Friday Five!

Happy Friday! I’ve had a good, busy week, full of lots of work and lots of play. Here is a picture of me enjoying an evening on a boat:

on a boat.

on a boat.

And, as usual, here are four things from the internet plus a list of stuff that made me happy this week. Enjoy the Friday Five!


Raspberry and Pomegranate Smoothie with Green Tea Ice Cubes 

Joy the Baker is more than just a good batch of cookies (but srsly, thank goodness for when she makes vegan cookies). This gal can also make a mean (and by “mean”, I mean, “super nice”) smoothie. I am an -aholic of both green tea and smoothies, so this combination sounds like the perfect way to start a morning!

Masculinity and Veganism

There have been a lot of conversations happening around masculinity and veganism lately. NPR just did a story featuring several vegan men (including the dude from Cro-Mags and an MMA fighter) who “think masculinity should be re-framed as protecting the planet, not dominating it.” There are lots of responses being written pointing out how this frame perpetuates rigid conceptions of the gender binary and problematic tropes about masculinity more generally. Relatedly, A. Breeze Harper (Sistah Vegan)’s new project is on Veganism and Black Masculinity. Looking forward to thinking through more on all of this and the wider implications of the intersections of veganism, gender, race, and class.

Detroit Water Crisis

If you haven’t heard, “the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department has shut off the water for more than 15,000 delinquent households.” There’s some really amazing work being done to protest this egregious action, and the link above can tell you how you can help donate to get water back to a household. You could also go here.

Saving Pigs by Eating Them?

File this NPR story under things that frustrate me. This pig farmer from Kentucky is currently on a quest to preserve biodiversity by protecting a breed of pig that is near extinction. The farmer, Travis Hood, insists that the best way to save the pigs is to breed them for consumption. The breed is said to be “as friendly as golden retrievers” and also “exceptionally juicy with a rich texture.” (GAH. How can people actually juxtapose those two sentences in good conscience?!). I don’t know, I’m not a fan of the approach (obviously), but I’m also not a biodiversity specialist. I’m curious to hear other people’s thoughts.

look at that muffin!

look at that muffin!

Stuff from the Week that Made Me Happy 

being on the boat!

ladies night + homemade veggie sushi


awesome workouts (thanks LD!)

productive writing days

seeing two good friends pass the dissertation defense milestone

re-watching this in its entirety (#sorrynotsorry)

vegan restaurant dates

cute animal videos

walks in the sunshine


What made you happy this week? 


2 thoughts on “Friday Five!

  1. FoodFeud says:

    I wanna sun on a boat with a beverage!
    Just read Jamie Hagen’s piece for Vegansaurus on the meat is for Pussies/ masculine veganism story, which I thought was a great response.
    The green tea smoothie sounds awesome. Will have to try that this weekend.

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