All About Me



aka, the incredible adventures of princess dorkalina

What crazy-awesome planet did we land on, anyway???
CA got here fast
This is who I used to be...

I'm still figuring out who I am now.

BridgetLand made-up Suessism:

I'm looking high,
I'm looking low,
I hope to find
my lost mojo.


Stupid Girl Problems
Wonder Woman
I am having Stupid Girl Problems - with my Stupid Girl Parts - again. Many of you know that I have had these before, what with the bleeding-all-the-damn-time thing. Of course we have no insurance right now, since we just got here, so we're going to have an interesting time figuring out how the uninsured get medical care in our country nowadays. I feel like I should take notes, and write about it. Maybe I will. But for now, this is just my disclaimer as to why I'm not communicating with anybody too much right now.

Who says you can't go home again? Cuz here we are...

Well, after a month-long stint in the Great White North of beautiful British Columbia, Canada (the license plates don't lie), Marty & I are now living in my childhood home, along with my mother, in Green Bay, Wisconsin (aka "The Frozen Tundra").

But wait - let me back up a little:

As some of you know, on Thanksgiving Day, 2007, Marty & I left the United States. We sold or gave away (most) everything we owned, including the Prius, hopped in the Kia and drove the 1600 miles to Canada. We went from Santa Maria, CA, to 69km north of McBride, BC to arrive at the "Kakwa EcoVillage".

Why? Environment, politics, general dissatisfaction with the way our lives were going. Another option we'd considered was going to Japan to teach English, which would have been fun, but most likely would also have been temporary. We were and are very interested in the concept of an ecovillage, but due to a couple of different factors (which I am sure to rant about in other posts) that plan didn't work out. Basically, we should have looked more closely before leaping. In reality, it seemed less of an ecovillage and more of a commune, which was not what we were looking for. Also, the founder turned out to be dishonest about more than just a few things - and downright creepy about a few others.

As Marty & I came to the realization that it wasn't working out there, and we were talking and trying to decide what our next move should be, we called to my mom. She had an accident and totalled her car (thankfully with no injuries), her furnace died, and she was feeling pretty bummed out, so we decided to go to Green Bay. It seemed like a no-brainer: she had a house but no car, and we had a car but no house. So we got in the car again and headed south and east, and, after a good bit of drama along the way (including 3 herds of bighorn sheep, car repair, and nearly getting arrested) we finally arrived on January 2nd.

So apparently, we moved from the "KaKa Ecovillage" (my new name for it) to the "Ida Mae Ecovillage." I guess I can say that I always knew that I would be taking care of "MA" (as Marty calls her) at some point, and she can say something like she always knew I'd be coming home to live with her again at some point, so we can both feel like we're taking care of each other? I don't know, but here we are, and it seems to be going well thus far.

I think that maybe last year's liver drama was just a trial run for the 3 of us living together. Also, it was easier to come to Green Bay from northern Canada than it would have been to come directly from California. So many things that we would have had a hard time adjusting to here in WI as compared to CA are actually better and easier than how we were living in Canada: it was colder there, the house was smaller and more crowded, it was WAY more remote, etc., etc., etc. Sneaky universe.

So, we're working on getting ourselves back to California to get our stuff out of storage and pick up our kittycat at some point in the near future (hopefully). In addition to trying to find jobs, Marty & I both looking at getting our teaching credentials through a program here that has classes every Monday night for the next 20 months, so someday we'll be teachers: he, drama and theatre arts, and me, straight English and ESL.

Additionally, with the recent NFL playoffs, Marty's gotten a proper introduction to what it means to live in Green Bay and be a Packer fan. (They go hand in hand, whether you like it or not.) That's what the borg were *really* talking about - resistance IS futile, and you WILL be assimilated... The best way I can explain the team spirit here to people who haven't actually seen it for themselves is that it's like grade school school spirit, but the whole freekin' CITY (and most of the state) is in on it. Marty's wearing green and gold already. Not that it helped yesterday - the Packers lost to the NY Giants and so neither the SD Chargers nor the Packers are SuperBowl-bound now... SIGH. :(

All in all, we're adjusting. We knew it was time for us to leave California. It's beautiful there - where it's not paved over. But more and more of it gets paved over every day. There were too many people and along with that, too much traffic, too much pollution, and everything was so expensive. There, I was on 2 different daily asthma medications just to breathe, and anti-anxiety drugs... in a way, also just to breathe... Here I'm not on any of that. (Although I do still keep my inhaler in my purse just in case...)

Marty's thrilled to be here with all the snow and other weather conditions, and it's fun for me to see his excitement. Plus, I have to admit, the snow on the trees is really pretty - as is most of Wisconsin in general. The pace is a lot slower here, which we're ready for. Also, here, there is actually a chance we'll be able to have our own home someday - which realistically, never would have happened out there - not without the two of us working 50 hours a week at jobs our hearts just weren't in anymore. And, seriously - why do that?

So the trip up to Canada wasn't what we thought, but it wasn't a waste either. We learned a lot - not only about external things, but about ourselves and each other as well. My path has always been more like that of a butterfly as opposed to that of a crow, and I think this is where we are supposed to be - at least for now, and for the foreseeable future. Who knows what else that sneaky universe has planned for us?

Packers jokes
Mom Says I'm Different

The Dark Side of Team Spirit
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PORTAGE, Wis. -- Upset that his 7-year-old son wouldn't wear a Green Bay Packers jersey during the team's playoff victory Saturday, a man restrained the boy for an hour with tape and taped the jersey onto him.

Mathew Kowald was cited for disorderly conduct in connection with the incident with his son at their home in Pardeeville, Lt. Wayne Smith of the Columbia County Sheriff's Department said. Pardeeville is about 30 miles north of Madison.

The 36-year-old Kowald was arrested Monday after his wife told authorities about the incident. Kowald was taken to the county jail and held until Wednesday, when he pleaded no contest, paid a fine of $186 and was released.

Kowald's wife filed a restraining order Wednesday, so Kowald will not be able to have contact with his family, Smith said. Smith said other domestic issues have surfaced, though he wouldn't elaborate.

The boy refused to wear the jersey Saturday, when the Packers beat the Seattle Seahawks in a playoff game, Smith said. Smith said the incident sounded strange when reported at first, but the mother took pictures with her cell phone and that type of evidence is difficult to dispute.

Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press

What is Gaia? (when what you really want to know is, "she's moving... where... now?")
Back of My Head

So just what is an ecovillage?
Raised Hand Bunny
One of the most oft-quoted definitions of an "eco (ecological) village" is this:

"...a human scale, full-featured settlement, in which human activities are harmlessly integrated into the natural world, in a way that is supportive of healthy human development and can be successfully continued into the indefinite future."

-Hildur Jackson

Going to my first Pow Wow!!!
Mom Says I'm Different
Whoo-hoo! : )

I love the LOLcats!
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Kinky Sex (Makes The World Go 'Round)
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"Kinky Sex Makes The World Go 'Round" 

(written in 1987 - the year I graduated high school)

Greetings. This is the Secretary of War at the State Department of the United States. We have a problem."The companies" want something done about this sluggish world economic situation. Profits have been running a little thin lately and we need to stimulate some growth. Now we know there's an alarmingly high number of young people roaming around in your country with nothing to do but stir up trouble for the police and damage private property. It doesn't look like they'll ever get a job It's about time we did something constructive with these people. We've got thousands of 'em here too. They're crawling all over. "The companies" think it's time we all sit down, have a serious get-together, and 

start another war. 

The President? He loves the idea! All those missiles streaming overhead to and fro, napalm, people running down the road, skin on fire... The Soviets seem up for it: The Kremlin's been itching for the real thing for years. Hell, Afghanistan's no fun...So whadya say? We don't even have to win this war. We just want to cut down on some of this excess population.Now look. Just start up a draft; draft as many of those people as you can. We'll call up every last youngster we can get our hands on, hand 'em some speed, give 'em an hour or two to learn how to use an automatic rifle and send 'em on their way. Libya? El Salvador? How 'bout Northern Ireland? Or a "moderately repressive regime" in South America? We'll just cook up a good Soviet threat story in the Middle East - we need that oil. We had Libya all ready to go and Colonel Khadafy's hit squad didn't even show up. I tell ya that man is unreliable. The Kremlin had their fingers on the button just like we did for that one...Now just think for a minute-We can make this war so big-so BIG! The more people we kill in this war, the more the economy will prosper. We can get rid of practically everybody on your dole queue if we plan this right. Take every loafer on welfare right off our computer rolls... Now don't worry about demonstrations-just pump up your drug supply. So many people have hooked themselves on heroin and amphetamines since we took over - it's just like Vietnam. We had everybody so busy with LSD they never got too strong. Kept the war functioning just fine. It's easy. We've got our college kids so interested in beer they don't even care if we start manufacturing germ bombs again. Put a nuclear stockpile in their back yard, they wouldn't even know what it looked like.So how 'bout it? Look-War is money. The arms manufacturers tell me unless we get our bomb factories up to full production the whole economy is going to collapse. The Soviets are in the same boat. We all agree the time has come for the big one, so whadya say?!? / That's excellent. We knew you'd agree... "The companies" will be very pleased.

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