Act of self-love: Shower your friends with the love and recognition they deserve
My housemate Wyatt got a new job that he’s really excited about. My friend Michelle and I made him a special surprise dinner to celebrate. Here’s some photographic evidence of the feast we had:
oven roasted brussel sprouts
swiss chard with bacon
mashed potatoes with bacon
and not pictured, berry compote with vanilla icecream
It was so fun to cook with Michelle and to collaborate on this surprise for one of my dearest friends. And it was damn good, too.
Also on Saturday I celebrated my body by going to my first Wreckers practice. I loved every minute of it. Looking forward to having my weekends full of skating for the foreseeable future! Some fatshion february evidence of my skating outfit.
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I’m realizing that my weekends are getting so jam-packed with so many things, that I’m not able to document what I’m doing as much as I’d like. I’m going to try to be better about it, but I also think it’s important to just be present and in the moment, so I might fall behind now and again. And that’s ok.
Saturday, February 11th. Probably one of the absolute best days I’ve had in recent memory. Full of self-care, self-love, intention, tenderness, hotness, fun, and joy. I feel like I want to write it all down and share it, but I also want to just preserve it in my memory, for me alone.
I’ll share a few highlights:
Joined the Wreckers with a friend. Some serious body love right there. I’m so looking forward to skating regularly and playing derby again. For fun. I’m also so unbelievably excited about the friendship that is forming and I’m excited to get to do this with someone I totally adore and enjoy.
Co-created a large scale valentine for planned parenthood. I’m not big on valentine’s day in general, but I had the opportunity to work on this project, and it felt really good to give some love to something that I really believe in and support.
Witnessed a beautiful, hot pink sunset with arms slung around each other. An unspeakably joyful shared moment. More of those, please.
Went to a queer play party. My first in portland (I’ve only been to a handful in general). Three of my friends organized it and I volunteered at the door for a couple of hours. It was like nothing I’ve ever seen before. There were so many people, and everyone seemed really happy to be there and the range of folks in attendance was just wild. Ugh, I can’t wait for it to happen again. I’m pretty shy, and had no expectations for the night, but I left so happy and sore. And that’s all I’ll say about that. I also wore an outfit that I felt really good about. I felt really fucking hot, to be honest.
Finished the planned parenthood valentine and went to a lovely potluck. The food was out of this world. I’ll be dreaming about it for a long time. I made my favorite beet dish. I feel some kind of way about beets. The people were so great and sweet and I didn’t feel awkward at all, which is rare for me.
Cooking and sharing food. Two of the surest ways to get back to myself. To feel grounded about who I am in this body.
Today, I put these bad boys on for the first time in well over a year:
I went to a beginner roller derby class at oaks park with a friend of mine. She’s interested in learning how to skate and maybe get into the sport. I’ve skated for a large chunk of my life and played derby for about 3 years in Detroit, so I offered to go with her and check it out. We ended up getting split up into a beginner group and a more advanced group, but I think we both had a blast.
It felt so amazing to be on skates again. To move my body in ways that it is really used to and also has kind of forgotten a bit. To skate fast. To get low and feel the burn in my thighs. Skating is one of those ways that I feel so truly present in my body. I want more of that feeling.
I, of course, can’t wait to go again. Hopefully next week!