Book Review: Flesh and Bone

November 27, 2013
Flesh and Bone (Body Farm, #2)Flesh and Bone by Jefferson Bass
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After finishing Ghost Story (review forth-coming, maybe) I was in need of a Dresden break before I jumped into Cold Days. None of the fantasy or sci-fi on my list really grabbed my attention, so back to murder mysteries I went.

I am liking the writing style(s) of Jefferson Bass much better than Kathy Reichs (but I still binge on Bones marathons). Spoiler I can't believe they killed off a main character so soon!! I had to make sure I wasn't reading A Game of Thrones.

I was happy to see that Bass and Miranda had made up and that Miranda wasn't all psycho-girlfriend about Bass' blooming love life. The twist ... I saw coming and yet I didn't. Let's just say that the circumstantial evidence was quite convincing, except that you know that he didn't do it, so as a reader you already have doubt and start looking for alternative explanations.

Like most of my favorite books of all genres, this is character driven as much as by the science behind the series. I'm thoroughly looking forward to getting through the series to see what leads up to the ending of Madonna and Corpse.

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Homewalk 2013: Why I Walk

November 22, 2013
Tomorrow I will be walking in my first 5K with +United Way of Greater Los Angeles.

I'm walking because being homeless sucks, whether you are living on the streets, crashing with friends, or living in your car, a motel, or hostel because you have no where else to go.

I know, you're probably thinking "No shit, Captain Obvious." Being homeless with kids is even worse. It's a reality I have lived through and a fear I constantly have with being a contractor. There is nothing scarier than living paycheck-to-paycheck and having your contract and your lease end at the same time. Or having an uncaring landlord who doesn't care that your next gig will start in three weeks and you'll be able to get caught up then when rent is due last week.

I'm walking to help end that fear and uncertainty for at least one family.

By the way, you can still donate. Just click right here.  

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Fundraise or donate $100 or more and it will be matched, dollar for dollar, through a challenge grant by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation!

What is HomeWalk? HomeWalk is United Way of Greater Los Angeles’ annual 5K Run/Walk to End Homelessness. Each year, thousands of Angelenos come together to do their part by fundraising and spreading the word that homelessness is a solvable problem.

Why HomeWalk?
Los Angeles is the homeless capital of the nation. Over the past 6 years, HomeWalk has mobilized 38,000 walkers, raised $3 million and moved 13,000 people into housing. 100% of proceeds from the event go back into the community, supporting effective strategies to end this crisis.

How Can We End Homelessness? The number one reason for homelessness is loss of a job. With our region’s unemployment rate at an all-time high, it’s not surprising that we’ve become the homeless capital of the nation.

The policies and solutions United Way advocates, such as permanent supportive housing and rapid rehousing, have a 43% cost savings for taxpayers with an 85% success rate when it comes to keeping people off the streets. That’s why our five-year action plan to end chronic and veteran homelessness is called Home For Good.

HomeWalk is an opportunity for all Angelenos to come together to raise funds and awareness while building a brighter future for our community. Join us today by registering, donating or volunteering! Together, we can end homelessness once and for all. 

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Throwback Thursday: San Diego

November 21, 2013
Some of my friends may remember this night.
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circa 1998

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Menu Plan Monday: Paleo Pasta Week

November 18, 2013
What? Paleo and pasta in the same sentence? What trickery is this??? 

It's fall and I instinctively just want to carb up. Luckily for me, PaleoOMG seems to be the same way. And Civilized Caveman (and now these two are collaborating on a cookbook!!! Sign me up, I will stand in line for this.)

OK, not really. 

Sunday: Turkey and Spinach Stuffed Sweet Potatoes - very quick, easy and tasty
Monday: Grilled chicken with mixed veggies from Fresh & Easy (garlic ranch butter ... nom!)
Tuesday: Cajun Salmon with Asparagus with Citrus Dressing Recipe
Wednesday: Chicken Bacon Alfredo and broccoli
Thursday: Tilapia with Green Beans
Friday: Paleo Spaghetti but using spaghetti squash instead of zucchini
Saturday: leftovers or crock-pot beef stew if I can find the lid to my crock-pot (sloppy packing this past summer). I'm walking the United Way Homewalk 5K that morning and will want something tasty to warm me up.

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Throwback Thursday: November 2007

November 14, 2013
Apparently I always look tense these days, even when I am enjoying myself.

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Coloring My Sisterlocks

Call me vain, but I hate the gray. I am by no means ready to "grow old gracefully". I'm not even middle-aged yet!

When I got my locs installed they told me I should either color right before installation or I would have to wait a year. A year! I thought I could stick it out, I didn't want any chemicals on my hair before installation (at this point henna hadn't even crossed my radar). Back in July I had colored dark brown and within a month my roots were bad.
Tri-colored hair and I had colored
right after I took my braids out!
I've been artfully doing a side-part to hide the worst of it. But at my two-month tightening my loctitian made a random comment about the colors in my hair.

The colors in my hair aren't nearly
as pretty as the background.

Last week I contacted my loctitian and didn't exactly beg, but was possibly persuasive enough that she gave me the go-ahead to use henna a week before my re-ti (CAUTION!!!! This is not recommended!!!! My locs are only three months old and all responsibility for anything negative that happens is my own damn impatient fault).

 I ordered this kit and set aside half a day (after reading the reviews) to do my hair. It was a good reason to get caught up on Scandal ... 


I know it's time to color
when I no longer get carded.
Step 1: Left on for about 30 minutes. My hair is coarse and has always taken longer to process everything, so I left it on double the time of the instructions even after letting it cure for an hour. And I did a bad thing. I forgot to bundle my ends! Oh shit! It took forever to rinse out and then I just prayed that I hadn't screwed up my locs.

And still it's barely red. Oops, I hope Step 2 takes away the rest of it.
After Step 1 there's a red tinge to my gray.
I guess I could have left it on a little longer but I didn't want brassy.
Step 2: Section and bundle! (Better late than never?) Slather something akin to mud made up of henna, indigo, herbs, and day-old coffee (more brown, less red), all over my head, cover with a plastic cap and apply heat .... unless you tend towards red, then don't use heat.

I tend towards red, so I used the included plastic cap, then covered with my shower cap and then a scarf. Marinate... and forget to set the timer. I figured I was done when it started dripping down my neck. I think it was on for about 2.5 hours.


It took almost an hour (really 20 minutes, but it felt like an hour. I mean have you ever washed your hair for 20 minutes straight?!?!?!?) to rinse until the water ran clear. The things we do for beauty....
I got carded at the grocery store :)
I mixed it with coffee instead of water and
that made a huge difference. More brown/black and less red.
My re-tightening is this Friday. I know I have slippage on one or two locs in the kitchen, but they were that way before I henna'd. Hopefully that's the only thing. My hair feels a little thicker and a little off texture-wise. Five days later there's still indigo coming off on my fingers, but it hasn't transferred to my skin, clothes or pillowcase, so that's a good thing.

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Wordless Wednesday: Dessert

November 13, 2013

Throwback Thursday: Vacation

November 7, 2013
I am so ready to relax

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Dear Readers

November 4, 2013

Thank you so much for sticking around. The last two months of real life have been somewhat of a emotional roller-coaster and I am just now getting my creative mojo back. My motivation for writing is struggling to keep up, but I figure if I keep creating drafts and taking pictures, it will all come together soon.

So guess what that means for you all? It means your RSS feeds are going to go bonkers. I have been menu-planning, taking photos, pouring out my heart and soul, and well, I'll be polishing and publishing as much as possible over the next few weeks. That is, if I don't get cold feet about baring my soul. There are so many more of you now and jot the 8-10 friends and family that I started this blog for ... wow, over a decade ago. 

And again, thank you for not abandoning me and coming back each week. I know you just come for the food, but I hope you'll stick around for the conversation. Hint: leave a comment

Photo Friday: Swift

November 1, 2013

Boston Museum of Science

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