April 30, 2012

Famous Vegans

Andre 3000

Alec Baldwin

Chrissie Hynde

Olivia Wilde

Prince

Anthony Kiedis

Chelsea Clinton

Erykah Badu

Thom Yorke

April 29, 2012

photo of the week

This photo was taken by my buddy Lauren, who I first met in a Spanish class taught by a senile woman who grew up with Fidel Castro. I have always seemed to love movies that have at least one scene shot underwater. This photo captures that spirit.

animal lovers

This month I made the decision to go from being vegetarian to being vegan. It is something that I have thought a lot about for years and ultimately made the change after watching the humbling documentary Earthlings. I have been struggling to find a way to incorporate this new aspect of my life into my blog. The problem is that I don't want to alienate people or become preachy. There are so many different ways that I could come across as judgmental even without intending to. I understand that being vegan is not for everyone, but I do think that being educated about "normal" practices should be. People in highly industrialized and developed societies can no longer make excuses for their own lack of knowledge. The information is right at our fingertips. It is up to you, the individual, to become passionate about your education and no longer justify detachment.

That said, I would like to find a way to focus on the positive aspects of being vegan rather than focusing on all of the appalling reasons why I made this change. I would like to share my recipes, thoughts, difficulties, tips, and lessons learned. I do not wish to judge people for eating meat. In return, I would like people who do eat meat to no longer be dismissive of the fact that animals feel pain just like we do. Acknowledge that they are wildly abused by the millions. This fact infuriates and sickens me. 

That will be it for my vegan ranting. This blog isn't about that. It is about sharing my random thoughts, passions and curiosities. I have been vegan for a very short period of time, and have to say that I already have noticed that I have more energy. I no longer have stomach issues, which have troubled me the majority of my life. I have eaten delicious meals all while becoming more creative and thoughtful in the kitchen. I am looking forward to adapting this new element into my blog. There will be many more food and recipe posts and other vegan randomness in the future.

April 24, 2012

Summer Break





My summer break starts in one week! I have a few more papers left to write and tests left to take, but then I'm done! I really can't wait to just get back into that super relaxed mode for a while. I don't have any major plans until late summer, so I can do just about anything. There are a few things that my husband and I seem to do every summer that really I'm looking forward to doing again. I love that we have started making our own traditions together. I can't wait to spend a weekend in the pool with the in-laws in Indianapolis. We do it every summer. We also like to get a little picnic together and a few friends and go canoeing on the Chicago River. Hopefully, we will start up some kickball games really soon.

I'm finally going to make curtains for our kitchen with the fabric that Ryan brought home from his trip to Ghana. I've been saying it for a while, but I swear it's really going to happen this summer. I have a few friends visiting in May. Being able to spend more time with friends is one of the best things about summer. I plan on going on a few epic bike rides. I still have not been to the Baha'i Temple. That is a bike ride/day trip that we have been discussing, and it really needs to happen this year. We have a bunch of weddings to attend in the next few months. I love weddings, because it means getting dressed up, dancing and celebrating.

In August, Ryan and I will be celebrating our one year wedding anniversary. We are going to take a little road trip to visit our family and friends in Madison and the Twin Cities. Then just the two of us are going to continue our drive out to the Badlands, and we're staying at a haunted hotel. I'm not sure how I feel about that, but at least it will be exciting. And I've always got Ryan there to protect me. I can't wait to see that part of the country. I know it's going to be beautiful. Ahhh summer...

April 23, 2012

for the Taurii, Taurus', Taurine?

swimsuit hunter



I'm on the hunt for a new bikini. I prefer bikinis to one pieces. But I like the coverage and the overall look and feel of high waisted, boy short two pieces. That is what I have my heart set on finding. I have had my current bikini for about three years, and get a lot of use out of it. I love it. It has a little bit of a Marianne (from Gilligan's Island) sort of feel to it. However, it's getting a little faded and ratty looking. My previous bikini was ten years old before I replaced it. I'm trying to avoid that happening again. I have only made one attempt at finding a new bikini. It didn't go so well. Even though it was early April, it seemed like sizes were already picked over and the style that I'm looking for is pretty hard to come by. I guess I just have to keep trying, and next time try harder to resist the temptation of buying other clothes in the process. 

photo of the week

This photo was taken by my buddy Glenn, while on a trip to Costa Rica.
I love the statement, and think that we should try to keep this in mind anywhere we are.

April 21, 2012

look-a-likes

Audrey
 Angelina

DREAM (dinner) TEAM

Anthony Bourdain
 Ryan Gosling
 Kate Moss
 Mia Farrow
 Bill Cosby
As once promised, I have come up with my fantasy dinner companions. Don't question my selection, just go with it. I decided to make it easier on myself by narrowing it down a bit and only choosing from the living. I also only chose people who I wouldn't ordinarily get the chance to meet, because really I would just choose five people that I know and love. But that wouldn't really make for an interesting blog post for anyone but those five people. That would also be much harder for me since I know and love quite a few people. The selection is based on pure love and interest in what sort of conversation they could bring to the table. I'm sorry to Anthony, but the dinner would be vegan. I know a few people who could put together a vegan dinner that I am confident he would enjoy.

Mia







Mia Farrow is one of my favorite living actresses. She is such a natural beauty, and a great example of growing old gracefully. She truly is beautiful both on the inside and out. 

Richards and Jagger



Jagger Women

Elizabeth, Jerry and Georgia May

Jade and Bianca         

 Karis and Marsha

April 20, 2012

How can you buy or sell the Earth?


This letter is very dear to me. A copy of it was given to me by my best friend just before we both moved out of our shared little studio apartment and off to different parts of the world. This idea and concept is my focus of study and one of my great passions. It makes me so disappointed thinking about the damage we have done to this country and planet, especially considering how valued and appreciated the Earth was to Native Americans. Happy Earth Day.

look-a-likes



April 19, 2012

just a thought


Change your thoughts; change your life.

photo of the week

This photo was taken by the great Rene Hunter. She is a former co-worker of mine with endless hidden talents. Some of them, I'm sure, are still undiscovered even by her. I love photos with different layers created by the reflection of the surface of water.

April 15, 2012

Sophie Sumner

I'm rooting for British model Sophie Sumner to win this round of ANTM ( one of my embarrassing guilty pleasures). She is by far the best one on the show. She looks the most like a model, has the whole chameleon thing going for her, and she's got such a great attitude. And after all, I do love those British girls: Alexa, Kate, Vivienne, and Keira just to name a few. We will just have to wait and see who will win.