earth day 2017

 

Today, April 22, is Earth Day. It marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970, and is a time for appreciating the beauty of our Earth and how it supports us, but also, more importantly, how we have been destroying the planet and need to do all that we can to reverse this damage.

The Earth is 4.6 billion years old. Scaling to 46 years, humans have been here 4 hours, the industrial revolution began 1 minute ago, and in that time we’ve destroyed more than half the world’s forests.

– Greenpeace

Ways to help the Earth

  • Eat less (or, preferably, no) animal products – approximately 4800 gallons of water are needed to produce 1kg of meat. Similarly, 1 gallon of milk uses 144 gallons of water. The animal agriculture industry causes deforestation (much of the Amazon is gone as a result), pollution, and emits a greater amount of greenhouse gases than our transport systems.
  • Recycle and compost.
  • Drive less – If you can stay off the road just two days a week, you’ll reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 1,590 pounds per year.
  • Turn off lights when you’re not in the room and unplug appliances when you’re not using them.

 

 

Maddy xxx

booktalk: the green mile

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My favourite stories often happen to be the saddest.

I am a complete crybaby and scare easily, so The Green Mile is the only Stephen King novel I’ll probably ever read. It is told from the perspective of a man who works at the state penitentiary, and follows the lives of his colleagues and the inmates, including Mr. Jingles, an incredibly talented mouse, and John Coffey, a 6’8 man who has been charged with sexual assault and murder, but has a life-changing gift.

I’ve read this three times, having read it for the first time early last year, and I always forget how it moves me. The characters disgust me more than Dolores Umbridge, make me laugh aloud, and make me want to treat the world with so much love and kindness.

I give this a 99% rating.

 

 

Maddy xxx

throw kindness around like confetti

Last night, one of my favourite bloggers made this post on instagram, asking for everyone to share compliments with each other. It didn’t take long or very much effort – just look at another person’s profile and say all the nice things we usually tend to internalise. We ended up spending about half an hour getting to know each other, spreading love and feeling so very happy. (Or at least I did.) It cemented my appreciation of how powerful positivity and kindness are, and how easily it can impact so many people.

So I’ve got a challenge for all of you who read this. I want you to share a compliment in the comment section, be it for a family member, friend, or someone you saw on the street today. Then, if possible, I want you to share it with that person.

My compliment is for my sister ~ You are so strong and wise, especially when considering how young you are. You are hardworking, joyful, and make so many people happy with your presence. You are so loving and caring, and are an absolute delight to be with. I love being able to grow along beside you.

 

 

Maddy xxx

my first tofu scramble

tofu scramble

After three years of seeing different recipes and going “hmm that looks good”, I finally made a tofu scramble. Essentially it’s kinda like scrambled eggs, but without eating something from a chicken’s bum and killing hundreds of tiny chicks in the process.

You will need…

  • 1/2 small sweet potato
  • 1 small potato
  • 75g (or more) firm tofu
  • 1/4 onion
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • turmeric
  • cumin
  • oregano
  • mild chilli flakes
  • dash of soy sauce
  • sesame oil (or olive)

How to make it:

  1. Dice potatoes and steam/boil in microwave or on stove
  2. Crumble tofu into small pieces (resembling scrambled eggs)
  3. Saute diced onion in frying pan with garlic and sesame oil
  4.  Add tofu, soy sauce and seasonings, and cook for a few minutes
  5. Pour in now cooked potatoes and cook with additional ingredients (add more soy sauce/seasonings if needed) for a few more minutes
  6. When it’s to your preferred taste and seems cooked well enough, serve how you wish (e.g. with greens, toast, pepper, grilled tomato, etc.)

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

 

 

Maddy xxx

movietalk: the little prince

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Last night I finally got around to watching The Little Prince and, to put it simply, it was life changing.

For those unfamiliar, the original story is told by an aviator who has crashed in the Sahara Desert. There he meets the little prince, a child from Asteroid B-612 who has visited many planets and met a variety of odd adults; he has left behind his rose, whom he loves dearly, to travel through space. The movie follows a similar plot, but is told from the perspective of a little girl with a very strict mother who lives next door to the aviator.

The film itself is one of the most beautiful things I’ve experienced in quite a while. The soundtrack curls inside me and around my heart, moving me completely. I especially love the song Suis-Moi by Camille. I’m also completely in love with the animation. The smoothness of the CGI was nice, but I’m still stunned by the paper-like animation during the story of the little prince. I also adored the scene with the glowing paint, and the glowing stars, because of how incredibly the light was animated.

The timing of where I’m at in life and the watching of this movie somehow (I’d like to think fate was involved) coincided very nicely. I’m almost at the end of university, and I’m struggling to accept the fact that I’m growing up. However, the aviator made a fantastic point: growing up is inevitable, but as long as I remember who I am, including my child-self, then I shouldn’t become one of those grown ups.

Long story short, this movie has reminded me to appreciate who I am, and that I can thrive as an adult by holding on to those parts of me. I’d quite like to live like the aviator.

 

 

Maddy xxx

meet lily

 

I thought I’d introduce to my darling Lily. She’s been in my family since I was maybe seven and, if you can’t tell, I absolutely adore her. Today she’s taking advantage of the sun in my bedroom. She’s been on my windowsill, done some typing on my laptop, and is now asleep on my desk.

 

Maddy xxx

nananut sandwiches

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I just came back from a nice long walk and really felt like a snack. All we really had in the pantry were chips and I felt like something that would give me more longer lasting energy, considering how tired I was. I realised I felt like banana and peanut butter, but didn’t want another sandwich. Therefore… the NanaNut Sandwich was born! As you can tell, it’s nut butter between two slices of banana and is super duper easy and fun to make. I definitely recommend for everyone (without nut allergies of course)!

 

Maddy xxx

getting to know me

Hello there lovely people, how are you today? (Or if no one is reading this, then hello void!)

If you can’t guess, I am Maddy, and this is a place where I’m sharing bits of myself and working out who I am. I’m currently in the midst of my final year of university and haven’t had much time for myself, so I hope that this can be a bit of an outlet for self-expression.

To get started, I might share a few facts about me…

* My MBTI type is INFJ; I’m introverted, love to help others and want to heal the world.
* I love reading more than writing, but I have a million story ides that I’d love to persue.
* I’ve been studying primary education for the past four years; teaching has been a huge passion of mine since I was about five.
* Some of my favourite shows are Community, Brooklyn Nine Nine, Pushing Daisies, and Yuri On Ice.
* I have a twelve (almost thirteen) year old sister.

 

Maddy xxx