November 10th, 2010

Your name like ice into my heart

Since there was an overwhelming response of kind words and support, I thought I'd just post an entry rather than replying to each comment.


Everyone who replied, even though you are strangers, you were there for me. You are truly beautiful inside and out. I love each and everyone of you. I may not know many of you personally, but no matter what, remember I am here for you as well. For moral support, or dread inspiration, whatever it may be. You are part of my family. Our dreads and our struggles are something that will keep us connected, like invisible wires. We are dreaded soldiers, marching into battle! BRING IT ON, BITCHES!!

If anyone would like to add me as a friend on here, feel free. It might even motivate me to update my journal (I mainly use LJ just for GUDU now). I would love to get to know each of you more. I don't really know anyone with dreads, except one of Larry's friend, so it might be nice making some dready buddies! :)

I've been going through ups and downs considering my mood. Sometimes I feel strong, sometimes I feel weak. I constantly keep reminding myself to count my blessings. Clover is sitting beside me, purring up a storm, and licking my blanket like the weirdo cat she is. That's a wonderful blessing. I've never had a cat so cute and loving as her. I also feel blessed because I'm going camping in the redwoods Thursday-Sunday with Larry, his best friend, and my best friend. I'm ABSOLUTELY excited, for I have never seen a redwood in person. I wondered why I couldn't sleep last night, that might be why...

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I'm trying to stay strong. It's the only thing I can do. Whatever you're struggling with, always count your blessings. Remember to be positive, and stay strong as well. No matter what's going on, it will get better. Just give it time. Time heals all wounds. When asked how you're feeling, reply "IRIE!" It might actually make you feel, well, irie!

Much love, my dreaded family ♥ ♥ ♥
~Irie Feather
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Hey guys! I'm new to the community and I'm so glad I found you! Thank you LJ Spotlight! I've had my babies for almost three years now and it's been quite a journey with them! I apologize for their photo whorish nature, I just love them so much haha! Click on the pics for a bigger version!
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Chernobyl dreads, and the difficulty of finding baking soda in the Olde World

A while back I posted a entry to GUDU about some advice on keeping environmental dust out of dreads. I got an incredible wave of replies with some great ideas. Again, thanks to everyone as it was much appreciated!

I'm back from the trip, which was billed as 5 days in Chernobyl. It was certainly the most "dangerous" portion of the trip (and certainly has been a crowd-pleaser since I got back) but in actuality it was just the tail portion of 2.5-week adventure backpacking across Europe.

I'm not a big fan of photographing myself, but here's one a buddy took as I was dealing with the deadly, vicious radioactive guard dog outside of the infamous vehicle graveyard.

(Photo by Matt P. of Preservation Photo)

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This was the first time I have been to Europe with dreads. I anticipated popping into any old grocery store in the Netherlands and getting some baking soda to keep clean. I was in for a rude awakening as I found out that the Dutch have no idea what baking soda is and don't use it in cooking.

"Don't you ever bake cakes?" I asked my friend, who lives in the Hague. I've always seen pictures of the birthday cakes his family made him every year until he was ten.

Apparently they love cakes but they're less like "cake" and more like "pie." The only "soda" we found was a scary bag of white crystals that they use to clear clogged drains.

Needless to say I squeaked by with the Dr Bronner's I packed to do laundry.

I was saved one country later, as my German (and chemistry) was good enough to identify "natron" as baking soda. But the take-home message is that it is quite a surprise to find out the little cultural differences between countries that, on the outside, seem so alike.

It's good to be home.
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I got some maintenance work done today and I couldn't be happier with the results! I have a before and after to share with the class:

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My mother, who tolerates my dreads as they were a decision I made when I got clean and was going through the horrors of detox and thus knows how important they are to me 15.5 months later, was excited when she saw me. She told me that now I look like I have dreads on purpose, as opposed to before where I just looked homeless. lol.

You guys are amazing. Keep posting pictures of your beautiful selves!

ETA: pics are fixed. And that, my dear friends, is why I should always preview before posting.