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It Snowed

So it finally snowed a bit and the snow did not melt away yet. Perhaps I ski to the coffee shop tomorrow?



Besides the groundbreaking news that it snowed in my neck of the woods.....I just got back from work. One thing I can say about myself, I can find something funny to laugh about at work every night. I cannot be bored at work, I just can't sit there and be bored. I get a restless feeling inside like I am about to burst out of my skin. I either have to read a magazine or read something on my phone, OR I get loud and sing or come up with something funny, according to me. Some girls walk around super serious like they have a stick up their ass, zero humor, trying to be sexy or something. Playing "the role". Then they only smile when talking to the guys in there. WTF? No happiness otherwise? Barf. Those girls probably think that I am annoying and immature, in turn I think they are pathetic because only some guy/s they don't even know can make their mouth turn into a smile. Did I laugh tonight? You bet. At my own humor. None of that fake smile crap. I cannot stand fake. I have moments at work when I don't want to and won't look at the people in there because I feel annoyed or moody but that feeling usually goes away.....but I can't be fake. Fake is probably more lucrative but I just can't do it.
Now I have to call my bank in Sweden.....sometimes making a phone call is like the most difficult task ever. It's only a phone call but feels like a huge chore. Then I am going to sleep. My eyes are getting tired and closing.....sleep sound so nice now.

Valentine's Day Recap

Here is a recap of my Valentine's Day for you (in case anyone is curious).....I woke up around 9 am and went to look for a cupcake for my little cupcake Desi. Then I went over her house and left a small present. After that it was latte time, I wore a pink shirt and pink and grey leggings by PINK Victoria's Secret. I love PINK. And some lady sitting next to me liked my outfit too because she complimented me on it.



Then I walked Chhaya. Here is her paw print that she made at PetSmart last weekend.



Chhaya posing with her art.....looking beautiful as always.





In the afternoon I went to the movies with someone. Saw Three Billboards Outside Ebbings, Missouri . That movie has some great reviews and several people I know said it was soooooo good. Me....I was like MEH. The acting is great but as far as a movie goes, I thought it was OK/good but not great. Not like the Guillermo del Toro movie I saw around Christmas, that is more my style of movie.



In the evening I made Swedish pancakes for dinner with strawberry and raspberry jams and whipped cream. I shared the pancakes with someone special. Ate six pancakes and felt full.



❤️ XOXO ❤️ from me.



Natto & Gym

I had nattō yesterday, my first time! My brother loves nattō but I did not try it with him when I saw him last, he enjoyed it by himself while I watched. It is a traditional Japanese food that is very nutritious. Nattō is actually the richest food source of natural vitamin K2. I will definitely eat it again.



I also joined the gym....it is time to get in shape. Somewhat at least. I barely exercised all of 2016 and the first half of 2017.....but that is in the past. And that feels good.



Now I want some new gym clothes. I think Puma or Lululemon should sponsor me. DUH.....clearly they should!
;-)

Fashion Show

There is a store in town called Tres Chic. We had a fashion show last night at the club and we all wore selected outfits from the store, Heather the owner put the whole thing on together with Ara, one of the dancers.



This was my outfit, fitting for upcoming Valentine's Day. If you that are reading this have a wife or a girlfriend I am reminding you.....Valentine's Day is February 14, that is next week. Although I am aware of that it is a commercial holiday and bla bla bla, it IS nice to spend a little time to show the person you share your life with or a large chunk of your time with some extra appreciation. I always make sure to show the people I care about some extra ❤️ on Valentine's Day. I think it is a cute tradition.



Note the hearts on the ribbon.



Desi wore a super cute necklace with long pieces hanging down and some red feather earrings.



We also got another visit from Xpose Hope last night. The ladies brought us candy, bracelets with anchors on them and these little mirrors that say Jesus Loves Strippers on them, the mirrors were very popular. We loved them. Thank You Xpose Hope!
I have exchanged a few emails with Betty, the founder of Xpose Hope and we might get together for coffee next time I am in Portland. Fun!



PMS & Tea

A couple of days ago I had BAD PMS.....I was out doing errands, looking for something at Joann Fabrics and Crafts, they did not have what I needed and directed me to another store. When I got in my car I started crying, I had a bad feeling inside my body, mainly chest area all day. It's like an unrest, a crazy feeling. Edgy. So before driving to the next store I headed straight for Shari's, barged in there and ordered two slices of pie and a side of whipped cream that I scarfed down in my car.
Immediate relief. It's good that I don't feel like this all the time, I would need to be on some sort of a medication if I did.....I felt borderline psychotic the other day. And today I am back to normal.



If there is a rhubarb option I will always pick that.....they had strawberry rhubarb and the other one is lemon something.
Yesterday I had tea at Tea Buzz.....I love that place. I picked a black tea as always and opted for a traditional cup and saucer. I like traditional when it comes to tea. So my cup and saucer are from England and the other cup and saucer from Japan - perfect picks by Joanna (owner and hostess of Tea Buzz - she is the best hostess ever).
I will go back soon to experience an East Frisian tea ceremony, it's a tea from northern Germany. I am looking forward to it already.



Yummy and cute. I was sharing my tea time with somebody.



Outside the building.



Bathing in sunshine.




Thinking About You

Sometimes life is very difficult and sad. This is what scares me about living.....because I don't think that I have the strength to deal with certain sadnesses, I think I might break to never recover.
A dear friend of mine is going trough something difficult. Today I am thinking about you A. And I am sorry and sad for you, no words will help and I don't know what to say anyways.....besides that I am here for you.
When I was going through something difficult in my life a while back this friend was there for me and I appreciate that very much.



Super Bowl Sunday

Super Bowl Sunday is here and the big game is over.
I am definitely not an American football fanatic, I did watch the game but to me it does not matter who wins. I don't have a favorite team or a favorite player. I barely know anything about the sport. Somebody will win, somebody will lose, they all get paid very well and it's only football after all.
I can say this much since there has been much debate whether to stand or kneel/sit (or whatever some of the football players do to show a form of protest) during the National Anthem. My opinion? Stand. Absolutely. And sing. Did you watch the game today? If so, did you see the medal of honor recipients that were being honored before the coin toss? One of those older men had a walker. If he can stand, so can all the players. They are being very well compensated for their efforts in the game. They should all be very grateful. If they have anything they want to change in the community, anything they want to protest, they can do a lot of difference with some of that coin they rake in each year. Be a role model. Do positive things. Be kind. Everybody can do something.



We Snort Glitter

What drugs do dancers do? Glitter. We snort glitter in the dressing room.....what else? DUH!





How do you like my dancer drugs pic creation? I threw it together this evening. All by myself. So the image credits are mine (even the idea I think). Thanks.

Another Visit

Yesterday I went back to Sisters for another visit to Hop In The Spa. But first breakfast, I tried Golden Milk for the first time. The ingredients - turmeric, black pepper, cardamom, vanilla with essence of rose and orange blossom. The taste? OK a bit different from my usual vanilla latte....I feel this concoction is beneficial for your health.



Then we drove to Sisters.





The visit was a disappointment. I have been to Hop In The Spa before, with Desi and we both liked our soak in the hops. This time the water was lukewarm instead of hot. It should be hot. The explanation for the lukewarm water was that the boilers had been replaced the day before and were not working right yet. OK? I would had rather been informed of this prior to my visit so I could had rescheduled for another time, after they had figured out the boiler situation. Soaking in lukewarm, bordering cool water (towards the end of the soak) is not what I had envisioned with this soak.
Afterwards the owner, knowing that the temperature of the water was below what should be acceptable, decided not to redeem the Groupon I had for yesterday's visit and asked me to come back another time and use the Groupon. It IS a nice experience when the water is the temperature it should be, the hops are very fragrant and nice to soak in. I guess I can go again.
As far as Groupon goes...this is the second time I have used Groupon, the first Groupon I used was when I went here with Desi. I signed up for Groupon basically to try this place out.
Afterwards I was in the mood for a latte before driving home. Tried Sisters Coffee Company. Check out the door handles, how neat!



Cheers!



Yesterday's beautiful color display in the sky.




Jesus Loves Strippers



A couple of weeks ago two nice ladies visited the club with goodie bags for us girls.
Us girls meaning the dancers, aka strippers. They gave away the bags and told us that if we ever need anything, a ride, somebody to talk to, a baby sitter etc that we could always reach out to them.
We invited them to sit in the dressing room with us because contrary to popular belief most of us are rather well behaved, do not do anything illegal or crazy in the dressing room and most of us get along perfectly fine. We have nothing to hide. At least I don't. Sit with us, observe and listen. Those tired and worn out clichés about out of their mind slutty drug addicted loud strippers on some outdated moronic talkshow really does not reflect reality well.
I have worked with dancers that have their life together. Personally and financially.
Speaking for myself, I have my finances put together better than about half of the adult US population does. Nothing too bad with my personal life either. I am close to my family and I have friends. I do plenty of stuff outside of the club, my life does not revolve around being a dancer. But since I am a dancer also, the stigma says that I am really spending all my money on alcohol, drugs, supporting some abusive dude and throw in a couple of neglected kids by different daddies too. Wrong.
Do some dancers need guidance and help? Do some engage in a lifestyle that I think is completely crazy and sometimes just plain bad? Absolutely. There are definitely girls that need help. Some girls should NOT be dancers but I suspect that they would be troubled regardless of what they do. But all kinds of people have problems and all kinds of people do crazy shit, not only dancers. I see "regular" people act in ways that I would never ever think of doing myself.
I do appreciate the concern and effort coming from these well meaning ladies that visited us but at the same time I wonder.....do they also visit and reach out to nurses, teachers, baristas, waitresses, beauticians, real estate agents and other women dominated workplaces with these pamphlets, goodie bags and offerings of assistance?
How about trying to "save" all the men that visit strip clubs? Do they need help? Some of them are married after all. Is it morally right to be sitting in a strip club drooling over other other women, spending money that should be going to their wife and children? I don't know.



Current shape of Tati.



I find this pic very amusing. We have a small corner in the dressing room called "Sharing Is Caring" with Q-Tips, body lotion, baby wipes, hair products, anti bacterial rub etc (guess who put that together? ;-) ) and when I was at Sprouts in Vegas last year I saw a box of medicated anti itch tush vipes that I thought would be just PERFECT for our little corner.
This is my kind of immature humor, VERY funny in my book! I never want to grow up and become a politically correct dusty fogbone. So anti itch butt wipes next to a Chanel perfume just make for the perfect pic I think.
Actually I want us to install a camera in the dressing room that would document how entertaining it can be in there sometimes, especially when the Tati Show is on! The camera would be streaming live and people would have to pay to watch (us girls would share the generated income from this), our presence would keep many lonely people company and make many laugh. I have pushed this idea but of course it will probably never become reality. But I think this is a BRILLIANT concept!





What was in the goodie bag? A penny with a cross in the middle that I think is very pretty and that I will save. A card, a note, a pencil, sunglasses, chocolate and a KIND bar. I will give away the sunglasses, the KIND bar plus chocolate to a homeless person that needs it more than I do.
The ladies that came in are part of a group called Xpose Hope. The group have a nice Instagram that I looked at and a website. If you want to check out what they do or perhaps connect with them.....www.xposehope.com
I am thinking that I will send them a link to this blog entry so they can read my thoughts regarding their visit. Perhaps they can skim through the blog and see that far from all dancers are in need of salvation from despair.
Again, I appreciate their effort. Personally I do not need that kind of help. But maybe somebody else does.....