, we decided to take the long way home and stop by Alsea Falls. There was a recent rain and wind storm that blew in from Alaska, so there was a lot of debris along the roads and hiking trails. When we got to Alsea we ate some food and walked out toward the falls. Because of that storm, the waterfall was raging and the trail was closed, the trail actually goes down to the water and in the summer you can walk right up to the water fall along the banks. The waterfall was so strong yesterday you could feel the power from the water rushing, unfortunately the camera couldn't capture it the way I was hoping.  

Even though we were on a sunrise hike, we didn't actually see any sun until we were on our way home around 11:00a. I just left my window down to soak up what I could and be ready to snap any shots that came about. It was a great morning and really reenergized me for the work week(s) ahead. 

Sometimes you just gotta get out when you can, even if it's a short period of time. 

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Just Keep Blogging

I have been mentally arguing with myself as to whether or not I want to keep this thing going. It's a battle I have regularly, which if this were anything else I would just stop and call that my final answer - but then I start thinking and I do enjoy sharing some of the health stuff I learn about and I do have requests from certain family members that I can not see on a regular basis to keep my on line life up to date... but I sometimes feel like my privacy is a little invaded, or I have too much of an internet presence. I also LOVE sharing our hikes and adventures, but thats also because those will be made into blog books grouped in 5 year increments for me to keep at home and have for sentimental value and reference.

Last year, 2013, we did not get out too much. Josh was in school the entire year and the  second half of the year he wasn't even living at home. I think we had the least amount of outside time last year than we have ever had together. And currently he has out about a zillion job applications and some of those jobs are back on the coast, so he may be gone for long periods of time again (as bad as he wants those jobs, and I want him to be happy, I really want him home).

So as my life changes, this blogs direction may change as well. I am growing, working a ton (2 jobs, fun), and sometimes I feel like I hit walls when thinking about health and fitness and nutrition - I get tired of it sometimes. I mention that mostly because the posts about health, etc. are the ones with the most views and a few of those posts still receive daily 'hits'. I may be spending more time blogging about other topics in the future. Like for one, I am looking into getting back into the mental health field and that is what is going to be on my mind most often, and I have been doing yoga more regularly - so my posts on health may go from tangible change topics to mental health topics and information. Still health, but not in the same way as the posts that get the most hits. Not so much working out and macronutrients and more of positive attitudes and self awareness.

I enjoy blogging, but I am so goal oriented that sometimes it feels like a burden. A post will weigh on me until I finally have the time to sit down and type it all out, that takes all the fun away. I am not going to be a daily poster, in fact I might just be a monthly poster - maybe a post or two every couple of months, nothing crazy but enough that I will have something to put into my blog books.

Next month starts the 4th year that Josh and I have been in Oregon (February 22, 2011). 2013 was not the most exciting for us, to say the least, and I am really hoping and going to push for a better and more exciting 2014.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Gone, but Not Forgotten (Hopefully)

As much as I love my Kindle Fire HD, it does not compare to using a real computer (or laptop). 

Josh had to 'move' to Newport in August, which is an hour away from our apartment. At first it was just for work and I was able to keep the laptop at home with me and he used his Kindle while he was there during the week. Then he started classes in late September, and obviously school isn't possible without a computer, so the laptop stays with him now. We have joint custody. Josh 'lives' in Newport and I only get to see him for about 24-36 hours a week... since August. It's been really hard, but he finishes his second bachelors degree next month so we are pretty stoked. Sometimes you have to really put in a lot of hard work and sacrifice a lot of things you took for granted to get to one amazing end goal. Josh will have 2 undergraduate degrees and a year of master's work completed in just a few short weeks (not to mention, he has a job lined up). Since September he has been working for free! I am so ready for that second income to come back. He has been doing an unpaid internship, which is required, for school. Hence why the laptop has been gone and my blogs have been MIA for a while.

Although sometimes I do miss having the laptop for ease of Google searches and blog writing, it has been nice to be forced to do other things. I am a pretty solid loner, therefore when Josh is gone during the week I mostly just work, and when I am not at work I usually just hang out with my dogs or workout.  The pups miss Josh a lot too, they only get half the amount of walks and attention that they used to. I have also been learning Italian on this sweet Andriod app. (Apple might have it too?), it's called Duo Linguo. And I have been looking into plant-based diets (watching a lot of documentaries) and some Paleo recipes. 

I am also debating on creating a second blog. This second blog will not focus on one thing, but rather a plethora of topics and random questions. It will be more focused on my thoughts and views on real topics of life. Did I mention I have been watching Sex and the City, Dawsons Creek (the ENTIRE series), and The Wonder Years? This new blog will talk about things we often don't ask out loud, or we only talk about with close friends, topics that are a little more insightful instead of just what new superfood is in the news today. It will be more raw and hit a lot of topics that people usually avoid in public writings.... which are all reasons I am debating on putting it together. 

Next week is Thanksgiving and we have about 10 confirmed guests coming over, so this blog will not be regularly updated again until after the holiday is over. Tomorrow is the big shopping trip to hopefully get everything preped and the recipes finalized. I LOVE the holidays! 

Hope everyone eats lots of Turkey next week!!! 
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