Isolation Tool Kit: My Plant Children

My track record with raising plants has been… not great.

I’ve killed at least 4 or 5 plants since moving into my apartment about 3 years ago, including a snake plant (which they said would be “unkillable”!!! ok!!!), a spider plant, basil, and a couple of scallions that honestly would’ve done better in a jar full of water. My last batch of plants died when I went on a two-and-a-half week long vacation in late winter without making plans for someone else to water them. Oops!

Since entering quarantine, I’ve come to appreciate indoor greenery for bringing ~*nature*~ into my home. I have also decided to use my newfound and copious amount of free time to actually learn how to take care of them properly! I’ve even resorted to buying some fake plants because I loved the extra greenery and wanted more without the extra responsibility.

(It did take some ego wrangling to actually admit to myself that I’ve been a bad plant parent and should resort to some fake ones, lest I sacrifice more for my own hubris!)

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30 Day Song Challenge Redux, Week 3/4

While writing this post up, I went down a rabbit hole of 2000s music that I had completely forgotten about but made me really happy! So enjoy some random honorable mentions before we start:

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Isolation Tool Kit: Banana Bread, Baby!

Like many others, at the start of quarantine, I decided to bake! And when I went to the grocery store and there was no yeast to be found, I decided to bake… banana bread!

(And before I start – I just saw a tweet that used ‘posting pictures of banana bread’ as an example of people moving on from anti-racism work and no longer fighting for racial justice, so rest assured, friends, I’m still making monthly donations to the ACLU, Equal Justice Initiative, and Black Visions Collective. Be like me, and deal with the compounding stress and sometimes-hopelessness of enacting massive social and political change by throwing money at it, then eat your feelings in the form of banana bread! We can have it both ways! Maybe!)

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