Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Late Night Emails

I was so excited last night! I decided to check my email before bed last night and am go glad i did! I received several emails from my former Russian teacher! I hadn't talked to her in a while. I emailed her to tell her about my interest in Orthodoxy. She's delighted! It's so nice to have someone to talk Orthodoxy with who has been Orthodox all of their life. I'm hoping i'll be able to attend church with her at the end of the month when i'm visiting in NJ. That will be a real treat, though i'm trying not to get my hopes up too much. I will be bringing a skirt and scarf with me just in case though.

There is a Monastery about an hour away from me in Jordanville that we both hope to visit. It's absolutely beautiful! Hopefully soon we will visit.


Saturday, August 17, 2013

Meluna Cup Review

Photo from Meluna website, linked below.

I recently got 2 Meluna menstrual cups, a small soft and a medium soft, both with a ring stem. I've used cloth pads for years but decided i wanted a change. Meluna cups are one of the least expensive brands. I got both cups for about $30 including shipping. These cups come in a lot of fun colors, including some with glitter. They're made from TPE (thermoplastic elastomer). Produced in Germany, the TPE is approved for the manufacture of medical products and devices. You can read more about that HERE.

Melunas come in several different sizes: Small, Medium, Large and Extra large as well as Small mini and Medium mini which are a bit shorter. They also have several different stem options and soft, classic or sport firmness. They have a handy guide on their website (which i've linked above) to help you pick a size for you.
This is the packaging my Meluna cups came in. You can see the folded purple pouches behind the cups.  The small is on the left, the medium is on the right.

I received my cups at the end of my last cycle. I've had the chance to use both the medium and small cups. I quite like them! They come in a nice dark purple drawstring pouch. They are soft and easy to insert. I did have a little trouble at the beginning of this cycle getting them to open, but i found a fold that works for me to get them opening easier. (Labia fold if you're curious. There are numerous videos on youtube with different cup folding techniques.) I've only had one leak: overnight on my heaviest day. The next night (also a heavier day) i got up to empty my cup one of the times i woke during the night (around 4:30am) and i had no leaks. Meluna cups are very comfortable. Once inserted you can not even feel them! I'm very happy with my purchase and plan to get another for my sister. 

Punchdown fold

C fold

7 fold

Labia fold

Medium & Small

Medium & Small

C fold

Punchdown fold

7 Fold

Labia fold

Medium marking on the inside rim marking the size.

Edited to add - Now that my cycle is completely over, I've found that it was even shorter in length than when i switched to cloth pads back in late 2007! That's always a big plus for me.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Name Change!

I've decided to change the name of this blog from Uwoduhi Adanata to Peace Abounding. I originally wanted Abounding Peace but it was taken. It's based on Psalm 72:7 -

"In his days may the righteous flourish, and peace abound, till the moon be no more!" (ESV)

And Isaiah 54:13 -

"All your children will be disciples of the LORD— I will make peace abound for your children." (CEB)

In discovering Orthodoxy, I definitely have Peace Abounding with my decision that this is the right path for me. <3 br="">