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I amso sorry for your loss. And I totally understand. My 19yo cat died on my l lap Christmas morning. it was very similar. He quit eating, quit drinking and was skin and bones. And while my husband step son and daughter in the room with me when he died I still felt alone because my relationship with my cat breed ate it all 3 of themit was very similar. He quit eating, quit drinking and was skin and bones. And while my husband step son and daughter in the room with me when he died I still felt alone because my relationship with my cat Predated all 3 of them. I got him and his sister, who had died three years prior, during my first marriage.
It's now been about six weeks since I lost him and I'm still sad because not only did I lose him but I lost an era. I lost my youth. I was in my early twenties when I got him and his sister. I lived in a different state, with a different husband and had a totally different life. And now that chapter is completely closed.
I get you. I am sure it must be even harder given that you have recently moved and are in a new place and still meeting people and creating your tribe.
Know that in this space you do not have to be strong all the time. And in fact the ability to show your vulnerability and when things are not OK is when your strength really shines through.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Fifteen and a Half Years
I would love to try to Moscato lipstick from HerbanLuxe
1 year, 3 months ago on Eco-Friendly Etsy Handmade Giveaway!
I am one of the people who told you to use a cloth towel. I had seen Ina Garten do it on her show. But OMG the cloth produce bag is even better! No chance of accidentally letting a corner loose and having your salad fly through the air. And, maybe this will entice more people to go buy cloth produce bags to use at the store, further eliminating plastic use. I'm going to remember this for next time. I know my 7yo will love being allowed to go outside and spin the lettuce. Let's just hope it's not snowing that day ;)By the way...I sooo miss warm Thanksgivings in the Bay Area :)
1 year, 3 months ago on A Tale of Two Plastic-Free Salad Spinners
1. Danika Carter
2. You know how to reach me :)
4. How to choose? I like Juniper Seed, Raising Green kids, & I'd love to try the Muscle Relief Balm by Shanti Aromatherapy since I'm still waiting for my pulled hamstring to heal.
5. I will take my reusable bags holiday shopping with me (rather than just to the grocery store). Not only will it help reduce plastic, but it will help keep the family from knowing where I have shopped.
1 year, 3 months ago on Plastic-Free EcoEtsy Holiday Gift Give-Away
@FreshRag @YourOrganicLife I wasn't saying you did. That's why I said "I ALSO believe she was being civil." Be are definitely on the same side of the conversation here.
1 year, 10 months ago on If You’re Going to Rip Me Off, At Least Be Creative About It
@FreshRag I also believe she was civil. Erika could have just sicked her lawyer on her. Giving her her an opportunity to take the content down without having to pay for her own attorney was quite civil. And, considering how often copyright infringement happens on the internet, I think it's quite prudent to publish the information so others can learn..both those who have had their content stolen, and those who steal content, especially those who do it unintentionally due to a lack of understanding of the law.
Good for you! He sounds like a really great therapist! I'm so glad you've finally found someone to help you and one who speaks your language. I see happier days in your future.
2 years, 5 months ago on The Therapist is Making Me Do This.
Yes! To every word, yes!
2 years, 6 months ago on The Feminist Lactivist Manifesto
I would also add some oregano essential oil. It's one of the best oils as it's antiviral, antifungal, and anti-bacterial. It's a real powerhouse oil. Thanks for the recipe Lisa. I'm adding this to my green cleaning recipe binder.
2 years, 7 months ago on Homemade Daily Shower Spray
I can imagine how terrifying it must be to wake up in the middle of the night to have police take you away and have no choice and no opportunity to explain yourself. I can totally understand your feeling violated, and if it were me, I'd be afraid to ever share another personal experience online and would have trouble sleeping at night. This is not helpful with everything else you are struggling through.I also see if from the other side. My husband's first wife was mentally ill. He, her friends, and even her doctor had called the police on at least 3 occasions when they thought she was a danger to herself (the doctor called b/c she ran away when he tried to involuntarily admit her) only to have her talk the police out of taking her to the hospital each and every time. At least 2 of those times with my (then her) husband standing right there listening in disbelief. She eventually did take her life. And my stepson will forever be traumatized by it.
Had the police not allowed her to talk them out of taking her, she may very well be alive right now because she may have gotten the help she needed. She also had friends who knew she was an imminent danger to herself and did nothing about it. Not only didn't they call the police when they knew she was having serious suicidal thoughts (including standing in their kitchen with a gun), they didn't even call my (then her) husband. Again, had they made the call, she may have gotten the help she needed.So, having this experience, if I saw someone online talking about not wanting to wake up the next day, I would probably report it too. If I knew the person well, I would call them first to check on them. But if I didn't, I might go ahead and call the police and share what I knew in the hopes that it would keep someone from taking their life, and keep a child from going through what my stepson has had to go through losing his mother the way he did. I don't know if I would release my name or not fearing that my genuine and possibly justified concern would result in a firestorm of online backlash from the person I was trying to help in all sincerity and their followers.
Everything you are feeling now is certainly valid and understandable. And, while it sucks from your end to have had all this happen to you when you weren't seriously thinking of taking your life, and it sucks not knowing who called, and what you can and cannot share publicly because of it, my hope, and my gut, is that this is just someone who saw your conversation, may or may not have known about your history, and was just concerned about you. I know I've been concerned about you recently watching you struggle finding the right treatment. I would really hate to think someone would do this maliciously. If that's the case, then everything I said is, of course, irrelevant. Can you find out from the police if redacting the name is standard procedure or if it was requested by the person who made the report? Even if you can't find out the name, if you find out that it's standard procedure, then it might help relieve some of your stress about the issue because you'll at least be able to assume it was likely a call made out of genuine concern for you, and not malice.
To me, it seems the real problem here is with the police and how they handle these issues. They aren't trained in mental illness and it seems they let you down just as the let my husband's 1st wife down, but with opposite behavior. It seems like before dragging you away from your home, they should be bringing a psychologist or social worker who has more training with them...or send them alone...to assess the situation before just showing up with all the sirens, uniforms and intimidation. It's a huge glitch in the system. People should feel safe to report someone they suspect may be a danger to themselves, but the person on the other end shouldn't be made to feel unsafe in their own home nor unsafe just because they shared their struggles (and therefore, cause them to stop doing so, and make their situation worse), either. There has to be a better way. There certainly can't be a worse way.
I also have to say, I think you are VERY brave for sharing as much of your struggles as you have. I know you help many people in doing so. You are a very strong woman, and I think seeing that even someone as strong as you can struggle with depression shows other women that depression and other mental health issues don't make you weak and aren't something to be ashamed of. However, being as vulnerable as you are right now, no one would blame you if you decide after this to not make this part of your life public anymore, or if you decided to stop sharing until you are in a more stable place. I know how much you want to help others by sharing, but if it's getting in the way of your getting better, or is making your situation worse, all that can wait. You can still help others by sharing your struggles later rather than in real-time.Wishing you all the best, Gina, and hoping this is the worst of what you have to go through before things get better. You deserve it.
2 years, 7 months ago on "Hey, Did You Call The Cops on Me?"
I love babywearing because it was so much easier to have my baby next to me as we ran around. I especially loved seeing my husband wear our daughter. It was also great for taking kids to the airport. We are now trying for our 2nd child, and I hope to wear this one even more than I did the 1st one.
2 years, 8 months ago on Enter to Win the ERGObaby® Zebra Carrier!
The zebra design is soooo beautiful!
This commercial has actually been on for a few months now.
2 years, 8 months ago on Liquid-Plumr's Ad Agency Has Lost Their Damn Mind
So Beth, I see that you've been unbanned, but now I've been banned. I'm trying to decide if it's even worth emailing the owner. He really doesn't seem to get it, but like you, the censorship pisses me off. So, I may still write him, but I think I need to cool off first. And, I wasn't going to write about this issue, but now that I've been banned, I most certainly will be doing so next week. I'll be sure to link to your post, too.
2 years, 10 months ago on This Summer... Go to the Beach but Leave Your Turtleback and Other Plastics at Home
@BethTerry I will, but with the new pages it won't show up in people's timelines the way it will if you do it. But I'll do it for now. I also posted it to the Greenwashing Hall of Shame.
I wrote several comments, probably more than I needed so I won't post them all here, but here are the one's most likely to get deleted:
"I'm so sad to seeing you deleting legitimate comments left by people who are concerned about the damage your product is going to do to the very place you expect people to use it - the beach and the ocean. This isn't political. It's legitimate concerns about your product. It's great that you are using recycled plastic, but the oceans don't know the difference between recycled and virgin plastic. Plastic kills in the ocean. Period. It has no business being at the beach. Even if people use other beverage containers, your product is still plastic, and IT WILL end up in the ocean. Have you not heard of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch? It's an island of plastic in the ocean that is LARGER THAN THE STATE OF TEXAS, and by most accounts is impossible to clean up. And, you are contributing to it. You are passing yourself off as an eco-friendly company because you are using recycled plastic but are totally unwilling to acknowledge or take responsibility for the damage your product is doing to the environment. If your product was intended for use inland you wouldn't be getting this firestorm. You are getting it because it is inappropriate for the location you intend it....and because of your terrible handling of people's concerns."
To their claim they weren't deleting comments and were just banning people who couldn't be civilized: "Actually, you are banning people with legitmate concerns. I read those comments and they were perfectly civil. They just happen to be prominent bloggers who can bring real attention to this...and clearly have."
" There is a time and a place for recycled plastic, and the beach isn't it"
"I don't live near the beach, but i do pick up plastic where I do live...all.the.time, and I do my best to eliminate it wherever I can. I support recycled plastic products. But they are not appropriate all the time, and this is one of those times when it's not appropriate."
2 years, 11 months ago on This Summer... Go to the Beach but Leave Your Turtleback and Other Plastics at Home
Have you posted this to the Plastic Crap Wall of Shame yet?