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Job Creation and Climate Change


I watched the documentary called “Years of Living Dangerously” and it really amazed me that there was a group of people who are fighting against climate change solutions because they believe that it will cause people in the high carbon producing industries to lose their jobs. They claim that job loss is something that our economy can’t handle. I agree, but it’s as if they completely overlooked the fact that by implementing these solutions we will be creating new jobs that never existed before.

They really think that the elimination of the high carbon producing jobs means now everyone is out of work and they will be home sitting on their couches now the world will magically be better just because the job disappeared. The people who claim they are going to “lose” their job, aren’t, they are simply going to be retrained and/or relocated to a new position involving cleaning up our carbon mess instead of creating more mess just because we are in fear of loosing our current position.

I saw a man holding a baby claiming that we need to wait for thing whole climate change thing and just concentrate on creating new jobs by letting them create a coal terminal close to him home town. All I could think to myself was “I bet he wouldn’t let his little baby grow up and work in that coal terminal.” These jobs that they are fighting to save, even if saved, these are temporary jobs. These jobs are not sustainable not for the person working them nor the planet.

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I don’t think the people who are so passionately fighting against this fully understand what they are fighting against. They think big companies and government are just coming in and trying to make everything harder for everyone by implementing new rules regulations just basically being mean, and it’s not fair. Its sounds like arguments made by a stubborn teenager with no logic supporting their argument just emotions and laziness. I know no one likes to be told what to do but their has to come a time where you are lease see that your parents are telling you not to do something because it is for your own good.

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How long will it take us to realize that the change, the rules… they are all for our own good?

Every time I watch documentaries about the issue of climate change it always blows my mind. Not the statements they make about the data found by scientist but the opinions of people who have 24 hour access to valid factual information that still believe that it is something that is made up and that is just a lie, or a conspiracy, or a belief.

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I honestly hope that it will not take an epic tragedy of some kind to wake people up. It seems like even when small-scale tragic events happen, unless you were in the epicenter you really can’t accept the scale of what really happened. And it is even harder to accept the fact that something you do halfway across the country could have an effect on what you saw on TV like hurricane Sandy for example.

The sooner we realize that it is the effect of every person turning on their car, every person throwing away and creating waste, every person spraying an aerosol can,

every person on this plant, can affect every person on this planet,

the sooner we can start doing something about it as a whole instead of waiting for an organization or program that is going to magically come into my home and change what I do every day.

We can’t afford to be stubborn teenagers, afraid, and rebellious to change.

We can’t afford to pretend like nothing is happening.

We can’t afford to wait around for someone else to do it.

When I see new cars coming out this coming year and they have little to no change on the gas mileage and only slight changes to the style and frame, I am disappointed. I know the technology is here but it seems like we move at the rate of snails when we have to accomplish something that could potentially cost billions of dollars to large corporation CEO’s.

Think about it, if they make a car that don’t run on gas how are they going to make all their money on gas?

If they make homes that can sustain themselves off the grid, how to they make money on the grid?

But no one looks at it from a positive point of view. If they would stop being greedy bastards trying to squeeze every last drop out of this coal and gas industries then they would quickly turn their attention to something that can make them more money and more jobs for longer by implementing a new way of thinking. It is the ones in charge that are reluctant to change that are keeping us in the stone ages.

We can advance our phones monthly if not more frequently it seems. We advance our computers making them faster, smaller and more efficient, on a daily basis it seems. But the fact that we still only get 30 miles to the gallon on a good day in a new car makes me really wonder what happened… where is the growth? A 1956 Jaguar Roadster gets around 17 mpg…that was almost 60 years ago…. what have you been doing since then? Today Jaguar has a 2014 car that only gets 20 mpg. (only 28 highway) What have they been doing for the past 60 years…. buffing it??

How about we create some jobs for people to figure out how we can make our cars better since we obviously have no one filling those positions at the moment…..

I just don’t see how people with families can claim they would rather wait on the climate change issues for the sake of their family. That has to be one of the most contradicting statements I have heard in a while.

In fact climate change is actually putting jobs in jeopardy just not the job they were specifically fighting for, so who cares right.

Jobs like farming and fishing are largely impacted by climate change. If we keep dumping chemicals, waste, and sewage into the ocean until all the fish die, what are the fisherman going to go catch. If we ruin all the land with pesticides and waste, how are the farmers supposed to farm? Eventually what are we supposed to eat? Eh who cares though because the guys supporting his family by working at the coal plant still have that job we saved… thank goodness for that.


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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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Is It The Weather, Or Is It Me?


Well it’s going back to being colder and darker in the early morning and early evenings, and I guess the depression is starting to sweep back across everyone… or maybe just me. I’m from California “the SUNSHINE state” and moved to Washington a little over a year ago and never thought the weather would have any real effect on me I just thought people who were born and raised in gloom and doom are the ones that really get depressed when the rainy season comes back.

I’m a unique Washingtonian because I am the only one that is hiding when the sun is out and going for a walk on the gloomy fog covered days, but maybe the fog has finally got me down.

I recently stopped having a monthly cycle because I’m using the Mirena IUD, and I just wanted to be sure I wasn’t pregnant because I have had the insert for about 4 years now and they only recommend it to be in there for about 5-7 years. Well I took the test almost 2 weeks after my missed cycle and it was negative.

Unfortunately no one had the same reaction, and no one was happy with anyone’s reaction, but on the up side no matter which way it would have gone everyone would have been happy BUT as far as reactions go…. that part didn’t go so well.

Because I had a baby when I was 14 I feel really weird going through the same process again only with love, support, and understanding. To me it comes off as teasing and judgement, because that is what I endured the last time I was pregnant. I always felt like my 16-year-old sister-in-law looks down to me because she can’t even fathom being stupid enough to get pregnant at 14, she is 16 now with no baby so she has already immensely surpassed me.

I felt like she would look down on me more for getting pregnant again (even though I’m not 14 anymore) I felt like even my daughter would look down on me because she follows everything my sister-in-law does since they are not too far in age. I just wanted to have it be in intimate private thing between my boyfriend and I and then share the good or bad news with the family. Instead I got laughs and shits and giggles all down the hall from my daughter (whom is 7) and my sister-in-law ranting “HA HA pee on a stick, you have to pee on a stick.”  I have never felt so embarrassed and disrespected in my life. Even though only my family was home I felt like I was 14 again being taunted down the halls by all the horrible high school jerks. Later my mother in law told me that it was out of love I’m being emotional and they were just having fun because they were so excited and happy and they love me and blah blah blah…. Well where was all that affection, support, and love when all I heard was fun being poked at me.

It made the entire experience like a revenge assignment to prove that was or wasn’t pregnant, the outcome didn’t even matter as long as I had an answer so the subject could be laid to rest.

Maybe I overreacted because of the experiences I have had in the past and maybe they were supportive laughs and giggles I could just be super sensitive to the subject because it’s an experience I want to have so badly with him but I’m also scared to death to actually live that experience again because it was so scary and painful the first time.  I’m so torn with emotion over the subject that I just want to burst to relieve some of the pressure. I guess I’m hoping I’m not ruined, I can be happy about having kids in the future. I guess we really wont know until the day comes.

Since no one really can understand what I’m going through I guess I really didn’t expect anyone to be supportive of my over reactive emotions,I wish someone would be able to understand where my emotions are all coming from. I don’t wish anyone to be as damaged as be I just wish someone would understand.  I guess I just wanted someone to tell me I’m not crazy…..


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Washington Weather


Before I moved to Washington I had no idea what the weather was going to be like so I started asking around to see what kind of experiences people had while they visited the place. A few people said they came up during the summer months for a few weeks to go camping and hiking and they said the weather was up and down but mostly nice. You could just wear a light jacket and be fine no matter where you went. They made the place sound amazing I really do their story no justice.

Another person told me that I should think about buying a better car something like a truck just so I could survive the winter since I was going to be moving not just visiting. So be this point I had very conflicting stories. I got a pretty straight answer from my schools councilor she said that she almost moved up her but she had to convince her husband by tricking him into visiting the place every summer, this worked out for them since they were teachers but not all summers here are wonderful and he got a taste of what Washington was all about when he came even in the summer it was cold and rainy. She told me simply when it is nice, it is realty nice, when it is bad, it’s pretty bad. So again good incite but still I felt conflicted.

So I was anticipating thunder storms, lighting, snow, sleet and hail by the time I was moving up here but I was pleasantly surprised when I got here and realized that it was beautiful. I arrived in July so I was lucky I didn’t get here in the middle of winter or something. But when I got here it was slightly misting and the sky was overcast.  I was in love…I came out of California where it was 90 and up and constantly baking you. The only relief was to sit in front of the air conditioner. Even when you took a shower just to cool off you were sweating after you got out, before you even got dressed.

Once I got here people started asking me “So how do you like the weather so far?” and I think it shocked them when I would tell them that I loved it!  I have had enough sun to last me a lifetime I don’t mine going outside and it is overcast so I am not blinded the second I walk out of the house every morning. I also don’t mind it being in the 50’s most days because it is much easier to get relief from the cold by wearing appropriate clothes. Once you acclimated to the weather you can just wear a hoodie and jeans and be just fine.  Try to acclimate to the weather when it is 95 outside… I don’t care if your naked it’s still hot. As soon as you go into a nice air condition building and you have to walk back outside you get that nice wave of suffocating heat to great you at the door every time.

I think it is just wonderful here because you actually get to enjoy all of the seasons.  It is a little bipolar though it can be raining while the sun is out.

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Washington has different weather all over but I am in Western Washington I am close to the coast so when it is a nice 75 degrees outside I can head down to the beach which is littered with shells for us me and my daughter to collect and really cool rocks it is just a good time every time we go …..

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Howarth Park

We can head Down to the city and make a day of it. Seattle is amazing it is the greenest city I’ve ever seen. and it seems like there is always something going on always something to do we went down there one day just to check out the sites and see what the city was like and we stumbled upon a festival and had a great time.

Seattle Center

Seattle Center

In the winter time we can enjoy the colder weather and still have fun. it is easy to get warm when you are cold just put a jacket on or sit in front of the fire and defrost, or you can just drink coffee like everyone else up here it is there one weakness everything in Washington would come to a screeching halt if someone came in and took away there coffee. There is a coffee house on nearly every corner here so you wont have to worry about staying warm. Oh and there are plenty of baristas coffee shops out there for all the guys

Halie building a snow man on the first snowy day

Fishing lake at Jennings Park

My Snow Covered Driveway

My back porch riddled with huge icicles

So it turns out all the rumors I heard were just that rumors because I see nothing wrong with the weather up here… I love it 🙂