Resolution 4: Not Procrastinating.

Ahhh.

Like all high school students (or at least the majority), I have a problem getting things done in a timely manner. I don’t know why, but I just do.

Don’t judge.

I figured now would be the perfect time to work on my procrastination, with it being summer and all, and with me having lots of summer assignments to do!

I have to:

  • read two books for AP Lit
  • write essays on both of them
  • do ninety AP Chem questions
  • finish two other books
  • complete a 4 day residency journalism workshop
  • write articles for that new magazine I was talking about
  • finish my CommonApp application essay
  • babysit

So, hopefully I get all of this completed in a timely manner. I’ve already divided my tasks by the week, and I’ll be working really hard to stick to it. Who knows.

Wish me luck. I’ll definitely need it.

Book Review: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Finally, I finished this book!

I’m the type of reader to read a book either a) in one day, or b) spread out like crazy (like, over the course of months crazy).

This book took me around two months start to finish. But, I had sort of bought it as one of those “keep in the car” types of books, so you know. But I revisited it yesterday and read the entire second half of the book in two hours. Maybe that will make up for it. I don’t know.

Anyways, on with the review.

Goodreads Summary:

“Hi, I’m the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you . . . “

Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It’s company policy.) But they can’t quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives.

Meanwhile, Lincoln O’Neill can’t believe this is his job now- reading other people’s e-mail. When he applied to be “internet security officer,” he pictured himself building firewalls and crushing hackers- not writing up a report every time a sports reporter forwards a dirty joke.

When Lincoln comes across Beth’s and Jennifer’s messages, he knows he should turn them in. But he can’t help being entertained-and captivated-by their stories.

By the time Lincoln realizes he’s falling for Beth, it’s way too late to introduce himself.

What would he say . . . ?

Genre: Young Adult

Year of Publication: 201

How I Came Across It: After reading Eleanor and Park and Fangirl, I realized that I was totally becoming a fan of Rainbow Rowell, so when I saw this in the bargain area (what a great book! Sad that it had resorted to the bargain bin), I just had to grab it. And so I did. I hadn’t read about this book beforehand, though. I just knew it was out because the reviews for it were on the back on Eleanor and Park.

Impression of FTP: “Ah, this reminds me of the books I used to read when I was in middle school, with the whole email setup of a book. Oh wait, what’s the second chapter? Who’s Lincoln? What?”

It made me want to keep reading, that’s for sure.

The Good: I like Beth, I like Jennifer. There’s something refreshing about Jennifer’s character, especially. I like how the two had obviously very different personalities. I also liked how the dialogue read. Very distinct for (mostly) every character. The setting was great, too, and I liked reading a story that mostly took place at a newspaper office building.

The Bad: The story is not very original. Well, some aspects are new to me, like the idea of eavesdropping on other people’s conversations. I appreciated the angle, though, of a man whose job is to read flagged messages and not some weird creep (well, it does get a little creepy at one point, but I’m willing to let that go). Not to say that it was a bad story, however, just sort of predictable.

And, I am so tired of reading about the “handsome geek” type of guy. I know, I know, that’s bad, but Lincoln was just that. An almost thirty year old who lives with his mom, plays Dungeons and Dragons, constantly thinking about an ex that left him nearly a decade before… You get it.

The Ugly: I get the whole thing with Eva and her mom (trying to not spoil anything here), but I feel like the dislike was a bit forced? A little dramatic? I don’t know. And, there were times in the story where I swore Sam and Eva were the same person. They have very similar personalities… I’m not a huge fan of that. But, overall, there wasn’t anything that was too ugly.

How’s the Ending?: Alright, so the ending is everything you expect. Well, the end of the ending, anyways. One part threw me for a loop, and almost made me doubt myself. Almost.

But then everything was smooth sailing again. Even though I think that it was a bit out of Beth’s character to do the thing she did at the movies, but it was still good.

Overall Grade: B. It was entertaining, but not my favorite by RR. However, I am very, very excited to read Landlines!

Don’t say the F word

Originally posted on Jasmine Monet:

Until recently, I have never identified myself as a feminist. Mainly because I suffered from the ailment most people suffer, of thinking a feminist is an ugly, over-weight lesbian woman with unshaven legs and a powerful punch. To me, feminism was accurately depicted by Candace and Toni from the Feminist bookstore, in the show Portlandia. Still, I’ve always believed in women: their beauty, their strength, their ability to overcome.119203342_orig I did not realize until recently that my respect and adoration for women as a whole was in and of itself, feminism.

In retrospect, I was destined to be a feminist before I could walk and talk. I grew up with a single mother who protected, provided, supported, loved and disciplined me. She unintentionally taught me to be a woman without apology. To love myself, to be strong but gentle, to be pretty but also smart. To recognize that…

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Update on my DIY Project: Deodorant and toothpaste

Hello guys!

So, I must say that my DIY deodorant is awesome. I haven’t had any burning sensation, or melting armpit hairs. In fact, it’s been nothing but good smelling pits.

My recipe? Super simple. One part coconut oil, melted, to one part cornstarch to one part baking soda. If you have sensitive skin, reduce the baking soda.

I just mix all mine together and put it in an oh-so glamorous ziploc bag. Hey, it works.

As far as toothpaste: 1/4 cup baking soda, 2 tbsp melted coconut oil. Store in a container or baggie. I don’t dip my toothbrush in the mixture, but use a wooden stick or something similar to get it on the brush. The coconut oil has good antibacterial properties, and it’s gentle. I know rubbing oil on teeth sounds weird, but it works. I promise. And really well, too.

Next project: Vegan DIY cleaning products! I think you all will enjoy that post. :)

Until next time!

Steph

Starting a new book club on Tumblr!

A book club, you say? How peculiar, you are thinking. And maybe you’re wondering how to join, perhaps?

Well, I’ll answer all those questions.

So, what type of books will this club focus on? A lot of them. The plan is to explore a different genre/author/theme every month. And, all the members get a say in what books we read by submitting what they want to read next. I’ll be keeping a running list of what the members want to read and, along with a moderator, choose the book for the next book cycle.

How to join: send me a message at what-steph-said.tumblr.com (NEW BLOG by the way, all the future posts from here will also appear on that blog, along with other posts I like) with your email and you’ll get an invitation that way. If you don’t have a tumblr, I encourage you make one, but otherwise send me a message on anon and I’ll invite you. You will have to make one if you don’t have a tumblr, however. Luckily, signing up is super easy (and free) AND you’ll be able to follow What Steph Said on tumblr!

I hope to see some of you all there! Drop me a message there OR leave a comment if you’re interested.

I need some change in my life.

I guess, anyways. I’ve been so… Same lately.

So, I changed my blog theme on WordPress and on Tumblr!

Speaking of, if you guys want a vegan tumblr (mostly vegan, but a lot of cute animal pictures and feminism and lgbtq+ stuff), then follow me at lovelyvegansteph.tumblr.com.

Do you all like the new look? Let a girl know.

I’ll be a cool mom

Not like Regina’s from Mean Girls, but cool enough.

I hope.

Like, really, I feel there are some parents that are just so… controlling over their kids lives.

The kid is five! Let her play soccer at the park! Don’t tell her that getting dirty is “for boys.”

If my son wants to wear pink shoes, then he’s gonna wear some pink shoes. I won’t opt for blue because it’s a “manly color.” Bump that.

If my teen child tells me they don’t feel like they identify with any particular gender, then I’m not going to patronize them for that.

If my kid wants to not pursue Thing A and, instead, wants to do Thing D, they can (provided that it’s legal and safe).

If school isn’t my kid’s thing, then I won’t force them to make all A’s. Yeah, school is my thing, but how big of a jerk would I have to be to punish my kid for it not being theirs?

The funny thing about all this is that it shouldn’t be as big of a deal as I know it is to so many parents. These shouldn’t be radical concepts.

But they are. And that’s sad.

Hopefully, someday this will all be common sense parenting. Hopefully.

Eating onion rings and food thoughts. (RECIPE)

As I’m typing this right now, I am around two thirds through my massive plate of onion rings.

I used a whole onion, guys. A big onion, too.

I’ll give you all the recipe, too, since I love you all. *grabs another ring.*

Ingredients
1 onion
2 cups vegan friendly fish fry (most of them are just cornmeal and spices, I used Andy’s Red) OR make your own: 2 cups cornmeal, and around five shakes each of the following: chili powder, garlic powder, paprika, seasoning salt, and any other spice you want to use. I just used the four
Batter: 1.5 flax eggs (4.5 tbsp flax meal, .5 cup water), then in same bowl add 2/3 cup white flour. Stir. Add enough water where the mixture is free of clumps and smooth, which I think was around 1/2 cup for me.

What you do:
Peel and cut onion. Like, you know, into rings and all. Pop out individual rings. Mine were around 1/2 inch thick.
Coat rings in batter. What I did to make this easier (and faster) was put multiple rings in the batter at once and stirred.
Coat rings in fish fry/cornmeal mixture.
Fry up in a skillet on medium high heat until desired consistency. Some people like really crispy rings, like me, so mine took around three to four minutes per batch. I made batches of 7-8, removing a few at a time as they finished.

From start to finish, it took about thirty minutes. Not a super quick recipe, but a super simple one. Plus, a tad (and just a tad) bit healthier than traditional onion rings made with egg.

Anyways, the actual thought part of this post is that I’ve been eating a lot of fried foods lately. Two nights ago, I had fried tofu for dinner (my mom fixed fried fish, so I wanted to “mock” that to the best of my ability). It was delicious.

So bad for the bod.

Oh well. I mean, I mostly eat well, so it’s not that big of a deal. I’m going to allocate one fried food a week.

At least I don’t fry my potatoes anymore. Oven baked is truly the way to go.

What unhealthy foods have you been eating lately?

I have had a very busy year.

And, I know, that doesn’t excuse my crappy lack of posting. I’m sorry. Honestly.

New ball game: post once a week. This is ultimate goal. It will happen. I promise.



So, I’ll give you all a little social media update. I have a youtube channel, although there are only two videos and it’s a vegan channel, but if you’re interested the link is youtube.com/livelovevegansteph.

If you want to follow me on my vegan tumblr, it’s livelovevegansteph.tumblr.com.


I haven’t been reading much at all lately, but that’s because I’ve been writing! I got this job for a magazine (details later) which I’m super excited about, I’ve been writing my story, doing engineering stuff… All that. But, I do have three books that I’ll be reading really soon so expect reviews sometime this month, I hope!


I have some recipes, too. Mostly desserts, of course. Lemon cinnamon blueberry biscuits, raw vegan carrot cupcakes complete with a fruity frosting, yummy smoothies, raw brownies, etc. So be on the lookout!


To all my followers that are still here, thank you so much for sticking around through my lack of posts. I swear, the time just got away! That’s no excuse, though. I need to make this blog, and my followers, more of a priority.

I pinky swear I won’t disappoint again. :)