dievca’s bag fell apart on her way to Europe. The zipper pull came off and dievca was worried that it would start to unzip as her trip continued via walking, subway, plane, train, car – etc.
So, she had the bag wrapped at the airport and prayed that security wouldn’t see the need to unwrap it.
When she was in Sweden, she ran out to the local luggage/bag shop in a small town and found one rolling duffle-esque bag.
Everything else was the “spinner” suitcases.
dievca stuck with what she knew and bought the roller bag.
she was super happy with the choice when she saw how much trouble people were having with their spinner bags on the cobbled streets and hills in Lisbon, Portugal.
That said, she tried a cheap spinner when traveling to her parent’s house in the Midwest. No cobbled hills, flat surfaces, elevators, and a rental car.
Using a spinner was very easy.
Which One Should You Buy?
Getting a spinner or a roller depends largely on where and how you travel.
Spinners often weigh a bit more and the wheels stick out and are counted in the luggage measurement, so you lose precious space. Also, the more moving pieces, the more opportunities for something to go wrong.
Rollers put pressure on your joints and wrists. You’ll have a tendency to trip people behind you while walking and you can only roll in one direction. Measurement-wise the wheels are inset and do not take as much room.
If you’re an easy-going traveler, or you’re the type who often goes on business trips, spinners will be great. You can walk through miles of airport halls or office buildings without much trouble as most of the weight is taken off your burden. For as long as you will be traveling on predictable terrain, spinners will be your best bet.
Rollers are great for people who travel to many different places. Rollers are more likely to survive a rugged trip. It can survive many terrains and will be easier to pull through city sidewalks, on gravel, across train platforms, onto buses, or even onto ferries.
dievca finds herself keeping two pieces of luggage for the different types of travel she experiences. The good news is her spinner fits into her rolling duffle for storage.
Some suggestions for your future luggage purchases:
A bit frightening from the front (hearts).
The boots are separate.
dievca knows one thing —
this lingerie would be a Disaster waiting to happen for her.
A Sapphire Personality:
A Sapphire loves socializing, they’re the life of the party, and they are motivated by fun. They like to be around a lot of people.
They love variety interacting with others. They never see the negative side of a situation. They love recognition. In fact, they will work harder for recognition than they ever will for money.
From Sapphires, we can learn to not be so serious and that life can be fun if we let it.
However, Sapphires can improve by understanding not everyone is as positive as them. Sapphires often hurt other people’s feeling by seeming to not care, when really they’re just looking at the positive side of things
Sapphire is one of the two gem-varieties of corundum, the other being ruby (defined as corundum in a shade of red). The iron pigment in the corundum makes sapphire blue, while the chromium element in rubies makes them red. Sapphire actually has a range of colors, from blue to yellow to green to orange-pink including gray and black and they can be colorless. Colorless sapphires are occasionally used as a substitute for diamonds in jewelry. A pinkish orange variety of sapphire is called padparadscha.
Sapphire is said to be the wisdom stone, stimulating concentration, enhancing creativity and promoting purity and depth of thought. It is believed to focus and calm the mind as well as remove unwanted thoughts, depression and mental tension. It is known as the stone of new love and commitment and is claimed to be useful in encouraging faithfulness and loyalty. Sapphire is thought to bring peace of mind, serenity, and prosperity.
Sapphire (8.6 ct)
Made in the USA
Diameter: 4.25in / 10.5cm
Circumference: 13.35 inches
Available at Shopbop
ABOUT THE DESIGNER
Launched nearly 30 years ago as the result of what she calls “an accident”, Suzanne Kalan’s namesake fine jewelry label has nonetheless gone on to achieve worldwide renown. Though the brand is most well-known for its award-winning Fireworks collection, all Suzanne Kalan jewelry is rendered exclusively in the best available gold and gemstones. Thanks to her commitment to a fiercely independent artistic vision, Kalan’s work is, like that of all great designers, often imitated but never replicated.
dievca is born in September and the sapphire describes her personality. This lovely collar would express her Joy in D/s nicely. Too bad she has such a “thick” neck. XO
harsh discordance of sound; dissonance:
a cacophony of hoots, cackles, and wails. a discordant and meaningless mixture of sounds: the cacophony produced by city traffic at midday.
dievca experienced a cacophony of bodily noises as she slept. Every time she flipped over, reached for water, readjusted the sheets something popped or cracked. In the morning, she was amazed to find that her body was still in one piece without a lot of pain.
Various factors added to the experience:
- Aggressive deep tissue full body massage
- Running around with packing and errands
- Extensive play session with Master
- Session on a vibrator plate at the gym pre-flight
- Passing out on the flight to Europe
- Heavy stretching session after the flight
- Two beers and a long hot tub soak with friends
- A lot of salt from a BBQ and not enough water
- Pushing through to shift the sleep schedule
- Passing out in a very comfortable bed
- Hot flashes
It was a symphony of noise, unlike anything, dievca had ever experienced before…
What caused the noise?
Escaping gases: The synovial fluid present in the joints acts as a lubricant and contains oxygen, nitrogen and carbon dioxide. When a joint pops or cracks the joint capsule is stretched causing gas to release quickly.
Movement of joints, tendons, and ligaments: When a joint moves, the tendon’s position changes and moves slightly out of place. A snapping sound can occur as the tendon returns to its original position. Your ligaments can also tighten as you move your joints resulting in a cracking sound and most commonly occurs in your knees or ankles.
Loss of cartilage: Arthritic joints tend to make more noises as the loss of smooth cartilage means the bones rub together on a rougher, more unstable surface.
Ligaments: Ligaments are fibrous tissues that connect two bones at a joint. Tight ligaments are prone to popping when they are suddenly moved, this sometimes results in short-lived pain in the area or sometimes you may not experience it at all.
Tendons: Tendons are fibrous tissues that connect muscle to bone and can also cause popping noises around a joint. This is most commonly found in snapping hip syndrome which causes a snapping sensation when the hip is flexed and extended.
Scar tissue: After joint injury or surgery, scar tissue, known as adhesions, is formed by the ligaments which are more prone to popping and cracking.
Why did it end up feeling very good:
When you pop a joint a stretch occurs in the joint capsule which results in relaxation of the surrounding muscles meaning that it feels particularly good in those tight or stiff places! This is also a good indication of where you might be tight in the body. Another theory suggests that popping a joint releases natural painkillers (or endogenous opiates) in the body.
Whatever – dievca was just happy to wake up in one piece and be functioning after all the noise.
Have you ever had this happen?
Yesterday, dievca’s friend had a Memorial and Service to inter her ashes.
It was lovely. Friends of all ages and different phases came to celebrate. Siblings gave the realistic view of their sister with humor. dievca wore bright colors and listened with a smile. Her friend had set aside money for a buffet meal at a cafe across the street with an open bar. Great venue, good wine.
She was loved, is loved and will be remembered with love.
Why? What’s the difference between dievca’s aunt and dievca’s friend?
Her friend was open to new ideas, willing to try new things and try-on new viewpoints. She was able to accept change. She accepted people for who they are, not who she wanted them to be. She didn’t pass judgment. She stood up for what she felt was right and that would include the thought that all people should be treated fairly and equally. She gave in simple ways – nothing grandiose – an ear to listen, advice if asked, expertise if needed and company with silence, her time. Things that people truly need or want.
What dievca has learned:
Be yourself. Work to keep old friends and work to gain new friends. Enjoy life and share your Joy and knowledge. Mentor. Accept idiosyncracies and people/situations that make you step out and grow. Don’t stop moving. Life is to be experienced. not watched.
The stove is clicking and the electric spark is working.
click, click, click, click, click
Too bad it won’t turn off…
It’s a morning – dievca needs to get to work.
she doesn’t think that there is a gas smell~
All top pieces removed.
Stove surface wiped with a clean dry cloth.
Oven on a 350F to see if heat can evaporate any excess moisture.
Maintenace Guy on the way in 30 min.
Thank goodness for canned coffee.
- balance of play and work
- balance of giving and receiving
- release of guilt
- frees the ability to receive without pretense
- will and thoughts – the reason why we do what we do
- best color when you need Rest and Relaxation
dievca needed a functional outfit that could bounce back and forth between hot and cold temperature-wise. she shopped her closet for the Micheal Kors Sweater and Anorak and then got on a tear with the other aqua gear. Yes, it was a lot of color. But dievca stood out and received many compliments with the unexpected, non-NYC, color scheme. (Note: she had her Rag & Bone jeans hemmed, no ripped hems…).