I stopped counting the years and count my experiences…

My hibiscus produced three flowers over the last two weeks. It’s pretty easy maintaining hibiscus indoors — all it needs is lots of sun and water. It’s growing season so it needs to be fed frequently. My kitchen window is the perfect home for the hibiscus.

Hibiscus in bloom

I just started my apples theme for “Eat around the World” this month. I know it’s not quite autumn yet, but whenever I see more types of apples at the grocery store I like to try as many as I can.

Yesterday was my birthday. I’m officially 34 years old. A month ago, I thought to myself “really? I will be turning 34?” I still feel like 30 or 31. I think I stopped counting the years after 30 and nowadays count my experiences. It’s gone by so fast but at the same time so slow. It’s been a busy past year with having a baby while working through this pandemic that never seems to end.

Speaking of work, I was offered an opportunity for an interview. It’s with the same employer, but at a different location. The title would be a major promotion with higher pay but the commute will be much farther. I reviewed my application for this position and I did not checkmark that area because I already knew it was too far. It was tempting to accept the offer to interview because I knew this was a job I wanted. But for the sake of my wellbeing, I declined the invitation for an interview. I already decided it was either get promoted at my current location or transfer to a health facility closer to home.

Reads of the week

Books I am currently reading:

  • Educated by Tara Westover (audiobook from the library) – This is a very American story. It’s a memoir about a woman who grew up with her survivalist family in rural Idaho. She never went to school because her father was paranoid about public education, hospitals, the government, and his mom. Westover’s mom tried homeschooling seven of her children but ultimately gave up so most her kids did not learn how to read far later in life. But at the end of it all, she got her Ph.D. at Cambridge because she desired education. It is a very American story because her parents center their values around self-reliance and boot-strap living – themes commonly found in American literature. Also, I want to highlight her parents because I know many people just like them — I see them everyday.
  • Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty  (e-book borrowed from the library) – I was on the queue for so long for this book. I believe I requested it at the beginning of the year.
  • From the Ashes: My Story of Being Métis, Homeless, and Finding by Jesse Thistle (e-book from the library) 
  • Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent by Isabel Wilkerson

Books finished

A Promised Land  by Barack Obama (in audiobook, from the library) – After almost 30 hours and several renewals and long waits in the queue, it’s finally finished!


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23 thoughts on “I stopped counting the years and count my experiences…”

  1. Hi Julie, your hibiscus looks good! Well done for declining a job opportunity for a job that would cause you stress because of the commuting. And happy belated birthday! 34 is a nice age. I still feel like around 30 in my head but I’m 47… haha.

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    1. Hello, Susanne, Thank you for stopping by. It was a tough decision. I even wondered if I could negotiate with them if I could work remote 3x per week. But looking at my current campus, I see these hospital administrators here every day. Very seldom do they work remote like they had to step out early because their kid is sick.


  2. Happy birthday. I hope I get to say I still feel 30 when I’m 34. 😀 Then again, time flies, doesn’t it.

    Your hibiscus looks good, by the way, I didn’t know they can be grown indoors.

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    1. Yes they can be grown indoors. I recently learned it too. They require a lot of water, humidity (water spray on leaves), and sun! Plus since it’s growing season, they need to be fed frequentl

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  3. Hi Julie, I too have been offered jobs over the years that would have put me where I did not want to live or commuting for too long or doing something I knew I would quickly grow to hate.
    It was always hard, especially if the money was attractive. Looking back now, I’m glad I made the decisions I did as we are happier for it and our children are happier as well.

    BTW – we did decide to home school our kids and do so from K through HS. They all read and did fine but it did involve getting them involved in learning outside of our home.

    Thanks for the visit.

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    1. Yes I did remember you sharing your homeschool adventures with your kids. For this memoir, I don’t think she was anti-homeschool. It’s more like how most of her life from childhood to adulthood she defined her world taught be her parents and it was heavily based on conspiracy theories such as the Y2K world ending and the Illuminati. I’m at the part where she goes to university and she’s trying to redefine her world. Westover has a lot of grit and tenacity, I feel it is a product of her tough upbringing working in the scrapyard and building barns instead of going to school. I also feel she had a lot of people to turn to to help pave the way.

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  4. Love it when a plant decides to give back. I have a couple of trees I planted from dry root and I was overwhelmed with joy when leaves appeared. I’m so looking forward to seeing flowers next year. Well done on Barack. I made it to 3/4s before I had to hand it back.

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    1. That’s one of the most rewarding things about caring for a plant. Congratulations look forward to its progress! “A Promised Land” required multiple renewals. I only do audiobooks when driving.

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