The weekend was an adventure. A super fun adventure. Which is always the case when going to a Dead show. For those of you that don't enjoy the music of the Grateful Dead, nor the current rejuvenation of the Grateful Dead (Dead and Company), I promise you, it's a wonderful thing.
It is not just the music, it's the family of fans. Sure, there's some annoying people here and there, but for the most part, the communal love of the timeless music of the band has brought a beautiful community of people together. It brings such joy to be there. In the moment. With thousands of like minded people.
The little gifts of love that are given and received during these events warm my heart. A personal love gift given to me in Detroit was some homemade non toxic chapstick. Since I am working on detoxing my products a little at a time, this was such a sweet gift! The person who sent it my way (through a mutual friend) had no clue how meaningful that little chapstick would be to me. I haven't learned how to make my own yet, and I'm so thankful a kind stranger gifted me some non toxics!!
I was also able to give a gift to a great couple I met in the hotel in Columbus. I had this jar of salsa I made this past summer that I had written a snippet of a song lyric on the lid. The lyric was, "This space is getting hot". I was apparently listening to some Dead music while making the hot salsa, and wrote that little line on the lid before storing it. I discovered the jar when getting some salsa out for Thanksgiving, and said,"This salsa must be given to some random Deadhead when I go to the shows this weekend!" I didn't give it away in Detroit.. Then in Columbus, I took the jar with me when I went to the hotel lounge before the show. I was looking around at all the people in there, and I couldn't make up my mind who to approach to tell my salsa story, and gift the jar. I finally decided that the next shirt I saw that made me go, "ooh I love that shirt!" would be the one. Just a couple of minutes later, a couple entered the lounge and I loved the dude's shirt. It was in the style of the "Oscar Meyer" logo, but said,"Oteil Mayer" (Google Dead and Company for band info if you need it...lol). I waited for them to get settled with their drinks, then asked,"Do you guys like salsa?" When I got the "yes!", I got to tell my story and gift the jar! They were so awesome. I do believe they are still on tour, which I wish I was. I so wish I could do a whole tour. Time is limited on this, folks.
An awesome karma type thing this same night was: the band played the song that contained the lyric that I had written on the jar of salsa. I was soooo excited about that!!!
I got home Sunday after 2 shows in 2 days in 2 cities. It was wonderful and fantastic and fun and I miss it. Those times are so short. Thus, the post show blahs. I feel better today as I am sitting here reminiscing on more beautiful people I met, some wonderful people I got to see again, and looking forward to the next time I get to go.
Peace and love to you all.
I am cooking the traditional Thanksgiving meal tomorrow, but today, I need to try this spaghetti squash I recently bought. I'm not a huge pasta eater, but I figure if I can save some calories, why not?
I recently tried butternut squash, and it was ok. Kind of bland by itself, and in order to make it exciting, it needs quite a bit of butter and brown sugar, which pretty much defeats the purpose!
Over the years, I've seen plenty of suggestions to use spaghetti squash with pasta sauce, so today I shall brave the unknown to me. Taking a leap here. I know my homemade sauce is good, so hopefully the extra veggie will be pleasant!
I pray you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
I am learning how to make some items using all natural ingredients. I'm committed to the process, as the more informed I get, the more I desire to STOP buying all the chemical-ly crap "they" have been selling us our whole lives.
I have an app on my phone called "Think Dirty". It scans products and then shows you how toxic that product is, on a scale from 0 to 10. I searched a common, name brand, dry skin moisturizer. It got a 9 out of 10 on the "dirty meter". It contains 26 ingredients. Carcinogenicity (cancer causing) score was 6. Developmental and reproductive toxicity was an 8. Allergies and immunotoxicities was a 7. This is disturbing. I've said it before and I'll say it again. All this crap we have been buying and using is causing all kinds of cancers. It just is. And we buy it, and rub it on ourselves, bathe in it, clean our homes with it, ingest it, give it to our kids and grandkids. I have also learned the term "bioaccumulation". The repeated exposure to the toxins, even though they are presented to us in small enough amounts to pass the governmental regulations, accumulate in our bodies, making it difficult for the body to break it down any longer. I wish I would have known all of this a long time ago. At least I do now, and I am committed to changing the way I do things.
Another great resource I found that gives product toxicity information is www.ewg.org (Environmental Working Group). Plug in an ingredient and see how toxic it is. I checked a popular pump hand soap, and guess what....TOXIC. It's just crazy how many things are killing us. Not including what I've done of my own free will...lol.
So far, I have made a few beauty products. A sugar scrub for exfoliating skin, bath salts, bath bombs, and today I made a whipped skin moisturizer. Remember how I said that the name brand lotion has 26 ingredients? Mine has 3. Coconut oil, raw shea butter, and essential oils. It is definitely different than what I'm used to....I was always a Bath and Body Works girl. Shea butter by itself smells awful, so I used quite a few drops of eo's to get a pleasant aroma(plus chose eo's with good skin support)! It melts quickly on the skin so you don't have that "lotiony" feel, but you get the moisturizing! Since I was working on it all morning, and got a lot on me, I'm all silky smooth...lol.
I'll probably try some more recipes in the future. I've seen some that include pure cocoa butter, pure mango butter and some other natural ingredients. For now, though, I like my whipped moisturizer!
I'm up a pound this week, and it's not even Thanksgiving! Ha! I'm not going to stress about Thanksgiving eating. I will be getting plenty of aerobic exercise on Friday and Saturday after the holiday. Yes....it's Dead and Company Fall Tour!! I'm so excited! SO. MUCH. DANCING. (and walking, and walking, and walking).
I am so grateful that this band is bringing us the music, the vibe, the community, the fun...still. We are "on bonus time" now. John Mayer, Jeff Chimenti and Oteil Burbridge have joined 3 of the original Grateful Dead and brought this wonderful thing back to life. Mad respect for the 3 "new guys". Y'all get it.
Super excited to get to see several of my newest friends that I met on summer tour this year. You become fast friends standing in the same general admission spot in front of the stage for 7ish hours!! Pretty sure at least half of that crew has GA for Detroit! Woohoo!
I know some of you may have thought I would go into smart, healthy holiday eating, but nah. Not this time. Lol. I'm going to enjoy Thankgiving and go dance it off!
Peace and Love to you as this holiday season kicks off!
So far in this journey to make healthy, permanent changes, I notice that I lack consistency. One day I will go over my calorie goal and the next day I will go below my goal to "make up for it". This is probably not a good plan for the long term! I am having difficulty sticking to a routine day by day. I know what the issue is; I'm still letting my emotions rule my behavior at times. That is a difficult place to be. Old habits die hard, as they say.
To combat this habitual emotional intake of calories, I first admit the problem! Next I need to remember to PRAY when I'm having that decision making moment. (You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart-Jeremiah 29:13). Additionally, I'm getting to the point where joining a gym is on the horizon. I will have to schedule this activity at least 3 times per week. I'm 25% of the way to my #lose100 goal, and I know in order to keep my momentum going, working out has to become a regular part of my life.
I look forward to incorporating essential oils into the workouts! I have read some great things about oils helping with energy and post workout muscle treatment.
I'm asking for a gym membership for Christmas <3
Last week I heard a conversation between two local farmers here in my small town. They were discussing their farm equipment. They talked about some different features of their tractors and combines, and the time span of needing repairs or replacement parts for the equipment. After a few minutes, one agreed with the other when he made the statement," It may cost a little more in the beginning, but in the long run, you just can't beat the quality of a John Deere."
This is exactly how I feel about the Young Living Essential Oil company. There are other companies out there that sell oils cheaper, BUT the consumer is not going to get the highest quality product. It is so very true that you get what you pay for. YL has a "Seed to Seal" promise, which contains 3 pillars of quality: Sourcing, Science, and Standards. This promise of quality is one of the reasons I was drawn to this company. I must also say that I am super excited that I will be attending the 2018 Grand Convention, during which I will get to spend a day on YL's Lavender farm!
If you are debating about essential oil companies, please take the time to check out seedtoseal.com/en
And for goodness sake, NEVER, EVER buy an essential oil from the shelf of your local super center for $4.99. You get what you pay for!
This past weekend, I had the pleasure of spending time and space with some family that I love dearly. I did not meet them until 2010, but in 7 short years they are as dear to my heart as my blood family.
I first met them at their home in Michigan through a mutual acquaintance that I no longer associate with. I have stated on more than one occasion that the only good thing that acquaintance ever did in my life was introduce me to this family. He introduced me; they got to keep me!
We were fast friends because we had the common bond of Grateful Dead music. We shared stories of shows and got to know each other better. Sadly, the patriarch had cancer and passed away with me only getting to meet him twice. I could see his sweet spirit right away, though. You just know when someone is truly good inside. He certainly lived an interesting life, and raised some awesome boys.
The family matriarch is a sweet, wonderful woman. She is a crafter and vendor. She has been on the road more than anyone else I know personally. It started for her in childhood, travelling with her parents, who were ministering to people and singing gospel music. When she discovered the music and community of the Grateful Dead, that was it. She was all in! I love that she has seen so many places, connected with so many people, sold her crafts and crochet items to multitudes, and shared love and peace with the world for all these years.
The 3 boys that I got to know are each awesome in their own ways. One I found to be rather quiet, but yet so funny! He told me some great stories. His wife and I took off one evening and drove to Ann Arbor, MI (about an hour from where we lived at the time) to attend a pre-Christmas on location taping of the Ellen Show (Ellen wasn't there-they had the crew there and were doing big giveaways and a Toys For Tots thing). The next son and his wife are just bright shiny lights. Sweetest couple! They possess many talents. Have you ever seen anyone spin poi? So amazing. They are giving and loving and kind. Also fun as all get out! I saved the son I know best for last. He is a serious business man. He is like a jack of all trades, but he is the master of them too. He is so stinkin' smart. He holds more than one college degree. His brain is a sponge. He learns things and then never forgets. He is always thinking, and he is always watching. He also knows psychology and can figure a person out in 3.5 seconds. Under all that business and intellect is a wonderful heart. If he is your friend, he has your back 100%. No matter what. FAMILY.. He and I have had many long talks. I love him dearly! His son is his "mini me". He is just about a teen now and wow....so smart. His vocabulary blows me away!
I also have gotten to meet some of their extended family through these years. Also great folks! I am blessed to be on this journey called life with some wonderful people. Love you guys to pieces!