At the start of our solo 10-hour travel day . . .
Nearing the end, 9 bleary-eyed hours later!
Oi there, hello hello! We made it through our first week back, which is aways both a challenge and a pleasure. I love returning to normal life, of re-establishing routine, and, to be honest, just puttering puttering puttering about my domestic duties. But it’s also difficult! With a toddler, “routine” is a relative term, an ever-evolving abstraction. So let’s just say . . . Thank God It’s Friday!
Late last spring I shared that I’d taken on a new project: curating a collection of recipes for an upcoming raw foods “cook book”, tentatively titled Rawesome! The announcement was met with a lot of support and enthusiasm, but then . . . I sort of never wrote about it again!
That’s not to say I haven’t been working my little tuckus off. I’ve been an un-cooking machine! My role in producing this book ended up being that of a consultant and contributor, which was quite demanding (and suited me just fine). Now, many many months later, Rawesomely Vegan! is almost ready for release. It’s an epic volume that boasts over 300 recipes – and over 100 of them came directly from me!
Rawesomely Vegan! hits the shelves on January 18th. I CAN HARDLY WAIT!
Another little announcement, this one from the vegan community. As many of you know, I’m a serious podcasting junkie. And my current favorite show is the brilliant, the inspiring, the perfect blend of intellectualism and humor that is Our Hen House. This Saturday (tomorrow) marks their 100th episode, and will feature two incredible figures in the vegan/animal rights movement: Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Peter Singer. It’s going to be an awesome show (just like all their shows) and I hope you’ll give it a listen! Our Hen House episodes are available on their website, but are also free for download on iTunes. Enjoy!
And now, the best way to kick off an incredible weekend, Le Love List:
1. Cooking Classes . . . RAW Cooking Classes . . . RAW DESSERT Cooking Classes.
Yessss! This evening I’ll be joining a good friend for a super-fun class taught by none other than Natalia KW (from the raw cupcake book of course!). Need I say more? Yeah, it’s gonna be pretty amazing. I’ll take lots of chocolate-y pictures!
2. Free To Be You And Me.
I can’t stop listening to this! Was anyone else here raised by hippies, growing up listening to this record (yes, I had it on VINYL when I was FIVE, ha!) It’s a children’s album from the seventies, and it’s a whole collection of fantastic propaganda designed to teach children about equality (mostly gender issues). It is SO WONDERFUL, in a delightfully outdated and tacky way, but the messages are still spot on and the music is just plain fun. Waits loves it and I love knowing that he’s getting a bit of an education while we rock out.
The whole album is available on Spotify, and it’s also floating around (in pieces) on YouTube. The above is one of my favorite, and also this poem:
You know, there are times when we happen to be
Just sitting there, quietly watching TV,
When the program we’re watching will stop for a while
And suddenly someone appears with a smile,
And starts to show us how terribly urgent
It is to buy some brand of detergent,
Or soap or cleanser or cleaner or powder or paste or wax or bleach,
To help with the housework.
Now, most of the time it’s a lady we see,
Who’s doing the housework on TV.
She’s cheerfully scouring a skillet or two,
Or she’s polishing pots till they gleam like new,
Or she’s scrubbing the tub or she’s mopping the floors,
Or she’s wiping the stains from the walls and the doors,
Or she’s washing the windows, the dishes, the clothes,
Or waxing the furniture till it just glows,
Or cleaning the fridge or the stove or the sink,
With a light-hearted smile, and a friendly wink,
And she’s doing her best to make us think
That her soap, or detergent or cleanser or cleaner or powder or paste or wax or bleach,
Is the best kind of soap, or detergent or cleanser or cleaner or powder or paste or wax or bleach,
That there is in the whole wide world.
And, maybe it is, and maybe it isn’t,
And maybe it does what they say it will do,
But I’ll tell you one thing I know is true.
The lady we see when we’re watching TV,
The lady who smiles as she scours or scrubs or rubs or washes or wipes or mops or dusts or cleans,
Or whatever she does on our TV screens,
That lady is smiling because she’s an actress,
And she’s earning money for learning those speeches
That mention those wonderful soaps and detergents and cleansers and cleaners and powders and pastes and waxes and bleaches.
So, the very next time you happen to be
Just sitting there quietly watching TV,
And you see some nice lady who smiles
As she scours or scrubs or rubs or washes or wipes or mops or dusts or cleans,
Remember, nobody smiles doing housework but those ladies you see on TV.
Your mommy hates housework,
Your daddy hates housework,
I hate housework too.
And when you grow up, so will you.
Because even if the soap or cleanser or cleaner or powder or paste or wax or bleach
That you use is the very best one,
Housework is just no fun.
Children, when you have a house of your own,
Make sure, when there’s house work to do,
That you don’t have to do it alone.
Little boys, little girls, when you’re big husbands and wives,
If you want all the days of your lives
To seem sunny as summer weather,
Make sure, when there’s housework to do,
That you do it together!
Oh, and this one is just spectacular:
3. Working On Waits’s Bedroom.
Slowly but surely, little bit by bit, we’re piecing together a bedroom for the bubs. He hasn’t really needed one yet, since he co-sleeps and and all. He’s already got a lot of toys in the guest room and we play in there all the time. But now we’re making it official! He’ll have his very own space, which is important, and it’s so fun to plan! I want to make it just the awesomest, most funnest, most wonderful little boy bedroom ever! Hey, a mama can dream, right?
Alright guys, now it’s your turn – tell me what you’re loving this week!
My darlings, this happy little post will stay at the top of the page all weekend, so stop by any time to leave your Love List, ask a question, or offer some feedback! Or if you’re new, please introduce yourself and say ‘Oi!’! This is your community, so get involved!
Happy happy weekend, please take good care, and do something extra special for yourself!