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    Thursday, December 20th, 2012
    2:26 pm
    The Furious Revels are ON!
    Hello DW/LJ buddies!
    For those of you who are attending PantheaCon this year, I wanted to let you know about an event I'm leading. I'm putting together the Furious Revels, a parade in the style of the Perchten/Krampus parades, with the intention of using an old tried & true ritual method from our European ancestors to cleanse the conference/hotel of ill-meaning wights. I would LOVE it if any of you who may be at P-Con this year would participate!  The parade will happen on Friday night during the dinner hour, so as to not interfere with other rituals & workshops.  Here's the program description for more info:

    In communities throughout Europe stretching back over 2500 years, folks have gathered during the dark season, donned grotesque masks and bestial costumes, and wildly cavorted through their towns to drive out evil spirits and the doldrums of winter.  Let’s prepare the hotel for PantheaCon properly with a good, thorough and time-tested European cleansing tradition.  Bring your furs, antlers, horns, masks, grotesque costumes, rattles, drums, bells, and brooms. Join the Furious Revels for a wild cavort, and let’s cleanse the Doubletree from evil spirits and ill-meaning wights the old fashioned way!

    I've even gotten a horse skull and will be crafting a very old-style "hobby horse".  I am really excited about this and would love for you guys to join me.  Programming asked if I could give them an approximate ball-park figure of how many people I think will be joining me, so if you are thinking of attending, let me know!  I am so incredibly excited about this - I've been researching these types of parades/revels for weeks!  I've commissioned this awesome artist to make me a pair of amazing huge wearable ram horns, and the hobby horse should be amazing.

    Here's a video of a Krampus parade, I think in either Germany or Austria:

    More resources! (this is as much for me as for anyone else... this way I have my links in a common location)
    Alpine country traditions:
    Perchtenlaufen in Austria:
    Zvoncari traditions in Croatia:
    Kurentovanje traditions in Slovenia:
    Old mask found in Dorset, shows similar ritual elements:
    More on Dorset Ooser:
    Bulgarian traditions, going back to Ancient Thrace:
    In Bulgarian but the pictures are amazing:
    Hungarian version:
    In Croatian, but has amazing slide show of masks & costumes:
    Mari Lwyd from Wales:
    The Golowan festival is a Cornish midsummer festival but has similar structure:
    Hobby horse customs throughout Europe:

    Current Mood: accomplished
    Friday, October 12th, 2012
    10:51 am
    Wednesday, September 12th, 2012
    5:19 pm
    F*ck this day. I'm giving up and reading Inception fanfic.

    Arthur just saved Eames from a giant inflatable radish.

    this...? somehow is making stuff better.

    That and you-tube videos of bulldogs jumping on trampolines.

    Tuesday, August 21st, 2012
    7:55 am
    Wednesday, June 27th, 2012
    8:14 am
    Tuesday, June 5th, 2012
    10:44 am
    Friday, April 20th, 2012
    3:16 pm
    Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012
    8:35 am
    Why do I do this to myself...?
    I am reading through the F.A.Q. for a homeopathic based "alternative to weight loss" program. At first I was thinking, yay! Alternative to weight loss! Maybe they're talking some sense?  ...Yeah SO MUCH no.  

    Here we go, another serious rant about dangerous diets. This rant with BONUS SCIENCE.Collapse )

    Current Mood: angry
    Wednesday, March 7th, 2012
    12:29 pm
    More client hilarity
    I just got a call from a client asking if I could let her know what protein powder her daughter had been taking, because they want a refill and the daughter is out of town. She said it had been "a little while" since the daughter had been in to see us.

    I went into the daughter's chart to see if I could figure out which protein powder we'd recommended. The daughter did indeed take a protein powder from our clinic - back in 1999.  *sigh*  seriously? we don't even carry that product anymore - it was THIRTEEN YEARS AGO.

    I love my job.
    Wednesday, February 29th, 2012
    8:49 am
    My profession, not helping. Again.
    Grrr and sigh.

    So being a nutritionist, I'm on a bunch of email lists etc for work. I got a message today that one of the big supplement and education companies I work with (who generally do really fantastic continuing education, actually) is having a "functional medicine study group" in my area. This month's topic is on "weight loss resistance" - basically, when a client is doing "everything right" and they're still not losing weight, what other things might a practitioner try to get their client's weight loss kick-started.

    I am really really really tempted to attend the meeting, and basically announce "you leave them alone and let them be the healthy size their body is happy being".  This crap makes me incendiary-level mad. If a client is HEALTHY according to standard lab markers as well as  having a felt sense of well-being/being free of symptoms such as pain etc., and is EATING WELL and is EXERCISING REGULARLY, then the only reason I can think of for insisting on extraordinary weight loss methods is fat-phobia and some warped sense of fashion.  Which are NOT GOOD EXCUSES for potentially putting someone's body/health at risk. I mean sure, if there's an underlying blood sugar imbalance (diabetes or pre-diabetes), or an undiagnosed hormone problem like hashimoto's thyroiditis, then yeah improving someone's overall health is always a good idea. But even once you get their blood sugar more calibrated, even if you get them on a thyroid supporting protocol, while they might lose a few pounds, they also might not. And there's a strong possibility that your client/patient is still going to be larger than what is considered desireable in our fat-phobic culture.  Also? They may be currently perfectly healthy, and if you start trying to aggressively get their bodies to be smaller, you may actually be taking a healthy person and make them sick, or increasing their long term health risks.  Seriously. It is simply NOT TRUE that thinner always equals health improvement/reduced health risk.

    I really shouldn't go to this meeting. I will just yell and alienate a room full of people. I already have Opinions on this, and it will only be disruptive if I attend. And I will leave even angrier than I was when I got there, most likely. This is not a useful way to spend my time. But BOY HOWDY am I tempted to go anyway...

    Current Mood: angry
    Tuesday, February 28th, 2012
    10:44 am
    Kitchen successes!
    The buffalo jerky came out so delicious I want to eat it all and roll on the floor like a happy dog.

    The cinnamon rosehip trail mix came out so good I ate entirely too much of it yesterday and made myself sick.

    The sauerkraut is off to an excellent start! This batch is just cabbage and fresh ginger (since my belly's been bad lately, I figured belly soothing herbs and probiotic cultured veggies sounded like the best idea ever).

    The pumpernickel gf rolls are awesome! and this batch I made with the homemade mozzarella that kinda failed otherwise, but was fine for making tapioca bread.

    I just got a recipe for limoncello that I'm intrigued by... and even though I don't really drink alcohol myself, I think it would make nice gifts or occasional ice cream topper. If it's made right, limoncello doesn't really spoil... A client has been giving me tons of meyer lemons, so I'm thinking meyer lemon's apparently best if it ages at least a year anyway, so...

    Got a recipe for gf peanut butter cookies too, but I"m not sure given the state of mah belleh that cookies are such a good idea...

    And as soon as I have a minute, I'm gonna go buy a mini fridge to convert into a cheese cave and start on the Great Gouda Adventure. Woot!

    Current Mood: cheerful
    Wednesday, February 8th, 2012
    3:19 pm
    A present for browngirl, b/c I'm 'puter illiterate

    Assyrian glass vases! I took this photo at the Rosicrucian Museum last weekend so I could show these to you special :) . The museum is amazing and one of these years you're gonna come visit and I'm gonna take you here.
    Monday, January 23rd, 2012
    5:02 pm
    Musings while I wait
    Livejournal is being weird so I've decided that I'm gonna post here since I'm here anyway. I keep meaning to start cross-posting, but I'm not sure how to rig it so that if I post something here, it cross posts but still stays under a filter on LJ. I'm sure there's a way to do it... anyone wanna tell me how? :)
    UPDATE - oh hey! The cross-posting thingie worked! Never mind, I think I figured it out... :)

    Cut for venting about sizeism and people randomly announcing who they will and will not sleep with. If you act like an idiot, expect to be mocked for it.Collapse )
    Thursday, December 22nd, 2011
    6:58 pm
    Oh! Look! Links!
    Sometimes a bear's just gotta share.

    Rep Sensenbrenner is a... really classy guy.  I was too appalled to be alone with this.  Apparently he opened his mouth at a church event and told folks he thought Michelle Obama had no business leading an anti-obesity campaign b/c her butt is too big.  I'm actually quoting here. 

    In more amusing "republicans are idiots" news, apparently the LGBT community of Minnesota sent Amy Koch a letter of apology.  Because clearly, her cheating on her husband with a Senate staff person is their fault for having the nerve to ask for marriage equality.  Passive aggressive politics at its finest. This made me lol loud enough I scared my cats.

    This story made me cry.  There's a piece of unconsecrated land where prostitutes, criminals, and poor folk were buried in medieval times.  A local historian basically did a bunch of work to preserve the site, and now there's monthly rituals done to honor the folks buried there.  He said he got involved because the spirit of a woman buried there came to him and asked him to help.  Beautiful story.

    And this is just b/c the pictures made me squee.  A guy built a hobbit-like house for his family in Wales. If you go to his website, there's also photos of the next house he's building.  The pictures are lovely. He has photos of other fairy-feeling houses, too.  Yum and yay! These just make me really happy :).

    Current Mood: charmed & delighted
    Thursday, December 1st, 2011
    9:55 pm
    My world is full of sunshine and win!! My darling browngirl sent me gluten free bear safe fruitcake!!  And I'm eating fruitcake with 2 kittens purring and sprawled all over me. 

    There is no bad in the whole widest world.

    Current Mood: ecstatic
    Monday, November 28th, 2011
    4:11 pm
    Monday, November 21st, 2011
    8:52 am
    Writer's Block: American Music Awards
    Who is the best musician or band of all time?

    hah. Led Zeppelin, obviously.

    Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011
    9:17 am
    Writer's Block: Secret love
    Have you ever had a secret admirer? What happened?

    He stalked me and I needed to get the local authorities involved. The secret admirer thing is BS as far as I'm concerned.

    bearfairie <-- buzzkill
    Monday, October 31st, 2011
    10:02 am

    That is all.
    Friday, October 21st, 2011
    9:15 am
    Writer's Block: Paranormal activity
    Tell us a ghost or supernatural encounter you’ve experienced.

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA my entire life is a supernatural encounter. Where would I even begin?

    I'm a witch, psychic and faith healer as my full-time profession (in addition to being a Scientifically Rigorous Clinical Nutritionist and Real Live Legitimate Health Care Professional (TM)), and have been doing professional spirit healing work for over 10 years. I treat my non-corporeal and non-human (corporeal and noncorporeal) friends basically the same way I treat my living human corporeal friends. My house is full of dead animals - they come to me because I talk to them and take care of their spirits. I grew up in a haunted house and am used to things moving themselves around. The earliest spirit work I can remember doing (aside from the part where I freaked folks out knowing things they hadn't told me) was my sister and I both having the same dream, that we were saying goodbye to my favorite aunt as the rest of my ancestors sat around on a picnic blanket, then we walked her to the bridge she was going to cross and not come back, kissing and hugging her and my great grandmother and saying our goodbyes. We woke up and she climbed into my bed (I think maybe she was 5 and I was 7?) and talked about the dream. When my mother woke us up the next morning to tell us our aunt had died, we told her we already knew b/c we'd said goodbye.

    I'm used to getting random confirmations from random places pretty much all the time. Heck, just yesterday I had lunch with my padrino, who told me he'd had a vision about me and handed me word for word a bunch of info that I had dreamed about several nights previously. Wed. night I had a lovely evening with a few friends (hi lovely ladies!), one of whom horsed one of the gods to whom I'm sworn, and again spoke word for word a bunch of things that power had said to me privately within the past few weeks. J and I ran into a stranger at TJ Maxx (yes, the clothing and furniture store) just last night who talked our ear off about old Santeros he knew back in the 70's and basically as much as said we were there as a reminder that he needs to tend his spirits more carefully than he's been doing.

    this question makes me lol, though I kinda love that it's the question of the day.

    Current Mood: delighted
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