And so August begins.

As always I wonder where did most of the year go, I notice how the sunset happens, just a bit earlier. I’m already looking forward to Autumn. I’ve always felt that it was “my” season.

I seem to have gotten my youngest son, Tristan, back on a diurnal sleep pattern thankfully. It’s completely changed my mood. Even though naturally I’m nocturnal, I seem to DO better when diurnal. I feel more productive, generally have more energy, and don’t feel like the day is wasted so much. It also just makes LIFE easier. I’ve also started getting to the habit of making dinner between 6-7pm, even though my husband generally comes home much later from work. Even though I hate it, I do it because once Daniel is back in school later this month, I can’t be making dinner at 10pm and expect him to get enough sleep or thrive in his new school environment.

This month is going to be a bit hectic with my oldest son Daniel going back to public school after homeschooling / unschooling for the past few years. What that means is we need to buy the rest of his school clothes (they have a strict dress code) and the pants we originally bought were a size too big. Also, we need to pay the registration fee, take him to the dentist and the doctor (we RARELY go if… ever, but when we do it’s to Homefirst), and see if there are any school supplies we somehow forgot from the list.

The end of July was a bit rough because my best friend moved to Florida. Thankfully we got a whole day together which included a new tattoo for me (right under my right inner elbow) and her FIRST tattoo! It was awesome.

Getting the new ink has shown me how my wrist tattoos were BADLY DONE. The healing sucked, they itched like crazy, had HUGE missing patches, etc. Since the place I got them done at was Skin Candy in Racine, Wisconsin, was a bit far from where I live, I never found the time to make the three hour round trip to get them touched up.

Mary (my best friend) and I went to Tatu Tattoo in the city, which is where I got my first tattoo done a few years ago and seriously, it really proves to me that you can’t compromise on quality of your ink. Not only did my artist touch up my right wrist FOR FREE, but the new ink he did is flawless as well. No missing spots, it hasn’t itched, it has healed in less than two weeks, and I couldn’t be happier.

Mary’s tattoo came out wonderfully as well and it was SUPER affordable for both. Love love love.

I’ve really been feeling a draw BACK to my Pagan spirituality. I’ve been struggling for awhile (no really, I questioned myself a ton) and over the past few months have started to feel more connected again. However, I feel like I want to start fresh. Clean slate, go back to being a newbie almost.

I’d love your favorite Pagany blogs, books, resources, everything. Pretend I’m totally new and that the past 17 years are erased!

Lastly, I’ve been on a freaking quest for a low-calorie lemon bar recipe. I tried one last night and it was basically eggs over an oat crust. NOT tasty. I keep thinking perhaps a low-calorie lemon curd would be a great start? Thoughts? I’m craving lemony EVERYTHING lately!

SUCCESS! I just whipped up a batch of lemon bars, 134 calories per bar, 6 HUGE bars in an 8×8 pan. I’ll bake it again later this week to post the recipe! I love them, nice, tart, and lemony, not too sweet. I rock!

So let me know what’s been going on in your life!

posted on August 2nd 2011 at 3:30PM CDT

The idea of a low calorie lemon bar is intriguing to me. I’m going to try to invent one for you soon. When I made my lemon crunch pie I made the curd with yolks but mixed in the whites to make it fluffy without adding fat. Yum, now I REALLY want some lemon bars!

posted on August 2nd 2011 at 3:38PM CDT

I feel like I’m so close yet so far! Link me to your lemon crunch pie! How many calorie is it?

posted on August 2nd 2011 at 3:48PM CDT

Hurray for fixed ink! I just got mine redone. My original tattoo artist was so bad – the art was fine, the needlework was NOT – that I didn’t want him near my skin for a retouch. Happily, I found someone local, who is GOOD at what he does. He’s fixing Steve’s tat next week.

Also, I’m in much the same place as you spiritually. I’ve been questioning for a couple of years now, and I’m kind of wanting to begin anew. Please, feel free to Stumble any links to me. I welcome all of them!

posted on August 2nd 2011 at 5:58PM CDT

Right, the needlework SUCKED. I’ll have to take a macro of my left wrist to show… my right wrist was so bad that when I got my new one the artist seriously looked horrified (and relieved when I said it was done at a different shop lol) and right away asked me if I wouldn’t mind if he touched it up for me.

Awesome service right there!

I’m already wondering what to get next!

I’ll stumble everything I come across LOL!

Kelly aka Jia
posted on August 2nd 2011 at 4:34PM CDT

I’ve been Pagan for over 20 years and while it is rarely updated my other blog has a Wiccan slant –

When you come up with that low calorie lemon bar recipe make sure to share it …. I adore lemon bars!!!



posted on August 2nd 2011 at 5:58PM CDT

OH sweet!

I actually did come up with an awesome bar and will post my recipe later this week!

posted on August 2nd 2011 at 5:01PM CDT

Congratulations on your tattoos! I’m sorry that your friend has moved so far away. It’s hard to adjust to something like that.

Good luck on your spiritual path. I thought I’d share my favourite podcast It’s usually quite ‘light’ listening, but still something I look forward to every month. Damh the Bard’s music is brilliant! Enjoy!

posted on August 2nd 2011 at 6:00PM CDT

Thank you!

It’s hard because since my little one was born we’ve not had the chance to spend much time together, even though we lived only 10 min away from each other!

OHH I love podcasts! Thanks for the link!

posted on August 2nd 2011 at 5:49PM CDT

Those Lemon bars would probably be delicious once the recipe is figured out. i LOVE lemon bars! ^_^ Strangely enough, i’m a bit on a lemon flavored kick too. haha.

Your tattoos are awesome! I’ve got one, really want another..but other things are pressing right now ;)

I’m such a Night Owl as well..i get grumpy remarks from the huz because of this. i’m not a morning person, don’t function well in the morning hours i usually end up running on 5-7 hrs of sleep lol!

have you searched the recipe data base for a low cal lemon bar recipe?

posted on August 2nd 2011 at 6:02PM CDT

I figured out a recipe! 134 calories per bar, in an 8×8 pan, SIX bars so fairly big too! I’ll post later this week!

Thank you about my ink, I want more but… need money first LOL.

When nocturnal, I run on 3-4 hours of sleep, so going to bed 11p-1am is AWESOME for me to get up 5-8am right now.

posted on August 2nd 2011 at 8:29PM CDT

So cool you figured out the recipe!! I too go to bed between the same hours, though honestly more times than not its 1am lol!
Then i’ve gotta be up for 7am, to get the minions ready for school. well this is the last week of summer school for dd2. then i’ve got a reprieve for a couple weeks starts back sept 6th here.

money..the necessary evil ;)

posted on August 3rd 2011 at 11:50AM CDT

I really need us (me and DH) in bed by 11p at the latest once school starts for our oldest so that we can be UP earlier (best case would be 6am).

posted on August 3rd 2011 at 11:46AM CDT

It sounds like you’ve had quite the busy last few weeks!
I am sorry to hear that Mary moved, and totally excited about your new tattoo! It looks great and I relate to the sentiment!

posted on August 3rd 2011 at 11:53AM CDT

Thank you! I’m already starting to freak that Tristan is going to be 2 years old in 2 MONTHS now lol. So that will probably be my OMG thought for all of September. Pre-planning my worries!

posted on August 3rd 2011 at 8:54PM CDT

Can’t wait for the lemon bar recipe … I’ve actually been craving them lately.

Love the tattoo. I’ve always said I was going to get one, but so far I’ve been too chicken/indecisive for it.

posted on August 9th 2011 at 1:57AM CDT

I still want to play with the texture, I really want something more like lemon curd!

posted on August 6th 2011 at 4:37PM CDT

I love your blog, I just stumbled on it (literally while using stumbleupon). I love the pictures and the tattoo by the way. You got some tattoos in Wisconsin?! I live in WI :D anyways, I totally subscribed and I can’t wait to read more.

posted on August 9th 2011 at 2:00AM CDT

Thank you so much!

Yep, at Skin Candy in Racine WI. I have to say though based on my OTHER ink, I wouldn’t ever go back to Skin Candy as both of the tattoo’s I got there were poorly inked. Where are you at in WI?