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Defeating Evil

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This is a Geocaching Log Post. For more information of Geocahing see this post or visit the Geocaching Website.

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?

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Geocaching, A Good Friend, and A Problem

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GeocachingWhew! I’ve been busy lately. Getting ready for this move is a lot of work, but I got the opportunity to take the day off on Thursday to go to the park with my husband for a command picnic. It was a beautiful day! While at the park, I got to participate in one of my new found addictions: Geocaching!

“What is Geocaching?” you may be asking. Well, “Geocaching is a real-world outdoor treasure hunting game. Players try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using GPS-enabled devices and then share their experiences online.” You can find more information at their website. Hubby and Ally on Geocaching Adventure

I love Geocaching so much. My husband and I started Geocaching on January 1, 2012. I/We have found 10 geocaches thus far. I haven’t gotten to do as many as I would like due to having surgery on both of my big toes and being on limited activity for about a month. Why do I love Geocaching? Well, I get to be outside, I get to use my brain to solve a problem, and who doesn’t love feeling like a secret agent finding a box of treasures and trying to not get caught by “muggles” retrieving the treasure box. The best part is the majority of the time I get to do it with my husband and the pup usually comes along, too. It is a family adventure! I am looking forward to having children and experiencing Geocaching with them!

**Side Note: A Muggle or Muggles are terms used in the Geocache community to refer to a person/people who do not play Geocaching or know what Geocaching is. We must be secretive about retrieving and replacing a geocache, because some muggles will take the whole geocache or steal things out of the geocache. While others are really cool and leave it alone or decide to join the Geocaching community. And yes, this term is borrowed from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Series.

*Be sure to hover over the pictures to see the captions*

As I’ve said before I am trying to make wiser decisions in our home. One of which is switching from plastic food storage containers to glass. I’m trying to move all my plastic storage containers to craft supplies instead of food, because I don’t want to waste the money I spent on the plastic containers I’ve already bought by throwing them away or donating them. I feel like I have a lot of good sturdy plastic containers that can help me organize my life outside of the kitchen. I also I am collecting all types of plastic bags to make plarn and I will crochet or knit the plarn into reusable bags for shopping.

But anyways, kind of back on topic, switching my food storage to glass. I’ve been trying to find good bulk glass containers, but all the ones I was finding had to ordered online from Europe (talk about a lot of energy to get it here) or Amazon (they ship using plastic). Please Note: I love Amazon, but in this instance I couldn’t bring myself to purchase and risk more plastic being brought into my home when I am trying to reduce it. I have also found that the Container Store carries all kinds of glass containers, but the nearest one is in Charlotte, NC. Luckily, Hubby and I are planning a trip up there in March to get a new couch and a few more pieces of furniture from Ikea to organize our new home, so I may be able to pick up a few glass containers then.

My Pretty New JarBut here I rambled on and didn’t get to my point. I was at my friend Deb’s home for dinner. I was helping her put things away when I saw this beautiful glass jar sitting empty in her pantry. I asked where she got it. She said she’s had it forever. I told her I was looking for jars like that to store my bulk pantry items and I haven’t been having any luck locating them locally. And guess what! She told me I could have it. I squealed a little! She said it’s been sitting empty for so long that if I could use it, then take it. I was so happy. I have just a little problem; I can’t make up my mind which bulk product to put in it. Packing Boxes

I’ve mentioned before that my husband and I are moving into a new home this week. I’m really, really excited, but I keep having this moral dilemma. I got a bunch of priority mail boxes from a navy wife that was pranked. She didn’t have any use for them, so I am sort of recycling them. My problem is I am using plastic tape to close them. Granted, I had 4-5 rolls of plastic tape before we even decided to move and chose to go down the green path. I’m not about to throw it out/donate it and go buy paper tape. It’s a waste of money and in this economy, we can’t afford to throw money out the window. To lessen the dilemma, I am trying to use as little tape as possible to seal the boxes. I am also thinking about trying to make plarn out of the tape when we are all unpacked. Does anyone else have any ideas of what I can do to reuse or repurpose the plastic tape when we are done, so that I’m not just throwing it away? Is plastic tape recyclable?

Well, I am glad I was able to find some time to write this blog! These ideas have been floating in my head since at least Thursday. I hope you have some good ideas for me. Stay tuned — for my next blog will feature some Roller Derby action!

Hello, Green World!

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This is my blog to log my adventures of going Green. You will have a little mix of Roller Derby and Navy Life.

Beginning

My life as an ecofriendly person started with two different events, but I give a little more credit to the most recent because it’s the one the really spring boarded me into committing to a change.

The first is switching to Organic Milk. I started drinking Organic Milk shortly after seeing Food Inc. and taking some culinary classes. It was also during a time were I was overly focused on losing weight. I started drinking Organic Milk and started to feel better. I wasn’t as sluggish after drinking a glass of milk or eating a bowl of cereal. I also noticed a change in my body (I am sure I will give you more history about my struggle with my weight and food another time). Now that I think about it, maybe it was three events.

The second event put an even stronger hold on my interest. I was taking a healthy baking class. One of the weeks was raw week. We made all kinds of yummy foods. We had a guest chef, who is an owner of local raw food company, come speak to us and show us some recipes. He was very inspiring and left me with a saying that I can’t say without a smile: “It’s an experience that you have to experience to experience”. I felt the best I had felt in a long time after those two days of class. Between the food and the chef, I was hooked. Granted, my husband and I don’t eat a raw or vegan or vegetarian diet. I need a few special tools to make raw food like I want to. Also, my husband and I like our animal products sparingly. We try to alternate between a meatless meal and chicken/seafood meal. Our meals usually last us about 2 days, 2 lunches and 2 dinners. We hardly ever have red meat, though we do still have it when we get a craving for it. I try to base a lot of our meals from a vegan book I got for Christmas and occasionally will add meat to the recipe or will use organic cheese instead of a vegan cheese sauce or organic butter instead of vegan margarine.

The third and springboard event was when a navy wife, that I would like to consider a friend now, posted on her Facebook page about being a hippie and taking care of her child in natural ways. Calling herself a hippie really sparked my interests, so I private messaged her asking her to clarify what she meant by calling herself a hippie. I had also seen other posts from her about other natural and healthy things, so I asked a few more questions in that message. And she replied with all kinds of answers that got my brain moving. I guess it was a little more than three… It was a whole series of events. In conjunction to this, a high school classmate posted a link to Offbeat Home. I started reading posts on there and found one about reducing plastic and it got me thinking even more and really set me on my path to doing research and finding blogs.

What is next? The Plan!

During this time, my husband and I have decided to move out of our 3bedroom/2bath apartment into a 3bedroom/2bath, 200sqft bigger house. Our current living environment is very stressful for both him and me. Just to name one: Our kitchen isn’t laid out very well, so we can’t be in there together without having to crawl over each other. I’m surprise one of us hasn’t been burnt or stabbed or cut. We get our keys to our new home on the first and so on 1-Feb-12 start a whole new chapter for my husband and I. I have a lot of plans:

  • Take as little hazardous/harsh chemicals to the new house
  • De-clutter our home through better organizing and getting rid of things we don’t use
  • Make my own cleaning supplies
  • Make my own beauty products
  • Start worm composting
  • Start growing my own herbs
  • Maybe start a garden
  • Make time for my crafts and reuse a lot of our waste
  • Watch less TV (We are canceling our Cable subscription and only watching certain shows online or Netflix)
  • Make a plan for each day and structure my days
  • Now that I’m healed (long story) get back to working out and back to skating at least twice a week.
  • Try to be more focused and more proactive in my Thirty-One business
  • Be outside more or at least have the windows open
  • Plan my trips out better – to reduce driving my car as much
  • Get use to recycling again – I am really excited about this!
  • Make our home a calm relaxing place for both of us to de-stress!

That’s just the beginning of the plan, check back soon to see how things are going.