Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Andy Hallett, who played the character of Lorne on the Buffy the Vampire Slayer spin-off Angel, has passed away at the young age of 33.

Hallett suffered from "shortness of breath" at his home on Sunday night and was promptly rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. The actor died later in the evening at 8:35 pm.

Andy is said to have been battling heart disease.

So sad.


Women's Right to Vote, the Beginning of the End for America?

This comment made me want to vomit and slap him and his wife, of course that's just the little ol' emotional girl in me.

My wife agrees with this. She suggested it to me 20 years ago. She said most young women will vote for a husband and/or father to provide for them.That way eventually brings Stalin or at least Mussolini. Women will never be the rulers, except for individual electees, but they will select the rulers by their own lights because they always will be the majority, at least unless we institute a One-Child policy. Then, after a couple of generations, men will rule again because women as a group will always prefer sons to daughters- to protect and provide for them, of course.

The future of the world is probably with India and China, or with Islam. In China and India girl children in great numbers do not succeed in getting born. In Islamistan females are held to the status of cattle and goats and will never rule. And the wealthier men have multiple wives so that many men stay womanless and aggressive. These are masculine cultures whose focus must remain outward to conquest in order to keep the restless womanless men from storming the Capital. The West is all feminine cultures, ruled by women and are inwardly directed and must eventually succumb.

Making nice with the meanies on the block only gets your kid beat up.

Potting in anticipation of spring

Besides cleaning, I spent the morning potting herb seeds in old cracked coffee mugs. I stuck them in my kitchen window in hopes of having an indoor herb garden. I have a bunch of seeds that have already sprung sitting by my sliding glass door in the kitchen just waiting in anticipation of the time when they can be sown in the yard. Well, whenever nature decides that we will actually have spring weather, I will hand till the boxes and sow the little bits in.

I have boxes of magazines in the garage just waiting to go to some magazine recycling bin. They took away the one behind the grocer that I walk to about six months ago. I have not found one within walking distance yet or even one near the places I venture when I do have a vehicle. =( I wish I knew someone who did not have subscriptions to Yoga Journal or Body+Soul. I would just hand them off for others to read, another little recycle plan. The only ones that I actually keep are my Garden Gate issues and my Oxygen Fit issues since I reference them so much. I guess I will come upon a recycle bin sooner or later. I could always put them in with the stuff we donate to Goodwill or Paralyzed Vets, I guess.

I get to register for my classes next Monday. Yaay.

edited to add:

An aquaintence of mine suggested that maybe I see if there is a women's shelter to donate my girl-y magazines. What a clever and smart idea! I wish I had thought of that.

Sunday, 29 March 2009

Holy McGorgeThySelf

Yes, this past week has been bad, bad, bad. Gorging is not even able to cover it,let's not even take into account cocktails. Too many social get togethers in the evenings. I did finish dehydrating the lemon cookies and I had one. Delicious. The batter was scrummy too. I have them on the side for beginning day of good eating tomorrow.

I am planning on lots of green smoothies, salads, guac, and some soups (raw & cooked). Time for some detox of sugar overload and fried, carb and fatty goodness.

Maybe I will take a walk to the grocer for some more fruit and veg. Although, that will all depend on the psycho weather. Today was absolutely gorgeous, but I believe there is snow predicted for tomorrow and for a few more days this week. I mean one day near 70, the next a foot of snow when will it decide that spring is here? Blah.

Friday, 27 March 2009

Friday! YaaY

I finished up my work for the day and did a little straightening up. There is still tons to do though. Oh, I also shoveled our drive and walk and my elderly neighbor's walk too.

I looked through the summer catalog and picked out two classes that I can take online. The one I need as a prerequisite, Medical Terminology, and the other that is a required class for anytime, Communications (interpersonal communications). Hopefully, when it's time to register in a week, I can snag those up. That same week, I'll meet with the RT head for my interview with her. Things seem to be progressing. I also looked up the bus lines for both schools and the bike routes there. Hmmmm.

Every evening, I have been reading all of my old notes and texts from my previous classes. I am trying to refresh my brain of all of the information that I have already learned, especially my biologies and chems. Blah, chemistry.

Hubby is planning on picking up some firewood after work so that we can sit in front of the fireplace tonight. He also mentioned picking up dinner from some restaurant. I am all for not having to cleanup a bunch of dirty cooking ware and dishes! I am sure cocktails will be involved too.

We have been buying and consuming tons of raw veggies and fruit. On a whim, I looked at the goneraw website that I have not visited in probably a year. Since I have raw nuts, raw dried coconut, raw agave nectar and lemons, I decided to make the lemon cookie recipe. The raw almonds are soaking now. By tonight, I will be able to blend them all and get them in the dehydrator. I figured since I have been craving sweets so badly (and indulging), these would be a better alternative. I think that I will make some green smoothies when the craving for sweets hits. I used to drink those daily, so yum. Guacomole rolled in lettuce leaves were a staple, along with cold soups. If the weather decides to make up its mind and stay spring, I will more than likely go that route. I have some tomato slices that I dehydrated and have been soaking in cold pressed olive oil with garlic for some time. That would probably be really good over some thinly sliced squash. Okay, I am getting hungry now.

Ooooh, I wonder if I can make the kale chips in my dehydrator like I did in the oven. I mean, it's all raw, natural ingredients.

Oh come on end of workday! Finally, a weekend with nothing planned makes me so excited!

Thursday, 26 March 2009


oh spring, where art thou?

There has to be at least 6" of snow outside so far with no signs of stopping soon. Just last night, I was admiring the different trees around with their pretty blossoms in full bloom. ~sigh~ Stop teasing me please.

Wednesday, 25 March 2009

School 3

Some very encouraging stuff! I have spoken with the head of the RT department. She is so encouraging and helpful. It seems that I can get on the provisional list for this fall's entrance into the Respiratory Program. The provision being that I pass the Medical Terminology course this summer. She seemed to believe that I will have no problem passing from reviewing all of my previous transcripts and descriptions of those classes. Cool. She was very happy to learn of my volunteer work and shadowing experience as well. There are a few more formalities : an interview with the community college where electives and the medical terminology class are to be taken and an interview with her. We are hoping to get those completed within the next two weeks since they are closed for spring break next week. So, if all goes according to plan, and I do not screw up this summer class, it would seem that I may be beginning the actual respiratory program in August. Fingers crossed one more time because they only have entrance into the program once a year, every August.

Monday, 23 March 2009

The band, the song

I believe in miracles
Where you from
You sexy thing
I believe in miracles
Since you came along
You sexy thing

Now, get out of my head song and darn catchy riff. bong, bong-bongbongbongbong

Oh yes, speaking of 70's. What's up with all of the baggy, bohemian, fluttery clothes reminiscent of the 70s right now? I spent my weekend going around wanting some new shirts and all that were available were huge, boxy, fluttery styles. =(


In an attempt to begin de-cluttering, I am boxing up burlesque stuffs. I have so far filled a huge 3'x2 1/2'x2' box. There is at least a dent, but I already feel lighter. I believe one more large box should fit the rest of the costuming and props. I plan on doing a tiny bit of sifting each day. I am going through all of my clothes as well. I am not going to keep anything "because I may be able to turn it into something for a costume." It has become all consuming and a sea of "stuff" is taking over. Paralyzed Vets or some such charity will be getting a call shortly. I have had boxes and bags in the garage for months now. As soon as I am through tornadoing through the house, all will be gone. Believe it or not, I used to be a minimalist. One chair, small tv from the early 80s (no remote), two bookshelves, a bed, a radio, essential kitchen and bath items, a sewing machine with one box of sewing supplies, a wardrobe that easily fit into a 3' wide space, those were my belongings. I cannot believe that I have hoarded and collected so much. I really truly feel stifled and suffocated by it all. Must purge. Must purge.

Thursday, 19 March 2009

Hodge podge of existence.

Still getting things squared away for summer semester. The nice lady who is the head of the RT department has mailed me out some more information and would like me to call her when I receive it so that we can discuss the program more. This makes me happy. I wish that there were some way I could take that one class now. This is what happens when I procrastinate. I could have taken the one class this spring and had it over and done with.

S got me a new itty-bitty laptop for our anniversary. Number five is tomorrow. Wow. My old one died last year. He thought it would come in handy if and when I get to start back at school. He is super sweet.

Having some silliness and slight annoyance with work, well with a client. At least on the conference call today, one admitted, "Oh I'm sorry if you left a message yesterday. You see, I erased it half way through and did not listen to it." What? Okie-dokie. Then she admitted that she had not even looked at the drawings that I emailed over. At least, I am not the one now looking dorky. Haha. All the phone calls began over my "errors." It seems someone else is slacking a wee bit.

I also am thinking of stopping burlesque all together. I have lost my lust for it. The clutter of it all is suffocating me too. I have been cutting back more and more. I only have one more show this month, and I have agreed to do a freebie next month to support the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls Casino night. Maybe a break will get me inspired again. Or perhaps, packing it all away will make me feel even lighter.

On a side note, I have put on four pounds. Binge beer nights the past two weeks are partly the culprit. The other is me. I have been a big pudding, figuratively and literally. Lazy bum.

Friday, 13 March 2009

School 2

So, I only have to take a Medical Terminology course because my other classes do not "cover" as that. It's okay though because I know it will be a breeze since my former Bio, Anatomy & Physiology classes and labs dedicated part of each semester to medical terminology. (Those classes were for science majors going into medical fields). I even still have all of my prefix, suffix, root flashcards, hehe. I am such a dork hoarder. The head of the Respiratory Department said if I complete that class I can still be considered for the August 2009 start. This is one of those programs that only takes people once a year. I just applied for the other community college to be accepted take the summer class. Fingers crossed everything works out. In the meantime, the nice lady is sending me more information, and I will be getting the application for the August 2009 program start. Maybe this is a small sign. We'll know for sure if everything goes smoothly for me to get into the summer class, get my application done and get accepted.

Thursday, 12 March 2009


So, I have found three schools that are accredited by CAAHEP for Respiratory Therapy in Colorado. Luckily, two are very near my house. You see before the hurricane, I was one Microbiology & Lab and the second Anatomy & Physiology & Lab class from applying to LSU Medical for Respiratory & Cardiopulmonary Technology, BS. I have come to learn that there are actually very few states that offer a BS, Masters or PhD program for this route. So, I am debating going back and just getting the associates and sitting for the certification. The upside is that the technical colleges are much, much cheaper. =) I am contacting the school that is less than ten miles from my house first. I would like to talk to the program director there and see if my prerequisites qualify or if I have to retake anything. Hopefully, my higher science, biology, and other technical classes will get an okay. Plus, I miss the classes, the science. I'm a little jealous of my friend ~m~ who is doing so much. =p I need to progress instead of sit stagnant.

Monday, 9 March 2009

tv crack

I am going to be so sad when this season of RuPaul's Drag Race is over!! I don't know why it brings such a smile to my face when I watch it. I am rooting for Miss Nina Flowers to take the title!! (plus, she's just smoking as her normal guy self too)
Go Nina!!

Saturday, 7 March 2009

It must be in the water!

I found out last weekend that one of my girlfriends is pregnant. I knew another was trying, and after finding that out, I told the friend who was trying, "Ok, you are definitely going to be preggo." Last night, I found out that she is! That's two within one week! I have teased them that I will be painting their bellies with various designs for fun, haha. Too much, haha. When this type of thing happens, I am sure there will be more popping up!! So if you do not want a baking bun, watch yourselves girls, and don't drink the water (or Kool-Aid) =p

Friday, 6 March 2009

More embroidery

If you have a chance, check out Sublime Stitching. They have cute, simple, transferable patterns and super cheap textiles! Fun!

I have really been having the itch for crafting. I did begin another voodoo doll, the one I have promised a friend's daughter for almost a year now. I procrastinate, yes? I am determined to finish embroidering the sugar skull on my Crafty Chica tote bag too. If you have a chance, check out that website as well. Amazing ideas and they are not just of the needle art variety either. A good portion of her products are available at Michaels.

Dang it, if I do not have a greater urge to have a crafting night now. Oooh, it could even be arts & crafts, painting, stitching, knitting, sketching, whatever! Just to have my cool chicks around to chat with and have some fun. =D

I have been making the time to read at night. YaaY! Maybe I will make a small pinhole in the piles of books that I have not read yet.

I have been slowing down in the burlesque arena. Taking on fewer shows is a relaxing thing. I think I enjoy the hobby more doing fewer shows a month. I get to enjoy the process. I feel the need to get a huge box and pack away a ton. In the same breath, I am making more costumes. Silly. I think my problem is that I just want to see that extra room and my office less cluttered, haha.

Wednesday, 4 March 2009

embroidery fun

I found these free patterns online. I thought they would be really cute on an apron or kitchen towel or something fun like that.

Tuesday, 3 March 2009


I am so glad that I received this subscription for Christmas. I was getting National Geographic Adventure, but I was given the regular National Geographic too. I used to love this magazine when I was young, and I still do. I had let my Adventure subscription lapse, but I am thinking that I may renew. Both spark my inner wanderlust. I find it so exciting to open the pages and see the spectacular pictures and articles. Besides, I am still a little kid on my inside.

Sunday, 1 March 2009


After getting home from a great packed show last night, I made a quick snack of chickpeas, kale and wild rice with spicy seasonings. I then decided to sit in bed and read, until 4 in the morning. For some reason, I was up at 8 am. I just made myself a huge salad and will begin to get myself presentable. I'm going to walk up to the movies to meet with my tat artist friend. Pssst, she told me yesterday she and her husband are preggers! Yaay! She is going to be so adorable with a big ol' baby belly. Remind me not to stay up tonight reading.