September 28, 2009

Book - Skinny Bitch

So I have had Skinny Bitch sitting on my shelf for the past year and a half, ever since my friend Wendy sent me her copy. I'd heard tons about it, I just had other books up first on the roster. I knew it was a book about being healthy and looking great, but wasn't a fad diet, which a detest. My friend Deana raves and credits it with her veganism. So my interest was definitely peaked. Finally, this weekend, I got around to reading it.

I have to admit, I spent the first couple of chapters thinking things like, why do these authors keep callling me a fat ass? I am in no way fat. I mean who couldn't stand to lose five pounds, but, really, stop with the name calling already. And then I wondered, when there was the pitch for a meat free diet, if maybe I wasn't their target audience. After all, I've been a vegetarian for the last 15 years. Perhaps this book is for people who spend their time gorging on Big Macs and need a good talking to.

But then I got to Chapter 5 - "The Dairy Disaster" - and I learned some things. Things that have penetrated my brain and changed they way I am currently thinking about the food I eat. I'm not declaring veganism at this very moment. I hate labels. Okay, who am I kidding? I love labels, but I'm just not making the leap all at once. I am sure as hell going to cut WAY back on my consumption of animal products. We'll see what follows. I mean, fifteen years ago I was just going to stop eating chicken because it looked exactly like the inside of a cat I saw dissected. And here I am, meat free since that little incident in college in a dark parking lot with an Arby's Roast-beef Sandwich.

Now I could tell you what I learned, but what was influential to me, might not be so to you. So I recommend reading the book. You may read it and think - Hm, that's interesting, but not enough for me to give up bacon or pizza and especially not bacon on pizza. And I think that's fine too. At least you'll be more educated about what you're putting in your body and can make choices you're comfortable with. I mean no one does a line of cocaine and thinks it's healthy for them, but at least you know what you're getting into.

One of many things this book does well is pack a ton of information in a compact, fun to read little package. It's actually pretty humorous when the harsh words the authors have are directed at evil corporations who are screwing us, instead of at you personally. It has a great set of resources in the back should you find yourself swayed.

In coincidental news my husband has declared vegetarianism. He's calling it a science experiment, I'm calling it VICTORY! Mwah-ha-haaa
September 24, 2009

Hugs from the Left Coast

I have some seriously talented friends and/or family. So I'm starting a new blog series called "Hugs from the Left Coast," which showcases the awesome accomplishments of the people I know.

So my actor/comedian friend, Tim Baltz, has been doing a funny promotional series for the Big Ten network called Friday Night Tailgate. Him and his co-host Steve do pretty hilarious little snippets about Big Ten schools and their sports teams.

One of my favorites, posted above, showcases Tim's style of humor nicely and the centaur, unicorn bit made me laugh out loud (no text abbreviations on the Manifesta).

Check out more college humor about the University of Michigan, University of Wisconsin and Iowa State here.

Awesome job, Tim. Remember your friends when you hit the big time!
September 22, 2009

We've Got The Look!

Has it really been a month since I last posted? Crap, another month of my youth down the drain. Can I even call it my youth any more, now that I'm 30? Oi, that's depressing, let's move on.

Porcelain Manifesta is all gussied up. Do you like it? I'd been wanting to take the blog out of blahsville for a while now, but didn't really know how to go about it. I have zero design skills (in cyberspace, at least) and don't own Photoshop to try and even attempt it. Did you know you can hire people to do it for you? I'm a huge fan of hiring people for things. The husband? Not so much. So I had thrown that idea out the window when we put ourselves on a budget at the beginning of this month. (It seemed like a married person thing to do.)

But THEN I came across a graphic designer on Etsy. Who knew? She was so great and the best affordable! So if you want a face-lift for your Blogger hosted blog but don't kick enough design knowledge to DIY it, check out Wicked Sister Designs on Etsy.

Also the Manifesta now has a Facebook page. So become a fan and never miss it! Scroll down to the bottom of the blog for the little linky deal.