Wow. What a week it’s been. I successfully presented my first graduate school paper, finalized the presentation for my second, and connected with friends and colleagues over the recent tragedy that’s hit out campus and community so, so hard.
As many of you likely know, tragedy struck FSU’s campus this past week. A gunman entered the packed Strozier library–one of the most symbolic sources for the exchange of knowledge on campus–and shot 3 students. He was killed on the library’s steps after firing on police responding to the incident. Earlier that day, I’d been on the second floor of Strozier for over five hours researching articles for my advisor. I thought to myself: “I love it here. I love this library. I feel safe here.” Sadly, for me and for a lot of other students these feelings have been shaken. This link on “Emotional Resilience” is especially prescient in light of what happened early Thursday morning.
If there’s one thing that’s come out of the FSU shooting this past week, it’s been the wonderful support network I’ve been lucky enough to form here. A classmate invited a group of grad students out for lunch on Friday afternoon, and we shared our thoughts and feelings about the event. Over margaritas, I got to talk and commiserate with my grad school BFF about what’s been going on. I’m so, so, grateful for this little academic family of mine.
This NPR article about LQBTQ bodies fascinated me. I’ve been extremely impressed with the FSU campus health services. I always walk in with bated breath, the same questions on my mind when I’m meeting with a new health care practioner: “Are they going to hound be about my diet?” or “How is the queer part of my life going to surface?” and always “What if they aren’t trained in/well versed in queer issues?’ The feelings of alienation and isolation are always a possibility for me and a lot of people when they go to the doctor. I”m happy to say that I had a really good experience and that the campus health center is the most LGBTQ-friendly place I’ve been to on campus so far. This bathroom sign made me so happy and I felt safe and comfortable knowing that though I’m a cis-gendered queer woman, I wasn’t invisible here.
“Why Paleo Didn’t Work for Me” article is so interesting, especially in light of Anne Hathaway’s recent switch from vegan to paleo that I brought up last time.
Drinkins AS MUCH kombucha as possible these days! I LOVE the stuff! Unfortunately, my attempt at making another kombucha scoby was a failure, but I’m hoping to try again this weekend.
It FINALLY feels like Fall here! And I thought NC weather was weird. Florida panhandle is even weirder.
Maybe not 50, but a lot of shades of gray–my second favorite color. (After black, of course.)
I’m constantly thinking about the cult of thinness that the media so fetishizes. I love, love, LOVE this article. It’s a fantastic collection of sources and thoughts about thin privilege and what that means (especially for women) in today’s world. I really think this thin fetish is slowly changing–at least in the spheres I occupy (definitely in the tattoo culture world, it’s the curvier girls dominate the visual sphere and are often held up as feminine ideals, but I see a wider range of more naturalistic body types in this area than in any other.) but there’s still a long way to go and veganism as it’s so often seen as a temporary “cleanse” diet or a way to lose weight is a lifestyle I see equated with thinness or the desire to be thin far too often.
Where you’ll find me these days: surrounding my about a zillion books strewn across my kitchen table. I know I say it all the time, but I love this life.
This, however I do not love. This came on my Pandora station as an advert the other day. I turned pandora off. NO. NO NO NO NO NO. I’ve been contemplating deleting the app from my phone. I just can’t support a company that partners with Monsanto–the very premise of which I am whole heartedly against. (If you haven’t seen Food, Inc. it’s definitely not a vegan documentary but it really highlights a lot of the issues with this huge big bad wolf of a food conglomerate. And it’s on Netflix for easy access.)
Treated myself to my FAVORITE restaurant in town the other night. 100% vegan and gluten free: mac and cheeze, BBQ tofu, and raw kale salad. Amazing.
Take care, out there folks. Be safe as you embark on your travels this week. Have a great Tofurky day–I’m hoping to get my Traditional Medicinals tea review written over my little break!