Tuesday, December 3, 2013
I have to quickly brag about Raymond. I am so proud of my boy. He showed an interest in Computer Programming last summer, but it didn't stick. This year, he again said he wanted learn. He wants to learn computer animation. So we tried again. We started on Sunday by using the tutorials on Khan Academy.
If you've never heard of this site, go there now and bookmark it. Then tell all of your friends and family about it. It's is a free site where you can learn everything from basic addition to calculus to economics to art history. It's founder, Sal Khan, has a vision for a "one world classroom." Both my kids improved their math skills on Khan Academy.
In two days, Raymond learned basic computer programming language. Last night, wrote a script all by himself.
That is a screen shot. If you want a closer look, go to:
to clearly see the script. The only thing he asked me was "how do you spell pepperoni?" He created the shapes and colors all by himself! This is such a big deal. With all of his diagnoses, it's wonderful to see him embrace math and science with enthusiasm. I am a proud mama.
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Me on Thanksgiving Day. Photo taken by Jona, age 8.
Don't I look a lot happier than the photo from September 1?
The single best advice I've gotten during my separation is, "A marriage is a living, breathing thing. It is alive. And when it dies, you must grieve the loss." (Courtesy of Vivian Nic!)
I have been in mourning. And no, there is no chance of reconciliation. I had to take time to grieve the loss of a 14-year relationship and 12-year marriage. There is nothing easy about grief. It will take you down, way down into the Bowels of Hell at times...to the point you want to jump out of your skin to get away from the pain. Been there. Done that.
The second best piece of advice I got was, "Use this time to take your power back." In the past three months since my last post I have:
- Started the INSANITY workout. I am on Day 43.
- Started bellydance, Bodypump, Cycle, Cardio Dance, Ashtanga Yoga, walking, running (again), strength training, and Tiffany Rothe workouts.
- Lost 5 pounds (would be more if I weren't baking so much).
- Been to North Carolina to see family (and on Thanksgiving!)
- Created a budget for myself..first time ever really.
- Connected with Pathways to Whole Living, a lovely holistic center.
- Perfected chocolate, peanut butter, apple cider, and pumpkin chocolate chip cupcakes.
- Begun plans on Mocha Angels Omnimedia.
- Seeing life as abundant rather than scarce.
- Toyed around with seafood. Came to the conclusion that I am a natural vegetarian.
- Realized my life/healing POV is holistic and that my social media platforms should reflect that.
- Currently taking my power back.
And my boys!! They are both in school now. Jona's first few days were exactly what you would expect from a homeschooled Autistic child. ROUGH! Woo! I must say I thought it would take months for him to get used to school. I was proved wrong. He still has his moments, but Jona LOVES school. He has settled into a routine, and his teachers, principal, and Inclusion Helper are amazing people. He has an IEP (Individualized Education Plan). Both of us are happy.
Raymond is in school half-day at a private school. He loves it too and wants to go full-time. (Since I'm all about appreciation and abundance, I am affirming that for him, because private school is not cheap.)
I am happy to report that we are all better. I will continue blogging because I have lots to share with you all. Thanks for reading.
Sunday, September 1, 2013
My husband and I separated on August 3rd. My children and myself moved about 15 miles from where we were, in a lovely neighborhood. We are all doing fine. It was, however, the most single most difficult summer of my life. I don't say the "worst" because Summer 2004 was the worst. This was bad in a different way. The sheer stress of ending a marriage, the fallout, and the actual moving are beyond anything I've experienced....and I've been through some soul-crushing life-events.
Since January, I've put on 14 pounds. I am now 5 pounds away from my highest pregnancy weight with Jona. I hadn't exercised, and ate my way through the summer. The good news was that I got to see my family, and my kids spent extended time in North Carolina and Georgia with family. My friends also helped me financially simply because I asked for help. I'm starting from very little money-wise, but a lot karma-wise. People have literally put cash in my hand, and said, "Take it, because I know you need it, or "I wish I could do more." My friends helped me pack. People from my job helped me move. That has been very gratifying. I will be thanking everyone personally.
Not only have I packed on pounds, I'm having hormonal fluctuations again. So the weight loss, balancing my hormones, and womb healing are my focuses. I've come this far with moving out. Now I'm organizing my space, my mind, and my time. I'm off Facebook for at least a month. My friend Charli will be putting up the Mocha Angel messages. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to find me. Stay with me ya'll.
Update on Dec 1 post. Click here: http://www.theveganmochaangel.blogspot.com/2013/12/im-lot-better.html
photo taken September 1, 2013
Friday, June 7, 2013
I've had a copy of Everyday Raw Detox by Meredith Baird with Matthew Kenney for a few months. Visually stunning, beautiful to read, and inspirational, I love the whole vibe of the book. Long-time readers know I'm a Matthew Kenney groupie and proud of it. Completing his online raw chef training and eating at one of his restaurants are on my bucket list.
So I finally make something out of the book: a green smoothie called "Clean and Lean". The ingredients are fennel bulb, grapefruit, fresh mint, water, 1 date (optional), pinch o' sea salt, and 1/2 avocado.
This is what the final product looked like. And I didn't like it all. It was far too sour. I added not one more, but ten more dates to make a sweet enough to drink because I was not throwing food away.
The other problem was that my smoothie looked NOTHING like the one in the book! That photo is of a GREEN smoothie, not a vanilla milkshake. I used fennel bulb as the book said, but maybe I should have used its green stalk? Maybe more avocado? I don't know.
Dear "Clean and Lean" Smoothie, I have now re-named you the "What's Wrong With This Picture?" Smoothie.
Maybe next time.....
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
One of the presenters at the retreat, Robin Downes of Yoga Flava, made a short video about it! Her video includes an interview with Maya, our founder, clips from me and Gail's workshop, and other moments from the weekend. It's almost five minutes long, so enjoy!
I made a Chakra Smoothie this time. The ingredients were pomegranate, orange, lemon, spinach, blueberries, plum, and grapes. In the photo above, Jona is holding the finished result! Below is the fruit in all its glory :-).
I also made a Chocolate Spinach smoothie, based on the recommendation of Dr. Gail Parker, a fellow presenter at the Yoga Retreat for Women of Color.( Her blog is Taking Yoga off Your Mat.) The recipe is 2C Spinach, 2C unsweetened rice milk (or sweetened if that's all you can find),
3 bananas, 4T cacao powder, 1t cinnamon.
This makes a super yummy smoothie. It tastes like a chocolate milkshake. I couldn't taste the spinach at all. I think it's a good way to sneak green veggies to your kids, as long as they don't see you making the smoothie :-).
And last, just sharing a photo of Wild Strawberries that grow in my yard. They weren't sweet at all (not ripe?) but they are beautiful.
Sunday, May 26, 2013
I had a dream at 3:23 am on Saturday, May 25. I saw a juice with burdock root, beets, carrots, lemon, greens, blueberries, grapes, and fennel root. The burdock was the big focus. Burdock is a weed that grows wild. It does grow in Maryland. I have to go hunt for some.
What I heard was "seven chakra smoothies," but in the dream it was clearly a juice. The image was so strong; I said, "that's a message." It may sound weird to some of you, but I do pay attention to my dreams. I've asked for answers and gotten them in my dreams. I did a 2-week juice and smoothie fast in 2008 specifically because it was a direct answer to a prayer. So with this dream about a chakra drink, I listened. Many things in my life have been made clear in my dreams. Dreams are heavy with metaphor, and seem convoluted, but sometimes those images are as clear as the hand in front of your face.
I made a juice with pomegranate, carrots, lemon, spring leaf mix, blueberries, melons, and purple grapes. I already had the first four veggies in my fridge. The 3rd eye color was a challenge because it's a lavender shade. Only lavenders are the actually lavender color. I went with watermelon as a compromise. Above was the color of the juice. A rainbow mix of colors is how it turned out.
Above is the same juice, with apples instead of watermelon. There's something happening here. What it is ain't exactly clear. But I will follow up on it. I'll write about chakras in my next post.