Monthly Archives: July 2010

A new house!

I stopped by the new house yesterday to meet our would-be painter, Michael. We have CARPET!

Want to see? (Of course you do!)

Here’s the first glimpse:

Isn’t that color gorgeous?  It’s so warm — just what we wanted. (And it’s a nice complement to the hardwood floor . . . which you can just barely see there at the bottom of the picture.)

This what it looks like in the bedroom:

It’s hard to see, but the walls are a dark creamy white.

For some reason, the tub was out:

But the guest bath looks amazing!

So does the kitchen.

The backsplash we chose really pops:

hmmm…. let me show you a closeup:

That’s it for today!

Divorce Survey

hey there — do me a favor and help a good friend out.

Diana Rajchel is writing a book on neopagans and divorce. She’s written a survey to collect data to be discussed in various part sof the book, and she needs people to fill out the survey.  She writes:

I am looking for divorced neopagans to participate in an intensive survey about their divorce and handparting experiences. If you live in the Minneapolis/Saint Paul area, I would also like to interview you on camera for an online/free release documentary on the subject. The data you share will contribute to building services for the greater neopagan community.

I do ask that you complete this Liability release before participating in the survey. You can contact me here for where to send it electronically.

Participate in the survey – open until August 31, 2010

This is an important work. Please participate and spread the word.


Nice day

We’d planned on a productive busy-busy-busy day. Here’s how it’s gone so far.

I was up at 7:30, walking Ms. S. by 7:45. Had a bowl of cereal and then sat down at the computer to do a bit of house-related work. Woke J. up just before 9am.

We headed over to the gym in time for me to go to an aqua aerobics class — my first actual class! (The instructor didn’t show up the last time I went, and I hadn’t made it back since then.) J. played racquetball with his friend S. while I had one of the most physically demanding while feeling easy classes of my life. I actually didn’t finish the class, because I worried a bit that I might overdo it after having done so very little for so very long, so I only went 45 mins. When I got out, I could barely stand, I was so tired!

Then J. and I decided to go check out the new house. Looks good (pics posted soon!) — the floors were still covered, but the appliances, faucets, and sinks were all installed. The landscaping was complete. Even better: the whole place was painted and the sills were installed. It’s really coming together.

We were starving by then (~1pm) so we went to lunch at L Hacienda. Yummy steak fajitas for J. and super yummy chicken mole for me. We were home by 2:15pm.

J. decided to take Ms. S. for her afternoon swim, but the usual spot was covered with fisherpeople, so he had to go to the backup place, which is a lot further away.

It’s 4:15 and we’re finally starting to tackle my list of 20+ to dos. By 6pm more than half were done. So we are in good shape for tomorrow (packing the den, under the sinks, finishing my office, and a few odds n ends).

Now we’re off to a friend’s place to celebrate HIS housewarming.

Oh — and here’s the latest look for me:

I’ve got cowlicks and everything!

How to ‘kill’ a year?

My 43rd birthday is coming up, and we’re thinking about actually having a party.

I’d like to do something to ‘kill’ my 42nd year. It was such a dreadful time I do NOT want to have to go through it again. But I’m not coming up with a good symbology for it. I don’t want to do a whole ritual thing, most of my friends are non-pagans. But I keeping thinking that if we did the cake in a particular way, we’d eat the year and therefore kill it dead.

Or something. I’m stuck on this one — any ideas?

P.S.  I updated the picture in the ‘A Year Ago . . .‘ post.

A year ago . . .

A year ago, J.and I had dinner with some friends and this picture was taken:

So much has changed since then, huh?

Now I’ve replaced a breast with a BLO, am regrowing hair lost in chemo, and 10 pounds heavier. I’m also a non-smoker and in better health than I have been since my 20s. I’ve learned that I am, at core, incredibly resilient.

I also learned who my friends really are and what generosity truly means.

Today I’m not packing. I’ll be doing cleaning-type things — laundry, dishes, and the bathrooms — as well as some general organizing. The weather has cooled, so it’s a pleasure to be bopping around.

What Saturday July 10th looks like for me

6am — Sasha wakes me up

6:45 — plan day

7am-10am — paint the hall woodwork (doorways, baseboards)

10:30 — aqua aerobics

12 — remove hat hooks in hall; spackle holes; pack hats

2pm — put finals on LR curtain rods

2:30 — take Sasha to lake for a swim

4pm — get ready for coworker’s wedding reception

5:30 — feed Sasha; drive into Seattle for reception

8:30 — leave reception

9pm — walk Sasha; change clothes, relax before bed

10pm — go to bed

Somewhere in there is breakfast (cold cereal with blueberries) and lunch (I have no idea; we don’t have sandwich makings or leftovers. I may have to stop in at the grocery store after aqua aerobics).

Busy day, in very humid weather. All because J. is traveling and I am alone (wail!) Theoretically, however, it will mean that tomorrow I only have laundry, cleaning, and writing (blog posts!) to do.

July Update at Facing North!

Summer is truly here in the Pacific Northwest (my home) and we have a bounty of reading materials for you to curl up with in the shade of a tree.

This month we have reviews of:

Talking About the Elephant
Mastering the Art of Ritual Magick
Raising Hell
Real Witches Coven
Chinese Astrology
10 Things to Do when Your Life Falls Apart
Living Well with Pain & Illness
Lucid Food
Art and Practice of Geomancy