Saturday, May 15, 2010

My Time in Tampa Florida

I am writing this blog from the Tampa International Airport. It is 4 something in the morning and I should be home back in NY sleeping in my bed. However as they say make lemonade out of lemons? Or at least something like that.

I arrived to Tampa on Wednesday to attend a conference for my day job, or at least how I like to label it, the job that pays the bills. It was held at the beautiful Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort and yes it was beautiful. The days were clear and warm and the conference was informative. I didn't sneak out of workshops to hang out on the beach, I was a good paid employee who took in all the information and took good notes.

Friday comes and I don't have a flight out until 6:55 pm. Enough time for me to make it over to see Trista at Indigo Bee Soap in South Tampa. I love meeting up with other soapers and learning form them. Trista was gracious and welcomed me as if we were old high school buddies. I was glad to make the detour but also glad that I would be going home soon.

Now back to why I am still sitting at the airport. Long story short, flight was delayed until 9:30 then it was canceled because the crew was over 4 minutes on their time and it was deemed "unsafe" for them to continue to work. I don't think they thought it was deemed unsafe to strand a plane full of passengers. I will give props were props are due. The crew did supply us with drinks and snacks and tried to get us on the next flight or help accommodate. They were able to get me on a flight back to NY on Saturday at 11:50 am. I took it. I wasn't going to fight and for sure I wasn't going to cause a scene that would end me up in county jail.

Soon I will be home hugging and kissing my 5 year old who has been eagerly awaiting my presence. In the midst of all of this I have been thinking about the soaps I have to make when I get home..Ahhh the life of a soaper!! LOL

XOXO
Melissa

Friday, May 14, 2010

My Least Favorite Subject: Rosecea

This time last year, I woke up one morning with pimples and redness in my face. I really didn't think anything of it and figured it would just go away. Time had gone by and I noticed my face becoming red, shiny, tight, pimply, dry and at times oily. I realized something was wrong but for some reason I just really thought it would go away.

Jump forward to January 2010 - the skin problem didn't go away and I knew I needed to do something. I began to accept the fact that I had Rosecea. Rosecea is a chronic disease which appears as usually first appears as subtle reddening on the face. Over time this may develop into some inflammation and be accompanied by skin eruptions. This skin condition usually appears in people between the ages of 30-60 and although the reasons as to why rosecea happens it it thought to be due to lifestyle, diet and stress. Stress, CHECK! However I do admit to having an addiction to pasta, carbs and bread.

I started seeing Dr Cori from the Healthpoint Nutrition Center for the chance to change my body in a holistic way. Dr Cori inquired about my skin and stated that she can help me with that.
I began to cut flour and sugar out of my diet, a difficult task but manageable. I learned to live with the fact that my ex-husband is who he is and I couldn't allow him to stress me in the way he has. Besides the reality is I am stuck with him since we have a son together. So I better learn how to manage or I will be one big pimple head for another 13 years!!

I also do not like using chemicals on my face or body, externally or internally so I contacted Sheri from Paradise City Herbal in Northampton, MA. Sheri makes amazing skin loving products using the herbs she grows organically in her garden. I thought her Sunshine Cream could help ease my discomfort and tightness that I was experiencing. About 3 weeks have gone by and I can honestly say that I haven't felt better. I still have pimples and experience shyness and fear about going outdoors with this "stuff" on my face but the feel of my skin is incredible. It isn't tight, dry or irritated. A little of this cream does go a long way so I know I will have this product for a while. I thank Sheri for being an incredible formulator and lover of nature. I hope to visit her one day on one of my many excursions. Please check out her website and tell her I said HELLO!

XOXO
Melissa

The Soap Studio

As some of you know I have been wanting to have a space where I can call my own. I live in a 2 bedroom railroad apartment in Astoria, NY and so space is difficult to come by. I started feeling less productive since I had my raw products all over the place. I decided that I needed to create a space that I can work, be productive, and be happy. So you are wondering what I did right? Well I gave up my bedroom. Yes, you heard me correctly, I gave up my bedroom! I gave my bedroom to my son, since he is getting big and needed more space and I took his room.

My son sweetly asked where was I going to sleep and I told him that I could sleep on the sofa bed. I explained that sometimes we needed to make sacrifices in order to achieve our goals and dreams. He told me that I could always sleep with him which really is sweet but couldn't happen since he has a twin bed and sleeps like a hot mess!

So for now I only have a picture of the color of the wall and soon I will post more pics of the complete studio, shelves and all. Please note my good luck charms. The middle one is my son's first place winnings at Olympic Day at school. That one is my favorite - for obvious reasons.

XOXO
Melissa

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Poor Racoon!



Today I decided to go take a walk and enjoy a bit of the sun on my lunch break. As a co-worker and I were walking on Lexington Ave between 79th and 80th St, we noticed people were looking into the sky. Of course we looked and didn't understand what the hoopla was all about. A woman walking behind us stated that there was a racoon in the tree. A racoon on Lexington Ave? Oh boy this little guy or girl was far from home. Of course I decided to call 311 for assistance. 311 is the NYC's phone line for non emergency related information. 311 is also a way for city agencies to monitor complaints or issues for better quaility service. My cousin was trained as a 311 operator when he was in college and he even stated it was a joke. They have a database of all the city, state and federal agencies and if someone calls to inform the city of garbage strewn all over a street or a fowl odor is coming through walls, then the approriate agency is notified and the situation is (hopefully) resolved.


So that brings me back to the racoon. I called 311 and the woman who answered the call pretty much chuckled on the phone and asked me what I wanted her to do about the racoon. I stated that I was concerned because the racoon is in the tree and I would like someone to come and rescue it and release it to its natural surroundings. This operator proceeded to read to me a scripted piece about how racoons like to hide in trees, how they are known to be seen in urban communities and yada yada yada. I was perplexed because it sounded like a story I would read to my 5 yr old and the fact that she considered Lexington Ave and 79th St an urban community. This is the Upper East Side lady, there is nothing urban about this area!


Needless to say I learned a thing or two about NYC 311:

1 - only call if you are concerned about what side of the street you need to park on

2 - only call if you have an issue with a parking violation

3 - only call if you need to locate a towed vehicle


May I note, that this is the second time I called in regards to an animal and the city just brushed me off, I guess NYC isn't animal friendly.


XOXO
Melissa