1. I got a very amazing present this weekend – a KITCHENAID!!!! I am so excited! Mine is yellow/almond colour, very retro (which means the picture is sadly not of my kitchen, although I wish it was… one day).
2. And here are the red velvet cupcakes I made with said Kitchenaid last night. Yes yes yes.
3. I was super psyched this week to see the report published that I worked on with IPPR last month – Green Expectations: Lessons from the US green jobs market. I think it’s rahlly good (obviously!) so do read and let me know what you think!
4. I saw War Horse at the New London Theatre and cried buckets. It was amazing.
5. Caught up with family this week with visits from my dad plus my sister and her boyfriend Ben! I don’t know if Ben knows I have a blog yet…
6. I really enjoyed reading about The Oxford Project. Photographer Peter Feldstein took pictures of residents of Oxford, Iowa in 1984 and then again in 2005, tracking how their lives had changed. Some amazing stories in there.
7. You should totally read these amazing facts about the Japanese women’s soccer team. Trust me! They are awesome.
1. I have spent this week in London, working at the office of the Institute for Public Policy Research, helping them out with the report on the San Francisco green jobs trip I went on in April. I have also spent a lot of time catching up with London-based friends and somehow that has gone hand in hand with some a-may-zing mexican food. Mestizo near Warren St tube and Lupita near Embankment to be exact.
2. This is my favourite.
3. A while ago I featured the blog Of Another Fashion, that charts the fashion histories of U.S women of color. Well, here is its parent blog Threadbared that discusses the politics of fashion and is great. I really enjoyed this recent post on The Racial Construction of Preppiness.
4. Louis Theroux’s recent 2-part Miami Mega Jail series really affected me. I spent most of the last part crying, which admittedly isn’t super, but it is enlightening. Watch it on iPlayer.
5. Big super shout out to my friend Jo and her lovely housemates for letting me stay for a week! Thanks Jo!
6. Great post on Racialicious on the challenges facing multiracial actors like Keanu Reeves, which I found particularly interesting since a few years ago I was all about the acting. Also, what a great excuse to post a picture of Keanu Reeves. You’re welcome.
7. Heart-warming to see UK Feminista out in force last night to protest the re-opening of the Playboy club in London. Photo care of @MaeveMckeown who also tweeted this “The london playboy club closed 30 years ago cos it was anachronistic. Why reopen it now? We don’t want this. #effoffhef“
Merry Christmas! Hope you all had a splendid day, I am feeling pret-ty full.
My super seven this week are:
1. Finishing my essay on personal carbon trading. Wooohooo! It only took me about four gajillion hours.
2. Meeting Jon Ronson at Josie Long’s christmas party! Awesome. He is very nice. Read my favourite Jon Ronson article here.
3. Finding out I’ve got a place on a research trip in the spring to San Francisco! (That was my good news the other day). IPPR are organising it and we’re going to be visiting lots of people and organisations who work on green jobs, which will be invaluable for my work with Otesha and for my dissertation too.
4. Getting to have Christmas lunch with my grandparents and learn all sorts about our family history. Don’t ask me about Uncle Andy.
5. Getting Miranda series 1 from my brother for Christmas. Such fun! Plus lots of other lovely pressies.
6. Chocolate. Chocolate. Chocolate.
7. Documenting Christmas Day…