Tuesday, February 26, 2013

U.S. Dairy Industry and Aspartame

This is important folks. The Dairy Industry here in the States wants to be able to add
aspartame to your milk - AND NOT TELL YOU IT'S THERE. The FDA is requesting comments on this petition. You have until May 21st, 2013 to submit your comments. For instructions on how to send your comments click here.

Is this really what we want our children to drink? Is this really something WE want to drink?

Thursday, February 14, 2013

One Year Anniversary

No, this isn't a post about love or Valentine's Day. Today marks the one year anniversary of me having no fixed address. One this day last year I was officially declared a trespasser in my own house as the property management auctioned my house the day before for $1400 in back ground rent.

Today marks the one year anniversary of my freedom and I still swear it was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. I could be suffering cold weather in Maryland but instead I'm enjoying 70 degrees worth of sunshine, open windows, chirping birds and budding plants.

Huge thanks to all of my friends who have helped me along in the last year either by being supportive or allowing me to crash their driveways and houses. Special thanks to Dave Hufstader for creating vannin.com where I met tons of terrific people and even allowing me to crash his own home and driveway in Maine for several months during the heat of summer. Jen and Ed Hall for letting me crash their driveway and shower when I came home during the heat of summer for the Annapolis Irish Festival (where I met my sweetie). Biggest thanks of all go out to Silver for being my life support, safety net and for not telling me I was completely crazy for wanting to live in a van with 6 cats. It's been a fabulous year and I can't wait to see what the future holds!

I'd be remiss if I didn't mention this Valentine's Day - Randy, I adore you tons! I'm so glad we connected and have been able to spend the last 8 months together on the road. We are perfectly opposite on many things and somehow it works. Here's to many more days, weeks, months and years of laughter and fun. <3

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Hitting The Road Again, Briefly

We've been in Houston since just before Thanksgiving and originally planned to stay here until we moved back to the northeast for late spring/ summer when Randy's band has gigs scheduled. Those plans have changed. Where we're staying now is costing us $300 + electric per month for parking my van, Randy's 36' RV and the car. That can be pricy when you have very little income.

The next couple weeks will see us packing up and moving nearly 3 hours West to San Marcos and free parking. We'll be paying electric but that isn't a big deal. We been graciously offered a spot to park by some friends who live out that way. With that offer also comes the offer of paid work with our friends at Medieval Moccasins. Seems they are short a salesperson and also shoe makers. I haven't seen the area yet but I can only hope I'll be happier there than here. Houston has been fun but the parking situation sucks. We're on pavement and next to a very busy road. At least there are trees and birds here and some grassy areas to walk the cats. I'm hoping the property we're moving to is more rural since it sits at least 30 minutes outside of Austin. Guess we'll see when we get there.

I'll definitely be happy with a change of scenery. I'd gotten used to being in a new area every month or so. This move definitely has me excited.

This weekend we'll be visiting the Sherwood Forest Faire. I'll get to dust off the garb and get dressed up for a day of reveling and drinking. We'll also get to see some old friends and make some new ones I'm sure. I'll try to remember to take pictures (which I am really bad about)