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Short Update

It’s been really hard to write even this short note, but I am finally doing it.

The adoption fell through and we are going through a tough time. I’m getting help for both my mind and body, as my body is having some reactions to everything, but we need a bit of time to work through everything and get back to a neutral state of mind again. I promise I’ll be back to the blog as soon as I am better. I sincerely appreciate all of the encouragement and care that has been given throughout our long journey, and look forward to a clear mind and creating again.

To end on a better note, I’m closing with a picture of our newly taken in stray kittens, Bella and Zane, being all adorably snuggly.

Clovers Anyone?

Yep, I totally went there for my Celtic Thunder post.  *cracking up*  I will not apologize for it either, since I absolutely love a well fitting kilt on a man, and we got to see several of them wearing them.  *happy sigh* Hey, I’d sigh over the big guy wearing one too, but that’ll never happen, so it’s my burden to sigh at Irishmen wearing them.  *smirk*  (Just a heads up, this will be a picture laden post, so loading may take a little extra time than usual.)

 

For an overnight trip, it feels like so much happened!  I was still on a high from having just met Kiddo in person at our meeting and from our nightly phone calls.  Plus, I got to dress up in my new leather jacket and booties, and I even put on a bit of makeup (although I think I shivered it all off by the time the pictures were taken *laugh*).  I tried, which actually means I put a lot of effort into dressing for the concert.  We got to go their concert in 2016, so I was determined to make this “as a new mom” with my mom time even better.

 

It started with an overnight stay at The Courtyard by Marriott, in Salina.  Absolutely gorgeous and very clean; I actually got to watch another room get cleaned and they strip the beds all the way down, etc., so it’s truly clean and that makes me a loyal customer.  Just check out the basic two queens room…

 

We went to this random chicken restaurant that looked like a small mom-and-pop-type and had the best comfort food ever!  Beef, mashed potatoes, and gravy open-faced sandwich, along with real baked beans on the side.  *sigh*

Comfort food

 

We got ready and arrived early, since last time it was so packed, but we underestimated how cold it would become and that they wouldn’t let us wait in the lobby even once it dipped below forty.  I tried to distract us for a while by talking about Kiddo’s meeting, calls, and Mom’s parenting advice, and then with Snapchat filters and pictures.

Cool Rider

 

Hot Mama

 

Mom and I Beary Happy

 

Once we finally got in, got souvenirs right off the bat, we found our seats just a few rows back from the stage.  I did an excellent job of fighting the downed server in the first minutes the early group was allowed to buy tickets last year!  Look how close we were to the stage!

These aren’t even zoomed in.   When Ryan from CT reached out his hand to the audience, it seemed like I could almost touch it.  Holy smokes!

 

The Theatre itself has amazing architecture and is a wonder to look at while waiting, too!

Stiefel Theatre

Stiefel Theatre

Balcony 1

Balcony 1

Balcony 2

Balcony 2

Stained Glass Light

Stained Glass Light

 

 

As expected their X tour concert was phenomenal, with a mix of Oldies, some of their original songs, and even covers of current songs, such as Galway Girl© by Ed Sheeran, covered by Damian McGinty (ah-maz-ing as they dramatically say).  Seasons in the Sun© and The Streets of London© both brought tears to our eyes, while Bye Bye Baby© and I’m a Believer© were so much fun to sing along with.  This time there were only four of the guys, but they did a fantastic job still, were just as good if not better than their DVD performance of the first concert for the tour, and were so engaging.  I sincerely hope they come back in 2020, so it can be three generations of us singing Ireland’s Call© as the concert closes.

 

You know what makes it even better?  My daughter wore hers to bed the first night and put it back on anytime she was in the house.  It was awesome to see her all sleepy eyed in her new shirt that she didn’t want to take off.  Between the new mom with established mom conversations, a spot of Christmas shopping, a phenomenal concert that included kilts, and then rushing home to go get my daughter, that was the best two-day concert trip I’ve ever had.  A sleepy eyed daughter wearing her Celtic Thunder tee was the whipped topping for my dessert of blessings.

 

By the way, if you’re interested or curious, you can check Celtic Thunder out on YouTube, their website, and Amazon (plus others probably, but these are the ones I can personally vouch for).  If you’re an Amazon Music Unlimited member, most of their work is available, too!

 

Kiddo’s going to help me make a special wall hanging from the concert once I get the pics all printed, to go with the concert book and such.  😀  I haven’t yet brought her over to the Celtic side, but she was pretty preoccupied with her new tablet to listen to my music, so I’m going to try a little I’m a Believer© on her when she comes back very soon while school is out.  Then I’ll get my own lucky charm to help me decide on which style tattoo I’m going to do to celebrate her completing our forever family.  🙂

A Little Scots-Irish Heritage Celebration

Today L surprised me with a trip to a Highland Games held nearby between the championships. When I learned I’d be outside I knew my hair would get that horrible drippy-sweaty look, plus I didn’t want the wind blowing my hair in my face, so I used an S A face shield for a bandana. Pre-event it worked perfectly in the wind, and even when I got overheated it did a great job of keeping my hair neat.

We couldn’t stay in the shade the whole time though, and I didn’t think to sunblock my scalp, so I just opened the bandana a bit to cover to the back of my scalp, while the rest still worked as a headband.

I can’t quit raving about (and using) them, and nope, I don’t get squat for what I say about them. They’d probably fix that little mistaken link with that amazing deal if I did reach out. *grin*

Anyway, I just wanted to share that I got to celebrate part of my heritage today that was on my bucket list (caber toss in person!!) and had a great chance to show the face shield in one of the many uses it has.

Bucket list #34 Check!! Thank you Gentlemen!

Since we don’t have internet and they’ve given themselves another whole week to try to figure out what’s wrong with our DSL line, and so much of my life is internet based, I have to limit my LTE time before I cap out any minute. That said, I’m hoping to slip in a post at a hotspot when I’m in the city on Monday, otherwise, you’ll only get the last few recipes blogged by Leah. Unfortunately she needs to dedicate her time to family and I’m hoping to have a new food guest blogger soon. *crossing fingers* So, if it’s a little bit before I post, just know I’m jonesing for some ‘net and probably have a bunch of products or gifts to share once I’m back online. In the meantime, happy pampering! 🙂

SA Face Shields

It’s no secret that I’m halfway through my Christmas shopping, which gives me time to hit sales when they come up beyond the frustrating ones that make the server crash usually. So, when I find an incredible deal, I’ll share them with you.

If you have an outdoorsy person on your list, then S A Fishing has a lot of great options for you, however, there are deals that are massively different than what they show on their bundles page. There are a variety of items available, but I think face shields are more versatile, so that’s where I went.

A bundle of five are currently on sale for $75. However, I found a sub link that takes you to a face shields sale page of five for $15, plus a decal HERE. If you want more you can even select another shield for just $3. If you don’t want to do the add ons, there are also 8 for $24 at this link. These are massive discounts from what the current “sale” prices are and I don’t know how long these sub links will work, so I hope to it if you’re interested.

As you can tell, they’re very versatile. I’m not outdoorsy and I use one of the two of mine almost daily. I use the pirate wrap, but tuck the extra under to make a skull cap and I use as a headband. They’re moisture wicking and help prevent flying outdoor nasties from getting in your mouth or nose when you use the face shield. Mine are actually for when I am crafting or working and are so much more comfortable than a hairnet or shower cap!! Some look pretty wicked when the face shield layout is used. My fav that I have is a hot pink with a half skeletal face, so it just rests on the nose and makes the rest of my face creep as hell, so I kind of love that idea come winter. *laugh*

My hot pink one is like the blue one in this pic.

Here’s another way of using them that I love, although I have short hair still, so it’s a doubled sheet hanging down my neck if left like that, which is why I go ahead and twist at the end of my hair and then tuck the bottom at the base of my skull.

They’re great for when you have to get sweaty or it’s windy and it’s worth getting the good brand (especially at knockoff prices!!). I have a different kind and it makes me hot even if I’m just vacuuming or making product.

There are a TON of options to suit anyone who would wear one, but take my advice – don’t pick mystery. Sure, it could be randomly selected by a computer, but I got two that I would much rather have just chosen black instead and suspect they pick from the less loved bins. *laugh*

I had a nasty fall the other day and am going to have to limit my activities, so batch 2 of the Dreadful Delight Soaps will be a little longer than expected. Instead I’ll post some helpful shopping bits or fun randomness (I’m definitely able to promise randomness!). In the meantime, have a healthy and fun remaining week! 🙂

Not Quite as Planned

While working on creating “Dreadful Delights” soaps, which took a few days since I needed layers to dry in between, things went from starting out well to very unpleasant. *laugh*

So, I got things ready on my cafeteria tray (SO much easier to have molds on that and be able to move the setting soaps without them wrinkling or popping open nearly as often!!). I used the custom scent wheel, which has a total of 10 ratio of blotter sticks that can then be converted to your recipe. So each clothespin held the amount of ratio of scent I planned to use – four of Vanilla Brownie, 3 of Bakery, 2 of Fudge Brownie, and 1 of Honey Nut. Then I was able to wave combos of them together to make sure the whole group mixed and then which worked together to make the icing for the Dreadful icing. *smile* I can’t keep all those sticks in order without a lot more work than putting each scent in a clothespin. *laugh* And I was excited to use some of my micas for the first time. The cakes came out amazing to me, with mixed reactions over what scents were detected, and I let them set longer because they’re some big and heavy soaps.

If it wasn’t a weird hour when I took this picture, the lighting would be better. *laugh* There’s a slight shimmer to the broad as light hits it, but without having light on them, they look like delicious little chocolate cakes!

That’s when it all went wrong.

I made the icing to drizzle and let it cool in the measuring cup until it would thicken instead of just running off and pulling. I even added some creative cubes of “flavor” for the monster, with some decay, gelatinous goo, and dry blood. However, it was close enough in color it just looked like more of itself instead of the black fudge drizzle, so I added some “blood” to the icing. Turns out that red, black, and brown can make a very unfortunate choice of colors. I persisted, thinking maybe thicker rivers of icing down the edges would bring them back to what’s in my mind.

Um, no. It just made it so gross that I don’t feel comfortable showing the end results because it’s slightly nauseating. *laugh*

So, I’ll melt down the whole caboodle, although it’ll have a little different color, pour the cakes again, and then maybe do straight up red icing. Maybe I’ll make a brain soap to chop for the top of the Monster one, so you see the wrinkled brain pouring out of the bundt center, and it can go in just the Zombie group, instead of working for all monsters.

At least I got three other soaps all done while waiting for the icing to cool enough, so not an epic fail this time. *grin* I’ve been on an iZombie ™ marathon for a few days, so I like the idea of a zombies only combo to be available for enthusiasts. Let’s just hope the icing comes out better this time so I can actually show a picture of them. *cracking up*

I hope you have a dreadfully delightful day! 🙂

Facebook and Wordpress

I just wanted to write a quick note for those of you who read my posts via the auto-publication to Facebook. Due to changes Facebook is initiating tomorrow, August 1st, where third-party tools like WordPress can no longer share posts on Facebook. If you’re on FB, you know that I am seldom on there, and just let the system auto-post on my behalf, so I will probably only manage to remember to manually share posts every so often. *laugh* Therefore, if you’re interested in continuing to read and see my blog posts, please head over to my site and subscribe, at http://www.georgiaspampering.com. You can alternately hit the site when you feel like looking and just click the “my blog” tab, without selecting any of the attached pages that come up in the drop down menu. The one click at the top of that tab will do it for you. (The others just explain what the blog is, since it’s not just about the bath and body products.)

I just wanted to give a heads up before things change, in case you like seeing the weird things I’m up to or the business updates and shenanigans. 🙂

Recovery Day 1

Well, I had some time for recovery yesterday, of course, between unconsciousness and insomnia. Lol However, I’ve counting today as the first real day, and wanted to wave into my post box to say “hey, I survived!”. *grin*

Surgery went well, although my Fibromyalgia has definitely found a new playground and my body didn’t appreciate the positioning for intubation. Thankfully the Fibro inflammation along the back of the neck will ease within a few weeks, from having the head back. The tongue lesion is at pathology to verify tumor status, so hopefully it’s just a fun Fibro freaked my body out and made a new toy thing instead of something serious. 🙂

The hardest part is one of the most un-Georgia-like posts, but as an adult, it’s worrisome when discovered and no one has informed you in the tons of paperwork…while cauterizing the back of my mouth (above the uvula) got it too and the skin has been sloughing down into my throat. Unfortunately, I have constant drip and can’t spit yet, so that slimy goo is mixing in the drip and making me feel like I’m going to die of asphyxiation. The discovery of the big white lesion at like 3AM was a bit of a freak out, since I was unaware that I should expect this. Weirdest thing I’ve ever written…I’ve never wanted to be able to spit so badly before. *grin* Second weirdest: pre-op nurse called prior to surgery and reminded me to bring an extra pair of underwear. So I went into surgery hoping I’d survive and that I apparently wouldn’t have soiled drawers. That created a whole new level of “what the…?” to it all. *laugh*

Thankfully I’m allowed to take the Marinol and Meclizine for my stomach, so I’m handling all that brewing in my tummy just fine. Trying to swallow a pill (let alone 10+) when you feel there’s a big wad in your throat is definitely a mind-over-manner thing.

When the nurse was removing my IV she asked why I was smiling so much and I said that it was because making it through this surgery means I still get to adopt my daughter. We’re still waiting for our paths to cross, but the journey continues. We both had to wipe tears of joy.

And the most beautiful part of it all is that my mom has stayed with me through all of this, despite feeling better if she was in her own Fibro “nest” and will stay tonight too, to ease my mind after my tonsillectomy recovery being so terrifying. We have had the most deep, connected, and meaningful conversations that we haven’t had a chance to have in a long time. To top it off we even at points in our seasons of life to talk about things we never did and actually tell one another how we find each other’s traits and characters so incredible. I’ve been sick with some formerly unnamed extra illness for so long that we haven’t had much ability to have deep conversations and this was the most meaningful set we’ve ever had, especially as adults. So I’m very thankful for the diagnosis (finally), the surgery, and having a mom being a mom for her adult daughter’s recovery. I have an even deeper appreciation for that since my own daughter will have probably missed out on things she’s gone through. At least I have the example that I can still be the comfort of Mom when my daughter goes through things, too, once the timing is right. Every step further in this journey is difficult, but has a lot of hidden lessons. I will have the blessing of being the forever mother for Kiddo, no matter how our paths curve.

So, sloughing and silver linings; they’re a blessing. Who knew they could go together?! 🙂

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