Good Idea, Bad Idea: The Roseanne Barr Edition

•July 30, 2009 • Leave a Comment

4294 copyThat’s right kids! It’s time for another episode of Good Idea, Bad Idea! This week we have comedian/sitcom queen/talk show host/Where are They Now? episode candidate Roseanne Barr.

Good Idea: Dressing up as Hitler for a magazine. Hmm. No. Let’s try that again. Shooting your mouth off about things you don’t know anything about. Wait. Not a good idea. Uhhhhh. Having a really great sitcom from the 80s! Yea, that’s a good idea!

Bad Idea: Lumping a whole group of people into some very specific categories that includes drug addicts, cancer hopefuls and Nickelback fans. Here’s what she had to say:

“Vegans are all coke-sniffing, cigarette-smoking faux socialists who listen to music that has no melody at all, so fuck them.”

Which reminds me, where did I put that coke I bought yesterday? Oh, that’s right, it’s in the pages of my People Who Used to be Socially Relevant but Now Need to Say Stupid Shit in Order to Get Attention Quarterly.  Phew!  That was a close one.

Now off to read some Karl Marx…

(Original Sources: Ecorazzi and Girlie Girl Army)

Project Rant – “Relax everybody it’s just food!”

•July 7, 2009 • 1 Comment

Oh my god, I love this. The following is one of a series of videos called Project Rant from site blip.tv that takes actual posted rants from people on the internet and brings them to life using actors. This one is from a vegan who posted an open letter to her non-vegan friends. I couldn’t have ranted it any better.

Michael Jackson said “Heal the World” and it looks like we might finally be listening

•June 26, 2009 • Leave a Comment

“Think about the generations and to say we want to make it a better world for our children and our children’s children. So that they know it’s a better world for them; and think that they can make it a better place.”  -Spoken intro to “Heal the World”

I would be remiss in not doing an entry to commemorate the passing of Michael Jackson yesterday.  Not only was he an immensely talented artist, but he used his music to reach across the borders of race, express frustration at our senseless hatred of one another and question the negative impact we are having on the earth (long before being green and eco-friendly was in style).  Although his image has been marred by rumors and allegations that at times seemed to be undeniable, his talent, charity and sheer iconography will hopefully be what lives on the most.

Personally, I have been a fan of Jackson’s music since my aunt first let me have her tape of “Off the Wall.”  I was probably 5 or 6 at the time.  Like most dancers, I have danced my way (both in my basement and on actual stages) though much of his music, my favorite number being a lyrical production to a compilation of his songs choreographed by my dance teachers that ended with “Heal the World.”  I got chills every time we did that dance and still when I watch it on video.  I wish I were able to upload it to share.  Instead, here is the version of “Heal the World” from the 1993 Superbowl, as well as the video for “Earth Song.”  Two songs where Jackson made it clear the way he felt about how we should be treating each other and the world.

VEGdaily is My Site of the Day (and possibly the week)

•June 25, 2009 • Leave a Comment

VEGDaily is seriously my site of the day.  While I was writing the previous post, they put up a blog about vegan ballet shoes!  Get out! Right?  I’ve been weighing the idea of taking some classes in the city in the fall and was just going to break out my (ridiculously) old and worn slippers in order to avoid the moral dilemma.  But look, problem solved!

Check ’em out here!  (And scroll down for a little blurb connecting them with my fav veg-gal Emily Deschanel.)

VEGdaily Confirms My New Fav Skin Line is Vegan!

•June 25, 2009 • 1 Comment

Back in February my skin was waging a war against the fact that I had moved it from fresh-air filled Western Massachusetts to car-exhaust and street-meat air filled NYC.  I don’t think I have broken out like that since high school, and maybe not even then since I was fortunate enough to not have acne problems.  Anyway, at the time I bought about five different cleansers, moisturizers, cover ups and spot treatments to try to combat the civil unrest.  One of the cleansers I found while scouring Sephora for eco-friendly, all-natural, vegan products (as much as I love that store, that is NOT an easy fete there) was called Make Up Break Up by Boscia.logo

It claimed it was all-natural and it did not test on animals.  At that point, it was enough for me.  It was a little pricier than your average drugstore cleanser, but I figured that maybe my face could use a little pampering.  At the same time I also bought their all-natural blotting papers to use throughout the day at work to try to control the oil and pollutant build-up.

Long story short, I love these products.  I use the cleanser almost every night and still have not run out.  And the best news?  I won the war on acne a few months back.  I can’s say this is directly due to Boscia because I have also amassed an arsenal of mudmasks, Biore pore strips and exfoliants that get called into duty on a semi-regular basis.  However, now that I know all of their products are in fact entirely vegan, I will continue to support this company and pay the extra cost to do so.  Our $$ shows the cosmetic business what we support and mine supports compassion.  How about yours?

Original Source: VEGdaily

Vegetation Rumination: The vegan food you can’t live without.

•June 16, 2009 • 2 Comments

Ok, time for some audience participation.  Hello?  Anyone? Bueller?

What is the one vegan (or vegetarian, if that’s your thing) food you cannot live without?

For me it would have to be hummus (although guacamole comes in a close second).  Hummus is just so versatile, whether as a dip for veggies, a spread on a sandwich or something to lick off a spoon (not that I would do that, I’ve just heard).  It adds the perfect kick (and healthy protein) to almost anything.  I love making it homemade in my mini food processor (the roasted red pepper hummus recipe from La Dolce Vegan is a favorite).  It is so easy and much cheaper and better for you than the store bought brands.

Okay, your turn!  Leave your must-have food in the comments.

ONE YEAR VEGANNIVERSARY!!

•June 15, 2009 • 2 Comments

Whoo hoo!!  Par-tay!

As of today, it has officially been 1 year since I went vegan (or as close to the estimated date as I can get).  To commemorate such an achievement guess what I’m doing?!  Going to the doctor!  Wahoo….wait. That is not fun. Or a party. Peeing in a cup and getting poked with needles is like the exact opposite of a party (unless of course you’re Amy Winehouse).  On the up side, getting a full physical is probably a good idea in order to assess that I am indeed getting the nutrients my body needs and that my blood work is normal.  I feel great, though, so I expect to pass everything with flying colors.  It will also be interesting to see what my new doctor has to say about my eating habits.  I basically picked her off a list on my health insurance’s website, so anything is possible.

So while I get poked and prodded and measured, enjoy my VEGAN: YEAR ONE in REVIEW:

June:
Said my final goodbye to dairy while visiting my friend Caryn in Savannah – first and last regular red velvet cupcake, ice cream, cheesey fabulous tapas.
Started this blog (on LiveJournal) and met some new veggie friends!
Resisted the sizzlin pull of bacon.

July:
Found out that the actress from my new favorite show was vegan too (and immediately began to idolize her accordingly)!
Survived family picnics.
Had an interview for a job in NYC but it was put on hold. 😦 (It’s okay, it has a happy ending)

August:
Discovered amazing places to shop for vegan-friendly goods and food in W. Mass. (Deals and Steals, River Valley Market)
Adopted a sheep from Farm Sanctuary named Emmalie.
Slacked on posting on the blog (oops!).

September:
Started working three random jobs and rehearsals for The Producers (all without animal protein, can you believe it!?).
Lost 10 pounds without trying (possibly from the above situation).

October:
Was brought in for a second interview for the “on hold” NYC job and was offered it the same day!  Whoo hoo!
Performed in The Producers.
Scrambled to find an apartment in the NYC area and moved.

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Started my new job
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HAPPY  BIRTHDAY TO ME!
Went to Farm Sanctuary’s Thanksgiving FOR the Turkeys in Orland, CA.
Met Emily Deschanel!
Had a Furkey Tofurky.
(Yea, November was a good month.)

December:
Volunteered at Farm Sanctuary’s Winter Gala where I met some celebs and made some new friends. 🙂
Survived first vegan Christmas (and even made a yummy vegan eggnog cheesecake).

January-March:
Was apparently hibernating from blogging. Sorry!

April:
Back to the blogging.
Decided there were better things to do on Easter than color eggs (like eat vegan carrot cupcakes!).

May:
Blogged my face off!
Met some of the authors of my favorite eco, veg bloggins.
Cleansed with Kathy Freston.

And we’re back to June.

This year has been one filled with new foods, friends, jobs, experiences, responsibilities and outlooks, and I am thankful for each one of them.  In many ways, my life changed drastically this year.  In other ways, I am still the same person I always was, just better.  I hope I can say that about every year from now on.  I hope you can too.