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playa meals and other delights
I am up to my eyeballs in playa prep, and OMG I am loving it!

We finally got past all the orders (we do have one last thing to finish up but it shouldn't take long.)  Now we can start on our own stuff!

I don't know that we'll have anything new  *for us*made in time (though I do have an awesome furry hoodie vest with kitty ears, in superbright UV reactive HOT PINK fur, yay!  and I might get paw mitts for it - we'll see!)  Hopefully Jovino will make himself a few things (and let me cut them out...)

Mostly, I've been focussing on the essentials - doing laundry so we'll have enough clothes; purchasing and preparing food, etc.  We have a Foodsaver vacuum sealer, and I am putting it to good use!  I'd seen other folks pull out a vacuum sealed bag of food (home made - or take out!) drop it in hot water, and have a meal in minutes - what a great idea!  The cooler water doesn't get in, and if you freeze them, they can act as ice!

There are commercial foods which come in this kind of packaging (tasty bites etc) but having our own sealer means we can pack ANYthing - in a way that is IMPERVIOUS to cooler water!  It's AWESOME!  (Unlike the TBs our stuff does have to be kept cool - but that's easy when waterlogging isn't an issue.)

I have to say I've been loving the cooking.  I've been working on it and I've finally got to the point where I feel I can improvise with the risotto instead of just repeating the recipe - which BTW came from a cookbook given to me by Peter and Robin (my favorite of Peter's girlfriends... Mare is my favorite of his other wives!)  ;-)  I've been reading a lot about restaurant cooking and trying to apply some of the info I've been learning to my own meals.  (I'm just about through the book Heat, by Bill Buford, a writer who apprenticed with famous and famously nutty chef Mario Batali... though the book covers much more foodie ground than just Batali's kitchen.)

Here's this year's base menu (8 days on the playa):


pizza (fresh made - dough + ingredients chopped/pepared and vac-sealed in individual pizza sized quantities... baked in the CBQ!)
chili - home made and vac sealed in portions sized for us both to have some with no leftovers, and frozen (it's ice until we eat it!)
risotto - made it up tonight and DAMN but it is going to be GOOD!
organic pasta with garlic-roasted cherry tomatoes, artichoke hearts, kalamata olives and basil (drool!)
mashers - aww yeah, with buttah!  (I sealed up a BUNCH of individual butter portions for this!  Mashers on the PLAYA, yo!)
sammiches (for lunches - spicy veggie "salami" plus TJ's "garlic aioli" mustard, fresh veggies/greens, tomaters, etc
miso soup for my breffy
TBs for when we can't be arsed to make real food - we've found a better (more authentic, spicier) vac-pack Indian food, yay!

So, that's basically 4 types of "dinner" food, plus TBS, sammies, mashers, miso etc for lunches or snax.  Unless I come up with some other ideas for entrees (like vac-sealing our fave takeouts - laugh if you want but I've seen folks do this!) it looks like we're going to have each thing twice over our 8 days.  That's not so bad.  (And of course there is always random yummy stuff offered by friends from time to time.)

trail bars
thai cashews
chexymixie (2 kinds)

champagne (for our real friends - real pain for our SHAM friends!)
chai - iced for day, hot for night!
frappucinos (one of those "only on the playa" convenience treats)
FAT TIRE (want some?  come visit us at the Dusty Bunny Bar - we'll have it on tap and ice freakin' cold, yo!)

It's late... tyord... I keep glancing at my battery life readout and thinking it's the time (except it's going down and the actual time is going up...)

Time for bed with my baby!  I love him so much.  He's smart, and strong, and sweet, and easygoing... he loves and appreciates me - and lets me know it.  He is also incredibly encouraging!

He's creative and brilliant, yet totally unassuming and completely not egotistical.  Plus, he's an adorable, fluffy (and sexxeh!) BUNNY.

I am truly fortunate.  My longtime friends surely remember my poly days - and I have to say those were good times. 

I learned a lot, loved a lot, and soaked up a lot of love.  When it was good, that life was AMAZING.  The downside, though, was that hardly anyone I had a relationship with could "give as good as they got" where poly was concerned.  I met several folks who could talk a good game, but with  few notable exceptions, so many of them were either unable to deal (the kindest interpretation) or simply out for themselves.

It really is rahter unfortunate.  I have so many good memories of those times... being in a lovely triad, having my husband's girlfriend (who I'd never met) reach out to me and turn into a close friend (we used to get together without him!) etc etc.  Some folks really did get it, and were able to walk the talk. 

I loved being poly - especially the family element.  I always used to throw a valentines day party at our place, inviting all of our sweeties (and their sweeties!) complete with home cooked meal and handmade valentines (I was a freak Martha!)  Waking up with a partner and our mutual partner (or even a partner and their partner-who-I-wasn't-involved-with) was always sweet - cozy and family.  I loved it!

I never thought I would want to change (and I knew that my nature would prevent me from changing "for" someone.  I am who I am, and beneath it all, I own myself (both a blessing and a curse, lol!)

The last thing I expected was to turn my back on my poly ways, but that is exactly what has happened!  I didn't "give it up" - I didn't give up ANYthing.  I am doing exactly what I want to.  Just because I never envisioned this doesn't mean it's not perfect for me now.

When I met Jovino, he had a girlfriend.  Nevertheless, my interest grew, until I finally asked him out.  He was dating other girls at the time (more than one of whom also had pink hair!) and I was involved with the abusive ex - who had actually managed to talk me into agreeing to marry him.  Fortunately, I didn't go through with it!  What a mistake that would have been!  (He apparently really wants to be married - given how quickly he managed to get engaged again after I finally dumped him - and considering how much credit card debt he has, as well as having to pay for school, it's actually a very smart financial move on his part.)


I gotta go.  The vac-sealer is calling my name, and then it's time for bed...  ahhh, bed.


I'm feeling: happy ahhhhhhhh...

15 smooches or Gimme Some Love!
sabotlours From: sabotlours Date: August 22nd, 2007 03:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
*smiles* I can't wait to hear the "after" reports since your "before" posts are so entertaining.

I also hope we can hang out again before FC next year. You and Jovino are such fun people!
djmermaid From: djmermaid Date: August 22nd, 2007 04:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
haha, thanks! we'd like to hang out too.

love the badge art! :-D
From: catwoman69y2k Date: August 22nd, 2007 03:43 pm (UTC) (Link)


Awesome! You two make a sweet couple. I actually dont know who the evil ex is but Im sure glad you didnt marry him. From what I hear of him, Jovino is a godsend. :)

djmermaid From: djmermaid Date: August 22nd, 2007 04:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Poly

thank you. see you on the playa! (BTW I saw the party at the trash fence you mentioned is listed in the what where when guide - be sure to take the time to look through it and use a marker to hilight anything you think you might want to check out - of course you can never do it all, but having it handy can help you find some awesome things you'd never stumble across on your own.)
From: catwoman69y2k Date: August 22nd, 2007 04:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Poly

Yup. The trash fence party is still on it looks like.

As for the writing down of stuff, that might help. To be honest, I actually have a scrapbook Im working on and so I have been writing down some of the camps already. Although I havent wanted to spoil my experience by reading into everything. I want to take in my new environment like a child in some ways, if that makes sense.


PS: Those stacks are sure hard to pack...they are so heavy and do not fold. :)
djmermaid From: djmermaid Date: August 22nd, 2007 05:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Poly

the "What Where When" guide is a printed booklet that you will receive from the greeters (after you get through the gate.) they will also give you a map and some other info. (there is also a what where when available online.)

it can be fun to just wander around randomly, but I would urge you to take a moment on your first day there (when it's too hot to do anything else anyway) and look through the what where when guide, and mark things that look interesting to you with a colored pen. that way, when you're not sure what to do, you can be reminded of some really cool things you'd never have found on the random. besides, otherwise you will read it on the trip home and wish you had known about some of these things! (hi, voice of experience here, with a message for you!) ;-)
From: catwoman69y2k Date: August 22nd, 2007 05:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Poly

Yup. I figure it wiill be helpful when IM there. Right now I am trying not to spoil the experience until I actually arrive and am ready to explore. Hehehe. I already knew about the Who What When Where guide but I am not trying to get sneak previews now. ;)

We are at the 9:00 keyhole so it should be kind of central to some stuff but of course all that is in 3:00 will be all the way on the other side. :)
luffing From: luffing Date: August 22nd, 2007 04:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
What's yer playa address?

Glad to see teh craziness is finally dying down. The vac-sealer sounds like a great idea!! Ziplocks SUCK, we always end up with cooler water in them. We're trying tupperware this year...
djmermaid From: djmermaid Date: August 22nd, 2007 04:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
We'll be in Gigsville, 3:45 and "D" street. Come have an ice cold Fat Tire on us!

BTW if you want to use the sealer, come on over - you can get the rolls at costco or mervyn's! Give me a call if you want to do this. Tupperware is probably gonna leak too. The key to using that stuff os ccoler maintenance - you need to keep stuff like that above the water line (and maintain your coolers twice a day, morning and evening, when it's cool out.)

I may write a whole cooler post, I am the Cooler Queen! ;-)

Looking forward to seeing you out there!
luffing From: luffing Date: August 22nd, 2007 04:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
IF you have time, please write a cooler post! I don't think using your vac-sealer is in the cards this year, I'm frantic already about my to-do list (which includes making Platypus a kilt for our commitment ceremony, and it's HARD!!).

Quick question though- if you lift the coolers up off the ground with bricks, is that good or bad? I've heard various opinions on this. We usually line our coolers with space blankets. Last year we had them sitting flat on the ground (well, in our dome, on a moving blanket), and the ice melted really fast. We're pondering lifting them up this year.

veleda From: veleda Date: August 22nd, 2007 04:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
yay getting to the playa! Our camp is just now packing our community stuff in the village van. Then I get to turn my head towards my own playa prep - food, costuming, ziplocs. *grin* The Vacuum Sealer seems like an uber idea. How much do they cost and where did you get one?

also..where is your camp located? Dust Bunnies?
djmermaid From: djmermaid Date: August 22nd, 2007 04:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
I got the vac sealer at costco. I forget what I paid for it, but I have to say it's been worht every penny (not just for camping, but also for sealing up stuff that's going to be stored for a while, whether frozen, fridged, or room temp.) You can get reusable cannisters for it too. Mine is called a Foodsaver (I have also seen them at Mervyn's, where they seem to put their housewares on sale every wednesday, so that might also be worth checking out.) Hooray for not throwing away gross waterlogged food! ;-)

We are camping in Gigsville, at 3:45 and "D" street, with the crew from Earl's. We'll be just off the car-b-que circle (look for a big chicken sculpture.)

That reminds me, I need to do my "find us on the playa" post! Thanks!

Hope to see you out there - and have a safe trip.
arletterocks From: arletterocks Date: August 22nd, 2007 10:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
The vacuum sealer was $124.99 or thereabouts at Costco. I checked!
From: ninarawkstah Date: August 22nd, 2007 09:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
it continues to be a joy to bear witness to all this goodness in your life.

have an AWESOME time at the dusty thing! see you soon I hope!
From: claudiusrex Date: August 29th, 2007 10:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

I so heart reading your blog

I was just playing around with linkies and got sucked into your blog. Yay you for being so darned happy with your life. Rock on and see ya when you get back!

15 smooches or Gimme Some Love!