Defeating Evil

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So today is the day! Today is the day that Good will defeat Evil(GC190EK) … Or at least GeoGranolaMom will!

I had to mentally prepare myself for this cache. I used to do crazy things like this when I was a girl. I was a Tom Boy that wouldn’t think twice about it. But with age comes knowledge and sometimes with that knowledge comes fear. Like that little bit of dread and fear when you are about to ride a roller coaster after learning all the physics.

My biggest fear about this cache is not the smell, cold, or darkness. It is the possibility of snakes. I used to love snakes, but lately a sort of phobia has started to emerge. But as I think about all the fears, Morgan pops into my brain. Morgan was my Cleric of Ra from a DnD game we played in college. She was a brave powerful creature though sometimes naïve. Part of the way through the campaign, she became half golden dragon and by the end a full dragon.

I start to channel Morgan, in part she was modeled after me. So I pack my bags, three towels, a change of clothes and shoes, and my GPS loaded with the cache. Lastly, the Crown of Light and the Ra’s Rod of Light are packed into my bag. I think I will also take Seviss Vaa’s walking stick with me. Seviss Vaa was my husband’s character that ultimately became Death at the end of the campaign. So maybe just his walking stick will keep all other Evil at bay for fear of dealing with Death.

So channeling my DnD Character, we embarked after this cache. We arrive at the park. I loaded up like a pack mule and GeoHubby has the GeoSquish strapped to his front and the diaper bag to his back. We start down the trails to realize it is quite a bit of a walk and GH forgot my lunch in the car. We look at the map to find a better parking location and then send GH and GS back to move the car and get my lunch.

GeoAlly and I continue on our way. It was a long hike, but a peaceful hike that was getting me in the zone. I start to feel like I might be on a spirit quest. As I am nearing GZ, some muggles are gathered with Little Caesar’s Pizza. Oh the smell is yummy. No must keep my mind in the game.

I reach GZ and wait. I wait for GH and GS to rejoin me. I wait for kovuisking to show up. I slowly start to psych myself out. God, why am I doing this? Ra’s Rod of Light isn’t working in this muck and I’m not getting anything out of my recon work. Gah, what if there are snakes in there?

GeoAlly Waiting with Me

GeoAlly Waiting with Me

Finally, everyone is there. Ok I’m going to do this. I decide to wade instead of plunge in. Holy Mother of Mercy! It is cold! There are spiders hanging from the ceiling. GeoSquish, are you sure you don’t want to nurse, before I do this? No… OK…

Getting Prepared

Getting Prepared

I have my Crown of Light, Ra's Rod of Light on my shoe, and Seviss Vaa's Walking Stick

I have my Crown of Light, Ra’s Rod of Light on my shoe, and Seviss Vaa’s Walking Stick

I'm smiling but not for long

I’m smiling but not for long

Going In

Going In

Oh Damn it is COLD!

Oh Damn it is COLD!

You can do it.

You can do it.

Breath and go!

Breath and go!

Holy Mother of Mercy! It is Cold! But I can do this!

Holy Mother of Mercy! It is Cold! But I can do this! – Picture by kovuisking

GeoSquish Waiting for Mommy to get the never to go in.

GeoSquish Waiting for Mommy to get the nerve to go in.

Why did I wait? Now everyone is laughing at my whining. So I whine when I don’t like something. Doesn’t mean I don’t get it done. All right, I’m going for it. I start down the tunnel feeling with my feet. Is that crap I see floating? Come back out… kovuisking, where is that stick you had? I try to sweep the crap out. It doesn’t work.

Waiting on mommy to find the cache

Waiting on mommy to find the cache

I got back in. I reach the drop down point. Please don’t tell me it is down the other tunnel. I really don’t want go in there. I start to feel the panic rise. Kovuisking gives me a gentle nudge, so I don’t have a panic attack. I search some more. Then it happens. Then I learn the Evil, Evil truth to this cache. Oh so Evil! Oh should have trust my gut. My GeoSense was telling me something about that spot when I came across it.  Oh how kovuisking is laughing and I want to punch him so hard.

I pull the cache from the depths of its hiding place. I dry off my arms and hands. I open the cache and sign the log. I leave behind many TBs. I complain some more for the fun of it. I place everything back into the cache and make sure it is sealed tight. I send that cache back into the depths from which it came! Too bad, I didn’t have anyone else to send back into the depths to return it.

Evil has been defeated!

Evil has been defeated!

Retrieving the Log

Retrieving the Log

I try to wash the grit out of the shoes. It didn’t really work, so I end up taking my shoes off and drying my feet. I try to dry the other parts of me off. Then I load back up and GH leads us out of the woods back to the new parking spot of the GeoSoul!

Trying to wash off my shoes!

Trying to wash off my shoes!

Was the water cold? Yes. Was the water murky and gross? Yes. Was it smelly? Not really, but maybe that is just because I have changed so many diapers lately. Oh, the adventure was fun. Oh, how I cannot wait to guide some other unsuspecting soul into the depths on their spirit quest to defeat Evil!

My opinions of this evil cache!

My opinions of this Evil cache!

A few hours after arriving home… I check the answering machine. I find this on my answering machine at around the time I was going into Evil…

For a while now, I have been getting calls from a water treatment company, but I haven’t been answering them and they haven’t been leaving messages. The number on my Caller ID that matches the message time is from the water treatment company. Did Evil know I was coming? Was Evil stalking me without me knowing? Was Evil taunting me at home?

Breakfast Smoothie: Tropical Berry

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My breakfast this morning is a yummy Tropical Berry Smoothie. I love making smoothies and whole juices. They give me all the nutrients, antioxidants, and other yummy healthy benefits in one glass. As a mom, it is nice to have your meal in one glass, because usually when you sit down to eat breakfast, a poopie diaper or a melt down is sure to happen.

Also, it is better to make your own at home. This way you can control everything that goes into it and you know there isn’t chemicals or genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in it. You also know the freshness of the ingredients used and rather or not they are organic. I try my best to buy all organic.

The last thing you are doing by making them at home is voting with your money. Did you know that a lot of those premade-bottled smoothies are owned by parent companies that actually for Monsanto to not have to label their GMOs and for Monsanto to not be held accountable for the damages their crops are doing to the Earth and us? It is kind of scary to think that you think you are trying to buy healthy and you are still funding the big companies. The only true way around this is to shop farmer’s markets and get to know the farmers. Or to grow your own food. But I will get into those in another post.

Now the part I am sure you all really wanted, the recipe:

- 1 Young Thai Coconut’s meat and water
- 1/4 of a pineapple, pealed and cored
- 2 handfuls of blackberries
- 2 handfuls of blueberries
- 9 medium strawberries
- 2 bananas

Blend in the Vita Mix going up to high until smooth. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

I hope you have a wonderful day. I am going to enjoy the rest of my smoothie while the Squish naps on my chest.

Busy Bee in the Kitchen

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I got a lot done today while my little one slept in his carrier on Daddy. I did dishes like three maybe even four times today. The last one was the best, because I had my little helper keeping me company, since hubby had left for work.

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Isn’t he cute? He really does make my world go around!

Anyways, back to my morning. I made RAW Pad Thai with Kelp Noodles. It sounded so yummy, but I couldn’t get over the texture of the kelp noodles. So ended up eating other food for lunch and dinner. I am going to retry the recipe soon with zucchini noodles instead.

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I ate my awesome breakfast of scrambled eggs and toast that my sexy hubby cooked for me. LoL.

I, also, drank my first full Kombacha today. I really liked it. I am hoping to maybe start brewing my own soon. I hung out and asked a few questions on my favorite Facebook group: RAW Food Wild Riot. It is an amazing group of people that is very supportive no matter your level of RAW.

I finished the dehydrating of my spicy kale chips.

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I also made batters for a RAW Banana Crepes and RAW Brazilian Nut Banana Pancakes and put them in the dehydrator.

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I also had diaper laundry running. That’s right we cloth diaper. I am sure I will post more about that another time.

I wrapped up my morning by packing my husband’s lunch and dinner (He was working evening). Then a settled in for a snuggle with my boy as he fed.

It was a very productive morning followed by an afternoon full of playing and a nice little nap. I love being a mom and taking care of my family.

Other note: Pad Thai with Kelp Noodles was not a complete lost. Hubby enjoyed the flavor, though he did say the texture was different and need to get use to it some.

Busy Day!

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I sit here in my chair in Squishy’s play room. We lost track of time and took a late nap. He woke enough for me put him on the boob. He ate and then passed again.

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I think he is out for the count. Dang it! LoL. He isn’t in his fitted and wool cover, long sleeve onesie, or sleep sack…. Wait hold that thought he might be stirring. … maybe? … Dang it, I have to pee.

I am going to try something new for my own sake. A list of what I am thankful for :
- My awesome husband
- My sweet Squish
- Being able to breast feed my son
- My husband’s job
- Being able to be a stay at home mom
- Money to afford organic fresh foods
- The knowledge to make healthy meals for my family
- My Vita mix and Excalibur
- This beautiful home
- Not having to move for three years
- I am alive
- My health
- My creativity
- That my husband still isn’t on sea duty
- My best friend Stephanie S.
- My other friends scattered across the world
- My cat and dog
- My car
- I got the beautiful natural birth that I wanted and I ROCKED IT!!!
- I have AC

OK … the urge to pee has become too much. Time to risk waking the Squish.

A Long Time!

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Wow! Time has flown! Life happened and I got a little busy with a very big project. This project is so special to me. Can you guess what it was?

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Yup, that’s it. I got pregnant and gave birth to that beautiful baby boy. My Squish is the world to me. Squishy is now a little over 6 months old. I am so excited to be a mother.
I have so many other paths to post about. Posts are probably going to be either very short from my phone or long time between longer posts.

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Well got to get back to playing with my boy! Check back to learn more about how my pregnancy went, what Squish has been doing, what is cooking and maybe even brewing in the kitchen, plus will I ever get back on skates? I hope so, but we will have to see.

One Day Without Shoes

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Today, TOMS shoes is putting on One Day Without Shoes. I found out about the event from Kanelstrand.

What is One Day Without Shoes?

“The day we spread awareness of the impact a pair of shoes can have on a child’s life by taking off our own. Why? Millions of children live without proper footwear, exposing them to injury and disease every day.”

I made a T-shirt late last night! Using some of the slogans from OneDayWithoutShoes.com and I traced my bare feet!

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“One Day Without Shoes”

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“Go Without Shoes So Kids Don’t Have To!”

So, today I am not wearing shoes at all!

I walked my dog this morning without shoes and stepped on some nettles. Sad smile

I have not been home since 11:00am this morning all without shoes. I have gone to appointments, class, a warehouse and my friend’s house. I have even drove illegally (It’s against the law to drive without shoes on). Why would I do this? Because a lot of children are at risk of diseases, all because they do not have shoes.

Here is my day without shoes:

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Preparing to go out into the world!

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Locking up before leaving my home!

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Getting into my car!

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Waiting at the doctors office!

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During my appointment!

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At my friend’s house before class!

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In the warehouse parking lot!

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At school!

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At my friend’s house after class waiting for Dinner and Glee to start!

My day is only part of the way done, so check back for an update of photos for the rest of my day!

Update:

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Sneak Attack from Steph!

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My Hubby and I finally see each other after a long day!

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But I was still spending time with Steph!

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Saying Good Bye after Glee!

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Going to the Days to get some information for one of my school projects!

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Talking over the SPAM Standard with the Days! (Explanation another time XD)

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Home at Last!

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I finally get hubby to take his shoes and socks off! Aren’t his feet sexy? Ok maybe not, but I truly love this man!

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Time for Bed, Good Night!

End of Update.

As you can see I haven’t gotten to see a lot of people to start a conversation with today, so I am writing this blog to start the conversation. Here are a few of my thoughts:

TOMS focuses on a lot on other countries. Talking about Podoconiosis: a disfiguring soil disease, Hookworm: a parasite that causes a lot of maternal and new born deaths, Jiggers: burrowing fleas that cause infections, and Dangerous Debris: 30,000 people live in one landfill in the Philippines.

All of these are scary life threatening issues and need to be brought to the attention of many. Wouldn’t you want to help in any way possible? But my question is what about the children in America without shoes. Why aren’t we trying to help them? Children suffering is Children suffering no matter where they are located.

I would love to hear your thoughts! Please comment below!

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International Women’s Day

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I am bad at following holidays that are not national and usually lead to my husband having the day off, so I did not realize that it was International Women’s Day until the day was almost over. I would like to share a few of my views and my ironic day I had today.

First, my ironic story. My story started on Monday night. I got an uncomfortable pain in my lower right abdomen. I have gone off my birth control because I don’t want to be putting chemicals in my body that I don’t know what they are and because my husband and I would like to start trying for a baby, soon. I called my mother to ask if she had ever experienced pain during ovulation, and she said she had. I thought it was normal, so I took a Midol (it was really uncomfortable and I haven’t researched natural pain relievers yet) and went to bed with my heating pad.

The next day, the pain was really bad and I felt sick to my stomach. I texted my mom to see if she was ever nauseous and she said no and that I should go see a doctor. By the time I got home from my class, I was in even more pain and called the Nurse Triage Line that the Navy provides us after clinic hours. The nurse determined that I should go to the ER.

We spent three, almost four, hours in the ER. I was seen by two female nurses and a female doctor. They all thought it was my appendix. They decided to give me a CT Scan. They did a pregnancy test and it came back negative, but I still had questions and was told by one of the nurses that if I was pregnant, then it would have shown up, so I did the CT Scan despite having a bad feeling about it. Later, I asked the doctor who told me that it was possible for me to have a fertilized egg and not show up pregnant because a woman is not considered pregnant until a certain hormone shows up in her blood stream. That made me quite mad because I could have subjected our possible baby to radiation.

The radiation wasn’t actually necessary because the test resulted that my appendix was fine and that I have 2.3cm cyst on my ovary, which is detectable by an ultrasound. I was told by the ER doctor to follow up with an OB-GYN and released. I asked a few questions, but her answers were really vague and left me worrying.

The next morning, I tried to call my Primary Care Provider (Navy Speak for Primary Doctor, though sometimes our primary care providers are Nurse Practitioners), only to find out that my local Navy health clinic was in a state of emergency because their electricity had gone out, which had caused a whole boat-load of other problems. They weren’t giving out referrals for anything other than Urgent Care and I got the run-around a few times. It left me feeling frustrated and even more alienated from my body. I was finally told to call back the next day and they would get me a referral.

Today, I woke up in extreme pain. I could not stand, walk, sit or even lay down. Everything hurt and I felt like I was dying. After a few phone calls trying to get everyone to play nice, I was finally able to schedule an appointment with an OB-GYN.

I had my loving and supportive husband drive me to my appointment. My appointment was with a male doctor, who explained everything to me, and guess what was the final diagnosis. I’m ovulating! Eight years of being on the pill had alienated me from my ovaries so much that I didn’t recognize the pain (in my defense, I was still going through puberty when I was put on the pill, so I didn’t fully understand my body then).  I am one of the few women that experience severe pain during ovulation. Information that, if the ER doctor would have spent a little more time explaining to me, I wouldn’t have been so scared and freaked out (I have a huge fear of the unknown). Now that I know what the pain is, I can bear it a little easier. I know it is somewhat natural and part of the process for me to have a baby someday.

Update: Friday 9-Mar-12 – I am feeling a lot better! I am still a little sore in my right side, but I am able to function now.

Now for two of my views on Women’s Rights:

1. I believe women should have the right to make, on their own, any choices involving procreation. I am for birth control for the reason that birth control is often used to treat a variety of medical conditions involving the female body. I will probably go back on the pill after we have children, just to be functional when I ovulate, until I qualify to get a hysterectomy.  Though I do believe that if a couple is married, the father/husband should be consulted before an abortion is performed.

2. It frustrates me that, with all of the progress that we have made for women’s rights, it is often looked down upon when a woman chooses to stay home and take care of the household, possibly being a mother as well. I am a stay at home wife and I am often looked down upon by many people. I am a Home Consultant for Thirty-One Gifts, but my main priority (when I’m not in pain) is taking care of our home and my husband. I wish, with the progression of women’s rights, we could have the right to choose to stay at home or to go to work without judgment either way.

Well, I hope you enjoyed your International Women’s Day and have a great weekend! Just a heads up… I have started that Derby post, so be looking for it soon!