Monday, July 13, 2015

my mid-july resolutions

I have been making a lot of changes to my tiny little universe of me. Really, they might seem inconsequential but I feel as they are steps to somewhere. Where? Not really sure. To a better me perhaps?

I can hope.

1. Waking up and going to sleep at a consistent hour. Everyone knows I have sleeping problems. You can read about that here. However, I have decided my vampiric sleeping cycle is pretty terrible and also makes me the palest human being on the planet. (Yes, folks for almost a year I only saw the sun on weekends.)

2. New hair care regime. How cliche can I be? A girl, with a blog, talking about her hair...what? However, as many people know I bleached my hair for almost two years. Then I wanted to go to my almost black natural color. What I really want is long, natural, dye free hair. This will take finesse. Besides dealing with all my horrifying breakage and bathtub-muppet-babies, I need to accelerate my hair growth. This requires...

  • A satin pillow case
  • Easy to wash out semi permanent hair color
  • Loosely braiding my hair before bed
  • New shampoo and conditioner that is all-natural-vegan-animal-loving-hippie-junk
  • Utilizing the inversion method which can be found here.

2. New dental care regime. See a theme here? This started when I purchased natural toothpaste and neem oil based mouthwash. I found that my teeth and gums were much happier with that combo. I thought, "What other natural stuff do I not know about?" This is when I learned about oil pulling. I do this three times a week and I find it really makes my dental life better.

3. Exercise. I haven't had much time for it. I've done a simple morning yoga practice most mornings ever since I was like eight. But, I find actual exercise usually get's pushed aside. This is until I found Blogilates. There are a lot of really good/short videos on this channel that are easy for me to follow. However, I stick to these videos and use them two to four times a day. 5 minute fat attack and 8 min at home cardio work out. Time management for the win!

4. I will finish those "unfinished projects". I have lists. MANY lists of things I want to complete. Art I want to create. Things I want to write. Stuff that needs to be done and really I need to stop making lists and just do those things. So, I am making it a goal to do one of those "list things" each day. Mind you, there are probably THOUSANDS of items on these lists. Of which my completion ratio is more like once every two weeks....whatever. It's now that matters right?

Monday, July 6, 2015

the seven lady godivas

There are many obscure illustrated books that I need to have in my possession. The number one being the, Gashlycrumb Tinies by Edward Gorey. (Which I posted the poetry here.) The second is, The Seven Lady Godivas by Dr. Suess.

Not only is it a charming book. But it is a playful text about embracing ones nakedness.

And one of the seven Lady Godivas is named Lulu. 

Of course it wasn't successful at all and even in modern days it has had some pretty negative reviews. Like this one.

From Publishers Weekly:
With the commercial success of You're Only Old Once, Random House offers a commemorative edition of another adult work of humor by the venerable children's book author. Originally published in 1939, this revisionist farce attempts to rectify the "shameful" story of "a big blond nude trotting around the town on a horse" and Peeping Tom, the "illicit snooper." The frothy, historical romp presents seven Lady Godivas (Ladies Godiva?) whose father, the Lord of Coventry, is thrown from a horse and killed. The noble daughters vow to postpone their marriages to the seven Peeping brothers until they discover "some new and worthy Horse Truth, of benefit to man." This gives Seuss the opportunity to contrive the origins of such wisdoms as, "Don't put the cart before the horse." Seuss's only prose work (according to promotional material) lacks the sparkle of his children's verse, his women aren't as interesting as the real Lady 11th century maverick who sacrificed her modesty to force her husband to lower taxesand readers will wonder why the protagonists (who bear unsettling resemblances to children in later Seuss works) are unclothed. Major ad/promo; Literary Guild alternate.

Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

However, I am a fan and will love my silly books that are meant to be light hearted.  So, stuff it publishers weekly!

Friday, July 3, 2015


Back in 2013, I wrote up the blog post, Do you read? 

It was wasn't terribly thought provoking and was an excuse to geek out about my reading addiction. Not much has changed. However, I did find a new website that has been similarly helpful as the sites suggested there.

You create an account. Select your favorite genres and the site alerts you to ebook sales and freebies. I have noticed a large percentage of the books are from indie authors. But I have found a few diamonds in the fray. Books that my trusty Goodreads did not suggest.

I only wish they also had a Smashwords option as I would rather support that service. However, all-in-all it's pretty cool to be able to have a stack of free books downloaded in my ereader.

Now go away, I'm reading.