hedonist, storyteller, solicited advice giver, desert dweller
“No, I don’t think Chantelle always had that little black notebook. At least, she didn’t have it the first few times I met her. I think it showed up last summer, right when she started asking so many questions we all wondered whether she was writing a book or something. But she moved to Nelson a little under a year ago, at the end of winter. I remember seeing skis in her truck bed when she first drove in and having a good laugh with the guys, wondering what she thought she was getting herself into. Nelson might be high desert, and it does get cold in the winter, but we haven’t seen snow in decades, and even then it was just little flurries. No one’s going skiing around here.
Sporty Snacks for Scaly Sidekicks
I'm a desert girl at heart, and so is my mom. She loves snakes, especially the big bull snakes that like to sun themselves in the middle of the road. While the hot asphalt is great for warming their bellies, and the lack of shade means they get plenty of sun, it also puts them at risk for being squashed by a car. My mom would always stop the car and get out to move the snakes she saw in the road, handling them with gentle, friendly confidence.
Slow Cookers: The True MVP
I grew up with a mom who wasn't much for cooking - in fact, she often joked that if kitchens were optional, our house wouldn't have one. As a result, I ate a lot of "Crock Pot dinners" as a kid. When I grew up and got a slow cooker of my own, I discovered why my mom was so besotted with her trusty Crock Pot!
Safewords 202: Beyond The Basics
When it comes to safewords, there are a lot of introductions out there, including a great one here on Vocal. But what if you’re already familiar with safewords on a 101 level - what they are, how to use them - and want to go a bit beyond the basics?
The ABCs of Arizona
A is, of course, for Arizona, an “arid zone” of airports and arachnids. A is for all my adolescence, acne faced boys at AMC theaters, acres and acres of ATV rides, and air conditioned August afternoons.
What Is Drop?
It’s no secret that intense physical experiences can flood our bodies with hormones like endorphins, oxytocin, and dopamine. Some people experience a “runner’s high” when pushing their bodies to extremes, and many religions, from Catholicism to Hinduism, include spiritual practices that take advantage of the body’s natural responses to pain.
Review: The Magic Flight Launch Box
The Magic Flight Launch Box was the very first marijuana device I ever purchased. Prior to owning my very own Launch Box, I was stuck borrowing glass pipes from friends or finding a hookup that would pre-roll joints before selling them to me. I bought my Launch Box from a little head shop in Tucson, Arizona before weed was legalized - in fact, I made sure to buy it with cash because I was so paranoid about the charge showing up on any credit card paperwork!
Project Runway Taught Me To "Make It Work"
I grew up in a household that really looked down on anything “girly.” I made sure not to outwardly care about my hair or nails, I certainly didn’t play with Barbies, and I always joined in when others mocked anything that other girls liked.