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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?

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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!