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Massage: Bitching and Moaning

My career is one based on giving of one's self. We spend an hour at a time with our clients. We base our entire treatment on the needs and desires of our clients. We customize each treatment to best fulfill the muscular needs with our client's comfort. We listen. We offer suggestion. We take what they tell us and create a game plan. When we walk back into that room, we execute our plan of action and hope, by the time we are done, that the person on our table is satisfied and in less pain or stress than they were when they entered the room.  That's my job. I take a string of symptoms and sore spots and I work my clients over until their bodies feel better. That's what I do.  That's what I love. I love what I do. What makes my job difficult is legion. And each one of them is like a burr under my saddle. Each repeated irritation adds another nettle sting to the already irritated sore spot. And eventually I end up where I am now. I give every ounce of what I have

BJDs: Wigs and Sweaters

I've recently purchased A Bobobie Gang and since everything I've tried to do with my Pixiu hasn't turned out right, I thought I'd start with Gang instead. The wig cap tutorial I found once upon a time is now gone. I don't know if the person who made it just took it down or what happened. So I begin my search again and post links so I can find them again later. I'm still trying to find the tutorial to make your own cap, but I've found one I'm going to attempt with some fine mesh. I've been trying to create a sweater for my Pixiu since I bought him. I first tried to learn knitting and I can't do the whole two needle thing. I then taught myself crochet. Something about the hook makes my life easier. The only problem is, most b

Book Review: Not Another Soldier

Not Another Soldier by Samantha Holt My rating: 4 of 5 stars Sienna Wright has just become an ex-military wife. Her husband Rob was killed, not in active duty, but in an accident. There to help her through is her husband's best friend and fellow Marine, Nick Jackson. Nick has been harboring feelings for Sienna from the day she met her husband. Although he wants to be a friend, his ambition is to make her his-- like she should have been from the beginning. Having come through a crappy marriage, Sienna just wants to figure out who she is again and find herself and her independence. She moves off base and into her own place. That's where the action starts. Sienna finds out her recently deceased husband was involved in some pretty risky business and now there are people after her. Of course Nick is there to help her, but their relationship or lack thereof keeps getting in their way. Sienna and Nick spend a lot of time doing the horizontal lambada in this book. Nick can't kee

Recipes: Chicken Pot Pie Soup

This soup was the $500 grand prize winner for the Better Homes and Gardens December 2012 contest and it is worth every ounce of its winnings. We make this soup at least twice a month. It's inexpensive and tasty and, with a few alterations of my own, even my picky son will eat it. Chicken Pot Pie Soup 1/2 cup chopped carrot 1/2 cup chopped celery 1/3 cup chopped onion 2 cloves garlic 1 tablespoon butter 4 cups chicken broth 2 cups cooked, chopped chicken breast 1 16 ounce package of gemelli noodles 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard 1/8 teaspoon chili powder 1/4 teaspoon curry 1 cup half and half or light cream 1 tablespoon flour 1 cup chopped fresh broccoli 1/3 cup frozen peas In a large pot, cook carrot, celery, onion and garlic in hot butter 5 minutes until tender. Stir in broth, chicken, noodles and seasonings. Simmer, covered, ten minutes or until noodles are tender. In a small bowl, whisk together half and half and flour. Add to pot. Ad

Book Review: Prossia

Prossia by Raphyel M. Jordan My rating: 4 of 5 stars As a part of the Prossia blog tour, Raphyel was kind enough to offer a copy of his book if I would do a review. I’m not a huge sci-fi fan, but I thought I’d give it a shot. At worst, I would retract my offer of review. At best, I’d find an entertaining read. Prossia surprised me. Warfare is a large part of Prossia. An alien girl, Alyichai, lives on the planet Gooliun. Her people train from the time they are young to be warriors in case the call for war is sent out. Aly is friends with Cattalice, another high level warrior from her home planet. Aly is different than the others of her tribe because she cannot control her “being”, a weapon others of her tribe use like a natural laser. Aly makes herself better at weapons to make up for the lack of being. Her people know what her differences are, but they are forbidden to explain them to her. Everyone ignores her differences past the usual childhood teasing. Aly and Catty are called of