Wednesday, August 13, 2014

More small thoughts

-The termite guy is coming tomorrow to start the process of evicting many chewing insects from this house.  Mom is coming over to supervise this process, as the guy has to get in the attic and into the garage and I'm going to be at work.  Most of them are subterranean termites, and for all we know the nest might be halfway down the block in the middle of the damn street, so the plan is to make them all retreat and then make the house so unpalatable that they don't come back, while also replacing all the damaged wood.  A tent will not be involved, which is sort of a relief.  That sounded like a pain in the ass.

-I cleaned up part of my garage since someone will be poking around in there.  I wonder if I will ever reach a point where the house isn't in utter disarray?

-I am such a friggin good cook, you guys.  Green chile pork mixed with steamed diced sweet potato and corn and queso fresco and greek yogurt and crushed tortilla chips?  For real, I love me right now.  I might have a popsicle for dessert.

-My hair has felt a little dry and fragile lately, what with the bleaching and the heated tools and the constant sweating and the cotton pillowcases.  During my internet wanderings, I noticed that a lot of black beauty bloggers spoke highly of Shea Moisture hair products, and I figure that they're probably the authority on delicate hair.  So I go buy a bottle of the Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner and give it a spin.  Organic, fair trade, cruelty-free, smells okay, not even very expensive or hard to find.  It suggests that it can either be a quickie 3 minute conditioner or be left on for 15 minutes as an intensive sort of treatment, so I go big.  Wash my hair, wring it out, slam some of this stuff in there, comb it, wait 15 minutes, and then rinse.  Well, not really.  I tried to rinse, but there was NOTHING TO RINSE OUT.  It just absorbed.  It was the strangest thing I have ever seen conditioner do.  Thank you, Black Beauty Bloggers.  My hair feels like hair again.  I shall be seeking out a silk pillowcase next, and Shea Moisture will probably be getting all my money.  Super pleased.

-I have one more week and one day of camp left.  It is DRAGGING ASS.  Some of that might be my fault, as I am an idiot and decided that it was a good idea to roast the marshmallows early today, while there was still morning cloud cover to keep us from frying in the sun near the fire pit.  The sugar rush that seized all 20 children was something I did not plan for.  Sunburn vs. hyperactive children?  TAKE THE SUNBURN.

-Nature is trying to kill me.  I knew I was allergic to pollen and dust and mold, but now it seems that I am also allergic to mosquitoes.  Every time they bite me, I get a massive huge welt that stays painful and hot and hard for days.  A friend saw one of these welts and was convinced that it was some early stage of necrosis, or perhaps blood poisoning (they do go away, they're just angry until they go).  One of the wretched little bloodsuckers got my forehead, and now I look like I'm growing a horn.  I think this is all the Universe's way of telling me I need to be in a different industry.  An indoor industry.  Out of the sun and away from the allergens.

-Seriously, really enjoying this bowl of food.  I smell like onions and cumin.  That lime popsicle is looking pretty good, too.

-My baby boy gato is asleep on a chair.  He is precious and adorable and no doubt charging his batteries for total mania when I go to bed.  Trixie is sleeping with her head under his chair, as usual.  They're never more than three feet away from each other.  She's the curly black planet to his fuzzy tabby moon.  Tomorrow, Mom is taking both of them with her after the termite guy leaves, so they can play with my nephews at her house while she babysits.  I hope Zippy is gentler with the boys than he is with me- I have fang puncture marks on my arm from his most recent bout of ecstatic frenzied biting.

6 comments:

  1. I love reading about you enjoying your own food :) I feel like that when I've made some really creamy pasta.

    I'm sorry about your mosquito troubles. My man is totally paranoid about those and sleeps wrapped in a sheet, not even his hair sticking out...

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    1. I get bitten when I walk the dog. I think someone has stagnant water on their property, because I don't get bitten every night and I don't take the same route all the time. I've started mapping routes to figure out where the little bloodsuckers are.

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  2. I get that type of reaction when I am bitten too-- it's just an angry lump for days on end. Then I discovered the benefits of Lavender oil applied directly to the bite, makes the healing go by a lot quicker. Orajel helps stop the itching completely... it helps on an especially ferocious bites, when it feels like I'll die if I don't rub it a little.

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    1. I tried the lavender thing, I can't tell if it helped or not. I put lavender on lots of angry skin things, but the bites seem to be ferocious either way. Never tried Orajel, though…. >rifling through medicine cabinet<

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  3. I love your description of the dinner, it sounds so tasty...mouth watering!
    Take care of yourself and be careful about your allergic reactions, they might one day become dangerous.

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    1. Oh, my immune system thinks EVERYTHING is a threat nowadays. It's a drag.

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