Thursday, 29 May 2014

Free Comic Book Day: The Cat Lady


This is one of the little gems I picked up at Free Comic Book Day. No, it wasn't free, but it was only R30 and it's been passed from friend to friend so it definitely was worth it! The comic follows a woman's story of "becoming a cat lady", and just how the author did so! The drawings are absolutely gorgeous and there is so much character and hidden comedy in it: like the fact that in one of the sequences "A Game of Thrones" is shown in the background. You can find out more about the artist over....
hhhhheeeeeeerrrreeeee Shameema Dharsey Illustration 


Wednesday, 28 May 2014

My Selfish Vegetarianism

Since I was about 14/15/16 or so, I decided that I didn't want to eat meat anymore. Because I was rather... anorexic (yes, really- me :D), I made a deal with my mom that if I could cut red meat out of my diet and keep eating chicken and fish. This lasted a few years and I wavered between eating white meat and not, only really eating it when it was served to me at home. When I moved out of the house, I still kept with eating only white meat, mainly because I was cooking for both me and my fiance. I recently decided to go full-veggie (soon to be vegan, I'm slowly getting there) despite the fact that I sometimes have to put more effort into food to accommodate both my fiance and I (it isn't even much effort- I will post some of my favorite recipes at some point, it's really easy to cook for both a meat eater and a veggie). I get really frustrated with people attacking me on my views and trying to force me to eat meat. Questions such as:

"It's dead anyway, why not just eat it?"..... "But... Meat is delicious" 
or
"What if there was nothing left in the world to eat but a cow?"

Stupid questions that really push my buttons. I decided to write a blog post on my personal and completely selfish reasons for going meat-free, with no ethics or anything like that. So here it is, my selfish reasons for loving vegetarianism:

The colours are pretty
Vegetables come in such pretty colours
that I can't help but feel like every plate
is a masterpiece 

Yes, I mean it. I love the colour of vegetables: if one were to refer to the concept of food porn...
I've never really been "turned on" by the idea of a having a big, juicy steak; or by the idea of getting stuck into a huge hamburger. But what really, really *excites* me, is the idea of a fruit salad, or a delicious vegetable meal... All because it looks so good!

Being vegetarian helps me to make healthy choices

As I mentioned previously, I struggled with anorexia in high school. I still have a very unhealthy relationship with food, and feel guilty at even the slightest indulgence. Being vegetarian means that when I am eating on the run (as students tend to do), my options are limited and I can therefore make healthier decisions than I would have if I were a meat-eater. For example, when I go into Pick 'n Pay and I have a few minutes to choose a food, I would usually go for something delicious and unhealthy like a pie or a meal special or something. But since all of these things in the shops seem to contain meat (and on my 3 vegan days a week- any animal byproduct), I make the decision of having a fruit salad or some vegetables, or even a smoothie. Limitations make me healthier!
And as a result...

It keeps my weight down

If I didn't eat the way I do, I would be huge. And half the reason for this is that I absolutely LOVE burgers. Going back to the idea of limitations, most restaurants don't serve veggie burgers, which is rather sad but it's probably a good thing! This way I don't get the extra portion of chips that is included with the burger, and I make a healthier choice.

My skin feels better

Since I went vegetarian, i have had absolutely no skin problems. I have good skin, but before I started eating better I had breakouts every week or two which really made me feel *ugly*. Now I don't have problems with that anymore :D

I don't feel guilty about eating my friends

Those of you who know me, will know that I have a child-like obsession with animals. I follow them into bushes, I wear them as hats (you know what I mean :P), I draw them EVERYWHERE, and when you become my friend I follow you around like a dog. I don't like eating my friends, and to take ethics out of it completely, because I just feel... guilty.


Meat is really gross to cook with

Just a personal opinion, I hate cooking with meat. It feels disgusting, it smells disgusting and it's a pain to clean up. With veggies it's a lot easier, and a lot less hassle. You don't have to defrost them, you don't have to keep everything as sterile as possible (well, you know what I mean), it's just so much... easier. As a further note, I really don't like the taste of blood at all in my food. And from that I move on to my final reason:

I have learnt to cook from it 

Before I cooked veggie, I didn't eat things like garlic, ginger and onion and I had no idea how to use things like turmeric and herbs. When you eat vegetarian, you don't have the natural flavours that come from flesh, and you have to make up for it with spices and herbs. Which is awesome. I can cook better now than I could ever before, and I have so much fun experimenting with different flavours.

So there you have it, my selfish reasons. Please leave a comment, I'd love to hear what you have to say :)

Monday, 26 May 2014

Masks



I've got only one thing on my mind today- making masks! No, sadly I haven't gotten around to actually making any :( When it comes to exam time I sometimes find myself having enough time to trawl Pinterest, but not enough time to put my fingers to work (as is the life of a student who seems to be spending her days in the computer labs in B.A.) :P

I've been thinking of starting to make masks, they can be so gorgeous. Here are some that are inspiring me, I'll probably give this a go at some point this week! Let me know what you think :D


Gothic vine masquerade mask with acrylic by gringrimaceandsqueak, $240.00
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Gothic vine masquerade mask black handmade by gringrimaceandsqueak










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Juju Ivanyuk For Rabat Autumn 2013
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Saturday, 24 May 2014

Thoughts on Exams

*Sigh* Sometimes it's very difficult to be privileged enough to be studying! This is not a moaning session, though, it is merely a few thoughts.

1. I wish that exams were scheduled a bit better- I seem to be one of those people who just choose bad combinations of subjects! After writing an exam last night, I've got another one in 2 hours, and I've done so much work in the last few days that I'm too tired to even do final revisions.
2. Lego Star Wars should educate you via subliminal messaging. How awesome would it be if you could simply put messages throughout your game so that you could have fun while studying? There's one particular section in today's test that I just. don't. understand. I've been working on it for weeks now, and even with extensive explanations from my dear Engineer, I still can't grasp the concept of it. (So here I go, into the exam, hoping like hell that this section isn't chosen for the essay question!). Also, I would just like to have more time to play Lego Star Wars (have you tried that game?! It's amazing).
3.  I know this will not happen anytime soon due to problems with plagiarism etc., but I would really love to be able to type exams. I find it so difficult to try and write two huge essays and a whole bunch of other questions in a span of just 2 hours. It must be so frustrating to be a lecturer/tutor and half to mark my work O.o with a mind like mine, words are all over the page and it's just... not my best work.

Aaaand off I go to do final preparations. After this exam, it's only 2 to go. Not too shabby :P

Friday, 23 May 2014

Things you didn't get at FREE COMIC BOOK DAY

I'm excited about writing this post- so I thought I'd put a little prequel up :P I've been studying non-stop for the last few days, but every now and then I go back to the delightful stack of things I picked up at Free Comic Book Day. You weren't there? Well, you missed out.

I'm nearing the end of my pile of graphic delights ( :( ) but that's okay, because it means that I can then review them :D Coming soooon *spooooky hands*

Thursday, 22 May 2014

How to be creative when you have a demanding university schedule

1. Knitting or crochet during class

If you are like me and are capable of multitasking; knitting or crocheting during class is a great way to keep your hands and your mind occupied at the same time. I really struggle to sit still and listen in classes, and I've found that since I started being "a granny" in class, I retain so much more information!

2. Carry around a diary and jot down ideas in the few minutes before class starts 

Every creative person needs a diary. And everyone has those few minutes while waiting for a friend to pitch up, or while waiting for a lecturer to arrive at a class. Getting your ideas down in a book (even in scribbles) is a wonderful way to keep the creative juices flowing.

3. Get a Pinterest account

Yes, this is quite the fad, but it is so for a reason. Pinterest is a community of ideas and creativity, and you can do it on the go with your cellphone. "Repin" things and come back to them later when you have time. There are thousands of craft ideas waiting to be stored- so that next time you have some time to do something crafty, your ideas are all in one place and you don't waste time trying to figure out what to do.