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I can't tell if I really enjoyed January or am glad that it's gone. Work continues to make me sort of stabby, but in a vague, sort of French shrug way. The kid has spent the last week sicker than she's been in awhile -- last week we alternated days home with her, so I missed work T and Th. Yesterday was a huge dump of snow and we couldn't get out this morning, so I had to call in again. I have a bad feeling my VP is going to give me looks tomorrow. :( I will have to hide behind the tall kids until I make it to my classroom...maybe he won't notice me.

Anyway, here's a photo of the snow and trees and the mountain and junk:



Notice the chupacabra tracks. *nod*

To put the snow in context -- as much as possible -- here's the truck all blankety and white:



The thing sticking up is, in case you do not know, the windshield wiper. I learned this trick from Neighbor Steve the Mountain Man. It's a good trick.

I know for many people, this isn't that much snow inches wise. But let me put my drive in perspective: we live on top of a mountain, there is no plowing through the night or early morning, there are no f'in guardrails on the sides of my mountain, and driving down about 2300 feet in less than two miles on a very winding two lane road is far different than a straight-shot road to Starbucks.

Speaking of Starbucks, my Gold Card status may be stripped from me if I don't get some stars this month. :( A*holes.

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Earlier this evening my ear started hurting, my throat felt tight, I kept sneezing, and I was afraid I contracted whatever the child has (the plague or Dengue fever or something). I made myself some of the magic tonic (ginger root, lemon, honey) and added a tsp of coconut oil to the mix. You're familiar with coconut oil, right? According to everyone, it is magic and gets rid of dry skin and fine lines, makes your teeth white, keeps your cuticles soft, cures cancer, reduces inflammation, ups your sex drive, gives you seven extra hours in a day, and speeds up the metabolism. ALL WITHOUT EVEN TAKING IT OUT OF THE CONTAINER. Add it to a meal or beauty regiment and you'll live forever.

So, anyway, it's sort of weird drinking something that's the hippie version of hot tea and seeing little blobules of fat floating on the top. And, if I am honest, it tastes really good. o.O IT IS SORT OF LIKE A PINA COLADA OR SOMETHING.

I need a little colorful paper umbrella for my mug. *nod*

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I haven't seen Smitty in almost a week and a half. In horse years, that's probably like...forever. I'm not sure if we'll get there this week, but when we finally get back, kid starts a month of intense private training. Her confidence has floundered a bit from falling from such a great height "so many times". :( The trainers agreed 3 private lessons a week would be a good thing. Yay.

We talk about what we'll do when she outgrows Smitty or he finally turns into a*hole horse from Hell and no one wants to ride him. He really is a jerk sometimes, but we love him. And when he rides right, he's absolutely stunning -- a blue ribbon winner for sure. He just never wants to ride right with her, because she's not strong enough and he takes advantage of her. I have a feeling that will end soon.

But yeah, when she moves on, he'll be mine. I will feed him treats and take him for walks and ride him like the pro I imagine myself to be. =D

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Wednesday I have a training so will be out of class. Three days next week? Out of class. :( My poor students are going to be so derpy by the end of the year, bless their little hearts.

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OK. I need to do the nighttime ablutions and then, maybe, watch X-Files #2. Is anyone else watching it??????

Fox Mulder was my 90s Cumberbatch. :)

Date: 2016-02-02 01:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thenanerbananer.livejournal.com
I enjoy your posts. Just sayin'

Winter. Snow. Bah!

Hope the kid feels better soon. My boy has been hacking and sneezing since Christmas. Not really sick, but not totally up to par either.

Stay cool....

Date: 2016-02-04 12:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] liminal-space.livejournal.com
Thank you! <3

Lingering sicks are the stupid. Since Christmas, though? Double stupid. :(

She's doing much better, thank you! We invested in a handheld maskovertheface mister thing for her and have changed our evening routine. She's FINALLY getting sleep, which is making all the difference in the world.

Date: 2016-02-02 04:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] malterre.livejournal.com
I like the sound of your pina colada posset!

Snow-Bah!

And I hope you both get Smitty-time soon

Date: 2016-02-04 12:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] liminal-space.livejournal.com
I have never heard the word "posset" before! NEW WORD NEW WORD NEW WORD! =D

No Smitty this week. :( I am sadder than everyone else. I love me some a*hole horse. :)

Date: 2016-02-02 06:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] one-raido.livejournal.com
I'm thinking coconut oil might be something I could add to my coffee, maybe. Worth trying. But it does seem to be some sort of wonder drug.

Date: 2016-02-04 12:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] liminal-space.livejournal.com
It actually added good flavor to the concoction! And I may have to take back my snark regarding coconut oil; I did not get sick and I know I was coming down with something. o.O

Also, I have a patch of really dry skin behind my right ear. It's usually treated with a steroid cream, but I hate using that crap. I've been sporadically (read: when I remember) applying coconut oil to it and it's cleared up and stayed gone longer than any time I can remember.

I may have to publicly recant my virtual eye roll. o.O

Date: 2016-02-02 06:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] camella.livejournal.com
Yeah driving on unplowed roads on a mountain is a horrible idea and so dangerous. That's not a matter of being a wimp, it's a matter of not getting in an accident.

Date: 2016-02-04 12:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] liminal-space.livejournal.com
Exactly!

But no one at my work gets that....because, well, they don't get snow. ;)

Date: 2016-02-02 08:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bridgelene.livejournal.com
I'm glad you were smart and didn't drive down the mountain!

I've heard coconut oil is a magical thing. I'm half tempted to get some to try, but I've only ever seen BIG containers of it....

Date: 2016-02-04 12:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] liminal-space.livejournal.com
I'm glad we stayed, too! Mountain Man Steve said it took him 2.5 hours to get to work vs. his usual 1 hour. I would have been a nervous wreck, pissed off, and probably stuck in a ditch. Staying home was SMART.

So I don't have to retype (lazy!), this is what I said about the coconut oil:

I may have to take back my snark regarding coconut oil; I did not get sick and I know I was coming down with something. o.O

Also, I have a patch of really dry skin behind my right ear. It's usually treated with a steroid cream, but I hate using that crap. I've been sporadically (read: when I remember) applying coconut oil to it and it's cleared up and stayed gone longer than any time I can remember.

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The concoction was the first internal consumption I've done, so I don't have enough evidence to call it a miracle...yet. o.O Tonight I'm making kid some hot tea with a dollop of that in it, and we'll see if she wakes up tomorrow perfectly cured of her lingering crud or what.

I will say this, though: for dry skin, it's better than anything out there. I melted some, added a tiny bit of olive oil, and mixed in my favorite body lotion and slathered it on. It's treated the dry itchy skin better than anything else -- and the air is SO dry up here that I've tried everything else.

I got a container of the organic stuff off of Amazon and you're right about it being big, but I imagine if you split it between consumption and slathering (which I am going to start), it will be used pretty quickly. Maybe.

Date: 2016-02-02 08:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sweetmadnes.livejournal.com
we are watching the x-files. if by #2 you mean the second episode, then we have seen that. after that john went to boston and i didn't turn on the tv until he returned so i don't know if they have done more episodes during the week. i heard it was terrible, but i enjoyed it.

i most appreciated your description of coconut oil, because i have run into several people who believe all that. i literally lol when i got to the part about all that while in the container!

that looks like a lot of snow to me, and i wouldn't want to live on your roads. normally we get snow like that, but i live in a city. they never plow my road or alley, but the rest of the roads are fine. i don't believe they can get a plow down my one way street.s

Date: 2016-02-04 12:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] liminal-space.livejournal.com
I don't think anything is a total miracle, but I am rethinking my disbelief about the coconut oil. o.O

(paste:)

I may have to take back my snark regarding coconut oil; I did not get sick and I know I was coming down with something. o.O

Also, I have a patch of really dry skin behind my right ear. It's usually treated with a steroid cream, but I hate using that crap. I've been sporadically (read: when I remember) applying coconut oil to it and it's cleared up and stayed gone longer than any time I can remember.


....

Who knows, maybe if I take it out of the container, I really will live forever! ;)

Date: 2016-02-03 03:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] touchofgr3y.livejournal.com
HA! I've had that exact same moment of staring at the coconut oil fat in my hippie drink and being like "whatever, it's delicious."

I need to catch up on X-Files! I was so tired I fell asleep in the middle of the first one (I'm the worst, I know) and have been putting off going back since I don't remember where I fell asleep. Maybe over the weekend :)

Date: 2016-02-04 12:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] liminal-space.livejournal.com
It is actually nice to find out others have your same "WTF?" moments. :) Someone up there in the comments said something about putting it in their coffee. I AM GOING TO TRY THAT THIS MORNING!

I hope it doesn't work as a laxative; I have a long drive down the mountain.

(I also hope that wasn't TMI....:)

OK, so catch up on the x-files and we'll chat! I really, really, really enjoyed the third one; it felt like home.

Date: 2016-02-04 12:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] liminal-space.livejournal.com
That, my dear, is an understatement. ;)

Edited Date: 2016-02-04 12:36 pm (UTC)

Date: 2016-02-03 07:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rustedxemotions.livejournal.com
Ohhh my, that snow! I've never seen so much, living in Southern California! o_o

I lol'd about the coconut oil. Coconut oil is there for you! Makes you look younger, feel younger, be younger, does your taxes for, makes you sweat less... lol!

Mulder. *sigh* Haha. I'm disappointed that I haven't made time for the new X-Files. I was a fan from a young, young age. The first show I really got into, actually! How is the new stuff!?!

Date: 2016-02-04 12:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] liminal-space.livejournal.com
I have lived my entire life in Central California, where we SEE snow on the mountains....from a safe, warm distance. Even when we would go to the snow "for fun", it was on well-plowed roads and the snow was tramped down by other people. You know, like it's SUPPOSED to be.

This has been such an experience for us all. A mostly good experience. :)

Oh, if only coconut oil would PAY my taxes for me! Then I would be a devoted cult follower for the rest of my days.

....

OK, so I don't want to spoil anything about the X-Files for you, but I'll give you this:

The first episode felt stilted and sort of off...not because the characters don't look the same (or even sound the same), but because....I don't know why. I wasn't disappointed though; I've been longing for their return, so they could have just stared at the camera and said nothing for an hour and I would have been OK.

Second episode started gaining momentum, and the actors perked up a bit. Maybe, like the rest of us aging folk, they needed to just get warmed up. =D

Third episode was delightful. Silly in a way the old X-Files never was, but delightful nonetheless.

I SAY WATCH IT!

Date: 2016-02-03 02:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] savonarola.livejournal.com
That's a tiny Chupacabra. Also, it's all about Krycek. But Cumberbatch, he is one strange looking, long necked fella (though dashing as Mr. Holmes.)

Coconut oil is extremely versatile. Use it for millions of things. Great with popcorn!

Date: 2016-02-04 12:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] liminal-space.livejournal.com
*snort* You city folk and your notions; everyone knows Chupacabras are large beasts with itty bitty, dainty, ballerina feet. ;)

I never thought about it on popcorn! o.O I could see that working!

(paste from above:)

I may have to take back my snark regarding coconut oil; I did not get sick and I know I was coming down with something. o.O

Also, I have a patch of really dry skin behind my right ear. It's usually treated with a steroid cream, but I hate using that crap. I've been sporadically (read: when I remember) applying coconut oil to it and it's cleared up and stayed gone longer than any time I can remember.

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All that said, how are you?

As odd as this sounds, I've been thinking of you a lot recently. Your most recent post has left me....troubled. Discomforted. Wanting to offer words of comfort/wisdom, but having none. <3

Date: 2016-02-05 02:33 am (UTC)
soundofsunlight: Poppies at sunset, my default icon. (reeds)
From: [personal profile] soundofsunlight
I loved your snarky sales pitch for the coconut oil. Then saw your comment about retracting your snark. I may have to try it myself. I'm curious how it would taste in coffee too. Or maybe even tea.
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