Tuesday July 29, 2014 at 20:46

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Sunday July 27, 2014 at 20:25

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confusedcatsagainstfeminism:

I don’t need feminism because I like it when a man opens the door for me to enter a room. And then leave it again. And enter. And leave. And… enter. No wait, leave, definitely leave. Wait, I mean enter…
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Confused Cats Against Feminism is a project of We Hunted the Mammoth:The New Misogyny, tracked and mocked.

Best.

confusedcatsagainstfeminism:

I don’t need feminism because I like it when a man opens the door for me to enter a room. And then leave it again. And enter. And leave. And… enter. No wait, leave, definitely leave. Wait, I mean enter…

Confused Cats Against Feminism is a project of We Hunted the Mammoth:The New Misogyny, tracked and mocked.

Best.

This post was reblogged from confused cats against feminism.

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Wednesday July 16, 2014 at 16:24

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“You’re right! Why shouldn’t your child have your name? You’re the one who actually has to give birth.”

What Happened When We Gave Our Daughter My Last Name | The Hairpin

I love all of this, especially as someone who’s about to keep my name, knowing that people will assume (and have already) otherwise.

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Tuesday June 24, 2014 at 21:00

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This cake is serious business. How serious?
This cake doesn’t even fit in the box.
This cake doesn’t even fit in the fridge without being squished a bit.
This cake has five layers. With mocha filling between each.
This cake makes you not care about your teeth while also understanding what they mean when they say sugar is a drug.
This cake always pays its bills on time.
This cake runs 5 miles and has a cup of coffee before 7am every morning.
This cake will pretend to be dead and then gouge your eyes out if you get in a battle with it.
This cake will advance to the next round of the world cup, so long as it doesn’t lose by x amount of goals.
This cake is so serious I can’t even finish this slice and it will still forgive me.
(Cake courtesy of A Baker’s Wife)

This cake is serious business. How serious?

  • This cake doesn’t even fit in the box.
  • This cake doesn’t even fit in the fridge without being squished a bit.
  • This cake has five layers. With mocha filling between each.
  • This cake makes you not care about your teeth while also understanding what they mean when they say sugar is a drug.
  • This cake always pays its bills on time.
  • This cake runs 5 miles and has a cup of coffee before 7am every morning.
  • This cake will pretend to be dead and then gouge your eyes out if you get in a battle with it.
  • This cake will advance to the next round of the world cup, so long as it doesn’t lose by x amount of goals.
  • This cake is so serious I can’t even finish this slice and it will still forgive me.

(Cake courtesy of A Baker’s Wife)

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Tuesday June 03, 2014 at 22:06

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Notes from making a piñata:
 I’ve had this silly life goal to make a piñata - I think it started when friends and I joked about wrapping limbs in paper mache and making a leg-shaped piñata and then it continued when I saw Cinco de Mayhem, an artsy thing where people make awesome piñatas and then smash the crap out of them, with sound effects.
You can’t make a piñata without a party. So we had a party.
At first I thought of getting creative and was really close to making a carrot pinata. I got smarter and settled on this one, which is basically a bunch of equilateral triangles taped together. 
I just noticed that the link is filed under “living” and it’s TRUE! You haven’t lived until you’ve made a pinata.
It took a lot of time. It took a lot of glue and cutting. It took a lot of engineering feats to figure out how to fill it up with candy while still being able to hang.
It took three swings (by yours truly) to break. Lesson: don’t just use masking tape, use duct tape or better yet, paper mache the shit out of that thing.
Other lessons: making your own piñata is much more fulfilling than buying one for $15 in the party aisle at Target. This piñata had soul! Just don’t get attached, as it will eventually crumble into pretty pieces.

Notes from making a piñata:

  •  I’ve had this silly life goal to make a piñata - I think it started when friends and I joked about wrapping limbs in paper mache and making a leg-shaped piñata and then it continued when I saw Cinco de Mayhem, an artsy thing where people make awesome piñatas and then smash the crap out of them, with sound effects.
  • You can’t make a piñata without a party. So we had a party.
  • At first I thought of getting creative and was really close to making a carrot pinata. I got smarter and settled on this one, which is basically a bunch of equilateral triangles taped together. 
  • I just noticed that the link is filed under “living” and it’s TRUE! You haven’t lived until you’ve made a pinata.
  • It took a lot of time. It took a lot of glue and cutting. It took a lot of engineering feats to figure out how to fill it up with candy while still being able to hang.
  • It took three swings (by yours truly) to break. Lesson: don’t just use masking tape, use duct tape or better yet, paper mache the shit out of that thing.
  • Other lessons: making your own piñata is much more fulfilling than buying one for $15 in the party aisle at Target. This piñata had soul! Just don’t get attached, as it will eventually crumble into pretty pieces.
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Monday May 26, 2014 at 21:52

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Recipe Dump, Summer Beans Edition

Vegan Lentil Sloppy Joes - We needed a vegetarian option to go with the pulled pork we served at a party. I ate pork at the party, but had leftovers of this today and oh man! Super delicious. Why would anyone make this with ground beef when lentils are like $2 a pound? Grade: A, would make again.

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Salad - The end of bring lunches to work is nigh, and THANK GOD because I am in such a lunch rut and also I just want fresh salads from the garden that I can take 45 minutes to construct, oh man, SUMMER IS ALMOST HERE! LANGUID LUNCHES! Okay, but back to the topic of THIS recipe which is really quiet delicious, at least the parts of it I sampled. Hopefully it will hold up in lunches but either way, I would totally make this as a side dish again. GradeA

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Sunday May 04, 2014 at 9:31

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ericaaaaa turned 6 today!
Oh my gaaa my baby is ready for kindergarten! First grade, even! And I didn’t even bake her a cake.

ericaaaaa turned 6 today!

Oh my gaaa my baby is ready for kindergarten! First grade, even! And I didn’t even bake her a cake.

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Thursday April 17, 2014 at 23:36

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Pretty Things In Nice Packages, And, A Rant

Do you like getting nicely wrapped items in the mail? Do coordinated tissue papers please you? Do sad gray sacks of the wrong shirts from the Gap fill you with dread? Here are some places I recommend:

  • Piperlime, they have lots of shoes and free shipping both ways and I have many times repurposed their cards that say something like, “OMG SHOES!” into birthday cards (just cover up that copy writing and add your own note!).
  • True, you take a quiz about your bras and your boobs and they send you bras (free shipping! both ways!) in pretty paper and you can try them on at home and return them all! It’s way less sad than going to a dressing room and getting depressed when nothing fits. Something will fit. And if not, you’re at home and wine is nearby.
  • StitchFix, you take a survey about your clothing style and click boxes about patterns (NO to animal prints, YES TO STRIPES!) and they send you a pretty box full of mostly pretty clothes and if you keep them all you get a deal but if you don’t you get to say why you’re not keeping that hideous coral jacket, I mean, really, CORAL JACKET UGH and you’ll probably keep something (striped, duh) that you would pass by at the store because it’s too expensive but now it’s in your house and it’s cute! And striped!

And then there is BirchBox. I wanted to try it since I still sometimes feel like half a lady when it comes to beauty products, so I asked for a gift subscription for my birthday. And the boxes! The boxes are so pretty, with their chevron lining and teal tissue. My second box came today and included a granola bar (WHY!) and some eyeliner and dry shampoo. Okay, cool. But it also included a card with “Bright Ideas For A Rainy Day”

Can't decide if I should be insulted or just amused by the genius idea to READ A MAGAZINE when it's raining. Thx, Birchbox!

Yeah, it basically told me, on very attractive card-stock copy, to read a magazine. The fuck? On the back, there were more tips:

#3: Hit the snooze button and go back to bed.

#9 Think cozy chic: Pull out your oldest, most worn-in sweatshirt.

So in case you are not a human and are not sure of what to do when it rains, try the following: sleep more. Wear a sweatshirt. And read. Maybe you should also wear your yoga pants! Make some soup! Cuddle on the couch with one of your favorite movies!

And this is the long story of why I will never pay any of my own money for this Birchbox bullshit. Now, someone tell me where to buy new make-up.

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Saturday April 05, 2014 at 12:51

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Recipe Dump, Spring Break Edition

Spring break apparently now means, “let’s spend too much money at Seward Co-op all week! WOOO FOOD PARTY!”

Baked Red Lentil Falafel Salad 

Woo, falafel! Baked falafel! Which is much easier than fried falafel. This recipe is pretty genius because you throw a bunch of stuff in a food processor, shape it, and bake it. Loved the falafel. Loved the salad, which really doesn’t even need a recipe. Tahini sauce was meh, but this is because I still don’t really like tahini. Will I ever be converted? Grade: A-

Ginger Coconut Milk Soup

I went to yoga on Thursday and it was chilly with impending snow so I spent the whole class thinking of soup. SOUP! Coconut water soup! Which is basically what this is: throw a couple of cans of coconut milk in a pot with some other stuff (ginger, shallots, water) then add some veggies and serve with noodles. It wasn’t awful, but it initially tasted very bland and I was sad that I had spend so much money on ingredients for something so boring. (Next time: halve the recipe. But really, next time? Probably not.) Grade: C+

Everyday Chocolate Cake

I put this cake in the oven and left, instructing my dude to take it out with the timer, which should have happened while he was home. But instead it ended up in the over probably longer than it should have been there, which is why it was dry, I’m guessing? The batter was delicious. The cake was also delicious, but would have been best with lots of whipped cream or ice cream. No matter, since I still happily ate it for breakfast. Grade: B- for baker error, will try again with proper techniques.

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Saturday March 08, 2014 at 12:26

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Some Bands and How I’ve Seen Them

I saw Cibo Matto earlier this week, and am seeing Arcade Fire tonight, which brings back memories:

  • Cibo Matto, Madison, 2001: a lady I knew from the internet whose boyfriend attended UW-Madison said I should see them with him. I was like, okay! I ended up getting a ride to the show with him and a dude who went to my high school.
  • Radiohead, Liberty State Park, 2001: Radiohead went on tour and I decided to fly out east to meet a boy I had a crush on (again, internet) and also see Radiohead play with the pre-9/11 skyline in the background. That boy had a band and his band was dumb but I was too enamored to realize it yet.
  • Crash Test Dummies, Somewhere in New Jersey, 2001: Same trip, a friend’s boyfriend was opening for the Crash Test Dummies. I was alarmed that the lead singer was short and svelte.
  • The Blow, Some basement in St. Paul, 2004: I actually don’t remember how I came across this, but it involved a google search and a local message board leading me to a random house. I was going to a Halloween party after so I had a costume on and was by myself. I ended up making friends with a couple of kids who later wrote a missed connection about me that I didn’t see but somehow saw on myspace? And they became my new show friends.
  • Arcade Fire, 400 Bar, 2004: There was this band that people were talking about on the internets and I said, should I go to this show? And everyone was like YES and I bought tickets at the door and the show was good but I couldn’t see most of it since the 400 Bar sucked. These stories never happen anymore because 1.) I’m not cool enough to be up on upcoming bands and 2.) EVERY SHOW SELLS OUT IMMEDIATELY, THANKS, THE CURRENT AND GENERAL MARKET TRENDS.
  • Jeff Magnum, State Theater, 2012: I didn’t get tickets to this because (see previous). Deb bought two tickets intending to give one to her boyfriend, but later decided I was a more fit recipient and it was one of the best friend favors ever.
  • Arcade Fire, Target Center, 2014: Now Deb and Will are getting married and the bachelorette party is the Arcade Fire show which is way better than the Shout House or other silly bachelorette options. We will probably be in seats close to where we sat when I saw bands such as Garbage, the Backstreet Boys, and New Kids on the Block at the Target Center, but I’ll be much better dressed and it will be great.
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