Bruises, Burns and Other Marks of Fierceness

He said, “Why do you have blood all over your hands?”

I said, “Watch out,” and smiled.

I was kidding; it was my own blood and not someone I’d just slaughtered. But, it brings me to address the fact that I am a bleeder. When my manicurist mis-cuts a cuticle, I will bleed for a good 15 minutes before she (or he) can continue…even with the help of the green solution. This day it appeared my cuticle had ripped somehow while I was browsing a flea market. I hadn’t noticed but eww. Thank goodness I carry around wet wipes.

Unfortunately, I am unfortunate in the injury category. I’m of normal health, but I happen to attract catastrophe, and that combined with clumsiness just does numbers on one’s body. When I had my cancer removed, I bled like crazy. That story here.

A few weeks ago, I managed to trip on the broken sidewalk in my new high heels (too lazy to pick up my feet), then later that day I fractured my rib, and then the next day I contracted the most painful bacterial infection. I waited 2 1/2 weeks before finally going to the doctor for help. I think that if I ignore things they will go away. Not being able to function normally was really interfering with my life though, so I finally went to the doc for the check-up and all of the meds required to heal.

I thought I was on the road to recovery. The road was veering in a different direction. Two days later, I was working on a project and was asked to pose by a running motorcycle. I’ve never ridden one and have only stood by bikes that weren’t on. Why did no one warn me that they can burn you?!?!? I burned 4 layers of skin off in less than 3 seconds. OH whoops, must have touched the exhaust said friends. I was next to the pedal…what? All I know is the pain that came with it. 

I am a walking disaster.

Here’s a photo gallery of some injuries: 

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Weddings & Exes


It’s wedding season, and it’s high time we go over some etiquette.

You shared friends and fun and life together in college. You are now both invited to your good friends’ wedding (also college sweethearts). The problem is—the two of you have broken up.

When you have the same group of friends, and the breakup is recent, is it right to bring your new flame to the wedding? The answer can vary from case to case, but if you had a long-term invested (as in, you lived together, shared a pet, had kids, or had a starter marriage and quick divorce) relationship, tread softly. It’s one thing if that was years ago and you’ve both moved on, but when it’s still lingering and one of you has clearly not yet moved on, you are looking for trouble.

You both get invitations to the wedding with a “plus 1,” yet one of you does not yet have a plus 1 and is still grieving over the relationship. S/he wants to be at the wedding, but doesn’t want to have to face the ex with the replacement flame. My advice is if you are both equally friends with the bride and groom, yet the breakup is recent, for the sake of all, Do not bring your new lover.

If you and your ex are not equally friends with the bride and groom, then the situation works like this: If the better (more long-term) friend is the one that moved on, fair game to bring the new person. However, if the better friend is the heart-broken one, spare him or her so they can have fun with their friends. They should be able to attend without you—the person who only knows these people through him/her—bringing the new fling into the mix. Be the bigger person and don’t bring the “replacement,” a reminder of what could have been.

Plus, no one at the party wants to see your new person anyway, because they are friends with your ex. Awkward and uncomfortable for all.

Get some manners, people. Yes, we fall out of love. But there is still such a thing as being tactful, especially when you broke the heart of the bride’s best friend.

Grilled Grapefruit


This is the perfect dessert or morning meal complement: Sweet, citrus, and charcoal all wrapped into one. (Serves 4; only 2 servings pictured.)

2 large ruby red grapefruit
2 T apricot preserves
1 T cinnamon/sugar mix (optional)

1. Preheat broiler oven to high.

2. Slice each grapefruit in half and slice a bit off the bottom so it can stand upright. Place on an aluminum-covered broiling pan.
3. Divide the sections of the grapefruit halves and the outer-perimeter using a knife.
4. Gently ease the apricot preserves into the pockets using a teaspoon, dividing evenly amongst each half.
5. Broil for 8 minutes. Sprinkle with cinnamon/sugar mix and let cool a few minutes before serving.