Archive for December, 2009

My second tattoo…We really haven’t figured out a name for her yet (So we just call her Scary Girl)…but I figured since most all of my family knows about her now, I should post a picture of her. 

Darcy, once again, rocked with her drawing of what I wanted.   How she could see something so cool out of what I gave her to work with, and described to her is amazing.  Click on the picture if you would like to see it bigger.


Funny huh?  I should be an artist.  NOT!


I absolutely love her.   Creepy as that sounds.  And, I wish I could tell you a great big long story of significance about her, but I can’t.   In some ways she could be depicting me, or where I think I’ve been, or maybe who I have felt I am…I don’t really know.  I can tell you that some of the idea did come from a book cover that caught my eye…that is about all that is real.

I can also tell you that – Nope, she’s not the girl from The Ring, or The Grudge, or any other movie.  She’s just a little bit of any Scary Girl you want her to be.  I like it that way.  Not knowing exactly who she is, makes it so much more fun.   “Oh my gosh, is she…?”  I hear that a lot.

After my initial consultation on May 1st, 2009 – I waited until August 19th to actually get it done.  (She is well worth the wait!)  I seriously tried for 8 months to pick out something different for this tattoo.  I couldn’t.  I know it doesn’t seem as “Happy” as my first one.   And even Darcy said to me when I was telling her what I wanted, “Steph that sounds a little grim, compared to what you already have”…but she loved the idea.   Grim.   What a perfect word.  Here is a picture of it taken on December 4th, healed.  Feel free to make her bigger by clicking on her.  She’s amazing!


The background of the picture, if you look closely, shows a beautifully detailed asylum (sanitarium, loony bin, mental hospital…whatever your preference is) and the gate and stairs leading up to it.   Notice my Scary Girl is outside of that gate now, right where she should be.   And, in case you can’t tell, her eyes are the only thing that is in color.  Blue…of course!    (Thanks Darcy – You are the Bomb!)

So, while I was typing up the previous post (Food, Inc.), Hubby asked what we were going to do about all the food we had in the refrigerator.   I knew what that meant.  All the “yummy”, and “bad for you” food was headed to the trash can.   Bummer.

We did our best to get rid of the REALLY bad stuff; while discussing that we needed to finish off some of the things we had (ie. the big tub of I Can’t Believe it’s Not Butter)before moving on to a better alternative.  We all agree that this has to be a process, not an immediate necessity. 

Would you believe he then suggested we go shopping?   UGGG.  We hit the Wal*art first, deciding to check to see if what was inferred in the movie about them trying to carry more “organic” foods.   Quickly we realized that there wasn’t much to choose from.   Which lead us to our local Co-Op.  I have a love/hate relationship with this store but that whole ordeal was in a previous post.   We found some things that were a bit more expensive than where we just were…but the selection is so much more abundant.  We decided to pick up some things that we knew we would eat, as a beginning.   Apples (Honey Crisps and Fugi), a Cantaloupe, Kiwi fruit etc.

Please forgive me…I am coming back to this post after several weeks.  Things have been quite busy around here, and with Christmas drawing near, they are still busy.   I want to let you all know that there has been such a wonderful change in our eating habits that it’s almost too much to go back and try to document.   I do want you all to see the fun we’ve had along the way.

Our trip to the Co-op, yielded mostly fruit, veggies and Milk, YUMMY MILK!  In glass bottles!  How fun!  (Oh, and a couple lattes!)

Cloverleaf Dairy

We hit another store Fred Meyer that night, but didn’t pick up much.   HOWEVER, a couple days later we did get some shopping done (this is a pic).  They have a great selection of Organic/Natural products to choose from.

Organic Fred Meyer

We then the following day decided we need a few things from Costco.   The amazing amount of Organic and Naturally processed things at Costco really amazed us.  In addition to purchasing some, I also wrote notes about what else they had that we did not purchase.

Organic Costco

With that, we also needed to clean out the pantry (which, just like we did the fridge).   What a disaster!  I didn’t get a picture before but here is one during.  What a mess…I had stuff strung out all over the kitchen!


Just so you know, no food went to waste.   YAY!
It actually went to TWO different houses who were happy to have it. 

And then here’s a couple after pictures!



It’s lookin SO good!  
I know not everything is organic/Natural…
But it’s a process. 

Last but not least, we found a wonderful local farm that raises naturally grown pork, poultry, and beef!   We took a little field trip, and had a total blast!   I promise I will get some pictures an a little bit of a post put up soon! 

Just today I hit 15,000 visitors!  Wooo Hooo!  

It’s taken 3 long years, but it’s so cool!  Thanks everyone!!!!