Indulge in you time 

Today, for the first time in five months I have a weekend day all to myself. No boyfriend, no friends, no family and no commitments. Being a slight introvert…this excites me! I am thrilled to have me time all day, do what I want and just indulge. We all need alone time, time to be independent… Here are my tips for you when you have a You Day.

1. Eat. Eat whatever you want. Go buy the ingredients, cook it, bake it, or go to your favorite restaraunt and eat! I’m still working up the courage to go into a sit down establishment alone and eat but I’m getting to the point of being able to. If you can, do it! Next, you want chocolate? Wine? More chocolate? Good, have some.

2. Do something you love doing alone. For me, that’s thrift shopping. Oh how I love wandering the store looking for clothing that stands out, a book I’ve been wanting to read. And chances are, everything will be under $5. Beautiful. Maybe you like walking, exercising, sleeping, praying, taking photos, well this is your time.

3. Watch whatever you want. I’m generally very opposed to screen time but let’s be honest, it’s gonna happen. I plan to watch some Orange is the New Black, or House Hunters shows. Haha bad tv, I know I know.

Although the past five months have been so busy and filled with fun, I do need some me time. As much as I want to jump my boyfriends bones, it will be good for us to be apart for a day. What do you do on You Days? Do you enjoy alone time or is it something you fear? What would you do for one day if you had absolutely no plans and no one to be with? Looking forward to hearing from you!

Traveling the coast with a new guy

I know many people who have done the Oregon Coast, or who see photos are immediately wanting to travel. My boyfriend and I recently did a 5 day road trip. We tented for 4 days, and stayed at a beautiful resort 1 night which was a real treat as you can imagine. Here I’m going to tell you where we camped, what we did and recommend places to check out. Warning: we aren’t really the type of people to lay on the beach, follow the crowds or go shopping so if that’s what you’re expecting…no.

The border of course! Since we were camping we thought it would be a clever idea to pack all our food in coolers so we didn’t need to make too many stops on the way down the coast. Let’s just say this: don’t bring unmarked eggs across the border. And if you ever do get pulled into secondary where they rip apart your nicely packed car…TELL THEM about the banana you have in your purse. They will find it. And they will take it away if it’s stickerless. Oh! And if you fail to tell them about that single banana, it can turn into a $300 fine. Ouch. Just buy your food in the states, it’s so much cheaper anyway!

Once we were successfully across te border we hit the I5, the fastest freeway, through Seattle, Portland and surrounding areas.

We drove and drove. Eventually we cut towards the coast and hit Hwy101, the coastal highway. The first town we got to was Coos Bay, Oregon. Boy, we were hungry. We found this restaraunt/store combination called Shark Bites Cafe where we ordered  burgers and this beautiful milkshake

  If in Coos Bay, I would most defintely reccomend checking this place out. They had great service and yummy food. The relaxed atmosphere was nice and the walls were covered with coffee sacks which in my opinion are real cool.

As we continued down the coast we began to notice these signs…

 Isn’t the little man cute? A serious note but portrayed in an amusing way.
Our first night was spent at Harris Beach State Park, near the city of Brookings, OR. We set up out tent, cooked dinner.

 Yes, this ex vegetarian cooked her first steak…amazing I know! This campsite is pretty civilized, much different than our usual bush whacking, washing our dishes in the river, cleaning my ass with a leaf sort of deal. I most certainly was not complaining about the hot showers and other people around.

After dinner we walked down to the beach for our first ‘Oregon sunset’   Pretty breathtaking.

Day 2: we drove 30 minutes into California to the Redwood Forest. Boy was that  stunning. Imagine how old those trees are, how much weather they’ve endured, how many generations they’ve been standing. I couldn’t get photos of the largest ones…so you’ll have to go see for yourself 🙂

 The Redwoods are inland, but this is what the coast looked like every morning until it began to clear up in the afternoon. This photo was taken at Samuel H Boardman park which was one I was very excited to see. Too bad about the fog.

Night 2: Coos Bay, more specially Sunset Bay is where we camped. Clearly it’s a pretty amazing place to see the sunset. The state campground here was filled with children, obxious ones who were jumping on their parents cars. Literally. I had a drink and prayed if I ever have kids, they’ll behave better than that.

 Ahhhh yes much more relaxing than the sounds of demon children.
Day 3: our plan to see the Sea Lion Caves failed since the signs were very misleading. Instead we saw a ranch advertising horse rides on the beach! Wow let me tell you…horse riding hurts your knees and lady parts and it is totally worth it. I can honestly say that was one of the best experiences of my life. Tip: choose a ranch as close to the ocean as you can so you don’t have to cross the highway on horse back. Your horse will get spooked. There are many ranches offering similar trips so take a chance and do it! It was surprisingly cheap($90 for 2 hours).

Night 3: our night of civilization! We spent it in Yachats, OR. Dinner at Ona Seafood restaraunt was spectacular; fresh seafood and great service. We stayed at The Adobe Resort. Our beach front room was more than we expected. Jacuzzi, bed, ocean view. Oh the fun we had…

Day 4: Back up North to Washington State. We stayed at Cougar Campground, advertised as on “the base of Mount St Helens”. As we drove in I kept joking that the volcano must’ve exploded since we sure didn’t see it! Turns out their full of sh*t and it’s actually 50km away. No sights of the volcano, but no lava either! Pretty beautiful camping spot, don’t you think? 
That’s all for now! Thank you for reading, please like and comment if you have any questions. I’d love to hear from you and am happy to suggest more places worth your while. Back to nannying I go…

the whole home ownership thing 

I just had my birthday, meaning I’m now legal to drink everywhere…woohoo. But anyway this got me thinking about my future a little more than usual. I’ve been thinking and owning a house/my own place is something very appealing to me. I think it would teach me a lot, as let’s be honest I don’t know how to take care of a house or what to do when a leak happens. I’ve just started understanding what a mortage is, and it makes me want to work towards owning something instead of paying rent. I currently pay about $600 for rent every month which is VERY low for where I live. In my mind that $600 would be better spent towards my mortage. Plus I want a home…which I feel like I’m lacking (I live in a house with 5 smelly guys). But a few problems:

1) I live in one of the top two most expensive cities in this country. Seriously, my budget would be $180,000 and all that will get me is a box in the sky(apartment), with about 600sq feet. Painful I know.

2) The market is getting worse, and worse! I’m worried if I wait much longer that there will be no more homes within my budget. This may seem drastic but seriously, a year ago I could’ve got something significantly larger for $180,000.

Do you own a place? Rent? What are the challenges you have faced? Opinions? Do I wait, or buy now? Help!

What happened in university…

I went to university. The second person in my family after my mom to ever go to university, let alone graduate highschool. I decided to go the same school she had attended.

Maybe I don’t see the point in sitting in front of a teacher with 500+ students, listening to him try to explain a subject. I don’t see where this is going to take me.

Maybe this is because I’m an arts student and there’s that stereotype that most people who get arts degrees work at Starbucks etc. If ONLY I had a sciencey mind, engineering anyone? Well not me.

I like talking to children. I would much rather talk to a toddler than a grown up. Disgusting I know. Plus toddlers are just SO much cuter. Toddlers are curious, loving, and eager to learn.

So wise girl over here decided to “try”(didn’t give it a real effort at all times), earning a degree. I studied Sociology and GRSJ (Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice) for 2.5 years; learning a ton out of the classroom and almost zero in the classroom. What I did learn however was that the education system is a joke…I can sit and “learn” for 4-5 years just to what..? Earn 3 extra dollars an hour? To be able to write Bachelors Degree on my resume? This isn’t my world. I have no interest in earning a degree.

I know there are academic people, but wow am I not one. Or maybe I’m just in denial.  I am not saying in any way that some people don’t thrive and learn a bunch. Absolutely, people with an academic mind who strive for a job that requires a university education will likely flourish in an environment like this.

Despite all of this I am going to apply for another year of school, in early childhood education, which I will hopefully like more than the crap I was previously studying. Maybe you’ve been through this? Do you hate/love school? What are your feelings about this?

Opinion: chuck wagon racing

Also known as horse execution. For those who don’t know, chuck wagon racing looks like this:

 Gongshow, yes? Basically hoards of horses that are tied together pull these wagons around tracks. These horses are roped together in 4’s or 2’s. I know if I was roped to 3 humans and made to run around, that wouldn’t go over well. All our different weights, speeds and our legs moving around, someone would be bound to get hurt. In the horses case, imagine if one wagon hits another, that’s not going to be pretty.

This is dangerous for many reasons. The Calgary Stampede in the prairie city Calgary, Alberta, is one example. 50 horses have died in 20 years. FIFTY. This year alone, 4 animals have passed due to leg injuries. And as you know, if a horse breaks it’s leg, there’s no way it’ll ever heal normally. So you euthanize it.

Yes, animal rights groups are objecting to this(minimally) but HOW on earth hasn’t the Stampede staff cancelled these events? Is it really worth all these horse lives just to entertain people?

Have you seen chuck wagon racing? What are your thoughts on this?