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2011 is going to be all about taking care of myself, treasuring each day, happiness and perhaps, no most definitely, increased urban farming!  Cheers!


We're getting a proper website

LPM Podcast is getting a custom designed site.  El Sammy Beasto contacted the gentleman who designed H.P Lovecraft Literary Podcast.  And Mike Mann is going to design us a website too, complete with a logo!  It was part of my great pumpkin gift, and I was absolutely oblivious to the goings on.  I am super excited to see how it will turn out.

Other than that, I have been up to the same old same old.  Gardening now is done.  Today is our first snow.  I am performing crazy amounts, all over and with many troupes.  I am again a gym rat.  I suppose that I will have to begin making proper posts, though it always seems pretty quiet around here when I pop in.


Isabella Memorial

I wanted to post this from kambriel 's journal.  If anyone can help out, please do.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to all of you who extended your thoughts, condolences, and prayers at the unimaginable loss of our precious niece. I'm sorry I haven't been able to respond to each of you individually, there has just been a lot to process emotionally.

C & I need to fly out for Isabella's funeral this week. To compound the tragedy, it looks like the funeral may end up falling on Isabella's mother's (C's sister's) birthday... I just can't imagine what she must be feeling right now, but all I can think of to do is for us to be ~there~ for her.

To help possibly cover some of the costs of this very unexpected trip, I wanted to offer a few things.

One is the Isabella Coatdress, for obvious reasons...

It is offered in either moire bengaline:

Or a black on black striped version:

If anyone would like to have an Isabella Coatdress made, I will offer it in either fabric, for only $150 (a discount of $50 off the normal price). If XL/XS custom sizing is necessary, the price would be $165 ~ and just be sure to include your measurements with the order. Shipping is $8 in the US, $24 international. This offer is available throughout today and tomorrow (May 25-26, 2009). When ordering ~ either through my website's online order form, or through PayPal (the payment address to use is: info @ kambriel dot com), just put the discounted price down rather than the regular one.

Also, I have many One of a Kind items ~ those on the website, as well as many which haven't yet made it to the website. There's a lot to take care of here today and tomorrow before we leave, so I don't have time to make a post with pictures of all the different items and prices, but if any of you would like to get a "Surprise Box" (feel free to let me know in the comments section of the order form if there's something particular you'd like me to consider when putting it together for you), I will do that. Again, you can simply send the total through the online order form, or PayPal, and I can promise you you'll be getting back ~at least~ as much, but most likely more in return, than you send in. If you'd like to do this, just use "Surprise Box!" as the item name. Any total is fine for this, but please make sure it includes enough to cover any postage/paypal fees.

Surprise Boxes will be assembled and shipped after we get back next week.

Isabella Coatdresses will begin being made after our return as well.

Those are the best ideas I can come up with right now ~ thanks in advance to anyone who would like to help out with this!

~ Kambriel


After getting home from a great packed show last night, I made a quick snack of chickpeas, kale and wild rice with spicy seasonings.  I then decided to sit in bed and read, until 4 in the morning.  For some reason, I was up at 8 am.  I just made myself a huge salad and will begin to get myself presentable.  I'm going to walk up to the movies to meet with my tat artist friend.  Pssst, she told me yesterday she and her husband are preggers!  Yaay!  She is going to be so adorable with a big ol' baby belly.  Remind me not to stay up tonight reading.

Carrot Soup!

I got this recipe from Dr. Weil's 8 week plan for optimal healing power from body+soul magazine.  I tweaked it to fit what I had.  May I say it came out so good!!  I really could have sat down and eaten the whole pot!

1 lb carrots
1 medium potato (I used 2 tiny sweet potatoes)
1 onion (I had a red one in the fridge)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon dried parsley
3 cups vegetable stock (I used 3 cups water)
juice of 1 orange (I used a bit of Simply Orange juice because I didn't have a fresh orange on hand)
salt and pepper
chopped scallion for garnish (I left this off)

Peel and slice carrots into thin rounds.  Peel and dice potato.  Peel and chop onion coarsely.  Heat oil in large saucepan, add vegetables and the parsley and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring, without letting the vegetables brown.  Add the stock (or broth or water), heat to boiling, cover, lower heat and simmer for 30 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.  Allow to cool a little and use a food processor or blender to liquefy the soup.  Add the orange juice and salt and pepper to taste.  Heat to serving temperature and serve (garnished with chopped scallion).  Serves 4.

Che shirts


Do kids who wear Che shirts even know who Ernesto "Che" Guevara  is or anything about him?  Just wondering if they even bother to wonder about who they are wearing or if it's just popular like wearing a Twilight shirt or something?  I wonder if they even know that he was a real person?


My funeral

On a board that I have been on forever, an interesting question came up.  Have you ever thought about what you would like your funeral to be like?  I, for one, have.  Beware:

I want whatever they can use taken out of me. I want to be cremated. I want a slide show of all of the dorkiest pictures anyone can find of me, including my psuedo mullet of grammar school and my big 80s hair. I want a 24 boob tassel twirl, everyone to dress in their craziest, most colorful, sparkliest, shiny pvc, latex, whatever, attire. Girls in drag queen makeup, guys too. I want the cheesiest songs that I love played like Xanadu and Mr. Roboto and Flash Gordon's theme song because I will randomly break out in song to those in public and strike a hero pose. I want cupcakes stacked as far as one can see, cocktails and pigs in a blanket, real & veggie versions. I want hula hoops spinning.
Basically, I want a three ring circus of fun and everyone to enjoy all of the things that I enjoyed in life.


I have been really happy the past couple of days. I think it is due to releasing a ton, realizing that I can say no and actually not caring to look for others' approval. I feel like a huge weight has been lifted from my shoulders. Worry has not plagued me either over these past few days. I have come to a big realization of what is important to me and what really is mediocre. I cannot make everyone around me happy. I can only control certain aspects of my existence, and my own happiness is one of those aspects. I have the control to take myself out of situation that causes me anguish, resentment or worry. Little irritations will not be allowed to irk me. Other peoples' hangups will not become my own. I am not religious, but I do believe that you reap what you sow. I will be sowing many seeds of patience, joy, calmness and good. That is all I can do.

Kale Chips

I bought a big bunch of kale, but I had no clue what to do with it.  I had never cooked with it before.  I sauteed it with onions, garlic and smoked paprika.  It was good.  However, I found this recipe for Tuscan Kale Chips, and I am now addicted!!
I am in a mood and am now going to make some bread pudding out of some stale bread, almonds and raisins. I was going to make a king cake, but I want to use some items that are soon to go bad for a decadent dessert!

going back to my roots...

This dress was on clearance, and I had to have it.  Check out the back!
I have been missing dressing in this manner.   I need a little spice in my wardrobe.  Don't be surprised if you see me walking around in it.  Mmmmm, squeaky.

and there are some things on kambriel 's site that I have had a hankering for.  I am just trying to save up a little extra moulah to buy.  Pretty, pretty, pretty....  I feel a splurging coming on in the next couple of weeks!




Latest Month

January 2011


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101 in 1001

Begin May 14, 2008
Finish Date Wednesday, February 9, 2011

1. Read Burlesque: Legendary Stars of the Stage
2. Read Candy Barr (biography)
3. Read The Art of Happiness
4. Read The Teahouse Fires
5. Read Jambalaya: The Natural Woman's Book of Personal Charms and Practical Rituals
6. Read How to be an Evil Villian
7. Read Howl At the Moon
8. Read The Dharma Bums
9. Read Voodoo New Orleans
10.Get certification in one type of exercise class
11. Get ACE group fitness instructor certification
12. Begin scheduled exercise regimen
13. Learn to run/jog again (couch to 5k)
14. Run a 5k
15. Run a 10k
16. Get CPR certification
17. Finish the Hoopnotica courses
18. Transition completely to a vegatarian diet
19. Learn simple meditation techniques
20. Listen to all of my French cd's
21. Get "A Word A Day" started to my email - (don't have to read on weekends or days off of computer) (set up) all set up and coming every day
22. Make time to journal at least once a week (15/143)
23. Make Me time everyday, even if it's just five minutes (60/60)
24. Finish the cross stitch that I started for mom
25. Learn not to rely on others' approval for my happiness
26. Once a week take time to work on drawing skills (50/143)
27. Minimize clothing (if I haven't worn it in a year or it doesn't fit, get rid of it)
28. Get a library card
29. Once a month send a card/note to someone (8/32)
30. Write all birthdays and important dates down on calendar
31. Get a professional bra fitting
32. Recycle all of the magazines that I have read
33. Think of one chore or something productive that needs to be done before sitting down to watch random/non-scheduled TV (22/40)
34. Before buying something online, wait two days to see if I still want it (10/30)
35. Put up the clothes line
36. Use all of the lotions, body, bath, makeup products before buying more
37. If weather allows, walk or bike within reasonable distance and dependent on the load going to get
38. Put change in someone's parking meter if getting close to running out of time (1/3)
39. Donate paperback books that I have already read
40. Paint one water color painting
41. Paint one acrylic painting
42. When weather allows, bring dogs for extra walks (10/20)
43. Have one nice photo taken in costume; perhaps pinup style
44. Use the scented candles stored before buying tons of new ones
45. Look up and cook one new recipe a month for one year (10/12)
46. Listen to audiobook World War Z
47. Finish Mr. Roboto costume
48. Ski more with Sam this coming winter -- get over the fear
49. Plan meals for weekdays, make the grocery list each week for one month (4/4)
50. Organize extra room (hopefully keep it straight)
51. Finish embroidery & blanket that I started and never finished
52. Make a cute pair of knickers or bloomers for under dresses
53. If I want to buy something impulsively, make sure that I have the cash on hand to do so (15/15)
54. Start a curse payment jar - (try not to curse for 2 weeks) (0/2)
55. Make a list of positive phrases to overtake negative thoughts, at least fifteen (15/15)
56. Everyday think of one thing that I am grateful for, 30 days (it doesn't have to be different everyday & say it outloud) (30/30)
57. Mend sweaters in closet
58. Go to the dentist (very scary)
59. Approach every task as : "Just a little part at a time" (adopt it as a mantra)
60. Start a new cross stitch project
61. Get my cupcake tattoo
62. Visit the hotel that "The Shining" was filmed at
63. Get six pack abs
64. Go out dancing with Sam (real dancing, not club)
65. Take a yoga class
66. Be able to do splits again
67. Go on a picnic at least twice (2/2)
68. Wear a bikini (without fear or shame)
69. Go to the gym two times a week for a month (0/4)
70. Learn how to play chess
71. Watch the foreign films that I bought on dvd and have not watched
72. Send flowers to three people, just because (0/3)
73. Read two children's books in French (0/2)
74. Read ten random books (3/10)
75. Sit with Sam and watch the sun set
76. Visit my grandparents' grave next time I go back home
77. Watch Clockwork Orange
78. Watch Soylent Green
79. Ride a horse
80. Try to ice skate
81. Make a list of 101 Things That Make Me Happy, no matter how small (19/101)
82. Get a hammock
83. private (0/9)
84. private (0/20)
85. private (2/10)
86. private (3/3)
87. private (0/3)
88. private (1/10)
89. private
90. Make curtains for bedroom
91. Cover the window seat seat
92. Have exterior of house painted
93. Replace the kitchen floor
94. Refinish the woodwork that needs it
95. Pay off the one credit card that I have
96. Put at least $25 a week in a savings for one year (14/52)
97. Get a massage
98. Finish reading Burlesque: The New Bump & Grind
99. Finish writing this list
100. Finish doing everything on this list
101. Write a new list of 101 things before this 1001 days is up
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