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cap, captain miss america
1) I saw Monsters Vs Aliens last night. While it was probably just an OK movie, I have one very positive thing to say about it. It was possibly the most feminist kids' movie I've ever seen. Not only is the girl the most kickass, strongest person on her team-- and no one even feels the need to point out that she's a girl after the scene where she's introduced to her team-- but the most important moral of the story is that being yourself and achieving your own goals is more important than being in a relationship, and a lousy relationship is not worth it. So often, girls are taught that there's something wrong with being independent or living alone and that doing so is ultimately a form of failure for a woman. In this movie, the message is that you shouldn't give up your dreams for anybody and people who love you will help you achieve them, not hinder them.

So that was awesome. I was a little iffy on the lack of POC characters in it-- everyone with a speaking role but the monsters/aliens was a white human being. So they could have done better on that front.

2) Outside of work, I have been mainly eating a diet of macro vegan food plus yogurt. Not vegan yogurt. But some vegan yogurt. I am not so fond of the soy yogurt, I think, but I had coconut milk yogurt and that was amazing. I have been trying a lot of different brands and styles. So far, my favorites have been Wallaby, Rachel's, and Liberté Méditerranée. I was disappointed by Ronnybrook-- Ronnybrook is a dairy in upstate New York that makes some of my favorite dairy products, and I bought one of their yogurts today even thought it was forty cents more than the Wallaby and 70 cents more than the Méditerranée, which was on sale. While the flavor was very nice, the texture was soupy. I felt like it might have been better over granola. Man, can someone be a yogurt nerd? Because I think I am turning into one. Méditerranée by far has the best, creamiest texture I have ever seen in a yogurt-- it is more like a very soft cheese. Wallaby makes a maple and a dulce de leche that are to die for, and Rachel's makes some very unique flavors like chai and honey lavender.

3) At work, today was asparagus day. Get that. Asparagus day. In our cafeteria, I mean, not the office. This meant that they had six different dishes available at the buffet, and ALL of them had asparagus. There was plain steamed asparagus with mushrooms, an asparagus frittata thing, orzo with asparagus and tomatoes, and three different asparagus salads-- one with scallops and spinach, one with fennel, and one with white asparagus and prosciutto. The sad thing was that the fennel one was by far the best, but it looked the least interesting, so I took the least of it. Oh well. But yeah. That was my cafeteria.

4) In case anyone was really confused, my post the other night was an April Fools' joke.

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Yeah, I thought the movie itself was just so-so (although Bob was adorable) but I really liked Susan's character development-- and especially the whole idea that she didn't need a lame dude to get to Paris.

I am becoming more and more fond of Rachel's. I've only tried two flavors, but I liked them both - I liked the texture, and they were not too sweet.

Yeah, they are not so strongly flavored that you can't taste the yogurt-- it's just a hint of whatever flavor is in it.

I love good yogurt! I shall have to keep a lookout for this brand.

I wish I could translate text into food with a flick of my wand, asparagus day sounds like the best day. :(

I realized lately that at home, I am almost entirely vegetarion. It probabally helps that most of what I eat is some form of pasta, thai kitchen brand noodles, or apples.

I could't do vegan, though. Even if I found soy cheese and alfredo sauce, I need real ice cream.

Well, my yogurt isn't vegan. But my noodles and seitan and pad thai and buckwheat soba are all vegan. And it is very funny when it occurs to me that I am eating this kind of diet accidentally.

I heart yogurt.

I heart ice cream!

I was surprised when I realized I'd turned into a semi vegetarion, though, because I would have said I'm way too attached to meat. Its just the meet I can cook for myself is usually not worth it.

Edited at 2009-04-03 04:21 am (UTC)

I heart ice cream, too! I just don't eat it very often!

I don't think I could do vegan because eggs and dairy tend to be major staples in my diet and their soy replacements tend to make me ill. I was a lacto-ovo vegetarian for a while but I'm married to someone who is gradually moving away from a meat-and-potatoes-centric worldview.

I think it might be possible over the course of years to be, with possible rare exceptions, at the lacto-ovo plus fish point. (Clams were my undoing when I was trying to be vegetarian, after all.) Right now, though, I'm concentrating on minimizing the white flour and HFCS in my diet, since I found out from my gestational diabetes experience that my body particularly dislikes white flour and John is finding that HFCS makes him pass out.

Like I said to Jess, it's not exactly vegan because I am eating a lot of yogurt. And I don't eat vegetarian at work at all. But I found this amazing grocery store and all I am eating are their vegan foods!

I actually avoid white flour, too-- I feel like it makes me too lethargic...I eat sugary baked goods sometimes but on a day to day basis the only white flour I eat frequently is in the form of English muffins. I do love those nooks and crannies.

I used to get the 100% whole wheat English muffins, but the ones made by Thomas's have sucralose, which apparently makes me ill.

*sigh* why is it so hard to get food in our food?

OH! If you want something fun and baked-goods-ish based on wheat flour, try Stroopwafels. Ever have those? :)

vegan food is cool, but like other people say, i love meat. but what's a macro diet? We get Rachael's here, but it's always more exspensive than Tillamook or Cascadia.

Also, I love making a yogurt bowl with french vanilla yogurt, chopped up applies, sectioned oranges and pecan nuts.

Macro food is food that is made with only unprocessed, unrefined ingredients-- so whole grains rather than white, bleached flour, and things like that.

I found this one natural foods store that actually has way cheaper prices on more expensive food items than anywhere else. The Rachel's is still more expensive but it's about 50 cents less than it is in the regular grocery store. Same with the Wallaby. So I am stoked.

I noticed that about "Monsters vs. Aliens" too, and was impressed by it. A shame the movie wasn't better otherwise, though.

Food geeking is awesome. :D

coconut milk yogurt sounds HEAVENLY.

mom still swears by activia. me, i'm not so sure, especially given the logistics of some of the studies done on it.

Oh my gosh. I'm from h_e, if you don't recognize me (a badger!) and I saw the wanktastic post in brs. I'm so glad that I randomly happened upon this post, because I didn't know that it was all an April Fools' joke!

Good for you, that was a good show. :D

Hahahaha, oh man. We do an April Fools' every year, and so far no one has caught on that the same people have a flamewar every year. We've even gotten posted on stupid_free a couple times.

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