Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Virtual Coffee {37} the last one.

Hello, dear friends, welcome to coffee!

You may want to grab a chair and get comfortable for coffee today cause this is going to be a loooooong post. It’ll also be my last post on Moomser, if you want to know why it’s my last post read this, otherwise suffice it to say that I’m taking a break to get my writing joojoo (sp??) back on and then probably separating my “real life” from my blog life with an anonymous blog. I do feel cowardly doing this, I’m absolutely all for living my life out in the open, but some things I choose to write about involve other people and at the end of the day I’d rather hide behind the anonymity of a fake name than censure my thoughts, cause this blog is mostly a public space for my thoughts and feelings.

So I wanted to tie up a few loose ends punctuated with a few totally random pictures…

It's Spring, you can tell because it won't stop raining

And then the next day it's sunny and gorgeous and you can roll around in the damp grass

The husband and I are trying to work things out. We gave each other some conditions that were necessary to each of us to keep moving forward and we’re both working on them on our respective ends, so we’ll see how that goes. But we’re trying. We are, neither of us, leavers, so right now we’re in standby mode. I wanted to share one of the things that I’m doing because it could be helpful for others out there… Several months back I read a post on Cheeseslave about a book called The Mood Cure, which seemed to have an interesting premise, so I bought it and promptly forgot about it, of course. Thankfully, after writing this post here a reader wrote me an email telling me about the very same book and her experience and suggesting I read it (thanks Susan!). I’m not going to get into what the book is about cause Anne Marie does it better on her blog (Cheeseslave), but it’s mostly about helping to improve your mood through diet and supplements (mostly aminos). I’ve been taking the supplements suggested for my mood imbalances (there’s a quiz both in the book and on this website) and I feel a LOT better. I have way more energy, I sleep much better, I have fewer mood swings, and life is simply not as bleak as it was in my eyes.
The past few years have been pretty stressful, I moved out to the country leaving friends, a job, and everything behind (2005), my Dad died (2006), I started a new job, with a lot of responsibility and no experience, had a baby (2008), went right back to work, had another baby (2009), the husband got leukemia, treatment (2010) and then got leukemia again (2011) and my body got depleted cause that’s what stress does. All this to say, it’s an interesting book and I recommend it strongly, it may well have saved my marriage.
Love. and big shoes.

On to more fatuous things, we’ve been grilling the heck out of everything we could get our hands on. Like pizza (awesome, I strongly suggest you try it!) and pineapple (great with meat!) and bananas. Yes, bananas. You slice them in half lengthwise with the skins still on (I washed them first) then you put them open side down on the grill, turn them over when the edges of the skin start to blacken, sprinkle with sugar, and leave a few more minutes with the lid closed. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! The sugar caramelizes, the bananas get kind of soft and slightly gooey… am I making you want to turn the grill on??

I’ve started my yearly detox again which mainly means no refined carbs and no sugar (also a Mood Cure suggestion), which means I’m now ravenous for bread and croissants and pasta. I literal would turn everything I see into a sandwich. I tell you, my mind is my worse enemy!! Although I’ve rediscovered juicing and am juicing anything and everything… some of my concoctions are great (apple, orange, carrot and beet for example) some are absolutely disgusting (I’ve blocked these out). Experimenting is half the fun! Although, I’m not so sure my kids would agree, they take up their juice glasses with a fair amount of trepidation lately!
mama, this pod looks like a moth!
shucking peaa
The beach house (which I obsessed over a few months ago) is ready and we’ve been spending the last few weekends doing all the little odds and ends jobs to make it really homey, I wish I had pictures to show you but alas I was planning a before/after post for a few weeks from now and haven’t taken the after pics yet.

Aperitif by the beach

I’m kind of dragging this post on and on… I’m sad to say goodbye. I really enjoyed these Virtual Coffee dates and would like to thank Amy for the great idea and for bringing us together every week like this, and for her hillbilly latte recipe!!
Also, if you want me to get in touch if I start a new blog up again drop me an email (moomser at gmail dot com) and I’ll contact you.

Thanks for stopping by and thanks for coffee!
Toodles, Moomser


  1. Oh man, I'm so sorry to hear you say your adieux.
    We began our blogs very close together, time wise, and though I've often thought of pulling the plug on mine, it's knowing that others plod along sharing their lives that keeps me going.
    Moomser has been a wonderful journey -- at times touching, always funny, completely gutsy and frequently gut-wrenching. It's taught all it's readers to be stronger, to be more open and honest, to act with more conviction and overall, to ourselves be true.
    I know I'm going to dearly miss the caffeination and mental stimulation, virtual or otherwise, that I gleaned during this perky coffee pow-wow.
    We'll also miss following the kids antics and watching them grow.
    And so I know I'm not the only one who bids Moomser farewell with a bittersweet taste on my tongue. Know as well that we are all eagerly awaiting smoke signals from your next virtual venture.
    Baci, Alcira


  2. i don't quite know how i missed this post - i posted a comment on another VC post....
    anyway, i shall miss catching up over coffee and in the meantime i'm available as a host if you ever want to drop by...
    the door is always open and the kettle on :)

  3. I'll miss reading your blog friend. But please do keep in touch!! Good luck!

  4. Dearest Moomsie,
    I have to say, you are one of the reasons I keep coming back to my blog list although I think it's pretty apparent to everyone that I went from 2 hours a day to 15 minutes a month with respect to blogging and reading all that is out there. You're a funny, strong and completely relatable bird and I wish you nothing but the best. I wouldn't mind it if you wanted to stay in touch.

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