Showing posts from August, 2013

Good-bye Betty. Hello, Veronica

Yesterday I got up early and hauled my butt in to the car dealership to get my car inspected and my oil changed. I needed to be there for 8am and it takes 20 minutes to get there, so I filled myself with coffee and planned on eating breakfast when I got home. Then maybe taking a nap. I knew that I'd be looking at some money to get it fixed, but I was figured it wouldn't be so bad.

It was $1,500 bad.

The entire exhaust system (save the actual muffler) was rotted out beyond repair. There was a major steering wheel issue. They told me if they could save the muffler they would, but that was only if they could actually get it unattached from the rest of it, which was trashed.

So I needed to make a decision. By the end of the month. Which, at the time, was two days away.

Initially my brother was pretty adamant that I take the car elsewhere as their price markup was considerable. But I was still looking at a good $800 to get it fixed, minimum. If that had been the whole story, I prob…


1. I was making good work in catching up with my required yoga classes. That's all gone to pot now. I was too sick to make any classes last week, and this week any physical exertion on my part leads to 20 minutes of coughing. Which makes it awkward and embarrassing for me when I'm doing massages, let me tell you. I can work or I can yoga, and I can barely make it through a day at work so there you go. I've just in the past day or two started my personal practice up again. Doing any kind of forward fold is completely out due to sinuses, and heart openers make me start coughing. So sitting and twisting it is! I'm considering it a win at this point that I'm able to do anything, considering that I have to sleep sitting up on the couch in order to get any sleep at all. It's only been a week, but I am ready for this to be over.

2. We now know who is in the pot with Garlique:

World, I would like you to meet Tomahto. Isn't she beautiful? Covered in little baby toma…

Late Night Full Moon Stuffed Head Musings

I hab a code.


Frankly, I'm surprised it managed to hold off as long as it did. I have been having some crazy busy weeks and yo, I'm tired. Thankfully my boss took pity on my poor pathetic self and said I could have tomorrow, er, today off. I have a lot of things I really need to do today, but most of it is going to go by the wayside I think. My main plan is to spend most of the day dozing and drinking comforting beverages. That are not alcoholic.

Anyway, it's 1:40am and I am up because I spent the last four hours sleeping hard. I went to bed around 9:30 because I could barely keep my eyes open and I think I fell asleep about 30 seconds after my head hit the pillow. I'm awake now drinking some tea as it seemed like the thing to do. I'm kind of just letting my body wing it right now; she'll settle down soon enough and I'll be able to go back to bed.

I had a phenomenal massage earlier today, er, yesterday. One of my friends is a wonderful MT and also i…

It's the Garlique and Friends Show

It's been a while since I've updated you on Garlique, so here is a brand-spanking new picture:

It seems G is still growing, as a gentle tug on the scapes (look at me pretending I know what I'm talking about) indicates that there is definitely something anchoring them into the ground. I am looking forward to having a wee little head of garlic... as soon as someone tells me when I'm supposed to dig it up.

I still have no idea who is in the pot with her.  The initial diagnosis from the neighbors next door was "Sunflower" but then these little guys showed up:
I'm wondering if it is some kind of squash or tomato now. Which would be intriguing as I didn't buy squash seeds last year and it would have had to have come from the dirt. I did buy tomato seeds but those were put in a different pot.

Any ideas?


I've been struggling lately with finding a community. Well, okay if truth be told I've always struggled to find community. I tend to fit in everywhere and nowhere. My tastes and beliefs are rather eclectic, which leads me to be on the fringes of every community to which I am drawn. Too conservative to really fit in to some, too out there to really fit in to others.

Where ever I go, I meet wonderful people. So many good, generous, friendly, open people. I am blessed to know them and to have them in my life, however they show up.

But I am in need of community. I am out here on my own. I have friends I adore, but they all have communities of their own to which they are committed. And rightly so. Communities which fit them well, where they find family, support, and fun.

I am eternally on the fringes, looking in.

It gets lonely sometimes, let me tell you.

So I am putting it out there into the Universe that I am in search of a community into which I fit. I don't know how many co…


I eat a lot of salad. My favorite salad dressing hands down is Ranch. I'm not a fan of the super cheap stuff as it tastes nasty. However, I am also not a fan of the way the prices seem to rise as the bottles get smaller for the good stuff.

I finished my last bottle of the goods last night and decided to try my hand at making my own. I figure for about the price of 2 bottles of the good stuff, I could make the equivalent of a big bottle of the icky dressing.

I was right!

I mean, I don't know how much those ball jars hold, but I'm guessing it's a considerable amount. Lord knows it feels like a lot. And the best part is I got to choose what went into it. I'm giving the recipe below in case you want to try it out, but it's not mine. Unfortunately, I PDF'd it ages ago and no longer have the link, so if this is yours, please let me know in the comments and I will gladly link back to you!

For my vegan buds out there, I know when I was vegan I was desperate for ran…

Morning Adventure

This morning was supposed to be way better than this afternoon weather-wise, so I wanted to get out and enjoy it before heading in to work. I was kinda sick of my usual walking route, but I didn't want to get in my car and go anywhere. Thank goodness for the internet! I found a little walking path about a mile away, easy to miss if you didn't know it was there. Off I went! I really, really love Vermont in the summer time.

Pretty Happy Sunshiney Day

So my mother read last week's posts (HI, MOM) and told me that I think too much and I need to get a pet and I think she's all concerned that all I do is sit in the dark staring at nothingness.

So here is a picture of a happy little bumblebee on a sunflower.

Enjoy the day, everyone!

Are You Sure You Want to Delete this Contact?

Leave it to your phone to give you second doubts about deleting a contact. Are you sure? Really, really sure? Because what if something comes up and it turns out you need that phone number after all? 
It is ironic how deleting someone from your contacts list is so damned hard. It was so much easier back when we all had landlines. All you needed to do was cross it out of your address book or simply misplace it. Of course if you had it memorized you were pretty much stuck with it. But then, if you had it memorized they probably weren't going to go anywhere, anyway.
But now... no one remembers phone numbers. If you delete a contact they are well and truly gone. There is no going back. No turning over the page and trying to see the numbers you scribbled out. No checking the phone book. No tearing up the house looking for that scrap of paper. You have to be sure. 
It is almost easier not to bother. Just keep that contacts list full of people. Give them funny names and just keep them th…


Last night I was giving myself some Reiki before bed... okay, I was already in bed. But I was still giving myself Reiki while I was all comfy and cozy with the blankets pulled up, the pillows fluffed up, and the A/C on. Yes, I use an A/C in the summer, but just in the bedroom and only while I'm sleeping. Have you met me when I don't get enough sleep? Trust me, I'm doing humanity a favor.


While I was doing some Reiki, a whole bunch of my fears popped up. You know... the deep ones, not the spider and costumed characters variety (as if they aren't bad enough. Shudder).

These are the fears that you don't like to admit to yourself, let alone anyone else. They unconsciously dictate what you do and say, and how you interact with others. You are unwittingly trying to make sure that those deep darkies never come true because HOW BAD WOULD THAT BE?

I decided that the best way to get past some of these would be to drag them out into the harsh light of day and let them…