Happy Friday everyone! This has been quite a week: major political decisions, erratic weather, and the anniversary of MJ’s death (::tear::). On top of that, it’s been a week of the super moon, Mercury in retrograde, and of course, lots of raucous queer energy. Yes, it’s Pride Week in a lot of cities across the country, and I am super excited to be celebrating queer community with my Minneapolis queer family! Tonight is a Pride Block Party, then a dance party featuring Raja from RuPaul’s drag race, DDD, burlesque dancers, and my fave Twin Cities DJ. Tomorrow is the TransQueerDyke March, and a BBQ with my pals. (Side note. I know I don’t talk a lot about my queer identity on this blog, but if you want to know how/why I use that label, you can read more here!).
I hope you’re enjoying this Week of Big Things, and that you have a really awesome Weekend of Big Things. Here are some things from the internet, and some stuff that made me happy this week. <3
Racism, with a Side of Butter
You’ve probably seen the stuff in the news about Paula Deen getting fired from the Food Network for being racist. I think this was a good move on FN’s part, but really appreciated this nuanced response from Crunk Feminist Collective. Short version: “This has the potential to be a productive moment to have a conversation about race, class, gender, sexuality, and accessibility at work, to discuss fair labor practices, and to support organizations that are in the trenches advocating for workers’ rights. Also, rather than being reactionary about being called racist…folks could try not being racist. A pipe dream, I know. Bottom line, I’m suggesting we keep our eyes on the prize and not forget the systemic issues that make Deen’s alleged behaviors not only possible, but also endemic.”
Rainbow Fruit Sticks (haay!)
I love this healthy idea for a Pride-themed snack. Just get some fruit and arrange on the sticks to make lovely rainbow of health and queer-liciousness.
Attention Newbie Vegans/Veg-Curious Readers
Are you an omnivore follower of TRGK? Have you wondered what it might be like to go completely vegan, but felt overwhelmed by how to go about cooking for yourself? The wonderful Angela from The Speckled Bean has got you covered. She created a hugely comprehensive blog post answering common FAQs from new vegans. Check it out!
Orange Cream Tartlets with Mixed Berries
Oh, Oh, Ladycakes, how you’ve done it again! These orange cream tartlets look absolutely dreamy, and perfect for an indulgent, fluffy summer treat.
Stuff That Made Me Happy This Week
Seeing a rad show at a venue I had never been to before.
Riding my bike e’rywhere.
Testing out with my yoga studio manager to teach the more advanced yoga classes!
Out of town friend visits!
Feeling so much love and pride for the successes of colleagues/friends.
(more.al fresco.happy hours. #cantstopwontstop).
Pulling off a successful surprise birthday party for Mike!
This site. (#feelings!).
First s’mores of the summer with friends.
…and a lot more. <3
Is it Pride Weekend in your town? Any thoughts on the Paula Deen controversy? Don’t those tartlets sound dreamy?! What made you happy this week?