Skin Trade, Bold Native, and senior citizen beverages.

June 11, 2010 at 11:11 pm 3 comments

Last night was the public premiere of Skin Trade in Los Angeles, and if you haven’t seen this film already, I strongly urge you to do so.  I wasn’t able to attend last night, but I did catch a screening at the Animal Liberation Forum in April.  To be honest, before I saw the film, this was one of the topics I was least interested in at the conference.  I don’t wear fur, I don’t know anyone who wears fur, and while most people don’t have any moral qualms about killing animals for sustenance, it seems that the general public accepts that killing in the name of vanity is wrong.  But it doesn’t matter if you don’t know a single person who wears fur, because for each individual fox, mink, chichilla, rabbit, dog, cat, and other species raised for their pelts, it is a reality 100% of the time.  These individuals are suffering every day, and that’s why it’s important for people to see this film.  There are parts that are hard to sit through, so watch it with a friend, or go to one of the public screenings if you have the opportunity.  Check out Ecolutionist’s recap of last night’s event here, and the Skin Trade website for more information.

Bold Native is also premiering in LA next week.  This is a fictional film that tells the story of Charlie Cranehill, an animal liberator wanted by the FBI for animal enterprise terrorism.  It also follows another activist, as she works within the law to improve the rights of farmed animals.  There are screenings next Wednesday and Friday, and I’m bringing a group to the second event, which is at TreePeople‘s outdoor amphitheater and will feature spooky vegan hotdogs from The Frankenstand!  For more information on Bold Native, visit their website and watch the trailer below.

As for the dollar menu, I’m going to spare you the play-by-play for the past week.  I’ve been eating well, but my meals have literally all been cereal, banana flax muffins, and rice or ramen with some type of protein and veg.  Snacks have been pitas/tortillas with almond butter, mixed nuts, blueberry smoothies, and a whole lotta vegan ice cream.  I’m missing fresh fruit and veggies, but the last two weeks have been finals, so I’m pretty much just thankful I’m still alive at all.  During finals, the feeding ritual usually consists of wandering into the kitchen 3-4 times a day, picking up the first thing I see, and putting it on a plate (sometimes).  During finals before I went vegan, it was peanut butter sandwiches and an Ensure for every meal.  This triggered snarky comments from my friends about senior citizen beverages, as well as a temporary peanut allergy.

I’m leaving for San Francisco/Portland a week from tomorrow, and while I’ll definitely be watching my budget while I’m up there, I’m taking a break from the dollar menu until I get back.  So for week 5 through week 7 that’s 63 meals, and 63 dollars.  I spent $54.99 in the first two weeks, and I have $8.01 left.  That’s a little intimidating, but I still have rice, flour, and dry beans in the pantry, and broccoli and blueberries in the freezer, so I think I’ll do fine.  If you need me, I’ll be out in the yard encouraging my little zucchinis to photosynthesize.

Also, if you’re wondering why I only have three bagels, the items with asterisks by them were used for the pizzas I made for my family on Memorial Day – I only charged myself for the portion that I ate.

Week 5 (ending 6/4) Shopping List – Whole Foods/Trader Joe’s

  • 2 bananas  $.063
  • Lightlife Gimme Lean sausage  $3.99
  • whole wheat flour  $2.99
  • vegan semi-sweet chocolate chips  $3.39
  • Rice Dream (neapolitan)  $5.99
  • 9 grain pitas  $3.89
  • Maranatha almond butter  $5.49
  • Daiya vegan cheese (mozzarella style)  $2.15*
  • 3 bagels  $1.35*
  • roasted vegetable pasta sauce  $2.39
  • Lightlife vegan pepperoni  $2.50
  • 1 jalapeno  $0.15
  • 1 portabella mushroom  $1.21
  • 1 can lima beans  $1.25
  • Trader Joe’s oat n’ wheat bran swirls (cereal)  $2.99
  • vanilla almond mik $2

Total:  $42.36

Week 6 (ending 6/11) Shopping List – Whole Foods

  • 365 organic raisin bran  $2.99
  • 365 organic peanut butter pows  $2.99
  • herb flavored popcorn  $0.99
  • chocolate soy milk  $1.69
  • unsweetened rice milk  $1.69
  • 1 can black beans  $0.99
  • 1 package firm tofu  $1.29

Total:  $12.63

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. twoveganboys  |  July 3, 2010 at 10:55 am

    We love your blog.

  • 2. Chadwick  |  July 8, 2010 at 8:40 am

    I have definitely been snooping on your blog and asking this same question,”Why only a dollar for each meal?” I worked at one of these terrible fast food joints and everyone who shopped off of the dollar menu would always purchase at least $3 worth of food. They would get two burgers and a soda or 2 burgers, side salad, and a water. Also, ketchup, mustard and a wide array of condiments are free.

    So maybe you could make allowances for food higher? I mean, $1.50? That would still be half of what I consider the average dollar menu purchase.

    Just a thought.

    • 3. dollamenu  |  July 17, 2010 at 4:35 pm

      Hey, thanks for the feedback! Other people have made the same suggestion. I’m going to stick with a dollar for now, partly because I no longer have a steady income, but also because I’ve really been doing fine! If I was hungry, it’d be a different story.. but I’ve been eating well. 🙂


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