There have been many times in my life where I have written blogs with the express purpose of making people feel. Creating awareness about a situation here at home or elsewhere has often been a function of not only this blog, but my blog posting for the Love Wins page when I was writing for them as well. Over the past 10 years, most of my social media has been geared towards heavier and more serious content, but that’s not what I’m doing right now. There is SO MUCH serious, often times disturbing and upsetting content available right now. The news is terrifying. The inequity in our country is showing, not just to those of us who work in areas of inequity, but to every single person. I’ve spent the last three years writing about people in crisis- now the entire world is in crisis. I decided that what folks occasionally need now is something different. People need to be able to casually run across some purposefully lighter content.
This is my goal, to provide something lighter- a recipe, a funny observation, some nice pictures- something good. I can’t say that I won’t write a piece on racism in America; I probably will, and I can’t say I won’t write about mental illness, eating disorders, or homelessness, but I’m going to try to balance out some of the newsfeed horror with beautiful, simple things too, like these flowers that my Mom sent me out of the blue.
I’ve noticed that a lot of people have been interested in “how to grow food out of food”. These are things like putting the bottom of celery in water, for example. If you haven’t tried it yet, if you find a tomato you like, cut it into slices and plant it right now- it works! It’s the perfect time of year to try this. Get one of those multi-colored cherry tomato mixes and try one of each. I did this last year for the Love Wins Community Garden, and it works. I also took a habañero from my CSA a few months ago and planted the seeds inside. Peppers take a LONG time to germinate, compared to squash and tomatoes, but check this little guy out:
There are 4 plants total, but this is the only one ready to be potted out. Since nobody needs more than 1 habañero plant, the other 3 will be up for grabs in a couple of weeks. Peppers take a long time to get started and fruiting, often not really giving their best push until fall, so don’t feel like it is too late to plant them.
In other news of the bored, I know that we are not supposed to do anything with our hair in lockdown- I know, I know, I know. I did it anyway. I found a 12 year old bottle of “Special Effects” hair dye in “Cherry Bomb”, and died my whole head. I took my time, and the dye worked beautifully. It was a little chunky, but not bad (don’t worry, I did a small section first yesterday just to make sure). Honestly? I love it. I never thought that having a white skunk stripe in the front of my head would be such an advantage- the “highlight” effect is stunning. I didn’t even have to bleach my head, all that white hair did the trick lol. I like it enough that I’ve purchased a second bottle online (obviously newer than 12 years old) to do it again once it fades.
I know no one is going to see it except me and the man, but it brought me joy and it makes me smile when I look in the mirror. Since I’m considering upping my game at the 2 week “quit smoking” mark by doing some fast walking (not running, my knee does not do running), maybe at least the cars passing by will see me coming.
In fashion predictions, I predict that this year is officially the year of small post earrings, because have you tried to take a mask on and off with dangly earrings? It ain’t happening folks. I actually had to think about this the other day as I donned my nifty dinosaur blouse to deliver cupcakes to Love Wins. I chose Brontosaurus post earrings because, well, mask (and only I would have a selection of dinosaur earrings to choose from).
I’m actually not looking forward to the trend of coordinating masks with outfits. I have 3 masks. They are identical. I really don’t want another accessory that I’m going to mass hoard. I already own 10 pairs of sunglasses, can I just be practical for the masks? Probably not. Knowing me it’s only a matter of time before I start designing and sewing the motherfuckers to match outfits. Before you say, “How can you think of something like that at a time like this?????????!!!!!!! OMG!!!!!!!”, allow me to inform you that not only have thousands of other people thought of it, every major fashion label has stepped up to the plate with their mask game. I’m thinking like a Capitalist, because that’s what we live in. It’s happening, just like American flag clothing came back into fashion after 9/11, which I also predicted, to which my boyfriend at the time looked at me, as if I had said “I just gave Satan a rim job”, and exclaimed, “OmG! HoW cAn YoU tHiNk Of ThAt At A tImE lIkE tHiS????!!!!” Simple. There’s a stripper somewhere who needs a red, white, and blue thong, and guess who she’s gonna ask to sew it for her (which was my side hustle at the time).
On that note, remember, all money is evil, it’s all covered in germs. It’s probably covered in cocaine, and every dollar bill has definitely been in a stripper’s ass crack.
See you tomorrow, same time, same channel.