slova ira

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October 1. October 1, 2012

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Sober-October (no drinking) and Stoptober (no smoking) in full effect.

Wish me luck.


new blog July 27, 2011

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i have two new blogs:

slova has moved to:

and i also have one about that time of the month:




oh hai – it’s amazings! February 8, 2011

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Mishpacha November 27, 2010

Filed under: family,fotos,relationships — slova @ 11:36 pm

Early this year I created a photo book for my siblings. It has some old family photos preserved for each of us.  You can take a look at some of the old photos below in the preview:




Self-control. November 19, 2010

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He who overcomes others is strong, but he who overcomes himself is mighty.

-Tao Te Ching

Lao Zi Statue in Qhanzhou


Day 12 of not smoking. Feeling a bit overwhelmed with the amount of work at my job and the tight deadline for two presentations due the day after Thanksgiving. I am so happy that I get to visit my sister and her family in PA but I have to buckle down even harder this weekend to complete everything. I just need to make it through November…


I Can See the Light November 17, 2010

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Great Migrations

It’s Day 10 of me not smoking. Big whoop, right?

People don’t think of me as being a heavy smoker. I almost never smoked in the morning, at work even and sometimes went through the evening without a cigarette. I smoke socially, I would say. And think. The truth is, however, that I smoked a lot. I would smoke when I drank. I smoked when other friends smoked around me. I smoked in the car when boyfriend lit up. I smoke when I wanted a break from a stressful situation or even to pass the time when I was bored waiting for something.  If you take away all the tiny triggers, the big one for me is “going out.”  A cigarette and a drink, man.

Getting through a few days without a cigarette is something I have done before, but getting through nights out with friends without smoking is a small success for me. And I have done it THREE times already in the course of my ten day cessation.

One other tiny success that I will mention is that on Day 3, I had a required speech to present in my public speaking class. If there was ever a time I would want a smoke, it’s then. But I made it through. And I got an A. Hooray!

[The impetus for me to quit was silly, really. I went to Fun Fun Fun Fest and got sick, as I always do, from the dusty park and all the smoking. That and I have been saying I want to for months.]

I don’t feel magical at all having quit. I am still hacking and coughing and wheezing. In fact my asthma has flared up. But I know that it’s better. And my breath is better. And my clothes smell better. And food smells and tastes better. So that’s something.

I hear it takes 28 days to really break a habit. Dec 5th is that day for me.


Fun X 3 November 14, 2010

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This year’s Fun Fun Fun Fest at Waterloo Park had a great lineup. It didn’t rain and it was dusty as hell. In fact, my lungs were filled with so much dust I thought I was going to die after Saturday night. I actually quit smoking then (Thanks, Fun Fun Fun!)

Seeing Polvo, Os Mutantes and Yelle were the highlights of my weekend but I also managed to see these badasses:

Best Coast

Big Freedia
Devin the Dude (4th time to see him this year. 5th time free?)
Dam Funk
High on Fire
Jean Grae
Slick Rick
Pharaohe Monch
Toro y Moi

Hooray, music festivals!  But I gotta tell ya: my absolute favorite gem of the weekend wasn’t at the festival. I caught Bon-Jay at the Beauty Bar Friday night and that girl’s voice cut through me with sex-lasers.