100 Follower Celebration Giveaway

100 Follower Celebration Giveaway

Hello everyone! So a little while ago something very exciting happened here on Sometimes I Cook and that is – drum roll please – we reached 100 followers!

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(Sadly, I was a tad bit slow on the screenshot so we’re stuck with a 105 notification instead of a solid 100)

Since this is a very exciting occasion and it happens to be the season of giving I figured why not host a giveaway? I really wanted to thank you for all the support you give me and give back by putting together a gift box filled with my favorite cold weather essentials. So that’s just what I did and here’s what you can win!

Gift Box Goodies:
Chocolatera
Molinillo
Luker Colombian Hot Chocolate
Sol Colombian Hot Chocolate
Metro Luxe Home Throw
Starbucks San Francisco Collector Mug

Right when that characteristic winter chill settles into the air I get in the mood for hot beverages and there is no better drink to get rid of the cold than Colombian hot chocolate. I’ve loved this treat since I was a kid so it was the perfect candidate to include in this box. I’ve gathered up everything you’ll need to make your own hot chocolate at home with the instructions provided on my Colombian Hot Chocolate post. Next thing I absolutely need on a chilly day is a cozy blanket to wrap up in and I fell in love with this blanket whilst out shopping. The outside is a super soft faux fur in a cool geometric design and the lining is a plush lambswool material. No lies I really want to steal the blanket for myself, I might actually try and find a second one for my living room I love it THAT much. Finally, the last thing I decided to include is a San Francisco mug from Starbucks. One of my favorite winter night time routines is getting cozy on the couch wrapped up tight in a blanket, with a steaming mug of chocolate in my hands, and a movie playing on the TV. I picked this mug because I felt its SF motif was a great way to celebrate the catalyst to my love for blogging.

I hope this gift box will bring some coziness from my home to yours and hopefully you’re as excited to enter to win as I am to give everything away!

Rules for Entering:

1. Follow my blog:
You can do this through Wordpress (sidebar), email (sidebar), or bloglovin’ (click the link)
2. Like this post & comment:
‘Tis the season to celebrate with [your name]
3. Share this post:
Reblog, Facebook, Twitter, whichever social media platform you prefer – just leave a link in your comment so I can verify.

Now here’s where things get a bit unconventional, I wanted to let people enter more than once so you can pick one, some, or all of the following to add your name to the pool multiple times:

This means you can enter to win up to four times! On that not, a quick FYI – if your name on any of the above social media sites doesn’t match the name in your comment on this post please let me know. I don’t want anyone getting left out because of troubles with name matching.

So that’s that! The giveaway will run from today Friday, November 20th, 10:00:00 AM (PST) to Thursday, December  10th, 12:00 Midnight (PST).

The winner will be randomly selected in a videoed hat drawing (yes I’m going very old school on this) and I will announce them on Wednesday, December 16th, 2015.

Good luck to everyone!

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Motivation for a Better Me

One thing I love about living next to a city is there are a ton of cool things to do only an hour from my apartment. This is also especially awesome for having house guests. Unfortunately, I’m the type of person who can only handle large crowds in small doses. So, after a week of touring SF with a visiting friend – meaning days packed full of dodging people in the city and riding on closely packed BART cars-  I’ve noticed I’d been left with little motivation to blog in the evenings. Being around people all day every day for the past week left me feeling absolutely exhausted and in deep need of recharging mentally – which I had been doing by bingeing on YouTube.

So basically, I’ve been getting back to my apartment every evening this week and doing absolutely nothing. Which is quite lame.

As much as I love YouTube it seems my zoning out to it has not been so much rejuvenating as it has been stagnating. So, I’m officially setting a goal to change that. Instead of plugging in some ear phones and firing up an app I’m now going to try blogging, drawing, or exercising instead. I’ve chosen to focus on those activities in particular because I enjoy them and feel as if I could learn to love them even more by spending a bit more time on them.

I’ve also noticed that rather than having an even amount of energy throughout the day I go through bursts. I’ll get through whatever I have on my schedule and finish the day feeling completely worn out. And let me just say – my schedule is not packed enough for me to be feeling this way, I am in no way overexerting myself. Does this happen to anyone else? Maybe, I just over-stress over things and mentally clock out once I see everything on my check-list crossed off.  Who knows, at any rate I’m hoping having three specified activities which I know I enjoy and want to get better at will help to keep me motivated even after finishing up with daily chores.

So here’s to a more energized and productive future!!

ⓛⓞⓥⓔTricia

Picnicking at Goat Rock Beach

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Thanks to Richard and Eric for the awesome model of one of the boulders they made via drone

ⓛⓞⓥⓔTricia

Why Worry About Leaving The House In a Skirt

Real talk here, I want to know when it became a crime to be a woman who is unafraid of expressing her femininity?

As a proud female I encounter sexism essentially every day and it SHOCKS me that many of the chauvinistic displays I am harassed with are still acceptable social norms in the twenty-first century. Sure you can say such behaviors are looked down upon, but then why do people turn a blind eye to the men cat-calling women as they pass them on the street or making obscene propositions toward a girl who is sitting next to them on a crowded train. Recently, really since summer arrived and I’ve dug out my sundresses and skirts I’ve noticed a gross trend in how men treat me when I am dressed in traditionally feminine clothes verses more masculine attire. That is that quite a large number of men are under the impression that it is perfectly acceptable behavior to objectify a woman who is outwardly displaying her femininity.

Happening number one: I got stalked on my way to the grocery store this Monday. Do I live in a bad part of town? No. Have I walked there before? Yes many times. Was I dressed like a prostitute on my way there? No. However! I WAS wearing a skirt that day. Now you may say, “but Tricia you should have known better than to invite unwanted attention by wearing such revealing clothing.” No, thanks to Catholic school I’m pretty strict about my skirts hitting just above the knee not to mention the blouse I’d paired it with didn’t even reveal any cleavage. Now, perhaps you’re thinking, “Eh, the guy didn’t really hurt anyone.” True enough, I wasn’t physically hurt in that situation. When I got to the grocery store and asked the man if he needed some sort of assistance he mumbled some sort of garbly-gook and skulked off (probably to follow some other unsuspecting victim). The issue at hand is not that I was not physically hurt, but that I was mentally unsettled by the experience. The man following me could have been the sweetest mother fucker in the whole damn world, but he could also have been a serial killing rapist – the point is there would be no way for me to know that without confronting him. Ah so now you might say, yes you did confront him and he then left you alone. Good job paying attention, yes I was able to safely confront him – after making my way to a public place which I knew had security that I could look to for assistance if the man became violent. And therein lies the reason for my discomfort at this man’s advances, the element of uncertainty which I felt while walking to a potential safe spot combined with the uncertainty at how the man would react when called out was extremely unnerving. All because I decided to wear a skirt that day.

So why is it that when wearing more masculine attire (jeans/leggings) I am generally left unmolested, but when I switch to more feminine clothing (skirts/ dresses) the rate of me being harassed is drastically increased? Based on how society is currently handling sexual harassment, the reason for this is seems pretty clear. Men are under no obligation to demonstrate any sort of self-control when it comes to their advances toward women. An abrupt shift in a man’s personality from all around great guy to complete scumbag is obviously due to the woman’s promiscuous advances and not a deeper seated problem within himself. Or does that sound off to you? Do you think that maybe, just maybe if a man decides that skulking around like a fucking creep and stalking a woman who is minding her own damn business is alright that he should have to take some god damn responsibility for his actions.

How about another story then, happening number two:  A friend of mine who exclusively wears feminine clothing was groped and propositioned by her cab driver while on her way home the other night. Report the incident you say? Why yes she did. And here are how few shits the cab company could give for how its employees act toward their customers. First off, when reporting the SEXUAL HARASSMENT she had to label it as discourteous customer service. There was not even a fucking option to register sexual harassment under it’s proper name. Why does this matter? It means that if the cabby in question was fired over too many complaints then those complains would not be on record as a sexual harassment – they would be on record as “discourteous customer service” which is a belittlement of what actually happened. Oh, and second – the cab company closed her report before even looking into it because she was willing to be called in for questioning, but did not want to go through the stress of attending a hearing.  Why did she not want to go in for a hearing? Because due to the lack of rape she was afraid the claim would be seen as inconsequential. Additionally, she did not want to have to deal with the victim blaming questions of the police concerning what she was wearing (if it wasn’t a sweat suit she had no case to complain as she was clearly asking for it), if she had been drinking (we women are notoriously sexual drunks), and why she was out so late (without a chaperone to protect her womanly virtue what was she thinking!?!?!?!).  Now, perhaps you will say, “eh if she wasn’t willing to use the procedures we’ve set in place to take care of these issues it’s her own fault.” Fine, but maybe you missed it when I said SHE. WAS. AFRAID. TO. CONTACT. POLICE. BECAUSE. OF. VICTIM. SHAMING. Oh victim shaming, something society vehemently defends is not a thing, well let me make something perfectly clear. If it were truly wiped out, if victim shaming truly was no longer part of our due process then my friend would not have been afraid to attend her hearing. Near the end of our conversation this is what she said to me, “Ugh, its ok, im glad nothing worse happened although it’s kind sad that I can even view it that way.” YOU DON’T FUCKING SAY? Yes it’s absolutely disgusting that as women we can be THANKFUL that we were ONLY MOLESTED and not FULL ON RAPED.  Seriously sickening.

So who was at fault in her story? The cab driver who decided to take what he wanted from the woman he was supposed to be providing a clean and safe service to? Or my friend for being driven home late and wearing feminine, work appropriate clothing? I feel like the answer to that question should be obvious, but from the way this and many other situations just like it are handled every day I’m not sure the answer is as obvious as it might seem.

Let it be known that I am not saying all men are disgusting scumbags who need to learn how to treat others with even an iota of respect. However, I think it’s deplorable that society is placing the blame of men’s objectification of women onto the females whom they have forced their attentions. Men are you honestly so starved for femininity that as soon as you see a woman in feminine attire she becomes a sexual object in your eyes? And as I previously said, the last I checked women were supposed to have the same rights as men – to live their lives the way they want… be that in skirts OR pants. So why the fuck am I worried about how I’ll be treated if I leave the house wearing a skirt?

ⓛⓞⓥⓔTricia

An Accidental Guest Room Redecorate

Why yes, you read that right a whole eight months after first decorating our guest room I decided to re-do the entire damn thing. Why? I found some super cool posters at a garage sale. Don’t always look to me for the best life choices. But, also because every time I passed the room I felt as if it didn’t have enough color and I just wanted the overall feel of the room to be a bit more grown up.

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ⓛⓞⓥⓔTricia