30 Day Challenge // Day 23 // Something That Makes You Happy
I’ve learned how to cook since I moved out to California. It’s therapeutic. And delicious~ I garnish everything with a fried egg, and I never regret it.
Embroidery by Ana Teresa Barboza
1. Your skin may never be perfect, and that’s okay.
2. Life is too short not to have the underwear, the coffee, and the haircut you want.
3. Everyone (including your family, your coworkers, and your best friend) will talk about you behind your back, and you’ll talk about them too. It doesn’t mean you don’t love each other.
4. It’s okay to spend money on things that make you happy.
5. Sometimes without fault or reason, relationships deteriorate. It will happen when you’re six, it will happen when you’re sixty. That’s life."
Daughter of a gun (ﾉ´ヮ´)ﾉ*:･ﾟ✧ No idea if such a thing existed but surely there had to be girls born on board in the Age of Sail?
*puts on obnoxious historian hat*
there were actually tons of women and girls on board ships during the age of sail and it’s really cool history that no one!!! ever!!! talks about!!!
like captains of merchant ships used to bring their wives and children on board for long voyages all the time (and of course there were plenty of well known female pirate ship captains, and women cross-dressing as men, and prostitutes that more people seem to know of)
there’s actually a really amazing story of one woman, Mary Ann Patten who was the wife of the captain of this ship called Neptune’s Car. Captain Patten decided that he wanted her onboard with him and she was super about this and learned all about navigation and sailing and everything. so this one voyage they’re going around the tip of south america when her husband gets sick and is bed ridden with a fever right as the ship sails into one of the worst storms any of the crew had ever seen and it looks like they might lose the ship or have to stop
so you know who takes over??? the first mate???
she took over the whole crew and sailed that ship through freezing water and pack ice and had it coasting smoothly into the san francisco harbour like it was nothing. and she did this all at age 19. while pregnant.
at one point the first mate tried to get the crew to mutiny against her but they all rallied with her and told him to shut the heck up because she obv knew what she was doing.
there’s a great book about women in the age of sail called ‘female tars’ by suzanne stark that i cannot recommend enough and has way more amazing stories and insights about the myriad roles women and girls played aboard ship during that time period.
(sorry i totally didn’t mean to hijack your post i love all of your art and this is gorgeous i just got over excited sorry sorry sorry)
We need links!
Female Tars: Women Aboard Ship in the Age of Sail by Suzanne Stark
Hen Frigates: Wives of Merchant Captains Under Sail by Joan Druett
Iron Men, Wooden Women: Gender and Seafaring in the Atlantic World, 1700-1920 edited by Margaret S. Creighton and Lisa Norling
Petticoat Whalers: Whaling Wives at Sea, 1820-1920 by Joan Druett
Sea Queens: Women Pirates Around the World by Jane Yolen
Seafaring Women: Pirate Queens, Female Stowaways and Sailors’ Wives by David Cordingly
The Captain’s Best Mate: The Journal of Mary Chipman Lawrence on the Whaler Addison, 1856-1860 by Mary Chipman Lawrence
Women Sailors and Sailors’ Women: An Untold Maritime History by David Cordingly
I’M GONNA GET A LIBRARY CARD AS SOON AS I GET AN APARTMENT AND READ LITERALLY ALL OF THESE AND WEEP TEARS OF PROUD SISTERHOOD
My balls are pretty big. There’s a confidence that my sisters and I were raised with. After my dad died, my mom moved us from Queens back to the Dominican Republic. A very macho sort of place. But my mom raised us to know that we are equal to anyone. Whenever we went out, if we were meeting other people, my mom would always say, “I hope you like them.” Not “I hope they like you.” We were the most important.
Zoe Saldana for The Hollywood Reporter (August 2014)
Married life with Ellen and Portia.
IDC HOW MANY TIMES IVE REBLOGGED THIS IT IS LITERALLY MY FAVOURITE FUCKING THING
Some genius replaced the music in the Party Rock video with the cantina song from Star Wars and it matches perfectly
I once told a joke about a straight person.
They came after me in droves.
Each one singing the same:
Don’t fight fire with fire.
What they mean is: Don’t fight fire with anything.
Do not fight fire with water.
Do not fight fire with foam.
Do not evacuate the people.
Do not sound the alarms.
Do not crawl coughing and choking and spluttering to safety.
Do not barricade the door with damp towels.
Do not wave a white flag out of the window.
Do not take the plunge from several storeys up.
Do not shed a tear for your lover trapped behind a wall of flame.
Do not curse the combination of fuel, heat, and oxygen.
Do not ask why the fire fighters are not coming.
When they say: Don’t fight fire with fire.
What they mean is: Stand and burn."
At the moment, my parents pay for the food in return for me doing all the cooking. This is a good arrangement. HOWEVER, I have lived on very, very, very broke, and I’ll give you my ten best tips:
1. Racism and classism cost money. Basmati rice is $3.99 for a 1-lb bag at Fresh Market, the upscale and very white “nice” grocery store. Star anise is $5.99 for a teeny bottle with four stars in it. BETTER Basmati rice is $11.99 for a TEN POUND bag at the Pan-Asian market in a shittier neighborhood fifteen minutes away, and star anise is 89 cents for a baggie of a dozen really fresh ones at the Tienda. Oh, and blood, marrow, fish heads, and organ meat are amazingly flavorful, nutritious, go a long way, and are usually dirt cheap.
2. Buy in bulk. Get that 10lb bag of rice, the 50lb sack of flour, the 3 gallon jug of cooking oil. FIND places to keep it, even if it’s under your bed. It’ll save you so much money. (If possible, find a co-op or natural food store that lets you buy in ACTUAL package-free bulk…it can be even cheaper sometimes)
3. Make your own bread. It really doesn’t take hardly any time once you get used to it (you can do it during the commercials of your favorite show), it’s better for you, tastes better, fills you up quicker, and it’s like 20-30 cents a loaf.
4. Pay attention to Craig’s List for people giving away excess produce and keep an eye on people in your area who may have fruit or nut trees, even if you live in an urban or semi-urban area. When it starts bearing heavily, many people are all too eager to get rid of the proceeds for free.
5. Learn how to preserve and store food. Not canning - that takes equipment that costs money. Drying, salting, smoking, freezing, candying, etc. People been doing this shit for centuries. That way when someone offers you sixteen pumpkins left over after Halloween or three big grocery sacks of zucchini or cabbage is 19 cents a pound, you can say yes.
6. Processed shit costs more money. Even ramen…oatmeal and rice and bulk-bought pasta are cheaper. Cook with whole foods and simple ingredients. Get your flavor from spices, chilis, and vinegars -which are dirt-ass cheap if you buy them from “ethnic” sources - not from expensive fats and meats and sugars and mixes. Stop and consider how much your “cheap” junk food really costs…those potato chips? That’s a 1oz bag for a dollar. They’re SIXTEEN DOLLARS A POUND. Most places, that’s more than LOBSTER. Or, y’know, a 5lb bag of potatoes for a buck. How’d you think Dick Roman was raking in so much money?
7. Make big batches of things and freeze individual servings in baggies or bowls, then you have your own microwave dinners and only have to cook once or twice a week…or once or twice a month if you plan well.
8. Keep a zippy bag of nuts and dried fruit in your pocket or car. It’ll help keep you from buying stupidly expensive impulse food because you’re kinda munchy or having a blood sugar or protein crash.
9. Get all the local coupons, fliers, and special announcements from your local grocery stores and spread them out once a week, then make a menu and a shopping list that takes advantage of good prices and treat it like the fucking Word of God…but then add two bucks to buy yourself whatever catches your eye. If you feel like you can splurge on that single-serve Ben and Jerry’s, you’re less likely to impulse buy the $6.99 quart of Breyers.
10. Use less but better. A tablespoon of 6.99/lb quite nice bleu cheese from Trader Joes adds more flavor to a pot of pasta than an entire 4oz bag of 1.99 mild cheddar shreds…and in the end you’re spending 21 cents instead of $2 on the cheese for that dish. Chicken thighs are more flavorful than breasts. You don’t need THAT much meat. Molasses more flavorful than brown sugar, etc.
Yes, I know that this stuff seems intimidating. And it DOES take some learning. But the knowledge is out there for free, and once you DO learn it, you’ll discover it actually is healthier, cheaper, tastier, and faster. That whole idea that it’s oh so time consuming to cook for real or that you need a massive kitchen is bullshit. I’ve baked bread in a rice cooker on my bedside table using one bowl and while watching a movie. Brittany and I lived for three months in a semi-urban area on $80 worth of food plus what we could forage and barter, cooking with only a crock pot, a rice cooker, and a hot pot and six milk crates as our pantry shelves. And our friends envied our meals all over our Facebook posts. It can be done. Illiterate six year olds in hellish conditions in developing countries do it. So can you.