Getting to be in touch with my body and listening to it means remembering its cycles. When I was about 26 I started getting horrible headaches every Spring that were not affected by my use of ibuprophin or tylenol! It kept happening until I realized they were sinus headaches and took the right stuff (Tylenol Sinus, my savior) which would alleviate them. I went through this cycle of “What’s happening with my body” until I finally realized that these headaches would occur every Spring and were likely developing allergies.
Riding the Coney Island Wonder Wheel with my pal Leo. It was their first time!
Slowing down and paying attention to your body is really important for self-care. In the last few years I’ve learned how to notice what’s going on with my body. I also know how to anticipate what is coming based on this whole paying attention thing. Spring and Fall my allergies flare up. So, my allergy regime is this, which I typically start before the allergies come in full bloom:
2. A prescription nasal spray (I think it’s a steroid but not sure). For those of you who are uninsured like me, Walgreens is now offering this discount prescription card where my normally $78 generic spray is now only $15 per refill. This is the same price I was paying for the spray using my erstwhile $350 a month COBRA insurance.
3. Since congestion is a huge problem for me, I also don’t eat dairy or citrus (both congestants) during allergy season.
4. A daily cup of my allergy tea. Suggested by my accupuncturist when I was seeing them during the Spring, it is a combination of Nettles, Goldenrod, Rooibus and Lavender. (The former two are the allergy formula, the latter two are what I added to make it taste awesome.) I bought this tea at a great Herb Shoppe in Brooklyn that has tons of jars of herbs and allows you to make your own blends. Genius!
In general this works, and when it doesn’t I take the sinus headache medicine. It’s not perfect and I’m always adding to it, like trying acupuncture last season (it really worked!) and I am going to try an herbal remedy offered by the Herb Shoppe in Brooklyn I went to for my allergy tea. I’m sure one day when I am monied I will go to an allergist to find out if there’s a better medicine I could be taking but in the meantime this whole shebang is the least expensive way I can figure to go about relieving the allergies.
The night I sent an all-call out to my pals to watch the Blue Moon and the Coney Island fireworks on the beach and what started as five folks turned into thirty in under an hour. Blankets and blankets of queers!
Of course, since there’s a tea involved, I definitely needed to do a Lesbian Tea Basket episode to rate and review the tea! I also asked my friend Emma Dilemma to guest star so I could ask them about their life as a cis white jewish vagabond punk femme in between jobs and homes.
On this episode we get down with some allergy tea and Emma and I discuss how they became more portable, as a lifestyle and with their personal style. We discuss insinuating yourself into San Francisco Queer Life, the sanitization of Dolores Park and some of the mysteries of Brooklyn. And Emma’s gel manicure!
And congratulations to the winner of the Gaga Feminism giveaway! I used the Random.org number generator and the winner was comment 14, Elusis. Elusis I emailed you to get your info for Beacon to send the book.
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.
So I went to the Gossip concert at Terminal 5 in New York City where Beth Ditto et al were celebrating the release of their new album A Joyful Noise on May 22nd.
My friend Bridget wanted to get together to gossip about the Gossip and re-watch the episode of Watch What Happens Live where Andy Cohen gives Beth Ditto a corn dog bouquet a few times (I still have this saved on my DVR). Bridge and I decided to film our gossip sesh as an episode of the Lesbian Tea Basket! We rate a Rooibus Mint iced tea by Rishi and have some cinnamon rolls, too.
While I cast about looking for someone to collaborate on the sound editing for FemmeCast, I've been a little antsy to make media. I was struck with the divine spirit to share my recent passion for tea and my enduring passion for lesbianism in the form of totally DIY, low-tech videos. Mostly I am just frustrated with how hard it is to determine whether or not tea is any good from the box.
There are four episodes so far, with more to come as inspiration continues. I've instituted a rating system and occasionally have guest hosts.
So grab a cup of tea, cozy up to your computer and enjoy!