Monday, July 29, 2013

awesome pasta for not as awesome people (just kidding) / Nina.

Seriously, pasta is awesome. I mean so awesome that it has been around since the 1st century BC. YEAH. It's been awhile. I mean, how easy is it to boil some pasta, pour some sauce, sprinkle some cheese, grab a fork, and eat? Ok, I made it sound like a process. WELL IT IS A PROCESS. But an easy one.

***FUN FACT*** : pasta originally was meant to be eaten completely plain (no sauce ya'll) AND with hands in small portions (say goodbye to big bowls). BOY DID WE SCREW UP. 

I HAVE HERE THE BEST PASTA RECIPE EVER IN THE HISTORY OF ALL THINGS EVER. Well maybe. I think it's pretty rad. I make it all the time and everyone I've ever made it for has loved it. YEAH I'M PRETTY PASTA POPULAR. Here's the recipe:

Pesto Amazing Pasta

INGREDIENTS:

  • Pasta (WHATEVER you like. I prefer short pasta like penne)
  • Pesto sauce (you don't have to make it! you can be lazier!!!)
  • Parmesean cheese (FRESH parmesean. The one you have to grate. Not those sprinkly kinds. Thats dinky)
  • Cherry/Grape tomatoes
  • Asparagus
  • Mushrooms
  • Pepper
  • Milk


OKAY SO heres what happens:


  1. Boil the freaking pasta. You know how to to do it. If you don't, here's a video by About.com Food


     2. Boil your mushrooms and asparagus in a separate pan. It should take around 10 minutes TOPS.
     3. Put your pesto sauce in the bowl that had pasta, and put a TEENSEY SMALL bit on milk in it. Put the heat on Minimum and let it warm up a little.
     4. ADD the mushrooms and asparagus
     5. Add your pasta
     6. Add sliced tomatoes
     7. grate some Parmesan cheese and sprinkle on that pepper
     8. YOU`RE DONE GO EAT.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Feminism: What is it?/Aileen

I apologize for being MIA for a couple of months. It has been my turn to post something on the blog, and Nina has been heckling me about it. It's not that I don't want to post something, but I feel like I need to be in the right mood and mindset to actually sit down and write something that is worth publishing on the internet. Also, I might have had a bad case of the "laziness." I'm back here, on subject matters that you guys might have noticed I've been talking about a couple of times on this blog: feminism/sexism.

It frustrates me to no end to know that most people, even self-claimed "feminist" DO NOT understand what true "feminism" stands for. Feminism is absolutely NOT about hate towards men in any way whatsoever. It is about The advocacy of women's rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men. It is not about bringing men down to a lower status than women, but instead to BRING women up to the same pedestal in which men have been standing on since the beginning of human existence. Feminism addresses many issues that women struggle through, including women-on-women hate, racism, sexism, etc... Referring back to my earlier post about "slut shaming," body shaming, and other issues.  Feminism is about equality for all.

I can go on this subject forever and ever and I will never be able to talk about all that needs to be addressed in this subject.
Women should be able to walk down the street
without being bombarded by "cat calling" creeps.
It's not flattering, it's disgusting.


Tuesday, March 5, 2013

the universe is expanding!!! / Nina

        I'm taking a Philosophy course in university. The class is proving to be very interesting but what has interested me the most has to do with the Philosophy of Religion. Okay, not necessarily, but that's how this whole universe thing started. While learning about Religion, our professor kept talking about the universe. The universe this the universe that, and it dawned on me that even though I knew general information about the universe, I never actually looked into the deeper knowledge. When we discussed the Big Bang and how the universe probably started rather than infinitely existed, I evaluated my whole existence and everything beyond it. How am I here? How did I get here? Is there another universe? Whats is a universe? Will it go away? What am I doing with all these questions?

Anyways, I finally decided to be pro-active about my questions and got around to going to the library and getting a few books on it. I read about astronomy, general information about the universe (to refresh my brain), and some books about our existence as a whole; the existence of the universe. After reading a little, I came across some information I had heard numerous times before but never actually wrapped my mind around:

The universe is expanding.

Okay, so not actually expanding, but more like stretching. See, I always heard about this, but had never read more into that statement and tried to understand it. It's a fascinating thing, really, but when I was in the library, realizing what this meant, I began to feel just like this kid:



To some of you, the fact that the universe is expanding might mean nothing. For me, as a person who has the natural tendency to over think everything (ESPECIALLY when it has to do with the state of existence), it was downright depressing and terrifying to know. I felt exactly how Woody Allen did as a child in Annie Hall (clip). HOWEVER, I still wanted to know more. I might as well explain to you what I learned in the simplest of terms if you don't know, either! It's pretty interesting!

The universe (to put it lightly) is everything in existence. There are galaxies within the universe. Basically, there are many galaxies in space. Now, the galaxies don't exactly move. Instead, they just sit there, BUT the space between them increases. So galaxies are technically moving IN space rather than through it. So, even though galaxies have not moved through space, the space between them has increased because it has been stretched! (That's why it's not exactly expanding, but more like stretching)

WOW!!! SO even though we may look up at the sky, take a walk down the road, and fly a plane we don't really notice that everything is STRETCHING!!! BUT IT IS!!!

To explain it even MORE clearly, I will use a famous analogy that is about Raisin Bread. I shall quote from the Library of Congress:

"As the bread rises and expands, the raisins move farther away from each other, but they are still stuck in the dough. In the case of the universe, there may be raisins out there that we can’t see any more because they have moved away so fast that their light has never reached Earth. Fortunately, gravity is in control of things at the local level and keeps our raisins together."

I don't know about you, but this stuff is pretty wicked. Even though I get scared thinking about this sometimes (because it may mean that at some point the universe will crushed as a result of a reverse Big Bang, or the universe is infinite!), I still marvel at how small I feel when I realize all this stuff! Just think about it! We are part of the universe, yet we are so small compared to how the planets, the stars, the galaxies. YET WE ARE PART OF IT!!!

I really have no clue why I decided to share this, but it tickled my fancy and maybe it did for you, too!


Saturday, January 19, 2013

End Slut Shaming! / Aileen

I'd like to point out a controversial topic. Of course my beliefs are not everyone's beliefs, and that is fine by me and I'm not going in too deep into the matter because this could turn into a 10 page essay and I'm probably gonna be jumping all over the place just because this subject is so general. I'm aware that writing about this topic might alter people's perspective on me, but really, I could care less.

I truly believe you cannot fight for women's rights and equality if you conform into what is usually called "slut shaming." I'm not saying I have never called another girl a slut, but let's be real, who hasn't? But I have come to point where I know better and am beyond that. The words "slut" and "whore" are used to fluidly nowadays so of course it slips out once in a while, but I try to restrain!

 What is slut shaming you ask? 
It is an unfortunate phenomenon in which people degrade or mock a woman by calling her a "slut" or a "whore" because she had sex before marriage, enjoys having sex, has a lot of [casual] sex, dresses suggestively or may even just be rumored to participate in sexual activities.

A women's sexuality is non of anybody's business but her own, and she should never be degraded by her choices. She could have sex with 10 different partners and it still wouldn't be your darn business! Woah, 10 different partners, you say? That is trashy. UH NO, YOUR TRASH-TALK IS TRASHY. 
A lot of people assume that when a girl has a lot of sex, there might be something psychological wrong with her. Who knows, maybe she does (that's a whole other subject, but even then!) but ever stop to think that maybe she is comfortable with her sexuality? You can have sex with a hundred guys and still have self-respect. Having self-respect should not be linked to how much sex you have. If she being responsible, safe, and is not causing any harm to anybody, why is it any of your business? You can go ahead and have your own opinions, but to label and point it out for another person, is that really necessary? Is that really YOUR place to judge? 
Absolutely not.

When it comes to the topic of sex, it is very taboo and everyone gets awkward. It is fine for you to feel uncomfortable talking about it, but it is not something to be ashamed of. 
People have their reasons for doing it whether it's doing it to express love and intimacy to a partner, to satisfy your needs or even to just being bored on a Saturday night. 
It's your body, it's your choice, you should not have to feel bad for something that makes you feel good.

  • I don't just believe in ending "slut shaming" as an intent to protect women's sexual freedom but also to also protect women's rights over their own body. 
  • "If you don't respect sluts, you don't respect women." If you don't respect sluts, then you're pretty much saying you only respect women who follow your standards and rules of sex and dress code. What kind of oppression bullshit is that?
  • Women who call each other women --What are you doing?! You're degrading your own kind! When you call each other sluts, it makes it seem okay for men to disrespect you and call women "sluts"
  • Slut shaming also causes it to be "justified" as an excuse of a woman deserving to be raped, and that is a dangerous thing. Rape victims are often blamed for their rape because they are a "slut" for dressing suggestively, or flirting. If I'm wearing short shorts, I'm just ASKING to be raped, right?
  • Double Standards: When men have a lot of sex, they are usually put up on the pedestal and congratulated while women are degraded.
Don't condemn the sexually-liberated and stop policing our bodies.
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Right on. 

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

time for some edumacation / Nina

If you're in school, you'll probably get why I am constantly laying on the floor of my bedroom, listening to angsty music and eating pizza (or cheetos or candy or...fruit).
George Costanza knows your pain.

Anyways, the point is that we get stressed out in school, and sometimes it's just because of the huge amount of homework we get. OTHER TIMES, however, it's because we like to P-R-O-C-R-A-S-T-I-N-A-T-E and lay on the floor. Or whatever.

Dying during finals BECAUSE I WAS JUST NOT DOING IT RIGHT
In order to not feel like you're gonna cry at some point during this semester (or any), you need to be PREPARED. LOCKED AND LOADED to face the struggles of school.

Here are a few tips!

1) PLEASE. GET ENOUGH SLEEP. I've already said this before, but sleep is honestly one of the most important things you can EVER do for yourself. You know how crappy you feel the next day when you stay up late on tumblr, watch movies, finish last minute homework, or do whatever the hell else your creepy minds think of. You will be in a much better mood, and that will be good for you and the people around you that gotta deal with your shit! YA HEAR!?

2) Be organized! Sometimes you don't even know where to start on all the homework you have lined up, and end up doing none of it at all. That's just crazy. Get a planner/agenda and WRITE down all the stuff ya gotta get done. Now if you aren't like me (who NEEDS to write stuff on paper), just put reminders on your phone! Once you finish your task, CROSS THAT RIGHT OFF BABY. Maybe tidy up your binders/notebooks etc in order to feel like your work will be more approachable. Trust me.

3) In relation to number 3, get a sense of TIME MANAGEMENT. You have a certain amount of hours in the day, and you'll be surprised at how much you can get done if you get right down to it! Plan out the times you have to do your homework/tasks by priority and put a certain time limit to each one.

4) I know this one is the hardest, but just stop procrastinating. Seriously, it is one of the things that can really screw you over when you have tests, projects, and just homework that is expected to be quality material. If you do little by little of your work each day, you'll do much better/have better results than leaving it all for one day of mass hysteria and chaos. JUST STOP THE MADNESS.

5) Relax. Make sure you leave some time for yourself. Even if you just enjoy watching some mindless TV or grabbing a bite to eat with your friends, make sure you do it! You need to have a taste of freedom in order to get through the hard stuff.

ALRIGHT HOPE YA'LL DON'T STRESS YASELVES OUT AND REMEMBER TO ENJOY A SLICE ONCE IN AWHILE AND LAY ON THE FLOOR A BIT.


Friday, January 11, 2013

friendship ocean / Nina

I am lucky to have met a few wonderful people that have remained my close friends throughout the years (and even a few new ones). I have been able to be in some of the most honest friendships throughout my adolescence, and still have some of them today.

That being said, I have gone through some sour friendships. Sometimes things just don't work out. Sometimes people just don't click. This can be hard to deal with, especially if you've felt you haven't found your "people" yet, and are alone.


Never fear! When the times comes, you will meet those people. But for now, what you got is what you got. That doesn't mean you have to settle if you find yourself unhappy. There are always people to meet and get to know wherever you go, and sometimes it takes a bit of courage to actually put yourself out there. It's worth it, though. You'll get to know people you may have overlooked before.

If you have friends that you appreciate, then congratulations! That is one of the hardest things to achieve. To be fully satisfied with how well you connect with a group of people (or even one!) is a fantastic thing. Here are some wonderful aspects I have discovered with having quality friends:

- If they drive, they'll drive you everywhere. Especially if ya'll have nothing to do, and just want to go somewhere. Trust me, this is probably one of the highlights of the last few months of my life.

- When you're upset, they'll either let you vent/cry/sulk, give you some thoughtful advice, or just try to keep your mind off of whatever you're dealing with. I remember when I was down (and fully vocal about it), Aileen and Jennifer came to my house within the hour and distracted me so much that by the time they left I had no idea why I was so down.


- YOU WILL LAUGH. To the point where everything hurts. Friends are just too goddamn funny, and usually if you're that close you share the same twisted humor you don't allow to be public.



- The amount of adventures you will have with these people are tremendous. Whether it's going somewhere you haven't been to before, or just realizing something amazing in your living room with them, it's these memories that stick with you.

- You feel loved. That's important. Sometimes family just doesn't do you justice (come on, I know you had that phase of hating your rents and wishing you were a part of "Full House" or some other unrealistic TV show) and you need something more. That's usually friends. They are the "other" family you weren't born into. I would say they are just as important.



Take some time to appreciate your friends.


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

we're alive!!!



WE DIDN'T DIE.

We just had too much fun during Christmas and New Years! School has started so let us get in the swing of things and we shall be baaaaack!



Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Small Acts of Kindness/ Aileen

 These are the little acts of kindness in my life that I appreciate. I hope these make you smile! :)


  • I work at a fast-food restaurant and so my job is to give a "Hi, how may I help you?" and the customer quickly give me an order for me to ring up and our interaction is over from there on. On occasions, I get that one customer who will ask me about my day as they wait for their order and I can tell that they genuinely care about what I have to say. 
  • When a stranger will wait that prolonged awkwardness for you to catch up to the door while they hold it for you. 
  • While at work, I got into a very heated argument with a customer who was being a complete asshole for degrading me. After the argument, an elderly man approached me to comfort me. He told me that I was right to stand up for myself and then he hugged me. 
  • My eldest brother and I have a rough relationship. Solely are we ever on the same page about anything and so we tend to piss each other off. Every now and then though, he sends me a letter through the mail, usually written on a horribly taken photo of us together. In the letter, he fills it with inspirational and loving words, telling me how proud he is of me. 
  • When I'm heartbroken over a boy and Nina cooks me all the food I want.
  • When my dog senses that I'm sick or crying, he cuddles with me.
  • When my friend Jen calls me every hour, on the hour during late night studying to make sure I don't fall asleep. 

Saturday, December 1, 2012

theme introduction and the HOLIDAYS!!11 / Nina

It's December! WooOOOooOoOoOOoOOO!!!111

This month is filled with snow! (Maybe) It's filled with Holidays! (If you're into that) It's filled with gifts! (Hopefully not a ton of itchy sweaters) It's filled with food! (not complaining) And tons of other fantasticalness!

Even if you don't like winter and all the doom and gloom it brings (not to mention the cold weather), you gotta admit there are some good points to it. One of the things it allows us to do is be KIND to one another. KINDESS is the theme of the month ya'll!

However you spend December, whether it is religiously celebrated or not, you might be giving out some gifts, doing some community work, and spending more time with your loved ones. Sometimes we tend to forget that we are doing this because we want to spread our affection towards the people we appreciate, rather than for the material gain. One of the reasons the Holidays, and the times when we feel the most down in the dumps exists is because it is a chance to be kind to one another, and put our energy into other people! That can go a looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong way. It's a forgotten reason why things like Christmas exist! Now if only we could work on making this last longer than the Holidays...

Hope you're gonna enjoy December! Christmas is around the corner, and even if you don't celebrate it, you might enjoy some tunes!



Wednesday, November 28, 2012

leave those kids alone! /Nina

Whenever finals come around the thing I want to do the most is nothing. I would just like to lie on the floor of my bedroom (beds are for losers), and never think again. What more can you ask for than a bag of Cheetos and some mind numbing, but awesome music? Who needs a future when you got Led Zeppelin? In the words of Pink Floyd, "we don't need no education". At least, until I start to panic and end up studying like a mad woman. SO what I'm gonna do is spend some time numbing out, thank you.



Monday, November 26, 2012

courageous women! /Nina

Many women today have been brave enough to take charge and say or do what they have wanted to do! I am highlighting women because it seems that we are always put on the back burner and are usually the least important in society all over the world. Here are four women (out of MANY) that represent courage:

Rosa Parks


This lady right here refused to give up her seat on the bus! She sat where she was assigned to sit (which was in a "coloured section of the bus), and was asked to move when more white passengers came on. Refusing to, she was arrested. 

"People always say that I didn't give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn't true. I was not tired physically, or no more tired than I usually was at the end of a working day. I was not old, although some people have an image of me as being old then. I was forty-two. No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in."

Not only did Rosa stand up for herself, but she became an icon for the Civil Rights Movement. She took part in a boycott on public transportation, and was able to change the law concerning segregation on public buses. 

Maya Angelou


A writer (and so much more) with talent that I cannot express other than telling you to read her books, she was one of the first African American women to write a memoir (I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings) that discussed her personal life publicly.

In a time where women (especially black women) were seen as nothing but objects, subjects, but not main characters, Maya was able to create a new kind of hope for women that wanted to share their stories. Not all of those stories would be happy, either.

"Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can't practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage. "

Gloria Steinem


Probably one of the most famous feminists around, Gloria was the leader and spokeswoman for the women's liberation movement around the 60's and 70's.

She had been able to shape feminism and women's rights on such a great scale by writing for New York, co-founding Ms. magazine, help form National Women's Caucus (on behalf of women's issues), and touring worldwide to lecture and encourage feminist thinking.

"We've begun to raise daughters more like sons... but few have the courage to raise our sons more like our daughters."

Christiane Amanpour

Currently working and most importantly, reporting for CNN, Christiane has been able to tackle to toughest of subjects in the Middle East, all while facing dangerous situations.

She rose to prominence when she reported on Iran, Bosnia, and Iraq during times of crisis and war. In such crazy times, she was brave enough to go out there and report unbiased stories that needed to be told to the general public.

"I have always thought it morally unacceptable to kill stories, not to run stories, that people have risked their lives to get"


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Princess stories, and what is wrong with them!/ Aileen

With final exams and term paper due dates coming up fast, we are unable to post as frequent as we would like to. I'm going to leave you guys with some of my thoughts and facts you probably didn't know about some of the popular fairy tales we all know and love! I'm not really talking about Disney princesses, though. If you didn't know, most fairy tale cartoons made by Disney are actually old folklore modified into PG fantasies. I'm going to mainly focus on Cinderella since that is what my term paper is on, but I will touch base on some other ones, too! (Sorry, I'm not sorry if I ruin them for you) xox

Cinderella


  • Cinderella teaches girls to be passive obedient, and passive about abuse. For all of her life, she's been told to be a "good girl" and do as she was told. Despite her stepmother and step-sisters' abuse, she obeyed them. She was even voluntarily nice to them, as well. 
  • Cinderella didn't take her fate entirely into her own hands. It wasn't until the miracle of magic from her Godmother that she was able to go to the ball. 
  • Glass slippers? Seriously? Glass slippers are almost impossible to walk, let alone dance or run in. In order for Cinderella to wear them, she had to be very very light (weight), and extremely graceful on her feet. Pretty much dainty. 
  • In the written story of Cinderella, the prince did not talk to her whatsoever while at the ball. Instead he spent the entire night gazing at her physical beauty. He didn't even ask her for her name! 
  • The glass slipper was so small, that it could only fit one person in the entire kingdom –Cinderella! One of the original version of Cinderella actually originated from China, where they would severely bind and deform women's feet to make them smaller. 
  • The whole purpose of the ball (though Disney does not mention it) was to invite all the beautiful ladies so that the prince could pick out his wife. The prince can pick out (objectifying) any woman he wants to be his wife. The marriage is not at all about love (women wanted to marry into royalty) but instead class and physical beauty. 
  • In one of the original Cinderella stories, the step-sisters actually use a knife to slice off parts of their feet so that they can fit the glass slippers. Their mother convinced them by saying "once you're a queen, you won't have to walk any more."



Sleeping Beauty


  • Sleeping beauty is almost like a softcore rape story. The state of sleep in which the princess is in, makes her extremely vulnerable and unable to fend for herself. A prince comes along and decides to kiss her? Without her permission? In fact, the original story Sleeping Beauty actually involved her being raped while she was sleeping, and waking many months later to find herself the mother of 2 children.
The Little Mermaid
  • The Little Mermaid involves her sacrificing for love and for a man. What does she sacrifice, though? Her voice. Her ability to speak. This makes her an idealistic woman for a man. One that does not verbally pester, ask, converse, or have the ability to express her opinions. 
  • In the original story, there was no happy ending. She didn't marry the prince because he marries someone else. Out of heartbreak, she was supposed to stab him with a knife for his blood to trickle down her feet so that it will change her back into a mermaid, but she couldn't bring herself to do it. Instead, she throws herself into the sea. She dies, as her body dissolves into foam. 
  • In the Disney story, she has an obsession with collecting material, and it can be interpreted as women being materialistic. 

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

authority figures /Nina

So, I know this is kinda late but Aileen and I went to Halloween party and decided to be people of AUTHORITY. This is from October but it was definitely some kick-ass costumes that made us feel...well... kick ass! 
To prepare for the act of dressing up we had to eat pizza, of course.

And model with it, too.


I WAS RAMBO AND AILEEN WAS A SEXY COP. That's pretty much all I had to say about that.
Hope ya'll had a great Halloween and an even better recovery!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

theme Introduction and a power walk /Nina

Now that a new month has arrived we are introducing themes! This month's theme is COURAGE. It's important to know that being courageous can change things. Whether it's making sure you say your opinion on that controversial issue, taking the risk and asking someone out, maintaining who you are, and so much more, being brave and stepping out of your comfort zone is a feeling everyone needs to experience at least once, if not more. Saying this, however, we also gotta confront the times we "fail" to be courageous. The times we just couldn't step up to the plate and deliver. We are all a little chicken sometimes and that's perfectly okay!

Why not start with some good tunes!

Okay, you ever have those moments when you're listening to music on your headphones and imagining your life panned out as a music video or like a really cool moment? I know you're lying if you say you haven't.

How about when you enter a building (high school, college, university, etc)? It's always nice to enter with some confidence. Maybe some bad-ass feeling in side telling you that anything coming your way can be dealt with flawlessly. I used to always increase the volume when I was entering and leaving high school because THAT'S JUST WHAT YOU DO. It made me feel like I could conquer the world AND get my Biology homework handed in on time. Rookie Mag (best magazine I've ever seen for teenage girls ever) made a playlist for these moments.

This makes up for all the embarrassing events that happen in between our entrances and departures.


            
                              High School Power Walk from RookieMag on 8tracks Radio.