Monthly Archives: December 2015

My Yuletide Vacation

 

Hello Everyone! I have returned from my trip home to Montana. I didn’t have any time for blogging while I was away. I didn’t even have enough time to do everything I wanted to do there. At least I didn’t have the flu this year. Still, leaving home is just as difficult every time I have to do it.

It’s so weird to think that just 12 years ago, I was at home, in my room in my parents house and one spontaneous decision at that time to send an IM to a seedy looking older guy led me to where I am now – especially since I almost didn’t send that IM. Crazy how the smallest decisions can have such a significant impact on one’s life.

Even though I couldn’t do everything, I still managed to get a lot done in just a week.

I visited my Alma Mater (3 universities later, it’s still my favorite campus). My mother bought me a bunch of alumni and school spirit souvenirs. Kind of ironic since I was so anti-school spirit back in the day. Here’s me hanging out in the classroom where I had my first physics class my first semester of college:

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I got a helix piercing. I’ve been wanting one forever and have been putting it off because I am not impulsive when it comes to body modification. I only have (had) my ear lobe piercings. But when I was in the mall I decided now or never and did a big no-no letting someone pierce me with a gun. I’ll be getting my other ear done at a proper piercing place after this one heals. I can’t wait till I can change the jewelry.

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I visited as many of my favorite places as I had time for and mourned the loss of some places that are no more (Leaf and Bean, why have you abandoned me??). I want to go back sometime during warmer weather so I can go hiking or take some scenic drives. There’s no place like Montana!

I hope to get back on track with my ADF dedicant path this coming year, now that I should have some more time. I probably won’t continue with weekly ADF blog posts, but will post the DP required writings.

I have a pretty simple new year’s resolution this year: no hair trims! I’ve been trying to grow my hair long again, but I also discovered self-trimming. I spent all year and part of the previous year cutting off new growth to experiment with techniques, hemlines, and layers. I have most of my layers grown out currently and I won’t mess with it again till next December. My hair is currently just above waste and my goal length is somewhere around tailbone.

I hope everyone reading this has the best new year ever!!

 

Custom Devotional Necklace

Here it is! My custom-made necklace from Seb:

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I was both excited and nervous about placing a custom order. I know Seb is an amazing artist and I like almost everything he makes, but I also know that I am ridiculously picky about what I like for myself. I gave him what I consider very loose guidelines to work from. I didn’t have my necklace perfectly envisioned in my own mind, which left much up to his creativity. I am so used to my husband’s talent for misinterpreting me whenever remotely possible, that I definitely had anxiety over how someone who hardly knows me will interpret my request. Of course, I can always ask for a redo, but that only adds to the anxiety. Have I told you all that I have the worst anxiety problem?? It has been strongly recommended on more than one occasion that I take medication. Blah. Stupid era of over-medication. Not happening. Anyway, back on topic, not only was I not displeased with the final product, I was extremely impressed. If I might sound corny for a moment, it’s like Seb got some sort of top-secret insider-info to my inner being and put it into the necklace. Some people are just that intuitive. My husband is not one of them, but I give him credit for the best of intentions :p

I wanted an all-encompassing stealth devotional piece. Something to wear when I don’t want to wear my Mjonir or a piece dedicated to a specific deity. I wanted it to symbolically blend the core of my personal pantheon and beliefs with my personality, which it does perfectly! My only complaint? That it doesn’t match up with my entire wardrobe. But that’s ok 🙂 I need a reason to wear my other pretties too 😉

 

Snow Day!

As my 15-year long university “career” finally comes to a close, I got to experience my first ever full-day campus closure. I used to think it was par for the course that snow days didn’t happen in the Rocky Mountain states.  I would laugh at news of the sunny states closing for half an inch of snow, while repressing my jealousy.

There have been some early morning closures at the schools I have attended, a grace period to get the roads and campus plowed, but never on a morning that affected me.

I have to proctor an exam on Thursday, and spend the weekend grading. Then I am free!! ٩(^ᴗ^)۶

And even better, I will be headed to Montana for a week. I can’t wait! Last year I went home for Yuletide holidays and I got the flu. 😦 I was so mad!! I had the longest-lasting fever I’ve ever had since I was a young child, and it got up there in the worrisome numbers range.

When I first got married 10 years ago, I asked my husband to promise that he would take me back to Montana as soon as possible. 10+ years is not what I had in mind, but future plans still include returning (permanently).  I think I’ve mentioned this before, but I can’t stress enough how much I miss home!

Traveling is expensive and I haven’t been able to visit as often as I’d like. I’ve been there twice since I first left. Getting the flu the second time around was such awful luck. I woke up the morning of the 25th last year, determined to make myself presentable for my family’s festivities that day, and I fainted on the way to the bathroom. I have fainted before, but never to such a painful end. I have bouts of low blood pressure, but the fever-induced delirium made it worse. I hit my face on the floor pretty hard, got a wicked bloody chin and a sore neck for a month. I didn’t get to do anything except sit half-alive on a chair in my parent’s living room for the rest of my stay. This year, I’m hoping to see more of my beloved Montana from outside the house :p And go to my favorite places. And eat my favorite food. And see the pretty mountains. And know that someday soon, I will be living there again, in my forever home.

Surprise Gift

I recently received my completed custom-order necklace from Seb. It’s beautiful and I will review it later, but this review is for a different necklace, “Loki the Cat”

This one is a gift from my husband (a Yule gift that I received early with a little help from Loki 😉 )

I love it so much! It’s a good sign if I wear a new necklace two or more days in a row. Just one of you try and tell me this beauty wasn’t made for me:

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It’s my very first Loki devotional piece. I placed in on my alter the night before I wore it to let Loki know I’m wearing it in his honor (I do that with most of my devotional jewelry – lay it on my alter to formally dedicate it to a deity or other spirit).

I’ve been giving Loki a shifty look whenever I’ve sensed his presence before – Last summer, I was still on the fence about going the “real” (reconstructionist) Heathen route. I’ve gone more rogue since then, obviously, but I felt like any formal Loki correspondence would be a more official declaration of what side I am on and I wasn’t ready for that. But the time has finally come. So, Hi Loki! Welcome to my life (^ᴗ^)۶

 

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