Look at what the husband made! A couple months ago he decided he wanted to make a little something for the future bebe’s room and we found a seashell mobile and rather than buy one, he grabbed a piece of driftwood from our recent trip to Bandon and used a ceramic drill bit to make holes in a bunch of seashells we had in a bowl on our coffee table, collected over many, many years from my trips all over the world, from here in Oregon to Mexico to Australia to England, then connect the together. They make a lovely sound when they gently clink against each other and this whole project cost next to nothing (cost of the drill bit, maybe $8?). Sweet huh!

Life is good. Autumn is less than a week away til it’s official start. Here’s hoping for good things for all of us as we start this new season…

  • My husband and I are madly in love with bee balm – it’s lovely, it grows like crazy, and the hummingbirds love it. Did you know it’s actually a member of the mint family? Check out this article on it which also talks about the culinary and medical uses of it…
  • For us longtime Portlanders, before the age of Starbucks and of hipster coffee shops, there was Coffee People. Their Black Tiger Mocha was to die for. Back in the 90’s, the owners sold out of financial necessity, and, while the name and drinks stayed on under another owner for 10 years more or so, it was never the same vibe. Well, last year the final location close and, hooray! The Coffee People name now is back where it belongs.
  • Evaluating the influence, value, and creativity of people’s work—particularly if they are women of color—is trickier than ever.” Check out this great article on the intersection of racism and sexism: I Assumed It Was Racism – It Was Patriarchy.
  • Mmm, sausage. Ever made it yourself? Well if you read my last post, you’ll know this is something my husband is super crushin’ on – using humanely and sustainably raised meat to make delicious eats. First up on the agenda? Homemade sausage.
  • The best ways to judge a candidate’s character are to look at what he or she has actually done, and what policies he or she is proposing. Mr. Trump’s record of bilking students, stiffing contractors and more is a good indicator of how he’d act as president; Mrs. Clinton’s speaking style and body language aren’t. George W. Bush’s policy lies gave me a much better handle on who he was than all the up-close-and-personal reporting of 2000, and the contrast between Mr. Trump’s policy incoherence and Mrs. Clinton’s carefulness speaks volumes today. In other words, focus on the facts. America and the world can’t afford another election tipped by innuendo.” In Hillary Clinton Gets Gored, Paul Krugman of the New York Times shows the scary similarities of of 2000 vs 2016, where in both cases two vastly more intelligent, qualified candidates were simultaneously perceived as less “exciting” or “charismatic” than their opponent, and then this combined with  skewered in the media (and now, social media) based on gossip and outright lies. I’m terrified at how many people in my country are willingly planning to vote for a racist, sexist, elitist asshole simply because they think Hillary is “a bitch” because they’ve believed the lies spread that have been consistently proven to be untrue. People don’t care about the facts – they want a reality show star, they want to believe the bullshit that spews from his mouth even though his political party is known for screwing over the poor. I’m embarrassed that my country is at risk of having this creep in the top job because people refuse to listen to the truth and refuse to see a smart, qualified woman in the White House as a good thing for our country. Anyone else want to punch a wall when they heard the jackass RNC chairman have the balls to say that she didn’t “smile enough” during the recent town hall with Trump? What the living FUCK. She’s a bitch? Who fucking CARES? As stated in The Bitch America Needs, “the things bitches are often guilty of can be both unexceptional and necessary: flexing influence, standing up for their beliefs, not acting according to feminine norms and expectations…They reject the expectations, assumptions and double standards that have always dogged women in the American political system. As one of the memes Mrs. Clinton inspires might put it, we need a bitch who can do both.”


7 thoughts on “Eco-licious

      1. That mobile is gorgeous! I also had the exact same Snugglepot and Cuddlepie art on my walls when I was little. 🙂 Glad it’s not B for Banksia Men! They were scary!

        The whole Trump thing is terrifying. As an Australian looking at the whole situation from a comfortable distance, we don’t really hear much vitriolic bile about Hilary being a bitch. I think she’s fantastic and really can’t wrap my head around how half a country actually thinks that a total MORON like Trump is actually a decent choice to lead a world superpower into the future. Are some questionable emails really that bad when the other option is an irrational, racist, sexist narcissist? When Trump initially was running to be the Republican candidate it was kind of funny. He’s a joke that’s gone way way way too far.

        Mind you, we have a rise of our own uber-conservative, fact-denying, divisive politicians over here too. Scary time for the world.

        It just makes me so sad and frustrated that female politicians are held to such a different standard. Nobody would even think of critisising a man for not smiling, or not wearing the right suit, or having a particular haircut etc etc. The things that make Hilary a “bitch”, I think would make her an exceptional leader.

        On a happier note, YEAH HOME MADE SAUSAGE!!

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