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Spicy

I love spicy food. This salsa called "Death Salsa" is very hot. My mouth burns when I eat it. I got one for my friend Mikey and he he could not eat it, too hot for him. And today I tried the blackberry serrano Noosa. If you like yoghurt and haven't tried Noosa yet, you HAVE to - it is so creamy and delicious. Spicy yoghurt might sound a bit strange but it is surprisingly tasty, I have to try the raspberry habanero one. I am definitely a spicy food person. My Mom used to say that spicy food is really good for the stomach and intestinal flora. And fermented food like sauerkraut too, another food that I love.



And this tea I really like also (not spicy), Youthberry by Teavana......mmmmmmmmm! It's so good! And it smells heavenly.



Holiday Tea

I have to be at work at 7 30 this morning. Surprisingly I love the opening shift and rather work the opening than closing. When opening I am there at 7 30 or 8 30 AM depending on what day of the week it is and when I close I start at 11 30 AM until about 5 30 - 5 45 PM.
The other day I made some of the Holiday Tea for me and Gabi (our chef) to try. We have some nice teas as well, not only coffee, our teas are by Harney & Sons. I liked it and might send some to my friend Marie in Sweden. She drinks a lot of tea and I would like for her to try this one. I started drinking tea when I was about 12. Coffee came some some years later. I spent many evenings drinking tea with Marie and talking for hours and lots of time with her at various cafés all over Stockholm with a large cafe au lait each.



And I got my first Yelp review! We had a nice couple in last Saturday, besides food and dessert they ordered a doppio and a latte. The man took a pic and I can be seen behind the espresso machine and he wrote, "Exceeds high expectations. Romantic, delicious food and beverages. Service and enviroment is comfortable and elegant. Incredible bakery & cafe." Five stars too!
So it was not I per se that got the review but it was only and Gabi working that day. It made me happy to see that review! :-)
Well, I am off to work now.......FUN!

Oldie But Goodie

Here is an oldie but goodie of ME (this pic is already in the blog somewhere). Location somewhere outside of Las Vegas with the wind blowing through my hair. A bebe dress on that I still have. I keep clothes forever.
I have a few photo shoots awaiting. One with Cindy and one with Barry, both photographers that I have shot with before. I had to cancel on Cindy a few times, once because of work and another because I had to help somebody out. Too bad because we had a shoot scheduled on the day of the supermoon that happened a few weeks ago and I totally missed out on the shoot and watching the spectacular moon......disappointing! Plus I don't like cancelling and being flaky, that's not me.
Barry mentioned maybe shooting in Death Valley......I have never done that before, so I hope we can make that happen. Then I might have another shoot somewhere out by Beatty. That is about 100 miles from Vegas and I need to bring a dress that flows. I have not decided on that shoot yet.
But if I do it I will pack a sleeping bag and then me and Chhaya will spend the night in the car listening to Coast to Coast AM. Munch on potato chips and cuddle!


Blanket

I am sitting at Illumilatte writing this before I go and spend the day doing errands. Right when I was getting out of the car to walk in here, sit down and have my latte a very skinny man carrying a torn plastic bag walked by. His pants were also torn and he had a bloody cut on his knee. He had a thin small blanket over his shoulders with only a t-shirt underneath and I got out of the car and ran up to him asking if I could buy him a coffee or a tea so he could warm up, perhaps something to eat as well? He looked at me and his eyes were yellow where it is supposed to be white. He said no, wanted whisky instead. I replied that I don't have whisky. Again, I said, "Are you sure that you don't want a coffee or tea to warm up"? He politely declined. I then asked if I could give him a blanket at least, I just happened to have one in my car (recently washed too) and he said yes to that. So I got the blanket out of my car and put it over his shoulders and he went on his way. I felt bad for him, I want to cry now (yes, I am sensitive). You never know where life will take you.
Some people do bad things and bad things happen to them as a result, others are assholes and glide through life with no care for anything besides themselves, sometimes good people fall on hard times and sadness and have no support and end up in a bad situation. I often fantasize about winning a lot of money, I would spend it helping animals, children and adults in real need. I would make sure my family and friends would be taken care of and get myself a home somewhere first but after that I would live to help the ones in need.
Last year for Thanksgiving I went to Molasky park in Vegas and another area where many homeless hang out to give away socks, gloves and toiletries. Although it felt good to help I was sad to see that there was a lot of food thrown on the ground, good food. I don't even throw away food and here there are people that supposedly are in need and they throw away food? That made me feel sad.
The man I gave the blanket to today was clearly in need. Some of the people I have seen in Molasky park (a place where many supposedly homeless and drug users hang out and sleep) seem to be doing pretty good. No worries about rent, bills and responsibilities just worries about how to score drugs.
I hope the man I gave the blanket to finds a warm place to rest today and gets some food to eat. There he is walking away...... :-(
And trust me, I am not "bragging" here about me doing something nice for a stranger.....I am very well aware of that there are many out there doing a lot, so much more than me.



Besides that.....now I need to get another blanket to have in my car and I want to get a blanket, a very soft furry one, for Chhaya's bed. She took one of the squekies out of her new toy last night. She is so cute when she does that. Her new nickname is Baby Armadillo. She has like 10 names besides Chhaya. "Kärt barn har många namn" is a Swedish proverb fitting for Chhaya and her many names.
Oh and she responds to all of them. She is smart.



I am going to wax my legs later. For a good wax you need to get nice and hairy.
So the wax grips well and rips out the hair with the root. I actually enjoy waxing, it only stings a little and I like that sting.
I am going to try a new wax, the Parissa wax and see how it holds up to the one I usually use, Sally Hansen.



And before I go here is some girlpower....... ;-) A very true statement indeed.



I remember when I let my armpit hair grow out a few years ago and I would be like....."LOOK, LOOK!!!" to everybody when I was on stage at work. It was great! I don't get that hairy though......I was hoping for some shockingly furry armpits but that didn't happen. Then I made a merkin for myself and stuffed it inside my panties. We had some good laughs at the club those nights..... :-D


In Pictures

I thought I would show you what I have been up to in pictures. The other day I got an acute pierogi craving. So I ate pierogis for two days in a row, with lots of fried red onion and sour creme on the side. Then I had a pasta craving. I am fattening up for the winter like a bear.



I am also trying to finish up some arts and crafts projects......



It is kind of cold here at night now and I love the chilly evenings. I had to pull up my hoodie on tonight's walk with Chhaya and wear gloves, she likes the cooler weather too.



Chhaya got a new toy today. Only a matter of time until she tears it apart and takes out the squeakies. Then she will want to play tug with it. Tug and hide and seek are her fave games. She can't get enough of that.



The other day when we were out doing errands, we were waiting for the light to turn green, I had Chhaya in the passenger seat and her window was rolled down. A lady pulls up and said that she just had to say that Chhaya is so beautiful. I know I said, I heard it from strangers so many times - Chhaya is a very pretty girl.
My baby.
Now we are in bed. I just got out of the shower and I washed all my bedding today, so I am feeling extra cozy in the bed tonight. I put on some new food cream I haven't tried before and I am about to put dog paw salve on Chhaya's feet now. Then sleep.



So Much Fun

Work so far is FUN. We are a small group that work in the cafe and we joke around a LOT, I have to say I initiate a lot of the jokes but my humor has been well received. I told them that I have Tourette's and multiple personalities so when I burst out singing, dancing, joking around or talking loudly in weird accents they should not worry. I HATE being bored at work, I can sit home and be bored, relax with a book, be quiet or sleep but at work I can't take being bored, I get so restless. Of course I tone it down when we have people in eating......
Everybody that comes in is nice, so far so good.
Besides making a "beautiful" macchiato, one couple told me that my french press I made them was probably the best cup of coffee they ever had and a lady asked me after I had explained the menu and taken her order if I was the owner and I said, "no, I just work here" and she said that I treat the place like I am the owner.
Look, I know that I am not performing brain surgery, I just work in a cafe - I know.
I wanted a break from dancing because I really don't like dancing in Vegas, I am hired at the Spearmint Rhino and I can go work there but for now I don't want to.
I enjoy the cafe, it is a nice looking place in a good area and I get to make coffee and drink it and taste the baked goods that our two pastry chefs prepare fresh almost daily .......yummy. I scrape the whipped cream bowls clean too.



Wake up and smell the coffee beans. Right now our beans are from Black Drop coffee in California.



The daily selection......varies slightly from day to day.



A special order......cupcakes with macarons on top.



I wrote this. They like my hand writing so I am going to rewrite the menu that is on the large mirror hanging on the wall. The girl that originally did it got $60 to write the menu on the mirror but we need to update the selection. I have never written on a large mirror before but I will try. Perhaps I will become a mirror writing artist next?



Our espresso machine, La Pavoni. The owner bought it used. Nobody at the cafe has any espresso training, so when I came in I kind of knew more about espresso than the people working. But there is more to it that just pouring in some ground espresso beans and warm milk into a cup. You have to pull the shot, don't burn the shot, know tamping, heat the milk without burning it, froth the milk if needed and of course know the difference between different the coffees that are on the menu. Anyhow, I watched some online tutorials and printed out a lot of information, put it together in a folder and brought it to work. And two of the girls that work at Illumilatte offered to come in a train us and I think that would be a great because I think we need real training plus I want to know and I want to learn. The baristas at Illumilatte also told me I can come in there and get some training from them for free, I might do that if my place won't take them up on their offer.
I go to Illumilatte on my days off for my latte and made friends with the baristas there.



We also party at work every day. We go through bottles this size on a daily basis, no wonder work is so much FUN! :-D



But I have to go now......I need to give Chhaya breakfast, take her out, go get a latte and start my day. It is Sunday and overcast. I LOVE overcast in Vegas.
And the rum is used to make the bread pudding. No way I would drink at work......even if offered.

More About Trump

OK......I finally ate dinner (it's almost 10 PM here) and opened up my laptop thinking that I HAVE to write something today! Or people won't read my blog anymore! And I don't want that.
Dinner consisted of watermelon (I am still on a watermelon kick), Flaming Hot Limon Cheetos and hot tea with lemon and sugar. This afternoon me and Chhaya had goodies from Whole Foods. Sweet potato and turkey for her and for me a mix of all kinds of yummy stuff (no meat).
So I want to talk a bit more about Trump, yeah I'm not quite done yet......
Are people still out there protesting or have they given up yet, now that it is getting colder and made it home to the couch and the tv? I sure am enjoying the couch!
And I did hear that protester were HIRED and paid $ to be out there showing their disapproval for Trump. Look up George Soros and read for yourself, I have honestly not done that much fact checking on that besides some reading and listening to people discuss it on the radio. But it is so incredibly WEAK to be out there protesting only because you got paid. That is like having zero integrity. FAKE. I don't like fake.
And I am curious if there were any Asian or Indian (not Native Americans) people protesting or only politically correct white granolas, blacks and latinos? I suspect the Asians and Indians are too busy getting an education, a career and a good job......they don't have time to be loitering in the streets. But if you happen to be Asian or Indian and were out protesting Trump, please let me know! Did you do it out of free will or did you collect an hourly salary for doing so?
And who has moved away from America yet now that Trump got elected?
Several famous and many regular people "threatened" to pack up and leave.
Go ahead! Make that "threat" reality. Send a postcard from your destination, let us know how you like it.
Also.....watch people formerly against Trump start kissing his ass now.
And what about burning your New Balance shoes after somebody in their camp made a statement and the people against Trump took offense so they showed their annoyance by burning their New Balance shoes. I have a few pairs of New Balance shoes and I love them, not planning on burning any shoes here. I suggest next time you want to burn a perfectly good pair of shoes or some other piece of clothing in good condition that you calm down, take a breath and give those shoes to somebody that might need them and doesn't give a shit whether it's New Balance or some other brand, just happy to have a pair of shoes. And New Balance are now the "Official Shoes of White People". Really? Good that I have four pairs then! I will make sure to wear my blue ones tomorrow.



Throw some Black Lives Matter in there too just because. Why not. Don't even get me started on THAT issue.......yes yes BLM and YOUR life too white person and MY life and that person's life and that ones too etc etc......SIGH.



And how about poor Maggie in Minnesota that threw up and was terrified when she found out Trump got elected. WOW! You know what makes me sick to my stomach and terrified? That ISIS take innocent persons like Kayla Muller for example or journalists, aid workers, doctors, anybody that doesn't agree with them and torture, rape and murder those people. THAT makes me sick, sad and scared. It also makes me sick that grown men rape children or that people abuse animals. Trump got elected......Hillary didn't and people bawl their eyes out like they are at a good friends or relatives funeral. Get it together! I read that some 13 year old kid was SOBBING and had to stay home from school over Clinton's loss.
If you get that upset over politics when you are 13, you are either a budding politician or brain washed by your parent/s. When I was 13 I was interested in horses, playing with my friends and going dancing at a disco called BG on Friday nights. I was staring at my boy band posters that were all over my walls and day dreamed about making out with my boy band crush of the month. Politics were like the most boring thing ever in my world. That was then, I quite enjoy politics now. And I still like horses, playing with my friends, dancing and I still harbor teenage crushes. Some things never change I guess. I am still very much like a teenager in many ways and that's a good thing.
So how do I get to set MY foot in the White House? It is not impossible, look at Melania. I bet she is like......HOLY SHIT I am the First Lady of the USA! She can't believe her luck, talk about striking the jackpot with the Donald. She is from some small Slovenian village originally and ended up in the White House. So it can happen to anyone I guess.
I know many people think/are confused that Trump is a loose cannon who will push THAT button that will lead us into another world war but he will have advisors and highly educated people surrounding him with expertise and knowledge, like the newly appointed security adviser Michael Flynn. Trump is not going to sit behind a large desk inside the Oval Office making any irrational end of times decisions by himself. And I HOPE that Putin and Trump get along and get to hang out a lot. I think Putin has cojones, that is a good quality. Women have cojones too, I have more cojones than some "men" I've encountered. Either you got them or you don't.......
So calm down people in America and the rest of the world, yes many politically correct Swedes were very upset over Trump's victory as well, let him prove himself before you judge. The job as president of any country is most likely very tough and stressful, I can't even imagine that burden.
Speaking of jobs......I have to be at mine at 8 30 AM so I need to go to sleep soon......
There have been quite a few political entries here lately, I think I need to switch things up with some pictures of ME from my selfie machine (phone) or talk about some nonsense like cupcakes or clothes or something fun like that......
Oh and before I fall asleep.....my Mom thinks that Ivanka will be the first female US president. I can't run for president so I'm out that one. Too bad because ruling with an iron fist would get a new meaning with Tati in charge.....



President Trump

Well it is official, Donald John Trump is the 45th president of the United States of America. I have been watching the polls for about 9 hours......I think I followed this election rather closely. I called that he would become president in a blog entry in July and I remember discussing that I thought Trump would become president when he was still running to be the Republican party candidate with some people at Burning Man last year (not this year) and they looked at me like I was crazy.
Well, I guess I am not the only crazy one......obviously.
My vote was for Trump if I had to choose between him and Hillary. And I also think Gary Johnson would had been a good choice although I have never seen or heard him speak. I do not agree with everything Trump is about but I am looking at the bigger picture. I think that Hillary is very intelligent, educated, well spoken and qualified in many ways and I definitely think a woman can hold any powerful political position, there are examples of that. But overall I think she had too many double standards and that things, too many things overall did not add up with her. So I am pleased with the result of this election. :-)
I think Trump presented a very good first speech when he took stand at the podium tonight. So far so good......only time will tell now. There might be a second term for Trump in 2020 as well if the world as we know it will still be around then. So start recycling, eating less meat and concentrate on becoming a better person so this world will still be here!



Quite interesting that Hillary chose not to make an appearance and that her followers were asked to go home and sleep. I do recall the third debate when Mike Wallace basically asked Trump how he is going to react when he loses the election and Trump was criticized by everybody for his reaction. So where is Hillary now when she in fact lost? Will she get the same response?
It is going to be very interesting to see the ones that were against Trump start kissing his ass. People are so two faced. And one thing I did not like about Hillary's campaign was the inclusion of "celebrities', Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Bon Jovi, Jennifer Lopez etc. Come on now......if you want a concert you go to a concert. Don't mix politics with that kind of entertainment, I am glad that trick did not work out for her.
But it is getting late and I promised Chhaya a walk and then I am going to bed. Goodnight!

Vote





Look at this BEAUTIFUL American pitbull!
I am curious to see what the voter turnout will be in this election after this is all said and done, which is TODAY November 8! Over 60% voter turnout.....or less?
I am amazed that so many Americans don't vote.......complaining and talking shit comes easy but shlepping your ass to vote is a different story. Pathetic.
No matter who wins, because let's be realistic, the three other candidates on the ballot don't stand much of a chance, be grateful that you still have the right to vote! I think it is safe to say that a lot of people don't even KNOW that there are three other candidates on the ballot and an option for "None of These Candidates". America is a democracy (on paper at least) and people have the RIGHT to their opinion, whether you support Trump, Hillary or somebody else. I do not get offended whatsoever by people's political choices. Therefore I think it is highly amusing when some get so angry if you do not agree with them politically.
Really now.....calm down OK. Have an intelligent conversation and discuss instead of getting angry.
I get upset when the individual does something to harm another innocent person or animal. Stuff like that bothers me, that makes me angry. Blatant injustices upset me. I feel strongly about some issues. Mostly involving children, animals, the environment, ISIS and other terrorist organizations and painfully dumb people in society in general. You are voting for Hillary? OK.....good for you. You are voting for Trump? OK.....good for you. I would personally prefer Trump over Hillary and now you know that, I don't care if you don't agree or whatever else you think about me. Oh well. You have your opinion, I have mine.

Sunday Evening Reflections

It is getting late here Sunday evening, many of you are probably getting ready to go to bed or are already sleeping, preparing for an early rise tomorrow to start a new work week. I am working too, at the cafe but not until 12 30 pm tomorrow so I can sleep in and cuddle with Chhaya. Right now I am comfortable on the couch, watching BBC World News and want to share my Sunday evening reflections with you.
First of all, imagine working for BBC......dream job! They have a digital journalist apprenticeship in the UK that is a 22 month long that seems amazing! I wish I could do that!
So the US of A presidential election is in a few days, it will all be over soon.
Until next time that is.....2020.



The latest in the soap opera in case you have missed an episode.....Hillary got cleared by the FBI again for more e mails, around 650 000 e mails this time (damn she emails a lot!) and a woman that claims Trump raped her back in 1994 when she was 13 at some "party" dropped her lawsuit. Ehhhhhh........what?
"Both witnesses say they worked as “party planners” for billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, who paid them to “attract adolescent women” to events he hosted at the Wexner Mansion in New York." Note here that Epstein has been convicted for soliciting girls under the age of 18 for "massage services" and prostitution and served time in prison. He is/was a friend of Trump and ALSO Bill and Hillary.
The other day I watched the Anthony Weiner documentary called Weiner and WOW......I can't believe that him and Huma agreed to being filmed like that.
You get to watch Weiner's life come undone and part of me almost felt sorry for him (because I am way too kind in general, many have told me so). To give up all of what he had going for him privately and professionally for his sexual urges.....what a waste! And that horse faced Sydney Leathers and with that permanent stupid look on her face, her mannerism and career in making porn after getting "famous" for sexting with Weiner? Just BARF. Is there any married/committed man out there that cheats on his significant other with somebody BETTER than their significant other or do they all choose TRASH?
From what I have seen they all downgrade and often by a lot. Who wants a Sydney Leathers when you have a wife that is intelligent, poised and elegant? Men are stupid, Weiner is just another example of that fact.
In this election there is talk about voting for the lesser of two evils. Well HELLO, do NOT vote for Trump or Hillary if you think they are so evil. There are three other candidates on the ballot and a fourth option as well. You are not going to be able to voice your disapproval by voting for a candidate you consider is evil. If you want change then do something about it.
I am also very surprised that on average 60% of eligible voters in US vote in the presidential elections. Are you just that stereotypical lazy and dumb American or do you just not care? Too busy to vote perhaps? Anyhow, if you do not vote then please keep your mouth shut and don't complain about anything.
And if Trump or Hillary would be the only two choices my vote would go to Trump, now you know where I stand on that. Trump for me.
There is something that doesn't feel honest about Hillary and Bill and their foundation. FOLLOW the money and do your own research, I have. Yes, Hillary has vast experience and education and I am impressed by her but she SHOULD have experience after all the years spent in Washington. Trump is rougher around the edges, he blurts stuff out, he is emotional but I think that is OK, he does not possess Hillary's experience but I am comfortable with that. I do not agree with everything he stands for, for example I am PRO choice and I don't think building a wall is doable either but I DO think you do need to screen who comes into a country. Other countries do, with some exceptions and look at what's going on in Germany. Unfortunately money talks and I feel that this election is controlled by money.....and people are getting paid off and bribed.
That Trump talked about grabbing women by the pussy does not bother me whatsoever, there are bigger problems to tackle. Trust me would some sorry guy try to grab me by the pussy he would regret that move. It happened to me once in New York City out and about in public. Some weirdo tried to do just that, after my initial SHOCK me and Shelley hunted that fucker down and beat him up. He got treated like the pathetic little bitch he was.



Enough of my Sunday evening reflections for now......GOODNIGHT! ;-)