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And all I can say is wow.  My skin is so freaking soft it’s not funny.   And to top it off – I had a bit of a mark from something on my face I recently (a couple of months ago) was picking at (yeah – I am going to be 46 years old and I still get zits… go figure) and it had left a bit of a mark – irritation – something of the sort and it’s considerably smaller and not as angry-looking (cause, lets face it – picking at it was not making it feel better by any means).

Another plus side?  My pores are looking smaller.  So I am going to be doing this honey mask/wash for a long time.  It’s so easy!!  This morning I even slapped some on my neck because I wanted my skin to feel as yummy as my face (and speaking of yummy – how many things to you put on your face that don’t taste like gack if you accidentally get it in your mouth whilst rinsing?)

Tomorrow I am going to Festa Italiana with my youngest – hopefully this better weather will hold out and it won’t be too bad – it’s either that or I’m going to have to break out the razor and shave my legs!!

Give the honey a try though – give it a couple of days and I’m sure you’ll be impressed!  Oh and I should add that I have super sensitive skin 🙂



Time flies – it really does.  Since I can’t check much on the internet from work things like my blog have been nearly forgotten by the wayside.   I thought I’d written SOMETHING, ANYTIHNG, since May. But apparently not.

My friend Aimee posted a cryptic message on her blog that sent me over to the Crunchy Betty site about the honey challenge. 

Basically – you wash your face (without makeup) for two weeks.  She has a cute video on her blog that I suggest you watch.  Not that anyone needs to know how to wash her face it’s just done in such “Leave it to Beaver” fashion that it made me grin.

On a side note, I’ve been washing my face twice a day with honey.  I leave it on for a bit (which is easy because some of my honey is kinda thick) to soak it the goodness.  My skin looks different and feels a bit different.    The texture of my skin is smoother and feels a bit firmer.  One of the things I regularly had an issue with is my skin feeling dry after washing it.  So much so that I usually ended up just rinsing with water because when my skin is dry – my body compensates by making my face oily.


Work has been keeping me very busy.  And while I don’t mind being busy, I don’t like feeling overwhelmed and that’s pretty much where I’m at now.  I don’t mind occasional moments of stress but when it becomes the norm, I tend to focus on what I didn’t accomplish rather than the things I did get done (which is easy to do when your list seems to get longer and longer).

Enough whining for me.  I am going to go slather some honey on my face and appreciate the central air conditioning in this hot and humid night!

Namaste \o/

First off:  Happy Mother’s Day to all you Moms out there!

For a number of years I’ve been lamenting my shape (mostly round) and my health (mostly .. soso).  About a year ago I started eating better (and by better I mean less preservatives) and from there I gradually made the switch to a raw diet.   I am not 100% raw – some days I am 100%, some days I’m 80% – an average non-holiday week I’d say I’m about 95%.

Eating raw is actually kind of easy – for me at least because most of the recipes are easy peasy and oooohhhh so tasty.  But then there are recipes that are tasty and take bit of time.

Lately, my favorite food has been nori rolls – made with a lovely ginger-cashew pate (recipe found at Choosing Raw )  This pate is sooooo DELISH.  I have it about once a week with some sliced cucumbers, shredded carrots, thinly shaved onions and either homegrown alfalfa sprouts or locally grown watercress.

Nom Nom Nom

Nori Rolls with Ginger-Cashew Pate from Choosing Raw

I hope the picture shows up right, technology is not cooperating with me today.  Probably because I’ve been too busy in the kitchen or out riding my bike – perhaps my computer is feeling left out.  Oy.. what a thought – a computer with feelings. 

Derailing that thought.   I’m off to write some late responses to some very sweet folks – I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and I will try and not stay away for so long.

And I suggest giving that Ginger-Cashew Pate a try – it is sooo totally worth it!


Before I explain what happened to make me laugh I should explain that I tend to get pissed off about things.  I don’t act on that anger (most of the time)  but I sometimes carry it around.

I work for a giant corporation and our building is one of the main centers. There are about 3,000 of us milling around during the day.  Our building is set up with some rather nice break rooms where there are microwaves, refrigerators, an ice/water dispenser and the coffee pots.

There is one gentleman that comes in and makes a HUGE mess.  And by HUGE I mean I have witnessed him splash coffee all over the counter and not wipe it up.  He has made coffee using two packets instead of the one (clogging up the filter and causing a tar like ground coffee mess.  I’ve watched him to this double packet thing and restart the coffee while the pot was still half full (that time I didn’t exactly control my anger and to his credit he said he’d clean it up – probably to shut me up).

People have left signs for this jackwad about cleaning up – only using one packet of coffee, etc.  Either he doesn’t read (or can’t), he doesn’t pay attention or he doesn’t give a damn.  I’m personally thinking that it’s a mix of all three.

Needless to say after a couple years of this – I tend to scowl a bit when I see him zipping down the hallway on his way to or from the break room (my theory is that he knows he’s pissed off most of the people here so he moves fast to not be followed to his cube and to make the target area harder to hit in case someone gets to the point of throwing  something at him).

So yesterday when I came around the corner and saw him, I thought to myself “He’s not worth the effort to be pissed at” and  as I agreed with myself  I watched  in shock as one of his suspenders suddenly let go of his pants and smacked him in the side of the face.  The hilarity continued as he squeaked and jumped around holding the side of his face.

Thankfully, my parents taught me manners and I moved away and was well (mostly) out of earshot before I chuckled out loud.  By the time I got to my desk I was laughing.

Not a bad day all in all 🙂

But I wonder what would happen if I gave up on being pissed about the folks that talk too loud in the next aisle?!?!?!


This post is mainly for my awesome penpal Aimee *waves* because she sent me a gorgeous pair of socks for Christmas (thank you again honey) .   Anyway – my camera was being weird. The socks are a gorgeous color orange – a warm orange.  My mom didn’t believe that they were handmade.  They are.  One of my hopes for 2011 is that I learn how to crochet/knit more intricate stitches and designs and to make more useful things.  Right now I have a request for a beanie from the son-in-law. Egads. The pressure is on.

Anyhoo, enough ramblings – here’s the most awesome socks in the world (according to me!)

Christmas Socks

Really, they are a lovely warm orange color....

So here I am with my warm feet, and my new Christmas stuff that I will post about once I get pictures and such.  Right now – I have to finish putting my house back to normal and find all my stationery and stamps so I can get caught up on my letter writing.

Happy New Year everyone!!


Okay – so I haven’t written in forever.  Mostly because I’m too busy surfing everyone elses blog, hoping they’d post something to entertain me for a while.

I did not “win” the NaNoWriMo challenge. I fell far short.  Mostly because I lacked an outline. Well I lacked half an outline. The part I did have outlined went off wonderfully.  Next year the outline will be done WELL before November.

November is a tough month for me because I have two Thanksgiving celebrations to attend.  One takes up a whole weekend.  But it’s well worth it.  I think if I would have been able to keep up my momentum (adding a bit more on weekends when I wasn’t out of town) I would have won.

I have mixed feelings about this. I feel bad that I didn’t “win” however I also feel I succeeded in getting the 15k plus words I did get in.  This is huge for me because I tend to write short stories.  In fact, I was thinking next year instead of writing a novel, I’d write a series of short stories, but then, it’s not a novel, it’s a collection of short stories so . . . feh.

In other news, I am pretty much done with Christmas shopping (Yay!) and now have the task of wrapping presents (boo!).  I seem to forget about step 2 of the plan.  Step 1: Buy Presents and Step 3: Watch as presents are unwrapped, are great. It’s Step 2: Wrap Presents that I continually forget about when buying Pillow Pets for the grandkids.


November wasn’t a total loss.  I submitted a short story in the Blue Kingdom series called Mages and Magic.  It’s scheduled to be printed this winter.  It was weird seeing my name on the back cover and going through all the different stages.   I was really shocked to see that my story was approved.   Not that the story wasn’t good, I’ve submitted other stories that were good, it was just that I expected there not to be room.  But I will admit that this time I made damn sure my story was short – I believe it came in under 3k after revisions.

Oh and after NaNoWriMo, I was in a bit of a funk, I was behind on everything so I ended up spending way too much time in front of the TV or PC numbing my brain (If I can’t live the exciting life of luxury, my Sims can ;p) but am finally back on track and catching up on my mail (sorry for any of my pen pals that are reading this – I’m working on the pile as quick as I can!).

So – that’s it for me now.  I’ll post a more info about the book when I have it.  I hope everyone is keeping warm and that you’re all having a relaxing holiday season – and that you’re done wrapping presents too 🙂



Dear Mister Scale –

Yes, I refer to you as “he” since you came with the hubs when we merged households.  This may explain the on-again, off-again relationship we have.

I know I’ve been sporadic in visiting you.  I go through phases where I would check in with you every day, followed by long bouts of avoidance.  I know I’ve blamed you when the numbers you gave me weren’t what I wanted and yet didn’t give you credit when they were.

I apologize for complaining about you – for threatening to send you to the basement and put a new, fancy, digital scale in your spot.

So, going forward, I won’t threaten replacement or demotion.  I will take responsibility for any gains – or losses.  After all, you are merely the messenger.  I will try and limit my visits – and will refrain from several tries to see if, for some magical reason, the numbers are different than they were the first (second, fifth) time.

Thank you for being there, through all the glorious losses and the humbling gains.  I realize I shouldn’t depend on you but I do use you as part of the visual proof of my weight loss and I’ll try to remember to treat you with the respect you deserve, instead of the score you’ve received lately (I mean really.. two weeks and I’ve lost LESS than a pound.. really?  Seriously?  Jeesh).

Until tomorrow morning –