Self-care during the Apocalypse.

So, I’m using the next 14 days to “trial-run” quarantining myself. I’m also using it as an opportunity to experiment with an Ayurvedic lifestyle habits. So self-care PLUS practical prepper training run.

The thing I learned today? If you get too distracted, your berry/dried apricot, nut, hemp, flax, chia seed with yogurt yumminess…turns into chia gelatinous goo.

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Tastes good…but the texture is not ok. Like oil pulling with coconut oil. Tastes fine, FEELS gross.

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And just like that

A Hot Bath.

Hot bath.


Love it.

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Fixing Things!

Ever since Dave and I moved into the loft in downtown LA, all our projects seem to go from seemingly super easy to not so easy. For example, I went to draw a bath only to realize we do not have hot water going to the tub. We call maintenance and about a week later someone shows up, turns on the water and nods, “Yes, you are right, no hot water. I’ll have to come back with tools.” Seriously? He came to JUST turn on the water and agree with my assessment. Very frustrating.

I consider myself reasonably handy (if not a little foolhardy) around the house. My dad was a plumber, so I watched him do stuff. I always assume I can work it out, SO when the “plumber” failed to return after nearly a month, I took matters into my own hands.

I removed the handle and adjusted the temp regulator, no good. Next step? Check/replace HC regulator cartridge. I ordered a new cartridge, and attempted to pull out the old cartridge–which was super stuck. SO, I ordered a puller and waited and did research in the meantime.


Today, is the day to fix, I have my puller, the new parts and a little grease. I learned that I can’t pull that sucker out without shutting off the water. I looked all over the house and there’s no shutoff in our space–but there should be local valves at the faucet. I peer into the space behind the coupler and I spy the 2 bolts on each side of the cartridge, I’d just need to use a flathead to shut off the water there. With just ONE SMALL PROBLEM:


I’d make this a fun guessing game, but we don’t have time for that. So if you look very closely, the red arrows clearly point out that these valves that were cleverly hidden behind the shower tile. So I’d either need to figure out a solve, or shut the water off to the entire building. Since I’ve gone rogue, the latter seemed risky. So I dig around in our tool corner…and what do I find?



That’s right! A power angle grinder! [I think I just heard Dave facepalm somewhere]. Anyway, I think I read somewhere that works on tile, so it should be fine. I put on a long shirt, goggles and gloves and went to work. After a few sparks and nearly setting my hair on fire, we have access!


Look at that, I can just turn the water off with a quick turn of a flathead and we’re back in business. I put my new puller to work and after much pulling and twisting I got that motherscratcher out!



Voila! Next, replacement and check temp. I’ll let you know how it goes.

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nine years and nine days. tomorrow.

it’s been nine years, and nine days since i put my ankle back together, except this time it will be my choice and according to my surgeon, under more manageable circumstances. also, as i understand it, 9 is a good number.

all this started with some drunk guy careening down Lincoln on halloween in 2002, leaving my jeep looking like it’d been hit by a freight train. it wasn’t, but it sure felt like it at the time.

my foot agreed. see that big shadow in the circle? yeah, that’s what they call a hawkins grade III talus fracture-sub-talar dislocation. or I broke a big bone in my foot. AVN risk: 90%. i got lucky. but i digress.

i returned home after a week in the hospital, got really bored AND lonesome after a few weeks in bed. craving human interaction, i joined what was then, a fairly small community…the blogosphere.

i wrote a detailed account of the accident and then used my site to connect with some pretty amazing and wonderful people who were complete strangers which slowly became a loyal support system. i got mad sometimes. i celebrated small victories. i vented. a lot.

nine years later, i’m voluntarily putting myself through the whole thing again. turns out that even after you break a bone, particularly a weight-bearing bone, other parts of your foot wear out and you have to fix those joints too.

the GOOD news is this time i got to plan. also, i have wonderful friends and family around me. the other good news for me, is that i like i can lean on my website when i get bored. or lonely. or run out of movies i want to see.

so here i go, on the 9th, nine years and nine days later. wish me luck.

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"have an opinion. try not to suck."

Frank Porter Graham Lecture 2011 with David Simon from James M. Johnston Center on Vimeo.

The Wire & Treme Creator, David Simon, Talks About ‘The End of the American Empire and What’s in It For You’

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doodlers, unite!

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Elizabeth Warren, words of wisdom

Elizabeth Warren, a woman who has many smart things to say

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Selected and published in 2011 ASMP & MOPLA Pints & Pixels Cell Phone Competition along with 40 other photographers. Book available for ordering soon!

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