I’m obviously not friend friends with all of you, BUT if you do want to send me anything on my resupply (the half way point on our backpacking trip where we can get mail and such), letters would be so fun! I’ll send you some back!! message me if you want (:

(pictured is claudia, one of my roommates, and me on the playground!)

woke up early this morning to register for classes.  phew, i am so glad that is done.  i’m taking… people in nature, lifespan development (early childhood to adolescent psychology) and i’m wait-listed for yoga (with an awesome somatic therapy professor) but singed up for west aftrican drumming and dance in the meantime.  

the rest of my day consisted of food planning for the trip. soooo much dry foodssss.  i’m really pumped to challenge my body in this way and to get super strong and bad ass.  we are going on one of the most difficult routes that they send groups on… and will be almost completely off trail and spend a large amount of time in the water/trekking through the water/pack swimming (!?!).  i would literally never choose to do this hard of a trip on my own so i am sooo happy i’m doing it through school.  it’s going to be fucking life changing and that is a really cool thought.

and then we had the best consent talk/workshop ever.

first off, THERE WAS A CONSENT TALK.  PERIOD.  AND IT WAS COMPLETELY INCLUSIVE AND QUEER FRIENDLY.  DOUBLE PERIOD (?) It was about having healthy, safe, CONSENSUAL*** sex, relationships, encounters and life experiences.  and the underlying idea was how it really needs to be a lifestyle instead of an isolated, strictly sex-related topic.  it was presented by a student run group and they did suchhhh an awesome job.  it consisted of different skits that were all about different scenarios related to consent.  basically laying out what consent is and what it is not in very approachable, positive, straightforward, gender/sexual orientation neutral ways. then we broke up into our orientation groups and had smaller discussions about it.  i mean, what a fucking important topic that is literally NEVER discussed in a safe, realistic, honest way.  thank you prescott college for being so fucking awesome. 

my god, is it great to be in an environment that values things that I value and sees the world in a similar way.  it’s just the coolest. and!!! I signed up to be part of the consent presentation next semester!! 😁

yay for sex, yay for consent, yay for everyone I meet wanting to be communicative about all of the above.

ps- the consent sprite/fairy and captain consent ran the workshop and were decked out in wacky, fun outfits (along with the rest of the presenters).

once again, i’m like falling asleep at my desk and it’s not even midnight.  what a full and exciting week.  what an exhausting week.  i can’t wait to just get on the damn trail and be off on this adventure i’ve been prepping for since like April!?

y’all the “wifey” guy is in my orientation group. hahahahah.

UNIVERSE, what is this message?!?!?

but in actuality, I think it’s a good thing. lessons in boundaries and like, getting to know people on a totally different level.

I’m really psyched for this backpacking trip in general.

my gosh so so busy. soooo busy. hoping to have some downtime tomorrow to write and do some yoga and just be for a little.

really enjoying it all though.

we meet our orientation groups this morning

 (my orientation is a 3 week backpacking trip in the mountains/canyons/desert of arizona with 9 other students and 2 guides).

anddddd i woke up super body anxious.  only sleeping for 3.5 hours.  the night before i only got 4/4.5 hrs.  

i think i need to make it a point to go to bed earlier, since apparently i can’t sleep late in this place…. 

BUT GOOD NEWS:  i am really enjoying it here.  just mentally exhausted from being constantly ON.  there will be a rhythm to it and i will fall into it soon.  a super practice in figuring out how to balance introvert-claire with extrovert-claire.  they are both super important and i got to remember to honor that (aka all of myself). 

gonna go do some yoga to get this body anxiety movingggggg

Quinoa may deliver a complete protein—all of the amino acids you require—in a compact package, but rice and beans together actually do better. And like goji berries, blueberries and strawberries are packed with phytochemicals. The only problem is that lacking an exotic back story, food marketers can’t wring as exorbitant a markup from these staples: The domestic blueberry, for example, is periodically (and justifiably) marketed as a superfood, and in 2012, products featuring blueberries as a primary ingredient saw their sales nearly quadruple. But they only raked in $3.5 million—less than 2 percent of açaí-based product sales.

Tom Philpott, "Are Quinoa, Chia Seeds, and other ‘Superfoods’ a Scam?" (from Mother Jones)

Also worth highlighting is this section:

Worse than superfoods’ origin myths, though, are their effects on the people in their native regions. In 2009, at the height of the açaí berry hype, Bloomberg News reported that the fruit’s wholesale price had jumped 60-fold since the early 2000s, pricing the Amazonian villagers who rely on it out of the market. In the Andes, where quinoa has been cultivated since the time of the Incas, price spikes have turned a one-time staple into a luxury, and quinoa monocrops are crowding out the more sustainable traditional methods.” (emphasis mine)

So not only are the markets for “superfoods” putting the foods out of reach of the people who relied on them as a dietary staple, but there are foods easily accessible to us that deliver all the nutrition at a fraction of the cost, both to our grocery bill and to the social/environmental toll.

(via elenilote)