Just spotted: the PERFECT road trip vehicle!

Just spotted: the PERFECT road trip vehicle!

Finally making some decisions!

As i “enjoy” unemployment, I am constantly looking for things to do. In my quest to occupy my endless downtime I decided to take on a set of long term goals.

101 goals in 1001 days

The list isn’t finalized, but I’ll share more as it comes together.

Work on your own list here.

Happy Goals!

One of several upcoming resolutions!

One of several upcoming resolutions!

House is What We All Wish We Were…
S. 510

There is A LOT of talk going on about the Food Safety Modernization Act. There are several viewpoints on this hot topic and as a conscious consumer I figured I should weigh in. I mean it is an open blogspehere.

Read up on the summary and full text of the Act and you’ll see that it seems to be well intentioned. Title 1 alone calls for “Improving Capacity to Prevent Food Safety Problems”, which sounds like we’re already off to a good start. It also provide provisions for the monitoring of imported foods, which is equally as important as monitoring our domestic food supply, considering how much of it we import

Opinions range on this issue, as they do on all, and some see it as having great effects while others see its limitations and are frustrated. I am of the feeling that both have important points. When it comes to industrialized food, any {and I really do mean any} additional monitoring and oversight is nothing but a good thing.

As a society we are finally waking up to the gaps in our food supply and understanding just how taken advantage of we’ve become. Much of those advantages are not covered in the act, like meat, which is really sad considering its the part of the industry that needs the most attention. {in my own humble opinion, of course} Baby steps. Which are not a bad thing, but they are what they are.

This whole issue though brings up what frustrates me most about the government and out society. We all are accepting of the fact that little by little things will get done, because that’s how it works. WHY DO WE DO THIS? I mean really why? As Americans we are stereotyped by other countries as inpatient and rude - if we can be this way to other people, then why can’t we be this way with our own government?! So much room for change, but someone’s gotta smell the coffee.

I’m not looking for riots, I’m just looking for someone to say “Dear Congress, While I greatly appreciate your waking up, to the unjust food system you have forced upon this nation, I have no time to patiently sit by as you lightly debate the terms with the Food Giants who you have allowed to take over. I encourage you, as a public servant, to put your personal motivations aside and {crazy thought} consider the people.” It would also be great if we could all say this.

We should also right to the FDA and find out when they plan on preventing food safety problems, versus their current set up to "react" to them. Maybe then we wouldn’t be in this predicament.

Enough with the Bullshit.

Please pardon my language, but someone needs to say something and something needs to happen. Today my mac charger died, after yesterdays visit to the Apple store to get a replacement for a friend’s. And on top of that I know THREE other people who have had to have theirs replaced in the last four months. The funny thing is we all went to college {and bought our new mac computers} at roughly the same time. So naturally they are all falling apart in stride as well.

                                       

    http://www.storyofstuff.com/

My problem is not with Macs {though I’m not too happy with them right now} its with us, consumers, individuals, who have allowed this nonsense to go on for as long as it has. Planned - and Perceived- Obsolescence have been ruling our lives for the last 50 years, and we have done little in the way of stopping them. The link above, for the Story of Stuff, is not the whole picture {i highly encourage you to do your own research} but it is a snippet at what our reality has come to look like. I’m going to ask the naive question but “Why isn’t creating a great, lasting, substantial product more rewarding than scamming people into repeatedly giving you their money?” And furthermore, “Why have we as consumers tolerated this new crap?” Is no one else sick of paying hundreds even thosands of dollars to replace the products that were built to break?! I’m 21 years old and I’m already over it. I also refuse to accept that this is what the rest of my life is going to look like.

E.G. getting a job, to earn $100,000/year, to be lower middle class, to pay for a bunch of “quality” products society says I “need” to buy, to pay to replace them 5 months after the warranty ends, for the rest of my life. CRAP CRAP CRAP.

Yes this may be a fictitious view of reality, and my reality, but it is, though a dramatization, the reality of our society as a whole.

                           

This is a quote from the 20 minute video {that if you have the time, and I’m sure you can spare 20 minutes on FB, it is definitely worth watching} that upsets me most. I am not blaming the government, though there is absolutely no denying their helping hand in all this, but I am holding us the consumers responsible. Because from food to planned obsolescence we have tolerated being walked on, in fact we’ve encouraged it. As Americans we have willingly handed over our independence to people who don’t have our best interests in mind. We are fat and lazy, rude and inconsiderate, and frankly not living up to our potential.

These are not my views in their entirety {though certainly my opinions} and i hope this makes upsets some people, enough to piss them off or to come talk to me…both options welcome!

Meatless Mondays!

Hopefully everyone has heard about the great campaign, Meatless Mondays. I myself am a vegetarian (though I in no way think this is the route everyone should be taking). I am actually pro responsible meat, and don’t eat/purchase it now because it is the only way I feel, at this point in my life, that I can have any influence on the meat industry.

I also have other very “crazy” eating beliefs that I won’t get into now— BUT I do believe that in changing the meat industry we also need to change our perceptions and intakes. Meatless Mondays is a great way for everyone to try a day without and *NEW RECIPES*.

My absolute favorite thing is they have a menu of meatless dishes to get you through your day. I hope more people can take the time and experiemnt- even if not on mondays- with limiting their meat intake so we can all have a healthier planet! (crazy i know)

about Meatless Mondays:

One day a week cut out meat
Our goal is to help cut meat consumption by 15% in order to improve personal health and the health of our planet. We’re a non-profit initiative, in association with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Check the site out here http://www.meatlessmonday.com/

Overhaul?!

Obviously we all need to consider a change in our eating habits when company’s LIE to us. Ben. Jerry. We’ve had some great times, but I’m pissed off at your lying ways. How can we have a relationship built on lies?! We can’t. Had you not lied I would have happily made an exception for your delicious and one-of-a-kind jam-packed flavors, but now I’m just annoyed. I will likely continue to buy your product, not sure I could ever say goodbye to Mr. C. Garcia, but I just want you to know how upset I am.

That is all.

Click here to read about the scandal!

no, I am not pregnant! Also my last post was about a cake I made the BF! When i upload those you’ll see my work of art!!

More importantly though, I NEED one of these. Every time I go out to dinner I over eat. Sure you say the solution is to eat less, but I’ve tried that! Still happens. Joshua, my food baby, causes me to unbutton my pants! Many think this is awkward, but the relief it brings is well worth and strange looks. But now that I know they make this dream device, Joshua and I will eat easy now!!

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