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Miserable Tides: Forgive My Absence Please

You ever have one of those days? You know…the kind that flips your world upside down and promises to be a living nightmare from which you cannot wake?

Yeah well, that’s was our family’s living hell just a few short months ago. And it doesn’t matter what the event was that triggered it; only that it happened and that it set off a ripple effect …that has for some reason,  left me unable to ‘just-get-over-it’.

When your world is shaken, and your trust in the human condition, completely shattered in the blink of eye….it’s hard to break free. Maybe because I was there. Maybe because I saw it happening but my legs refused to run fast enough. I swear they were so heavy in that moment. How odd?!  Maybe if I had reacted quicker. Maybe if I had processed the information shooting through my brain at 90 mph…just a split second sooner. Maybe if I wasn’t in a fog due to lack of sleep. So many ‘what-ifs’ .

But then my head flips to ‘what if I had not been there at all???’ That would have been worse. What if I had ignored the text message? I almost did….almost.

When you almost lose someone you love to the moon and back….someone you would do anything for….someone you would give your life for….it changes you. When you almost lose them because of an act of violence…it’s even worse.

Although I imagine, completely losing them, would be an endless cycle of pain. And my heart goes out to those who have suffered such an unimaginable loss.

I haven’t taken the time to write in several months. And for what has I am sure become clear by now…to you my lovely followers… I’m currently stuck in a slight rut. I have so enjoyed bringing to you interior design trends, recipes, funny stories and my usual political rants. And I’m purposely neglecting my site right now…but for a reason.

It’s writing that grounds me. But it has to be honest. It has to be pure. I don’t know how to explain this, but if you write, you will know what I mean…..

In order for words to flow, they must emerge from your center of gravity. Your center of gravity is where your ‘truths’ lie..(no pun intended). If you are unable to say what needs to be said…if it’s just not possible….you simply cannot write. I  don’t know how else to word it.

So what am I doing about it? Well…this is going to sound a little …odd. First off, let me start by saying I’m not slamming mental health professionals. I just have no desire to pay someone a few hundred bucks a session to ask me questions, which they will then re-phrase and repeat back to me….and then ask me what the solution is.

And quite frankly, I’m too angry to deal with all that bs right now.

So I went a different route. I got a job in a factory! Yep.

Hear my out. It is actually working. 

First of all…I like it there. The people are nice, the bosses are professional (not the psycho raging types…you know the type) and I genuinely like the industry. It’s actually a factory that is right up my alley and pertains to a subject I have an actual interest in.

Secondly…it is actually working (repetition has that effect…see what I did there?)

Essentially….I don’t have time to freak out, feel angry, hate the planet or feel guilty, when  my brain is hyper-involved in another task.  And while one might interpret this course of action as denial or simply not facing up to the problem at hand, I feel that at this moment….I need this.

They say there are five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance…unfortunately….I think I’m stuck on anger. I’ve been raging for months.

I’m not in denial…I’m actually just so angry that I HAVE to stay busy….nor am I depressed. And acceptance will never happen. To accept is to say…’yeah…it’s ok now’. BULL! It’s not ok. It will never be ok. At no point in time will I ever say that this event was ‘ok‘ or ‘alrighty then‘.

 

See what I mean? I almost lost my ‘chill’ for a second there. Forgive me.

Enough of my blathering I suppose. I just felt it was important to let you …my wonderful readers know…I have not disappeared nor I have forgotten you. I just need to find my footing. I lost it at the intersection of  ‘WTF Road’ and ‘Pissed Off Avenue’. And as soon I feel like decorating with lovely silken curtains, rather then ripping them to shreds….I’ll be back on the interior design, recipe making, tips and tricks ….but mostly, just talking to you guys again. I miss writing. I miss doing product reviews, believe it or not. But mostly I miss this. Pouring out my gut onto a blank sheet of paper (ok…a computer screen…but it’s 2017, so cut me some slack 😉 )

I just don’t want to screw around, slip up and cuss out the planet right now. Know what I mean?

 

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DRONIUM TWO AP DRONE WITH CAMERA : REVIEW

This review is being solely done and credited to my son. Photos and videos taken by Tommy Scags. Since he is new to doing reviews, this is more of a learning experience. His review will be in photos and videos. You decide for yourself if you like what you see.

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Below info and images from Best Buy. Click Here for their site, specs and reviews on the Dronium Two. 

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PICK YOUR POISON: DESIGN INSPIRATION

I’m particularly fond of the strange and unusual.

With furniture, that means I like it to ‘pop’. When I walk into a room, I’d like it tell me a story. The genre of story, doesn’t necessarily have to be specific, but  knowing a story exists …now that’s the holy grail of design.

My usual method of inspiration (being the age of technology), is the internet. Specifically, the image selection on the search engine. When I need a muse, I surf!

Today’s search started off with #coffee furniture.

 


This of course led into retro, contemporary and future furniture. Some of these designs are still in the ‘concept’ mode.

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For the designs that are still stuck in concept mode, I’d like to think a little hard-work, determination and a credit line at Home Depot will correct the issue at hand.

The issue being: I want said furniture. Solution: Make my own. (Or at least get close to it).

Of course if I make my own, I can’t sell it. The concept wouldn’t mine. But I’m not a furniture dealer…so who cares? And the futuristic items are just that…in the future. I can’t buy them!  But the overall design or theme, already exists.

Hmmmm….where will I go from here?

Who knows?! It could all just be wishful thinking.

But damn…it sure is fun to dream!

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Art And Empathy On The Younger Generations

 

I’ve used a lot of art mediums throughout my life’s journey. Honestly, I’ve scribbled…painted…glued…carved…molded…well, basically I’ve done it all. And I’ve come to the realization that my obsession isn’t with art, but more the freedom that it grants.

In any other avenue of life, there are rules and parameters.

How dull is that?

Rules and parameters mean…it’s been done before. Someone has claimed it. It’s theirs. They have shaped it to their liking, slapped a patent on it and now if you wish to re-create it…you are ‘borrowing’ an idea.

But with art there are no rules, regulations, parameters. Instead of a process void of thought and critical thinking, it’s the exact opposite.

People talk of the vanishing art programs. Education is slowly becoming strictly math, science, language arts and social studies. Such a strict focus on the ideas of others. Sadly, this is a mistake that will one day create a pit of regret.

The assumption is made that math creates a critical thinker. I propose that art creates critical thinking, enabling to use of math. It’s the reason why often time music=math minded individuals. It’s the ability the see the beauty in the numbers. Minus emotion, void of desire…who the hell actually wants to do all of those repetitive assignments created by minds past. If you love math…that’s an emotion. It’s a desire. Desire drives the art process. As well as the ability to calculate. These things take a sharpness. An ability to figure it out. As an artist can look at a blank sheet and envision a vast multitude of ways to give the paper a life of it’s own…So can too a mathematician, who views a series of random numbers and attempts to make sense of them.

Language arts, while teaching the works of others,  goes on the inclination that this will teach you how to create your own. True…Language arts does teach the necessary tools of the trade. But your creation comes from emotion. To grab the entire spectrum of emotion, you need to find the emotions first. You need empathy.

You need a trigger.

Triggers can be visual, heard, tasted, touched and smelled. And some people seem to feel an entirely new sense. A 6th sense. And in order to utilize these crucial senses, you must have an ‘artistic vision’. You need to become skilled at exploring your own mind. Unbutton the top button, so to speak. Basically…broaden your horizons. Be OF the world, don’t sit on the sidelines.

One of my most…if not the most, important lessons I’ve tried to instill in my kids is to keep an open mind. Experience the issue at hand, prior to casting judgement. And in some instances, it may not be possible to experience an event. Some events we truly wish to avoid! But we can relate out of empathy. Empathy can be awoken with art. It can bring tears and an understanding, as in these works by Bansky. His attempt to cast a light on the darkness that war brings to children, was sadly and  completely accomplished.

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While some argue that the photos are too graphic for children, I would argue that closing their eyes to history creates a path to repetition. Social Studies classes of today, are watered down ‘incomplete sentences’.  How about throw in some Bansky?  

Throw in truth…

Allow the future generation to visualize the consequences of their future actions. Allow them to empathize. It’s like the child who asks “Is the stove hot?” You say “Yes. Don’t touch it.” And of course, just to see if you’re jerking their chain, they touch it <—Insert screaming child here. 

They need to personally experience the sensation. Verbal or physical…they need a trigger.

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You know… if I were a government hell bent on creating a generation of  loyal, non-empathetic and  unquestioning followers….I’d remove the art….

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DIY CHAMOMILE BODY BUTTER

Completely organic body butter, is actually insanely simple to make.

Three Ingredients:

1 Cup Water

3 TBS Chamomile (Fresh or Dried )

1 Cup Coconut Oil (Unrefined, Cold Pressed, Organic)


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Step 1 : Bring to a boil chamomile (about 3 TBS), with about 1  Cup water. It doesn’t have to be exact. The idea is to boil the chamomile to rapidly infuse it with the water.  Then sift it using a few paper towels or cheese cloth. You’re not eating it, so use what you can to strain. It MUST be a fine strainer.

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Hold onto the brown/yellow water. You’ll need about 3 TBS of the newly infused water.

Then add you infused water to your coconut oil. Simmer gently until the oil is melted.

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Mix well. Freeze for 10 minutes. (Some people skip this step and just blend. However, I like the chamomile to be completely infused with the oil. Flavored, so to speak.)

During the freezing process, prepare your jar. I went with a simple DIY beaded jar. Once your butter is back to it’s ‘cold pressed’ state; whip it, mash or simply spoon it in the jar. This part is all about consistency preference.

I prefer it thick. And it’s amazing on the legs and feet!

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Enjoy!

 


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Avocado Sugar Scrub

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Ingredients:

1 Avocado

1 Cup Sugar

1 Large TBS…heaping…Coconut Oil ‘Unrefined, Cold Pressed, Organic’


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Peel, dice and mash the avocado. Add sugar and coconut oil. Mix into a paste. Set to chill 10 minutes in the freezer.

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And viola!

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Here’s my daughter trying it out…

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Sugar Scrub can be just about anything you can create. Strawberry? Banana? Green Tea? Mint?  What ideas can you come up with?

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HP All-In-One Desktop Computer Review

In a word: #AWESOME

Honestly, I love this thing. I’ve had many computers throughout the years. Actually, my first computer was a Commodore 64. That was back when you had to type a full page of coding just to change the font color. Everything was a process. I believe I was 9 or 10 at the time. From that point on I have lived, ate and breathed computers. Anybody recall the first chat rooms? How about avatars? You weren’t really you, but rather some hot model pulled from an ad. You just chose how perfect you wanted to be and presto change-o.

My original websites were written entirely in coding. And with each new device, more coding had to be learned. But it was like a symphony to me. Pure logic. I just had to make it fit.

So naturally, I’ve had a lot of gadgets in my life. I think one half of my brain is fully paints and easels; the other half purely gadgets and gears. And a new computer sets me in ‘kid in a candy store’ mode. Much to my sheer delight, my husband got me a new toy for Christmas this year. I was even happier when I saw the color!

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Just a few weeks prior, I was moaning about all the black cords, huge processor and overall dust pattern on the bedroom computer. Honestly…it’s an eyesore. I did however need a computer in the family room. I’m prone to late night blogging and my husband gets up at 3:30 am. Essentially, I barely used the bedroom computer and had no desire to have the clunky thing in the family room.

The HP All-In-One has ONE cord going into the wall. The other two cords are white and specifically for the keyboard and the mouse.

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The WebCam is built in….so naturally…I had to try it out….

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The keyboard and mouse are also aesthetically pleasing…

As far as speed, I’ve had zero issues. I’m a Netflix junkie and the video playback is flawless…

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(Obviously I’m correct about my brain being two halves of wacky…I can never decide between Comedy and Horror…Go figure.)

And it’s equipped with Cortana…basically she’s Siri for an HP.

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And of course, there’s plenty of help…

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It runs the Windows 10 program, which honestly, I didn’t love when it first came out. Too many issues with game play on already existing games. But they seem to have worked out the kinks and now it’s growing on me. The apps are handy and I love having instant access to my e-mail.

To be clear:  This isn’t built for major league gaming. It’s not Alienware . (I have a 17 year old son…believe me when I say, he’s insanely picky about his gaming gear. So my opinion is based on his opinion of how fast the ‘on screen’ reaction time is.)  But it is fast! I use it for internet based work and play. With the use of iCloud for easy file storage and transfer, I haven’t had an issue. Yes there’s a HUGE amount of storage, however in the past I’ve learned not to over-stuff a computer if you can help it. Homework for the kids, photos, social media, movies etc…it’s genuinely a great gadget.

Plus…yep…you can pop in a DVD!

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This one was purchased at Best Buy, so I’m going to post the specs directly from their site. I’d be here all night if I typed it all out….

And no..I’m not a paid reviewer. This is a non-paid site. If you’re paid, then you’re swayed!

This is an honest review based on my own experience with this particular computer. I pay for this domain, so technically …I’m paying to share this review with you.

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Product Features

Microsoft Windows 10 operating system

Windows 10 brings back the popular Start Menu from Windows 7 and introduces new features, like the Edge Web browser that lets you markup Web pages on your screen.Learn more ›

23.8″ Full HD LED display

Native 1920 x 1080 resolution showcases your games and HD movies with impressive color and clarity.

8GB system memory for advanced multitasking

Substantial high-bandwidth RAM to smoothly run your games and photo- and video-editing applications, as well as multiple programs and browser tabs all at once.

SuperMulti DVD/CD burner

Reads and writes to a wide variety of media formats, including DVD+R/RW, DVD-R/RW, CD-R/RW, DVD-RAM and double-layer DVD.

1TB hard drive for ample file storage space

Holds a significant collection of digital photos, music, HD videos and DVD-quality movies. 7200 rpm spindle speed enables rapid read/write times for handling large files and complex applications.

Cloud support lets you access your files anywhere

Store your photos, videos, documents and other files on Dropbox for secure access across multiple devices. Fees may apply.

Built-in webcam with two microphones

Makes it easy to video chat with family and friends or teleconference with colleagues over Skype or other popular applications.

Built-in media reader for simple photo transfer

Supports SD, SDHC and SDXC memory card formats.

2 USB 3.0 ports maximize the latest high-speed devices

Also includes 2 USB 2.0 ports to connect more accessories and peripherals. The USB 3.0 ports are backward-compatible with USB 2.0 devices (at 2.0 speeds).

Wireless and wired network connectivity

Built-in high-speed wireless LAN connects to your network on the most common Wi-Fi standards. Gigabit Ethernet LAN port plugs into wired networks.

Bluetooth 4.0 interface syncs with compatible devices

Wirelessly transfer photos, music and other media between the computer and your Bluetooth-enabled cell phone or MP3 player, or connect Bluetooth wireless accessories.

Multimedia software package included

CyberLink PowerDirector, HP Recovery Manager, HP Support Assistant, HP Games Powered by WildTangent, Netflix, Snapfish.

Additional ports

Microphone and headphone jacks.

Intel, Pentium, Celeron, Core, Atom, Ultrabook, Intel Inside and the Intel Inside logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.

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That’s about for it now. I honestly have no cons to this gadget. Typically I have an entire list of whimpering and whining, but nothing comes to mind as of yet. That could change a few months from, but for right now….TWO THUMBS UP!