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Apr. 2nd, 2015





Thanks to a few friends giving me free tickets, (Scott and Kara,) I was able to go to the Ren-Fest a few days. Sean and I met up with Scott, Lauren, and a few other people and did all of the faux-Renny things that one does when they attend. If you've ever been to one, with the exception of local performers and artist works, it's the same thing no matter where you live. The only event that differs (and based on what I've seen) is Pennsic - but those people GO ALL OUT and camp for a weeks time. Or is it a full month? Geesh! I admire their dedication but I'm all about taking a hot bath/shower and having working plumbing. At my age GLAMPING is more my style. I'm fine and freely admit it because I've done my fair share of sleeping in tents and roughing it. I've paid my dues.

Anyway, point being -- Sean and I had a good time. The last day of faire, we dressed up in theme for their "Barbarian BBQ" and we had a our pictures taken several times. I'd bought him a semi-Viking outfit at a local costume shop and it wasn't authentic but it looked good, plus it was light-weight so he wouldn't die of heat exhaustion. I knew it looked good when one fellow walked by Sean and said outloud in his sing-song, femme-voice "OH MYYYY! A big barbarian. It must be my birthday!" I loved that. Hahahaha. Yep. Life is good.





























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Valentines evening: I had dinner with witty, fun-loving friends and then we ran into more awesome people at the Tampa Theater for the Neil Gaiman & Amanda Palmer "Heartbreak Hotel" show. Good times, and might I say that Neil is even-more charming and enigmatic in person. He even read my favorite short story, too. *Damn those brilliant writers* - they get me every time.


Scott, Misha and Esther

Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer Heartbreak Hotel show at Tampa Theater on Valentines Day - Scott_Misha_Esther - Feb 14 2014




Photos from the "Lights On Tampa" event on Feb 20th 2015.

(Shown from L-to-R) Michelle Adams, myself and Sorian Grey. I wish the lighting had been better in this picture, but aren't my friends (on both sides of me,) just cutie-pies?

Light Up Tampa - Feb 20th 2015 - Michelle_Misha_Sorian


Nick Cave art exhibit featuring horses, dancers, and musicians. They did a huge Conga line around Curtis Hixon park.

Light Up Tampa - Feb 20th 2015 - Nick Cave art exhibit dancers - Pic1



Light Up Tampa - Feb 20th 2015 - Nick Cave art exhibit dancers - Pic2


Light Up Tampa - Feb 20th 2015 - Nick Cave art exhibit dancers - Pic3



"Uplit" - an art exhibit by Silvia Curbello.

Light Up Tampa - Feb 20th 2015 - Uplit - an art exhibit by Silvia Curbello



"River Glow" - an art installation by Wannemacher Jensen Architects.

Light Up Tampa - Feb 20th 2015 - River Glow - art installation by Wannemacher Jensen Architects



Art exhibit featuring dancers and Shadowplay.

Light Up Tampa - Feb 20th 2015 - art exhibit featuring dancers and Shadow-play- Pic2



Voodoo symbols written on stones. Tablescape decor at the "Into the Darkness" (sFx makeup, photography, art, dancers & music) event.
Feb 21, 2015.


Voodoo symbols written on stones - tablescape decor at the - Into the Darkness - event - Feb 21st 2015


Infinite Third - band playing at the "Into the Darkness" (sFx makeup, photography, art, dancers & music) event. Feb 21, 2015. I really enjoyed Billy's music. It was like this ambient and shoegaze experimental mix...so perfect for reflection.

Infinite Third - band playing at - Into the Darkness - event at Sacred Grounds coffee house - Feb 21st 2015



Gaia - Mother Earth mannequin at Sacred Grounds coffee house in Tampa.

Gaia - Mother Earth painted mannequin at Sacred Grounds coffee house in Tampa - Feb 2015
Friday night Sean and I met up with our friend Scott at the Lowry Park zoo for their Chinese Lantern Festival, "Zoominations". It was breathtakingly beautiful. My pictures don't do it justice. I bought two pairs of handmade earrings from a young girl who lives with her family in the city of Zigong. Another vendor who painted and sold masks with images from various characters in the stories from the Chinese opera, he actually sang me a song. Seriously. At full volume. It was great. He was full of joy and sang with pride. I wish that I'd been able to understand the words he sang to me and we were able to talk more to fully comprehend one another.


Zoominations Chinese Lantern Festival - at Lowry Park Zoo - March 2015


Zoominations Chinese Lantern Festival - at Lowry Park Zoo - Closeup of opening gates - March 2015



These towers are made of plates, tea cups and spoons.

Zoominations Chinese Lantern Festival - at Lowry Park Zoo - towers made of plates_tea cups and spoons - Pic3 - March 2015

Zoominations Chinese Lantern Festival - at Lowry Park Zoo - closeup of towers - March 2015


There were two of these 50 foot long fire-breathing dragons at each end of a tunnel and facing one another. Magnificent.

Zoominations Chinese Lantern Festival - at Lowry Park Zoo - 50 foot long Fire breathing dragon - March 2015


Zoominations Chinese Lantern Festival - at Lowry Park Zoo - 50 foot long Fire breathing dragon - pic2 - March 2015


Elephant Parade with spinning lotus in the vase.
Zoominations Chinese Lantern Festival - at Lowry Park Zoo - Elephant Parade with spinning lotus in the vase - March 2015

Zoominations Chinese Lantern Festival - at Lowry Park Zoo - Elephant Parade with spinning lotus in vase - March 2015


Alice in Wonderland dream. Huge 7 ft tall Roses.

Zoominations Chinese Lantern Festival - at Lowry Park Zoo - Huge 7 ft tall Roses - March 2015

Zoominations Chinese Lantern Festival - at Lowry Park Zoo - 7 foot tall Lilies - March 2015



"Raise the Red Lantern" walkway. I could have stayed in this area for hours. I will probably end up hanging a million of thes lanterns from my trees for an outdoor party. It was very sensual.

Zoominations Chinese Lantern Festival - at Lowry Park Zoo - Raise the Red Lantern Walkway - Pic1 - March 2015


Zoominations Chinese Lantern Festival - at Lowry Park Zoo - Raise the Red Lantern walkway - pic2 - March 2015



World of Dinosaurs in the "Zigong city" where they have found millions of dinosaur fossils and have a museum of antiquities.

Zoominations Chinese Lantern Festival - at Lowry Park Zoo - World of Dinosaurs in the Zigong city - March 2015


Zoominations Chinese Lantern Festival - at Lowry Park Zoo - Dinosaurs - March 2015


Koi fish swimming among lily pads and blue raindrops falling behind them.
Zoominations Chinese Lantern Festival - at Lowry Park Zoo - Koi fish swimming among lily pads and blue raindrops falling behind them - March 2015



Pearls dropped from the moon and into the jewel-colored heart of a lotus flower.

Zoominations Chinese Lantern Festival - at Lowry Park Zoo - Pearl dropped from the moon and into the heart of a jewel colored lotus flower - March 2015



Zoominations Chinese Lantern Festival - at Lowry Park Zoo - Pearls dropped from the moon and into the jewel colored heart of a lotus flower - Pic2 - March 2015



Four Guardian Foo Lion/Dogs floating on clouds and surrounding a spinning earth.

Zoominations Chinese Lantern Festival - at Lowry Park Zoo - Four Guardian Foo Lion Dogs floating on clouds and surrounding a spinning earth - March 2015


Zoominations Chinese Lantern Festival - at Lowry Park Zoo - Guardian Foo Dog Lions floating on a cloud surrounding a spinning earth - March 2015





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Mar. 15th, 2015

Tall wild grass at my Madres place - March 2015



The Song of Wandering Aengus

"I went out to the hazel wood,
Because a fire was in my head,
And cut and peeled a hazel wand,
And hooked a berry to a thread;
And when white moths were on the wing,
And moth-like stars were flickering out,
I dropped the berry in a stream
And caught a little silver trout.

When I had laid it on the floor
I went to blow the fire a-flame,
But something rustled on the floor,
And someone called me by my name:
It had become a glimmering girl
With apple blossom in her hair
Who called me by my name and ran
And faded through the brightening air.

Though I am old with wandering
Through hollow lands and hilly lands,
I will find out where she has gone,
And kiss her lips and take her hands;
And walk among long dappled grass,
And pluck till time and times are done,
The silver apples of the moon,
The golden apples of the sun
."

- William Butler Yeats





Beautiful Things From Various Places and how I'm embracing Mother Nature before it gets too hot outside:



Dogwood Tree and Azalea bush in bloom at my Madre's place:

Dogwood Tree and Azalea bush in bloom at my Madre"s place - March 2015


Azalea Flower on a bush at my Madre"s house - March 2015




A Kapok with blooming red flowers outside the Museum of Fine Arts:

Kapok with blooming red flowers outside the Museum of Fine Arts - Pic2 - March 2015

Kapok with blooming red flowers outside the Museum of Fine Arts - March 2015



Weeping Australian Bottle Brush Tree:
Weeping Australian Bottle Brush Tree - March 2015






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Grandma and her vacation in Florida

One of my lottery dreams includes having enough money to randomly fly-out to Oklahoma and Texas to visit with my family and friends. That said, when any of them manage to get vacation time and visit Florida, I jump at the chance to see them. My Grandma, aunt Linda and her husband drove their RV and stayed a little-over a week in an area near my mother's house.

Sean, Tristan and I spent the weekend at my Madre's place, and I was able to introduce Sean to some of my extended family. I juiced fresh vegetables, took long walks with my mom (although I'd hurt my back and the walks were more leisurely and less athletic than I prefer,) and sit with my grandma, where we got caught-up on the latest events in our lives.

Just being able to be with Gma, hold her hand and hug her tight, I can't express how much that meant to me. Saying that she's *special* doesn't even begin to suitably describe her beautiful nature. As I hugged her and we were driving away, I started crying, thinking that there might be a long wait before I have the chance to see her again. Ugh...the sadness took a toll on me down that day.


Misha and Grandma - March 4th - Gma bday and vacation in Florida - Pic2 - 2015




Misha and Grandma - March 4th - Gma bday and vacation in Florida - 2015






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Mar. 15th, 2015

Hello there. I haven't posted anything since January. Didn't feel compelled to write anything. Maybe I needed a break? I've been working on my health more than usual and trying to spend less time online, sitting on my posterior while getting weaker and fatter as the time slips away. Plus at times LJ is simply a rehash of what I post in my FB, Instagram, or Twitter feed. The minor details and words I include here offer a slight variation, but not enough to make it that much-more exciting than any other online source. Hence, why I haven't shared much here.

My days still consist of predictable stuff: going to work to pay bills, being social with friends, working out with kettlebells or resistance bands, riding my exercycle and walking. Since last December I've been gradually losing the excess weight (14 lbs) and my fat ratio has lowered as well. Mostly through elimination of dessert items, working out as I mentioned above, and eating or juicing more vegetables and fruits than my vegetarian brain can wrap my mind around. My Madre gifted me with a juicer and that's really been instrumental in this process and Sean's embraced the healthier changes such as protein smoothies and vegetable juicing with enthusiasm. I wasn't sure if he'd be "on board" with it, but to my surprise says that he "loves and craves the vegetable juice". It makes him feel better and less tired. The hardest months are ahead for him, work-wise and heat-wise. The fact that his career is very taxing on his body and working outdoors with the insane weather conditions that we have in Florida during the summer, I'm glad that he's replenishing his system with vitamins and nutrients.


Fresh-pressed veggie juice served in a wine glass




I've been going to the weekend farmers market and various places such as an oriental market to get vegetables that are organic, healthy, abundant and lower in cost. What an adventure. I've found some unusual selections that I'd never heard of or seen before and for a foodie like myself, that's exciting. Sunchokes and beets are delicious, especially the Golden and Chioggia beets shown below; which also have beautiful stripes and are juicy-sweet. So far the only thing I didn't enjoy was bitter melon, but I've been told you are supposed to sautee it with meat and the grease from that enhances the taste. Oh well...food allergies...no can do.


Golden and Chioggia beets - organic from the farmers market - March 2015


Golden and Chioggia beets - - cut up - - organic from the farmers market - March 2015


Besides juicing beets, I also roasted them with Sunchokes and then dusted with Spanish paprika, sea salt and cracked black pepper. I put them on a spinach salad and WOW were they yummy!

Beets and Sunchokes - cut up and roasting in the oven




Vegetable pulp from juicing. A layer "cake" of spinach, kale, carrot, red beet, celery, cucumber, red & green apples, jalapeno pepper, organic basil, and smoked sea-salt.

Vegetable pulb from juicing - layer cake - photo1


Vegetable pulb from juicing - layer cake - photo2




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Jan. 31st, 2015

It was a good day. Sorian, Sean, *Little Man* and I went to the St Pete arts festival and the Saturday morning market where we bought a plethora of organic, locally-grown fruits and veggies. Then there was a moment of *absolute escapism* at my local library, where I picked up the following fun selections:
"Vintage Parties: A guide to throwing themed events from Gatsby Galas to Mad Men Martinis & much more", "Vampires: My 3,000-Year Account of Bloodlust & Betrayal", "Bathing the Lion" by Jonathan Carroll, "Mr. Darcy, Vampyre" by Amanda Grange, "The Last American Vampire" by Seth Grahame-Smith.



This weeks library selection - January 31st 2015




Here's a photo from lunch last Saturday with Sean's family: (L -to- R) Ryan, Kerry, (me,) Sean, Marilyn, Grandma Barbara, and Tristan down in front. His family is absolutely lovely. We don't get to see them nearly enough and we need to plan a mountain getaway.


Ryan_Kerry_Misha_Sean_Marilyn_Barbara and Tristan - January 2015






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Jan. 23rd, 2015

Hi LJ. I know, believe me...I know. I've been a "lazy" jerkoff for not posting here. I think about it every week and then life gets in the way and it's too much hassle to log into my home computer. I've been spoiled by my phone and since every LJ app that I've tried doesn't work, I sort of "gave up". Anyway, here's my attempt at a post and I'll do better next month. Hahaha.


I've been exercising like I should and while the weight isn't falling off as quickly as I'd prefer, I am toning up. Over the past month I watched a few documentaries that helped reprogram my mindset, "Hungry For Change" and "Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead" (1 and 2.) Nick tried to get me to juice *years* ago, but I didn't want to do it at the time, plus the veggies that he chose weren't things that I could ease into. He's hardcore and would drink stuff with whole cloves of garlic and onion. I want to EAT those things in a meal I cook, not drink it by themselves...too strong of a taste. Maybe if I combined carrot, apple, and beets with it?

Anyway, the information that I learned wasn't "earth shattering" news, but seeing success stories and how people fit various ideas of nutrition into their busy lives, helped me be more open to suggestions. My mom has an extra juicer that she's going to give me. I'm eager to begin a program (even if it's just a single glass of veggie & fruit combo) and see if that helps with a varieties of health issues, losing fat ratios, but namely energy levels and sleep. The movies were inspiring and helped me see that while I'm a vegetarian, I could do better and see more consistent results if I just make a few minor changes. My mom is out of the country for the next month, but when she returns I plan on starting the juicing.



Other Things In My Life

This is the fun book that I'm currently reading. Light reading material. It's not a novel as I usually prefer, but rather small stories, so I am taking my time with it. For some reason several stories don't engage my interest as much as a single storyline, so it's easier to walk away. Strangely enough, it hasn't been all that "erotic" yet, but mostly tales of surreal, artistic moments that involve supernatural creatures and the mythology of vampires from different cultures.


Love in Vein - Poppy Z Brite




Here's a pic of pretty accessories that I wore to a fashion/art show/concert a few weeks ago. I have a purple and green flower with two butterflies in my hair. They perfectly matched my sheer and glittering Cheongsam Chinese dress.

Misha with a purple flower and purple and green butterflies in hair


Misha with a purple flower and purple and green butterflies in hair - Pic2



Here's some inspiration from my garden: Purple Shamrocks in bloom at The Soul Kitchen. This is a plant that Sean brought back from the woods near my Madre's house. They remind me of butterflies and that makes me very happy.

Purple Shamrocks - in bloom at The Soul Kitchen - January 2015




Flowering Maple in bloom at The Soul Kitchen.

Flowering Maple - in bloom at The Soul Kitchen - January 2015


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Dec. 21st, 2014

Misha - black and white striped dress - Closeup Pic - Dec 2014



Feeling good today: dropped 6.5 lbs and 3% bodyfat since December 1st. I am not a fan of dieting. Depriving myself doesn't work. The combination of consistent cardio & other exercise, only drinking wine on the weekends, and having ONE cheat day where I allow myself to eat a dessert item or a "naughty" high-calorie meal -- those are how I get results. Now only nine more lbs to get lean and begin serious weights to drop the bodyfat.




Here's a few photos of the outfit I wore last night for the Castle Anniversary "Gothic Winter Wonderland" event. I met up with Scott, Esther, and a few other friends for food at the Tampa Bay Brewing Company and then thanks to Raven, Randy & Dorothy, who gave me a VIP ticket, there was early admittance to the club and free drinks. The entire evening cost me $4. Score/YESssss! It was a nice evening. I danced a bit, had social chit-chat with friends, and was home and in bed by 2 AM.

I wanted to have the "Ice Queen" look but none of my all-white outfits were working out and all-black is too typical for the club, plus I wanted to dress fancy, especially since it's the holidays and an anniversary gathering. The outcome was touch-and-go for a while and I almost had a hissy-fit/nervous breakdown trying on various things, but eventually I stumbled across this black & white striped dress. Luckily it worked out perfectly. Sure, it's not a winter theme, but it looked nice and was hella-comfy since it's made of t-shirt cotton material -- so *DING DING* -- winner!



Misha - black and white striped dress - Front and side shot - Dec 2014



Misha - black and white striped dress - backside shot - Dec 2014

Nov. 30th, 2014

Thanksgiving Day photo at Madres house - November 2014




Hello LJ friends. Oh my gawd, glug. Thanksgiving Day is over and I can honestly say that I ate and drank myself into a food coma. Yours truly even had to take a nap on Turkey day because she was a mad-glutton. Sean, Tristan, and I drove up to my Madre and Pauls's house for the holiday weekend and she as usual wined & dined and spoiled us rotten. My mom and I did walk though Thursday, Friday and Saturday and each days total ranged from 4-5 miles, so maybe it helped offset some of the calorie damage I did? Hahaha. Just maaaaaaaaaaaybe because Madre baked this Paula Deen recipe called "Ooey-Gooey Pumpkin Cake" and sweet baby Jesus, it was good! I'm not much of a cake person and this was more like a chewy shortbread cookie crust with a pumpkin pie filling on top, so of course I went overboard on my intake. If it had a pecan pie topping I'd have eaten the entire pan and fought anyone off who tried to eat a piece, but luckily that wasn't the case.


I've been reading the second book to Mrs. Peregrine's Peculiar Children, "Hollow City" and I'm enjoying it a lot more than the original. I think I have a chapter left and I'm bummed that it's ending. If you liked the first book, you'll be pleased with this one.


Today is *get back to reality* day with loads of laundry to wash, a bit of yard maintenance, and putting up the Christmas decorations. It's official that the major retail holiday is upon us. I have no clue about Tristan's gifts this year. Sean wants to get him a new Transformer toy but that thing costs a $100 and we can't afford it, plus he has a ton of Transformer toys that need attention. Sean and his son collect them and yes, they are valuable but honestly I'm not sure if we can financially swing the gift he wants to get Tristan. After watching the video of the boy below, I can only hope that Tristan understands how fortunate he is and that many people go without food and clean water, and have no concept of getting a Xmas gift. *SIGH*...it's one of those topics that makes your insides twist in knot. Maybe the holiday Gods will bless us? I will put it out there in the Universe and we'll see how it goes.










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