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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Last Post of 2011

Yes indeed, this post finds me at precisely one hour til 2012. This year has been a mostly good year. Even the not so great parts have fostered growth, and I can't ask for more than that.

I'm at work again tonight, and at midnight will head down to the ER to spend the first few moments with Britt (as long as she's not cleaning wounds or something... ^_~)

I've been insanely stressed & overwhelmed the past few days, and have felt completely helpless to change anything. I decided this morning before I went to bed that that was not what I wanted for myself. I wanted to start the new year in a positive way, not as the negative doom cloud I had been for the past week. When I woke up this evening, I felt amazingly refreshed & light. I was without any stress & without the headache that's been plaguing me for the past few days. I feel hopeful & happy. ^-^

Britt & I have a lot to do in the next few months, but I'll get to that in my New Year's post. ^-^

I'm also working on picking my Word for 2012. I've got the idea of what I want, but am now contemplating the perfect word to encompass the idea.

Alrighty then... I hope all of you are having a wonderful night. This has been a wonderful year with y'all, and I hope this coming year is even better. ^-^

Love & hugs & toasts of fizzy drinks. =D



Happy New Year my sweets.

XOXO


Sunday, December 25, 2011

Simple Womyn's Daybook

FOR TODAY, Sunday, December 25th, 2011

Outside my window... The wind is blowing madly. I haven't checked the weather yet, but I have a feeling we're in for a bit of a storm. This is one of my favorite kinds of weather though... I can feel the power carried on the wind, eddying about.

I am thinking... About not a lot at the moment. ^-^ Just relaxing here, while my pie bakes. It's so nice to just be calm & content & feel relaxed. I don't have a lot of moments like this, so I am enjoying this to the fullest. ^-^

I am thankful... For my family, friends & kitties. They make my life brighter & warmer.

In the kitchen... My second apple pie is baking. I made cookies last night for our Occupy Bellingham camp (figured they could use some holiday cheer, with the weather we have here ^_~), made a pie for one of the ladies I work with & am now baking the one we'll eat for dessert this afternoon.

I am wearing... My purple slippers & a silky robe. Wishing my robe was longer... warmer. May go trade in the robe for my footy pajamas...

I am creating... Holiday cards... yeah, I know. I'm late, as per usual. Lolz... I'm also going to start a cross stitch based on a pic I saw online. I think I'll probably bring that with me to the in-laws' this afternoon.

I am going... to Britt's parents' house this afternoon, and then to a family friend's house this evening.

I am wondering... if we're gonna get snow, or if it's just going to be rainy & windy.

I am reading... The House of Dark Shadows by Robert Liparulo. I thought it was a one shot story, only to realize it's a series. YAY!!! =D

I am hoping... my heater isn't broken... I accidentally tripped on the cats' water dish last night, kicked it toward the heater (which sits on the kitchen floor) and soaked my leg, both of Britt's legs & the whole damn heater... yeesh. That was about 8 hrs ago, and it still won't turn on, despite my not being able to find any trace of water in it. Le sigh...

I am looking forward to... getting my info packet from the Oregon Culinary Institute. We may be heading to Portland after Britt graduates in March, so I can attend school there. I'm excited & utterly terrified. Mostly excited. ^-^

I am hearing... the WIND. @_@ Holy bloomers, Batman, it's really gusting out there. Just got a call from Britt's folks that their power is out. Lolz... Puget Power usually gets it turned back on pretty quickly though. Car alarms keep going off as branches bonk them or huge wind gusts rock them. The dumpster lid at the apartment complex next door keeps getting blown open (BAM!) and shut (KABAM!!!). My bamboo wind chimes are clacking like mad. I kept hearing my wreath smack against the front door, so I nabbed it & hung it inside. Just until the wind blows over. ^-^

Around the house... it's a bit of a mess, but that's pretty par for the course around here. ^-^ We did some good cleaning & scrubbing yesterday, but there's always at least one art project going on here. We've decided that our place is part office, part art studio, part tacky 70's hotel room... lolz. The office & art studio are from us, the 70's hotel room is just the way this place is built. XD

I am pondering... what it will be like to go to school for something I'm interested in & love. I'm having trouble wrapping my brain around it. I'm so excited & so nervous... But Britt's being so wonderful & totally supportive. When I mentioned that I was interested in this school, she immediately jumped online to look at job opportunities for her in the area. She said we will go wherever I want for school. I love that my sweety is so supportive & wonderful. ^-^

One of my favorite things... is the "Poor college student mocha"... Because I'm using candy cane hot cocoa, I get a Poor college student peppermint mocha. Oooo... Aaaahhhh... W00t.

A few plans for the rest of the week: Finish up holiday cards!!! Mail them! Read my book, cross stitch, snuggle my kitties & buy some candy canes (because I forgot again yesterday... @_@)

Here is picture for thought I am sharing...






Lovelovelove Simon's Cat... =3

Happy holidays my lovelies. I hope everyone is having a marvelous day. ^-^

XOXO

hosted by The Simple Woman's Daybook

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Simple Womyn's Daybook

FOR TODAY, Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Outside my window... It's quiet & cold. The clouds hold promise of snow or rain. I've been cleaning up my porch, getting things ready for Winter. There's still a LOT to do.

I am thinking... A whole jumble of things. My mind feels like an out of control carousel, which is why I'm here... I find this very relaxing, following prompts but still being able to just kind of ramble on.

I am thankful... for having a place to write & ramble & vent when need be.

In the kitchen... as always there's dishes to be done, but I'll get to those shortly. There's fresh coffee in the pot, spiced with cinnamon. It tastes like Winter, but warm.

I am wearing... camo pants & a black tshirt with a pic of an astronaut handing a balloon to a big, fuzzy monster. <3

I am creating... a bunch of stuff. ^-^ I've just finished cutting out snowflakes, now I'll spray paint the backs of them & add glitter before hanging them from my ceiling. I'm working on my mini village & making holiday cards as well. I've also been working on a big (for me, anyways) canvas. I had no idea what I wanted to put on it, but did the background & edges. It's turned out perfect to put a sugar skull on. I'm excited. ^-^

I am going... to work tonight, and am not looking forward to it. Aside from that, I'm feeling like I'm going a bit crazy(er).

I am wondering... why I can't get my shit together... meh.

I am reading... Bite Me, by Parker Blue. Kinda cheesy, kinda tacky, but kinda awesome. ^_~

I am hoping... that this week of work will be uneventful. Boring, even.

I am looking forward to... visiting Desty & the teacup human tomorrow after work. Yay! =D

I am hearing... lots of computer key clacking. Britt's writing a paper for school & I'm blogging.

Around the house... kitties are snoring, Phiphi's trying his best to combust by laying as close as possible to the heater, Britt's at her desk writing that paper (she's almost finished), and I'm about to proof read what she's already written.

I am pondering... what to go to school for. I have decided that nursing is not for me. At least not right now. Culinary Arts is looking good though.

One of my favorite things... is candy cane hot cocoa.

A few plans for the rest of the week: work, clean, try & figure out how to get my shit together...

Here is picture for thought I am sharing... Love this! =D

Check out their website for more awesomeness! =D

And don't forget to pop by The Simple Woman's Daybook for all the other posts. ^-^

XOXO

Monday, November 28, 2011

Good morning...

I'm wondering if a person's negativity can be passed to someone else just by being near them... Britt had a really bad day today & now is sound asleep. I'm hoping she wakes up in a better mood, and I'm assuming she will, as her negativity seemed to jump from her to me as we slept today... o_O

On the bright side, even though I'm feeling super down & all emo, I'm not going to just wallow in it. ^-^
I'm finally going to bake that damn turkey (yay!) and get going on my itty bitty holiday village. =D

I've also got massive amounts of kitty muvs coming my way. I love my cats. I don't know what I'd do without them. ^-^

Enchiladas are cooking at the moment (only 16 minutes left...), and once I eat dinner I'll get going on the bird.

Alrighty... off to find my recipe from Witchin' in the Kitchen for Moroccan Spiced Honey Roast Chicken, so I can use it to make my turkey. ^-^ I'm soooooo excited to use this recipe for my turkey! I can't wait to tell you how it turns out. =D

Hmmm... already feeling less emo. Huzzah for blogging for therapy. XD

Hope you all had a marvelous Thanksgiving (or just a marvelous day, depending on where you live ^_~)

If I didn't say it before, I'm so very thankful for all the wonderful people & friends I've met via Blogger. You all enrich my life & inspire me. I love you all to pieces!

Have a most awesome night & I shall post pics of turkey & pie making soon. ^-^

XOXO

Saturday, November 26, 2011

I have spent all night baking. ^-^
Britt & I are heading up to her folks' house this morning & we're having our Thanksgiving dinner today. This way her sister, hubby & the teacup human can be there too.

Speaking of the teacup human... he's walking now. @_@
It's so super awesome. =D And he's getting more & more fun to play with... I can't wait to take him to the zoo!

Anywho... I baked an apple pie from scratch & made peanut butter bonbons... I do have pics, but my camera's packed up already. They'll have to make it into an upcoming post. ^-^

Well then... Just popped in to say Hi & bye for the weekend. I kinda hate not having internet at her parents' place... but oh well. I'm taking my book & my spinning with me. ^-^

Oh yeah... and Britt's dad said that we're going to have a Resident Evil marathon... =D
I haven't seen the most recent one, so I'm excited. I didn't especially like the 3rd one, so I'm hoping this one's better. We shall see!

I'm off to pack up my pie, but I shall come poke you all when I get back to my internet on Sunday night or Monday. Have a wonderful weekend!!! ^-^

XOXO

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Hecate's Night

As the cold wind blows, shaking the last remaining leaves from the trees...

As the sky darkens & the steel grey clouds hold a promise of snow...

As the sun sets this evening, we honor the Goddess Hecate. Goddess of crossroads, magic, Witches & spirits. She who holds power over land, sky & sea. She who keeps Persephone company through the cold Winter months in the Underworld. The Triple Goddess who can see in all directions. Blessings to you all on this cold, windy night.



XOXO

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Simple Womyn's Nightbook

Figured I'd tweak the title to fit when I'm actually posting this. ^_~

For tonight, Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Outside my window... It's dark & cold. The sky was clear & gorgeous all day, so there's no clouds to hold in any tiny bit of heat. Brrrrr... But the stars seem to shine more brightly, twinkle more wonderfully, the colder it is.

I am thinking... About not a lot at the moment. I'm pretty relaxed. There's a few thoughts about permaculture & house cleaning bouncing around in my head, but nothing really at the forefront of my mind.

I am thankful... Tonight I'm thankful for the people at Jasper Hall, and all they are doing (and have done). People & places like Jasper Hall give me hope. (More on Jasper Hall later)

In the kitchen... The kitchen is quietly waiting for me to come & tidy up. Dishes to be done (as always), counters to be wiped down, but luckily I have a patient kitchen.

I am wearing... Jeans & a t-shirt. And orange & black stripped socks. Contemplating grabbing a sweater, as it's kinda chilly in here...

I am creating... 100 faces. A while ago I got the book Drawing Lab for Mixed Media Artists. It's super awesome, but I've been ignoring it for a while. So the other day I picked it back up, found a small sketchbook that wasn't being used for anything else & set out to create 100 faces in all kinds of ways. I've done about five so far I think. It's fun & relaxing, especially since there's no pressure to make the faces look realistic. Which is good, as me & realism don't get along so well... ^-^

I am going... nowhere in particular, and am quite satisfied with that.

I am wondering... How many years it will be until Britt & I can get a house of our own. I love our apartment, but I'm craving a space that is ours, that we can do with what we like, and that I can have a nice BIG garden on. Someday... I know that much. Until then, I'll be patient & love my tiny apartment with the big porch. ^-^

I am reading... The Sacred Balance by David Suzuki. Several years ago I took a class called Engery: Uses & Consequences. Along with the Environmental Ethics class I took that same quarter, they are the single most influential courses I've ever taken. My class was encouraged to attend a lecture by David Suzuki, and it was amazing. I bought a book while there & he signed it for me. ^-^

I am hoping... that Britt & I will be successful in our efforts to live more sustainably. Yes, I know this seems to be a theme tonight, but what can I say... this is never far from my mind. I cleaned out our fridge earlier this evening before heading to the store, and I'm appalled at the amount of food I had to throw out. It made me sick to my stomach how much we wasted, mostly because it got tucked in a crisper drawer & forgotten about, or pushed to the back of the fridge & forgotten about. My goal for the rest of the year (and ever after) is to have zero waste due to food going bad because we forgot about it or 'lost' it in the fridge. This is no longer acceptable to me to have happen. Period.

I am looking forward to... Britt's Winter break from school. I miss my sweety! She goes to school 8 hours a day, then has several hours of homework. She's working so hard & doing so well, but we're both sick of not having very much time together. She's terribly excited for her break as well... yesterday she was all giddy at the prospect of being able to sit down & read a book that had absolutely nothing to do with nursing. ^-^

I am hearing... four kitties snoring up a storm. Lazy bums...

Around the house... all is quiet but for my clacking computer keys & soft little kitty snores.

I am pondering... why I tend to plan tons of fun crafts & art projects, but never get around to actually doing them. I'm working on this. An author I like (Chuck Wendig) tweeted a quote earlier this evening that could have been directly to me: "If we expend our energy trying not to fail, not only will we never succeed, but the result is artistic paralysis."

Truer words never spoken. This is why my 100 faces project is so important to me. I frequently get caught up in the way that my art seems to get stuck somewhere between my imagination & my hands, so never turns out quite how I intend it. This drives me bonkers. I'm working really hard on not letting it bother me, and just accepting what I create for what it is. <3

One of my favorite things... is candy cane hot cocoa. Liquid awesome.

A few plans for the rest of the week: I head back to work tomorrow night (well, tomorrow morning to be precise, as I've got a staff meeting at 0730. Ick...) Aside from that, I'm planning on finishing up my book, working on my 100 faces & making sure I cook dinner every night. This is very important to me, as I feel home cooked meals & sit down dinners are essential to familial happiness & well being. ^-^

Here is picture for thought I am sharing... Actually, it's a video. The video's about Jasper Hall. It's a half hour long, but it will be one of the best, most uplifting, hope inspiring half hours of your life. I am inspired & awed. If there's any kind of heaven, this is what mine will be. This is paradise. This is how I want to live, this is my dream, my heart's desire.

Jasper Hall

Jasper Hall, 2010, by Martin Voll 32 min from jasperhall on Vimeo.



I ran across this video on Subsistence Pattern, a wonderful blog. Check it out! They're inspiring as well ^-^

As always, thank you so very much to Peggy for hosting the wonderful Simple Woman's Daybook. Check out the link to see all the other lovely participants! =D

Hoping you all are snug as bugs in rugs as the weather turns icy & we forge on into the darkest part of the year. May you embrace the darkness & not fear it. We are creatures of both darkness and light, to deny any part of ourselves is to deny wholeness, fullness, completeness. Love the darkness & she in turn will show you love.

Love & hugs my darlings.

XOXO

Thursday, November 03, 2011

The Simply Woman's Daybook

For today, November 3rd, 2011

Outside my window... Is me. I'm spending as much time on my porch as possible, even though it's chilly. Macha's out here with me, on her leash (just in case she takes a leap off the porch, I'll be able to reel her back in. Goddess forbid @_@) The sun is shining & there's only a few fluffy, white clouds here & there. It's so beautiful! the leaves on the trees are turning gold & orange & red. It smells crisp and clean and wonderful.

I am thinking... about a lot of things. About webs. About connections between people, places, all kinds of things. About words as webs, connecting all of us together online. Even the name, World Wide Web... very apt. About The Queen of Wands by Judy Grahn. I'm in love with her words.

I've also been thinking about personal relationships, and wishing I lived closer to my online friends & witchy sisters. I've read several posts or comments lately along these lines, and it seems as if we're all wishing our far flung webs of wonderful witchy wise women was not quite so far flung... ^-^

I am thankful... For this change in seasons. I love Spring & Summer for all that they bring, but Autumn is the season of my soul. Now through the Winter, I feel most at home. It's true, I hate being cold. But these seasons of introspection, planning, death & rebirth very much speak to me.

In the kitchen... I'm almost caught up on my dishes. ^-^ There's a load of laundry just about finished in the dryer (it just buzzed now), so another load is about to go in. I'm feeling very much like cleaning today, so I might just get everything accomplished that I've been trying to for the past few days.

I am wearing... A mishmash of warm fuzzy things... The awesome purple, red & white slippers my mom got me for Christmas last year, green & white plaid flannel pj pants that Britt's had longer than she's known me... my red, grey & black plaid flannel shirt underneath a sweatshirt & the fingerless gloves Jude (who I work with) knit for me last year. I'm a riot of flannel & color, but I'm warm. ^-^

I am creating... yarn at the moment. I've been doing a lot of spinning on my drop spindle lately. I'm spinning a blend of Merino, dyed dark blues & black. It reminds me of Winter, midnight & frozen lakes.

I am going... Nowhere today, and am thrilled. I'm going to clean & clean & then perhaps bake some bread.

I am wondering... what kind of Winter we'll have this year. I need to invest in good snow boots, as my main mode of transportation is my feet. I'm looking forward to walking in the snow... ^-^

I am reading... Everything I can find on my ancestors. I realized a few weeks ago that just because my immediate ancestors were very Christian, there were ancestors before them who weren't. So I've been researching what the Netherlands were like before the Romans & the priests came calling.

I am hoping... that I'll someday be able to find the missing parts of my family tree. My paternal great grandfather is just a name to us, as my great grandmother wasn't allowed to marry him (even though she was knocked up) because he wasn't Dutch. I know his name (Albert Lewis), but that's it...

I am looking forward to... Thanksgiving & the Winter holidays. I'm going to start early this year on my present making, so I can get my shit done. =D

I am hearing... traffic & the wind blowing through the leaves on the trees. Also hearing the kitties rampaging about the house... o_O

Around the house... There are kitties marauding & things that need cleaning. I am, however, not going anywhere near Britt's desk & her nursing school shit. @_@ She totally needs a room dedicated to her nursing stuff. Yeesh...

I am pondering... what I want to do with myself. I'd kind of settled on nursing, as nothing else was tickling my fancy. Nursing is a steady career, with almost guaranteed jobs. But my heart's not really in it. I know there would be things I'd enjoy, things I could be passionate about. But watching Britt go through school, seeing all the horizontal violence from instructors to students, nursing staff to students, students to students & working with nurses at the hospital already, I'm wanting to be an RN less & less.

It's kind of funny, but I've been thinking about the Culinary Arts program. Britt mentioned to me a few weeks ago that she's been wondering if I'd ever considered that program as well. We were both thinking about it at the same time. I love being connected at the brain stem with her. ^_~

So I'm giving it consideration. I would love to have my own little catering business... to have a bakery... to do something I love.

One of my favorite things... Is apple cider & candy cane hot cocoa (not together). Oh yes. And Chai-nog. I cannot LIVE without chai-nog during the Fall & Winter. ^-^

A few plans for the rest of the week: Make the most of my last two days off! I go back to work on Saturday for four days, then am off again for seven. I love working seven on, seven off... when I take a few days off in addition to my schedule, it's like having a vacation! =D

Also... need to check in with my lil bro to see if he's still coming to visit this month... I hope he is! ^-^


Make sure to visit http://thesimplewomansdaybook.blogspot.com/ for all the other lovely ladies' posts. ^-^

Monday, October 31, 2011

True Love

... I has it. And today (tonight, really) marks the 8th anniversary of that true love. Tonight marks the 8th year Britt & I have been together. ^-^

I can't believe it's already been 8 years... I can't believe it's been only 8 years. It feels like a lifetime has passed since we met & got together (we're so different now compared to then), yet it still feels like yesterday. Funny thing, that.

These past 8 years have been the most wonderful, transformative years of my life. We've had our share of rough spots, but they've only made us stronger... into the indomitable women & partners we are now.

So tonight, on one of the most powerful nights of the year, I am doubly blessed. I am able to not only honor those who have passed before me with the womyn who shares my heart & soul, but to celebrate the greatest force out there. The thing that transcends time, distance & I believe, even death.

Love.

I am filled up & running over with love & eternal gratitude that this lifetime we were able to find each other so early on. May we all be so lucky next time around as well. ^-^

So... To the only person that knows everything about me, and still loves me...
To the womyn who snuggles me even when my feet are cold...
The womyn who lifts me up after I've fallen flat on my face yet again...
The womyn who is the keeper of my heart.
To the one who encourages me to follow my schemes & dreams...
And the one whom I love unconditionally...
To the amazing womyn whose spirit mirrors mine so closely, we can blend together seamlessly...

I love you. You are everything to me, my life, my breath, my heart. My raison d'etre.

I am thrilled beyond words knowing that we have years & years & years ahead of us to enjoy with each other.

My Britty... the keeper of my heart & mirror of my soul... I love you. Happy anniversary. <3


Me & the Missus...

<3

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Day Off #2

Spent Day Off #1 happily ensconced in my bed. Yeah... like all day. Ah well. I was tired & feel much, much better today. ^-^

I also got my hours changed around to normal people hours, instead of nighttime people hours. Yay!

Britt's home sick today, so she's in bed sleeping.

I'm up & sipping coffee, intermittently hollering at my cats... they are being beastly this morning. Yeesh... Figured I'd sit here & type a bit whilst I make my battle plans for house cleaning today. Now where did I put my trebuchet?

Nevermind... I suppose I should wash the dishes, not destroy them. Tempting, though. ^-^

Strangely enough, my biggest source of consternation is my desk. It is a disaster area. @_@
I'm not quite sure how it got this way, as I was very careful for the longest time not to just stack things on it. Hm.

My desk is the only area in the house that's kinda "mine". It's where I type, do bills, craft & read tarot. I sit here to read & write & sip coffee. Or at least I used to, when I could actually see the desk. It now looks like various piles of crap, held up by four wooden legs. Meh...

Along with the dishes & the kitchen, it's on the TOP of my priority list today. I need my desk, dammit...

Anywho... If I get my kitchen cleaned up, I'm planning on making a mess of it again right away by baking. ^-^

There's bread & cookies in my immediate future... Mmmmmmm...

Well then, I suppose I must be off to go find my kitchen counters beneath the mound of dishes. Wish me luck, and if you don't hear from me by tomorrow, send in reinforcements. ^-^

Hopefully I'll get a huge chunk of housework done today, so on Saturday I'll be able to work on the doll that's been calling to me.

Hoping you're having a most wonderful day today. ^-^

XOXO

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Morning Mumblings

Ah, good morning. My chai-nog & I are happily ensconsed in my office, listening to good music & spinning. My fiber, Merino dyed in dark blues and blacks, reminds me of midnight & Winter & lakes frozen over. It's sooooo pretty! =D

It was a lovely evening when I came into work. The sky had cleared a bit, and was all aglow with the sunset. Breathtaking!

On my To Do list today: Clean a bit as soon as I get home, take a zolpidem & then actually sleep, get up & be back to work at 1900. Three days (nights, whatever) until my ten off... So. Excited.

Alrighty... now to felt some pumpkins. ^-^

XOXO

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Almost time...

Where did October go? @_@

One minute it's the 1st, now it's the 22nd... I'm just hoping that the last bit of this month creeps by verrrrry slowly.

Autumn in favorite time of the year. The air gets crisp & cool (if not downright cold sometimes), the leaves explode into fiery brilliance, the squirrels rush around like mad, stashing nuts in every concievable place.

Autumn is also right about the time I stop blogging, crafting or doing much of anything, really. I feel like I withdraw into myself, like one of the snails I see as I walk to work every night. I feel a deep desire, a yearning to go to the woods, bury myself beneath the leaves & dirt & sleep for a long while. I find myself daydreaming about sinking into the Earth, lying there with the soil, the bugs & whatever else, perhaps wrapped in tree roots, being held close in the comforting warmth & coolness that earth can be, both at once.

Last year, this lasted through the Winter holidays, and then I "woke up" a bit for the Summer, but now I'm back to the sleepy feeing. That need to hibernate. Perhaps I was a bear in a past life...

I don't want to feel this way all the time though. One of the cards I pulled the other day was the 8 of Cups (I think). It shows introspection, to the point of shutting everything & everyone out. It recognises the need for self examination, but also cautions against focusing only on what's inside of us, and ignoring all the things & people around us, who also help make us, us.

Soooooo... I'm trying very hard to poke my head out of my snail shell. I'm finding this really hard. I don't want to come out, but I'm not accomplishing anything (not even self satisfaction) by staying in here. There are so many things I want to do & people I want to go see (namely my sis in law & nephew).

I'm hoping that not working as many extra shifts this coming month will help as well. By the time I'm done with my 7 days on, one day off, one day on, four days off, eight days on, I'm so sick of people, I just want to hide in my house, prefferably in my bed with a book.

Next month I'm planning on working only two extra shifts a pay period, at four hours each. These two four hour shifts will be tacked onto my Saturday & Sunday nights, so I'll be working 7pm to 7am. Which isn't terrible, as long as I only do two or three in a row like that. ^-^

Anywho. I must get back to work, but I'm hoping to be around more often. I love to blog & read your blogs, so I hopefully will pop back in soon & get caught up on what's going on in our neck of the woods. ^-^

Until then, I hope everyone's been doing well & you're having a blast getting ready for the best holiday of the year... =D

XOXO

Friday, October 14, 2011

Brrrrr...

Holy buckets, it's FREEZING outside this morning! I left my kitchen window cracked last night & awoke to an entirely too chilly house this morning. I suppose I'll have to bake something this morning to warm things up. ^-^

Got Britt off to her third day of clinicals about a half hour ago. Thank you so much to everyone who is sending her & her classmates good thoughts! I told her this morning before she left that y'all were sending her good vibes & she wants to make sure I tell you how much that meant to her. She got a wee bit teary... ^-^

So, thank you, my darlings, for this. It means the world to me as well, having friends that I can count on. =D

So... now for the more mundane things...
Today is payday which means it's grocery shopping day. This is proving to be one of the tasks that I miss having a car for. We used to hop in the car, drive store to store & get what we needed without too much forethought. Now, since I either take the bus or walk, I need to have a plan in place. Otherwise I end up trying to carry too much stuff home at once. o_O

I need to check & see if the veggie stand is still open, and then I'll probably go there & to Trader Joe's today. I also need to hit Hellmart, so I can load money onto one of those re-loadable debit cards they have. This is how I've been paying my online bills, to ensure I don't overdraft my bank account. It's working marvelously! ^-^

I'll also get some things like cat food & litter while I'm there. And toilet paper. I must not forget the tp... @_@

After my errands I'm planning to head to the garden & see if any of my yellow pear tomatoes are ripe yet... I think that there should be at least a few ready to come home with me today. ^-^

And then I'll walk back down to Albertsons to get a few things like coffee creamer. Tomorrow I'll go to the Food Co-op & get flour & the dried legumes I need to make soup, and probably some fresh peanut butter. There's just something so awesome about grinding one's peanut butter right there at the store. ^-^

Well then... I'm off to make a grocery list for the stores I'm hitting today & finish my coffee. I hope you all have a most wonderful day! It's FRIDAY! *Happy dance* Have some fun today & tell someone special that you love them. You are guaranteed to have a good day then. ^-^

You all are my special someones today. =D
You all have my love & unending happiness to know you. I am blessed to have each of you in my life, even though we've never met in person (something I'd love to remedy, should we ever get the chance!)
I thank the Goddess every day that we've woven webs between us & made ourselves into a community in its truest sense. Y'all make me so happy, I just wanna pop. ^-^

XOXO

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Greetings!

Holy wow... I can't believe it's already almost half-way through October! Where does the time go? Probably the same place half a pair of socks goes when washed...

Anywho...

It's been an interesting couple of weeks. Britt started her second quarter of nursing school & unfortunately has a terrible instructor. The woman takes pleasure in making people miserable. I am both extremely sad for this horrid woman & extremely angry at how she treats people. Britt's hanging in there (sort of), but she feels like she's about to crack. I help her in whatever ways I can, but short of literally creating more hours in the day, there's not much I can do. I'm worried not only about Britt, but also her classmates, all of whom are suffering ill effects from this class & its instructor.

If you feel so inclined, send some positive energy to my sweety & her classmates... they can use all the help they can get. ^-^

In other news... I've been playing out in the garden & on the porch with my plants there when it's not raining too hard. Our tomatoes on the porch gave us their first round of bright red cherry tomatoes... They were so good, I can't wait for the next batch to ripen! Our big tomato plant of an unknown kind has also produced several lovely tomatoes, two of which are ripening nicely, and should be ready in the next few days. I am so excited I might pop!

There's a few craft project ideas I've got knocking about in my head, and I think I'm going to start making scarves & lap quilts to donate to the infusion clinic at the hospital. I've got a mixed media project I want to start working on, and I've been baking more bread again. ^-^

Last night I made rye bread... and learned that it takes a LONG time to rise & proof... @_@

I didn't get to bed until 0330 & then had to get up at 0500 to go to work, as I'm working day shift today... ick...

I've been doodling in my art journals & generally trying to enjoy my self. I've come to the realization that life is far too short to be depressed & cranky. ^_~

Every day that I work, I walk the two miles from my house to the hospital. It's one of my favorite times in my day. ^-^

I get anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour (if I'm walking really slowly) to just zen & enjoy being outside. Even if it's raining I love my walk. I leave my house about 2145 & it's a gorgeous walk beneath the moon & stars. The other night I was treated to a coyote singing to me the last mile or so... I think she was singing just for me... ^-^

My favorite part of the walk is the last half. I leave behind most of the stores & businesses & whatnot & am surrounded by trees & blackberry bushes. Can you recall the smell of blackberry bushes after they've baked in the sun all day? Or the warm-yet-cool scent of trees & moss & bushes freshly kissed by the rain? I'm one lucky duck, getting to smell these things whenever I go to work.

I get to hear crickets & frogs... owls too if I'm lucky. I smell the fields that lie to the right of the road & sometimes a smell that reminds me of horses. I feel the wind caress & tug at my hair, and the moon & stars shine down on me. I love it all & have never been so happy to have gotten rid of our car. I don't want to ever have to own one again. ^-^

Well then... I'm off to warm up the soup I took with me for lunch & perhaps read a bit...

Hoping you're having a most wonderful day!

XOXO

Sunday, September 25, 2011

(Late) Practical Magic Blog Party!

Sorry, my sweets, for running so late! There are gremlins in my home internet... so here I am at work. ^-^


I'd been pondering for a while what exactly I wanted to post for this wonderful party today(yesterday...). I watched the movie again & the thing that stood out most to me this time was the theme of sisterhood throughout.


Whether it be Jilly & Sally's biological sisterhood, or the sisterhood between all the women at the end of the movie, the theme weaves its way through the movie.


Perhaps this stuck out most to me, as I've been missing my sister as of late. I always miss my family, but for some strange reason, especially my sister the past few weeks.


She and I are so very opposite. I'm always amazed that we can be related. ^-^


But like the sisters in Pracital Magic, I'd be there for her no matter what, even to help her bury a body (but let's hope it doesn't come to that...)


Becuase we are so very, very different, it's been hard for us the past eight years (since my family moved away & I stayed in Bellingham) for us to be close. Add to that the physical distance between us, and it makes it even more difficult.


As for a more general sense of sisterhood, y'all got me covered there. Even though we live all over the place, have probably never met in person and are all ages, we have a sisterhood that is strong & supportive & wonderful. ^-^


We give each other the strength & support that we all need.


We give advice, take advice, make eachother laugh & cry, give support, share our passions, loves & losses.


This is what sisterhood is about. We epically win. ^-^

Alrighty... enough with the serious stuff! This is a party, after all...


Grab your glasses my darlings, 'cause the Aunts are whipping up a big batch of...






MIDNIGHT MARGARITAS!!!






Seconds, anyone? =D

XOXO

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Question:
When you're having a string of really shitastic days, and nothing you do seems to improve things, then what? What do you do? How do you pull yourself up & turn things around? I'm plumb out of ideas, good or bad, and am rather at a loss as to what to do. Thoughts?

XOXO

Monday, September 12, 2011

Thieves in the night...

There's been a rash of break-ins at & around my apartment building. Fortunately, we're on the 2nd floor, so not quite as easily accessible as the ground floor tenants. The poor girl who lives across from our back porch, but on the ground floor was home in bed when the burglar broke in. Yeesh. Fortunately, he grabbed some stuff & left & she wasn't harmed. Several other apartments have been broken into, as well as a bunch of bikes stolen. Two from the landing right outside our front door.

Britt & I have been fortunate in that our bikes weren't taken & our apartment is still intact. But I'm worried that it might get broken into while we're at work some night. I'm not worried about people stealing my stuff, but I'm very worried that my cats could get outside. They're all inside only, and haven't lived outside since they were tiny kittens. They have no "real life" survival skills, and with where we live, we'd probably never find them.

Soooo... time to make sure all the windows get shut & locked whenever we leave. Time to update the protection spells around the apartment. And time to make that Witch's bottle I've been meaning to make to protect my home from both thieves & negativity.

Do any of you do anything special to keep yourselves or your homes safe, aside from the mundane common sense type things?

XOXO

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Gypsy Dreams


Hello my Gypsy darlings! Grab your favorite stockings & most comfy nightie or finery & come sit with me by the camp fire. We've got guitars & fiddles, drums & tambourines. Let's dance & tell stories all night... <3

I'm packing up my wagon to meet with all my gypsy sisters & brothers... a gathering of the likes not seen in years...


We've got the music...

So let's dance the night away...


At midnight, we'll sing a spell...



...and bind it with Earth, Water, Air & Fire. Our Gypsy spirits are united into one, glorious dance... Our love for freedoms of all kinds, but most of all to be ourselves, carries us with laughter through the night. Our spirit is indomitable & though we are both near & far, we are family with ties that bind us closer than blood.

So... Join in the merriment tonight, and keep that warm, bright spirit alive always. <3

I'm heading back to the fire to dance some more, so... come with me?

http://mygypsydreams.blogspot.com/


XOXO

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Lazy Day

Yup. That's been my day. Totally lazy! =D

And I've been loving every minute. I feel like I've been so busy as of late... it's nice to just do nothing.

I got up this afternoon, showered & then had tea & figs on the porch with Britt & Macha. Macha got water, not tea, but was perfectly happy. ^-^

The spider in between the mint & the rose was having tea with us as well, although I believe she was sipping on a bee that buzzed too close to her web. Tea, bee, what have you.

Another, far more careful, bee was also sipping from the Motherwort flowers I've let get away from me.

All in all, it was quite a nice afternoon. <3

What have I got planned for this evening you ask? Well, I shall tell you...

I'm going to spend the evening & most of tonight baking. Britt's dad is back in the hospital for heart issues, and is going to have open heart surgery on Friday. They're keeping him until then, as he was having quite the issues yesterday. Five nitro later, still no dice, so he went to the ER & got admitted back to CVU. Where he'll be until next Tuesday or Wednesday.

Anywho, he's wanting oatmeal cookies, so after checking with his nurse, I told him I'd bake him some & bring them when we go to visit tomorrow. ^-^

Nothing like homemade cookies filled with love & positive energy to perk up one's stay at the hospital! =D

I'm also going to be making zucchini muffins & possibly some wheat muffins... I feel in the baking mood, I tell you!

I found via a Yahoo article a website call 100 Days of Real Food. Check it out, it's really nifty! I've so far made the enchiladas, tzatziki & cucumber dill pasta salad... all are phenomenal! This lady gives some good recipes!

Let me see... what else have I been up to? I've been doing quite a bit of walking lately, as we got rid of our car last month. It's been an interesting learning experience, but mostly quite nice. ^-^

Also, my garden plot is HUGE & BOOSHY. I've been promising pics all Summer long, but I promised my parents I'd post some here so they could see it, so now I'll actually have to remember to take my camera with me, then post. I'm not quite sure why getting those pics up is so hard... o_O

Anywho. I've gotta make my grocery list & head to the store, now that it's cool enough for me not to melt when stepping onto the pavement. Hope y'all had a wonderful weekend, and I shall be back with pictures soon. Really, I will...

XOXO

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

How do YOU say...

Replace the Hershey's bar with Nutella, and that's me... *drools*



So. How do y'all say "Nutella"?

I say "nuh-tel-la"

I mean, it is made with nuts, not newts...

Britt is saying it "new-tel-la".

We are having a minor war over here with much giggling over the correct pronunciation. The internet is no help. It's telling me both ways. So... How do YOU say it? Is there a difference between how Europeans & Americans say it? How Canadians & Americans say it?

Lemme know...

XOXO


Monday, August 22, 2011

Run for the hills... THE HILLS... @_@

Both my cat & my sweety are cranky to the point where the boy kitties & I are getting ready to batten down the hatches or run for the hills...

The hills are looking rather nice this time of year... o_O

Eek...

C'mon, Phiphi, Lhu & Vash... lets go before the fur starts to fly... XD

**proceeds to flee with boy kitties in blatant act of cowardice**

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Sunday Rambles

Britt & I are making good use of our last night with a car. In about 12 hours we'll be at Lauren's boyfriend's house, picking her up on our way to drop off the car at the auction place. Then we'll head back to Bellingham & proceed to enjoy whatever kind of vodka we decide to get. ^-^

We went to our storage unit this evening to try & salvage some stuff... There's quite a bit that doesn't have mouse shit on it, but there's so very much that does, and that just can't be adequately cleaned. Mostly craft projects & the like. Like my paper mache masks... and Britt's huge book she made in high school. I cried a little when she had to throw it away. The average shit we gotta toss due to mousey contamination is irritating, but not a terribly big loss. We had too much shit anyways. The craft projects & art, however, break my heart to have to throw out. Unfortunately, there's just too many diseases that mice carry that can pass with fatal results to humans. Hanta virus anyone? No, thanks though. @_=

Trying to look on the bright side, however, we both have learned a very valuable lesson about packing & storage facilities. We won't be making the same mistakes again. And the contamination is also making it far easier to go through & get rid of shit we really don't need.

We are, however, going to go over our contract with a magnifying glass. We're rather miffed that when they discovered the mouse infestation, they did fuckallnothing about it. Didn't notify the units adjacent to the one that had been storing food, didn't set traps or poison, didn't tell us when we moved in that we were in charge of providing our own pest control. I hate to have to kill the mice, but I really can't have them living (more specifically shitting...) in my stuff. Meh.

If we have to get rid of any of our furniture due to mouse damage, we're gonna be having a talk with the owner of the facility.

Anywho... I'm terribly excited to have a few days off before I head back to work for my seven on. For some insane reason, I agreed to work day shift the past three days. I must have taken temporary leave of my senses. Ye gods. I was forcibly reminded why I do not work day shift. As if I needed a reminder... XD

But at least I've got tonight, tomorrow & Tuesday night off. Yay!

Okies... off to make a grocery list & then go food shopping. And then to clean out the car the rest of the way. I may be getting rid of my car, but I definitely want to keep my inner tubes for the next time we want to float down a river. ^-^

Hoping all y'all are having a wonderful night. ^-^

XOXO

Friday, August 19, 2011

What was I thinking?

So I'm working day shift all weekend in the Staffing office... Today, tomorrow & Sunday. @_@

It's terribly strange having other people in my office with me, as I'm alone on night shift. At least it's Sandy and not somone horrible, right? Right.

There's not much going on right now, so I'm killing time until I go for lunch at 1230... I'm being stared at by a plate of snickerdoodles... and naturally, today is the first day back on track for eating healthy. Cookies, unfortunately, are so not on my 'healthy' list. o_O

Ah well. I'm going grocery shopping this afternoon, so I'll have healthy snacks to take with me tomorrow. ^-^

I'm wishing I'd have gotten some coffee this morning, but paying for the hospital's sorry excuse for coffee is obscene... XD

I'll have to wait until I'm home & make myself a pot. ^-^

I suppose I could read a bit... So I think that's what I'm gonna do.

I'm ticked that I'm unable to leave comments on blogs at the moment, as apparently my account doesn't have access or permissions to do so... wtf...

Hope y'alls day is as gorgeous as mine is! Yay, sunshine!!! =D

XOXO

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Me & Nancy

Last night at work, Lauren showed me where piles of books reside in the ER waiting room, waiting to be taken home. She found several old poetry books & I nabbed an old book with no cover, missing pages & burn marks all over, as well as an old book written in German. From what I can decipher, it's about the physiology & pathology of Kinderkrankheiten... or children craziness. Published in Leipzig in 1836. I am in love.

I spent about four or five hours trying to figure out what the cover-less book is. I've finally figured out it's either the 10th or 11th edition (I'm betting on 11th) of the Edinburgh New Dispensatory. It mentions Aluminum, which was discovered in 1825, but no mention of any elements discovered after that, including Bromine which was discovered in 1826. The 11th edition was published in 1826, so that's why I'm betting 11th.

I am terribly pleased with my discovery. Also, there is no front cover, but there is a back cover. With doodles from the mid-1800s. In brown fountain pen. Of a man in a coat with long tails. I shall most definitely have to post a picture of this as soon as my camera battery is done charging. Have I mentioned I'm in love? <3

I love old books. I love how they smell, how they feel in my hands, how the paper is nice & thick & ever so slightly textured. I love even more finding writing in old books... the lovely cursive one so rarely sees anymore. It makes my heart all aflutter. You could woo me with lovely writing such as that...

Anywho...That's what I've been up to all morning... playing Nancy Drew. =D

Getting ready to head off to bed so that I can get up at a decent time to make some dinner before we head to work. Hope you're all having a marvelous Sunday! ^-^

XOXO

Friday, August 12, 2011

Well hell...

Britt's email accounts got hacked. Apparently the passwords that were stolen were for blogger too. In my not-most-intelligent moment ever, I clicked on one of the links in one of "her" posts & it took me to a viagra page. Great. So I've reset all the passwords I can think of, but if you get an email from me asking you to click on a link, it's NOT FROM ME. Also, if you DO get an email from "me", shoot me a comment so I can go try & fix things again.

ye gods, I'm such a dork... *facepalm*

I'll be keeping an eye on my blog as well. So don't click anything promising to make your life better. They're full of shit. @_x

Here's to hoping I don't spread this to anyone else... yeesh.

MumblemumbleMumble...

I'm up when I should be sleeping... But with how shitastically I've been sleeping (or not sleeping, rather) as of late, at least I'm being productive, right? Sure. I tried to sleep earlier & managed about three hours of almost sleep. I figure I'll go water the garden (I knew I forgot to do something this morning after work...) and then see if I can sleep again. I got an Rx for ambien, or something along those lines, with an extended release. Falling asleep isn't my issue. Staying asleep, however, is. So as soon as my check gets here, I'll be filling that Rx. And my normal one as well, which I've only been semi taking, as there was a whole big hooplah over the doc refusing to give me a refill until I'd seen her for a med checkup, which until a week ago, I didn't have money for. Yep. Refill half of my Rx at the 40mg dose instead of the 60mg one I'd been told to "try out". Then refuse to give me enough meds to get me through the month, while making me pay for a full month's worth. That makes tons of sense. o_O
Whatever. I got things worked out & am seeing a different ARNP than the one who opted not to tell me beforehand that I needed to see her before refilling to get the full amount of my Rx at the proper dose.
In other news... I'm looking for a new job, as my current one is facing possible cuts. Which shift will go first? Night shift of course. Awesome how folks who've never worked my job or my shift are insistent that it won't matter if there's not night shift clerk to do all the shit I do. Ah well... It's been a great three years (ha...), but I was wanting outta there anyways. I was planning on sticking it out through nursing school, but now it seems I may not have that option. Soooooo... I'm looking for a new place to work, so I can be a step ahead. For once. ^_~ I'm hoping I'll find a place or two that I'll like working at.
But for now, I've sold my days off to my current job. I've picked up all the extra hours I can find. I'm working seven on, two off, three on, two off, seven on... Let's see if I can make it working three day shifts without killing anyone, shall we. ^-^
Alrighty... I'm off to poke more blogs & then go water my garden. ^-^ I hope y'all are having a wonderful day & that your weather's at least a lovely as mine is... Yay for Summer! =D
(I did buy some glittery Fall leaves a while back at JoAnn's & hung them around my desk... Shhh... don't tell. I love Summer, but Autumn is always in my soul.) ^-^

XOXO

Friday, August 05, 2011

Natural buoyancy... I has it.

Have got a killer headache that's been knocking about my head since this afternoon. I'm getting ready to head to bed in hopes that I'll wake up sans the pounding head. Or rather, sans the pounding IN my head. I would very much like to wake up with my head. Anywho.

Britt & I are set to go tubing down the Nooksack River later today. Whee! I haven't been tubing since I lived in Florida, and this time I won't even have to keep an eye out for gators. XD

She's never been tubing before, as her dad had some friends who drowned so she was never allowed to go. Yippee for adulthood & all the nice things you do despite one's parents' reservations.

I'm also terribly proud of us for going against our ridiculously hermit-like & anti-social natures. We are going with some people from work. Omg, Hell hath frozen over & I think a pig just flew by my window... @_@

So. I (hopefully) will be able to let you all know how this adventure goes after we get back tomorrow afternoon. I also have more plant pics to post, including some of my dragon beans, which are sprouting beans like there's no tomorrow. =D

On this note (drum beat in my poor head, whatever), I'm off to bed to vaguely worry about the possibility of drowning in a river and hopefully sleep. I am taking comfort in the fact that even if the river does try to drown me, my fat ass is terribly buoyant, so I'll probably float without much issue. And I can swim, so between that & my natural buoyancy, I'm sure I'll be fine... XD

XOXO

Flash Fiction Challenge: The Flea Market

I have stumbled across a most excellent website & blog by Chuck Wendig, Terrible Minds. For his most recent flash fiction challenge, involving flea markets, I wrote the below short (very short...) story. ^-^
Head on over to THIS page after 1200 EST today & vote for your favorite story. Clickety on the links in the comments to get to the individual authors' blogs, read their stuff & then VOTE! ^-^
Easy as pie.
So! Without further ado, here's my nifty little entry. Enjoy!

XOXO


Doors


Kat poked through the piles of junk, the tables full of treasures. She had no particular item in mind, but browsed the aisles piled high with anything and everything imaginable, searching for a special something. She would know it when she found it.

She wandered around for what felt like a terribly long time. As she was getting ready to give up her search, she found it. It being an old, slightly rusted door knob attached to a back plate with a large key hole. It also came with a skeleton key that weighed heavily in her hands. There was no price tag.

How much did you want for this?” she asked the seller. The old woman raised bushy eyebrows and peered at Kat with her bleary, aged eyes.

“That? How did that get here? Hmm. I suppose I could give it to you for $5... if you're sure you want it. Although why anyone would need that many doors, I'm sure I don't know.”

Kat handed the woman the money and carefully placed her purchase in her messenger bag. She looked back up at the old woman.

“What did you mean, about the doors? This is only for one door.”

The old seller scrunched up her wrinkly face as she laughed. “Ah, young lady, that knob will lead you through more doors than you think, if you will it.”

With that, she turned away to help another customer. Kat left the woman to her next customer and walked back toward the bus stop.

As she sat on the bus, she thought about the old seller's words. They sounded like something out of a fairy tale. She thought how lovely it would be if life had fairy tale magic, but how it most certainly did not. At least not for someone like her, a college student working at a coffee shop, who could barely pay her bills. Yeah, she'd definitely welcome some fairy tale magic.

That night she couldn't sleep. She tossed and turned, then finally got up & took some NyQuil, hoping it would knock her out for a few hours. Some time around four in the morning she gave up and went to her kitchen.

She made some tea and toast, then sat down to more closely examine the doorknob. It was strangely heavy, just as the key was. She held it up to get a better look at the design etched onto the knob. She glanced through the keyhole and what she saw nearly made her drop it. She set it down on the table and took a deep breath. Maybe she'd taken more of the cough syrup than she'd thought. Because she was obviously hallucinating. She had to be, right? Yes, she decided, she had to be, because moonlit gardens simply do not exist on the opposite sides of old doorknobs.

She held it up again and purposefully looked through the keyhole this time. Sure enough, the garden was still there. “Through more doors than I think, if I will it,” she whispered to herself. She walked over to her kitchen wall and placed the knob against it. She let go and found that it held fast to where she'd placed it. Slowly, she turned the knob to the right. It didn't budge. It was locked.

Of course it was, she thought, that's why there's a key. She grabbed the key off the table and walked back over to the knob on the wall. Kat inserted the key, turned it, then turned the knob to the right again. The whole doorknob promptly detached from the wall and she had to scramble to catch it.

“What the hell...” she muttered.

She looked through the keyhole again and saw the garden was still there. Her eyebrows drew together as she replaced the knob on the wall. She inserted the key once again and turned the knob to the left. A door that hadn't been there seconds ago easily opened out of her wall. She gazed through it into the garden bathed in moonlight, smelling of sweet flowers & green, growing things. The warm Summer air enveloped her and fireflies beckoned her forward. She stepped through the doorway onto a dirt path and didn't look back.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Rainy Sunday Mornings & Fight Club

One of my favorite movies & books (if not my favorite altogether) is Fight Club. I find it full of wise, thought provoking phrases from my favorite character in any movie, Tyler Durden. An accidental wise man. And one, who even though fictional (and even then semi-non-existent), I've found myself time & time again quoting.

I think I may have blogged about this before, in fact I'm relatively sure I have, but Fight Club is one of those rare books & movies both that really made me think in an entirely new direction. A piece of amazing creativity that stopped me in my tracks & made me go "Whoa... holy fuck... just... whoa."

Every time I watch/read it, I get certain things I've come to believe & hold dear reaffirmed. It reminds me to stop & take stock of what's really important to me whenever I get caught up in a materialistic fit. Britt & I semi-joke about if being our 'Bible'... And in our house, it is practically a religious text.

This post if brought about due to me finding a list of quotes I especially like that I'd like to work into art journal pages. Also, Britt & I are getting rid of our car. The payments are just too high, especially with the insurance, and neither of us are working the massive overtime we were when we first got it... we've had to learn the hard way what an average paycheck is without the OT.

As terrified as I am to get rid of it, I feel very much at peace. While trying to decide what we wanted to do with our car (keep it or sell it), I grabbed my tarot cards for some insight... they told me to focus on our health, on de-stressing & on changing things in our lives that may seem hard now, but will benefit us in the long run. I took this as an affirmation of my initial thought that we should indeed sell our car, without immediately getting a new one.

Back to that scrap of paper with movie quotes scribbled on it...

"Things you own end up owning you."

"It's only after we've lost everything that we're free to do anything."

As for the last quote, I don't take literal meaning from that. I have no plans to get rid of all my shit. However, I take meaning from it in that it's only after I've lost my fear of not having & fear in general will I be truly free. So...

I've ditched my cell phone... now we're getting rid of our car. I'm terrified, but elated. I'll be able to hop the bus or my bike or walk wherever I want, whenever I want without having to worry about having enough gas in my car or gas money or insurance or a driver's license (all of which I currently lack at the moment for one reason or another...).

I will be free to go where I will.

I am terrified & excited.

In parting, I have one last thing to say...

"He's a great man. Do you know about Tyler Durden?"

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Wednesday Wishings...

Have spent the day today hanging about the house, re-dying my hair (which was fucking awesome ORANGE, but is now a more work appropriate copper, meh...) and day dreaming of running off to join the circus. With Britt & Grace. =D

We'd do fire dancing, aerials, bellydancing... go us.

Now all we gotta do is finish losing weight so we can hold ourselves up on the equipment... o_O

Found a couple of new blogs... This one & this one... the last of which will have you snorting whatever it is you're drinking out your nose. You have been warned. I wanna be a rockstarAuthor. Oh yeah, baby...

Ahem...

So let's see... I wanna join the circus, be an author & finish losing weight. Sounds like a plan...

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Jam making... kinda...

Soooooo... Britt & I went to her parents' house the other day. They have some huge red & black currant bushes & I picked a bunch to make jam. Now that I'm home & picking through them, I've found a shit ton of larvae of Saw flies. Oh goody.

I've been googling for the past 30 minutes how to get rid of them & if the berries are ok to eat/make jam with after I get them out of the berries. So I'm soaking the berries in salt water for an hour (as suggested by several people) to get the worms out. Allegedly they'll float to the top.

I hate any kind of parasitic worm. Normal, garden worms? I love 'em. Little white grubby things? Yeeeesh... @_@

It took all my self control not to toss the whole lot of berries into the compost. Blech. But since many people seem to have this problem & have a way to get the nasties out, I figure I'll give it a whirl. I'll be possibly making jelly instead of jam, however... omfg.

Any words of wisdom from any jam makers out there will be greatly, greatly appreciated! ^-^


UPDATE:
After seeing the amount of nasty ickies that are popping out of my currants, I think they're headed for the compost heap & I'm gonna have to start over. Gah... I'm so bummed! I was so excited to make jam! TT___TT

Updated update...
After talking to my momma, an avid jam maker, she said to just pick 'em out & make the jam. She said that there's no way I'll ever pick bug free berries, so to just pick them out & cook the jam. Yay for jam making being back on! =D

Love you mom & thanks!!! ^_______^

XOXO

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

21 o'clock Tea Party



Join me, won't you, for a nocturnal spot of tea? It's just lovely out here on the porch... There's even a few faeries flitting about... They came back as soon as I promised them that Macha had absolutely no interest in eating them. ^-^

They have nothing to fear, as my lazy kitty is perfectly content sitting on my lap or on the table or half buried in the catnip...

So, would you like some cream? Or sugar or agave perhaps?

The Motherwort is growing nice & big & booshy...


Our Lover's Lane rose is HUGE. She's so tall, I have to crane my neck to look at all her lovely blooms...
The Flamingo happily hold the rose's name tag... & hunts bugs. He missed a caterpillar earlier, so I nabbed it for him.


My lantern lights the way for late night parties with the garden faeries...


Our poppies are still so small... but growing steadily! I can't wait for them to bloom. Poppies are one of my favorite flowers...


The snapdragons are going to bloom any day now. I'm so excited, I may pop... As you can see, they're gonna be RED! =D


I must say, I've loved having you over this evening! We'll have to do this again. Perhaps tomorrow, when I shall have cookies to go with our tea. Excitement! But for now, we'll just munch some of the nasturtiums & enjoy the glow of magic from the plants. More tea?

XOXO

Monday, July 18, 2011

Blank

That would be how I'm feeling. I want to work in my art journals or on a doll or on the pumpkins I'm eternally felting, but it's as if my spark of oomph has just up & disappeared... and I don't know where to find it.

After vowing not to let my kitchen get out of control messy ever again, it is overflowing with dishes & things that got set on counters but don't belong there.

There are a bunch of things I want to be doing, but it's as if I've lost my will to do much of anything. I was feeling so good the past three weeks, I have no idea what happened. I even seem to have lost my oomph for blogging. I want to blog. I usually love it & enjoy it so much, but I feel like my mind's a blank for art or creativity of any kind.

Perhaps I'm in need of some inspiration, to find something or someone to re-light the spark of my creative drive, as I am seemingly incapable at the moment.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

I hate how when I stop blogging for a while that it feels so hard to get back into my groove... I LOVE blogging... It's my addiction. It makes me ridiculously happy. So I have no clue as to why I'll randomly cease. Anywho... I'll keep pondering this, as I'm sure it'll happen again.

But in the meantime, what have I been up to? Well! I shall tell you. ^-^

I've been quite enjoying my life sans cell phone. It's awesome. Britt & I have also almost completely stopped driving our car in favor of walking or taking the bus. Strangely enough, when taking the bus everywhere I feel much more relaxed. Even though I have to plan out when I'll be heading somewhere to make sure I get my connections, I feel much calmer & less rushed. It's strange & oh-so-nice. I think that it also helps that I'm not just zipping around in my car, dashing from one place to the next. I also love that I get to look at the scenery 'cause I'm not the one driving. =D

We've been babysitting Triston & he's crawling all over the place now. He's learning to stand while holding onto things too, and I think he'll be walking shortly. So exciting! =D

Our garden plot is growing amazingly well. We went to water yesterday morning & found three peas growing on our single pea plant (yeah... the one we didn't think was gonna make it & the only one that did.) We were so thrilled, we were squealing with glee. We ate two of the peas & left the third to grow a bit bigger. I thinned a few carrots, which we also ate, and generally ran about excitedly looking at all the plots in the garden & squee-ing over all the lovely veggies & flowers. We must've been quite the sight... XD

The plants on our porch are doing marvelously as well. I was walking around the yard between our apartment building & the one next door & looked up at our porch. I was startled at how lovely it looks from the ground... With the plants growing up against the porch railing & in some cases UP the railing itself, it's our own, personal Eden. It's a bright spot of color & greenery... and attracts birds, bees, hummingbirds & even Faeries... =D

I shall have to take some pictures this weekend & show you all. I am so in love with my plants... ^-^

Alrighty then... I'm off to find a picture of how I'm gonna style Lauren's hair for the wedding she's going to later today...

XOXO

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Oh my fur & whiskers... @___@

I'm late, I'm late... (as per usual) for a most important date! Ack! The past few days/weeks have been a whirlwind... add to that internet gremlins & I have myself a rather late Mad Tea Party post!

BUT!!!

As they say, "Better late than never"!!!

Words I live by... o_O

So, my darlings, without further ado, won't you please join my friends & I for a spot of tea?

The morning started early... There was much to do before our guests arrived at 7 pm... Phiphi & Vash (formerly Anubis, but that's another story entirely...) "helped" me make my to do list & drink my coffee...


Several hours of maddly dashing about & baking & decorating later, Lauren & Jae came! The hit of the party was the fake lips... It helped that they had tasty suckers on them... Me (left) & Jae (right)...


and Lauren. I think her lips were by far the best ones... XD


But then there's Britt's lips... they're kinda awesome...


First group shot attempt... fail...


Jae's & my lips... again...


The kitties, of course, we in attendance as well. As we couldn't find kitty-safe or kitty-sized lips, they were stuck wearing their own... Ah well. they didn't mind too much...


(No, she's not pulling his tail, regardless of how this looks...)

Lauren did have a moment of, um, species confusion however... I think the kitten had gotten cupcake on his head perhaps? At least she used the fake tongue.

(Yes, Vash is plotting her untimely demise...)


He apparently forgot about the impromptu fake cleaning enough to zonk out in Lauren's lap a bit later. Ah, the cuteness...



And then was up, mucking about again several minutes later...


He also got some muvs from Jae... Can we guess who the star of the Tea Party was? It helps that he's the only social kitty in the house... lolz...


Love our lips...


Attempted group shot #2... Fail...

Third time's the charm!


Post party... So much food left over... omg...
Poor Britty's pooped... We sent the leftovers with Lauren to work, I sent Britt to bed & I cleaned up then joined her. We were having such a riot just sitting around telling stories & gabbing that Jae was almost late to work... @_@ oops.


And Vash was all sleepy again too... Lhu was just beginning to wake up... He'd slept through the rest of the party, waking only to come get the kitty treats Britt bought to give the kitties (since they can't have cupcakes...)


All in all, the tea party was a success. The leftover cupcakes & cake-bites-on-a-stick were loved & quickly gobbled up by super happy hospital staff.

I've already picked my theme for next year's party... And have promised myself that I will NOT wait to do everything several hours before the event. Ever. Again.

Well then, my darlings, I hope you enjoyed our merriment & liked your tea... I can't wait to visit your tea parties! Hopefully my internet gremlins will move on soon & I'll have internet at my house once again. Until then, I'll poke & prod you all from work. =D

XOXO

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

More mutterings from the Staffing office...

Holy wow... we had such a gorgeous Midsummer yesterday! I am still in awe... I can't remember the last time we actually had SUN on the Summer solstice... It was awesome. ^-^

So I got rid of my cell phone today... and have saved us $40 a month. W00t. I'm ridiculously ecstatic & terrified at the same time. I only vaguely remember not having a cell phone... And once I started texting? It became my main mode of communication. But in an effort to drastically simplify our lives & decrease our massive amount of bills, we're cutting out things we can live without for now. I fully intend to get a cell phone again. But not until I've managed to climb out of debt. The thing I'm most missing? Being able to tweet via my phone... I'm such a dork... o_O But that's how I was able to keep in touch with some of my friends & able to have multiway conversations easily. I'll still tweet a ridiculous amount from my computer, I'm sure, but it's still weird not having my phone to use for this. Lolz...

My, oh my... how reliant & dependent I've become on the tech around me... Eek...

But overall I feel good about my decision to cut my phone & feel freer than I have in a while. ^-^

Well then... I'm off to finish poking through recipes for the Tea Party... Which is FRIDAY...

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaggggggggggggggggggggggggghhhhhhhhh...

ahem.

Anywho... Back to trying to organize. Have a lovely day my sweets! =D

XOXO

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Morning Rambles...

So... 16 oz of coffee has done absolutely nothing for me this morning... bleh... I still feel so not awake. I've had the kitten climb my back three times in about 10 minutes... OUCH. Those tiny claws of his are sharp.

I got the first page in my new art journal done yesterday evening. ^-^ I got an awesome old book from the flea market for $1, called The Captive Witch... lmao... So I figured I'd set her free from the book via art. Sounds good to me.

Lhu has decided not to eat Anubis. Yay! He is rather enjoying having a kitty that will play rough & tumble with him & not bitch about it. ^-^ Macha & Phiphi are still being bitchy... ah well. They'll get over it.

Heading back to work tonight, and I so don't wanna go! I wish I could work from home... that would be awesome. XD We brought up the option in our staff meeting this morning, but we got shot down... pity.

Sooooo... I suppose I'd better get those invitations finished, as I wanted to finish them like two days ago... and here's some random pics of my supremely adorable nephew, Triston. ^-^



He loves to play with whatever we're drinking... my diet Pepsi bottle... Britt's 5 hr energy shot... Lolz. Fortunately, he can't unscrew the lids yet, but he seems happy just to nom on the tops. Yep... this is my favorite teacup human... <3

XOXO