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My workspace

I’m back! Briefly –haha.  Much has happened since the summer. I’ll do my best to recap. Here it goes…

1. In August, we enrolled our son in a private school and he didn’t like it. It appears homeschoolers just can’t hack 12+ hour days of the drudge of traditional school life.  In fact, he missed having a life.  Yes, a 13-year-old can have a life outside of school, I guess.  There was no sense in paying a tuition when your child is miserable.  So, we went back to homeschooling.  He was there for only a couple of weeks. I suppose when you know something is wrong for you, it doesn’t take you long to figure it out.

2. During the summer months, I prepared a lengthy application to request a grant from my local arts council for a ceramic kiln.  In October, they finally notified me with their decision to not fund me the grant. Poo. 😦 Sure, I was disappointed, but life is full of disappointments.  So, I moved forward.  I found another great pottery studio to work in.  I’m excited to have a whole new experience in a new location.

3.  Yoga is a new passion of mine.  I practice it at a studio four times a week, and I. LOVE. IT.  Enough said. 🙂

4. Lastly, I will spill a little secret. I am a HUGE Dinosaur Jr. fan, and have forever adored J Mascis.  I had not seen them in concert since October 21, 1994, so I was super psyched to finally attend a concert after 18 years. They really rock!  If you are interested in seeing the performance I recorded and/or my photographs, feel free to click on the following links.

Dinosaur Jr. performing “The Lung” live.

Pics of the concert on Flickr.

And yes, I was the ONLY 40+ year-old woman at the stage!  I didn’t care.  I deserved it. 🙂

I miss my blogging friends.  I hope everyone is well.  I’ll try to check out everyone’s blog soon.

Now, back to juggling my life.  See ya’!

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The Versatile Blogger Award

A couple of weeks ago, I was awarded The Versatile Blogger Award.  Many thanks to The Daily Dish for choosing my blog to be worthy of this award.  I guess I have to admit that I don’t have a reoccurring theme, I write about anything.   Being versatile can be a good thing.

The rules of ‘The Versy’ require I reveal 7 unknown facts about myself.  This was a tough task for me.  Seven unknown facts?  Can it just be three or four?  To help me get started, I asked my husband and son what they would say if they had to tell someone else about me.  Even they had trouble coming up with seven.  My son said that I am nice and I cook his favorite foods.  Hmmm.  Thanks, but that’s not what I was looking for.  Then, my husband said I am frugal, focused, follow things through, and I have sensitive teeth.  Uh- all facts, but he didn’t help either.  Besides, I’m certain I’ve written about those facts here on my blog.

After much thinking, I came up with 7 Unknown Facts.  Some are personal and some are not, but here goes:

1. Many people have a disorder, disease or illness.  Well, I have mine, too. It’s called Mixed Connective Tissue Disease.  And if that isn’t enough, add Raynaud’s Phenomenon and rheumatoid arthritis  to make it more interesting.  It all sounds very serious and in many ways it is, or was in my case.  Thankfully, my “ism” (as I call it) doesn’t afflict me anymore, but the MCTD lets me know it is still around by showing up in my blood work.  The Raynaud’s is milder in my older years than when I was younger, and the RA is in remission (as long as I stay on my medication and exercise.)

I was diagnosed at age 18 and had no problems throughout my young adult life as long as I took my meds.  Shortly after getting married in 1995, I stopped my meds to get pregnant and stayed off them throughout my childbearing years.  All the while, the RA progressed and I lived in constant debilitating pain from the inflammation that attacked my body – for 13 excruciating years! Yeah, it was really awful!  While I tried other medications that were “safer” to use during pregnancy, they either weren’t effective or I was allergic. By my late 30’s, my hands and wrists were already moderately damaged by the inflammation.  When my 8 year-old son had to help me tie my shoes,  I knew I needed to consider my present quality of  life and my future.  In 2007, I made the heart-wrenching decision to give up on having another child so I could go back on my medication, Plaquenil.   This medication gave me back my life! After taking it for several months,  the inflammation disappeared and the pain was gone.  Being pain-free was remarkable and liberating, yet it was foreign to me.  So foreign that it took me and entire year to get use to living daily without pain.  My mind and body had been conditioned to live and function within so many boundaries.  Finally, my abilities were limitless.  I could do anything with ease, open jars, pick up baskets, and shake someone’s hand without any dread.  Certain things are not so easy, such as yoga, but I make modifications.  Being able to throw clay on the potter’s wheel again was a major accomplishment.  After years of thinking I could never use my hands again, I could finally say that I beat it.  As one can imagine, getting my health back was a triumphant period.

2. I have a high tolerance for pain. (see above).

3. I am an only child and the last person to carry on my dad’s family name.  Makes me wish I had given my maiden name to my son.

4. We have a new dog.  I swore I’d never have another dog after our Bodie died in March 2010.  Here’s the thing…we didn’t go looking for this dog, he came looking for us. Literally. Look for a post soon about our new doggie, Biscuit.  He is heaven-sent!

5. Greek culture and all things Greek fascinate me.  I love Greek food, Greek art, Greek architecture, and ancient Greece. OPA!  I think Greek people are the most attractive people in the world. I wish I was Greek. I even considered converting to Greek Orthodox, but some of their beliefs were…complicated.

6.  All my shoes are either brown or black. My flip-flops are brown or black.  Even my slippers are black.  I have a pair of green Columbia canvas shoes, and I hardly ever wear them.  When I wear them my feet feel “loud”.  Weird, I know.

7. I hate canned green peas. Actually, hate isn’t a strong enough word, I loathe canned green peas.  They make me sick just to smell them. My husband loves them and will eat them right out of the can.  YUCK! If I must eat green peas, I can only tolerate fresh ones that are sparsely scattered in a salad.  But if they are cooked and mushy – NO WAY!

There it is!  Seven unknown facts about me.   But wait, it isn’t over.

The rules of ‘The Versy’ state that I must pass the award on to 5 other bloggers. This part is easy as my place in the blogoshpere is kind of small. Chances are if you read my blog regularly or occasionally, you are very likely a winner. 🙂

Good in Parts…“S. Le” is a quirky British librarian worker who enjoys drinking coffee. She writes about her home, family, cats, work, food, and anything in between.  I admire her bravery to name her children, Art Major, Benny the Troll, and Cute Daughter.  She is so clever and unusual!

Jean Has Been Shopping Jean blogs about her family, their awesome vacations, and makes Photoshopping look so easy.  Her vlogs are fun to watch, too.  I just know hanging out and shopping with Jean would be an adventure.

I Am The Cheese  Planetross is a Canadian living in Japan who is gifted with creatively using words and wordplay in his posts.  He never ceases to amaze me with the combinations of words he uses.  His writing (usually accompanied by a single photograph) will motivate you to think of things you never would have thought.  Planetross was right when he said, “I’m not trying to make people think … I’m trying to make people think like me. hee hee!”

The Girl from the Ghetto.  All I can say is this girl from the ghetto rocks!  Not only does she read a gazillion books in an entire month, but she devotes time to write an excellent review.  Amazing!  Her reviews are so fantastic, she encourages even me to read, and I read two to three books annually at best!   Please, someone give this woman a job to write book reviews!  GG is also up on the latest in pop-culture, television, and my favorite – reality show celebrities.

Aarti Paarti Aarti Sequeira’s food blog and cooking videos were popular before she won The Next Food Network Star.  I enjoy watching her cooking show on Food Network, but I love her more – simply because of her blog.  Her delicious recipes and personal writing style keep me coming back to see what she is doing next. In addition to food, Aarti often writes about life, her husband, and most importantly, God. Her honesty about her Creator is what I admire most about her.  She is so inspiring!

At last, my duties as a Versatile Blogger award winner are fulfilled.

Thanks again for the award, Christy and congrats to all my winners!

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Happy Easter!

Easter blessings to everyone! 

I apologize for being away from blogging for so long, but I haven’t had much time to write any posts.  I have enjoyed reading and commenting on other’s blogs, but “circumstances” seemed to have gotten in the way of me composing a decent post.

Here are a few of the excuses circumstances

  • Husband has been at home since the end of March recovering from carpel tunnel surgery.  It is hard to explain how his being home 24/7 has interupted my normal routine, but it has.  He is expected to return to work sometime in early May. 
  • I spent part of my spring break out of town with an old college friend.   This was only for 3 days.  Not a very good excuse, I know, but it was fun. 
  • I was stricken with poison ivy again.  Not that it was a hinderance with writing a post, but just annoying.  Fortunately, the rash was no where near as bad as the rash I had back in the summer.  (Note to self: Must learn to stay away from the right section of my backyard.)
  • We have been taking advantage of husband being at home during his recovery by going on a few extra field trips during the week. 
  • And, of course, I cannot forget homeschooling.

The kitchen timer has just gone off and I am off to dye Easter eggs! 

Happy Easter!

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My first time

…making sushi!  What?  What did you think I was going to talk about?  🙂

Oh, how I love to eat sushi! 

One of my favorite places to shop is Borders Books.  I went there on my birthday and I bought a sushi recipe book/DVD kit, Simply Sushi by Steven Pallett . Then on Saturday, my besty, who knows how to make sushi, took me to an Asian market in the city to shop for ingredients.  I made my first sushi tonight and it was FABULOSO!  Making the rice was easier than I expected.  I didn’t go for raw fish, I just used chopped mushrooms, long green beans, avocado and a soft cheese.  I even improvised and used shrimp cocktail sauce instead of wasabi.  I got the rolling technique right on my third try, and now I feel like a pro. 

My picky son even loved it and kept asking for more.  Now that will make a mom happy.

You know you grew up in the 80’s if you get this song stuck in your head.

Turning Japanese, I think I’m turning Japanese, I really think so!!

  

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Updates and a purchase

We are approaching one full month of living in our new home and the project box is almost empty.  After moving in, we bought so many things that we needed to repair or replace and we put everything in one big box.  The only problem was that there were not enough hours in a day or week to do many of them.  There is still a list of 20 items or more of various things to do.  We can live in our home comfortably, but in the meantime, we will have to tolerate things like doors that stick and gutters full of leaves. 

I don’t quite feel settled in yet.  That feeling comes on and lasts about 20 minutes, but then it is forgotten.  I do not know when I will feel like this is home.  I think I am just overwhelmed with our dog, Bodie, and caring for him.  He has stopped taking his antibiotics and pain medicine.  Mainly because he hates taking it.  We first gave his medicine to him in his food, then he stopped eating his food.  Next, we opened his mouth to put the pills down his throat then gave him a treat for taking it.  He then would growl and nip at our hands when we tried to give him his pills and he wouldn’t take a treat from us.  It is probably because he associated the treats with the pills.  I am sure he feels crummy and that is another reason why he isn’t eating.  He has lost some weight through this whole ordeal.  This concerns me, but the flip side to this is that he is a little lighter to carry when I take him outside.   Tonight, Bodie ate our leftover salmon without hesitating so I plan to buy a few cans of salmon tomorrow for him to eat.

Here is Bodie outside.  He pulls himself along with his front legs and slowly tries to use his back good leg (which is underneath him).  He can go fairly far across the yard, but it wears him out.

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Bodie with his broken left leg. 

My husband and I made a special purchase, a piece of art work.  It is a watercolor painted by an old college friend of mine.  He has an exhibit going on through October and when I saw this painting there, I knew I had to have it.  This painting has some significance and meaning to me and I told my friend that I could not bear the thought of anyone else owning it.  Back in the spring, my friend came over for dinner and he brought with him three avocados for me to use for guacamole.  Before I made the guacamole, he sliced them and carried them out to our sidewalk and took several photographs.  He then spent the next few months creating the painting “Avocados.”

It is very nice having this piece of art in our new home.  It is a little bit of the old home in with our new home. 

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Avocados” by Robert Stanfield

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“Avocados” in our dining room.

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