Aug 9, 2013

Spotlight: Osaka Sun Blendery

I recently learned about the possibility of a new smoothie and juice bar opening in the Phoenix area called Osaka Sun Blendery.  I absolutely love smoothies, especially all-natural kinds, so I was a bit excited to get wind of this.

This is not a sponsored post.  I truly love to support small businesses, and in particular, those with a great mission.  I had a chance to interview the founder Mackenzie Wiegand about her efforts to bring this business to fruition.

Jul 19, 2013

I think I just committed lizardcide

Image: 2happy/Stockvault
I can't remember if I've mentioned it here or not, but just for the record I am pretty much phobic about bugs and creepy crawlies of any sort.  I've tried to overcome it, but I just have accepted that it's a part of who I am.

So imagine my horror when I'm chatting away on the phone with my sister, and wander into my bedroom, sat down, and stop cold in my tracks.  On the baseboard I spot a lizard! Now I have to be honest it had to be maybe 3-4 inches total--maybe.   To me it may as well have been 12 inches.  All of a sudden my throat got dry, I got very quietI whispered to my sister, as if lizards have ears (or do they? Hmmm), "There's a lizard on the baseboard in my bedroom."

My sister offered absolutely no reassurance.  She responded with an "Ewwww."  Then she reminded me of her first house, which I vividly remember, that had the scorpion problem.  As I kept my eyes locked on the lizard, and drifted in and out of conversation, she informed me that if it had been a scorpion, that I should capture it in a container, take it into the middle of the street, and smash it.  She explained that they carry their babies on their backs so you don't want to try smashing it in the house and sending surviving scorpion infants scrambling for cover.  Geez thanks for the crash course in Scorpions 101.

Jul 15, 2013

How I miss you!

Image:  Sainath Chillapuram/Stockvault

I hope it's ok for me to open up and empty a part of my mind and heart a little bit.  I hope it's fine for me to be painfully honest right now. 

I did some quick finger math and could not believe it's been just over 6 months since I filled this space at all.  I've missed it tremendously.  Yet I had to make myself come back here and write even this post.  For some reason I have struggled to fall back in love with blogging.  It's like my passionate relationship with it has been overshadowed by a sultry new love.  I can't put my finger on exactly what that new love is though.

Of course, I've been in the full throes of nursing school for the past few months.  That has made it difficult to do much of anything beyond sticking my nose in a Medical-Surgical book the size of my toddler.  I was so excited for my three months long summer break.  I imagined long sessions of catching up on writing on my blog and reading so many other blogs I fiercely miss.  At first, I took a few weeks to clean my entire house--I mean the entire house inside and out.  Then another family tragedy hit just a couple weeks ago:  My mother-in-law was diagnosed with end-stage cancer and in a jaw-dropping 6 days she was gone.

So...I'm fumbling for motivation to do what I love. Most days lately I feel as if my brain is empty of anything meaningful to say here. I know I'll be back here again. I hope I have something witty or delicious to share.  I feel so badly that I've neglected this space for so long.  It's not intentional, but I think life has just gotten in the way.  I sincerely want to thank all of my readers for spending time here.  Those that continue to come here to peek in and see if there's anything new--thank you so much.  Stick with me please. 

In the meantime I've been forced to turn on the blogger's dreaded "captcha" because I've been inundated with hundreds of crazy spam comments.  It has stopped all the senseless comments, and I hope to take it down soon enough.  I've rambled enough.  I can't wait to be back here full speed, and visiting so many of my blog friend's again as well. I hope all is well with all of you dear readers as well.  As my dear late grandmother would say: "Y'all come back now ya hear"?

xoxo
 
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