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Tuesday Today .12 – Morning Routine

Today’s Tuesday Today will feature my morning routine, so you can see what it’s like, the natural changes I’ve made, or chosen in it, and probably have a couple laughs! if it’s very different from yours. :)

Wake up and do this:

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Not my photo! Click on photo to see story and more pics.

I get out of bed, and get Rimfire out of bed, too.

Natural Change: His bed is made from recycled material. Around $5 @ Walmart.

In the bathroom I have this:

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Zumbar soap. I am very passionate about using biodegradable things, because if we use things that we, humans, have synthesized and they aren’t biodegradable, that means that it will last forever. Nothing breaks it down, as far as we can tell. So, although we can’t save the planet (according to my beliefs), that is an issue that I think is very important for everyone to realize. :)

Natural Change: Replacing my Softsoap usage for a biodegradable bar soap has cut down on our soap usage by 1/2! (I also am switching to natural, biodegradable shampoos and conditioners.)

My morning beauty routine is this:

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If my face feels good, I leave it alone. I brush out my hair, and put it into a style (today: side braid).

Natural Change: Cutting back on man-made cleansers and makeup helps the environment. (But mainly, I just don’t like washing my face, or using makeup! :) Using no hairspray on my hair is also good for lots of things – my hair, my house, and probably the earth… )

As soon as I can, I do this:

This is someone's actual artwork for sale. Click pic for link!

This is someone’s actual artwork for sale. Click pic for link!

I take Rimfire out. I used to not like all the long takeouts I had to do, but now I enjoy being outside, and doing it. :)

Natural Change: No change at all, actually. I am required to pick up after Rimfire, and considered switching to biodegradable bags. However, my internet research revealed that biodegradable bags don’t degrade in landfills. So it really only helps if you are composting. So, I still use plastic (but recycled from the store) until I can make some major change like composting, or such.

Breakfast looks like this:

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Okay, I will admit I have some ‘not nutritionist recommended’ habits for breakfast. I don’t eat until like 3 hours after I get up. I’m just not ready. But my breakfast is right now some kind of cage-free (this is important) eggs , non-GMO (this is also important) grain, and something sweet.

Natural Changes: Using cage-free eggs helps the chickens. :) Using the bulk section to get quinoa and oatmeal reduces waste (especially when I bring my own containers – just make sure to get a tare weight before if you do this.). Non-GMO is really important (this is kind of boring, warning) for not having eventual weeds that are resistant to chemicals, they possibly cause allergies and autism, and some GMO plants cause insect death. I wrote a research paper on this subject, so I can tell you more, but I don’t want to bore you!

Train Rimfire with this:

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I am separation-anxiety training Rimfire. To help out with this, I leave a treat with him when I leave.

Natural Change: We buy Rimfire treats without Phosphoric Acid (or sugar – we want to help the teeth he has left!) and treats with all ingredients that we understand ;) Even some ‘natural’ treats add Phosphoric Acid as a preserver (Zuke’s Naturals is one I know, for sure.)

Bring this:

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Now, I drink a lot of water, so I bring my own water to work, so that I don’t wear out their offer to drink their bottled water. We refill some sturdy made-for-refilling gallons with Brita filtered water, and that provides us with water for every adventure!

Natural Change: Not buying bottled water helps reduce waste, and not drinking all of my employer’s water keeps the neighborly-ness alive ;)

That is my morning for you! Super simple and leaves me with time to chat, research something, or change what I planned for lunch.

Q&A:

I want to hear! – what is your morning like?


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10 Moby Sleep Songs for a Baby (or anyone)

My first day watching the baby, I came prepared with CD’s.

Moby, Flamenco and other neutral background “songage”.

I listen to all sorts of music to go to sleep, but I figure neutral and instrumental was best when watching somebody else’s child.

(And side-note: Yes, I have considered Christian music, and it is awesome, and I have some favorites for sleeping from that, but Moby is doing the trick right now, so I don’t want to do something just to feel pious.)

Well, I had a very hard time trying to get her to sleep the first day, and after trying many things, I put on one of the CD’s.

She was sleepy in 5 minutes, and asleep in 15! The first day I only played the ones from the “Best Of” CD (CD is mentioned in captions).

Since then, I have used the same songs (plus a few more) every nap time. (Only now I know her parents are okay with her only taking a nap when she starts being sleepy, vs at 12 or whatever. Whew. :) )

The playlist runs 44 minutes, and so 1- 2 go-throughs covers nap-time. And it’s really awesome, because it helps her sleep, and doesn’t make me sleepy.  :)

Since I cannot play the songs for you, I added Screenshots of the iTunes visualizer. :) Okay, in order:

(And if the pics are too big, I’m sorry. I optimized it for my particular browser size and screen. I don’t like in your face picture slideshows, so hopefully these don’t pop out at you!)

#1 - Now I let it Go

#1 – Now I let it Go – Best of

#1 – Now I Let It Go: I start with this one. At 2 minutes, it’s a great intro. And oh so nice!

 

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#2 Alone – Moby – Best of

#2 – Alone: A 10 minute song that features soft a djembe-like drum theme in the background.

 

#3 - Novio

#3 – Novio – Best of

#3 – Novio: This seems to be one of her favorites. It starts with strings and such, and then, midway through the 2 minute song, there is a gentle choir chanting background.

 

#4 The Rain Falls and the Sky Shudders

#4 The Rain Falls and the Sky Shudders – Best of

#4 – The Rain Falls and the Sky Shudders: I think this is one of BT’s favs. It reminds me of a New York scene in the rain. Yellow Taxi Cabs, Black-Glass buildings, and White Pavement, all covered in dripping, silver/gray, refreshing rain. It has rain and subtle honk sounds in the back :)

 

When it's Cold I'd Like To Die

#5 When it’s Cold I’d Like To Die – Best of

#5 – When It’s Cold I’d Like To Die: Yes, yes, the title is a downer. However this song is actually one of my favorites. 1) It’s got lyrics. 2) I have no idea why… But it’s still good for sleeping, apparently because she is sound asleep all through it. And besides, who does want to swim the ocean and fight the tide when it is cold outside?

 

GRace

#6 Grace – Best of

#6 – Grace: a 5 minute song featuring in-and-out, single note, swelling strings. It’s cooler and more subtle than it sounds. :)

 

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#7 Guitar Flute and String – Play

#7 – Guitar Flute and String: This one’s fun. :) And peaceful.

 

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#8 Jltf-1 – Wait For Me

#8 – Jltf-1: I don’t know what’s up with this title :) This song is like an intro for the next song, but it can stand alone.

 

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#9 Jltf – Wait For Me

#9 – Jltf: This song features several recognizable instruments, including cymbals, and also has lyrics. The lyrics are of a sweet-singing, love-lorn lady, however, it’s still somehow soothing. Only Moby can do that. And some other artists in the Electronica genre. :)

 

Hope is Gone

#10 Hope is Gone – Wait For Me

#10 – Hope Is Gone: Judging from the # of plays, I more often than not skip this song. It’s a little haunting, a little too sad, and even though she still sleeps, I like to skip it. I had only added it to my playlist because it was slow. I still sometimes play it.

… Random Share: I made up this word while working with a kitten, today and I wanted to share it.

Rapscaffle: n. Synonym for rapscallion, ragamuffin, and other such playful terms for a mischievous or for redirecting a frolicing kid, kitten, or dog. “Come on you rapscaffle,” she said, laughing.” :)

Q&A:

Moby – ever heard of him before?

Favorite songs for sleep?

What term do you use for fun for redirecting kids? Scallywag, ragamuffin? Rapscaffle? ;)


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Why I Picked this Sport

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(This post includes words that I will strive not say out loud – even though they are incredibly descriptive without any real meaning. Until I find a great way to say this using forgotten, equally expressive English words, I use “bad-ass” and “lame” in order to convey. Cheers!)

Now I’ll never be risk-taking bad-ass, however much I want to be. (I really want to be!! But I am too logical about the pain!)

And for once I didn’t pick up this sport to be that.

Really! I usually think – I’m gonna do this! I’m gonna be better than anyone — so you don’t have to judge me!

See, I figure, in order not be thought of as not trying hard enough, I have to be the best.

Ha. Truth is I am terrible at sports. I have zero coordination.

Funnily enough, I am actually pretty good at some stuff, (but never the stuff we expect).

So, why did I choose this?

There are lots of great longboarders out there. Skateboarders too. They do amazing stuff.

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I don’t want to do that. :) It feels so great to say that.

I am willing to watch them, and ride my board sitting down.

I got my board because I like to do stuff outside. I like to do stuff with BT. And I like to do stuff with my dog.

And it might be handy transport in cities.

And it’s just too fun to scoot along on the ground on a plank with four wheels!

I’m lame. and I’m okay with that  – for once. It’s important to me to hang out with my sibling and my dog and goof off and have fun.

And if that is all that I do on my longboard it is worth every second, every minute, every penny. :)

 


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The Rest of the Longboard Adventures

…so far.

Day 4, BT and I showed Mom our boards, and everything, over at the park. She hadn’t seen BT’s, much less known that I’d gotten a board.

Well, pursuant to my mental note the day before, I made sure to ride my board standing. I felt a little shook up, but nothing went wrong – everything went well!

BT did several U-turns – a feat, they say, on the board he’s got – and kept improving. I completed my first U-turn (using 2 whole lanes) — sitting. :P

It wasn’t long in the noon-day sun before we asked Mom if she’d like to give it a whirl.

She did! Even though she’s older than us, and has some physical health issues that BT and I don’t have to face, she far exceeds us in capability to pick things up from stone dead turkey. (Yeah, that’s not a phrase…)

She was on the board in a flash, and riding (whilst explaining what she was thinking) down the road.

Then she switched boards to ride mine. BT then took his board and taught himself how to power himself with pushing.

Mom wanted to make sure I’d ridden enough, so BT said, “Maybe one more ride.”

“But if I only have 1 more ride, that ride is going to be bad – it always happens.” I said half-jokingly.

“Okay, 2 more rides.” He smiled.

Well, my first ride was actually good, but I went ahead and did the 2nd one anyway. I just did one ride standing and my final ride sitting. Then we went home.

Other than that…. in the last few days, we’ve been practicing at the slight-slopping road. Yesterday we had a great time.

BT kept practicing his push-offs and U-turns. I found that I had become super comfortable on my board.

I also found that I really need to work on my turning, because I think I’m turning so hard, but am doing nothing at all! Haha! And thirdly, that I can ride goofy and regular. So, that’s good.

So here’s to getting outside! Have a great Thursday!

Q&A:

I got nothing. :) Anything you’d like to note?


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Day 3 of the T-Man Longboard Crew

After Day 1, that night, for the 5th time, I looked up Craigslist longboard prices. I found some encouraging news! I could get one for under $100 – in good shape, from a respected brand!

When I thought of wanting to get one, though, my throat floated up, and my brain started to pulse and my breathing quickened — no, not anticipation, fright!

do not like making decisions without thorough thinking – money decisions get put off, and off, and off. “I probably don’t need it. I don’t need it…” The thinking goes. Or “I want it now, but how do I know if it is a passing desire that could have been avoided simply by waiting? We’ll never know, unless I wait!”

I stop wanting most things in about 2 weeks to 2 years.

So, while BT encouraged me to go ahead and contact the seller, I went the next day (Day 2) without engaging them. “So did you do it?” BT asked when I got back. Nope.

So, on day 2, we did some more slight-sloping road stuff.

The next day (day 3), BT decided to visit the skate-shop. Everything was 1/2 off, cool.

Oh…. Everything was 1/2 off because he was closing.

This made a snap-decision absolutely necessary.

Either I get a brand new board for under $100, or I don’t. Those were the 2 options. And BT felt more comfortable with me riding a new board, vs. a used one, when I couldn’t bring it in for tweaking.

So calm BT, and frazzled me, thought it out, and we went for it.

So far, (fingers-would be-crossed-except-that’s-superstitious) it’s working out to be a good idea.

Whew. :)

I bought a …. drumroll! No, it’s really not that big of a deal :)

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A 76 board. It’s working great for me!

So after buying my board, and pad-sets for both of us, and a helmet for BT (I already had one), we went ahead to our intended destination, to ride.

A park, with more hills than we’d remembered.

We tested my board first sitting, so I could get a feel – was it crazy! It has a very loose “suspension” (technically: soft bushings) – ie. it turns super easily, which was too much for me. If you don’t want this, you tighten the nut and it will tighten up the steering. We did. Absolutely necessary for me ;) Even still, my board is much more loose than BT’s – it’s actually made to be. We’d have to change bushings if I wanted mine as stiff (not a bad thing) as BT’s.

So we started out with a shallow hill. Boy was it fast. :)

Oh, I was so giddy when I got on by myself the first time, and the second time, and the fifth time! I had been using BT as wheel-stop so I could get on the board. That was no longer an option. So, I planted one foot, and put the other on – and I WAS STILL STANDING! :D Little, tiny, eensy-bintsy victories that all add up. :)

Two-thirds of the time I rode standing and 1/3 of the runs sitting.

BT suggested we should switch boards and after about the 8th run, we did.

I took BT’s and he took mine. I was so stable on his board, and having lots of fun. Then, a car came up the other side of the road, and I was already a little pointed to the “curb” (no curb, just edge of road), but I didn’t want to startle the car by turning into them, so I kept in my direction.

I tried and tried to avoid the curb, but didn’t make it, I would have to ride into the grass (which BT helped me with the physics later, but I thought it would make for a bad wipe-out if I went in the grass a the shallow angle I was heading).

So, I made a last ditch slight effort to correct my course, and somehow I fell thwack! on my back on the pavement, hitting my helmet, and BT’s board wheeee!! went riding off the road and went far along it, till it ended up on the other side of the road about 50-100 feet down.

I get very logical and think much in these situations – I knew what to do: split-second assessment, get off the road/on the grass, and do whatever I need to minimize pain and deter worry in passers-by. Unfortunately, my head – which hit pretty hard, didn’t feel good sitting up, so I laid down (I’ve had spills before, and my body tends to be much more fragile than my mind, so I pamper it more than I see fit). A car passed, and I forced my self to sit.

But the throbbing was so bad, I laid again, until I heard another passer by. Up — *throb* *throb* — and back down. Haha, it would be no good if I passed out – I could just imagine the trouble that would cause – what with BT by himself, trying to revive me or get me back up to his car. Nah, nah, I was staying alert. :)

BT made it back and we began to assess actual damage – none – just an aching head.

I asked if the helmet was okay? BT took a look at it – yeah, no damage. I was surprised. I’ve never actually hit my helmet and had it go thwack, so I supposed it might be the end of its life.

Then he found a crack – there was a small crack running up the foam. Nothing much, but I was kind of happy to see some damage on it. I mean, it’d been no trip in the park – well, actually it had been – … it’d been no ice-cream sundae, and I kind of expected that if I was hurting this bad, my helmet would show some sign… right?

My head had some remainder pain even after I walked up the hill to restart, and I know my head is more sensitive than anything else. So, I rode sitting the rest of the time. And had way more fun than I did when standing!! I felt pitiful that way, but it was more fun!

So, BT mentioned on the way home how “I probably wasn’t even frightened after my fall.” But my insides were beginning to turn.

And I learned something about myself.

I have very few, almost no, strengths. (Honestly. Even if you disagree, just go with it for now ;) )

The one strength I have that others have seen and been able to mention, is staying calm under extreme pressure situations. They don’t expect me to, and so when they see me staying calm, they notice, and mention it.

It’s a no-brainer to me. I don’t even try, I just do.

But extreme pressure situations are few and far between. (As is apparent from the outside, at least.) So, I don’t get this compliment or recognition often…

But I feel like a wuss because after I go through these, and feel fine, and handle it, and use my brain, and even enjoy it — when it’s all over, I get scared.

I hate it! And I think hating it makes it that much more prevalent, because I try to hide my fear when the event is replaying again and again in my head.

This happens only when it is a fear I’ve already had – if the dire situation I was in doesn’t play to a seated fear, I can get over it quickly, and it was just the situation I had to deal with, not the fear afterwards.

But when it’s a fear thing – car collisions, causes of physical hurt, etc.-  I get the betraying fear after the situation is all said and done.

This is what happened for me.

At times, I can not reconcile the fact that humans get hurt doing the things we love, and that we get old and when we get old we can’t do those things.

But if we do those things when we are young, we may hurt ourselves to where we’ll be old in a moment’s time.

How can it be okay that humans get hurt? I haven’t been able to explain this, yet, to myself.

So my fall happened so suddenly and out of the blue, that I wondered everything about my choice of sport, my fool-hardiness to think I could survive on a sport many others find dangerous, and whether I should take such risks, and whether my enjoyment of something outweighed the possibility that I’d would hurt myself during it. All the while my head was still feeling the ache from the fall, reinforcing the negative thoughts about my silliness in picking up a sport.

I knew I’d have to get back up on my board and ride it the next day if these thoughts were not to win. “But what if it happens again?” the thoughts said.

I don’t know.

But despite what they would say, I am always wearing a helmet from now on, just for me. I am pretty clumsy, and that will help with that, even it it’s a shallow slope :)

Q&A:

Have you ever taken a spill that was noteworthy for you?

What is your favorite wheeled sport?

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