Archive for August, 2008

29
Aug
08

Mixed Bag

I have been very busy these past couple of weeks. I’ve finally decided on school (when I send the application, I’ll expand on that a bit more), I’ve been working extra hours (yay more money to live on and save!), and all in all, I’ve been having some major happy body days. It’s all been coming up lovely at FashionableNerd central, y’all. How have y’all been? Feels like I haven’t spoken to y’all in a month of Sundays!

Now, tomorrow, I go to finally buy my bridesmaid’s gown. I’ll be going to David’s Bridal, and hopefully I won’t have any problems, be it from the salespeople or my diet-mind. Something about trying on formal gowns just sends it into overdrive. But my mom will be there with me, so I’m sure I’ll be ok. Deep breaths.

Last night I witnessed history. I thought I’d have more to say about it than that, but I’m still kinda speechless and spellbound by the speech and the man who delivered it. I am so excited to be old enough to appreciate a Black man running for President, and excited that he is really and truly a viable candidate. And while I won’t be voting for her running mate, I’m excited that Sarah Palin, a woman (!) is running for VP on the Republican side. I’m being positive today, so the fact that I think that McCain is pandering? That’s gonna have to wait till next week, during the Republican National Convention.

Besides a wonderful bit of feminisim coming in that McCain post (and y’all know IntellectualFeminist will have PLENTY to say on that), I’ve got some other things in the works for y’all. Since things around here are settling into a more manageable rhythm, I’ll be able to post much, much more, especially about the election, racism, and of course, my raison d’etre, fat.

So, to end this rambly, disjointed update post: sales! In the States, it’s Labor Day Weekend, and that means sales for everybody. Lane Bryant has an awesome sale going on, as does Macy’s. Looking for an awesome makeup sale? Hard Candy has everything for 50% off. Need some sweet-smelling soaps and lotions? Head over to Bath and Body Works for their Labor Day sale.

Ok, that’s it from this end. If shopping goes well, y’all will probably see me Tuesday, if not, I’ll be back tomorrow. Have a great weekend!

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16
Aug
08

More Reasons to Hate Shopping

Yesterday, in an attempt to beef up my professional wardrobe, I went shopping. I normally take the extreme casual approach to business wear but working in a metro marker, I don’t know how much  longer I am going to be able to away with that.  I decided to quit cold turkey and find my own way of playing the corporate game.

As a so-called “in betweenie” I thought I would press the easy button and head to the mainstream store hoping that with enough patience and luck i would be able to find something in my size, not too tight, not a curtain, and not some god awful loud pattern. (Not that I have anything against loud patterns, but I’m more of a basic palette person)

Now, I already hate shopping but this was a really unpleasant experience. Finding my size was a scavenger hunt. I know this means nothing to the FA big picture and should be expected but it is still frustrating. Really, really frustrating. I saw so many 4s, 6s, 8s, and 10s I was almost tempted to take it as a sign and play the fucking lottery. Maybe it was some sort of retail prank show. But there was no Ashton Kutcher waiting at the register when I went to pay for my 2 shirts that took me forever to find so I guess not.

Of course, this was nothing new. What I didn’t exect however were the dirty looks I got from the ultra trendy staff. My non working alter ego is a raging hippie, so apparently my jeans and john lennon t shirt was not the uniform. They were looking at me like I didn’t belong there. No one offered to help me. I had to practically help myself into the dressing room.

After being looked up and down by the fitting room attendant, dressing and undressing were very awkward. That is something I normally do liberally and with pleasure. What a terrible feeling.

So, a day later, I am so angry that I let these douche bags really get to me. I don’t really like shopping (mostly because I am indifferent to fashion) but I have learned that finding my own unique way of adhering to the appropriate dress rules for every occasion can be creative and fun. But I just couldn’t manage to set my mind to it after encountering the same treatment in three different stores.

And then to make matters worse, I vented my frustrations on the phone to my mother who “shared” my opinion and voiced her own. She wishes that mainstream stores had more options for “today’s woman” as she says. I love my mother and I know she means well but what does “today’s woman” really mean. As far as I know, yesterday and the day before that the average woman was my freakin’ size. It makes more since to call it since the beginning of time woman! That would at least be somewhat accurate.

I don’t know what’s worse…the fact that only smaller women are permitted by society to shop in public or the fact that treating a person with dignity isn’t a universal rule. I suppose they are one in the same. It’s just so annoying.

11
Aug
08

In Memoriam

I’d originally planned another post for today, but I’m still bummed that a King of Comedy and Black Moses have both passed. So, in honor of Issac Hayes and Bernie Mac, enjoy.

 

 

A warning for the Bernie Mac clip: he had (*sigh*) some very crass humor and a filthy mouth. So, NSFW.

I’ll have something of some real substance (and is actually relevant to the site) later on this week.

01
Aug
08

People For the Ethical Treatment of People

In the wake of the election I have been thinking a lot about the media. The more I think about it and observe things the more I realize how much influence the media has on our cultural ideology. This is a scary concept. Mostly because the media, in my opinion, is so far removed from real life and this imaginary ideal is what people are judging themselves by.

But I think what scares me most is the response, or lack thereof, on the part of our culture. I wonder if I was just naive before or if I missed something. But at what point did racial slurs, misogynist language, and fat hatred stop setting off the radars of journalistic integrity?

It seems that every journalistic piece concerning weight loss or the so called”obesity epidemic” includes some horrific headline. Take this one, for instance. Regardless of what terribly biased and unresearched material may exist in the article, look at the title. Who’s your fatty? When did name calling take the place of truly witty headlines. And what does this say about the publication. When did mean spirited journalism become okay?

But again, what frustrates me more than anything is that true criticism of the media rarely goes beyond water cooler talk and a few radical (and awesome and necessary) blogs. At what point did people just begin to ignore these terrible stereotypes and allow slurs to become a part of everyday news reporting?

So, in my revolutionary thinking, I have committed myself to always look for a larger forum in which I can voice my criticism and my refusal to allow the media to determine how I judge myself and others. But the one thing I wish I was better at is getting other people to do this with me. Its important to put the financial pressure on these television networks and newspapers and radio programs to get some of their integrity back and stop perpetuating slander and prejudice against already marginalized groups.

That was such a soap box. I suppose I have even my own special form of idealism. Maybe its my pessimism that prevents me from being more effective.

01
Aug
08

Delicious Friday: Foods We Crave

Alrighty. Earlier this week, I told y’all about my odd, cycle-driven cravings, and asked y’all what foods you love or would like a recipe for.

I can’t tell y’all how tickled I was when y’all told me you wanted a recipe for biscuits and gravy, veggie style.

So, when I was looking for my sausage gravy recipe, I ran across a vegetarian version. It actually looks pretty tasty:

mmm. gravy!

mmm. gravy!

Photo credit goes to Karry Hosford. Click the pic for the recipe. Now, there’s one problem with this recipe: it has milk and butter and all kinds of animal products used in it, which will make IntellectualFeminist unhappy as she’s vegan. So, I put my search skills to work, and found that there is a Vegetarian Journal. (Was anyone else aware of this? I must be getting way too behind in my foodie reading pursuits.) Click this sentence to see a vegan take on biscuits and gravy.  Oh, and here is the recipe I used for my biscuits, and here is the recipe I used for my sausage gravy (I substituted turkey sausage for the pork; it was yummy!)

Now, this next recipe will make BuddingStarlet very happy. She’s always asking me about my pizza dough, because she never can remember what I put into it. This recipe comes from my favorite vegetarian cookbook: The Best Ever Vegetarian Cookbook. It’s actually a recipe for a specific pizza, Ricotta and Fontina Pizza, but the dough is so delicious I use it for just about anything concerning yeasty bready goodness. I’ll type up just the dough making part; if y’all want the rest of the recipe, let me know and I’ll put it in comments.

Ingredients:

1/2 teaspoon active dry yeast

pinch of sugar

4 cups white bread flour

1 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons olive oil

To make the dough, put 1 1/4 cups warm water in a measuring cup. Add the yeast and let sit for 5-10 minutes, until frothy. Sift the flour and salt into a large bowl and make a well in the center. Gradually pour in the yeast mixture and the olive oil. Mix to make a smooth dough. Knead on a lightly floured surface for about 10 minutes, until dough is smooth, springy, and elastic. Place the dough in a floured bowl, cover, and let rise in a warm place for 1 1/2 hours.

As a side note: every time I make this pizza dough, I usually need a little more water or oil to get my dough to come together properly. It may be because I use my stand mixer and a dough hook instead of the spoon and bowl method. Just a bit of warning: you may want some extra liquid on hand. Now, this dough will make 4 10-inch pizza dough rounds. I usually just halve the dough and make two big pizzas. When you’re ready to bake it, the temp is 425 (f) and the time is about 15 minutes for the small rounds, it’s about 20 for my bigger pizza. Of course, everyone’s oven is different, so adjust times accordingly.

Next up: chicken pot pie. In the comments, The Bald Soprano requested a good recipe, as she hasn’t had it since she left the States. Poor thing. Well, since I wasn’t sure how you preferred your crust part of the pie, I’m giving you two recipes: the original, and then an alternate crust you can use if you don’t do biscuits.

A few posts back, I wrote about a pot pie I wanted. Click this sentence for the recipe. Yes, I know, that says turkey. I substituted some leftover rotisserie chicken for the turkey, and it tasted just as wonderful. Now, I usually make a pot pie with, well, pie crust. This one has biscuits, but let me tell y’all. Those biscuits meld so good with the filling, it’s worth a try. Seriously. But, if you’re someone who prefers pie crust, here’s a great recipe for a 9 inch pie crust courtesy of The All-New Ultimate Southern Living Cookbook.

Ingredients:

1 1/4 cups all purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup plus one tablespoon chilled shortening (if you’re vegetarian/vegan, use veggie shortening. I use butter.)

3 to 4 tablespoons ice water

Combine flour and salt; cut in shortening with a pastry blender until mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle ice water, one tablespoon at a time, evenly over surface; stir with a fork until dry ingredients are moistened. Shape into a ball; cover and chill until ready to use.

Roll pastry to 1/4 inch thickness on a lightly floured surface, place in pie plate; trim off excess pastry along edges. Fold edges under and crimp. Chill.

For baked pastry shell, prick bottom and sides of pastry shell with a fork. Chill pastry until ready to bake. Bake at 450(F) for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden.

I included how to do a bottom crust in case you prefer crust on top and bottom. I prefer just the top.

Finally, what would a good meal be without a good drink to go along with it? Piffle came by and offered a great recipe for limeade. As the limes I saw in the market last night looked as if they’d been battered, I haven’t had a chance to try it. But I want to, because it sounds SO refreshing (damn this 101 degree weather!) Here y’all go:

Limeade is good. Take 5 limes, squeeze dry. I have a juicer that’s a little plastic dome screwed on over a glass catcher jar, so I use some cold water (from the fridge cold, not tap cold) and rinse the pulpy bits for maximum liminess. Pour into a jug. Then add 1 cup of sugar syrup (dissolve three cups sugar in 5 cups water in a pan over the heat, store in fridge for instant use and no undissolved sugar). You could probably substitute a half to three-quarters cup of light corn syrup instead. Add a pinch of salt. Add about a half liter of cold water, stir, add another liter of water, stir again. If you stored the water in the fridge you can drink it right off, otherwise cool in the fridge and enjoy!

I hope y’all enjoy these recipes. If y’all have a favorite recipe you want to add, or you want to let us know how the recipes I put up today went for you, just leave us a comment! As for me, I’m gonna grab some water and figure out what I’m making for my own supper. Have a great weekend!




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