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Life really does play out in chapters….


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Summer is Officially Over!


Well Summer has come to an end, and the cold fall and winter lay ahead.

Living in California you hardly noticed the seasons change from hot to hotter, and back to hot again.

Here in Washington that is a different story, during the winter people stay inside and most of the time because of the poor weather, but even if you wanted to go out, there was not much time for you to get the chance to be in sunlight (Well if you have a day job at least). I go to work in the dark and come home in the dark, during the time in between I work in a building with no windows so the only chance I get to go outside is my 40 min lunch break, and usually this place is just starting to thaw by 11 am. I take advantage of the break and get a little sun while I can but I am not like most of these Washingtonians that would miss a day of work because the weather guy says “SUNNY AND HOT.” FYI there idea of “hot” is about 80-85 degrees, which isn’t that hot if you are from Palm Springs like me where it gets hot enough to fry and egg on the sidewalk.

So far we have gone 48 days without rain but there was a little sprinkle last night and this morning but it’s just morning dew compared to the rain we normally have so in my opinion it doesn’t really count as rain. The record for Seattle area is 51 days. Not very long when you think that California can go the full 360 without a drop. In Palm Springs (about and hour away from where I lived)  they, on average, get 350 days of sunshine year round!

Back to the cold we go but its fine with me after being born and raised in the sunshine state I am the only one in Washington that misses the misty, foggy days!!

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I think I’m Regressing


Ever since my boyfriend started taking the night shift it has been ridiculous trying to sleep alone at night. I feel like I toss and turn all night because I wake up with all the pillows all over the floor, and the blankets are twisted and hanging off the bed. I thought it would get easier after a while, I even bought a new pillow that is about the same size as me and still I feel like I get no rest in the bed without him there.

I am so tired today it is ridiculous, I feel like I haven’t slept at all, and to top it off it is a super slow day at work so there is not even a high pressure project to keep me awake. I contemplated finding a privacy room to fall asleep in but just my luck I would be caught and fired…. so I went and got a coffee instead.

I have been sleeping next to him for almost 7 years now how am I supposed to get used to sleeping alone?!?! I was thinking that getting to stretch out, finally not be pushed to the edge of the bed, or not being smashed when we rolls over would be enough to satisfy my need for comfy sleep. Unfortunately now I have become accustom to being smashed in my sleep. I even tried piling pillows on top of myself so I could replicate the smashing and nope… just couldn’t breathe and got over heated way to fast.

Every time he leaves when I am about to go to sleep I feel like a little kid that is trying to force their dad to stay home.

I have the whole kid persona down. I have the puckered lip out, the big sad eyes, and I even wine a little bit even though I know him leaving is inevitably going to happen. I would kick and scream but by the time the clock says 9:30 I only have enough strength to push my pillow around and huff and puff a little bit.

Oh well, we have to do what we have to do in order to finally get a house. Though we are practically living in a house now it is not nearly as big as I would like for as many people live there. So once we are walking through the doors of our new house and he is all done with all this night shift crap and he can find a new job or a new shift it will all be worth it, but until then I guess I will have to regress to the prime age of 4 and squeal every time I see him leave or snuggle him when I come home from work and he is still asleep. I just have to take advantage of the little time that we do get to spend together.

If I wasn’t clingy before I sure am now. Every time we are just sitting around next to each other I find myself just trying to touch him anywhere I can, grabbing the little arm of his shirt, scratch his back, pinch or poke… its doesn’t matter to me. When he finally asked me what I was doing I told him, “just tying to get some physical attention while I can!”

Well so far my only coping mechanism I have found is every morning when I have to get ready alone I listen to the same song, it almost makes me want to cry but it is just want I need to hear at that moment so it evens out. (and for the record I haven’t cried yet!)

Jennings Park Garden

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The garden in Jennings Park in Marysville is getting so beautiful they have added a rose garden and have even helped feed the community with the herbs and vegetables. It’s a cool little park and I am glad I get to live so close to it.

Blissfully walking through the garden…..

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First Friday Alone


So my work schedule is worked out so that I get every other Friday off. Usually my hubby is here with me because he only recently started working, and today is the first day in a long time that I am the one at home and he is the one gone at work. I love having someone to come home to and vent about my day, good or bad, I enjoy being able to just talk to someone about everything I can’t say out loud at work. 😉

Now I remember the extreme boredom I had when I stayed home before. When he got an internship while we lived in California and I hadn’t started school yet, I was home 24/7.

Don’t get me wrong I sit around like a slob I do the house work, but still just not having someone to share your day with while you’re having it, when you are used to telling them everything pops into your head is just weird for me.

I guess I just have gotten to use to consistent company, it is nice when you are watching a show and you find something funny and you both laugh, or you see a funny picture online and you want to tell someone to make them laugh too I always think of him, not just because I can just nudge him and say look because he is sitting next to me, just because I like sharing everything with him. Just posting stuff to Facebook or Twitter might hold me over for now I guess but I gotta say I really like having some next to me, it’s a lot better in my opinion.

Oh well only about 5 more hours for me to wait for him to get back, house is clean, everyone is asleep so I guess I will have to read some blogs to keep myself occupied for a while. So get ready all you bloggers out there you’re getting a “comment” or a “like” outta me today.


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Our 4th of July


I know it is a little late to be posting anything about the 4th of July but I could not resist saying something since…it was the best 4th of July I have ever had.

Fireworks at Night

Living in California in a normal residential area they do not allow fireworks that can be seen over rooftops because of fear of fire. This is smart, but very disappointing when 4th of July comes around, you have to make plans to go and see a big show if you want to see the big fireworks, or there is a possibility you can go to jail if you light them off in your driveway.Here in Washington I recently found out that the area I live in allows fireworks of any size, shape, or form, making this the best 4th of July ever. Right next to us on the Tulalip Reservation they sell fireworks at “Boom City” and you can actually afford them, I know what a shocker!! you we bought a pack of 24 Mortars for 40 bucks. That was an awesome deal considering my neighbor had paid 50 bucks on one box that you light and it does a small 20 sec show…. our mortars lasted us 4 hours. I think we got a little more bang for our buck…. no pun intended. 😉

We had a small barbecue , some pie, and lots of fireworks …..

We were planning to do some damage, if any of the neighbors liked us before I was sure they were not going to be happy with us after shooting off over 50 fireworks of all different kinds !!

Though my daughter didn’t have the chance to light off one of the big fireworks because I didn’t want her to blow her hand off, she still had a great time and she did get to light a grow worm firework and a smoke bomb, both don’t explode, but that does not mean she doesn’t enjoy them.

I took some video of the fun night we had setting off fire works for the first time in the comfort of our own drive way.

First Fireworks 

Double Fire works

Last Firework of the night


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Too Much Too Fast?


I feel like I have jumped the gun on this whole life thing.

I see all my friends just finishing up with college, or starting work at a rinky dink place that they don’t really like, but it helps them pay back some school loans. They are arguing with boyfriends jumping in and out of relationships, just the daily grind. Not me!! I have finished school, found a career and a husband, and I have family too…. I mean what else is there to look for. These are the big life goals that people spend their whole life looking for, and that is the main theme of life is to be constantly searching for something. But no one ever tells you what you are supposed to do when you find those thing, and what to do after.

I was recently thinking about continuing my education and I feel like there is nowhere else to go but down. If I continue with a degree like advertising, design, or photography, I would be working for less, and probably at a different company. Boeing wants Engineers, Techs, and Mechanics, I love to design and think of new innovative things and yes there is opportunity for that here at Boeing, but not in the way that I am most interested in. I guess I could take a job for less pay and like what I’m doing and probably have no chance of moving up in the company since loving photography leads to becoming a photographer and nothing more. Because no matter what you take pictures of or how much you get paid to take pictures that is all you do is take pictures.

So many people go through lots of jobs before the figure out what they like, what they are good at, and what they deserve to be paid… I just feel like I am coming to the end of my life rather than just beginning. There is no reason why I should go back to school but I am sitting here like… “That’s it??… I’m finished??… All I had to do was that??”

 

Have I finished my lifes journey at 22 already… is there nothing but just existing in this world that I created for myself? Not that it’s a bad thing that I have my life together, and I am grateful for all that I have, I guess I just didn’t know it would happen so fast. Honestly I didn’t think it would happen at all!!

I almost feel like I am setting myself up for disaster, like a midlife crisis, because we all know that, people that are sheltered or reformed as children grow to be rebellious adults that decide to sell their house and buy a sports car. Of course teens that rebel usually end up straightening out there life because they had a taste of the crazy life, and they don’t have the curiosity to see what they are missing out on, they already been there done that.

I feel like one of those people who gets knocked out for what seems like years, but only a few minutes have passed, and they wake up and say their life flashed before their eyes, I just feel like the biggest moments in my life already happened and all I have is the day-to-day left to live out. It is like skipping to the end of the movie, why sit through the whole thing if you know what is gonna happen in the end.

Sorry to sound like Debbie Downer because some people would love to trade lives for a day but I guess being content with what you have is one of lifes biggest challenges.


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iPad or Nexus 7


Nexus 7 vs iPad

Which one would you get??? I wanted the iPad just because there was nothing really like it, but I really want all that thrilled about spending all that money on something like that. 250 bucks though…. for the same thing the iPad has to offer, how can you not jump at the opportunity!!! Now it kinda makes me want to boycott Apple because they were about to rake me over the coals for there damn iPad.

You can get the same amount of HD (hard drive) space for half the price. Apple is charging 499$ for the cheapest Wi-Fi only 16g HD iPad. You can get the same thing from Google for 250$ and this is before the thing even hits the shelf!?!?!?! For anyone that is a Google chrome user this is going to make your day and you will never want the iPad again!!

If you want to see more about the Nexus 7 click here.


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Just a Trip to the Doctors Office


Living in Washington State is amazing you can snap a beautiful shot of some amazing landscape scenes and you were only on your way to the doctors office. There are so many moments I am riding in the Vanpool, and I am just dying to take a picture of some of the beautiful things I get to see just on my way to work in the morning.

 


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Vanpool


Riding a vanpool to and from work is an experience all on its own.

I don’t know about you but when I am in a tight space with people that I don’t feel comfortable enough to be touching me. And you are forced to when there is not enough room…. It’s kinda like rape or sexual assault if u think about it u have to pay for someone to touch you inappropriately for an hour or 2 every day…. I mean when u explain it like that without clarifying that you are in a van… It sounds kinda nasty … Illegal even. It does beat the gas at the moment since Washington officially is number one in high gas prices. I think it evens itself out though since minimum wage is higher here than anywhere else in the world .

I only pay about 20 bucks a month so I can be driven from right down the street from my house all the way to the doors of where I work which does not sound like much but when u work in the largest building in the world by volume, and it is highly protected by security, it is not as easy as it sounds to get a ride right up to the door you work at. And parking is any Boeing employees worst nightmare if you work in the Everett factory. There are people that get to work and hour or two before there shift just to sit in the parking lot and wait for a spot. So as long as you don’t mind being smashed in a van like a can of sardines and having to pay monthly to continue being violated I think van pool is a great idea.

Oh and did I mention the continuous country music marathon every morning and every afternoon for the 45 min drive home. Uber fun.

….This is just a taste of what I have to endure……

“Are you ready for Fitz in the morning!!!! Are you ready to brush your teeth!!!! Are you ready!!! ready!!! ready!!! ready!!! Are you ready to start your daaaaaaay!!!!”

Picture that being sung to you by the church choir at 6am…. If I am lucky he gets there a few minutes early so I can plug my ears with headphones before I hear that annoyingly catchy tune.

I am sure you are familiar with the phrase “stinky kid in class” well I am unsure of who the stinky culprit it in my van…. but there is one. Recently the smell has dissipated but there is no excuse as to why you should let things get that out of hand. You may think I am being mean but you obviously have not had to sit next to someone else’s BO for an hour. There is just no excuse I know when I stink whether my nose is clogged or not I know body and I know when it is time to wash my ass. Maybe the guy did take a shower and it was just his clothes… well still no excuse….. wash your clothes!!!!