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Lunar Eclipse


This is the lunar eclipse, just before the peak around 2:50 am EST on the winter solstice (December 21), from New Jersey.

I’ve been recovering from the holidays and a head cold, and even been offline a lot more than usual to rest and rejuvenate.  I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and wish you a fantastic new year!

Reverb Day 4

I totally missed the weekend entries but I plan on catching up! Definitely not aiming for 750 words, in fact I’ll be using some more photos.  So back to day 4!

December 4 – Wonder. How did you cultivate a sense of wonder in your life this year? (Author: Jeffrey Davis)


Chasing marshmallow stealing ponies

Traveling to another time and universe

Believing anything can happen, especially on our wedding day


Witnessing the love around us in all of the weddings this year (hover your mouse over the image for names)

Fun contests with friends

Fake mustaches and celebrity impersonations

Always, the wonder-filled warehouses of PEX parties

The playgrounds of Playa Del Fuego and PEX Summer Festival


The wonder of new life… Cat who became a mama in 2010, and Meesh and Athina who may have 2010 or 2011 births!


I am missing about half my photos from the year, fell behind with that whole wedding thing. My goal is to catch up for new years and do my annual slide show wrap up!


And I think the most wonderous thing of all, having someone to call husband 😀

Reverb Day 3

December 3 – Moment. Pick one moment during which you felt most alive this year. Describe it in vivid detail (texture, smells, voices, noises, colors). (Author: Ali Edwards)

I’ll pass on doing the wedding cop out a second time 😛  I thought about this for a while today, and what it really came down to was a very long series of moments, an evening and a good part of the next day.

We were on our honeymoon, which we rented an RV and drove to Virginia Beach and several places in between.  We came up from Virginia into Maryland, and our destination was Assateague Island.  The island is known for the wild ponies roaming around, but it was also where the first Playa Del Fuego (the Burning Man regional) was held!

As we were approaching Maryland, it was later than we planned and there was a little stress as we struggled in the dark to find out where we had to be and what time we had to arrive by to check in.  Luckily we were safely in our spot for the night before the office closed, and managed to buy firewood from the campground office we accidentally thought was ours.

Armed with s’mores supplies, our first task was to start a campfire.  Easier said than done.  After burning every spare piece of cardboard or paper we could spare as kindling, the damp wood still wasn’t cooperating with us!  I don’t know how long we were there, poking as the smoke went in our eyes, prodding and wishing for the warmth of a large blazing fire.  Eventually there was enough embers and small flames to roast a few gooey marshmallows, but it wasn’t the heat source we had hoped for.  (The wonderful campfire smell stayed with us for a few days, in fact my hoodie may still smell slightly of Assateague…)

All through this process we heard the ponies in the distance, whinnying, probably up to some pony late night action if you know what I mean! *wink wink nudge nudge*

You are warned when you enter the park that the ponies will roam EVERYWHERE, right through campsites, and you shouldn’t leave food outside unattended.  This left me sitting by the weak fire, anxiously turning around at every noise, expecting and hoping to see a pony wandering up to us.  Most of the time the noise was the wind blowing the plastic bag with food in it.  This was the start of the Great Pony Hunt of 2010.

When we had a few official s’mores and gave up on the fire, we started packing up to go inside the RV.  As I shined my flashlight to look for all the items to take, I couldn’t find the bag of marshmallows.  I simultaneously had two thoughts.

1)  My husband took the marshmallows already.

2) A pony snuck up and stole the bag of marshamallows.

Now I assure you, I am of sound mind (mostly), and EVEN as the second thought occurred to me, knowing how unlikely that was… that thought THRILLED me!

It’s true, there’s something about ponies that turns most of us into 5 year old girls.

So then my imagination ran wild with images of the pony stealing a bag of marshmallows, and I vowed to find one with marshmallow breath the next day.  Well what really happened was my husband DID take them inside already, but the mental image still gives me giggles!

The next morning we packed up the RV, and hit the three short trails on the island in search of ponies.  You know, the ponies that are EVERYWHERE.

We looked and looked and looked.  No ponies on the first trail. Just a lot of mosquitoes biting us, we forgot to put on bug spray as the campsite was blessedly free of them.  I started whining like my inner 5 year old would.

No ponies on the second trail.  We asked people we passed if they saw any – they said the ponies were all over the parking lot just a few minutes ago!  Other than running into some deer (oh what false hope!!!), we return to an empty parking lot, except for some piles of manure.

Finally we are on the third trail, walking on boardwalk through the marshes.  And THERE ARE PONIES! Two of them were feeding along the marshes edge.  I took a zillion and two photos.  It was us, and them.  I imagined they were a pony couple, in love with each other as we are.  It was magical, I finally found my ponies, and could leave Assateague Island a happy 5 year old.

As we were ready to leave, we went to the RV dumping station to empty our wastewater tanks.  And what do we find when we get to the dumping station?

I left my new husband to deal with emptying the tanks on his own as I ran ahead to talk to the ponies and take photos.  They didn’t go anywhere, and when he was done he came over as well, but again. Patience of a 5 year old, people!  Here he is with some ponies looking to him for food (in the photo above, some people were feeding them – a huge no-no, for the ponies safety as well as the humans.)

And this is the image that brings me the most joy, and will be framed on my wall… my wonderful, mysterious, mischievous, marshmallow-breath ponies!

My husband also bought me the only stuffed animal pony they had in the gift shop, he’s brown with a white nose.  Guess what I named him?  Yup. Marshmallow.

Reverb 10

Another blogging project which I may or may not abandon somewhere in the middle of the holiday crazies.  But I needed something to prompt me to actually post here, so I will!  Join me for Reverb 10, daily prompts for the month of December focused on reflecting on 2010 and manifesting for 2011!

December 1 One Word.
Encapsulate the year 2010 in one word. Explain why you’re choosing that word. Now, imagine it’s one year from today, what would you like the word to be that captures 2011 for you?

It may be an obvious cop out, but I have to say Marriage.  So much of the year was focused on planning and enjoying our wedding festivities and honeymoon, which do not a marriage make, but the transition into a marriage is a significant one.  The year flew by and I know much of the focus was on preparing for that one day, but by the time we said our vows, we already felt married!

It was a transition that started over two years ago when we had our “playa wedding”, and both felt in our hearts that there was much more truth to that spiritual (but not legal) act.  This year was about bringing that part of us and our lives out in the open, legally and officially recognized by our friends, families, and community.  It was a blast! And yet, I am SOOOO glad it’s over! 😀  While I would love to relive the wedding day itself in slow-mo over and over again so I don’t miss a single moment, it was an intense year.  I have relished the return to the mundane and the comfort of being husband and wife, even on nights we are apart.

Yup – there have been some already and there will be more – Random is working a few hours away and spending several nights a week out there!  I cried about it for two days – of course it happened during PMS – but the marriage is a comfort that we are more permanent than any job, and we’ll get through anything together.  (And then I think of couples who are separated for months while serving in the military, and that just stops my complaining right then and there. For a few hours anyway.)

For 2011?  Oh there are so many I could see…. but I am focusing on making one word happen in 2011 – Adventure!  Grand Adventure! if I’d be allowed to have two words…  Some of you may know what I’m talking about, and I’m sure we’ll do a Big Announcement type thing, but I don’t feel right doing that here without discussing it first with Random.  Maybe on New Years Day or something 😛  I think our wedding blog will be transitioning to the Grand Adventure blog, but first we have thank you notes and holiday shopping and baking cookies and getting the tree up.  So y’all will just have to wait! 😀


Won’t you join me on Reverb10?

And because every post is better with photos, just like every bar is better with theme nights…

Corset night/Birthday celebration at the bar with some great gals!


Virginia Shore


photo(4), originally uploaded by k8et.

I looooove the camera on the iphone 4 – took this on my husbands, and funkified it in picnik! I am seriously looking forward to upgrading my phone next!

The August Break

So just as I’ve been getting more active in posting on my blog, I’m taking a break?  Kinda.  Kinda not.

The lovely Susannah Conway is doing an August break, where she will be posting daily photos (just iphone snapshots) rather than worrying about writing and posting, as she’s busy with some big projects.  But there are no rules, so a regular post in the mix will be ok as well!

Once I was given the permission to have no rules (in case I need to blog my thoughts to retain some sanity) and I saw her link to A Thing A Day challenge, I decided the two together would be good for me to post regularly but not feel like I had to invest much time in the blog, as I do have a big project of my own coming up this fall!

So my OWN guidelines (not rules!) for the month of August.

Every weekday, take a photo of one item (iphone pics).  Subsequently donate, toss, or offer that item online to friends.  (Watch this blog and twitter, probably the only places I will post them.)

I’ll give myself weekends off from posting, but also use them to keep up with the shipping/tossing of the items from the previous week.

Oh and in August at the midsummer gathering of our friends, I plan on bringing my “freebie” basket as well this time!! Though I don’t know that I can match Taco’s auctioning skills…

Do I contradict myself?
Very well, then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)

– Walt Whitman

I feel a million possibilities within me.

I feel the urge to chase them all, do them all, but the ole limits of space and time get in the way.

One day, I know I’ll have time to putter in my garden.  Spend hours taking photos.  Energy and money to travel to places near and far.  Cook sumptuous meals for friends and family.  Escape the cubicle.  Create art.  Do things I never imagined doing.  Run my own business.  Collect eggs from my chickens.  Create a new legacy.  Design costumes.  Decorate interiors.  Paint.  Write.

When it appears that I don’t care about what I do, it’s just that I want to do it ALL – so go ahead, pick something you’d like to do.  Even if I never thought of trying it, I may enjoy it. I’ll let you know if I don’t.

I thought that I needed to find my one true passion.  Something that would be my career and define my life.  I’ve slowly come to realize that my gift is having passion for so many things, so many options… As long as I don’t stop short out of fear of making the wrong choice.

I keep forgetting that the major cause of all my stress is trying to live according to how other people think or say I should live.  When I think of how it fits into my personal rules of life, things are so much clearer.

Occasionally I am sad that I don’t have the time/money/energy/space to devote to one singular passion.  I rationalize it that there will be times in the future that will be more suited for that task.  There’s part of me that knows “What if?” that day doesn’t come.  But you know what?  It just means I spent my time on something else, something just as important.

The only thing I do know is that he is my constant.  There are a million possibilities within me, and a million paths we could travel in life.  Some are not meant for us, for this lifetime.  But some are.  All I know is I want my hand in his as we discover our adventures together.

Failing to fetch me at first keep encouraged,
Missing me one place search another,
I stop somewhere waiting for you.

ETA: In discussing this with an online class, people referenced two books I already own and read a while ago!  Refuse to Choose!: A Revolutionary Program for Doing Everything That You Love by Barbara Sher (she also has a forum for “scanners” – her term for our habits!) and The Renaissance Soul: Life Design for People with Too Many Passions to Pick Just One by Margaret Lobenstine.  And I stumbled on this site too.

Since this may help others who can relate to the “scanner” or polymath lifestyle, I had to come back and share it!

What I want to say I can’t even put into words today….  But I’ll try anyway and probably lose a few people along the way.  So let me get some great stuff to share off my chest first!

In a photography forum, I found this great photo of Pyramid Lake in Nevada.  We pass it going to and from Burning Man, and last year we spent the day swimming there to wash off the week of dust on our way home.  I asked the photographer, Scott Thompson (no relation) for permission to post it here…

(Side note! Since I’ve been studying up on photography, I’m going to crack down a lot more on making sure people understand copyright protection and photographers rights. If you want to use ANYONE’S photo but your own, and it’s not publicly listed with a Creative Commons license or a statement that you can use it, ASK FIRST! And always credit/link to them! I’m no expert, but if you have any questions about what you can or can’t do and don’t have time to look it up, you are welcome to email me and I’ll do my best to help you find an answer.)

Copyright Scott Thompson. Click for larger image!

I also need to share this blog post by Amanda Palmer on Lady Gaga, freedom, and authenticity.  A must read!

We celebrated July 4th at the second annual PEX Fest – I worried as we were on our way that my expectations were too high, based on the amazing time we had last year.  I had nothing to worry about as it was blown out of the water again, and it was definitely one of the best weekends of my life.

Despite this time being bittersweet – my Grandma Betty who passed had annual July 4th gatherings – I know that divine intervention or whatnot had a role in how things turned out.  I never had to risk her wrath for missing her picnic for PEX fest (or, more likely, miss PEX Fest), and the first summer that the picnic didn’t happen after she died, I was surrounded by my second family and felt so full of love.

PEX fest is summer camp for burners.  It’s a little like Playa Del Fuego (PDF) but it’s completely different.  It’s not community run, but PEX has wonderful vision and core values that overlap with Burning Man’s principles.  There’s a little commerce, but mostly just for food/ice (except for an unfortunate vendor agreement with the camp property, which had a tie dye t-shirt vendor on site – I went from being annoyed to feeling sorry for them because this was NOT going to be a killer sales weekend for them with mostly burners in attendance!) (And I’m tie dye loyal, I ONLY get mine from my awesome friends in Reno!)

As usual, the schedule was chock full of amazing workshops but despite best efforts, I attended 2 and Random attended 3.  Quality outshone quantity, as they were absolutely amazing experiences.

Random attended Lucky’s contact staff workshop, and we both attended the Porno Jim Show (hysterical, shows the best and worst of porn and talks about how bad porn is bad for expectations/sexual practices in real life) as well as a class from Camp Chemistry.  And without going into any details too embarrassing for the general public of the internet, the class was life changing.  Really!!!!!  I was a bit nervous going in, but knew that it was a safe and respectful space and that we could leave at any time.  We stayed through the whole class, and it was definitely worth it.  If it sounds intriguing to you in any way, please consider checking out their events and classes.  They are good people, and no matter how much you think you know, you’ll learn something new!  And that’s all I have to say (publicly) about that 😀

Between sunny days in the pool and long nights on the dance floor until sunrise….  Living on an angle and having a constant beat 24/7….  PEX Fest is a place of love, beauty, joy, creativity, fire, sensuality, music, dancing, authenticity, acceptance, laughter, family, and more.  There’s no better place to celebrate freedom than here.  I am STILL on cloud 9 and loving it!  See you all next year!

Some great artwork out there this year – loved getting all abstract with this first piece! Click any photo for more pics on flickr.






IMG_2787Cute pony – too cute for some I’m sure, but upon burning  we saw the more macabre horse underneath!  No pics, as Nate and I both spun in fire conclave!  Click for a photo of us by Robert Plafta!

IMG_2769Ohhh poor Giant Bear…. Stolen from PEX and hogtied at IdeaDome! 😦

He later escaped and revenge was done in his name.

New toys!

Part of my tax return went towards a new lens for my camera! Well, two used lenses, for about the same price 😛

Canon 55-250 F/4-5.6 IS

Look at that color!

Sigma 18-50mm f2.8

Beautiful additions to the family – these shots were taken in early evening, and I’m pretty thrilled with them!



The Canon shots? They were zoomed from standing height 😀  The other lens is the one actually supposed to be better for macro (close) shots, but I was seeing just how FAR the zoom took me – first time I have a lens going above 55 mm!

I am excited for these – one is an upgrade from the lens that came with my camera, and one is a new range that I didn’t have before.  😀