Sunday, November 30, 2014

Putting Up The Christmas Tree

    The one and only Christmas Tree I have ever spent Christmas with. Ever since I was little my family has put up a huge seven foot tall Christmas Tree up. It's fake tree which, I know doesn't sound very nice, but when you have grown up with the same Christmas Tree being put up every year you become attached to the tree. My dad bought the Christmas Tree when he moved to San Francisco in 1989 according to my mom so the tree has somewhat of a history. It's an old tree. It really is something to know you have grow up with the same Tree and I haven't realized that until now. The tree is traditional.
    Tonight we (my mom, sister and, I) put up the Christmas Tree. We started with three working on a tree and then somehow I got left finishing the lights. My mom started with the base of the tree. It's a medal base and for some reason it was a pain to put in this year. She managed after a while of fumbling. While she did that I stared to unfold the prickly branches, after about 15 minutes Lauren, my sister joined in. She helped me unfold about ten branches then we took turns putting them onto the tree. About half way up the tree, the branches getting smaller, we noticed that our mom tip toed away. As I write this I question how we didn't notice she wasn't helping us with the branches. In fact I don't recall her even laying a finger on one. So, we finish the tree and take a break. At about 10:30pm we decided to put the lights on the tree, me and Lauren test out the lights, they all work, and I go in circles stringing the lights to the tree. While I was doing that my sister gets a medium-sized A-Frame latter. It was nice she brought that but there was no was the latter would fit in the back corner. We put our tree in a corner leaving little space to get around it. Sorry I didn't explain that sooner. Anyways, since I'm a few inches over five feet I could somewhat mange to get the lights up... Two feet difference ... Didn't think about that. Where was I? Oh! Right! Lauren brings a latter after seeing I can manage to get the lights on top of the tree. I go around multiple times, my mom tells me to do it another way so I don't get dizzy, I like my was better and I finish decorating the Christmas Tree.
    It's currently 12:16pm my mom went to bed at 11:40. She never goes to bed that late. Well, late for her. I thought I would be able to post this before 12:00 (I stared writing at 11:45) I wanted to have the right date but there are just to many precious details I want to remember. I really also like writing things out too, like spending time alone it's a good way to look back and think. I'm off topic. Now 12:24 and I'm going to head to go to sleep.
Goodnight! Happy December 1st!
Vanessa!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Quick Hello

    Hi everyone! I hope the start of your weekend is going well! Feels like a while since I have blogged but its really only been a couple days. Sorry about that!
    School is getting more busy and I am finding myself needing more time alone.
    Sometimes it's just really nice to have time alone and not have to think about the world and everyone who's constantly asking for something. Time alone allows you to think about stuff you normally don't think about when you are around a lot of people. Something I really like about spending time alone is that you can focus more on what you are thinking and how you feel. If you haven't gotten the point already it's that you can think when your alone. I think I just said that in each sentence I wrote... Sorry :P
    Anyways just a quick little hello and a short goodbye.
Vanessa

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Weather Freak Out

   Recently it has been really cold and windy in Portland and my phone has been blowing up with weather alerts. Right now it is about 29 degrees Fahrenheit but, the wind makes it feel a lot more cold than it really is. Yesterday, I checked the weather and saw that we had a 90% chance of snow in the morning. The weather app I have was right. It started to snow around 5-5:30...ish this morning. Portland schools are usually pretty jumpy about snow, they need to make sure they will be able to get their students to school and back home safely. So, with that being said I checked the school website and saw that our district had a two hour delay. I went back to sleep and woke up around 7:30, checked the website again, and saw they had canceled school today. I was pretty happy about that and so I slept until 10 which I almost never do. Funny thing was when I woke up there wasn't even an inch of snow of the ground... we freak out right when we see a single snow flake... it's kinda funny. It wasn't a pretty day though. There was rain, ice, hail, and lots of wind which made for pretty gross weather. Mmhmm... so I don't know where I am going anymore with this so I am ending this post here.
Hopefully the weather gets better,
Vanessa 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Portland

   Portland, Oregon is my favorite. If you don't know already and you probably don't since I haven't mention this on my blog (I know this for a fact. I just read all 68 posts of mine.) I don't want to move out of Portland ever. In other words I love Portland way to much to move to another city... I promise you I am not crazy for making such a big decision at such a young age.

Things I like about Portland:
-There is always something to do. Seriously, there is always something happening in Portland. From things like the blues festival to random events.
-The skyscrapers. They are amazing and there are so many of them. End of story.
-Trees and nature. I am pretty sure that Portland is the most green city in the United States... I could be wrong so don't quote me on this. Anyways!, naturally we have a lot of places to go hiking and trees are everywhere.
-The weather. Most people I know hate Portland weather but I like it. I like that it rains a lot in Portland. Funny thing is Portland is thought to be one of the cities that gets the most rain but in reality we aren't even on the top ten cites that rain the most.
-People! Can't forget the people of Portland. I love the people of Portland; they bring the whole city together. I like the people here because most of them are super friendly and are also pretty interesting.
-The city is easy to get around... it may not seem like it at first but after a while of living here you learn the layout.

Things I like to do in Portland:
-Dragon boat! Did you guess this? I love going out with my team and paddling in the Willamette for about an hour or two. 
-Hiking. I use not like hiking and walking around Portland due to my dad who took my sister and me hiking every time we saw him but I have to say I kind of miss that. Got to get some more hiking in.
-Taking photos. Another obvious thing I like doing in Portland. 
-Explore... like this isn't obvious but I am going to say it anyways.

Places you have to go to in Portland:
Pioneer Square 
-Pioneer Courthouse Square. This is just a lovely place to take a break.
Willamette River
-The Willamette or the Water front. Great place for picture talking and walking around
Google didn't have a good picture of my favorite place to eat but this is the "walk way" it is on.
-Little River cafe. I go here pretty often when my sister and me are in the area.
The zoo
Zoo lights... cool, right?
-The Zoo! You just have to go here. I just remembered they have zoo lights in December and I got excited. If you don't know what zoo lights is it is when the zoo decorates everything in Christmas lights.
This is the view from the mansion...
...And  this is the mansion 
-Pittock Mansion. The view from here is pretty great and you can hike up to it from the zoo.
*Disclaimer- All the photos used above are not mine.*

These are just a few places to go and a few things I enjoy doing... If I mentioned everything this would be a really long post and this is already getting kinda long but anyways there is a quick look into Portland and maybe now you might see why I made the decision to stay in the area. Oh! One more thing I'll mention that is nice about living in Portland is that from Portland you are only an hour and a half away from the beach! Isn't that a great thing? I think it is. I just love Portland.

Have a good day!,
Vanessa


Monday, November 10, 2014

Blogging Life Back On Track (:

My life is complete.
   I got the blogger app again which means I will be able to blog more often... I question why I even deleted the app in the first place... Oh wait, it was because I wrote something kinda long on my phone a while ago and then forgot the silly app doesn't save automatically so I deleted the app in total frustration. Yeah, probably and most definitely not the best choice I have made but hey, the app and I are back together now! Yay for that!
So here is a small update on my life:
  I am back to posting things like I use to. If you have been following me for a while or just looking back at my older posts you'll find that posts back then were a little more personal and on a complete different level of happiness. ANYWAYS I am back to joyful blogging... I hope.
   If you don't know already my mom, sister, and I are looking for a new car. Our little old red station wagon said it was done with long trips when we took it to Washington in July for a dragon boating competition. Sadly we had to sell the car I had grown up with and now we are looking for a new car. It hasn't been to much fun let me tell you. I am to the point where if my mom tries to talk about another car she thinks she is buying I won't listen. I swear I am not trying to be mean it's just that I truly can not listen to it any longer. Hope we get a car soon.
   I'm trying to get back to running daily. I know, I know. I say that all the time on here but I got sick and could not run for a week (*cough cough* Excuses!...*cough*) and now I am getting back to running. Fun fact! Did you know that running only five minutes a day will lower chances of a heart attack by 65%?
   And last update I can think of off the top of my mind is that my mom wants to start clean eating. If you don't know what it is... Google it!!! I am currently to lazy to explain it.
Until tomorrow!,
Vanessa (:

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Not Seeing It

   Lately I have been looking back at the things I write on my blog and I have to say I haven't liked what I have written the past month. That's all I have to say.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Sunday

    Sunday! Sunday was such a busy day for me. After Halloween and Car Shopping on Saturday there was nothing else I wanted to do more on Sunday than sit around at home and finish the blog post I started on Sunday but posted on Monday because I was to busy on Sunday (Get Fit #2). Note the rambling here.
    Because of the time change I wasn't aware of, I woke up at seven on Sunday very confused. I had a long restful morning and just as I was in the middle of writing a post my mother tells me that we have to go visit friends that are visiting our friends! Really mom... Now?
    Our friends were an older couple visiting from Canada and we needed to say hello to them. We drove about 15 minutes to where they were staying. We greeted them with warm smiles, many hugs, and surprised them with lunch that my mom had spent three hours making. After talking for a while we ate and later I got to take pictures of everyone (My favorite part of seeing them)
    Afterwards, my mom, moms friend, and I drove to the Crystal Ballroom in Portland to celebrate the day of the dead. This is the part which I got dragged to. I didn't want to go but I am a little glad I went because I did get some pretty cool photos. A lot of the music that was played had to do with the dead since the day of the dead is all about remembering loved ones.
    Anyways, I was up until 11:30pm and super tired when I got home. Thats the long story short of what happened on Sunday.
Talk to you guys soon. I have a four day weekend this week so I'll try to post a little more.
Vanessa





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