Monday, September 28, 2015

Changing Seasons, Changing Mind

Happy Autumn Equinox Super Blood Moon!!! I know the total lunar eclipse didn't actually happen on the Equinox, but it was pretty close! I think it bodes well for a creepy Halloween...

A lot of people start to feel down when the weather turns. They're no strangers to the cold, dark days ahead. Every season has its special joys, and purpose, though!

AND, there's no point in feeling sad that Winter is coming before it actually gets here, right? We have at least another few weeks of comfortable weather in our neck of the woods, and probably a lot more than that!

Make a baked apple, or a caramel one, or even order a pumpkin spice latte. I won't tell! Stock up your home with good books, put some rad documentaries or tv shows on your Netflix list, buy scented candles and cozy sweaters, and gear up to go inward!

And while you're waiting for it to actually get cold, don't forget to enjoy those things you're going to miss! There's likely to be at least one more day of beach weather this year, so seize it! Sip an iced coffee while you go for a walk and watch the leaves change.

I always find the seasonal changes to be powerful times, full of magic, and potential for exponential growth. If you find yourself feeling bummed about the cold weather coming, delve into that. Ask yourself why. Ask yourself what's happening right now that's upsetting you. Ask yourself if maybe you could find something to appreciate about the micro season that you're in. Keep doing it. It's amazing what can shift when we stop operating on autopilot and start digging into our impulses and thought patterns.

Winter may never be your favorite season. You may never feel childlike joy when you look out the window and see snow (or at least, when you have to go out in it), but you may be surprised just how content you can be about the whole thing. Give it a shot! And be prepared to surprise yourself.

Enjoy your Fall!

Live Omily,
~em

Monday, September 21, 2015

The Omily Tarot: You Can do it in a Sling, You Can do it Before Listening to People Sing...

Just when you think some of the things you love are on perfectly parallel paths, and never the twain shall meet, the universe masterminds a perfect collaboration...

Wishing you could get a tarot reading from me?

Longing to be inspired by my high-flying aerial feats?

How about both at once?

It's not a pipe dream anymore! The amazing manager and producer at the Muse, Rebecca Collins has enlisted me to provide beautifully eerie (eerily beautiful?) ambience and fortune telling mystery at the Halloween edition of the Muse Cabaret, coming up late next month!

I am pretty stupidly excited, and have been left asking myself over and over again, how did I not think of this dream combination before?? Aerial bar tending is a thing...why not aerial fortune telling? Why not indeed, and, why not no longer!

Details are being added and updated as I get them over on my new 'upcoming performances' page on my website. Check it!

While you wait, why not put it out into the universe...shouldn't every club in the city offer gorgeous aerial dancers offering tarot card readings? Ok, not every club can because there's only one of me, but still.

What insights into the cards will I gain by contemplating them while posing in the skies? Good question! Maybe rehearsals will reveal something...I'm so excited to explore the tarot in this new way, and to get a chance to chat with so many querents in one evening! I'll update with pictures of my rehearsing attempts, and fascinating insights...as well as all the relevant details for those of you itching to participate!

Update:
 I told you there'd be pictures, didn't I?
 And that this would be a can't-miss performance?
 AND, a ground-breaking debut in more ways than one?
 And believe me, if you think these stills are something, this set is going to blow you away!
 I'm pretty excited.
Just sayin'. ;-)

Monday, September 14, 2015

Eating Omily: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

I love food! I have I said that lately? I also have a mega sweet tooth. You may have picked up on it. While Farmers' Market sweets are my favourite for obvious reasons, there's no way I'll ever give up chocolate, among other things...

But just because not every ingredient in every dessert I make can't be local doesn't mean I can't do the best I can! Enter, these delectable bites:
Chocolate peanut butter popcorn bars!! (Eeeeeee!!!) They're something like a cross between rice crispy treats, and no bake cookies, with popcorn standing in for the puffed rice/oats. And yes, they are every bit as mouth-watering as they sound: chewy, salty, sweet, and of course, chocolatey. #Winning.

So, what's not local? The peanut butter (although I could try purchasing peanuts at the Farmers' Market when they're around, roasting them, and grinding them into peanut butter at home...for our every day peanut butter needs, we wouldn't be able to make enough, but for that brief season, I'll bet it would taste amazing...). The marshmallows (although I'm wondering if I could buy enough maple marshmallows to make a small batch of these...). And the chocolate. But the popcorn and the butter ARE local! And I'm a huge fan of taking small steps in the right direction!

So how do you make them? Read on...

If you don't own an air popper, first of all, you should get one. It's a solid investment in munchy management. But if you can't do that immediately, and you need one of these in your belly as soon as possible, you can pop popcorn on the stove; it's just messier and more involved. If you're stove-popping, refer to this recipe, don't forget this edit, and don't sweeten or salt your popcorn, and do that step first. If you're air popping, you can start the step below first. You'll need to start with approximately a quarter cup plus one tablespoon of unpopped kernels to end up with the ten cups of popped popcorn you'll want for this batch.

Melt three tablespoons butter, half a cup of peanut butter, and 10 oz. of mini marshmallows over medium low heat, stirring constantly.

Put the popcorn in your air popper, and turn it on. It'll do the work for you while you melt and stir.

Pour the melted deliciousness over your big bowl of popped, unsalted, unsweetened popcorn. Toss to coat thoroughly. If you add the 1/2-2/3s cup chocolate chips, they'll melt, and it'll mingle together. If you want the chocolate chips to stay separate, wait a bit to add them, but if you want too long, your syrup will harden up too much, and you won't be able to mix them in. You can always save them to press into the top instead.

Press the whole shebang into a pan: 9x9, 9x13, 9" round...whatever you have will be fine. If it's not nonstick, coat it in butter first! Put it in the fridge for ten or twenty minutes to firm up, but don't store it there, or it will be too hard to cut into pieces and eat!

Nom nom nom...

I wanted to start with this cheery recipe I have to have a little rant. About this.
 Which might seem like an odd thing for me to rant about...isn't this what eating Omily is all about?? Well...yes. And no. I choose to focus on the positive, on taking small steps, on encouraging change without shame. That said, the situation is dire. My candy sweet encouraging approach might fail to convert people where a little shock value will, and we certainly need people tackling this problem from every conceivable angle, so the negativity isn't the issue. The conclusion is. And there's a good chance you can already guess what that is.
So lets talk about that first tip for eating in a more sustainable way: YES! 100%;  I can so get behind that!!!

Now lets look at the second one: What. The. Feck. I can't even. Would anyone like to attempt to explain what is wrong with this picture using nice language? Because I don't think I can. Ok, I'll try. ALL OF THAT PROCESSED SHIT THAT NO ONE SHOULD BE EATING TAKES UP WAAAAAAAAY MORE RESOURCES TO PRODUCE AND MARKET THAN EVEN THE WORST FACTORY FARMS!!!!!!

Ok, that wasn't so bad. I'm giving myself a pat on the back for my self restraint. Moving on.

Lets look at number three. If we can stand it: Ding ding ding! Is anyone surprised? This is where they were going all along. Suggestions one and two were just warm-ups to get you to the main point.

Ok, two things: first of all, if you conclude that going vegan is the right choice for you from a health, or ethical point of view, please don't eat any of that disgusting animal product replacement stuff. Eat all of the real food that does not come from animals. Get as much of it as you can locally. Please and thank you.

Second of all, the idea that going vegan is the way we're going to stop global warming and save the world is incredibly short-sighted, illogical, AND privileged. Do you have any idea how absurd it is to talk to anyone who doesn't live in a VERY developed nation about going vegan? Do you have any concept of how absurdly over-simplified the statement, "surprisingly, free-range animal products take up even more land and resources" is? First of all, NO, it's not surprising! Giving the animals SPACE to move does in fact take up more SPACE. HOWEVER. It does NOT mean greater habitat destruction when it's done right! Because when it's done right, we are using space that is not good for growing crops to grow animals on by letting them turn existing biomass (grass) into food that we can eat. It's actually an incredibly efficient system! Our grazers fit right into existing ecosystems, allowing all kinds of animals that would be KILLED and/or driven out of their homes by plowing up that land for planting to thrive right where they are! What a novel idea!

Now, to be fair, it is true that buying 'free range' labeled meat at your grocery store is doing far less good than you think that it is. The legal requirements to carry that label don't go nearly far enough. To get sustainable meat, you need to seek out farmers and ranchers using sustainable practices. Go to a farmers' market! Do it!!!

Do we get this? Does this all make sense? Any lingering doubts? Please let me know. I would love to clear them up. And I promise not to bite your head off. Good faith ignorance seeking knowledge is one thing...purposefully only telling a sliver of the story in order to advocate your absurd lifestyle on the other hand, is quite another.

But it's not all bad. There's one thing this brochure is good for. Here's a handy depiction of all the harm factory farming does. I KNOW that's not something you want to participate in. Get courageous. Get strong. Follow your heart. You can do it! And you do NOT have to go vegan!
Sorry it's sideways; I'm experiencing technical difficulties. You get the picture. A whole hell of a lot is going to be sideways if we don't stop turning a blind eye to how destructive our lifestyle is.


Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Public Service Announcement

Dear White People is on Netflix.

Nope, that's all I want to say.