Fezzik and Inigo

Princess Bride was introduced to me by my cousins while I was babysitting them. I was 13, I think. I can barely remember my life before this movie.

I was thrilled to see this Fezzik and Inigo Montoya at OCC 2017. I look forward to seeing what these two do this year!

Blush: Candy is not a toy

Are you looking to spice up the bedroom this Valentine’s Day?

Keep looking past the grocery store.

Candy is not safe to use!

Image from stock photos.

While your first thought might go to chocolate, whipped cream, hard candies, and fruit, all of these things (and a lot of others that don’t pop up in Cosmo’s “recommended sex foods”) are not safe for one very good and major reason: sugar should not go anywhere near the mucous membranes of the vagina or anus.

Sugar can change the pH of the vagina, and is a food source for bacteria and yeast, leading to yeast infections and other problems.

Coconut oil is very popular, and I’ve heard it suggested as a use for anything from cradle cap to an ingredient in stir fry. But do NOT use it as a lube! If you are using it with a latex condom/dental dam, oil can degrade the latex. If you are not using a condom/dental dam, you’d think that the slipperiness of the oil would be an ideal lubricant. Unfortunately, the oil is hard to remove completely from inside the body, and it can trap bacteria, increasing the risk of infections.

Fruits and veggies should NOT be inserted into the body (other than your mouth), unless inside latex. For one thing, there’s no guarantee that you’d be able to remove all of it – your internal muscles are stronger than you realize, and having to go to the doctor’s to have a piece of food removed from inside you isn’t the best way to spend your evening. Secondly, no matter how thoroughly you think you may have disinfected the food, there is still a chance of bacteria on the skin.

The safest way to use food, even the ones with sugar, would be to keep it above the waist. If you insist on bringing something down below, use plain ice. Avoid direct contact, as the nerve endings are much closer to the surface and can be “traumatized”.

There are several safe products that can be used down below, but you may have some difficulty finding them in the condom aisle of your drugstore. Sex shops like Venus Envy or Wicked Wanda’s in downtown Ottawa are safe spaces for all genders and orientations (although you may have some difficulty entering the latter if you are mobility impaired, Venus Envy has an automatic front door and is accessible as stated online), and they would have edible lubricants and other products that could be fun. Unfortunately, these products are still a work in progress:

[I]t’s hard to balance taste with safety. The ingredients that bring flavor (sucrose, sodium saccharin, aspartame) can also cause yeast infections – or lead to genital irritation – Atlas Obscura

Happy Valentine’s Day, and be safe!


References

https://www.self.com/story/7-ways-not-to-use-food-during-sex

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/a-matter-of-taste-inside-the-edible-sex-toy-industry

Black Panther Experience

If you’re downtown at Winterlude this weekend, be sure to check out The Black Panther Experience in Confederation park! You can get your photo taken with Black Panther, see the inside of a vibranium mine, and check out the Wall of Heroes.

If you’re in Toronto later on this month, the truck will be there as well. Check out the dates:

Image from the Facebook post.

Are you interested in a stay-cation or visiting Toronto? You can contact Jennifer Desmarais through AJ Travel. jenniferd@ajtravel.ca

Nargle 9K

If you’re interested in running a virtual race, and like Harry Potter, the Nargle 9K is for you!

Registration is available NOW until February 11, and you go out and run 9 kilometres on February 13, Luna Lovegood’s birthday.

You can read more about the Hogwarts Running Club, the host of this event, here.

While you might not want to go outside if you live where I live, you can run this race on a treadmill or another day. Or you can dress warmly and brace yourself for the Nargle 9K in the snow!

Image from events.com

Are you interested in travelling to get away from the snow? You can contact Jennifer Desmarais through AJ Travel. jenniferd@ajtravel.ca

Voltron crew

I am rapidly becoming obsessed with Voltron, and I’m not ashamed of it. This show has great characters, great plot, and great people working on it. It also has incredible fans, like this group here.

Edit to add: new episodes dropping in March 2nd!! This is not a drill!!

l-r Pidge, Lance, Keith, Shiro, Hunk