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Christmas and Birthday

Another Christmas and another birthday came and went. I was actually due on December 25 but decided to wait until the 27 my Mom told me.
This year I spent my Christmas and birthday on the beautiful Oregon coast.
On Christmas Eve I walked the beach with the dogs....



Tomten was waiting.



We had glögg.





Hello Kitty sparkling rose, I just had to have it.



The sun setting on my birthday.







My beautiful love Chhaya, with me always and forever. ❤️



Then we left the beach only to return today, ringing in the New Year here.

Tomten

It is getting late on Christmas Day.....everybody is sleeping except me and Tomten maybe?
Here is about half of the poem "Tomten" by Victor Rydberg and the English translation.
Enjoy and goodnight.
I hope everybody had a merry, nice and cozy Christmas. God Jul.



New Collages & Milk

I put up some new collages on the boring walls in the club. Some fun and empowering ones....I like the empowering ones because I have heard so many negative opinions about dancers. Mostly from people that have no business opening up their mouths to say anything bad about anyone in the first place. Two great examples are some people that I used to know (but no longer and am I ever so grateful for that). The dude with the serious anger and drinking problem.....that ended up with the drunk slut (words by his own Mother). Nothing like pairing up with somebody that fits you well, congratulations! And that loud alcoholic who has so much positivity to spread.....she spread her legs all over her hometown in Illinois so much so that everybody had a try.
Those two certainly should keep their tobacco stained gaps shut.
I have met so many girls that dance who have their affairs well in order.





And some serious stuff about the state of today's society. It is not depressing....it is REAL.



I really like this palette by Urban Decay. These are on sale now.



Milk! We have milk for sale.....$50 an ounce and it sells like it is going out of style. 8 ounces equals $400. The baby can eat formula.



And before some self appointed moral police decides to call the health department, all the milk goes to the baby - we do not sell breast milk at the club, I am only joking. All we are selling and shelling out is some good old fashioned abuse.

Tea & Winter Solstice

I started my day with some tea and cookies and Townshend's Tea Company - so yummy and relaxing. It is my time to just slowly start my day, I read, think, plan my day, plot evil stuff (lol), write sometimes and relax.



My plan was to go and pay for some layaway Christmas gifts at Walmart today....Tyler Perry did that and I thought it was such a great idea and wanted to do it as well. Tyler spent about what POTUS gets in his yearly presidential salary. I can't match that amount but thought I would shell out about $150. Well.....guess my surprise when the lady working behind the customer service counter told me that the layaways had to be paid for and picked up by December 10. What? I think that is weird. What if you would want to get your kids some Christmas gifts and wait until about the second week in December, put the stuff on layaway with the intention to pay for and pick it up right in time for Christmas Eve? No, I guess that is not a possibility at Walmart, you have to do it before December 10. Whatever! I was annoyed. Now I am thinking I will give away some food and maybe some well needed items to a couple of homeless people in Portland instead. There are a LOT of homeless in Portland.



Winter Solstice today! And Capricorn season has begun. I am a Capricorn. Best sign in the zodiac..... ;-)



Portland Stuff

I spent a couple of weeks in Portland and here are a few pics of what I did.
Met up with a friend to talk.



Drank latte everyday in different places.....read up on the latest Portland stuff.



Check out these beautiful homes!



And this Christmas tree.....are you feeling Christmasy yet? I'm not. There is no snow here and I'm kind of just like MEH....as always I am excited to give away some nice presents. This year I got inspired by Tyler Perry and I am going to do what he did this year but in a much smaller scale of course. One does what one can.



Driving around in Portland. Not like Bend where it is downtempo and you get from point A to point B in a short amount of time. It is also easier to drive around in Vegas where the infrastructure in general is newer and gives you more room. Portland driving is bumpy, pot holes everywhere, winding roads, hills all over and confusion in general.



I am back to the calm in Bend now but I will be returning to Portland soon and it looks like I will be spending a lot of time there next year.

ScanFair

Today I went to ScanFair, a Nordic craft fair that was held in Portland over the weekend. I had pancakes and glögg....probably the best glögg I've ever had.



I still believe in tomtar (gnomes), trolls and all the other mystical creatures that exist in nature with us. I grew up reading these stories.

Midvinternattens köld är hård,
stjärnorna gnistra och glimma.
Alla sova i enslig gård
gott intill morgontimma.
Månen sänker sin tysta ban,
snön lyser vit på fur och gran,
snön lyser vit på taken.
Endast tomten är vaken.

(Excerpt from "Tomten" by Victor Rydberg)



Magic mushrooms are often found in art together with Santa. There is a reason for that, old history there.





Lily

Lily an elephant that was born in captivity at the Oregon Zoo died two days ago, a day before her 6th birthday. She had a virus that is found in elephants in the wild and in captivity. A vigil for Lily and a protest against the zoo in general was held there this evening. When I found out about it I wanted to see it for myself. According to one of the signs 21 elephants have died inside the Oregon zoo. Lily was the latest elephant to die.
I am of course very much against animals being held in captivity for human enjoyment. I am against circuses that use animals for entertainment and places like Sea World. If you want to see animals, go out in nature or watch Animal Planet or something like that.
Sure it it also dangerous for elephants to live in the wild, SADLY because of poaching. But just because elephants in the wild risk succumbing to poachers does not make it right to keep them in zoos. I was reading random comments when looking up the Oregon zoo earlier that some people used holding elephants in zoos as a good reason for them not to be in the wild and therefore not die in the hands of a poacher. Like zoos would be a safe place for them.
It is really not OK to support places like zoos in 2018, people should be more enlighten by now and realize that this is animal abuse.