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Trying New Stuff



I am trying new stuff, here are three new things for me. I love the Santa Cruz Organic drinks and Trader Joe's Organic, now I love the jalapeño one as well. I saw it at Trader Joe's the other day and since I like spicy stuff I had to give it a try.
I also like the Suja juices, I get them at Whole Foods. My fave is the Vanilla Cloud, today I tried Blue Dream and it was OK. With it I swallowed two BioSil capsules. Seriously, my hair is now thin. Long and thin = NO. It used to be thick and I have dug out so much hair from my tub drain the last couple of years that I am suprised I am not bald yet. I should had saved all those long strands and made them into hair extensions. So now I am going to try BioSil and see if a miracle happens. I am only on my third day so I can't say anything about it yet.
I actually had my blood checked in 2014 to see if my thyroid and other levels were fine because I started notice hair loss towards the end of 2013 but everything was normal. First I thought I had clogged up my hair follicles by slathering on coconut oil all over my hair and scalp a few times and left it in for over 24 hours. And that COULD be the case for the hair loss but I did the coconut oil thing in 2013 and I am still losing hair. Now I am thinking it might be the hair color brand I use. If you have been reading my blog for a while you know that I color my grey hair. I have been having grey hair since I was 18. There is a drawback to being highly intelligent and it is the curse (for me) of having grey hair. ;-) Some people are OK with grey hair, I am not so I color my greys to blend them in with the rest of my hair. But I go about 6-8 weeks in between coloring (last year I went like five months because I just didn't care), I am not obsessing over a few greys showing. It's not all over my head yet but in certain areas. I get box color and I switched to Olia a few years ago and now I am thinking that the hair color might have something to do with the hair loss. There are plenty of really bad online reviews about Olia, so now I am going to try a different hair color brand, thinking about trying Naturtint the next time I color my hair.
There.....now you know about some new things I have tried in the last couple of days. Interesting huh? I'm going to play with my bored puppy now.

Our Roadtrip

I took some pictures of our roadtrip - mine and Chhaya's that is, we started the other day. Chhaya is a great traveling partner. Pay attention to the sign behind her. Just an example of how fucked up human beings really are. I am thankful that the World has animals in it, although sadly they are the recipients of our abuse.



There are all kinds of amazing things along the highway. I should stop more when driving so I can take more pictures. But you just get kind of in "I have to get there" mode and drive.





Wild Cat brothel. Nevada is the only US state where prostitution is legal. BUT.....prostitution is only legal in certain of Nevada's counties and there are 16 counties in Nevada. Las Vegas is in Clark County and contrary to popular belief, prostitution is not legal in Clark County. Does it happen anyways? Duh....do bears poop in the forest? Of course. I passed a few brothels on this trip. Can you see the dog, it was a pitbull, behind the fence? They (the dog and Chhaya) stared quietly at each other for a while, then the dog barked once and I slowly drove off.
There was one semi truck parked outside.



Nevada means snow covered as in snow covered mountains. And speaking of mountains, I summited Mount Charleston outside of Vegas a long time ago. That was one long hike, exhausting but I did it! Chhaya too, she came along and had amazing energy the whole time.



Driving.....somewhere out there.







We arrived at our destination safely. Did not get any tickets and did not hit any animals on the way. The front of the car is covered in all sorts of bugs though, poor insects. We slept in the car along the way. Although I am 5'9" I can make myself small and curl up on the front seat and fall asleep, Chhaya slept on the passenger seat. Tonight I am sleeping in a bed. I am tired now, about to take my contacts out and go to bed.
Took Chhaya for a walk earlier.



My latte this morning.


Another Trip

About one year ago (WOW.....it's been a year already) I drove out to Seven Magic Mountains, which are some tall colorful pillars right outside of Las Vegas. And yesterday I took another trip out there with my cafe crew, not everybody could make it (lame) but the rest of us had a great time. I really feel like the people I work with are like family, I like all of them a lot.
Afterwards we went to eat at The Peppermill. I had a great evening with friends.







This art installation will only be around until next year, so make sure you drive out there if you visit Vegas or live in Vegas before it's too late.

I Like It When

I like it when the muffins are too ugly to sell. They are not too ugly to eat, I don't care what food looks like as long as it tastes good.
Give me all the ugly muffins, I can make use of them.



We have the best cold brew in Sin City.



I am soooooo tired today, I could probably fall asleep now and wake up tomorrow at 6 AM but I need to do some errands and take Chhaya out, no sleep until at least 10 or 11 tonight.

We Like Coconut Milk

I am trying out different coconut milks, here are some from Whole Foods and Trader Joes. Unsweetened, we like coconut milk - both me and Chhaya.





I should sleep, it's 1 AM and my alarm will sound off in five hours. Yeay.....NOT.

Pure Leaf

So about a year ago I came across this iced tea, Pure Leaf and I really like it. I rarely drink just water so I get stuff to drink that tastes like something. I have "promised" myself to start drinking water many times and I just don't do it. I really should just force myself. Anyhow, these are my two fave flavors by Pure Leaf - Orange Peel and Apple & Ginger. Once in a while you can but two for $4 at some gas station or go to Walmart where you can get them for cheap.



Schlepping around Walmart late at night in Vegas is a mini adventure in itself. Back in the day me and Julia would go to look for matching Hello Kitty and Care Bear underwear for work, often after work meaning around 5 AM. Going to Walmart in pajamas and slippers was a fave. Now I go in saggy sweatpants, flip flops and an overall disheveled look - Stripper Grunge. I love it. Going to raves in pajamas and slippers was a fave back in the day too. Now I go to Burning Man (although I often think about my rave days with longing). I often think back of one memory in particular, it was a Monster Massive party in LA, I was there with Julia. We had been inside the main arena and then we went to outside dance area, the air hit me and the dj played "The Diary of Jane" by Breaking Benjamin and everybody was just in sync singing and it was like electricity in the air. The raves at the Sports Arena in LA were magical. I love that song too.
Here are some hair products I haven't tried yet. A long hair deep conditioning hair wrap and some hair masques.



Marmalade

I got a craving for orange marmalade (marmelad in Swedish) so I got some at IKEA and took it to work. Marmalade and butter on a warm fresh out of the oven croissant is so yummy. That and some tea with lemon and sugar. I really enjoyed that breakfast, so much so that I had two croissants



Not much else to say. I am good, Chhaya is good. That's about it for now.

DJ John

I found out yesterday that DJ John at The Great Alaskan Bush Company in Anchorage passed away. I worked there for a few years and I considered John a friend. The Bush had three DJs when I worked there, John, Larry (John's brother) and Landis and I genuinely liked all three. I know that many people at The Bush are sad with DJ John's passing, he worked there for many years..... I am not sure how many but quite a few. He was part of The Bush.
I've had my small disagreements with him, he was stubborn and I would argue with him about the lights on stage when it was my turn. I told him not to blast me with "cellulite lights" and he would argue that nobody could see me when it was too dark. If I was bored or wanted to get cheered up I would go sit on the stairs next to the dj booth and he would always talk and sometimes rub my back.
He told me about his vacation home in Idaho and how beautiful it was there.
I remember him calling us girls "foxes" and sometimes he would blurt out "holy moly". He was a rock'nroll kind of man and looked the part.
He has been on my mind yesterday and today. Last night I searched the starlit sky and wondered if he is out there somewhere now.....I last saw him about two years ago. You will be missed by many my friend. I hope Larry is OK, I would give him a hug now if I could.
I have at least one picture of us together but I can't find it right now.
Maybe another time.
I have a difficult time with death and that people we care for and pets will pass away. I don't want to deal with that aspect of life......


My First Crepe

Check out my first crepe (or crêpe), that I made myself that is. Not the first crepe I ate, I've had many. I love crepes, I could probably live on a diet consisting of crepes. There are savory and sweet crepes - I like both. So the other day at work I just needed a cinnamon and sugar crepe, so I made it myself. Poured the batter in the middle of the crepe maker and tried to fill the round surface evenly.
Far from perfect but acceptable, plus I am not that OCD picky with that stuff, I am going to eat the food not look at it. What matters to me is that it tastes good.
And my crepe was delicious. Of course.





Tati the chef!
Now I am going to square away some stuff on my to do list and then take Chhaya on a walk.

So Nice

The other day a very loyal blog reader sent me a gift, an iPad! So nice! I am now super happy to have a gold iPad, kind of matches my hair color. I haven't used it yet, I am excited to see what kind of camera it has. Thank You very much my friend! So kind and thoughtful.





And today our cafe manager came back from a visit to Australia and Bali, lucky her! She is from Australia.....and she brought us back candy and gave us all each a sarong from Bali. So nice too!
I picked a sarong with an elephant print and pink and gray colors. I would love to go to Australia one day and see Uluru. Bali would be nice to visit as well.



And I am kind of planning on leaving Vegas soon, I can't stand Vegas summers (too hot). So I told the cafe owner that I might be leaving and today she told me that she cried last night because she doesn't want me to leave. Awwwwwwww!
I really like everybody I work with, all women. And if I go away I will miss them but I might be back, no details planned yet.
Where am I going? Somewhere cooler. I was in Idaho/Washington a few times last summer, perhaps I go back there? Or Oregon? Maybe return to Alaska? Not sure.