A new post over at XOJane from yours truly posits that reading is not sexy, as the bumper stickers and tote bags would have you believe. It’s just a hobby like any other, that people do, because they like it. But, as always, when gender gets mixed into the equation, somehow laydees get the sexy end of the stick. Antics ensue!
Happy Friday, friends! Today, I bring you a selection of insanely happy tunes to start your weekend off on the right foot.
This is just delightful:
Sexy X-ray eyes, you guys. What’s not to love? Now for some classic happy hardcore bounciness:
More happy hardcore goodness, with bonus 80s awesomeness mixed in:
And, of course I’ve left the best for last:
Be happy, boys and girls, and have a wonderful weekend! What are your plans for your days off – or your next days off if you are working Saturday and Sunday?
In the hot dry heat of the summer of 2005, in a plateau desert town where tiny green bugs swarmed so thick sometimes you’d have to clean hundreds of bug bodies, smeared heavy with green slime, off your headlights before they’d work at night, I put pens in my hair.
I’d pile it up thick and messy, off my bare white shoulders, and wrap wide rubber bands the color of old folks flesh around it. It needed to be out of my face for the hours I spent poring over ink-smeared pages with a leaky red pen, looking up sometimes to push my black-rimmed glasses up my nose, crack a joke, have a drink. Eventually I’d stick a pen in that mess, and lose track of it. Find another one. Get back to work. Put it up there, too. Wander to a meeting, collect another pen and stow it in my hair as well.
Eventually there’d I’d be, a nymphet of the copy desk, the medusa of writing implements. Bare-armed and crowned with words. What a wonderful summer.
It’s a new year, time for a new project. This one will cure the winter blues AND your New Year’s hangover. That’s right, it’s RAINBOW VODKA!
This rainbow skittles vodka is so delicious and colorful, it would make even Ebenezer Scrooge feel merry and bright. Appropriate for all seasons and all moods, it can be served sweet ‘n’ neat or mixed with all manner of fizzy things. Serving suggestions to follow!
First, get some flasks. They don’t need to be fancy or even match. But it helps if they’re clear, because what you’re making is going to be purdy. REAL PURDY.
Then, get a big ol’ bag of Skittles.
Step 2: Next (and this is kinda sorta my favorite part), bust open that bag of Skittles and separate them all by color. Be sure to eat a few to “even out the numbers.” You’ll want about 10 Skittles per ounce of vodka for infusing. I usually make a batch that uses a normal size bottle of vodka (a fifth), and so use 60 Skittles of each color.
Step 3: Next, you want to put the Skittles into some infusion containers – leftover water bottles, soda bottles or any other type of container with a lid works just fine. Use a funnel to get the Skittles into your bottle if you need to, then pour 6 ounces of vodka over each color.
Step 4: Shake, shake, shake. Wait, wait, wait. The next morning, shake ‘em again. If they’re not all dissolved yet, give it a little more time or a little more shaking. Once everything is fully dissolved, get some coffee filters or paper towels (or if you’re fancy, cheesecloth might work). You’ll notice there’s a lot of white gunk floating around in there – that’s the candy coating, and that’s what the coffee filters are for.
Step 5: For each color of Skittle, put a coffee filter into a funnel over a bowl with a lip or a measuring cup, and pour the infusion through the filter a little at a time. You might have to use a spoon or your finger to move the sediment out of the way, or use a few coffee filters.
Step 6: Once you’ve done that, it’s time to put the tasty Skittles vodka into their rightful homes – your lovely glass flasks or jars! Use your funnel again, and be sure to rinse it out between colors so your flavors don’t get all muddled.
Serve neat or on the rocks, plain as the day is long.
Mix with sprite or club soda, on ice.
Mix each color with a little juice or soda of its corresponding flavor, and something fizzy:
- red with cherry coke or Hawaiian punch
- orange with orange juice and club soda
- yellow with lemonade
- green with limeade
- purple with grape soda
Handy list of supplies:
- A fifth of vodka (we like Monopolowa, because we get to sing the Monopolowa song, which we made up, and involves clapping and foot-stomping)
- 1 pound bag of Skittles
- Five 8.5 ounce or bigger flasks, bottles or jars
- Five empty water or soda bottles
- A funnel
- Bowls or cups for separating the Skittles by color
- A measuring cup
- Coffee filters or paper towels
Hello darlings! It’s a little-known fact that I’m addicted to meetups. They give me an opportunity to wear jaunty hats and bright colors (how else will people from the internet recognize me?) and have coffee or cocktails with strangers who then become friends. What’s not to love?
The next one I’m doing is in Portland. It’s something of a queer lady coffee klatch – but I’d love to meet anyone of you who is queer-friendly and would like to grab a cup of coffee with me. So come one, come all – bring an open mind and a couple bucks for a cup o’ joe or hot chocolate. I can’t wait to see your smiling faces!
Where: BiPartisan Cafe, 7901 SE Stark St., Portland
When: Saturday, Dec. 15, 10 a.m.
Why: For fun!
“…It doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from or what you look like or where you love. It doesn’t matter whether you’re black or white or Hispanic or Asian or Native American or young or old or rich or poor, able, disabled, gay or straight, you can make it here in America if you’re willing to try.”
To quote my roommate: As sorority girls everywhere have been saying for years: “WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!”