20131018-085102.jpg I LOVE my Vitamix, it's blended over 4000 Ls and runs like a dream. But I like to spread the love, so when it was time to buy a new blender for home I decided to give the Blendtec a spin. I must say, I'm really happy with it. The Goods - Way smaller - actually fits on the counter, under the cabinets Easy to clean - square canister doesn't have any nooks or crannies Cheaper - almost $100 cheaper than the competition Superficial - really good looking The Bads - Less control - blend speed and functions are digital, there are no dials (I like dials) Messy - the liquid really splashes up the insides and on the lid Anyone looking to buy a real blender for their personal use, Blendtec is where it's at. The finished product is smooth, the timer function allows you to do other things while it's blending and the price savings can't be beat. If you want a Vitamix I don't blame you, I'm not a total convert, I just think the Blendtec is a great option for those of us on a budget. Ps. What's in the blender? Spinach, parsley, cucumber, apple, pear and water. Fricken' delicious.

Clarissa Pinkola Estes Looking for an good read with personal enhancement side effects? Yeah! Let's upgrade the term self-help to personal enhancement... maybe that sounds like implants... well the book does implant some important concepts and ideas into your psyche. I've been reading Woman Who Run With The Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes for close to 8 months. It's taken me through some interesting times, this book seems to call your name and present you with a bit of wise advice the moment you need it. The author tells a story, fable or tale, many of which she has been collecting her entire life, to illustrate the tendencies of woman, our needs, misgivings and nature. It's everything our mothers, and our mothers' mothers wanted to teach us. It's a beautiful book and should be required reading every 10 years or so. If you've read or do read the Wolf or Mother book (as I call it) I would LOVE to hear what you think of it.