"I am going to make everything around me beautiful. That will be my life." - Elsie de Wolfe

I’m Back…..For Good

graduationGood morning!  Yesterday was the last day of the spring semester, and my last day as an undergraduate.  This morning I greet the day as an alumnus of the State University of New York.  It is all OVER!!!

Just over a week ago my Bachelor cap and gown was delivered.  One evening I put it on, downloaded a copy of the graduation march from Amazon and started walking from my dining room to the front of my house pretending I was marching into the auditorium.  That may seem a little over the top but I couldn’t help myself….HA HA HA!  I received in the mail the official invitation from the college cordially inviting me to my graduation.  I couldn’t stop grinning from ear to ear.  I am so HAPPY!!!Continue Reading

Three More Weeks…

Cap-and-GownThree more weeks and the school semester ends.  Three more weeks and I will finally be a college graduate.  Three more weeks and my spare time is all my own to do as I please.  Three more weeks and I can start spring cleaning.  My house looks like a pig sty because I haven’t had to time to clean properly.  Three more weeks and I will start shopping for a nice outfit to wear on graduation day in June.  Three more weeks and I can get back to regular blogging.  Three more weeks and I can get back to watching great vintage movies.  Three more weeks and I can spend more time on my daily spiritual protocol.  In the meantime I  really have to get back to my studies, but life sure feels a lot lighter already.Continue Reading

I Had Horrible Allergic Reactions to Makeup

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Photo: Elephantjournal.com

Your girl Xenia has not been feeling well for quite some time.  I cannot believe that it took me as long as it did to realize that the conventional makeup I have been wearing for years was making me ill.  Things finally came to a head when for two days in a row, the muscles behind my eyes started to pulsate.  It is one of the scariest feelings in the world.  The second day that it happened was the Friday before President’s Day.  My eyes kept shedding water and feeling as if they were full of sand.  By around noon, the pulsating started again.  The college was closing at 2pm that day, and I could not wait to get home.  As soon as I arrived home I went to wash the makeup off of my face.  While I was washing I noticed that the pulsing started to subside and the feeling of sand in my eyes went away.  BINGO!  I finally realized that the cause was the makeup.  About five minutes after washing my face, all the symptoms disappeared and have not returned since.Continue Reading

Walt Disney: 1946 Story of Menstruation

One of my friends on Facebook posted this and I thought it was so cute to watch.  It was made by Disney to be shown to girls in American schools.  Afterwards a booklet that expanded on what the film shows was handed out to all the girls.

 

Is The Price Right For Blue Apron?

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Three Cheese Cannelloni. Photo source: Blue Apron

Servetus asked a very good question, so I decided to answer it in a blog post of its own.  This also gives me the opportunity to say a little bit more about Blue Apron.   So, is the price right?Continue Reading

Blue Apron

Almost a month ago I saw THIS post over on Brooklyn Limestone about a company called Blue Apron.  I was very intrigued and agreed with much of what Mrs. Limestone wrote.  I enjoy cooking, so I have always collected cookbooks and printed out recipes from online.  Lots of times I want to try out a recipe, but too often it contains ingredients that you have to go out and buy for the recipe, but you know you will never use the rest of it any time soon.

Brooklyn Limestone  Photo source via Brooklyn Limestone

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