Monday, August 25, 2014
I could easily go on a twelve page spew about how 21st century Americans have no reason at all to slit the throats of animals in order to survive. But that's not what I have chosen to say. For obvious reasons - I probably already lost some readers with that first sentence. The reason being that food is a highly emotional issue. It's psychological, and for some it's even religious. So in essence it's extremely hard to get people to change their ways.
I was inspired to write on this subject by a lecture at my gym recently which had the same title as this post : VEGETARIAN, VEGAN, LOCAVORE...
Being a vegetarian myself for most of my life I wasn't in need of too much info. ( I am also an information junkie). But I was very curious to know how this would be presented and who was showing up. Also, since the two presenters are dietitians I hoped for maybe one or two pieces of knowledge I hadn't previously absorbed from my incessant Internet research.
Needless to say, the whole thing was a waste of time (one precious hour). But the next day I realized I did learn something. No matter what you tell someone about their diet, they will have a very irrational fear of change and talk their way into years of procrastinating. Most of the people were there as a form of procrastination. They currently have no idea how much B12 they are getting from their meat source or how much iron they are assimilating or whether or not they are getting all the proper amino acids etc. But all these questions came up as a way to put off 'giving up' their favorite foods. One woman was totally perplexed as to how she was to incorporate coconut oil into her diet. She had bought some because she heard it was all the rage but had no idea what to do with it. So I am sure that was reason enough for her to go to the supermarket and buy some breakfast sausage.
It didn't seem to matter to anyone that the lecture started out with graphs and charts and quotes and facts stating that a plant based diet reduced your chances of death by cancer by 60%. They had more important issues like where would one even purchase hemp seed and can you still eat fish (the topics of mercury and radiation were never discussed). Somehow they got into a conversation about the benefits of eating liver until one man cited the potential problem of liver containing toxins and diseases being that it's function in the body is as a filter for those things. I started to wonder if these people were in the right room and if any of them ever used the gym... they seemed fairly unhealthy.
The speakers trudged along mentioning all the wonderful power foods like kale, chia seeds, nutritional yeast, Greek yogurt... but people still wanted more. 'What about eggs?' That got a big grin out of one of the dietitians. She was thrilled to report that eggs are a great source of nutrition and that the yolk was where all the good stuff was. So eating one egg a day is a good idea. People were skeptical...
Then it turned out, to my relief and sympathy, that there was a representative from the farmers market association there. Hands flew up. No one seemed to know how to type in the words 'nearest farmers market' into google. She was patient and adorable and aware of her obstacles. She came armed with handouts that she printed from her computer after typing in the afore mentioned google search.
The next day I thought about the whole trying experience of the day before and suddenly it became clear. No one wants to 'give up' anything. There is a reason some dishes are 'comfort foods' and why something that tastes like 'home cooking' has an appeal. Food is tightly connected with memories and emotions and for some is a psychological replacement for something missing in their lives. If the fact that changing your diet will lengthen and improve your life is not motivation enough than those people obviously have issues. So, the best solution is the one that the sweet and prepared farmers market rep offered. Buy your meat and produce from farmers. It will be massively better for everyone involved. If I can't influence anyone away from animal consumption then at least I can try to get people away from corporate food factories. I realize animals are lower on the evolutionary scale and that man has been hunting them forever. And I have always been ok with people raising and killing and butchering their own farm animals. I am not ok with the extremely uncivilized, brutish, inhumane treatment of animals in this country. It is absolutely not acceptable. I have only included pictures of animals living in their appropriate conditions in this post because I cannot bear to look at the pictures and videos showing what actually goes on in the industrial farms. I still have nightmares from some videos I watched on YouTube...
The oceans are a whole separate nightmare unto themselves... When they go, so do we.
Don't procrastinate, don't give up bacon or steak or whatever, just by it from farmers not from factories. Animals deserve better than that.
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Don't get too excited. I'm not giving you the recipe for Heisenberg's blue meth. I am however, going to give you lots of handy dandy recipes for cleaning products made from household ingredients like vinegar, hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. And I guess this would be the appropriate time to get this out of the way:
All kinds of science happens in your kitchen every day. Some of it bad. Like the container of leftover chili at the back of the fridge ...
But you can use very simple everyday products to do some amazing things. And save tons of money!
Ok. It's true. I have started watching Breaking Bad all over again from the beginning. It's just as freaking good the second time around!
But, back to cleaning the house. These are all DIY cleaning tricks that I have personally tried and found very effective. Quite a few even work better than their toxic corporate counter parts. So, listen up you at the back of the class!
REMOVING INK FROM A COTTON SWEATER
Lay the stained portion of fabric on several layers of clean dry paper towel. Dip a q-tip or cotton ball in nail polish remover and dab at the ink stain. Lift the fabric and you will see the ink on the paper towel underneath. Keep moving to a clean part of paper towel and dabbing with the remover until the ink is all or mostly gone. If there is a vague memory of the stain left, wash it with dish soap. Then wash entire garment as usual. (don't worry, this won't harm the color of the fabric. My sweater was bright pink and still is. If you're nervous, try a dab somewhere discreet first)
REMOVING SWEAT STAINS FROM SILK
(There is a very popular recipe for removing sweat stains from a white t shirt that is meant for cotton. These two materials are quite different - one a product of the earth, the other manufactured by worms... this recipes very effectively deals with the worm product)
Form a paste:
- 1 Tablespoon of Cream of Tartar
- 3 crushed aspirin tablets (the original uncoated type)
- 1 cup of warm water
Using an old toothbrush:
- Work the paste gently into the fabric.
- Let the treatment sit on the stain for 20 minutes.
- Rinse the affected area in warm water until the paste is completely removed.
- Repeat if necessary.
REMOVING BLOOD STAINS
Hydrogen Peroxide. That's it. Soak a clean white cloth and rub till the blood is gone. Even dried on, day or more old
Make a paste with baking soda and vinegar. Apply to grout and scrub clean. Rinse with warm water.
CLEANING TARNISHED SILVER
Use regular white toothpaste just as you would a cream silver polish. With the added benefit of a minty fresh smell!
1 cup rubbing alcohol, 1 cup water, 1 tbsp white vinegar, 2 drops blue Dawn. Put in a spray bottle.
1 cup white vinegar/ 1 cup baking soda. Pour into clogged drain, rinse with a pot of boiling water.
EXTRA STRENGTH DRAIN CLEANER
1 cup baking soda, 1 cup salt, 1/4 cup cream of tartar. Mix together. Add one cup of mixture to clogged drain. Follow with 2 cups boiling water. Let it stand one hour then run tap.
Equal parts white vinegar and blue Dawn dish soap. Pour mixture into the handle of a dish wand and scrub down your shower every time you get in.
That's enough for now... the house is so squeaky clean I can hardly hear myself think. Use these recipes yourself then go buy the mug... you've earned it!
Saturday, June 21, 2014
That last post detailing Hellishness on Earth may be spot on ( may be ) but I am not such an ogre that I can't also come up with a list of delightful things that cause one to stop and say 'thanks' :
Birds chirping in trees
People who translate things into a language I understand
Every new day!
But a smattering of the multitude of things which inspire and deserve much thanks. Here are some pix that seem to apply :
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Not sure why my first new post in ages is a sarcastic rant, but, here it is...
If you find yourself in the unhappy circumstance of being in Hell, here are some things that you will surely find there :
wool eating moths
LG front loading washing machines
people saying "be safe"
the word "bespoke"
rent ( actual, not the theatrical production)
psych-meds for children
Tom Ford suits
21st century feminists
social media (yes, even blogs!)
MadMen season 5 and later
the price of razor blades
brightly colored men's socks
superbugs and ineffectual antibiotics
people who abused antibiotics in the first place causing the advent of superbugs
dresses and skirts that are short in front and long in back
really long winters... that means you 2014!
lists... hey! wait a minute ; )
Then there is this which makes me wonder if that long list isn't a tip off that we are already in Hell-
Thursday, October 10, 2013
I compiled a list of 10 films I consider to be inspiring for a little get together I'm hosting fridays for friends and family. These 10 films are mostly lesser known gems or old enough to be overlooked. They are the kind of critically acclaimed films that I think have a lot to teach about film making. They are movies with a lot of heart and a definite love of the art. So I thought I would post this list in the hopes of Introducing some or all of these to an eager audience of film enthusiasts.
( I ended the list with Moonrise Kingdom - Wes Anderson 2012. I truly feel that all film fests of any genre should end with this film. Like the movie Hugo, it leaves you with an intense love for the art of film and reminds you of the magic of film.)
1. The Fall of the House of Usher , American 1928
2. Ikiru, Ikira Kurusawa 1952
3. Aguirre, the Wrath of God, Werner Herzog 1972
4. The Reckless Moment, Max Ophus 1949
5. The Crime of Monsieur Lange, Jean Renoir 1936
6. Le Havre, Aki Kourismaki 2011
7. A Woman Under the Influence, John Cassevettes 1974
8. Slacker, Richard Linkletter 1991
9. After Hours, Martin Scorcese 1985
10. Moonrise Kingdom, Wes Anderson 2012
These should be watched with the lights out and plenty of homemade popcorn! Moving pictures, we love you !!!
Friday, October 4, 2013
A friend of mine has bought in to the Javita money making plan and gave me her version of the 'hard sell' which ended in her saying that she is not very good at selling and she is glad she has sold enough to cover her investment. Then she told me to look at the website because it will explain things better than she can. I am going to assume that she probably represents 90% of the Javita sales team. Implying that the other 10% are indeed making money.
The first thing I noticed was page after page of Google items that matched my search "Javita coffee". I guess the miracle of online sales technique goes beyond listing your website as a sales rep. Next stop YouTube. Again, all the motivated sales reps have diligently posted videos showing the wonders of 'multi level marketing' with charts, graphs, and advise galore helping their prospective team members to comprehend the wonders of a ' network marketing structured business'.
Then I checked Amazon and EBay and there were again lots of listings for the product at a bit of discount from the suggested retail ( or the price that the 90% of sellers are asking to try to get their investment back before calling it a day.)
Actually, the product itself is probably quite viable - a coffee that has added the herb Garcinia Cambogia which is an appetite suppressant. Although, coffee is already kind of a diet helper as caffeine is the main ingredient in most weight loss supplements. Still, the idea of 'weight loss coffee' should be easy to sell. Especially when it has been enthusiastically endorsed by none other than Dr. Oz. I'm sure one of the original sales team wrangled Dr. Oz at the get go and now he is probably one of the people who 'sit back and watch the money roll in'.
They are not allowed to use the words 'pyramid scheme' for obvious reasons. It's now referred to as a 'direct-selling industry'. But the coffee is not what you are directly selling. You are still a middle man as far as that goes. You are directly selling the industry itself. Your team has bought the idea of making money selling coffee and building their own team from you.
As you can tell I have a lot of issues with this. First of all, Dr. Oz...? Really? I can't believe anyone would believe anything from a guy who has the last name Oz. The word Oz is literally a metaphor for fraud. The man behind the curtain. The 'great and powerful' lost little explorer from Omaha.
Soooo..... I am afraid this prettyluckygirl is going to pass on this opportunity to sell an amazing product, make possible millions and help others to do the same without ever having to leave the house or really do anything except cash all my checks that roll in each month. But I won't stop anyone else from trying. Who knows, the great and powerful Dr. Oz might really have something in his bag to make your dreams come true!
Sunday, September 22, 2013
|She has the talent to make this, and made THIS...|
So it's one month and 2 days since my last post... just wanted to fess up right from the start.
Fall is upon us and so is the desire for knit goods. Awesome sweaters, thick socks, fingerless gloves, cozy headbands etc... I even bought a super cozy Elizabeth and James cable knit sweater last week to get the ball rolling - this exact sweater:
|impossible to be more comfy than this!|
The thing is, I made a new year's resolution to learn to crochet this year and I haven't yet attempted a single stitch. I do know how to do basic knitting 'knit one pearl two' but have never even tried the simplest of crochet techniques. And the clock is ticking (basically 3 1/2 months left). So with fall in the air and a desire for sweaters n such I thought I would look up some easy patterns. I have been stocking up on yarn these past 9 months - (anytime I see something on sale) and quite a few different sized knitting needles, but have only one crochet hook. And there seems to be a lot more easy start patterns for knit as opposed to crochet.
|50 'must try' is quite a lot|
I'm definitely in the mood to do some knitting but also need to get that darn resolution out of the way!
There are tons of cute projects to get started on:
|really must make these|
|in a different color this wouldn't look like a baby blanket, it would just be cute|
There are so many patterns for bizarre stuff. I mean, the yarn wizards out there seem to gravitate towards the ridiculous ( like the boombox). Most of it seems to be geared towards babies because they can't say 'no, I don't want to wear a hat that looks like a cupcake' or weird stuff for the house that no one can really make fun of due to the obvious time and effort it took.
|ok, these are really hilarious|
|someone has a little too much time on their hands...|
|his hair is pretty textured as well, the good old days- that can't be a cd in his hand...?|
Well, the snag in my resolution is that I seem to want to knit rather than crochet. So I guess I will find a simple tutorial on a crochet pot holder and call it a day. Then get started improving my knitting skills so I can make some awesome stuff!