Happy Friday! And happy Pride for anyone who lives in a city that is celebrating queers this week! I am back in Minneapolis for a long weekend to celebrate with some of my favorite gays in the country. I’m looking forward to a weekend of dancing, laughing, and femme-ing it up with old friends. <3
In honor of Pride, here is a unicorn on roller-skates.
And now, four things from the internet plus a list of stuff that made me happy this week.
Speaking of being in the TCs, consider supporting Veg Fest, an amazing event that is organized in an effort to promote a compassionate vegan lifestyle. The organizers of the event, Compassionate Action for Animals, is a wonderful group doing great work to end the suffering experienced by animals every day. When I lived in Minneapolis, I did cooking classes for them, and always had a ton of fun at Veg Fest. Help out their fundraising campaign, and, if you’re in the area, attend the event in September!
There was a period in my life–even after I was vegan–when I ate processed and chemical-laden food without batting an eye. One of my favorite chemical elixirs was Vitamin Water, which I would suck up after long runs in an effort to replace electrolytes. I even bought the “low-cal” version (re: “more chemicals”). Fortunately, I gave that up and am happy with plain old water. Once in a while though—often after particularly sweaty workouts–I feel like I need a bit more replenishment. I was delighted to find this DIY recipe for an electrolyte drink made with watermelon! What a delicious and refreshing summer drink. (Also,this blogger is a friend of a friend and a MN person, so maybe peek around the rest of her site because it seems like she is good people. :) )
This article is a good intersectionality 101 for anyone who hears gay and thinks of “a sea of sex shops, rainbows, and skinny dancing white men.” Gay (and queer, more explicitly) isn’t inherently about corporations sponsoring floats to uphold capitalism and white supremacy, but Pride parades are often complicit in that exact project. I feel lucky to be in Minneapolis where there are lots of alternative-to-Pride queer marches and events, and to be doing it with a group of people who think critically about the ways in which race, class, gender presentation, ableism, and citizenship impact our sexuality (and how we express it and occupy space).
Summer is a great time for dips. They are so easy to bring to outdoor parties, are great with fresh summer veggies, and you don’t have to turn on the oven to make them. I love the sound of Sara’s black eyed pea dip!
Stuff From My Week That Made Me Happy
Connecting with Minneapolis friends
All the dogs and cats I’ve been able to spend time with the past week
Having a workday at my favorite Mpls coffee shop
Progress on academic projects
Al fresco dining
When my friends get good news and are successful in their endeavors
What made you happy this week? Are you doing anything Pride-related?