took nacho for a rabies shot and asked about some supposedly miraculous allergy medicine for dogs that would cost more than groceries and the good doctor gave us some info and gave nacho a steroid shot and he is 98% better. it should last a month.
the only problem is now he looks like this
spent the past few days in tallahassee where the skies were fantastically blue and 82. had some Apalachicola oysters that were plump and delicious but not salty. i went thrifting and scored some great stuff like a 70’s Florida State Seminoles golf shirt. pouncey came with us and got an A+.
went to the FSU student circus. the only animals were humans. the students do not get paid, and do not get class credit, they do it for fun. they were flipping, juggling, twirling, clowning, and balancing all over the place.
watched a really cool documentary last night called ‘muscle shoals.’ so many awesome albums of the 70’s – 80’s were recorded in that little town. rolling stones, bob seger, bob dylan, percy sledge, on and on. the archival footage of aretha franklin in her 20’s was worth the watch alone. if you like southern rock, or any rock, or any music at all, this movie is a must see. i found myself often covered in goose bumps and occasionally tears.
if you want to read something absolutely terrifying but also full of good information – How to Escape from a Sinking Car
these 5 different trees have made themselves into a little family. from afar they look like 1 tree.
update on the oil pulling – went to the dentist yesterday and the very sweet hygienist i’ve been going to since 2007 said my teeth were ‘the best i’ve ever seen ’em.’ i haven’t had any head cold symptoms in 4 months now. i am keeping it up!
i’ve been spending a huge amount of time the past 2 months getting a skippyhaha.com website together where i can sell my vintage clothing. it will take me months plural for me to load all 1200 items into the new site, but slowly but surely i am getting there and i hope to have it done by june. the site is live now and open for business, but i want to get everything up there before really publicizing it. but i like how it turned out and it is getting there!
buying a new car is fun! until you get home and see they’ve permanently affixed a stupid dealer decal advertisement to your trunk.
luckily, these can be removed! pretty easily!
first, we washed that part of the car.
next, we sprayed turtle wax adhesive remover – made especially for cars – and peeled off what we could. a lot was left.
next, we got an extension cord and a hair dryer and heated up the decal for a couple of minutes.
the heat made the remaining decal much easier to peel off.
next we peeled the decal into fun new words: VD HARLOT USA
finally, we sprayed some more adhesive remover, and wiped it clean.
just like new!
sorry south boulevard subaru, we don’t love you that much.
regal pouncey approves.
just kidding, i don’t think that anybody who reads here is an oil puller. but you never know!
i first heard of this practice – oil pulling – a few years ago on a facebook for hippies site called “tribe,” where a lot of alternative thinkers would post questions and solutions, most with a decidedly natural bent. i was looking for carcinogen-free toothpaste recommendations and saw a post about oil pulling. it was interesting but i did not try it.
fast forward to last fall when i was becoming aware of the wonders of coconut oil. i was fighting a cold and there was a recommendation i saw online for mixing coconut oil with eucalyptus oil and putting it on the bottom of your feet to clear sinuses. it seemed like a better (less malodorous) idea than the bowls of chopped onions i put around the house last year. the same thread mentioned oil pulling. several commenters chimed in with anecdotes of oil pulling easing everything from tooth decay to rheumatoid arthritis – head colds, blood sugar stability, cramps, asthma, back pain, skin problems, the works.
i bought a jar of unrefined cold pressed virgin coconut oil and was happy with how it plus eucalyptus helped my cold.
i figured the ancient Ayurvedic practice of oil pulling might be worth a shot.
basically you put a tablespoonful of oil (unrefined coconut or sesame seem to be the most popular) in your mouth and swish it around for 10-20 minutes, first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. i floss my teeth beforehand so the space between my teeth is bigger. after swishing through your teeth, you spit it out in a jar or trash can *NOT DOWN THE DRAIN* and rinse with warm salt water and then brush your teeth as usual.
it supposedly works like an intense mouth wash – the coconut oil is anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and it collects all your mouth germs and then you spit them out.
bonus is the lovely trippy layered tiers of half solidified – half liquid coconut oil collected in the jar!
i have been doing this for 2 months now. i can report my mouth feels terrific! i cannot attest to any other health improvements at this point, though i usually have a sore throat/ear pain at least every other week in the winter, and i have not had a hint of either since starting. considering i spend many hours per week in the germ nest of thrift stores, and we went on a floating petri dish carnival cruise, i am pretty happy.
it seems that western science has proven oil pulling to have a positive effect on oral health, though the other hundreds of benefits have not yet been verified scientifically. i have a baby tooth – a molar that doesn’t have an adult molar to push it out – and i would like to keep this baby tooth as long as possible before i need an implant. i am hoping oil pulling will at least help in this endeavor.
i will keep you all updated on this riveting oil pulling journey. i have my 6 month dentist appointment in april and i am interested to see if the hygienist can tell a difference.
at the bare minimum, it serves as a kind of meditation. for 20 minutes every day i am not talking.
as an aside: how great is talenti gelato and sorbetto? the mango is out of this world!