tunesday: change your life

thanks to sian, i am hooked on this song right now

CHANGE YOUR OWN DAMN LIFE GEEZ why is this song so catchy

at least i didn’t put that new drake song here, i like it too but it has only like five lines and besides the video is rubbish, at least this one has a baby tiger and nipples

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book love: malloreigh

in her own words, this is why malloreigh loves the dispossessed:

The Dispossessed is my favourite book of all the books I love. It’s got everything I like in it. It’s speculative science fiction, which to me has always been the most interesting form of fiction because it makes a comment on our lives today and extrapolates our world in a certain way to project a vision of our future. Even the campiest science fiction contains within it an understanding of human nature, of politics, of our relationship with technology, with each other, and with Others. The Dispossessed, specifically, takes a critical look at an anarchist utopia and says some interesting and, I think, fundamental things about human nature while doing so. In this book, Le Guin imagined a society without gender differences and hierarchy, without a sense of private property, and in doing so pointed out things about the world we live in today that are otherwise difficult to see. Plus, it’s fantastic science fiction written by a woman, and a feminist at that. There are not a ton of female science fiction writers, and Le Guin is one of the best ones out there.

 

book love: erika

a few months ago, i started doing a project where i take photos of people and their favourite books.

this is erika, a youth librarian who reviews ya books on her blog, YA OR GTFO !  she chose the collected ‘his dark materials’ trilogy: books so beautiful they make my heart ache.

she says:

“I love Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials more than any other book I have ever read. It is one of the most wholly original and fascinating fantasy worlds I have ever encountered (external souls in the form of shape shifting animal familiars! armored bear father figures! angels made of pure consciousness! millions of worlds existing in the same space, only separated by a veil that can be cut by a magical knife!), but for all its fantasy the resonance of this story lies firmly in its exploration of the nature of our existence as human beings. Pullman marries heavy philosophical concepts with one of the best fantasy adventures stories ever written. It is, quite simply, the best.”

 

 

(as an aside: if you are in vancouver and want to be part of this project, drop me a line!)

much love monday: platonic life partner soup

‘platonic life partner soup’: what a mouthful, right?  MOUTHFUL OF DELICIOUS, more like!

this tale needs a preface; i am a pretty good cook but not very inventive.  i rarely deviate from recipes, and when i do, it’s kind of…basic.  roasted veg, simple stir fries, steamed veg over pasta, etc.  when i was visiting rose, she got sick and on a whim (without a recipe!! eeek!) i made up a soup for her and it turned out to be really delicious.  i was feeling really gross yesterday and made a very similar version for myself; i added some lentils + corn to bulk it up a bit. last night’s soup was so good and now you can make it too. it comes together really quickly!  this recipe is highly customisable. you can add different veg, herbs, switch up the beans, etc.

start with these guys:

  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4-6 garlic cloves, minced (less if you don’t like garlic, more if you cook like me)
  • handful of mushrooms, diced
  • few ribs of celery, cut small
  • half a leek, chopped up small

let the onion & garlic saute and start cutting up the mushrooms, leek & celery.  when the onions are translucent, add the celery and mushrooms.  cook for a few minutes, then add herbs (all approximate amounts; i did not measure WHAT A REBEL)

  • ~1 tsp ea salt, pepper, fenugreek, sage, thyme
  • more than 1 tsp rosemary
  • 2 bay leaves

let this fry up for a minute while you cut the potatoes and open the canned goods, then add:

  • 2-3 potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2″ pieces.
  • 1 28-oz can of diced tomatoes, including liquid
  • 1 can of lentils, drained
  • 1 mini-can of corn, drained
  • 3-4 c water/veg broth
  • 3-4 tsp veg stock powder (omit if you used veg broth)

bring to a boil, then simmer till the potatoes are soft.  you can eat it now, or keep cooking for more delicious.  when you’re ready to eat, fish out those bay leaves and serve! would be really  nice with some warm crusty bread or something like that. if you eat this soup when you are sick, it’s like drinking a +20 life potion.  FACT

much love monday: support system

today…well, today did not start off very well for me.  i had a huge, terrifying, anxiety attack while walking up to my cafe job.  i hid in a corner and frantically phoned my mom over and over until she picked up (she was finishing her bus route), and she talked to me while i cried and walked in the rain and walked away from my job and until finally i felt better and i sat under the cambie bridge like a troll.  i texted altaira, and she phoned me, for which i’m also so grateful.  even though the anxiety is gone i still feel a lingering sense of shame, of failing to do something that needed to be done, but that will fade, i think.

today i’m sending out so much love to the people who love me–because i’m lucky, i have not just one or two people to phone in a bad time, i have six or seven, and that is a god damn gift.   i am incredibly lucky to have such good people in my life, to not feel scared and anxious and alone.  holy cats, am i ever grateful.

 

still life

i made this as a christmas present for my platonic life partner rose, but due to some unlikely collusion between the canadian and german post offices, it arrived there in one week instead of six, so now i can share it with you without ruining the surprise.

 

 

my eye fell on a postcard that i found in 2005 and have had on my wall ever since (once my mom realised there was a dead bird at the centre of the image, and said something damning like well isn’t that strange.)

 

still life, vancouver 1997

much love: reading buddies

i love my bookish friends like mal (pictured above) and courtney (with whom i don’t have any reading photos) who can pull out a book anywhere, anytime, and we can read together.   i spent most of this labour day weekend reading, part of it while at a local music festival with mal and a bunch of other friends.  it felt so good to be bookish. ❤  PLUS ‘blink’ is incredible, holy fuck.  i’m 100 pages in and it’s already blown my mind so many times.  you should read it if you like books that are a) informative and b) SO GOOD.