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Monday Links and Weekend Wails | 23 May 2016

Monday Links and Weekend Wails | 23 May 2016 Posted on 23/05/201610 Comments
Ahoy, hello! My name is Jenny. I am a thirty-something human female from Manchester in the north of England. I enjoy rainy days and sad songs, custard donuts and salt & pepper chips and beer, lentil dhal and fried okra, X-Files and Twin Peaks, fierce fat heroines and mental health advocates, dogs and cats and otters and a very special beirdo. To paraphrase Sylvia Plath: "I blog because there is a voice within me that insists on writing lots of ridiculous chuff".

What a week, folks. What. A. Week. I had plans, BIG plans. Cooking plans, tidying and cleaning plans, reading plans, embroidering plans, family tree plans….. I’ve spent most of my spare time languishing on soft furnishings wondering why my tonsils won’t just quit already and return my health to me. I dragged myself back to the walk-in centre a week or so ago and they told me to bally well put my big-girl-virus-battling pants on and deal with it (they didn’t have an explanation how my bacterial tonsillitis morphed into viral tonsillitis but eh).

What with my tonsils having been FIGHTING ME since 30 April and having spent 97% of yesterday under the duvet, I decided to go back to the GP this morning with my best trying-not-to-cry face on. Today the GP said “ooh fancy that I bet you’ve had glandular fever all this time”. Sadly, nothing to do but pull up those virus-battling pants again and hope the after-effects of Whatever It Is wear off soon. What with m’B12 deficiency, only recently defeated, I am getting a bit miffed with all these exhaustion-inducing ailments!

In slightly more exciting news, I booked a wee bargain studio room thingy for C and I to attend VegFest’s first “pro-intersectional” conference in October of this year in London. I am cautiously optimistic about this event. More cautious than optimistic I must admit…..but I am very excited about seeing some heroes speak, and generally excited about experiencing my first VegFest ever. ARE YOU GOING?

I also tried out the vegan Quorn ‘fillets’. They were…..okay. Not mind blowing by any means. I whipped up a very tasty BBQ glaze using freshly squeezed orange juice, tamarind, maple syrup, and some other yums. I cooked them in the ol’ George Foreman, and sliced leftovers were nice the next day with some homemade coleslaw. I am still happy that Quorn is branching out with more vegan products; to have vegan food handy is a good thing!

Anyhoo, it looks like all the recent lazing about produced a lot of linkage this week. If you’re interested then, friends, here is some Monday reading for you….



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  1. I really hope you feel better soon. I had glandular fever when I was at uni. It is not fun. But at least you know what you are dealing with now. xx
    I really enjoy your link lists. Particularly the one about language and the one about fearless dogs this week.

    1. Thank you! Ughh yes I am pretty done with having swollen tonsils/glands and feeling pooped all the time though I’m enjoying all these fizzy drinks and ice creams. I really like the fearless dogs link, particularly given that Vulpe is RIDDLED with anxiety and everything about our relationship softened and became a lot easier to deal with when I finally stopped trying to change her (positive reinforcement training all the way) and instead accepted her as she was and worked towards managing where we go, what we do, minimising stressful situations, etc. Ahh, we both have our problems so we go together well 🙂

  2. I hope you feel better soon! Nothing worse than having a brain swimming with ideas and inspirations and a body that’s swamped by a bug. I just listened to the latest Feminist Killjoys phd Podcast episode (do you listen to them?) I thought about you cause they discussed our relationship to media and body diversity. It was a great episode, it’s an all around great podcast and the scholars who host it are vegan too!

    1. Ooh I will check it out thank you! I am due to make a podcast appearance of my own soon (oh lawd) once the next episode of The Bearded Vegans comes out…. Gah yes, I feel like my brain and energy levels have both been compromised for months now so I am looking forward to some enthusiasm!

  3. Thanks for the link of words to avoid, some I wouldn’t of ever used, and some were new, like “Moral Schizophrenia” Ouch. That’s just awful.

    And yey! I need to get Isa Chandra’s newest cookbook! I like her and Terry Hope Romero’s solo cookbooks, but it is funny seeing how their styles differ. I think Terry Hope Romero cooks in my dream kitchen and budget- lots of seasonal, ethnic, crazy ingredients. But Isa is more realistic about what is commonly found in a kitchen and how much time people have. If I have a lady crush on anyone it is Isa and Terry. I even asked my husband what he thought of the names Isa and Terry if we had a girl and I got a big ol’ “nope.” XD Oh well.

    1. Ahh they are definitely the beloved godmothers of mainstream vegan cookery to me! I agree about THR’s books, which are full of the most amazing recipes but I often fall at the ingredients-list-hurdle 😛

      I’m really looking forward to this one though, PARTY FOOD FOR ONE!

      1. BTW feel better! I feel so bad when people get sick for long periods of time because I know I get antsy if I am inside for longer than two days being sick.

        1. Thank you! When my tonsils were REALLY bad I spent about 4 days at home and I was really desperate to get out after that! Luckily I am mostly out & about with the help of lots of cold & flu tablets and fizzy drinks 😀

  4. Hi Jenny! I found your blog from one of your ModVegan comments. I love weekly links so I’ll be sure to stop by and check yours out.

    I really enjoyed the links about dogs not having to be fearless and had no idea that Isa Chandra Moskowitz has a new book coming out (need to get that!). I also love your body positive outlook. No 2 people’s biochemistry are exactly the same so our bodies will all be different shapes and sizes no matter what we eat or how we exercise. “Healthy” should not be determined by a size.

    1. Thanks Mary Ellen! I’m learning a lot about being healthy at different sizes at the moment, partly to defend myself against medical folks who constantly make assumptions about my health. Glad you enjoyed the links; I missed the boat this week because it was a public holiday on Monday but I’ll be back on form next week 🙂

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