Happy Birthday, Alice!

Alice Liddell, the inspiration behind Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, is 167 years old today. At least, she would have been if she were still alive. Either way, her spirit lives on in those that find joy and fulfillment in the fanciful tales spun in her honor.

It’s also Star Wars Day. Yet another fantastic world that has captured the imagination of many.

Whether it be the whimsy of Alice or the drama of Star Wars, or both, today is quite the day for celebration. I hope everyone has a delightful and creative day.

May the Fourth be with you!

Storytime: Beauty and the Beast

When I was nine years old, Disney’s animated Beauty and the Beast came out. It’s the first movie I remember seeing in theaters. It stuck in my memory because of what happened that day before we went to the movies.

My dentist in Arizona was named Dr. Lamb. I saw him every six months for routine cleanings. When I reached the age of nine, he decided that, in order for my adult teeth to grow in with no problems, I needed to have four of my molars pulled. The reasoning behind this decision was that, with one molar taken from each quadrant of my mouth, my adult teeth would have the room necessary to grow in without overcrowding. Now, mind you, I still ended up needing braces due to extremely crooked and crowded teeth. So, I’m not entirely sure that his idea actually worked. Regardless, at this point in my life, that was the procedure recommended, so that’s what I got.

My appointment was in the morning and I got to miss school. Not a bad trade-off. Or so I thought. I’m not a fan of going to the dentist for anything other than cleanings. I love getting my teeth cleaned. They feel so wonderful afterwards and don’t hurt in the process. Anything else, as in anything that requires the use of needles in my gums, and I’m a huge mess. Nowadays, I can only go in for other procedures under the use of sedation – either I.V. or pill sedation.

Of course, that wasn’t an option when I was a child. I had to lay there quietly as they placed the numbing gel in my mouth on a cotton swab, followed by the dreaded needle for the full numbing effect. It wasn’t fun. Once I was fully numb, he used these awful looking pliers to grab my teeth, that weren’t even loose yet, and twisted and yanked until they finally released from my mouth. There was no pain at this point, but the sound was simply appalling. The ripping and tearing sounds as the roots were broken made me cringe.

When all was said and done, I had a mouth full of cotton and four less teeth. My face was numb for a long time afterwards and I couldn’t eat or drink anything until the feeling came back. I was fairly miserable and wishing I’d just gone to school instead. I think my mum must have known this and decided to cheer me up with a special trip to the movie theater, just me and her. It was awesome.

We got in the theater just after the movie started, but before anything big happened. It quickly became one of my all-time favorite movies and has stayed that way ever since. When the live action remake came out in 2017 with one of my favorite actresses, I was thrilled. When it turned out to be excellent, my heart overflowed with joy. Having been connected to a terrible experience, I could have ended up despising the movie. I’m glad it went the other way though. Belle is a heroine I can truly relate to and who continues to inspire the bookworms of the world to keep reading and be kind to everyone, even the beasts in our lives.

Happy Easter!

Tomorrow holds a great deal of meaning to many people. For me, it’s more about it being my parents’ anniversary. In fact, it’s their 40th anniversary. Quite an accomplishment, especially in today’s world. Most people view marriage as something of a temporary nature. More like dating than an actual commitment.

I hold a different view.

Perhaps it’s old fashioned, but I believe that marriage is meant to last a lifetime. Marriage is hard work. I know from experience. I have been married for almost 17 years myself and it hasn’t been one long walk in the park. But even when times get hard, for whatever reason, I have never seen it as an excuse to just give up. And, luckily for me, neither has my husband. We both have the same view on taking vows. We take our vows to each other seriously, just as we took our vows to our country seriously.

I appreciate that being with someone else, anyone else, can have its trials and tribulations. All I’m saying is that it shouldn’t be so easy to throw away what should be a lifelong commitment.

That was a little preachy, I know. I just have strong opinions when it comes to the state of matrimony.

I hope everyone has a Happy Easter and, to my parents, Happy 40th Anniversary. We all love and respect you so much!!

Writing Inspiration

I started re-watching Sex and the City recently and seeing Carrie writing her articles every episode has made me want to start writing again. Not exactly what I thought I’d get out of the show, but I’ll take it. After all, that is what I got my degree for – Creative Writing.

My first book of poetry came out a year ago and I haven’t done much writing since then. I’d say it’s about time to shake off the dust and try to get the creative juices flowing again. Maybe something a bit more novelly this time. Who knows, maybe I’ll write the next Great American Novel.

Guess we’ll see. Have a great day everyone!

New Additions

I got two new plants yesterday.

Adorable little succulents that were looking awful sad sitting on the shelf, neglected and forgotten, at Marshall’s. We don’t normally get live plants, so no one seemed to realize they were there. I’ve been watering them once a week for the past month or so, waiting for them to go on clearance.

It finally happened, so I bought them. I hope they’re happy in their new home.

Until next week, be happy everyone!

Schedule? What Schedule?

Clearly, I am not good at maintaining a schedule, even one I made up. Of course, I kind of already knew that about myself. All I can do is write when I remember and hope that next week I’ll be better.

Whatever the case may be, I’m here now and hope that everyone has a wonderful week!

Binge-fest

When Game of Thrones first came out, back in 2011, I tried watching it, but it was never much of a priority. I had much more important shows to watch, like Supernatural and True Blood.

My husband recently started watching Game of Thrones and I found myself getting drawn in. This culminated in us binge-watching the seventh season in its entirety yesterday.

It was awesome!

I am now quite impatient for the eighth, and final, season to begin in three weeks. I can’t believe I waited this long to watch such an impressive show. Better late than never.

Hope everyone has a fantastic day!

Beverage Update

Back in January, I wrote about changing my drinking habits. I was attempting to switch from mostly sugary beverages to mostly water-type beverages with little to no sugar.

I am happy to announce that it has been a huge success. I haven’t had an actual soda in well over a month. Instead, I drink mostly naturally flavored carbonated water, along with some coffee, tea, and, of course, plain water.

It has been immensely liberating to not rely so heavily on overly processed drinks. In fact, I have even started drinking plain seltzer water, in the form of Perrier, and it is delicious. I never liked the taste of plain carbonated water before; I thought it was disgusting.

How my taste buds have changed! And in such a short time too. I am very happy with my progress and am researching dietary changes, which will be my next healthy project.

May you all enjoy your health and happiness to its fullest extent!

Shakshuka

Also known as Eggs in Purgatory, this dish is a wonderful melding of tomatoes, spices, and eggs. I’ve been wanting to make this for quite some time, but never managed to get around to it.

I am so glad I finally made it! Talk about delicious.

I used a recipe I found online and adapted it to fit my tastes. I sautéed some celery and sweet peppers in avocado oil, then added some spices – paprika, cumin, and chili powder. After it was all cooked down I added a can of crushed tomatoes. Once it was fully incorporated, I made wells for my four eggs, put on the lid, and simmered it all for about seven minutes. The final product looked pretty darn good, especially after I sprinkled some parsley on top for some added color and flavor.

You can use bread to help sop up the sauce, but I never got around to that. I ate it just as it was, and relished every bite.

I plan on making this again, soon. It is generally considered a breakfast food, which is how I ate it, but it can be enjoyed any time of day. I intend to eat what’s left over some rice for dinner. I expect it will be just as satisfying as the first time.

I hope everyone has a delightful week!

See you next Saturday.

Six Month Milestone

Monday (in 2 days) marks six months that I have been at my current job. Which means a pay increase. Woot Woot!

Hooray for gainful employment!

It may not sound like a long time, but it’s still a milestone that I have every intention of celebrating. Consistency and commitment are essential tools to have at one’s disposal.

I am delighted to have both.

Of course, it’s only my part-time job since I don’t get paid for doing my full-time job anymore (even though I still do it). But that’s a story for another time.

Either way, the bills gotta get paid, so I shall continue at my part-time job for the foreseeable future.

Hope everyone is having a good day!