Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Not Planned....


A few days ago I ate something that left me feeling kind of "off". TMI moment - it also gave me the runs. 

Over the next few days I would continue to feel off and not my self at all. I was tired, lethargic, avoiding food because even though it looked good as soon as I ate it I would want to throw up. 

Yesterday I woke up feeling a little better. I went to the Cruncy Playdate and scored some awesome gently used clothes and other little goodies for Kaileb. But by the end of it I was starting to feel really drained. 

I came home and decided to take a nap. I figured it would be the perfect time to do so since hubby was at work and I only had a few hours till I had to go to class. 

Well the nap did not help. I woke up feeling like death ran me over. It was hard to function and I was really shaky. So I decided to skip my math class and stay home. By 9pm I was feeling like I was going to throw up every 5 minutes (on top of all my other symptoms) so I decided to call my midwife.

Her and I both agreed I should probably go to the ER and get checked out. There is a real nasty flu bug hitting the Tri-Cities right now and we wanted to make sure that I didn't have it. Especially since I am expecting. It would be hell to get the flu.

Well I decided to wait for Matt to come home. By 11pm we were on our way to the hospital. Kadlec was very busy that night. I was surprised by how fast they saw us and got us a room. I was even more surprised with how much attention I got upon getting my room.

I had blood drawn and gave them a urine sample so they could check my blood count and electrolyte levels. Then I was hooked up to a hydration bag (I always forget what those things are called). They also checked baby boy to make sure he was doing okay too. He had a strong heart beat at 144bpm.

By the time the bag was almost empty they came in and gave me some anti nausea meds through my IV. 45 minutes later I was feeling really good. I even wanted to eat something!

Long story short because of whatever I ate that caused me to have the "runs" dehydrated me very badly. I have been taking it easy today. Drinking a lot of water and eating light foods. 

By tomorrow I should be back up and running on my feet again!

hospital gowns are not flattering!

The IV with the foot long plastic needle they put in my arm.

He was such a great sport. And super supportive through the entire thing.

Fluids.

Starting to feel better and ready to get back home!


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Monday, February 27, 2012

Magickal Monday’s: What is Magick





What is Magick?
Mention magic to most people and they immediately start thinking about Wicked Witches, Wizards and Sorcerers conjuring up evil sounding spells and poisons from boiling bubbling cauldrons sat on blazing smoking fires.  Others imagine comedians on stage with funny pointy hats and black and white wands.  Still others think of Illusionists making people disappear then re-appear from boxes and other contrived stage props. 
Since time immemorial magic has been used in witchcraft, and many myths and evil associations have been attributed to its use.  Here I shall concentrate on magic and how it is perceived by witches of today.  Not everybody agrees and there are many theories on the subject, so this is my theory, based on my opinion and my experiences.  At the end of the day you shall have to form your own. 
So what is magic really?  (Or “magick” as those in the craft would term it).  How, what, where and when should it be used?  These are the questions I aim to answer here.  
First let us destroy the myths of wizards throwing around lightning bolts doing battle with evil sorcerers, and all other such nonsense’s.  Magick is a force utilizing power, wisdom and knowledge.  It is both more and less powerful than the ignorant can suppose.  Magick can only be used to change the changeable, for instance - it can be used to cure a sickness but not to replace a lost limb.  Magick is not a power to be used in place of our other powers, meaning those of our physical, mental or emotional abilities.  Nor is it a crutch for the weak or an ego-boost for the inadequate.  Magick is an art and skill unto itself.  It needs to be learned then trained to develop, and that takes time and patience. 
If we believe that everything and all originate from the same source, then the ability for using magick must be retained within us all.  Magick then is a forgotten art passed down through eons of reincarnations and it resides inside us all.  Therefore magick is a skill that needs to be re-learned and trained if it's to be used well, effectively and wisely.      
In modern days magick is used not only in ritual ceremonies, but also on a daily bases during spiritual communication with the Goddess and God.  It is used daily for healing purposes and perhaps more frequently for personal purposes like reducing negativity, protection and improving the self.  It can also be used for many other purposes as determined by the individual while bearing in mind “The three fold law”.
The Wiccan Rede
"An Ye Harm None, Do What Ye Will"
As long as your actions do not harm anyone, you're free to do what you want. Issues such as sexual orientation are strictly personal and no one else's business. Likewise, Wicca imposes no requirements or taboos on things such as foods or clothing.
"Harm", however, includes much more than physical violence. It involves emotional abuse, gossip, slander, and sexual predation, among other things. It also includes harm against oneself.
Note that the Rede does not ban harmful actions. Such a code would be unrealistic, not to mention ridiculous. Self-defense, for example, does harm one's attacker, but we'd never suggest you just take the beating. The Rede merely states a number of circumstances (those that harm none) which can be done with impunity.
For actions that do harm, we have...
The Law of ReturnSimply put, the Law of Return states that all actions have repercussions. There are many versions of the Law of Return. I, personally, believe in a one-to-one correspondence in line with Newton's law that "Every action has an equal and opposite reaction". Far more popular, however, is what is commonly referred to as the Threefold Law, often phrased as:
Ever Mind The Rule Of Three
Three Times Your Acts Return To Thee
This Lesson Well, Thou Must Learn
Thou Only Gets What Thee Dost Earn
Those who do good are done well by others, while evil seeds more evil. The Law of Return holds us responsible for our own actions, and reminds us that nothing is free. It is also a lesson in moderation. To return to the self-defense example: you have the right to return what was done to you in order to defend yourself, employing as much force as necessary to keep yourself safe. You do not, however, have the right to continue bashing the guy's head in with a pipe when he's already unconscious.
Do we have commandments?No. We find a rigid list of right and wrongs to not be realistic or useful. I've spent half of my life hearing arguments over what "Thou shall not kill" is supposed to mean. Does it include self-defense? War? Abortion? Animals for food? What about plants for food? There are also plenty of crimes that the 10 Commandments don’t cover, and no matter how many commandments you write, you will never cover every situation.
Instead, we attempt to create a framework in which individual situations can be examined and judged, based upon the potential for harm. The result is a religion whose followers' ethics do in fact generally fall in line with those of the rest of society.
Various Traditions and individuals may brandish their own personal codes, but none of them are universal or to be taken as all-inclusive. One popular example is Scott Cunningham's 13 Goals of a Witch.
The Law of Return
Also known as the "Threefold Law" or the "Rule of Three"
There are many variations of the phrasing of the Threefold Law, but it generally goes something like:
Ever Mind The Rule Of Three
Three Times Your Acts Return To Thee
This Lesson Well, Thou Must Learn
Thou Only Gets What Thee Dost Earn
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When you take a resource, even with good intentions, there will be repercussions. The petty cash box will soon be empty if one doesn't occasionally put money into it as well as take it out. Actions need to be balanced, or else things can get quite out of control to a degree many times over that of the original issue.
In other words, there's no such thing as a free lunch.
Other phrasings emphasize completely separate issues, which author Phyllis Curott has recently taken to calling the Boomerang Whammy Rule:2
Mind the Threefold Law you should,
Three times bad and three times good.
The above version was taken directly from the Rede of the Wicca, a piece of work that I do believe is required reading for Wiccans or at least is interesting to investigate. Or, for an even more extreme version:
Ensure that your actions are honorable,
for all that you do shall return to you, threefold, good or bane.
People attempt to pass this phrasing off as a moral code, which it is not. The Threefold Law is a statement of belief in the ways of the universe. It does not teach us what is "bad" or "good", only that we shall receive three times whatever we give. The only reason it offers for being good is to receive reward and to escape punishment. That is not morality.
The world does not work as simply as these phrases make it sound. If it did we'd all be donating to charity like mad and reaping the rewards by the handful. The idea of things returning threefold is unnatural. According to the Law of Ecology:
  1. Everything is connected to everything else
  2. Everything must go somewhere
  3. Nature knows best
  4. There is no such thing as a free lunch
But it is true that harm tends to beget harm, and it is true that one good turns deserves another: people remember a person's charity and are more likely to aid them in return.
Let's also remember one of Newton's laws as another lesson from nature: for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. "Opposite" does not mean that you receive bad for every good. It means what gets put out comes back. For instance, if you push upon a wall, the wall is actually pushing back with an equal amount of force - if it did not, it would fall over. That's straight from physics class.
However, what counts as "equal" is not always obvious. Two people trying for identical outcomes might have to exert tremendously different amount of effort to achieve their goals, depending on other factors involved. For instance, a ritual asking for a healthy mother gives birth to a healthy child is fairly straightforward, while one asking for a cocaine-addicted mother to give birth to a healthy child is going to take considerably greater effort, even though the desired result (a healthy child) is the same. Putting out a little will gain you a little - which might be all that it needed in the first case, but is far less likely to be sufficient in the second case. You get what you give.
"The Threefold Rule follows the old laws of karma"
Ignoring the "threefold" bit, this statement is actually true. The problem is that most Westerners do not understand what karma actually is. The term karma is Sanskrit and the concept it represents has remained central to Hindus and Buddhists for thousands of years. Moreover, the common understanding of the Threefold Law - one of punishment and reward - likewise has nothing in common with Eastern karmic beliefs.
The Sanskrit word karma really refers to consequences of actions, and so in its proper context, it actually fits fairly well with the Law of Return. The confusion comes from the strong connections between concepts of karma and reincarnation within the Eastern caste system. Depending on one's karma, a person is reborn higher or lower within the hierarchy of castes. However, this is not a system of rewards and punishments. It is a system of lesson learning, preparation, and purity. Those who do not learn the lessons of this life return at the same level. Those who defile themselves will not rise and may return even lower, although there are a number of ways to defile one ’s self, such as eating impure foods and other actions that we would certainly not describe as evil. Such people's fate is not a punishment, however. Caste is what you are in essence. To be born into a lower or higher caste simply reflects what one has already done to oneself. All of this, however, is merely one expression of karma. The consequences of your actions are reflected in this life as much as in the next, and so it also is in the Law of Return.
Witches Rede of ChivalryEd Fitch and Janine ReneeMagical Rites from the Crystal Well, 1987, Llewellyn Publications.
Insofar as the Craft of the Wise is the most ancient and most honorable creed of humankind, it behooves all who are Witches to act in ways that give respect to the Old Gods, to their sisters and brothers of the Craft, and to themselves.
Therefore, be it noted that:
  • Chivalry is a high code of honor which is of most ancient Pagan origin, and must be lived by all who follow the old ways.
  • It must be kenned that thoughts and intent put forth on this Middle Earth will wax strong in other worlds beyond and return...bringing into creation, on this world, that which had been sent forth. Thus one should exercise discipline, for "as ye plant, so shall ye harvest."
  • It is only by preparing our minds to be as Gods that we can ultimately attain godhead.
  • "This above all...to thine own self be true..."
  • A Witch's word must have the validity of a signed and witnessed oath. Thus, give thy word sparingly, but adhere to it like iron.
  • Refrain from speaking ill of others, for not all truths of the matter may be known.
  • Pass not unverified words about another, for hearsay is, in large part, a thing of falsehoods.
  • Be thou honest with others, and have them know that honesty is likewise expected of them.
  • The fury of the moment plays folly with the truth; to keep one's head is a virtue.
  • Contemplate always the consequences of thine acts upon others. Strive not to do harm.
  • Diverse covens may well have diverse views of love between members and with others. When a coven, clan, or grove is visited or joined, one should discern quietly their practices, and abide thereby.
  • Dignity, a gracious manner, and a good humor are much to be admired.
  • As a Witch, thou has power, and thy powers wax strongly as wisdom increases. Therefore, exercise discretion in the use thereof.
  • Courage and honor endure forever. Their echoes remain when the mountains have crumbled to dust.
  • Pledge friendship and fealty to those who so warrant. Strengthen others of the Brethren and they shall strengthen thee.
  • Thou shalt not reveal the secrets of another Witch or Coven. Others have labored long and hard for them, and cherish them as treasures.
  • Though there may be differences among those of the Old Ways, those who are once-born must see nothing, and must hear nothing.
  • Those who follow the mysteries should be above reproach in the eyes of the world.
  • The laws of the land should be obeyed whenever possible and within reason, for in the main they have been chosen with wisdom.
  • Have pride in thyself and seek perfection in body and in mind. For the Lady has said, "How canst thou honor another unless thou give honor to thyself first?"
  • Those who seek the Mysteries should consider themselves the select of the Gods, for it is they would lead the race of humankind to the highest of thrones and beyond the very stars.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

28 Week Bump Update w/ pictures!


I can’t believe I am finally 28 weeks into my pregnancy already! Since finding out in September that we conceived our little man time has flown by! One thing I am so proud of myself about is that I have captured a picture per week of my growing belly. I can’t wait to put all the pics together and show everyone how much I have grown in the last few months.
With that being said on to the questions:
How far along: I am 28 weeks today. Only 84 more days to go!
How big is baby: baby boy weighs two and a quarter pounds (like a Chinese cabbage) and measures 14.8 inches from the top of his head to his heels.
Maternity clothes: Oh man do I ever rock the maternity pants. I only own like one or two maternity shirts so I have been wearing a lot of my stretchy tank tops and last night I found an old St. Patty’s shirt that still fits!


Stretch marks: I am earning my tiger stripes! Although since starting my caladryl lotion and the tincture my midwife gave me for my PUPPPs they are starting to silver out.
Sleep: I have not been sleeping well at all. My sleep schedule is all over the place. 4 hours here and there is all I can sleep before I am wide awake again. I am thinking baby boy is getting me ready for his big arrival?
Best moment this week: We kept it simple this week. Baby boy is moving a lot more and Matt is finally starting to see and feel him move around. Especially at night or rather early in the morning. It’s awesome, I was looking forward to this moment almost the entire time I have been pregnant.
Belly button in or out: Still in, for now. I am one of those people who have a really deep belly button, but here lately it is getting very shallow. So we will see what happens in the next 84 days or so.


Cravings: MyFroYo, ice cream, hash browns and eggs smothered in tabasco sauce, chocolate milk, water
What I miss: Being able to sleep on my tummy and a nice glass of red wine before bed. I can’t wait to be able to sleep on my tummy again, but wine will have to wait a while.
What am I looking forward to: In 84 days give or take I will be meeting my little man. I am so excited. Next week my midwife starts her home visits to talk to Matt and I about the birthing process. Oh and I start my two week visits now too!
Milestones: He can blink his eyes, which now sport lashes. With his eyesight developing, he may be able to see the light that filters in through my womb. He's also developing billions of neurons in his brain and adding more body fat in preparation for life in the outside world.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Wordless Wednesday -- video

So this is not a picture per say, but a video that I captured earlier today. Kaileb was moving around for 4+ hours straight today. It was kind of awesome. Although he got camera shy at first but if you give it a few seconds he starts moving around again. Oh and please don't mind the stretch marks. I am sure they are only going to get worse, but eh what can you do.

Enjoy!


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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Ramblings and then some…

My Saturday night was spent in the ER with my poor husband. He has been plagued by cluster headaches since he was about 10 years old. So far they have been manageable up until here recently. He has had this stupid headache for almost a month. It got bad enough on Saturday night that I finally convinced him to go to the ER (since it was after midnight and a weekend). The doctor on staff insisted that it was just a really bad migraine and proceeded to give him a set of three shots – which did not work at all. He was still suffering from it the next day. The only good thing that came out of this visit is that he was finally given a referral to see a neurologist. Hopefully we can start managing these headaches.

Since he was still suffering from those headaches on Sunday, I went out and spoiled him just a bit. I went to Papa Murphy’s and brought home those two pizzas you see below. Both were very yummy. Although I did add extra chocolate chips and marsh-mellows to the smores pizza. We were both in Heaven!

yummy pizza from papa murphy'ssmores pizza for a sick hubby

My insomnia has not gotten any better at all through this pregnancy. I fell asleep around 10pm Sunday night and woke up at 2am. It’s now 11:30am and I have yet to even start to feel tired or want to take a nap. I know I am going to need one soon if I am going to function the rest of the day. Although It was nice to see the sun rise this morning – minus the snow that came for about 4hrs.

snow in Februarymoi

I will be glad when spring comes. I can’t wait to see all this grey turn into green again! I am so not a winter person. Give me spring or summer and I am happy. Autumn is beautiful but depressing because I know it only leads to winter. And, wow this post is all over the place today. Sorry about that.

Anyway, one last thought – I miss my tiny belly! It has gotten so huge and I still have 3 months left to go! See:

9 weeks26 weeks

My belly at 9 weeks pregnant and then again in the same tank top at 26 weeks pregnant. It is such a huge difference! I can only imagine how much bigger I am going to get!

And on that note I think I better stop before I ramble on to much more!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Magickal Monday's: Symbolism (Guest Post)


Happy Presidents day and welcome back to Magickal Monday's!
Let's welcome back Lea From Spiral Charmed Life. She is back today to talk about symbolism and the importance it has in religion.


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Symbolism has an important place in every religion and spiritual path.  Symbols give strength and they give comfort; they draw people together and they mark people out.  And in the Pagan community, with its near-infinite possibilities, that is especially true.  Some symbols are nearly universal, while some instantly identify a person as being of a specific tradition, and yet still others are as individual as the people who bear them.  For example, I have a tattoo of a crescent moon and a star – similar to, but not the same, as the Muslim crescent and star – that has always represented my religion to me, but it isn’t connected to any Pagan traditions that I’ve come across before.

But the symbol I want to focus on is one that is near universally acknowledged as having a place within Paganism – though not always fully understood – is the spiral.  Whether turning clockwise or counter, it spins both opened and closed at the same time.  The spiral is embraced across great swaths of the Pagan community, adjusted to suit each person or group’s need.

For me, the spiral is sacred.  I see the path of life, death, and rebirth as an ever-turning spiral – bringing us closer to Divine unity, leading us away from spiritual ignorance, and leading us through familiar patterns to the lessons we must learn.  I believe the pathway of life is a spiral.  It leads us out to a broadening of our minds; it brings us into a closer relationship with the Divine.  I have watched the spiral of my life unfold with something of a sense of awe.  I’ll go through something hard and I always strive to find the lesson.  Then I come around again to a struggle that reminds me of that lesson and I find a deeper or broader message.

The same with blessings.  I know once I have struggled and my lesson is found, I’ll find a time of peace with a different kind of lesson – like “don’t take life too seriously” – that lead to yet deeper understandings.  When I began noticing these spiral patterns in my life, I tried to figure out which was better.  Surely our lives can only travel in one direction at a time!  But I have found that in order to spiral in closer to the Divine, we must also spiral out from our ignorance (lack of knowledge) into greater understanding.

So if you find yourself in a downward spiral, don’t lose hope, for the spiral spins both ways.  Don’t lose hope, don’t give up, and you’ll find the spiral bringing good things back again.  And then you’ll realize it really is a spiral-charmed life.

Brightest blessings.

Lea



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Saturday, February 18, 2012

27 Weeks!


I am a little late in posting this. Not much has changed at all, so I will not be doing the questions this week.

My Valentines day was spent with some pretty awesome friends. We had dinner at 2nd Street Grill, then saw the movie Chronicle (it was interesting to say the lest) and after we had desert at Sharie's because I was craving ice cream. I had a huge banana split! It was very yummy and totally hit the spot.

Here is my 27 week bump picture:
 
Oh and hubby was a little late, but last night he brought me home my first pillow pet:

Isn't it cute?

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Rest in Peace

Three years ago my Grandma passed away.
12 - 2
She was the mom to us girls that she didn’t have to be.
I miss her so much. There are days I wish I could pick up the phone and call her. I wish that she could see the birth of her great grandson. I wonder what she would think about me doing a homebirth. Mostly I hope that I have made her proud of me.
She didn’t have to help my Dad raise us three girls—but I am glad that she did. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without her.
May she Rest in Peace.
Grandma Skip—March 24, 1922-February 15, 2009
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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

It's The Day of Love....



 
Hope you all have a wonderful day!

I will be gone the next two days visiting family and friends with the hubby, so I will not be posting much unless it is from my phone.

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Magickal Monday's: Creating your dream temple...

Do you remember when you were a child how much fun it was building a fort or perhaps a tree house so that you could have a sleep over in it? Do you remember how magickal that secret little corner of space became to you, or how the feeling of mystery and excitement would wash over you as you crawled through the small tunnel entrance into the spacious cavern that you dragged all your favorite toys, blankets and books into? 

Did you know that at such a young age, you sought out this special little haven perhaps as a dream temple and didn't even realize it?

Dream temples are prevalent all over the earth, created by the ancient societies as a special haven where they too could have their secret corners to let their imagination and dreams inspire them. While the temples of old were more formal and certainly more spacious than our couch cushion walled, blanket ceiling and armchair supported fortresses, they nonetheless served the same purpose to draw out a new mystical perspective from our beings.

Some postulate that dream temples, which simulated incubation, allowed the body to experience death; others thought it was more like the comfort of a mother's womb and thus allowed us to experience a place of birth. Whichever the case may be (it's likely and logical that both are true), it is important that when creating your personal dream temple you make it feel like a hidden cozy corner away from the rest of your everyday world. Your bedroom doesn't count! Let me explain why... First, your bedroom is part of your everyday world. You begin your days there and end them there too. After a period of time the body naturally begins to associate your bedroom and the bed/things in it as a place of sleep and everyday living (I know you're saying well yeah, that's why it makes a good dream temple silly). By a place of sleep, I am talking about a place of physical rest and restoration of your body, not so much a place of sleep where you will dream your magickal dreams. When your body becomes used to (adapts itself to) associating your bedroom with relaxation and regenerating itself, that's what it gets itself programmed to do. Now, if you change that and add a new sleeping place to your resources, one that is for magickal thought and dreaming your body has a new place where it can let out or maybe gain some of the inspirations you've been looking for.

Why does it work? Because for one, your body must get used to a new sleeping environment and can't access the mental program your bedroom environment has to get you into the rest and restoration mode. Two, the emotions evoked by a dream temple create a magickal mood in your body making you more receptive to those threads of thought patterns and energies. Three, the different ways that sound, smell and light does or doesn't enter your sleeping environment will tend to change your sleeping habits. For example, as the sun rises each day the light may enter your bedroom window, signaling your body to start awakening. However, if you create a dream temple that is almost completely void of light you might catch yourself oversleeping (and beneficially having more REM/dream time)!

To help you create your dreaming temple here are a few suggestions:

1. Create your dreaming temple outside of your bedroom if you can. 

2. Try to keep your space partitioned off from mainstream activity in the house, allowing you a safe haven of secrecy for yourself.

3. If you can, let the child in you come out to play. Pitch a tent in the living room; build your fortress with your couch cushions and blankets and nearby furniture; drape a blanket over the kitchen table, and sleep under it with the dog (don't sit up too fast when you awaken!); if you have a large enough walk in closet, dig the junk out of it for a few days and make yourself a nest. Glow in the dark stickers did you say??? Definitely!

4. Get a special set of blankets and pillows for your dream temple. Anoint them with a specific oil/scent that you only use for them. Why? Because once you start using these your body will associate the textures and smells with your special dreaming space, thus opening your mind to that mood etc.

5. If you can make your temple with secret compartments for your flashlight, your pens and dream journal do so! Secret compartments always add to the fun, and they keep you from waking up with ink stains all over your jammies!

6. Bring in some charged crystals if you like. I prefer amethyst, moonstone or clear quartz. I also try and make sure that the crystals I use are the soft polished ones, not crystal points because I don't like waking up to sharp pointy things digging in while I'm trying to dream.

7. Try and keep your dream temple easy to assemble and disassemble (if you must). If you have a spare room in the house however, you can make it your permanent dreaming space.

8. Don't over use your dreaming space! Sleep in your dream temple 7 days in a row at the very most (I personally try not to go over 4 or 5 days). If you over use your dreaming temple you may find that your dreams start dwindling as your body starts looking to re-associate itself with a program to relax and restore itself in your dream space. 

9. You may want to access your dream temple on the weekends or days that you know you won't have to get up at any certain time. My dream temple is particularly dark when I shut the entrance and that from time to time does keep me sleeping later than usual.

10. Most importantly keep it comfy. If you have a hard floor without any carpeting you may want to invest in one of those foam bed cushions. Sleeping on just blankets could leave you with an unwelcome stiffness in the limbs in the morning. Also temperature control... You may need lighter blankets in the summer etc. 

11. When using your dreaming space it is recommended (for many dreaming techniques) that you eat a light dinner if any at all, refrain from smoking or consuming alcohol the day before, and perhaps take a ritual bath beforehand.

The rest is for you to tailor to your needs. Good luck and blessed dreaming! 

~Windfox 8/04From Windfox’s Web of Wicca

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Friday, February 10, 2012

This Made Me Laugh


This has been going around on my Facebook today. I don't agree with a lot of it, but it did make me giggle today. Hopefully it will put a smile on your face too.

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

26 Week Bump Update

So I totally for got to update last week. So here is my 25 week bump picture:

25 weeks

Without further ado…26 weeks:

How far along: 26 weeks today!

How big is baby: He is the size of an English Cucumber or about 1 2/3 pounds and 14 inches long!

Stretch marks: Oh yes, baby boy is making me earn my tiger stripes!

earning my tiger stripes (25 weeks)(@ 25 weeks)

Sleep: It is hit and miss here lately. Some nights I get to sleep awesomely, other nights I am lucky to get any.

Best moment this week: I got a Doppler so I could hear baby boy when I was feeling freaked out. The other night I put it on him and he started moving around like crazy! It was one of the first times I got to see him move on the outside of my tummy. Also a few days before that Matt got to feel him kick! The look on his face was priceless, I actually doubled over laughing because of it.

Belly button in or out: still in, I do not think it will pop out, but I could be wrong.

Craving: chocolate milk, spicy foods (doesn’t matter what they are), eggs, hash browns, bacon

What I miss: sleeping on my tummy, and being able to have a glass of wine or a midnight margarita (think practical magic style)

What am I looking forward to: reaching that third trimester milestone

Milestones: The network of nerves in your baby's ears is better developed and more sensitive than before. He may now be able to hear both your voice and your partner's as you chat with each other. He's inhaling and exhaling small amounts of amniotic fluid, which is essential for the development of his lungs. These so-called breathing movements are also good practice for when he's born and takes that first gulp of air. And he's continuing to put on baby fat.

26 week bump:
26 weeks

Side Note: when I went into see my midwife yesterday I got diagnosed with PUPPP, you can read about it here.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Magickal Monday’s: Cranberry Pork w/ Baked Apples Guest Post

I would like to welcome Amanda from A Witchy Woman’s Kitchen. She is a personal friend of mine in real life. Such an amazing person! Below she is showcasing one of her very yummy recipe’s. Seriously from personal experience her food is amazing! I could nom on that stuff all day! Go check out her Blog and try a few of her recipe’s today!
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First of all I would like to thank Danni for letting me write this guest blog! As most of you know Imbolc is the cross quarter day between the Winter Solstice (Yule) and the Spring Equinox (Ostara.) On this day we are celebrating that the Earth will soon be reborn from its snowy womb. To celebrate this most people choose to eat foods with seeds as seeds symbolize rebirth, foods such as raisins, apples, and poppy seeds. Imbolc derives from the Old Irish Imbolg "in the belly". This refers to the pregnancy of ewes, therefore in many circles milk is a traditional Imbolc drink. Milk can be sweetened with honey or plain foods like lamb and pork are also eaten around this time as many people would butcher their animals due to the fact that summer is very warm and meat would spoil easily. Personally, I like eating seasonal food for my area. Since the apples were late this year, I knew they would be plentiful. Baked apples are one of my favorite foods. Cranberry sauce is quickly becoming one of my favorite things to make as well…without further ado, here is my Imbolc recipe.
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Cranberry Pork with Baked apples
First things first. You have to make the cranberry sauce.
Ingredients:
12 oz of fresh Cranberries
3 cups water
The juice of one orange and about 1 tbsp of orange zest
The juice of ½ a lemon
1 tbsp honey ¼ cup brown sugar
1 cup organic sugar
In a medium sized pot heat the water with the fresh cranberries. Boil this until berries are tender. It really depends on the cranberries you get. Approximately 10 mins.
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Once the cranberries are soft use a masher to mash them (or a whisk if you don’t have a masher…or a heavy duty spoon..just get ‘em mashed!) Once the berries are mashed add the orange and lemon juice/zest and the sugars. Let this simmer until thick. Stir every so often so it doesn’t burn to the bottom and ruin the Cranberry sauce. The best way to check the thickness of the sauce/jam is the frozen spoon technique. Put a spoon in the freezer for about 2-3 minutes. With another spoon scoop some of the cranberry mixture onto the frozen spoon. If it gels then the sauce is done, if it remains watery it needs to simmer a bit longer. Since this sauce/jam recipe makes quite a bit I put it in jars and refrigerate. You can also Can it using a pressure cooker following proper canning technique. This sauce/jam doesn’t last long in my house, we use it on pork, PB& J sandwiches, and toast.
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Now for the Pork
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a pan sear the pork. We used very thin pork chops so I only seared it about 45 seconds per side. Slather as much cranberry sauce as you would like then put the pork in the preheated oven until it is to temp. (keep in mind pork must be at 160 degrees, yes the USDA changed it to 145, but I’m paranoid. )
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Baked Apples
Baked apples are so easy! First pick out your favorite apple. I use Fuji. Core them out about ¾ of the way down with a paring knife (keep the bottom intact) add a little bit of butter (about a tsp) and bake on 350 for about 10-15 mins, until soft. You can add cinnamon and sugar if you like.
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Friday, February 3, 2012

Thursday, February 2, 2012

On Handling Stress

Warning: Lots of venting and some whining will ensue. I apologize in advance for this very whiny post.

Last week I mentioned how stressed out I was. It started with the college returning my tuition for a miscommunication with my bank. While trying to figure out what happened my college and bank will not work with me at all to fix any of it. So on top of tuition I have to pay a $35 NSF fee because “it was returned” and a $20 late fee for being late with my tuition. I personally do not think I should have to pay $55 for their mistake. I was on time with my tuition – I even have the email confirmation to prove it and the confirmation of it being returned four days later.

I had the funds in my account and I do not feel like I should be punished for a miscommunication between the college and my bank. The cashier at the college was rude and completely mean to me. I did not handle this well at all. Instead after I left the college I ended up going home where  as soon as I walked in the door my cat threw up all over the recliner. I took a deep breath and went into the kitchen to get some borax to soak it up. I never should have walked into the kitchen. We have a bad ant problem here in the Tri-Cities and my sink was steaming with them. Apparently they loved my husbands cereal dish…A LOT.

That was the icing on the cake, I immediately went and hid in my room and just cried for a few hours. I even ended up calling my husband at work because I could not get my emotions under control. Needless to say I freaked out some of his coworkers and one of his supervisors. They were able to tell I was crying – even though I thought I had done a good enough job to hide the fact that I was sobbing my eyes out.

When Matt got home from work we talked it all out. He helped me realize that shit happens sometimes that we can not control. That it was too easy to just pay the fees and call it good. To make me feel better he took me out to Shari’s to eat since I had not had anything to eat since 2 that afternoon (it was now after midnight).

He called in to work the next day to help me out. That day was amazing. I was able to relax and get myself under control. Or so I thought. The very next morning my sister called me freaking out about Dad. His blood work came back with stuff in it again. So the way she explained it to me I thought my Dad’s cancer was back and immediately broke down again. I called my Dad, who was not answering his phone till several hours later. He explained to me that yes his blood work came back wonky again, but that it was because of his acid reflux and that he will have to have surgery to correct it. Acid reflux can cause colon cancer so the doctors are going to run some tests just to double check every thing and make sure nothing has come back. While I am worried for my Dad, this was better than hearing my sister freak out about how his cancer was back.

Now we play the waiting game. I pray that all his blood work and colonoscopy tests come back and say that he has a clean bill of health.

Needless to say, I did not handle all the stress well. And if you are still reading this I give you big kudos and thank you for allowing me the opportunity to vent.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Wordless[ish] Wednesday

So this past weekend I ventured out of town for the Modified Dolls Concert Benefit for Troubled Families. I accidently worked a little to hard. 4pm-1am on my feet photographing 11 different local Rock Bands and Hip Hop artists did a number on my poor feet. See:
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They were so swollen! Granted I did not eat to healthy during that time span either, but I did down lots of water. It took two days for the swelling to go down and for me to see my normal ankles and feet again. Lesson learned.
I bet you would like to see some of the fun that went on during the Benefit, huh? Here are some of those pictures:
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If you would like to see all the pictures [including the bands that played] please visit my Flickr Page.