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Vegans Things I Love, Raffle Edition Part 1

Up front, this is just an attempt to show people some of my favorites from the possible prizes in the raffle, to get more people to enter.  I would also like to point out, you don’t have to be vegan to win and enjoy these prizes!  Not everything has ‘vegan’ slapped across it.  So let’s look at some possibilities!

When I went to the Herbivore website to steal pictures, the first thing I saw was this brand new belt.  Who doesn’t love kale?  Okay, I don’t really love kale, but it’s good for me and i’ve been eating more of it with the help of a heap of pineapple salsa.

Herbivore also carries Sock It To Me Socks, which are awesome.  It’s about that time to start wearing socks again which I resent deeply, so they might as well be cute!

 

Obviously there are plenty of books available, and while with the $15 gift certificate you couldn’t get a whole lot of books, there are still a handful.

 

My favorite t-shirt that I do NOT have is the Deathless v-neck.  I like that the design is on the back, so I can wear it with a cardigan to work and thanks to the simple cross design on the front, it is work appropriate.

I have been meaning to get a new wallet for oh, two years?  I really want one that isn’t plain black so it’s easier to find in my purse.  Or when it falls out of my purse and gets crammed into a seat at the movie theater and I almost have a panic attack and it takes over a day for the movie theater employees to find it.  I wouldn’t have that problem if my wallet was bright blue with a PONY on it!  There are also classier designs and dude wallets if you have something against ponies and awesomeness.

 

So that was pretty much a ‘what I want for my birthday from Herbivore’ list, here’s stuff from the other prize donors!

I don’t know if I could pick just two prints from Amanda.  If I wanted a matching set I would go for these Edgar Allen Poe pieces:

 

For singles, it would be a huge tie.  I mean, I love Buffy AND Dr. Horrible AND boobs AND Melisser-inspired baking art!  How would I choose?

My favorite buttons from Kelly, of which I have several:

Part two (the one with the food stuffs) will come shortly!

 

 

posted: September 10, 2011
under: art, elsewhere on the internet, lists, pictures

Vegan Things I Bought That I Love

So Mindy Kaling (Kelly from The Office [my favorite character]), writes this blog called Things I Bought That I Love.  And while I find it entertaining, I don’t actually get much out of it because a) she has more money than I do and b) I am not into shoes or makeup or things like that.  I have bad ankles and can’t take a single step in any heel, so the allure of cute shoes does nothing for me.  I can’t put on eyeliner without looking like a mall goth reject, so there’s that.  And I hate clothes shopping because I know cheap clothes are usually cheap for a reason, and I am a cheap person.  I get all of my jeans at Goodwill because i’d rather pay $5 for someone’s cast off American Eagle jeans than $15 for a crappy new pair from Walmart.

So with that, I present to you, Vegan Things I Bought That I Love.

First up, is the newest hoodie from Herbivore.  I usually don’t like zip-up hoodies because I can’t fiddle with my hands in the middle of the pocket, but I was drawn in by the promises of fleecy warmness.  That’s kind of important when you don’t own a real coat.  It doesn’t usually get too cold in Tennessee, but when it does this hoodie keeps me nice and warm.  I also like it because it doesn’t have a totally in-your-face message on it that would get me heckled around here(I am a sissy).

I have a lot of vegan cookbooks.  Probably 20, plus some zines.  I have read all of them, but a lot of them have been used once or not at all because, as i’ve mentioned I suck at following recipes and planning ahead, and because sometimes the ingredients list is so long it makes my head spin.  One of the few cookbooks I have that gets regular use (mostly from memory at this point), is Yellow Rose Recipes.  The recipes are pretty simple and straight forward without giving me that, ‘I don’t need a recipe for a freaking bean burrito’ feeling.  I loved it so much that I got my tester copy, and then bought two for friends and family.  I am getting hungnry looking at the cover so i’m going to scroll down to the next thing.

Last week, I needed some soy curls and stuff so I put in an order at Cosmo’s Vegan Shoppe in Atlanta.  I love Food Fight as much as anyone, but if you’re living in the southern part of the country, Cosmo’s will hook you up in 2-3 days.  I saw that they had these cheap little chocolates, so I decided to order one of each and give them a try.  Imagine my happy surprise when I found that little baggie to the left in my box with extra chocolates AND a stick of lip balm that tastes like the inside of a hazelnut cream.  (Am I the only one who almost always types out ‘lip blam’ by mistake?)  Anyway, the chocolates were pretty delicious, and they’re only .30 cents a piece (less if you buy in bulk), so they’d be good to give out at weddings or Easter or any other holiday where you might give people candy.  The only one I wasn’t crazy about was the ginger, and I can’t even say why, it just didn’t do it for me.  Next time I need to stock up on soy curls (so like, next week) i’ll be getting a few more of the caramel and mint ones for sure.

And speaking of soy curls, have you tried them?  They’re pretty excellent, and about as un-processed as you can get.  They’re kind of like TVP in that you soak them in water and flavor them, but they’re in strips and in the end, taste way better.  You can get them at Cosmo’s and Food Fight!

The rest of this stuff isn’t for or by vegans per se, but still stuff that I love.

Bitch Baraometers!  Your friends and family will thank you when you give them proper warning about what they’re getting into.  Plus, they might come bearing chocolates just to make sure you don’t rip their damn heads off.  These are one-of-a-kind and she only has a few left!  (Mine is flipped to the flaming uterus right now, if you care to know.)

Cakespy cupcake paintings!  I have six of the mini paintings, and I was lucky enough to snag the original of the ‘Yes We Cake’ painting.  I like them because even though they’re small, they’re affordable original art that brightens up my home.  Plus, Jessie is awesome about commisions, I asked her to do a painting for a friends wedding and named the price I had in mind, and she asked me lots of questions and showed me sketches to make sure everything was perfect before going ahead with the ink and color.  Some of them are very simple, like Cuppie drinking a soda, and some of them are pretty detailed like the one on the right that I wish was mine, but it’s not.  She occasionally does vegan baking paintings as well.

Technically I didn’t buy this, but my mother-in-law got me an Aerogarden for Christmas and it is so.  Fucking.  Awesome.  My little herbs are only 2.5 weeks old, but they’re growing pretty fast.  I swear one night, the basil doubled in height.  The one she got me has three spots to grow stuff, so it’s more affordable than the big ones they show on the infomericals.  And the grow light doubles as a good light for food porn!  The batch of herbs going now should last me until summer, and I think I might get a second bigger one in the fall so I can grow tomatoes all winter!  The only downside is that the light is really bright, and it cycles on automatically so I have to close the bedroom door most of the way to be able to sleep since it’s on the dining table.  Curse you, open floor plan.

And finally:

Best $20 I ever spent!  Chester had his honorary birthday a few weeks ago, he’s now eight.  He is one of the happiest, smartest dogs I have ever met.  If he’s not smiling, he’s probably asleep.

P.S.  Bonny is not on this list because I got her for free because she was defective!

posted: January 16, 2009
under: animals, art, lists, pictures, products

Pancakes, Cakespy, and a lesson for the guys on social skills.

Today was a ‘wake up early and make pancakes day’. No reason, just because.

I took the basic Vegan With A Vengeance pancake recipe, used chocolate extract instead of vanilla, and added chopped chocolate and strawberries. The best thing about pancakes with stuff in them is that they always come out kind of lumpy so there’s no pressure to make them beautiful. There’s no syrup because that probably would’ve killed me, I had enough trouble eating the stack that you see.

Today I also received my first (of many, i’m sure) painting from Cake Spy. They (she?) mostly sell miniature tiny watercolors. Which is neat because it’s an affordable piece of unique art, but on the other hand there are a couple that i’ve seen that have been sold so I wish there were prints too! I knew that it would be small, but I didn’t realize how small it would be! I’m really bad at sizing. It fits in the palm of my hand!

Onto todays lesson in social skills. I seem to keep encountering males (men would be a stretch) that just don’t know what the word ‘inappropriate’ means. For instance, when talking about rape: no matter what, the reponse is never “They’re only human.” Trust me, i’ve polled people. 10 out of 10 sane individuals know better.

So yesterday I go to the comic store because the new Serenity comic is out. I’m friendly with the owner, so I picked it up and stood at the counter talking to him, holding the comic to my chest. Just because. One of his friends comes in, and later, a regular customer who I already fond of because according to him, he won’t thumb wrestle with a guy because that’s “more of a man” than he ever wants to touch. Awesome.

So the friend asks me what i’m clutching to my chest. He’s a nice guy, older, likes Whedon as much as I do (almost). I lower the comic to show him and the other customer says, “You just wanted to look at her boobs.”

Um.

Uhhhh.

What the hell?

Here’s where the lesson comes in: unless you are friends with someone and know their sense of humor, it is not okay to just talk about someone’s boobs. Like, I have lots of guy friends. And sometimes they’re like, ‘hahaha boobz’ and i’m like, ‘hahaha *smack*’ and that’s okay. Because we’re friends. It’s called tact. And though I realize that this guy is majorly in the closet so he feels that he has to acknowledge how awesome the girls look in my unisex, black Resident Evil shirt lest someone question his sexuality, it made me really uncomfortable. It also made the guy asking about my comic uncomfortable. The owner yelled at him as I turned red and quietly let out a scream. And his response was just, “What?” Then he left and the owner apologized to me profusely. Then we talked about how fucking awesome my shirt was.

Honestly, every now and again I forget that there are people who still live in the stone age that think that women are just a walking semen receptacle. And that men are MEN who are at the mercy of their hormones and fuck us if we expect them to be better than that. Just like there are people around that still think just because i’m white and they’re white that it’s cool to say racist things to me. Except they’re not really racist because they have one black friend. Or because i’m legally married to a man, then obviously it’s okay to bash gays around me. Except they don’t hate gays, they just think they’re going to burn in hell.

Point being, I am not a walking pair of tits so don’t treat me like one. And you’re not a walking dick, so try not to act like one.

How did I get from pancakes to angry feminist in one post?

P.S. I really need to update my whole site. The pages, the layout, the blogroll. Yuck.

posted: March 14, 2008
under: art, food, life, pictures

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