Thursday, February 26, 2009

The Breastfeeding Beyond Borders.

It may be a strange topic for me to write about, but just the same, breastfeeding and feminism go hand in hand. Let me start off by saying that breastfeeding has never "died," but the culture we are presented with here in the US has made the topic of breastfeeding nearly taboo, or at least oversexualized. There has been a constant battle between "the public" and breastfeeding moms, sometimes the battle is over "decent exposure," what is acceptable for a public place, and what is not. The war has spanned over Facebook, and even Denny's! The latest addition has been a video of Salma Hayek acting (no pun intended) as a wet nurse to a baby overseas. The question is, what is decent when it comes to something so biologically natural? Where is the line, what IS the line, and should there even BE a line?

Make your own Frappuccino!

Alright, I love coffee. I love Starbucks, and I ESPECIALLY love my LCS (Local Coffee Shop.) BUT, I have a completely packed schedule, and very little money (between bills and library fines...Late DVDs are KILLERS!) Anyway, I decided one day, that I would make my own blended coffee drink, without the powders or ice cream other recipes call for. While I was still in the planning stages, I originally added milk, sugar and coffee to ice- blend and voila! The result? A weak, watery, not sweet enough combination that melted and was never a good thick consistency. Then one day, I had inspiration. The idea, was to forgo ice cubes, and instead, blend frozen espresso! Through minimal trial and error, the following recipe was born.


1 cup espresso, cooled
2 Tbsp. sugar
2 Tbsp. chocolate syrup
1 cup milk
2 Ice cubes
whipped cream


1. Mix the espresso and sugar, and pour into an ice cube tray (or plastic bag, or container...Anything that will freeze the espresso in a layer or smaller amount, so that it will freeze all the way through.) Freeze overnight, or until completely frozen.

2. In a blender, put in the two ice cubes, syrup, the frozen espresso/sugar mixture, and 3/4ths cup of the milk; blend, and if you need more liquid, add the remaining 1/4th cup of milk. (I usually need more)

3. Top with whipped cream. (It wouldn't be a real recipe if I didn't add an obvious, unneeded step!)

There you go! Like I said, it's not exactly Starbucks, but it hits the spot, especially when you're low on cash. You could probably substitute the espresso for regular coffee if you wanted, but it wouldn't be as strong, and probably wouldn't taste as good. Another option would be to use flavored syrup instead of sugar- you could probably use other sweeteners as well. Enjoy!

Ugh. It's grating!

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

With a team like this, bragging rights are built in.

Okay, I have to have a crazy boastful post over last night's UNC/Duke game.


Okay, back to normal composure. We beat Duke! At Cameron! 101-87! One of my dear *coughbrainwashedcough* friends who supports the Blue Devils (I'm capitalizing their name why?!) had only this to say. "TH=pansy" And honestly, I have no idea where she gets this. I mean, this is Tyler Hansbrough we're talking about... They don't call him "Psycho T" for nothing! He is aggressive towards the ball, and determined to get the shot in the midst of being fouled and double teamed by the opponent. Pansy? I think not.

I vanish like magic!

Where have I been, (You lone reader) may ask? I love lists, and REALLY love commentary. So a commentated list I shall commence! (I also love big words. I’m a homeschooler. Can you tell?)

1. Psychology Class. I’ve been learning about people’s brains, and why some people choose to be Duke fans, for example when they KNOW that Carolina is by far the superior team.

2. Constitutional Law Class. It’s so weird to see the culture shift between what the constitution says, and how we (many times incorrectly) interpret it today.

3. American Lit Class. Huckleberry Finn. Need I say more?

4. Algebra 1 Class E(V)x E(I)x E(l) is the same as EVIL. Nah, It’s not TOO terrible, I suppose.

5. Dramadramadrama! I’ve recently re-jumped into the dizzying world of theater. Okay, I’ve dipped my toes in. But I’m still a little “dramalogged” and don’t really care to fully immerse myself again... just yet.

6. The Leadership Institute Youth Leadership Training School. Two SUPER intense, packed days of Political Technology training, along with a nice workout for my brain… Did YOU know that the best place to put a bumper sticker is the on the front. left (drivers side) of the car?!

And that’s pretty much it. Looking back, I look pretty dang not-busy and oddly deprived... But I really DO have a full schedule. Promise!