Friday Five!

Happy Friday! I hope you had a nice week. My week has been up and down, and also busy. I did get to enjoy an afternoon in the Boston Commons, and it made me very happy to be a New England resident in the fall:


And now the Friday Five!


From GMOs to Soda Tax, What the Election Results Mean for Your Fridge

Well, a lot of people are pretty unhappy with Tuesdays election results. I am grateful for the small, meaningful victories (like the states that raised minimum wage, ensured paid sick time, and challenged prison expansion), and not terribly surprised by the “losses” (which is really just the status quo in our capitalist system). Anyway, regardless of your politics, I figured the RGK community would be curious to know the outcomes of the bills that related to our food system. Mother Jones provides this thorough review.

Yacon Cacao Chia Cookies with Chai Tea Frosting 

As I mentioned in my last post, I’m currently on the Rest & Restore plan, which, for me, means no sweets like this for a couple weeks. BUT, when I’m done resting and resorting, I look forward to giving these Essential Living Foods low-glycemic, raw, vegan cookies a try!


7 Ways to Deal with Uncertainty

So, I am, for the third year in a row, in a position of complete uncertainty. Jobs, relationships, where I’ll be living…it’s all up in the air. Existing in liminal space and coping with instability is not easy…and it leads me to google things like, “how to deal with uncertainty.” One of the articles that popped up was this gem from Tiny Buddah. I actually found some comfort in it and plan to practice these things more mindfully.


Okay, I was going to just link to this in the SftWtMMH, but this mashup is just TOO GOOD. Seriously. HAPPY FRIDAY.

Stuff from the Week that Made Me Happy

a low-key halloween night with friends; exploring new coffee shops in different parts of the city; Logan’s visit, especially our afternoon in the Commons; voting (i suppose…); it’s social movements week in both my Mass Comm class and my Public Comm class, so I’ve been spending the whole week getting to talk about MLK, Malcolm X, ACT UP, the changing face of activism/digital activism, etc. It’s kind of my jam, and I get pretty stoked to introduce this stuff to my students who seem largely to not know much about it; new string lights above my bed; kitten; delicious homemade soup; yoga.


What made you happy this week? Have a great weekend! xox

12 thoughts on “Friday Five!

  1. lysette says:

    Whoa! Those are the loosest hip flexors I’ve ever seen – post modern Cancan.
    I’ll put that on my list of things that not only made me happy but want to work out too :)
    I hope you flow through this uncertain time with serendipity and find yourself where you want to be.

  2. Jess says:

    What a gorgeous photo of the Commons. I used to walk through there every day on my way to class back in the day. Also, thank you for sharing those 7 Ways to deal. I needed to see that.
    Have a beautiful weekend : )

  3. FoodFeud says:

    Aw, I missed the dance video before it was taken down!
    Always glad to hear people talking about ACT UP!! Have you seen How to Survive a Plague? Oh my god, that movie had me in tears. It’s so empowering and incredible.
    Hooray for low-key Halloweens. They can get tooootally crazy for too many people.

    • raechel says:

      Ugh, I’m so mad they took that video down, it was such a delight!

      I have no seen How to Survive a Plague yet, but I did watch United In Anger, a documentary that came out around the same time, that some people argue is even more reflective of the time. It was such an amazing and important organization.

  4. justmeactually says:

    OK so, you posted the snail video my best friend sent me and now the shake it off video she also sent me a couple days ago that had tears running down my face I was laughing so hard! Are you sure you don’t live in Portland and also go by the name of Jill?

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