December 12, 2017

It’s now January 2017 and the wheels are coming off of America…

It’s January 2017, and I haven’t written here since 2012.

In 2012, Barack Obama was about to get reelected for a second term, there were things like health care for more people than ever (per the Affordable Care Act, etc.), abortion rates were going down, crime rates, unemployment, were going down, we were recovering from the previous years’ recession. Several years later, the Supreme legalized gay marriage.

Things continued largely that way for the next 4 years, (although the Republicans blocked much of Obama’s progress, and refused to fill a Supreme Court vacancy) until a nutcase started running for president in the 2016 election, and deeply hidden attitudes of racism, homophobia, Islamophobia and much more started bubbling up, and just under 3 months ago, America went off the rails.

On November 8, 2016, the popular vote was won by a Democratic legacy, Hillary Clinton, but in three critical states, that dude that hosted The Apprentice and and kept going bankrupt and had terrible hair and liked to sexually harass people and yell “You’re Fired!” WON enough Electoral votes to be president.  I kid you not.

Donald Trump is now President of the US.  I can’t even.  It would appear that Russia meddled in the election, and that Trump is somehow connected to them.  (I know, where did Russia come from in this?  I got nothing.)

The Affordable Care Act is on it’s way to being repealed, abortion rights are quickly being reduced, birth control options are fading fast, there are plans to build a giant wall to keep Mexicans from crossing our southern border (if you were just now hearing that, isn’t that a hilarious idea?).  Countries like Syria have been insanely unstable over the past few years, with refugees escaping in droves, and now our government is poised to stop letting any in (and this goes further than these particular refugees, as Muslims here in America, and others with non-American backgrounds are terrified).

States also appear to be losing their collective minds.
Louisiana passed a law that resisting arrest can now be a felony hate crime against the arresting police officer.  (And the past few years have brought a dramatic increase in police brutality and further brought to light severe issues of racism in police and criminal systems so this is absolutely terrifying and terrible.)

Oklahoma had a court rule that oral sex is not rape if the victim is unconscious from alcohol.
NO.  Just no.
(https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/apr/27/oral-sex-rape-ruling-tulsa-oklahoma-alcohol-consent)

Against all of this literal insanity, women are rising up, many Christians are rising up calling that this is NOT the way of Jesus, teachers are rising up to protect their students and their educational system, the National Park System is defying orders to not talk by literally leading the resistance.

Millions of women around the world marched on Saturday, the day after the inauguration, to make their voices heard on issues mattering to them (and this raised further awareness of the lack of intersectionality in feminist movements, key things to work on.)

I am so fortunate to have friends from so many different places and times of my life who are working together to fight on these issues and so many more.  I’ve been asked several times to blog, so I’m dusting off the old blog.

In addition to social/political/faith issues, I’ll also be attempting to write on parenting issues like breastfeeding, carseat safety, and peaceful parenting, because man, we’ve got to fight like crazy to raise kids who are going to tear down this damn wall that’s been proposed.

Breastfeeding quotes, inspiring and challenging

Spent a few minutes reading through these quotes tonight.  These in particular hit home:

[quote]If a multinational company developed a product that was a nutritionally balanced and delicious food, a wonder drug that both prevented and treated disease, cost almost nothing to produce and could be delivered in quantities controlled by the consumers’ needs, the very announcement of their find would send their shares rocketing to the top of the stock market.  The scientists who developed the product would win prizes and the wealth and influence of everyone involved would increase dramatically.  Women have been producing such a miraculous substance, breastmilk, since the beginning of human existence.
~Gabrielle Palmer [/quote]

 

[quote]  When an actress takes off her clothes onscreen but a nursing mother is told to leave, what message do we send about the roles of women?  In some ways we’re as committed to the old madonna-whore dichotomy as ever.  And the madonna stays home, feeding the baby behind the blinds, a vestige of those days when for a lady to venture out was a flagrant act of public exposure.
~Anna Quindlen [/quote]

 

Brownie FAIL.

So I tried to make brownies tonight.

And I suppose “try” isn’t the right word. I made them all right. They just STUNK!

A few critical details…

  • I’m allergic to chocolate.  Therefore, these were made out of carob.
  • (Related to the first point, this does mean that I haven’t had a real brownie in, oh, 16 years.  And it’s been a good 5 since I’ve had a carob brownie, which were store-bought.)
  • I thought I’d try the whole black bean brownie craze I’d heard so much about.  I love black beans, so what could go wrong?
  • I’m trying not use eggs, in an attempt to solve my poor little guy’s eczema.  So these were vegan, using banana in place of eggs.

I kid you not, for quite a while it seemed like none of those factors were going to be an issue!  No, it seemed like the death knell for these brownies was that the recipe inexplicably called for cinnamon.  And not just a little bit, but a whole tablespoon!  Don’t know why that didn’t strike me as much too much.

But, alas, when they came out of the oven, after baking them for a good 10-15 minutes longer than the recipe said, they weren’t brownie-like at all, just completely gooey. Gee, with mashed bananas and beans, should I really have expected NOT gooey?!  Oh yeah, and they tasted strongly of cinnamon!

No yummy carob dessert for me tonight. (Well, except for the several handfuls of carbob chips I ate after the brownie debacle!)

Do you have a STELLAR homemade brownie recipe?  Preferably more fudge-y than cakey? Lay it on me!  🙂

 

Welcome!

Hi there!

My name is Carey, which you might have already gathered, ha! While I’m not new to blogging, and have had some great experiences doing so through the years, it’s been quite some time since I’ve done so on a regular basis.

I am married to a great guy, and we have a son, who I’ll likely refer to as Z, who just turned one on March 2, 2012. He was born two months early, but is doing wonderfully! I had a slew of health issues after he was born, but have recovered well. I may share bits and pieces of our journey.

I’ve been pretty passionate about the environment for a while, and as I learned more, it led into me being more concerned about the types of food we eat and the chemicals we put into our bodies, which has led me to cook more, and cook more from scratch. Along the way, some great bloggers passionate about the same things turned me onto serious issues with the Nestle empire and how they market infant formula. This turned into a passion for fighting Nestle, and for being an advocate for breastfeeding. That last passion has only gotten stronger as I got pregnant and had my son. Rounding out my interests are my faith, that anchors my life, my educational and career background (higher education, program evaluation, and marketing/communications), and my hobby, photography!

And that, dear reader, is the very short version of how I meandered and journeyed upon such a seemingly diverse range of interests and passions. 🙂
I’m excited to make time to write again, to share ideas and resources, especially those that I had such a hard time finding in the first place, and to be a space for dialogue with friends, both new and old.

-Carey 🙂