365 Days of Hypochondria

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May Food Favourites & Home Things (Days 295 & 296)

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Due to a change in lifestyle, I’ve been exploring foods that I don’t usually eat and prepare. For example, did you know you can cook sweet potato in the microwave in only 5 minutes? I can honestly say that the above four ingredients have been consumed by me almost every day for the past few weeks. As I stated in a previous post, I like using sweet potato as a topping for kale salad. (Tip: adding raisons makes it extra delicious!) I’ve also been using flax seed in my cereal and oatmeal and I use honey to sweeten my breakfast meals. I also like to eat a banana every morning.

As well, I’ve ¬†been trying to liven up my life by purchasing more plants. The little guy down below is my first purchase. A “Pachira Aquatica” also known as a Money Tree! They are supposed to bring good fortune and good luck!

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I’ve also purchased three air plants from a local seller and I can’t wait to incorporate those into my bedroom decor. I bought this air plant holder off of Etsy and I also found this old candle stick holder (below) at Goodwill for a dollar. Hopefully it will fit the other two air plants perfectly!

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I can’t wait to show you the finished photos! Have a good weekend!

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Home/s (Day 288)

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This week I traveled to my hometown for a 24 hour visit. During that short timespan I felt a lot of “nostalgia”. There’s something about summer in the country that makes you miss growing up in the middle of nowhere. Sometimes I really miss being a kid. Well, not being a kid, but the scenes that stand out from my childhood. In retrospect, memories from my youth seem photoshopped and perfect, a problematic but enjoyable way of remembering my childhood. Everything seems easier but surely, it was not. I miss my old home, but I’ll make a new one. I’ll make it myself, just for me.

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Lilac bush before bloom.

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Back in the city. Disheveled.


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Assumptive World (Day 62)

Right now, in my women’s studies class, we are discussing the concept of the “assumptive world” in relation to space, home, and belonging. I recently have been feeling lost-not in a literal sense- in an emotional sense. My assumptive world has been “shattered” as they say, due to the actions of those around me, and my own responses to them. This post isn’t about hypochondria, this post is about my life and the way I thought my body would exist in the world. I’ve experienced forced displacement multiple times; my families are never really families, only temporary structures of people. I love those people (some more than others) and eventually the structure crumbles and all of my assumptions about love and “forever” and growing older change. I recently told a friend that I have decided I never want to fall in love or become attached to anyone but I really just want to stop assuming that everything is lasting.


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Feminist Fortress (An In-Depth Analysis) (Day 61)

Everyone in my house (for the most part) is currently sick. I don’t have any anxiety about it. I actually enjoy being sick with other people, because it feels like a team effort to get better (is that weird?). I asked them (my room-mates) what I should write about today and they jokingly suggested that I write about them (so I will hehe). Because they will probably be mentioned at some point or another, here is a rundown of some of my friends (or the ones who are currently in the same room as me right now).

Kate & Saralyn: Kate, Saralyn, and I always joke about how we are all so much alike. But we do have our differences. Kate is an amazing cello player (who once had the opportunity to play with Yo-Yo Ma), she also enjoys all things femme and is probably the most whimsical, easygoing hippy figure in my life. She can read a novel in a day or less and can write a ten page essay in under five hours. I would describe Saralyn as a genius psych-major who aspires to be an air traffic controller (she actually just passed a required test). Saralyn is also a free-spirit who enjoys copious amounts of oatmeal and going for runs. She also shares my love of everything Kardashian.

Tasha: Tasha is my other roommate (besides Saralyn and Kate, making us a house of five, although we have some honorary roomies). Tasha is a newer friend so I don’t know as much about her but I do know that she loves computers, media, and feminism, just as much as the rest of us. And she’s super lovely and nice.

Deanna: Deanna is our honorary fifth roommate. She’s not on the lease but basically lives with us, and we love it. Deanna has a badass half-sleeve and is one of my oldest friends here. We’ve known each other since high school. Deanna enjoys bringing Kate her crystal light (she drinks a lot of crystal light) and fixing things. She has a passion for women’s studies, gender studies and social work, so that’s pretty cool. She can also play the guitar like a boss and can draw an extremely realistic looking portrait.

Mich: Mich is our honorary sixth roommate. Mich is the official computer-fixer of the house. Mich also sometimes brings us vegan cookies or sage and we love them for it. Mich is a lot of fun and has a similar personality to the rest of us, so they mesh perfectly with our houses’ vibes.

I always joke that Mich and Deanna are never allowed to leave because I love their presence so much.

Ella: Ella is our overachieving friend. She is currently twenty years old (as of yesterday) and she is a partner at a design company downtown. A partner. At twenty. She also hates hot sauce and has a love affair with her iPhone. But we accept her weirdness. As well, Ella would win any swagger competition.

Overall, we are a strange house. We order WAY too much middle-eastern food and frozen-yogurt for delivery and there is constantly an old-school video game being played in the living room at ALL moments. But we are probably the cutest all-queer, all-feminist house on the block.

And those are my lovely beauties  (I love you guys).