Tuesday, November 22, 2011

I ♥ Joel Salatin.

Are you familiar with this lovely man

If you've read any of Michael Pollan's books or seen the film Food Inc. or Fresh, or watched this video clip on the Chipotle web page than you sure are.

He's a self-described "Christian-libertarian-environmentalist-capitalist-lunatic-Farmer" while the NYTimes refers to him as a High Priest of the Pasture and that he "may well be Virginia's most multifaceted agrarian since Thomas Jefferson."

I heart him so because the man has a genuine passion for what he is doing and the ways words roll off his tongue make me smile (and think).

All term long I've been talking to the peeps that show up to my class week after week if it matters where our food comes from. 

Does it matter, where our food comes from?

Thanksgiving is here and we're about to eat a bunch of food that came from somewhere. 
 Should we know where that somewhere is? 
And if that place is somewhere we want to support?

I spent a fortune on my heirloom organic turkey (I hear because it hasn't been bred to have massive breasts there will be quite a bit more dark meat) this year. 

I showed my class this video today from PBS
After watching it 3 times now it's disheartening to realize very little has changed (in the way of food policy, food security, food safety, etc.) since our current Administration took over a few years ago.

It's just not going to happen at that level.
(Avarice. So lame.)

We must vote with our fork.

 I hope you do.
Joel Salatin and like-minded farmers gives us an option and I'm so thankful for that.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 21, 2011

two little indians.

We've been talking a lot about Indians, Pilgrims and the Mayflower.
Well, Owen has been telling us all about what he's been learning at school.

It was his idea to make the feather headbands. 
He also wanted to make a bow and arrow. 
I went outside into the dark, wet, cold night to see what I could find but it was too dark.
So, we're still working on that idea... 

Sunday, November 20, 2011


Yesterday my girl and I dressed in my favorite color and hit the town to see Pinkalicious, the musical.  

Maya and Sophie in front of the silver Christmas tree.

Couldn't see a show about pink cupcakes and not enjoy one herself.

A super sweet day for my super sweet girl.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

I'm a sucker...

Today I gave a class on motivational interviewing (my student's are making a food related behavior change (adding fruits and vegetables to their diet, eliminating soda, switching from white rice to brown rice, etc.) as part of a class requirement (but ideally as part of a personal improvement). 
I showed them this video at the end of class...

They told me they were motivated. :)

Friday, November 11, 2011

in the music rotation and other things...

I bought this cd last Christmas and never did get my fill before the holiday season was over. 
So, I dug it out early this year so I can listen it to it incessantly and absorb every single beautiful moment for a little longer this time. 

Our latest full-on booty shake was to track 7
So fun.

We've been listening to the A Very She & Him Christmas album a whole lot too.
I read an amusing review of it here.

To balance out all the Christmas tunes I've been listening to this too (thanks MBH!)

I'm not sure when this comes out but hopefully soon (Summer? What a rip!).
Looks. real. good.

This is the best photo of the week.
I think I'm going to start a regular gig here with the best photo of the week.
Get excited...it will be awesome.

Last year I posted this today.
Thank you Vets. 

Friday, November 4, 2011

The 99%

OM and I went to our first rally last week.
I have to admit that part of my interest in the rally was to see Pink Martini.

But, I also wanted to see and hear what was going on and really wanted OM to be part of it too. 

They were over it before we got there (Maya turfed it pretty bad and had two bloody knees) but they were troopers and hung with me for a bit. 

They especially liked when Pink Martini and Storm Large would play songs.

I especially liked the messages of social (and economic and food) justice.

Then we left and they ran through the falling leaves...