Monday, March 8, 2010

Happy International Women's Day!

What will you be doing to celebrate International Women's Day?

Well... It is not only IWD but my birthday! So, I always celebrate it by thanking my mom for raising a strong woman (actually, three...) but usually, I let myself go a little on this day. I am a self named workaholic, so I typically give myself the day off from work, no matter what I have going on or what projects I have on my plate... and today will be no different. However, I had a really hard time figuring out what I wanted to do. Normally, I challenge myself to do something more unique, more artistic, more outgoing than I do on a day to day. But, this year...

A museum? Been there, done that...
A day trip? Nah...
Time in the studio, to clean? BLAH!
Rollerskating, ice skating, sky diving, hang gliding, horseback riding, motocross racing?? DONE THEM ALL. Nope ;) Not that last one...

Stay at home in the kitchen, cooking all day? Hm... Now, that *is* different!

See, in my day to day life, I just don't have much time (read no time) to cook and bake and make all those yummy, wholesome things that my body needs to be a big, strong woman. I recently went wheat/gluten free and while it has been somewhat easy, I do miss baked goods and yummy, bad for you things like pizza. We made gluten free pizza last night and it was really good (perhaps it was the bacon *and* ham we put on it??). However, the GF prepared goods are probably just as bad for you as the wheat versions and the mixes are quite pricey... So, I decided to 'stay in' and bake all day, freeze and have on hand all those things I'll then be able to eat for the next few months....

What a great way to celebrate International Women's Day than throw the windows open and breathe in the spring fresh air, with the scent of fresh baked bread?

Wait, what did you say? "HOW does this give homage to millions of persecuted, enslaved, undernourished women all over the world?"

It comes down to choice.

While there are millions of women (and men and children) all over the world and throughout history that do not have the choice of lifestyle, career, home life and a multitude of other things. I am so fortunate to live in a place and time that I CAN choose my lifestyle and career, where I want to live and what I want to spend my time doing. The mere fact I am sitting in a beautiful apartment and writing this on a Monday morning is proof enough that I have greatly benefited from the sacrifices of others.

So, as I measure the rice flour and blend the xanthan gum, as I bite into the first GF muffin I'll have made from scratch, I will think about all the women forced into the kitchen and give tribute to them. And, be glad I was able to choose to be there today.

'I'm one of those girls that *likes* to eat!' ~ Sarah Jessica Parker, Failure to Launch

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