Life is a tad crazy around here.
I just got back from D.C. (which was A-mazing, btw, but more on that, later.) & now I’m packing things up & getting everything ready to drive the 2K+ miles to San Antonio, where we will finally set up a home & be a complete family again.
In light of this, I haven’t spent much time scoping out good things on the www to share with you.
But I do have a few things to share.
♥ I have been a fan of Choosing Raw for some time now. Gena has always struck me as an extremely thoughtful, intelligent & articulate individual. I appreciate the compassionate & reasoned voice she contributes & what she adds to the plant-based dialogue.
I was certain we’d have a lot to talk about, especially since we have much in common, but when we met up in D.C., it was better than just having a lot to talk about. I felt like I was meeting up with an old friend. We both agreed–it seemed like we’d known each other for ages. More on our meeting & a recap of my D.C. trip in next post.
♥ I did some (okay, a lot) of reading while on the plane & during my long layovers. Dr. Oz (not usually a huge fan, because he often seems a bit fickle & faddish) wrote a piece for Time magazine (Dec. 3 issue): ”The Anti-Snob Diet.” He proclaims that organic foods aren’t worth the price tag, & that conventional foods are just as good, & much more affordable. As you might imagine, there’s been quite a bit of backlash.
My take? I agree that frozen fruits & veggies are underrated, but I disagree that organic foods aren’t worth the price tag. I admit, on our revised budget, at least for the next year, we’ll be eating fewer organic foods (except for our garden foods–which, if I can pull it off, will be bounteous!) but organic foods are not snobby. Ultimately, organic farming is about better farming practices & cleaner (ie. less/no toxic pesticide residue) food. I think we can make organic farming more mainstream & affordable for the average consumer, but having the media & media personalities (like Dr. Oz) discount the value of organic food, is disheartening.
♥ This week’s episode of This American Life is a good one. Animal Sacrifice, offers 3 different perspectives on our relationships with animals.The 2nd act was interesting, if nothing more than to demonstrate how divisive the choice to eat animals is. For me, the choice to be vegetarian (a vegan one, at that) is rather simple–in light of what I know, I don’t want to eat animals & I don’t have to, so I don’t. But for some, like Camas Davis, the founder of the Portland Meat Collective, the issue is more complex. Also, I really enjoyed seeing a different, quirky side of Ira. I find his devotion to his anxiety-prone, needy pit bull, Piney, fascinating.
♥ This renovation–all the whites, the wood, & the built-in bunk beds–just lovely!
♥ For the Christmas season, I’ve created two pinterest boards–holiday & festive foods–where I pin things like these DIY orange & clove pomanders. I probably won’t be able to enjoy making or crafting most of these things since we’ll be in the midst of moving & unpacking this month, but somehow, pinning all of the lovely holiday things I hope to make & do makes things more festive & bright.
♥ I loved reading this piece about a failed attempt at maid-service, from one of my fave bloggers, Bethany.
♥ Winners of the Minted giveaway!