I have a SLIGHT obsession with bees.

I remember as a child going out in the backyard and seeing bees all over the flowering bushes.

Nowadays the only time I see a bee is when they’re lying on the ground dead or near death.

I have a strong hankering to start my own little bee farm and I’ve noticed several of my friends on Facebook have started bee houses in their yards.

I even dated someone who was a beekeeper but never got around to picking his brain and starting my own colony.

I did get a jar of fresh local honey from him though, and it is GLORIOUS!

This is all just a segue to say that I fell hard and fast for a pair of BIG FUCKING BEE EARRINGS.

I found them on etsy and I love them!

I also discovered this stained-glass raven necklace which I love as well:

It reminds me of a friend who rehabilitated a raven with a broken wing only to discover how smart and loyal a bird it was.

I’m going through a bit of a wild animal phase right now and wondering how I can tap into it for another costume project.

I know Burning Man is going virtual this year but costume planning is a year-round activity for me.

It also helps me to cope with the strain of the coronavirus.

And I’ll take relief any way I can get it.

The one where she lands a date in less than an hour

I was all set to go to Holi with Jeep.

Me: Don’t forget, the festival is tomorrow. Do you think you could be at my place at 11 AM?

Jeep: Good morning….. I can’t wait to hang out with you…. 🙂

Jeep: Really excited.

And he wasn’t the only excited one. I was excited to go to Holi too. I was looking forward to it.

Then at 8 am the morning of the festival, Jeep cancelled.

Jeep: Good morning Michelle… I had one of the guys no call no show… I got called into work this morning so I’m not going to be able to go with you dammit… ugh.

So I scrambled to try and find a “date” to go to Holi with me. And who I found was the Beekeeper – a 50-something-ish professor who raises bees and teaches Aero/Astro in the Bay Area.

He was a lot of fun, and a really good sport for someone who was about to get covered in paint…

Him: Sounds like fun. I’ll need to cut out around 3 – 3:30. If that’s not a problem, I happily will join you.

Me: You will need to cut out earlier and shower.

Him: Shower?

Me: Lol… the paint…

Him: Paint? What kind of a festival is this?

Me: Like a color run but without the running. It’s a Hindu festival of spring.

And indeed, it was a spectacular festival. The beekeeper was a total gentleman and sprinkled color on me instead of throwing fistfuls of it in my face, like my boys do. We danced, we ate tasty Indian food, and had an all-around great time.

Here’s a BEFORE pic:

And here’s an AFTER pic: