Saturday, April 21, 2007

Meat is murder?

I’ve been getting a little more color now that I’ve been taking Iron pills and eating things rich in iron. My vegetarian friend said that when she was told she was very anemic she just ate a ton of beef jerky for a few weeks. I decided it could not hurt to try (and it could not be that bad if I got the blessing of a veggie, right?)
Even though I can’t remember the last time I actually tried to eat beef jerky, I went out and bought a few different styles and flavors. Mild, spicy, teriyaki, thin sliced, thick sliced, cubed, shredded, in the shape of a stick… you get the idea.
I was really starting to feel like a carnivore again. I always tell people that I could never be a Vegetarian after growing up in Michigan and Alaska because those are both places that most people drive trucks and those trucks have gun racks and those guns are used for shooting things that people eat. I’ve eaten my fair share of gamey tasting meats. I’ve had it all; from Moose meat in my spaghetti sauce to bear burgers to venison jerky and I can honestly say I don’t care for any of it. I’m not even the world’s biggest fan of cow, but at least with that it doesn’t have the gamey aftertaste. (Must be all of the delicious hormones?)
So here I am snacking away on this dried and salted cow thinking of how I come from a long line of hunters but I know I could never kill something unless it was a kill or be killed type scenario.
I thought of my little fury pets and their wide, fearless eyes when they look up at me and how very attached I am to each of them. I thought of all of the beautiful wild animals I’ve been *thisclose* to in my life thanks to my Alaskan upbringing and how I saw nothing but a perfect Zen peace when I looked in their eyes. And as I am chewing away on my stick of meat I am wondering why I am not a Vegetarian.
This lead me to rereading an article that was written in the paper I work for by a writer named Brendan Kiley. The article is called Urban Hunt.
When it was first described to me in a sales meeting before it came out, I have to admit, I was a little grossed out by the idea.
I thought, “OK, I know we do a lot to be on the cutting edge and all of that, but now we are killing cute fuzzy bunnies just for a story? Isn’t that just taking it a tad too far?”
I decided that I probably wasn’t going to read the article and just try to forget I ever heard about it. But then this issue came out, and my curiosity got the better of me and I had to read it. I found myself completely engrossed after the first few paragraphs.
I’ll admit that the bunny in the bathtub scene will give me nightmares, but how he described the emotions that followed, how he tied in the death of his ex-girlfriends father, some news about his mother, and how he honestly portrayed what it means to kill something made this article something that was actually really beautiful and sad and left me thinking about things for a long time when I was finished reading it.
It didn’t leave me enraged about dead bunnies like I had anticipated, it left me thinking about when I sat and watched my Grandfather die, and all of my friends I have lost over the years, and just how short and precious life is, and what it means to have the power to take the life of something, and the circle of life, and the food chain, and how it all ties together. At the end of the day, I’m really happy he wrote it because of the things it made me contemplate and what it made me remember.

As for me, I don’t know that I will ever be a vegetarian, but I do know that I won’t ever hunt for fun, or eat things that are gamey. And when I do feast on the flesh of animals I might just take a moment to thank the animal who gave his life so I could enjoy a nice Chicken Masala or a handful of Teriyaki jerky.

Meat is Murder
-The Smiths

Heifer whines could be human cries
Closer comes the screaming knife
This beautiful creature must die
This beautiful creature must die
A death for no reason
And death for no reason is MURDER

And the flesh you so fancifully fry
Is not succulent, tasty or kind
It's death for no reason
And death for no reason is MURDER

And the calf that you carve with a smile
And the turkey you festively slice
Do you know how animals die ?

Kitchen aromas aren't very homely
It's not "comforting", cheery or kind
It's sizzling blood and the unholy stench

It's not "natural", "normal" or kind
The flesh you so fancifully fry
The meat in your mouth
As you savour the flavour

Oh ... and who hears when animals cry ?

Sunday, April 15, 2007

A few of my favorite things...

The girls and I were having a day of beauty this weekend and we got to talking about our favorite products. The standards that we always use and would be broken hearted if they suddenly stopped selling them. I decided I would compile a list of mine on here. It took me years of trial and error and drawers full of hardly used drug store buys until I found these perfect products.

Here is my girly list of favorite things in no particular order (A lot of the Lush products are boy friendly as well!)

Bare Minerals Makeup. It took me years to find the perfect make-up. I've tried it all and none of it worked like I wanted it to. It either looked too fake or felt too thick or made me break out. Then one day I saw an infomercial and thought "Why not? I've tried everything else." and I bought it, used it, and have never looked back. It changed my skin for the better. I don't even need to visit my Dermatologist anymore! I've since turned several of my girlfriends on to this amazing stuff and they have all fallen in love with it like I did. This is the first product I've ever used where I wanted to write a letter to the company thanking them for inventing it.

Afterlife by Lush: It is amazing lotion for my face and neck. I use it every morning and every evening. I'm entering my mid 30's and don't have any crinkles yet. I guess it must be doing it's job!

Lay It On Thick by true blue spa- I use this on my hands and feet before bed. I combine it with moisture gloves & footies by Victoria's Secret. I wear a lot of impossibly high heels that tear up my feet and I work in an office where I use a lot of hand sanitizer to avoid the bugs that tend to get passed around offices that dry out my hands. This treatment for my hands and feet is a heavenly indulgence that keeps them soft and smooth!

BedHead After Party and Superstar are my two hair styling standards. I have a lot of hair and this combo gives it great volume as well as leaves it silky soft and smelling yummy!

My fragrance, body soaps, powder and lotions are all Karma by Lush.

Face cleanser is Coalface by Lush.

Around my eyes and lips I use Creme de la Mer. It is really expensive so I use it very sparingly.

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