Archive | July, 2012

The 411

23 Jul

Ello Puppet!
Sorry, I’m trying on a British pirate persona today. It’s not really working out.  So once again, I suck. So sorry, but no ranty post today, more of an update. YAY! I promise you won’t be disappointed…okay, maybe a little disappointed, but if you write a complaint and forward it to my email, someone will get back to you ASA…hahahhaha yeah right.

Let’s get down to business.
1) So it’s been almost a week since Mission: Vegan began and so far, so good. I knew this would be an easy switch for me, so I’m not surprised.  Everyone keeps telling me how much weight I’ll lose, and at first I was skeptical, but began to realize my biggest help is not having a choice to say “yes”. You know when you’re out and a friend (usually your friend who eats like her weight in food everyday, but doesn’t gain a pound)  suggests going to eat at somewhere fatty, like McDonalds? Well, being a vegan means you have to say NO! And don’t be sitting there all “But you can eat fries!”, everyone knows there’s pig fat in EVERYTHING McDonalds makes, so no fries.  See what I mean? When the option is taken away, your waistband is saying “HALLELUJAH! Maybe we’ll fit into those grade 8 jeans again!”.  SERIOUSLY. Even last night my mom made cookies, but I couldn’t eat them so I didn’t. Not going to lie though, I have been eating some vegan friendly sweets. I made an apple strudel today, and I’m obsessed with these vegan animal crackers.  But my absolute favorite is Coconut Bliss, the delicious vegan “ice cream”. Not only is it vegan, but they also use agave nectar, which is WAAAAY better than sugar. YAY! I really would like to further explain this whole vegan switch, and what I’ve been eating, but  for the sake of time, my achy fingers and you most likely already getting bored, I”ll save that for another day.

2) HAVE YOU DONATED TO CANADIAN FRAME(LINES) YET?! I’ve written 2 blogs about the fantastic Canadian Frame(lines) project, but it’s really crucial that if you were only a little interested before and decided to wait out donating, that you donate now. RIGHT NOW! There are only 23 days left. I know what you’re thinking…”That’s more than 2 weeks!”, but really, 2 weeks is nothing. And it’s essential that we have continuous support for this project through ongoing donations. So PLEASE show your support for Canada, film and great people by donating here: http://www.indiegogo.com/canadianframelines?a=346982  or at the very least, promoting the project to your friends and family 🙂

ALSO, there is an awesome contest happening right now to win a helicopter tour in Port Moody. So unfortunately, only those in the Vancouver area can enter. But if you do live in the area, the prize is amazing, and to enter is super easy (such as, liking the Canadian Frame(lines) facebook page!, following the twitter page, donating any amount, etc). You can learn more here: http://www.canadianframelines.com/contests/

3) I just wanted to write a little blurb on the Colorado theater shooting.  First of all, my heart goes out to the victims and the families of the victims.  I will never be able to fathom how someone could think up such tragedy and follow through, and more than anything this saddens me the most about our species.  As I mentioned on my twitter, I also feel terribly sorry for Christopher Nolan and the whole The Dark Knight Rises cast and crew.  Being a filmmaker, I can’t imagine putting so much time, passion, energy and love into something to have it tainted by such a terrible tragedy.  I know many people had said they would boycott the film now, but I strongly urge you not to.  Batman stands against everything James Holmes was promoting; Batman is for justice, equality, love, he’s for the people and most of all, he’s anti-guns.  Someone on twitter said it best (I really wish I remembered your handle!), “Saying you’re boycotting Batman because of the shooting, is like saying you’re never going to fly again because of 9/11”.  As f*cked up as sh*t is, we can’t control what some psychopath is planning.  I wholeheartedly wish we lived in a world where we only had to worry about the real accidents (like car accidents, or slipping in your bathtub), and not the massacres, or kidnappings, or rapes. I wish this just as much as I wish we lived in a world without bigotry and ignorance, but unfortunately, we don’t.  We can’t live our lives in fear though, and we can’t not do something because of the unfortunate circumstances that others have experienced.  Batman is not responsible for this shooting, and boycotting the film is ridiculous.  And while I’m at it, to every ignorant mind out there who is trying to blame this tragedy on someone else (whether it be Obama or homosexuals…SERIOUSLY?!), you’re wrong. As of right now there is only one person you should be blaming, and that is James Holmes.  And if you’re looking for someone else to blame, why not the U.S. gun policies? I could rant on and on about how ridiculous those American laws are, but instead, I’m going to share this link to a very informative and intelligent long tweet by Jason Alexander: http://www.twitlonger.com/show/if2nht. Couldn’t have said it better myself.

4) As for Batman…obviously I saw the movie on Friday and after much self debate, I have come to decide that I prefer The Dark Knight.  I’m not going to write a full review, or go into too much detail, but while I found that Tom Hardy (Bane) did an excellent job, and I was NOT disappointed with Hathaway (I was pretty upset when she was cast because Marion Cotillard is Catwoman to me, and I was almost positive Hathaway wouldn’t be able to pull it off…but I had faith in Nolan), I was slightly confused.  I found that there was so much going on, that looking back I realized very little realistically made sense.  It was like explanations were skipped over because there was no time.  While I was actually watching the film, I was too engrossed to notice, but after I kept thinking “Wait a second, how did that make sense?!…and what about that?!”.  Am I right?  Other than that, I thought that Nolan did a wonderful job at ending the series (though, not the exact ending I had hoped for…).  I felt that The Dark Knight Rises was everything I needed and more to feel complete. Especially considering that he stayed relatively close to the storyline, and that Bane was the villain.  If anything, I wish that the film was longer (I know it’s almost three hours, but I would sit through 8 hours of Batman if I had to!) to fully address any confusion with realistic explanations. I really don’t want to give away any spoilers, but you’ll know what I mean when you watch the film.  OR I wish that they had gone in a slightly different direction with John Blake and Bruce Wayne’s relationship.  Overall, The Dark Knight still trumps for me.

 

That’s all for now. Maybe you can look forward to an actual rant soon…I say maybe, because, well..you know me 😛

 

Have a great day.

Welcome to Vegan

17 Jul

Hello ladies & gents,

As you may have noticed I’ve been absent again, and as much as I’d love to write a rambling ranty post for you – there has been so much that has pissed me off lately! -, I can’t.  I’ve been terribly busy.  But I’ll make time soon, I promise!  As for now, I wanted to write a post to launch the start of something pretty exciting…

As of today…

I’m a vegan! YAY!

For the month at least.

Okay, so since I’ve told people I planned on becoming a vegan, I’ve gotten one out of two responses.  People either a) look disgusted or b) laugh.  You can tell I have a really supportive network.  Just kidding, for the most part, my friends will laugh, but they’re supportive.  I have had a few people look disgusted, mostly because they don’t believe you can get protein elsewhere.

I even got into a debate with someone about a year ago who had taken a nutrition class and said their professor said there was no way someone could live a healthy dietary lifestyle without meat. First of all, this is what’s wrong with our education system, how do they let some people even get a degree? Secondly, right, because all of those vegetarians and vegans are dropping dead because of dietary concerns.  You know, I’m sure a very long time ago there weren’t very many vegan options and people weren’t as educated, but luckily there are so many options now.  And saying that you need meat to survive is ignorant.

Here’s something you need to understand about me, I prefer soy products as it is.  The only dairy products I regularly eat are eggs, and occasionally yogurt and ice cream.  As for meat products, I rarely eat red meats (probably once every two months or so) and will only eat chicken/turkey/fish once a week.  I eat all organic products for the sake of animal cruelty free, so buying those meat products isn’t exactly healthy for my bank account, which is why I stick to once a week.  Obviously, I don’t rely on dairy or meat, so making the choice to become vegan isn’t a massive sacrifice.  I think more than anything it’s getting in the habit of being more observant of what’s on the labels, and what choices there are when eating out.  What people don’t realize is that when grocery shopping there are tons of vegan choices that make it easy to make the switch.

Something else people don’t realize is how incredibly healthy a vegan lifestyle is.  I, myself, am making the choice for health reasons and not because of animal cruelty, though that just happens to be a bonus.  Over the last two months I’ve had two allergic reactions that have caused my face to swell up, though we’re not sure what’s causing them, and doctors have refused to give me allergy testing (don’t even get me started on how ridiculous this is). Through Google we discovered that eggs and other dairy products are huge allergens so my mom suggested cutting out eggs.  Because eggs are the largest non-vegan staple in my diet, I just kind of figured “why don’t I become a vegan?”.  And ta-da, here we are.  Well, it wasn’t quite like that.  I’ve had eczema for a long time now, and apparently a vegan lifestyle does wonders for your skin, and overall health in general.  I’ve said I’m only doing a trial run for a month, just to see how it goes, but I honestly can’t see myself switching back if there are positive results.  However, (and I know this is going to piss off actual vegans but…) I’m considering casually adding salmon back into my diet after the month.  This is because, as mentioned, I’m doing this for the sake of my health, and salmon has amazing health benefits.  So let that be a warning to anyone who wants to get on my case about not being fully committed.  I’m just trying to find the best way to eat for MY health and for MY morals, and that may even mean without a label.  As one of my friends pointed out, if I say I’m a vegan that’s because I don’t want someone putting non-vegan products on my plate, even if I don’t necessarily follow that lifestyle.

Anyway, all of that being said, starting today I’ll be fully committed for the month and I’ll most likely be sharing the experience and recipes via this blog so that’s why I wanted to let you guys know.  Obviously, this is my first time, but hopefully it will inspire some of you to try it out.  Or at least be more conscious of what you’re eating.  I’m always shocked at how many people don’t even understand the importance of eating organically, free range or wild.  For something that’s so essential, we really need to be better educated (and that doesn’t mean taking a nutrition class from a dumb a**) about what we consume.

Anyone who has any tips or recipes to share, please leave a comment.  I’m especially interested in hearing from any vegans with eczema (just because I know wheat and sugar are huge no-nos when you have eczema, yet they’re acceptable in a vegan diet).  Thank you!

Have a great day!

The Canadian Frame(lines) Fundraiser!

8 Jul

WOOOOOOOO-EEEEEEEEEEE! It’s been a long time and I don’t even have a great excuse for my absence.  Okay, I don’t even have a good excuse.  But all that should matter now is I’m back to fill your rant needs, and irrational zombie apocalypse ramblings.  You are welcome!

Quick thank you to everyone who has been checking out the blog, despite the lack of posts.  Especially all the traffic towards the Magic Mike review.  It’s probably just a coincidence that the post discussing naked men is my top read post.

Okay, moving along to todays’ post.  Today’s a cheery post about a project that you may have read about before (https://coffeeandcrosswords.wordpress.com/2012/05/14/canadian-framelines/).  If you haven’t read my previous Canadian Frame(lines) blog, I encourage you to check that out for a better understanding and description of the project.  If you have, YAY!  Thank you 🙂

So a week ago on July 1st the Canadian Frame(lines) team celebrated Canada Day by hanging out at Granville Island and launching our online fundraiser!  Alex and Ryder are asking for $30,000 in 45 days, and so far we’re at $2,617 meaning we have…$27,383 left to raise in 39 days  So here’s where you lovely people come in…

If you love Canada, film, documentaries, or even just supporting two AMAZING people then please please PLEASE donate whatever you feel comfortable with donating!  $1/$5/$10 may sound like a little in comparison, but EVERYTHING helps.  Right now we’re at a crucial stage where we’d like to just receive as many donations as possible to help encourage those who may be holding back.  Also, the more donations we get (regardless the value), the more likely the project will be featured on IndieGogo’s home page.  So just by donating $1 you could do wonders for the project! AND you’ll get a cool perk.

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Okay, so at this point you’re either interested or you’re thinking “I’m not from Canada”.  I know this project is Canadian focused, but you don’t need to be Canadian – in fact, Ryder (one of the co-producers) isn’t from Canada either! – all you need is a love for film or exploration. Or maybe you’re just interested in Canada and learning more.

Obviously, we’d appreciate any kind of donation, but if you can’t donate there are other ways you can help.  You can SHARE, TWEET, and/or EMAIL the campaign to all of your friends.  The more traffic we get on the site, the better, and hopefully there will be others in your network interested in donating.  It would be appreciated that anyone with a blog share the campaign on their blog, and if you’re interested you could write a response to “What is Canadian identity” to join the discussion.  Even if you don’t have a blog, you can join the discussion via poetry, video, photography, etc by emailing CanadianFramelines@gmail.com.

More ways you can help are listed on the IndieGogo page — http://www.indiegogo.com/canadianframelines

It’s really important to me that all of you do the most that you can for this project, whether that be donating or promoting it.  I only joined the project back in December, so my encouragement is completely unbiased.  If I didn’t believe in this project, I can guarantee I wouldn’t have come aboard.  These are genuinely great people wanting to do something great for Canada and its citizens.  And what’s more, we’ve never before seen anything like this.  I’m excited to see where Canadian Frame(lines) takes us and what we learn along the way, and hopefully you are too.  I look forward to seeing you all join the journey!

You can donate and learn more here: http://www.indiegogo.com/canadianframelines

 

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Thank you for your support!

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