The time has come my friends to get working on setting up Wordpress and moving my blog over from Blogger. Tumblr’s been fun but it can’t last forever :) I think I have narrowed down my choice of hosting services. Soon.
I haven’t spent any money the past 3 days but that’s not unusual. I’m in camp right now so no need to spend money (except to replace stolen toothpaste).
I’m headed into Fort McMurray tonight to pay my rent so I’ll be buying fuel for my car. Not very exciting news. But here is something exciting; I have tumblr blog. I’m sure I’ve mentioned it before. I frequently update it throughout the day so it’s worth checking out. I’ve been really busy at work so I haven’t had time to do much of anything else. I’ve become a shell of my former self.
Anyways, check out my tumblr blog, Ticket to the Moon.
I’m trying to write a post but I’m suffering a bit of writer’s block. As promised, I did write my about page today so that’s worth reading eh? I’m currently watching the movie Sneakers. It’s still one of my favourite movies. If I finish my post by the end of the night, I will toss it up onto the InterWebs.
I’m thinking about starting a food blog. If I’m going to rant about cupcake culture but not do anything about it, then it’s meaningless. Right? If I do decide to start the blog, I would have to “fly casual” since I’m still unemployed and money is tight. I’m up for the challenge though. I don’t know if it would be very popular since I’m rather eccentric. However, I think it’s important to always bring forward one’s values and ideas regardless of how they are received. There is no change without dialogue.
Updates are a good thing. Upcoming I have my new blog which will take a different direction but still focus on spirituality but it will also be balanced with art. I have my Star Wars site and podcast to finish and my Web 2.0 project. Oh and I cannot forget my 101 things in 1001 days list. good stuff.
My new blog won’t be showcased until I have the CSS and graphics absolutely perfect. It won’t be another work in progress but completed as a framework for what I feel I need to express.
I will be away from the blogsphere and most of the internets until June 1, 2007. You can email me at gildedapple[at]gmail[dot]com if you would like to know the address of the new blog I’ll be creating. I don’t know when exactly it will be online but hopefully before June 1.
I’m home now— actually, I’ve been home since Thursday night. I don’t feel very well; I got what feels like a huge ball of stress just sitting in my body like a weight. Only two more days and I can go back to camp and the stress of being in Cold Lake will disappear. Trent and I haven’t been talking much and when we are together in the same room, it feels awkward and forced. We went out for dinner the other night and from my POV he spent more time paying attention to everything else but me. He was like that the last night I was home at the beginning of November. I guess things have been strained between us for awhile, I just don’t know why. When I get back on the 14th I have a few hours of sleep before I leave to visit my parents over the Yule break.
I’m sorry I haven’t been blogging consistently. Work is just plain hectic— interesting but just full on. It bothers me that I haven’t been blogging, or taking care of myself as well as I should be so that has me thinking a lot about routines lately. I need to find a balance between work and my own personal interests and hobbies. For example, I plan on taking a Geology course through Simon Fraser University by correspondence (since I live in hel’s half acre) as well as a course on Ayurveda. I’ll probably start with the Ayureveda course first directly in the new year. I’ve stated my goals for the new year so this fits in nicely.
I feel a bit out of place in the world of pagan bloggers. Many focus on faith, well many other’s focus on the politics of being pagan in a world dominated by atheism and monotheism. My interest has always been in sensuality and healing— healing myself, healing the Earth and healing others. I have my beliefs and my craft and they guide me but my faith is in me and isn’t as outwardly focused as I find in other’s. hmm.
well back to Camp today and y’know, I’m looking forward to it :) I booked my appointments at the Aveda Experience center for manicure, pedicure and facial and I booked a haircut at the Aveda Academy both for September 22. I’m currently making a list of environmentally friendly cleaning products to purchase for both home and camp. Good news is that I’m at the library and my organic living books came in so I’ll have plenty of good reads for the next 10 days not to mention my amazon purchases. Oh and I’m bringing my Star Wars collection (dvds/cds) up with me \m/
I will be posting while I’m at camp now that I set it up so I can mail in my posts. I can’t access my blog directly. I will be able to read the comments because they are sent to my email but I cannot respond except in my post :(
I’m testing a new feature so I can email my posts in. I hope this worked :)
meh. hello from the library :( our internet connection is f.u.b.a.r right now so until we can fix it I can’t blog from home. I hate this! I love blogging. My blog is my space. I have my blog and my car; the two things that truly belong to me. However, I only live 30 seconds from the library so I think that for now I can still post on my days off. That’s something at least.
today’s rune is perth; the dice-cup, the vulva (depending on whom you ask). It is the rune of fertility, mystery, magic, new beginnings, rebirth and sexuality.
well, two things really; Heima is going to be cleaned up a bit over the next couple days. It’ll look the same but better organized. Also, I will be changing what I post about. My focus is still primarily on two things; my creativity and my runic journey. Those have my attention, as they should. However, because of these two goals my writing is going to be more about spirituality, sensuality, creativity and authentic living and less about my emotional ups and downs. I want readers to learn and take something from my blog and my writing. I want my writing to be tighter and more authentic.
because I just loOove lists :D Here is a list of 20 wonderful things:
- Galactic Senate Star Wars forum: my home away from home…in a galaxy far far away, of course.
- Star Wars Fanworks: audio crack for Star Wars geeks
- Sensual Home by Ilse Crawford
- Home is Where the Heart Is? by Ilse Crawford
- In Praise of Slow by Carl Honore
- Peace at Home by Juliet Pegrum
- Slow Food by Carlo Petrini
- Oren’s Daily Roast
- Salone Internazionale del Gusto
- Penny Arcade
- CSS Zen Garden
- bread coffee chocolate yoga
I’ve decided to make heima my only blog so over the next day I will be moving some stuff over and finishing up the new template design. This blog, as you have noticed isn’t strictly about Wicca or paganism. It will continue to be about spirituality but I guess more about the spirituality of living and not just under the umbrella of religion :)
From the book Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson; a poem that begins the first pages of his Baroque Cycle trilogy:
State your intentions, Muse. I know you’re there.
Dead bards who pined for you have said
You’re bright as flame, but fickle as air.
My pen and I, submerged in liquid shade,
Much dark can spread, on days and over reams
But without you, no radiance can shed.
Why rustle in the dark, when fledged with fire?
Craze the night with flails of light. Reave
Your turbid shroud. Bestow what I require.
But you’re not in the dark. I do believe
I swim, like squid, in clouds of my own make,
To you, offensive. To us both, opaque.
What’s constituted so, only a pen
Can penetrate. I have one here; let’s go.
In his book, In Praise of Slow, Carl Honore talks about how to slow your life down and cash in your membership card from the Cult of Speed for the reward of better quality of life.
In the chapter, Cities: Blending Old and New, he states that many young people in Italy are returning to the rural towns of their childhood “in search of a calmer pace of life…now that a the charm of high-speed, high-stress urban living is wearing off.” I had a bit of a revelation today when I re-read that paragraph because that’s exactly what I’ve done.
In my case though, I moved to the small and very beautiful town of Cold Lake, Alberta. However, instead of escaping a large, urban city, I escaped from a small city that is suffering from Vancouveritis. Former residents of Vancouver moved to Chilliwack in search of natural beauty and a slower way of life only to ruin it by recreating all the problems and stresses they sought to leave behind— “condo-cities”, heavy traffic and paving paradise to put up
a parking lot kitschy, uninspiring housing developments.
I removed myself from a high-stress job, an increasingly stressful city and a disastrous living environment. Now that I’m in Cold Lake without a job yet, I feel no stress. Okay, I’m a little freaked about not having a job yet but yoga really helps relieve that— not to mention having the greatest, most thoughtful friend on the face of the planet. Instead of hounding me with questions and post-it note reminders not to mention the evil eye, Trent has done the opposite and proved his advice to be patient is the right thing. Just Be Patient is the message and the mantra and if I’m patient the work will follow.
Slowly it has crept up on me that I’ve been reveling in my own thoughts these last two weeks. I remember what I read again and my writing output has increased at least 80% Why? Because I no longer have the thousands of voices from all my previous customers and their problems in my head anymore. My head is now filled with my voice, the voices of wonderful, thoughtful authors and sometimes that of Trent when we have the occasions to sit and talk and write.
I am optimistic about the future because I have the space and freedom to put all my ideas into action. Trust me, I’ve had a few rather grandiose ideas like opening up my own store albeit in the distant future. Completing my 101 things in 1001 days list is very important to me despite the lack of seriousness of the list. When I was working my old job I was so tired and worn out mentally that I only had the motivation to read and recover. Now, not only is feeling content new to me so is another emotion: enthusiasm.