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light·bulb: Pronunciation: \ˈlīt-ˌbəlb\, Function: noun, Date: 1884: Can symbolize having an idea or epiphany.

Healthcare: more like death-care. 

So, I finally get the chance to sign up for ‘benefits’ after working 40 hours a week for almost a year, (in a corporate, clinical setting mind you). Oh, great, they also give me a 30 day period to sign up, only after waiting 2 weeks to receive it in the mail. I open the large envelope, only to be swamped with terms and formulas that are similar to the nonsense on standardized testing formats. Then, I’m to follow instructions to log in a portal via my own computer that resulted in freezing twice because of the page’s script. Now, if this isn’t a load of bull and the epitome of what America’s healthcare system is all about, I don’t know what is. Cool, I can get healthcare now, but wait, I can’t. Start eating right and living well, cause nobody can help you out but yourself. Just be sure to set aside a couple million in case of emergencies. In health we trust.

Healthcare: more like death-care.

So, I finally get the chance to sign up for ‘benefits’ after working 40 hours a week for almost a year, (in a corporate, clinical setting mind you). Oh, great, they also give me a 30 day period to sign up, only after waiting 2 weeks to receive it in the mail. I open the large envelope, only to be swamped with terms and formulas that are similar to the nonsense on standardized testing formats. Then, I’m to follow instructions to log in a portal via my own computer that resulted in freezing twice because of the page’s script. Now, if this isn’t a load of bull and the epitome of what America’s healthcare system is all about, I don’t know what is. Cool, I can get healthcare now, but wait, I can’t. Start eating right and living well, cause nobody can help you out but yourself. Just be sure to set aside a couple million in case of emergencies. In health we trust.

Posted 1 year ago

collage: patching things together

I’ve increasingly been using collage as my medium and/or outlet of choice. I’m learning that it is a great way to map out how the brain makes connections, and can tell a great story, (granted you have the right materials). In my own life, I have mostly connected with journal writing or creative short stories, in which a stream of thought style creeps through. I’ve found that collaging has allowed me to express myself in the same manner, and it’s interesting to see what pieces I find around the world will come together via glue and placement.

Posted 2 years ago
Charlotte Hornets:  The only mascot for Charlotte’s NBA team.  B**cats beware, we’re going to keep the hive alive. 
Hey guys, do you remember the great and magnificent purple and teal paraphernalia that marked your childhood, adolescence, mid-life crises, or perhaps senior years?  If you don’t, then you may have fallen into the deep, dark, b**cat den, and you must get the heck outta there! 
Anyway, the Charlotte Hornets greatly marked my childhood, and I would like it to continue to be apart of my own mid-life crisis through grandmother-ing years.  Please, click the pic and sign the petition.  We’re all in this together.  B**cats, beware of the nest…

Charlotte Hornets:  The only mascot for Charlotte’s NBA team.  B**cats beware, we’re going to keep the hive alive. 

Hey guys, do you remember the great and magnificent purple and teal paraphernalia that marked your childhood, adolescence, mid-life crises, or perhaps senior years?  If you don’t, then you may have fallen into the deep, dark, b**cat den, and you must get the heck outta there! 

Anyway, the Charlotte Hornets greatly marked my childhood, and I would like it to continue to be apart of my own mid-life crisis through grandmother-ing years.  Please, click the pic and sign the petition.  We’re all in this together.  B**cats, beware of the nest…

Posted 2 years ago
ga-dv-ne-ha: Meaning, ‘I do’ in Cherokee 
In ode to my cousin getting married today, I invested some time researching our Cherokee bloodline, which provided an interesting spin on the wedding tradition.  First, after the bride and groom are blessed for 7 days, they approach a sacred fire pit ceremony, both wrapped in a blue blanket.  This is awkward—I feel it’d look like either a potato sack race or conjoined twins waddling around a fire.  Either way, blankets are cozy and it beats the hell out of pricey wedding dresses where you’ll need a tummy tuck or something (do they still do those)?  Anyway, in symbolism of starting their life together, the priest will remove the blue blanket and replace it with a white one.  I, for one, think this is a disastrous color for that kind of symbolism.  White gets so dirty so quickly!  
Here’s the cool part, instead of exchanging rings they exchange food.  Yep, these are definitely my peeps.  The woman usually gives the man cornbread and beans symbolizing nurturing him as well as providing nourishment for the household, (aka staying in the kitchen).  The man gives the woman vineson, ham, or some type of meat which symbolizes providing for the household.  I’m not so sure who got the better end of the stick here.  If I were to marry a cherokee man, he’d have to go kill a fake deer is all I’m sayin’, or I could just keep my beans and cornbread.
The proposal and divorce processes are quite the events as well.  If a man wants to marry a woman, he is to kill a deer and bring it to her door.  If she has the hots for him, she’ll take that deer and cook the best meal they’ll ever eat together.  If she’s hatin’ on him, she’d just have to leave the deer outside for him to retrieve.  Can you imagine how embarrassing it’d be to keep going by your crush’s teepee to see if they ever accepted your deer? You’d probably give it about three day just to make sure, too.  Talk about fear of rejection—that’ll definitely do it. 
Another really cool factor is that if the man doesn’t please a woman, she can simply divorce him by putting a deerskin outside of the home with his belongings on top of it.  This is a sign to hit the road jack, back to your clan of the woods!  On the other hand, men have to have permission from their own clan to divorce.  
So, let the wedding festivities begin! 

ga-dv-ne-ha: Meaning, ‘I do’ in Cherokee 

In ode to my cousin getting married today, I invested some time researching our Cherokee bloodline, which provided an interesting spin on the wedding tradition.  First, after the bride and groom are blessed for 7 days, they approach a sacred fire pit ceremony, both wrapped in a blue blanket.  This is awkward—I feel it’d look like either a potato sack race or conjoined twins waddling around a fire.  Either way, blankets are cozy and it beats the hell out of pricey wedding dresses where you’ll need a tummy tuck or something (do they still do those)?  Anyway, in symbolism of starting their life together, the priest will remove the blue blanket and replace it with a white one.  I, for one, think this is a disastrous color for that kind of symbolism.  White gets so dirty so quickly!  

Here’s the cool part, instead of exchanging rings they exchange food.  Yep, these are definitely my peeps.  The woman usually gives the man cornbread and beans symbolizing nurturing him as well as providing nourishment for the household, (aka staying in the kitchen).  The man gives the woman vineson, ham, or some type of meat which symbolizes providing for the household.  I’m not so sure who got the better end of the stick here.  If I were to marry a cherokee man, he’d have to go kill a fake deer is all I’m sayin’, or I could just keep my beans and cornbread.

The proposal and divorce processes are quite the events as well.  If a man wants to marry a woman, he is to kill a deer and bring it to her door.  If she has the hots for him, she’ll take that deer and cook the best meal they’ll ever eat together.  If she’s hatin’ on him, she’d just have to leave the deer outside for him to retrieve.  Can you imagine how embarrassing it’d be to keep going by your crush’s teepee to see if they ever accepted your deer? You’d probably give it about three day just to make sure, too.  Talk about fear of rejection—that’ll definitely do it. 

Another really cool factor is that if the man doesn’t please a woman, she can simply divorce him by putting a deerskin outside of the home with his belongings on top of it.  This is a sign to hit the road jack, back to your clan of the woods!  On the other hand, men have to have permission from their own clan to divorce.  

So, let the wedding festivities begin! 


Posted 2 years ago

Thyme: I think it’s about thyme I blog again. 

I have taken yet another hiatus from my beloved blog, but only because I was forced to cheat on it and do other work. How dare I do that!?  In any case, I’ve felt the emergence of inspiration through holiday cooking and the use of such a fine herb—thyme.

I must admit, my squash gratin for Thanksgiving may have been a little “wet,” as I used too much tomato base as a layer, but without thyme on my side, it would’ve been a massive fail.   Here’s what you need:

- oven at 350

- 2 eggs

- 1 cup ricotta

- 1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream

- 1 cup cheese, (preferrably parmesean)

- the use of thyme ever so freely

- 3 garlic cloves

- 1-2 cups of baby portabello mushrooms sauteed with 1 cup o’ squash.

-1/2-1 cup of tomato sauce, (combined with 3 tbsp. butter, basil, bay leaves, and 3-4 whole garliec cloves to be removed).  

Combine the eggs, cheeses, and milk together.  After the veggies are done, which usually takes 15 minutes, start your layering in a casserole/gratin dish, if you will.  First the squash and mushrooms, then the cheese mix, then the tomato sauce, then start over.  Bake for approximately 30 minutes or until golden brown on top and voila! 

Holy Moly, there’s more. 

My mother’s birthday was another day to celebrate with some cooking, so I decided to make something she’d want her mother to cook her— lentil soup, (nom).  It’s perdy simple and full of goodness.  Here’s all you need:

- 2 cups o’ lentils

- 6-8 cups of vegetable broth, (if you want to go to veggie town, that is)

- 2 cups o’ chopped carrots

- 1 cup o’ cauliflower

- 1-2 tbsp o’ veggie butter or real, if you want. 

- Thyme, thyme, thyme….

First, let the mixture come to a boil, then let it simmer for about 30-45 minutes.  Add some good cornbread, and you’ll be so cozy you might just melt.  Warning, the aftermath of this meal may last up to 48 hours, and it’s pretty embarrassing. 

That’s all folks.  And sorry, dear blog, I’ll make a point to make more thyme for you…hardy har har!

Posted 2 years ago
Water: Drink it. Often.

Water: Drink it. Often.

Posted 3 years ago
Vitamin B-12- essential.
Yeah, I’ve been pretty fed up about losing my keys all the time, or putting something down and immediately thinking I put it somewhere else.  I thought I was having an early onset of dementia or Alzheimer’s, however I was probably experiencing a lack of good ol’ B-12.  I’ve learned that If you’re vegan/vegetarian (I am), B-12 is a greater need since we will most likely eat foods lacking the vitamin.  Also, it fosters metabolism or energy and your overall nervous system. So, if you’re feeling fatigued or can’t remember where you put your life all the time, (that’s me)! try increasing your intake.  So far so good!

Vitamin B-12- essential.

Yeah, I’ve been pretty fed up about losing my keys all the time, or putting something down and immediately thinking I put it somewhere else.  I thought I was having an early onset of dementia or Alzheimer’s, however I was probably experiencing a lack of good ol’ B-12.  I’ve learned that If you’re vegan/vegetarian (I am), B-12 is a greater need since we will most likely eat foods lacking the vitamin.  Also, it fosters metabolism or energy and your overall nervous system. So, if you’re feeling fatigued or can’t remember where you put your life all the time, (that’s me)! try increasing your intake.  So far so good!

Posted 3 years ago
Jun 26 2011

Washed Out: makes me feel like I’m fading out, in a good way.

I saw Washed Out open for Mad Lib at the Orange Peel in Asheville, NC, and have been listening to each ever since.  Washed Out’s song “New Theory” especially appeases me here in South Carolina as it makes me nostalgic of Brooklyn and London— two places where I saw plenty of personally inspiring shows where people actually listened and watched, and didn’t care about much more than that.  It is cool and easy to get lost in your own little world in times like those. 

PS- speaking of wonderful places and nostalgia, my childhood BFF is doing some good things in Uganda and it is her Birthday today. Happy Day to her!

Posted 3 years ago
parasite cleanse- i s’pose humans need to do it more often.  
I have finally listened to my sister speak of parasites being the cause of a lot of our symptoms of being ill.  Today is day 2 of my parasite cleanse, so I’m going to see where this takes me .
Useful antagonists are:
-black walnut leaf (or extract)
-Wormwood herb
-Quassia
-Cloves
-Male Fern root
-Pumpkin seeds
-Garlic

parasite cleanse- i s’pose humans need to do it more often.  

I have finally listened to my sister speak of parasites being the cause of a lot of our symptoms of being ill.  Today is day 2 of my parasite cleanse, so I’m going to see where this takes me .

Useful antagonists are:

-black walnut leaf (or extract)

-Wormwood herb

-Quassia

-Cloves

-Male Fern root

-Pumpkin seeds

-Garlic

Posted 3 years ago
Arugula: spicy leaf full o’ yummy love and A/C (vitamins, that is).
Oh, arugula. I was introduced to this amazing food by a friend while in Napoli, where it is a prominent item.  Ever since, I’ve tried to sneak it in as many meals as possible since it is just that good. Today, I included it in my lunch and dinner!  For lunch, I put some in a spinach wrap and added dijon mustard, grated parmesan, diced tomatoes, and black beans. For dinner, I used it for a large salad with all kinds of good veggies. 
for more info., you can click on this, or click the pic above!
NOM.

Arugula: spicy leaf full o’ yummy love and A/C (vitamins, that is).

Oh, arugula. I was introduced to this amazing food by a friend while in Napoli, where it is a prominent item.  Ever since, I’ve tried to sneak it in as many meals as possible since it is just that good. Today, I included it in my lunch and dinner!  For lunch, I put some in a spinach wrap and added dijon mustard, grated parmesan, diced tomatoes, and black beans. For dinner, I used it for a large salad with all kinds of good veggies. 

for more info., you can click on this, or click the pic above!

NOM.

Posted 3 years ago