So...I'm a recovering soap addict. I've been soap free for appx 2 yrs (maybe?). I used to be on here a ton and helped host the challenges. Life caught up with me, and I had to redirect my focus. Since it was a hobby, soap took a backseat. Actually, it was kicked to the curb. I had problems not having internet at home there at the end when the forum changed. Photobucket changed as well, and I couldn't keep up with it all electronically. Since then I entered the modern age and finally got internet lol. I've always been a serial hobby hopper. Like art, poetry, reading novels (and dreaming up my own), making soap and music. I get an itch and scratch it (artistically and hobby wise), then I flip to something new. I feel soap calling me back, and I have so many supplies I doubt many are still viable. I will probably toss out that 2 year old avocado oil and do the sniff test on my lard I have yet to open. My coconut oil is probably good for another 20 years, and my sweet almond oil will probably have to say sayonara. My fo's will be put to the test, my optiphen as well (I'm guessing it's a no go by now), my shea shall receive a sniff too....but all that aside, I feel the soap calling me home. Hey all my buds...I miss you newbie! cmzaha, shunt, irishlass, the gent, Darlene, dibbles, obsidian, deeanna (rockstar!), brewergeorge, earlene, Sonya, zany, relle and the Christmas countdown, carabou, penelopejane, misscheif, amd, Artemis... Cheese and rice there's a TON of people I've missed. I have missed you all. I am leaving town in less than a week for my mom's 80th, but hopefully the soap bug stays and I will be back in touch with new creations. lp.