Month: February 2016

City Living at its Finest

Hey Everyone! 

What a weekend, and it’s only Saturday. Yesterday was busy and a lot of fun. I ran errands and then met up with one of my best friends for dinner before going to the rend collective concert. 

The Rend Collective concert was amazing. It was something I had never experienced before. Rend Collective is a worship band from Northern Ireland, with roots in Irish folk / folk rock. While it was a concert it was also a worship service. I have never been to a mega church where they have youth worship services with a praise band and a sound and light show, so experiencing one was new for me. 

Today I was out and around the city. It still feels weird that I live here, even though I have lived here most of my life. The past couple months I have had a different perspective on the city. While I would still love to move away from the city, at the same time I am trying to see the city, and explore. Trying to get out of my rabbit tracks and see the city and its culture as it really is. 

Today I had spent some time up in the Hawthorne/Belmont area as well as NE Alberta. I used to work up in the Alberta area. Both of these areas are artsy/alternative areas that have strong working class backgrounds and the main streets are lined with mostly mom and pop locally owned shops with a couple chain stores (primarily grocery stores) in the area. There isn’t a Walmart for miles around. There is a yarn store I like to go to and a bakery I love that are both locally owned and operated, which is something I love. I love supporting local small businesses, especially when their products are so much better than what you can get at the big box stores. 


Rockaway Beach 

Hey Everyone!

Today I seriously needed to get away for a while, it has been a long, crazy, and nerve fraying week. 

  I made a run to the beach. I had thought about going to Cannon Beach, but ended up in Tillamook, and going up to Rockaway Beach before heading south a ways and then back inland. 

I hadn’t been to the spot where I went down on the beach since last fall (so like October), and since then we had record rain fall in December and a lot of rain in January so the end of the path down to the beach had eroded away and left a drop off of about 18 inches to 2 feet in the sand at the edge of the vegetation line. The tide was pretty high today, so I wouldn’t be surprised if the tide had come all the way up to that point of erosion. 

Call me crazy but living in the valley, in the big city, granted there are other cities in the country larger than the one I live in, it is still the largest in the state but it is not for me. 

Before heading back to the city I had stopped by where I had gone to college and had gone to the grocery store there for the non perishable food I wanted for this next week. I prefer supporting the small town economy versus the big city.