Its Been A Long Journey . .

Zdravstvuite! (Russian Today!)

I thought I would catch y’all up on some adventures I have been having lately!

During the month of July slaadi went for a visit to his motherland, and returned with some awesome vegan goods for me, so that was pretty rad. He went to a place called Secret Society of Vegans (or Vx) located in central London, where he got me a super kawaii tee and tote bag, featuring their rockabilly-esk style designs. They also came with these hilarious ‘bingo cards’, with the numbers replaced with questions/comments every vegan will hear after telling someone they are vegan for the first time- and they are so accurate! Anyways they sell a range of clothing, footwear, food and accessories so I definitely recommend you check them out. I look forward to visiting them when I eventually travel to London! This may be a stupid question, but can I order their food online and get it shipped to Aust? O_o

Speaking of vegan foods, the other day I was feeling crazy so planned a picnic dinner for slaadi and I to have down on the river! I cooked from 2 until 5, and ended up with a roast beet, spinach & walnut salad, a lasagna tart, and a strawberry & rhubarb ‘cobbler’. Those paired with a couple of chilled ciders (which we later found were from New Zealand surprisingly not that bad),  our favourite Pomehuahua; Chuck, and no one but us, the river and the mosquitos, made for a perfect evening 🙂

On Sunday Axl (bro) and I, went to The Art Gallery of Western Australia and checked out the Patricia Piccinini Relativity exhibition they have on there until the 22.08.2010. It was amazing. I can’t recommend it enough, it has to be the best exhibition I have ever seen there! Her pieces were so realistic, it was chilling! We kept expecting the figurines to blink, shake off the stiffness and walk off! I even got in a sneaky pic with my phone before being scolded by security.

Something else I have also discovered via the blog ‘SixThousand’ is Postcrossing. Basically, you start up an account for yourself on the site, and register for a postcard. This will then give you another user’s info, name, address, likes/dislikes, etc and you have to send them a postcard! I think it’s quite a cute idea, everybody likes receiving mail, and why not mail from a mysterious pen pal from the other side of the globe? It runs on donations so if you register there is no harm throwing them a fiver! But I urge all to be a little cautious with the info they give out, as this is a stalkers jackpot!

For all those who have followed the vegan clogs saga closely this past couple of weeks . . I would just like to let you know I am now the proud owner of Clogs! As previously posted I had discovered some residing at Rubi Shoes. Rubi doesn’t exactly have the best rap for good quality shoes, but I was pleasantly surprised by these! Sure, they are no Jeffrey Campbell, but for a non-leather cheaper option, they aren’t too shabby! In the words of Phyllis from The Office (S6, E13- Secret Santa) “Its been a long journey {sniff} . . but I’m finally Santa Claus!”  . . Well . . Kind of.

Also, as you may have seen from my Twitter feed, I started my Japanese classes last month, and they are going swell! Thinking of taking a leaf out of several books (well in this case, a tab from several blogs?) and posting what I am learning, tips, tricks, etc. It would be a lot more work, for something that will be barely read, and it definitely would help if I bought a new laptop charger . . It’s a work in progress!

Megan Washington’s new album- I Believe You Liar. Do it.


zombie jesus day!

Ahhh Easter. The one day of the year that its socially acceptable for everyone to stuff themselves with chocolates. Decorated eggs are displayed in office windows, giant inflatable ones harnessed to IGA roofs, chocolates arranged artfully at every counter. Everywhere one looks children and adults alike are parading around with bunny ears, whilst the schools are still trying to objectify the Bilby as our Australian Easter Mascot.

I’m not sure where I am going with this.
I’m not sure how I even feel about easter anymore?
On one side, I want to be able to enjoy a holiday with my family, exchange chocolates (dairy/non-dairy to their respective receivers) and join in with the festivities.

The other side is conflicted.
It all starts with Lent. I don’t understand it at all. I don’t understand where it comes from. I know I shouldnt be speaking about something I don’t fully understand but from what little research i have done (thanks Wiki) i understand that it’s about abstinence from stuff. There are heaps of different forms, like fasting for the entire day, eating only vegetarian, eating only bread, not eating red meat, etc, etc, etc. I had the pleasure of spending my Easter with a catholic. This catholic is an omni who obviously loved his meat. He didn’t understand why he was doing lent, but he did it anyway, because he always has. His lent involved not eating red or white meat. ‘shit peeved me off.



Family Dinner-
The options were; Awesome vegan curry made by yours truly.
Fish curry.
Steak and sausages. (My family isn’t religious and certainly wouldn’t let some being killed get in the way of them are their meats)

I offered up my vegan curry to anyone that wanted it, especially this catholic guy, as he ‘couldn’t’ eat anything else.
Apparently they don’t take to kindly to vegans in 2010, and this ‘strange food’ with its ‘crazy’ name scared him, so he wouldn’t even try the curry, though he was salivating over the fish curry (aswell as the steak and sausages). Still, he abstained, refusing to touch anything other than a slice of bread and some salad. UNTIL 12.01AM. Where he promptly grabbed a plate full of sausage and steak, and meated his little catholic heart out.
My immediate thought? HYPOCRITE. (sorry anonymous catholic guy that was at our house, you were very nice.)
SO there is lent for you. Any explanations please do go on.

Ok now for Easter Sunday.

The entire Easter holiday is spent idolizing fluffy little yellow chickens, and cutesy little eggs, decorated in pretty colors. Then we eat the eggs, both chocolate and real, and toss the cute little chicken figurines and have a roast for dinner.
What is it about a human that compels it to destroy everything?
*sigh* I don’t even know what my point is here.

Easter also pointed out how once again vegans are portrayed in a negative light. I took with me Sweet Williams Vegan chocolates for the fam’. Now most vegans know these taste like crap, I certainly do. It’s just novel to be able to eat chocolate I guess. Anyways I thought what the hell, I will bring a bunch down and I am sure they will get vacuumed up by somebody?

My 12yo sister has it in her head that the only chocolates vegans are dark chocolate – wrong – and what child actually enjoys dark chocolate? I never did. So anyways, the kids (or ‘Babies’ as I fondly know them as) were already pretty skeptical. I tried to explain that these weren’t dark chocolate, they were like ‘milk’ chocolate – minus the milk. It didn’t go down well. I just hate how everyone is so jaded about vegan food. Sweet or savoury. I recently took my older sister to Utopia, a vegetarian/vegan restaurant in NB, that specialises in mock meats. I took her there on the pretense that it was a normal omni place, unfortunately she figured it out before she tasted the food because I had raved about it a couple of months ago (damn me and my big mouth!!!). Anyways, after she realized it was vegan her guards were up, she was looking for the safest foods possible. I got a mixed plate of mock meats and by the end of the night she was full and raving about these crazy vegan dishes. I wish everyone could have seen it, you know? It felt good to see her eating her words and admitting she was wrong, vegans 1, omnis, well I guess they are still in their millions. I am just tired of the negative connotations attached to vegans/vegan food. So many people don’t even realize that half the stuff they are eating is vegan, and then when I point it out, they back off. Seriously!

Another example, today I was talking about vegans to a co-worker, he didn’t know I was one and started saying how sickly they all look, and how humans can’t live without meat and dairy, blah, blah, blah, you know- the same points everyone raises. Well boyfriend, how about you do a little research and don’t stereotype. I am fighting fit!


So anyways that’s my little outburst for today, I would like to conclude by saying PeTA, fuck you. Half your ‘spokespeople’ aren’t even vegetarian, and that really annoys me. I hate that people file me in the same folder as you, and automatically think that i think you are rad. You aren’t rad at all.