The Friday Feedback Forum

August 13th, 2010 - filed under: Furthermore » Feedback

bowling_baby“Fuck it Dude, let’s go bowling.”

Oi oi there! Hello!!! We’re finally experiencing some real summer weather here, and I’m looking forward to a hot and sunny fun weekend! As always here on Bonzai, it’s time for comments, critiques, thoughts, support, and suggestions.

What’s on your mind? What’s got your goat? And what’s cranking your gears these days? Fill me in on what’s filling up your brain! And let me know what you’re wanting here, on Bonzai!

As usual, the Friday Feedback Forum will remain here at the top of the page all . . . well . . . week. See, I’ve been pushing myself really hard lately, and so I’ve made an executive decision – to take a holiday! So I’m unplugging for the next full week. I’ll be back on Monday, 23 August. In the meantime don’t forget your monthly mission. And make sure to have some fun!

I know Waits and I will. We may even do some bowling . . .

  • erosan

    Hey! I made it through my 20 min run for the (second) first time!

    I was doing the c25k* (couch to 5k: program for training couch potatoes so they can run a 5k race –around 30 minutes nonstop) again, because I had finished it, but then stopped exercising for like 3 and a half months, so I had to start over, and I just ran my first 20 min run (which is a very important day… when you are walking through the program it feels… well, impossible), so I’m very happy about that! yay!

    Have fun during your vacations! go for a 300, k?

    *anyone interested in this program, hit
    and google ulrey’s c25k podcasts

  • Joselle

    Enjoy your vacation. I’m planning on taking an internet/computer break the last week of August. More to rest my repetitive strain injured hands than anything else but first, I must finish my nursing school applications and last-minute wedding stuff. Then a break for the body and the brain!

  • Melissa

    Unplug sister! It is very refreshing to take a break from the daily grind. Enjoy!

    I LOVE the raw recipes!

    Oh, and you look marvelous in your picnic pictures. Mommyhood suits you well.

  • Melisa

    You totally deserve the break! Posts have been awesome, and obviously involved. Have a quick, unimportant question: What did you use to do your hair for the pic in the Mad Madeline dress (06-30-09)? It looks remarkable!

  • Saundra

    Have a great vacation! We’ll miss u but u deserve it completely!

  • Selena Noble

    You R awesome. I just found you when I searched making my own detergent and laundry soap. I have since then looked over your Blog. You are lovely and your baby is gorgeous. My 7 year old came in and looked at your Blog with me she thought you were pretty and your baby was sooooooooooooo cute. Thank you for your recipes for life and for being there with your knowledge.

  • The Vegan Smartypants

    I JUST WATCHED that movie a few nights ago with my SO and her parents! Do you ever stop being awesome? I think not. Have a lovely holiday, Sayward!

  • Sayward

    @ erosan – That’s awesome! And man I want to do that so bad. My godfather ran his first marathon after he turned 50 and I always thought I’d do the same. But lately I’ve been feeling like starting up running sooner rather than later. Maybe as soon as I’m done breastfeeding . . .


    @ Joselle – Yay, good luck on the aps and have fun with the wedding stuff! Try not to stress out!!!

    @ Melissa – Thank you, and thank you, and thank you! =D

    @ Melisa – That was last summer and I don’t remember what product I was using, if any. The real key, I’ve found, for fabulously messy hair, is to *not wash it*. Even before I started no-poo, I was only washing my hair twice a week for this very reason. Right after washing I can’t get that kind of texture no matter how much product I use, but about 3 days after a washing it’s good and ‘ripe’ (haha, is that weird?) and musses up just beautifully. So, that’s what I’d say: no washing for a few days and maybe a touch of some sort of balm/paste/wax to hold it in place (but not too much, just a teeny tad) And thanks!

    @ Saundra – Thanks! I’m missing you all too!

    @ Selena Noble – Hey, welcome to the site! And yay, I’m so glad you like it. Hope to see you around here some more!

    @ The Vegan Smartypants – I WAS HOPING SOMEONE WOULD CATCH THAT REFERENCE! Yay, awesome right back atcha. ;-)

  • Annie

    Hi, a friend gave me a link to your site for your awesome diy deodorant (which I use dialy and looove – I put in tea tree oil, rosemary oil, calendula oil and vanilla oil for girly-ness)
    I thought I would let you know about Soap Nuts/Soap berries. You can use them to wash your clothes (a few times each batch) and then compost them. You can also use them to make dishwashing detergent (machine and hand-wash), body wash, shampoo (without the need of conditioner), a mild natural pest deterent for the veggie patch and household cleaner.
    Email me for recipes, if you like.
    You can get them pretty cheaply, especially in bulk, online. They are just a plant; non-toxic and totally biodegradable. They are also hypo-allergenic and sensitive skin and baby skin friendly.
    I was a little sceptical about their strength, but I washed a load of clothes containing my boyfriend’s smelly socks and they came out clean as the proverbial whistle.
    … I love them so much, I tend to ramble. Just sharing the eco-thrifty love!

  • Rachael

    Hi there. In the back to school spirit; do you have any good lunch ideas to send with elementary aged kids? I love your site by the way. Keep up the good work!

  • Kate

    I bought a very sweet man in San Diego breakfast this last weekend. I was sitting at starbucks with a friend and my dogs, and he was digging in the trash for food. I see bums all the time in San Diego, but something about this man struck me. I thought “I should buy him breakfast” and then I thought “Sayward would LOVE that” and then I chased him down and said “Hey man, you lookin for some breakfast?” and he smiled at me ear to ear with one tooth, long gray wavy untamed hair framing his wrinkly eyed face and said ‘oh YEAH!’ like a 5 year old who’d been asked if he’d like a new trike. I laughed and asked him if he’d like a bacon or sausage sandwich, and he decidedly said ‘Bacon!’ with a childish toothy grin.

    I chatted with him for a bit while my friend went into Starbucks to buy him breakfast (I was outside with Jim and my dogs). It really opens your eyes to how people who live like that really are. He was 53, but communicated with me like a 5 year old. Very simple words, sentences, and questions. He has a daughter, but has no idea where she is. He lives on disability (for what I assume would be a mental handicap) in a hotel in San Diego. He couldn’t really tell me about how he spends his days, but he did like my dogs, and he told me about the poodle, collie and lab he had when he was younger.

    And despite his handicaps, state of mind, or other assumptions I could make, this man was still incredibly happy, and from what I could tell, content in the moment after a warm breakfast. It puts things in perspective when the fortunate ‘us’ are all doing so well. THANK YOU Sayward for this awesome idea….I just wish that I could keep sharing stories like this when new missions come up!

  • Tenise Rae

    @Kate!!! You are awesome! This put a smile on my face and a little mist in my eyes…. :D

  • Annie

    I used to work at an organic, mostly vegan small cafe in the city where I live. The mall (as in outdoor mall) was in between the store and my bus stop to get home. I would hgather up all the food that I was supposed to put in the trash, and approach anyone I could and ask them if they were hungry. I always felt like it was something I should be doing, not something extraordinary. But one day I gave an indigenous family a bunch of bread rolls, some take-out containers full of (still warm) cannelloni and some bottles of juice that were going to expire in a few days. The mother was so thankful, saying that she can send the juice in her kids lunchboxes (we don’t have school-provided lunches in Australia) and that it will save her heaps that she normally can’t spare. Just how thankful she was, and how surprised she was by someone doing something decent made me feel pretty awesome.

  • Tenise Rae

    Man!! I just LOVE being a part of this community!! I really, really do!!! So cool Annie, so cool!!!

  • erosan

    @rachel: can’t think of things for lunch ideas (namely food), but I thought of this:

    which I’m sure any kid would appreciate. ^_^

    @Kate & @Annie: Way to go!

  • kirsten

    I just started following you…Know you are on vacation and all, but I nominated you for an award :)

  • ber

    I found you via MDC and your extremely helpful posts in the veg*n threads. I read one of your posts and thought “this girl should blog!” then noticed your siggy and was psyched. I spent the past couple days reading through your posts (from the most recent to your oldest – confusing at times, but it’s sort of interesting to do it that way too) and I’ve saved a bunch of links that I want to go back to. Thanks so much for keeping up with such a beautiful blog!

  • Melisa

    Made your laundry detergent recipe and it’s even better than I expected. Have also been successfully no-pooing for months, and I love it. @Kate, a very touching story! And @Tenise, I could not agree more!!

  • Richard

    I’ll be picking up my SCOBY next week I can’t believe how helpful this guy is at my local store, he’s arranging the thing with the lady who has it and keeping it for me till I can get there, obviously he’s hoping i’ll bug something in the shop as well but still :P

    Oh and I tried your deodorant recipe out as well, seems to work better then other things ive tried but it doesnt get solid (probably just the cheep ass coconut oil i used) but it also seems to seperate into a creamy white part and any oily yellow liquid when left.
    I just stir it back together but is that something you experienced?

  • Sayward

    @ Annie – Thanks for the tip. I really really need to try those! I’ve heard such great things. =)

    Rachael – Well I don’t have much personal experience (yet), so I’m going to defer to this website that I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews about : vegan lunchbox
    Hope that helps!

    @ Kate and Annie – Thank you both so much for sharing that stories with us! They totally brought tears to my eyes. So inspiring! Aww, I love this community! (me=sap)

    @ Tenise Rae – ME TOO! Such a beautiful little space we’ve carved out here, right?

    @ kirsten – Aww, thank you! I loved reading your random facts, and I must agree – ‘breakfast for dinner’ has become our favorite weekend meal!

    @ ber – Awesome, I spend way too much time at MDC, haha. Love it! And I’m so glad you like the site. Welcome! (what’s your alias on MDC?)

    @ Melisa – Yay! And double yay! Isn’t baking soda just the best thing ever invented?

    @ Richard – Ooh I can’t wait to hear how your brewing goes. The deal with the deo is that coconut oil has a *very* low melting point, so in the summer heat the recipe can get a bit soggy. Try storing it in a cool place, or else you can just add a bit more cornstarch. Hope it works out!

  • ber

    I’m also “ber” at MDC :) I don’t post much – I’ve been a member for 6 years and only have 800ish posts, but I love reading/lurking for the likemindedness and inspiration (and ok, the drama too sometimes).

    Because of you, I had wakame for the first time ever today. :) It was really good BUT the texture took some getting used to. I ordered more (yay for and I’m looking forward to experimenting with it.

  • Sayward

    @ ber – Ooh I know, it can get a bit heated over there. ;-)

    Wakame can be an acquired taste, but once you acquire it, mmmm it’s good stuff!

  • Kate

    OMG OMG OMG I just noticed you changed your nav and tagging a little bit. YOU ARE AWESOME!