Hey y’all! I am stranded in San Francisco and having a ball. I came out here to throw Rebel Cupcake in Oakland with my friend Christine at her production company‘s Friday night party Hot Box and go to the Hard French Winter Ball. Both events were unique and incredible queer experiences!
Me and Christine.
There was an ice storm in Brooklyn and our flight got rescheduled so Mackenzi and I are stuck here for a couple of more days.
Just a blog housekeeping note: for some reason the bandwidth on Queer Fat Femme.com went bananas the other day and I exceeded the meager bandwidth I pay for (maybe it’s time I sold advertising?) so for a couple of days there was a blank screen where there once were pithy anecdotes and queer magic fun times. I make it up to you now with this…
New episode of the Lesbian Tea Basket! Check it out, featuring Alix and Jen Gandy, discussion of Maple Chasing and, you know, tea for lesbians.
Also while on vacation I’ve been reading some Mormon Mommy Blogs (there’s a whole tribe of them, I just read about them on Jezebel and Salon.com). I’m totally inspired by them, because of the positive attitude, extremely cute and inventive crafts, and their relentless photo documentation of the things they do. So maybe I’ll include more stories and recaps on the blog in the coming months.
Mackenzi and I were talking about what exciting things are happening in New York City this weekend. She said, “There are lots of things to do this weekend, unpack, do laundry, mourn the fact that you’re not in San Francisco.”
That said, there is something to be said for the perfect environment to enjoy a cup of tea. At Michfest folks are pretty Goddess-oriented and witchy, and the healing center (the "Womb") is totally tea-core. There's a tea for most of what ails you and I have been healed several times by a wham-pow tea.
So this summer I was enjoying a cup of lemon, ginger and honey tea served in a cauldron in the Belly Bowl on hour 36 of persistent rain and cold, and I thought I should film an episode of the Lesbian Tea Basket. I didn't do it, but on Sunday decided to trek over to the Womb to get some tea to soothe my tender heart. I'm a girl who believes in feeling feelings and I was really experiencing them.
Since we're conserving pennies we didn't want to "go into town" to spend money, but the idea of taking a wander through the adorable storefronts of Woodstock was super appealing. I thought that perhaps we could combine an errand with an adventure and googled tea store in Woodstock thinking I'd find a coffee shop with a smattering of teas. Instead we stumbled upon this gem of a store right in the "downtown" area of Woodstock called The Tea Shop.
It was gorgeous, light-filled and had a literal wall of loose teas, each in a big tin that the shop keeper opened for us and then spilled onto the lid so we could get a good whif of the tea and see the components. Fantastic presentation!
We settled on a few rooibos varieties, and we each picked a black tea (decaf for her, full caf for me) to order a la carte as a cup of tea. I was so delighted by the experience I had to film a Lesbian Tea Basket right then and there. Watch this video below and find out how magical the tea experience was, as well as my rating of the Orange White Chocolate black tea. Click here for more.
In planning my trip I had budgeted the day after Thanksgiving to hang out with my mom and Grandmother and soak up a little bit of the Bay Area. I was ready to stop driving so intensely and excited to have a “destination” for more than a couple of hours.
It's worth noting that I was miserable growing up and thus unable to appreciate or notice much of the beauty around me. I really love visiting the Bay now. Part of the impetus for this trip was to get to spend some quality time in California.