As you can probably tell, I’ve been M.I.A. for awhile now. But I’m back…I think? My new blog is margaritasandmen.wordpress.com so head on over 🙂
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.
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!
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.
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
Thank you for your support!
My mother and I (okay mostly my mother..) have created a new “saying”, if you will. It’s called BYOWallet. Or Bring Your Own Wallet. The term “going dutch” seems to be something of the past, and we found people have a difficult time saying “hey, I want to hang out but I’m broke so you have to pay for yourself” or “Do you want to go to a movie?” — does that mean you’ve unknowingly agreed to pay? How does a guy ask a girl to hangout but without implying that he’s paying and without bluntly saying “you’ve got to pay for yourself”? Or how does one even plan an event without having the invitees think it’s being covered? All you have to say is “BYOWallet”. It’s not rude when you’re throwing a party and say “BYOB”, in fact it’s expected. So why not say BYOWallet when you ask a friend out?
“Hey Courtney, wanna go to the soda shoppe this weekend? BYOW.”
Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.
“Guys, I’m having a birthday party next weekend. BYOW.”
World, you are welcome.
Today, my mother and I (okay, mostly my mother) have changed the future. I now see a future of simplicity when it comes to dating and hangouts. You know how many fights and confusion will be avoided? We should really get a Noble Peace Prize for this…
Magic Mike is phenomenal. Without a doubt the best film of 2012, even better than that superhero movie with all the hot guys who do NOT take off their shirts. There are a lot of wonderful elements that come together to make this film, such as, Channing Tatum, and Joe Manganiello and Matt Bomer and Matthew McConaughey and Alex Pettyfer. Did I mention Joe Manganiello is in it? Shirtless? And his name is Big Dick Richie? Just a lot of strong, essential elements that make this movie into the masterpiece it is. The uh…plot is definitely fantastic, something about stripping and Joe Manganiello shirtless and stripping. And the dialogue is incredible. You know they’re almost naked right? And of course the characters are wonderfully written…and shirtless. Magic Mike is seriously amazing. If you don’t watch this movie, you’re basically sending a hot guy to the slaughter house. Let’s support hot guys everywhere and go see Magic Mike June 29th.
Take note, I have not yet seen Magic Mike, so cannot be held responsible for any misjudgments regarding plot, dialogue, or characters. However, I can vouch based on watching the trailer over three dozen times that the half naked men are in fact real. So does the plot even matter?
This review should not be taken lightly, the viewing of this film is quite a serious event, one that includes plenty of half naked men to keep you company for 2 hours. You’re welcome.
You’ll have to forgive my tardiness. What’s it been, two weeks? I can just imagine how deprived you all must have been without my humor, intelligence and above all else, modesty. 😉
(WARNING: SPOILER ALERTS IN THIS BLOG!)
Anyway, while inactive I spent some time reading…the Fifty Shades series. Yes, I admit it. I was interested and intrigued by this “mommy porn”. And the confession doesn’t end there, I actually had quite a hard time putting the books down (which sucks when you need to be studying). Please don’t hate me! Allow me to explain myself first…
As some of you may know, I have a guilty pleasure for cheese. The cheesiest of the cheese too, cheddar oozing. There are of course exceptions – off the top of my head, I saw Snow White and the Huntsman last weekend and I hated it. It was cheesy, but there’s a time and place for cheese and that was not it – but typically I enjoy a good predictable romantic comedy, or a gore and boobs horror film, or a teen fiction novel complete with obvious title. Example: Love on the Lifts, Labor of Love, Suite Dreams. Oh, Rachel Hawthorne how I loved your books. I really can’t explain my cheese addiction; you just feel good knowing people end up together or that massive piranhas are attracted to silicone. Or perhaps, it’s the consolation that if these morons can make movies and write novels than I too can make movies and write novels! Whatever it is, I’m a huge cheese lover.
That being said, Fifty Shades is terrible. It’s terribly written. I didn’t realize until half way through the first book that it was originally Twilight fan fiction, which suddenly made so much sense. My thought process until that point had gone a little something like this:
“Wow, she seems like someone I know…”
“That’s odd, so does he…”
“Oh! She’s like that annoying Twilight b*tch!”
“Ohmygosh, and he’s like that sparkling freak!”
“What the f*ck?! Isn’t this Twilight?!”
“Seriously? This is just Twilight with whips and chains”
“Holy mother of…I swear to God if he says he’s a vampire…”
“WHAAAAAAT?!?!” Haha, just kidding.
So finally after realizing this was in fact based on Twilight, I could better understand the author’s uh…thought process. Sort of.
There is so much wrong with this series. The fact that it’s based on Twilight being just one of them, but also the lack of character development, the obvious objectification of women – and I don’t mean the obvious in the bedroom! -, the terrible writing which was clearly thesaurus based, and the redundancy. Not to mention, I heard everyone talking about how sexual and erotic this book was, and without sounding like a pervert…seriously? I don’t even purposely read erotic novels and these books are nothing special to the genre. It’s a little embarrassing for the women who call this “mommy porn” and clearly haven’t read a good book with a decent sex scene.
Oh God, I hope my Grandmother isn’t reading this.
The main characters Anastasia and Christian are embarrassing specimens of the literary world. Anastasia being weak, naive, desperate, and pathetic all for the sake of being ‘innocent”…oh wait, that’s because she’s Bella Swan. Christian is demonic, yet extremely good looking and rich, so it doesn’t matter. He’s controlling, jealous, bitter, secretive, angry, and abusive. Any man who wants to hit a woman after she has misbehaved (contract or not!) is abusive. There is a brief overview of what has caused Christian to become such a person, however, given E.L. James lack of ability, it’s weak at best. Here’s the thing that confuses me, this guy is 27 and loaded…sure it’s possible, but highly improbable. And typically men who are in such powerful positions crave discipline and control from others outside of work. It’s typically men who are at the bottom of the chain who become control freaks in the home. Right? I’m sure there are the exceptions.
The whole series is redundant from the lack of character development to their catch phrases (I know what the book is called! Can you please stop using “fifty shades” every chance you get?!) to the consistent fighting. Anastasia being the inexperienced child that she is, has to be stubborn and fight about EVERYTHING. And Christian being the control freak that he is gets angry about everything. “You’re not eating?!” “That guy was looking at you!” “You drove to work without a body guard!?” “You went out with your friends?!” “What do you mean I have to wear a condom for a week!?” Seriously. You guys are grown folk, handle your relationship as such.
Christian’s control issues are exactly the start of what I’d expect to see on Dr. Phil. You know what I’m talking about. Typically the control doesn’t start until after marriage, but luckily this dude has a handy dandy contract! The control was what angered me the most while reading. I mean, I can kind of understand the kinky sexual relations, and wanting control in the bedroom (because he’s got the penis, ya-da-ya-da-ya-da), but the fact that these books are FOR women and yet they objectify women…just doesn’t add up. And then I understood…
This isn’t “mommy porn” for the sex. It’s “mommy porn” because of the idea that a woman can change a man. TA-DA! Woman have been trying this FOREVER. And this book is supposed to be proof that it’s possible. I mean think of it. This guy has been demonized in the most effective way, everything that intelligent women are supposed to flee from. But this guy is Greek god hot and richer than Bill Gates so it’s worth trying to see if you can fix him, right? Despite only being interested in BDSM and non-relationships, for some reason he actually falls in love with Anastasia. Even despite his unfortunate psychological issues, he’s become a (almost) completely different person! This is what’s so appealing.
Remember that guy you dated who was gorgeous and had a great body but was a total asshole? And you tried desperately to make him into that sweet, caring guy? But it didn’t work because that doesn’t happen. Or remember when you realized your life would be perfect if only the hot, dumb guy at your school could be combined with your smart, and comical guy friend? Well that wasn’t going to happen either, because that technology has yet to be designed. Fifty Shades tells already married women that that husband they settled for can still be changed into ‘Mr. Perfect’! It’s never too late.
Haha, I’m just kidding. It’s too late if you married him.
What E.L. James has done has created the perfect idea for women every where…MEN CAN CHANGE! What’s sad is, this is porn for women. And what’s more, this is UNREALISTIC. We can’t even have a good erotic sex story with an average guy. That’s what I want to read! Enough with pop culture deceiving us already! I’ve pretty much come to terms with the fact that the attractive, funny, smart, caring guy doesn’t exist so just give me something realistic to work with!
That being said, I fell for this stupid idea. There I was grinning like an idiot, thinking, “Oh boy! She’s tamed the beast!” or more fittingly “And so the lion fell in love with the lamb”. It took me until book two to realize what the hell was going on. I hate being deceived, so thank you Mrs. James.
So after trashing this book in the most professional manner – I’m not kidding when I say it’s absolutely terrible from both a writer’s point of view, and just someone who values quality literature – I’ll reiterate my point of enjoying cheese as to explain why I wasn’t able to stop reading the series. I’m halfway through the third book and there’s something rather enjoyable, I suppose.
I’ll admit I can’t help from cringing at almost every page, but that feel good “Oh, every girl will end up with a sexy, rich man despite trauma or psychological issues” really keeps me going. I mean, really, why else would I get up each day?
If you were actually interested in using this review to decide for yourself if you should give the series a try, I’d recommend the following quiz:
Do you like Twilight?
Do you enjoy being deceived?
Do you enjoy feeling stupid?
Would you consider the Twilight series to be the most original, romantic, and insightful pieces of literature of this generation?
Do you hate reality?
Do you enjoy a cheesy chick flick (i.e. She’s All That, Maid in Manhattan, The Wedding Planner, You’ve Got Mail, While You Were Sleeping)?
Have you really been reading this quiz?
If you answered yes to ANY of the questions, definitely give this fine piece of literary excellence a read.
Have a great day!