May 27, 2015

The One With STATIC.

From one of the pieces within STATIC: The Silence Issue
Papa is a Preacher suffers from my indecisiveness—mostly, that I've never really been able to stick to one definition of what this place is supposed to be. The closest I've come is to the original idea that this spot would be a place for people to stay caught up with our family as we move around from place to place.

So let me share a bit of what I've been up to. 

This past semester ended my junior year of university (I keep saying that to see if it sticks in my far I'm still having a hard time grasping that). It also gave me the opportunity to take some of my favorite classes in my writing stream, including one in which the class was solely responsible for publishing a magazine. 

Hence, a little over a month ago, the first issue of STATIC was born.

The class was a small group of eight consisting of a managing editor, visual and photo editors, copyeditors (of which I was one), marketing directors, plus our editorial mother beloved professor. We had a little under four months to write and gather content, copyedit, design, and publish our issue.
We chose the theme of silence for the first issue because each of our muses was immediately able to identify with the theme and come up with at least a few writing ideas. The pieces are all creative non-fiction and revolve around the theme of silence and how each of us interpret it in our stories—however much or little the theme may show up in the piece. 
Last month during an evening full of sweaty palms, nervous smiles, and clumsy stutters, we joined the narrative non-fiction class of which most of us were also a part, and launched STATIC by reading some of our pieces aloud. 

The entire class was a wonderful experience, and I am so proud of the work we put into it, the things we learned, and the final result. I've grown quite fond of the pieces within the volume. It was a class I had been looking forward to for a long time, so it was a blast to finally get to take it. 

I will be posting one of the pieces I wrote for the issue on the blog next week, but if you'd like to read it and the other one I wrote as well as really strong pieces written by some of my fellow writers, you can get a digital copy here

Do you resist some of the things you worked on in school every once in a while?
Are you currently working on something for school you're excited about?
Do share!

May 19, 2015

The One With the Green Juice.

I talk about my veganism challenge in my blogpost here: The One With the Stereotype.

So here's the thing, a lack of animal products in your diet doesn't necessarily mean you don't eat unhealthy things. There are still a lot of fried foods, chips, cookies, candy, junk basically, that is vegan. Honest. Did you know even some Doritos don't have milk ingredients in them? Trust me.

So I kind of wanted to up the game a little bit. Veganism didn't translate into weight loss for me, probably because I was already living a semi-vegan life before, and because oh-my-goodness bread! In fact, I haven't weighed this much ever. And that's kinda scary.

So I want to juice a meal a day now. Starting with breakfast. I hate breakfast, but I know I have to have something. So while dinner would be the ideal meal to juice, I'm starting myself off easy.

My boyfriend, Vini, loooves juice. Complicated fresh squeezed juices and smoothies, or a single carton box of apple juice—they're all his favorites. Recently he's been advocating green juice for dinner. Most of the time I rolled my eyes and smirked while reaching into a bag of sweet and salty popcorn.

But this week I decided to try it out. We've had so many collard greens in our garden this spring, so I didn't even have to go out and buy anything. Plus, I could use some more iron and calcium in my diet. The juice is good for a plethora of things because of the dark leafy greens. It has lots of iron and calcium which is good for:

Preventing anemia 

Also, it's as easy as 1 2 3...

The apples take away the taste of the collard greens and also provide the best sweetness! It's a drink that's healthy, but actually tastes good too. So if, like me, you're not a breakfast lover, you can drink this with me instead! If, also like me, you love your snacks but want to supplement them with something a little less unhealthy (*cough* jujubes *cough*) this juice satisfied my sweetness craving too. 

1-2 of the sweetest apples you have—chopped
3-5 leaves of collard greens—"gutted" (cut out the thick part of the stems) and torn
orange juice to taste (sometimes more to the taste of your blender than your own)
ice (optional)

1. Blend all ingredients in a blender. Use the food chop setting, or pulse on slow. Add orange juice if your blender won't blend, but I suggest to put just a tad and be patient and wait for it all to chop.
2. Strain your juice if you're picky like me. If you don't mind the fiber, drink it all up! It'll be even better. 
3. Bottoms up!

As always, let me know what you guys think and if you tried it!
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