Monday, October 3, 2016

October Personal Update!



It's October.

September went by in the blink of an eye.  I've been busier than ever with work and CF that I've barely had time to breathe.  I constantly tell myself that I'll catch up once I recover from moving but I can't recover if I can't find time to actually unpack!  Life has been hectic and busy and absolutely nuts but I wouldn't change it for the world.  Here's some updates!


September was an incredibly busy month for caricaturing.  It started with Independence, MO's Santa CaliGon festival where I worked two days at local metaphysical store Mojo Mamas.  I should have worked three but moving caught up with my health and I was terribly sick on that Sunday, so I had to cancel.  It was still immensely fun.

And I even got a chance to draw one of my circlemates, Kira!  She's now officially the only person of my circle to see me work firsthand.

I was at a multitude of public events this month, including Royals games, KU games, college events, festivals and more.  I also did a ton of private events, like corporate conventions, company picnics, family reunions, birthday parties, weddings, etc.  Work life has been very, very busy.

This past week, I was contracted to do a special promotional event for a game which took me down to Arkansas.  Knowing that I'd only be working three hours each day, I dragged my husband along for a mini vacation.

Both fortunately and unfortunately, the event positively loved me and extended my hours each day.  Mini-vacation was more my husband waiting around in the hotel room but it was totally worth it.  I had a blast working the event.

Aaron and I still found time to have some fun around the event though, and got to hit up all sorts of amazing food places around Fayetteville and Rogers.

I also got my fair share of sun.  Turns out I can tan if I'm in it long enough.

I worked this event Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday last week.  Then, on Friday, I was out in Wichita, KS.  Came back to work this same event here in Kansas City on Saturday and Sunday.  I also did a birthday party and wedding this weekend plus some other personal stuff, so I've been very, very busy.  I'm actually trying to get this entry typed up before I head back out for the same event today.  Tomorrow's my last day and then I'm in Lawrence on Thursday.

I actually do not know when my next day off will be.  I have worked since Tuesday straight.  Halp.

I really cannot complain.  I love my job, the pay is fantastic, the people are wonderful and this is certainly going to help us rebound from buying a house!  It's not a bad life, let me tell you.


Since my last update, my circle officially performed the main ritual for Pagan Pride Day.  We also had our Mabon ritual led by Abby and inducted a new guest member, Tamilia!  Say hi, Tamilia!

Last night, we had our first Drunk Divination night in a long while.  We smooshed it together with a quick Primary Member meet, which actually worked really well.  We had planned to decorate the circle room but time got away from us and we all needed a break from responsibilities so...

Fun times!  We're slowly gearing up for 2017, which may or may not include a public ritual and a public class.  So much to discuss.  More to come!


To be honest, I really haven't been home enough to make an update for the pets.  Everyone's doing well, but I just have not had time to take pictures.  Mostly, I'm smothered in fur when I get home because I'm never here.  So uh, here's a picture of me smothering in said fluff:


Rhoeas Hearth is still in chaos, but I'm getting there slowly.  

Rooms unpacked:
The front room, bedroom, office and bathrooms.

Rooms somewhat unpacked:
The dining room, kitchen and theater.

Rooms I haven't had time to touch:
The ritual room, library and the catastrophe of boxes that is my garage.

Nothing has been hung on walls yet sans curtains in the front room.  That's it.  Everything else is just bare.  Life, man.  Life.  I have about a month until the housewarming, so I'm going to have to get on it at some point.


In my last personal update, so many of you asked about my health.  I can't tell you how much this touched me.  I wanted to say that I absolutely appreciate all of the concern.  Things like this can have a profound effect on chronic illness, especially when said chronic illness is scientifically tied to stress.  Typically, I don't suffer the repercussions until the minute the stress wears off.  So as of right now, I'm okay, but I do anticipate some kind of health meltdown once everything settles.  I'm already showing signs of it.  Many of you know that, back in 2013, I progressively lost my vision for about four months with scleritis.  While I was out in Arkansas, my scleritis acted up again.  To give you an idea of what this means...
Some may find the below images graphic or disturbing.

Scleritis is an inflammation of the white part of your eye - the sclera.  Mine is autoimmune, meaning that my immune system likes to attack the white part of my eye.  When this happens, I get a bruising pain in my eyes, the pressure increases and my eye presses on a nerve that surrounds the eye socket.  It basically feels like getting punched in the eyes over and over again.  If the inflammation is left unchecked, such as was the case in 2013 when doctors couldn't figure out what was going on or how to treat it, it will begin to warp my natural lens to the point of blurring everything.  It's a pretty easy fix: NSAIDs like Aleve will manage it if I take the right dosage.  I've been on an anti-inflammatory and an immunosuppressant to solve it. My eyes still hurt but the inflammation isn't nearly what you see in the pictures above.

Of course, I've also gained a lot of weight.  I think that's inevitable when you have that many major life events pile on top of you.  I'm honestly not upset by it at all.  Logically, this is just the process.  Plus I think I wear curves well. Getting it off will, as always, be a fight, but I'm working with a support group (at least, I will be once I find a moment to breathe).  So things will eventually resume to normal there.

I imagine more things will pop up November through February as I get the house in order and start to relax into some semblance of normalcy.  After all the concern of the last post though, I'll be sure to keep you guys updated!

I think that's all for now.  I'm out of here to draw more funny faces!


  1. It is good to hear from you. It's so exciting to hear about all the work you're doing! I tend to push myself super hard and once I have time to breathe again, my body crashes. It sucks, but somehow we cope and we bounce back.
    Hopefully what is starting up is just a bit of a warning and if you take the time to soothe your body, it might not get too bad.
    I can't wait to see what you do with the house once you have the time. You always decorate so beautifully and with this house actually being yours, I imagine that it will be amazing.

    1. Thank you so much, Stephanie! I can certainly relate. I still haven't had time to breathe this month. Things have been crazy. I'm hoping to take care of my body during the dry season, if I can ever find it. October usually starts the slow season but this October has been one of the busiest months of the year. Not complaining; I love my job. But the minute I get some downtime, it's rest, relaxation and mild exercise to combat inflammation, for sure. Thank you again for commenting, Stephanie!

  2. Good to hear from you! Lots of good luck with the unpacking and take care of yourself and your body too! <3