What I Did on My Butch Appreciation Day

Well folks, another cherished holiday has come and gone. No, I’m not talking about National Spumoni Day (the Italian part of my heritage is very disappointed that I needed to Google “spumoni”). I mean, of course, International Butch Appreciation Day! This is actually the first year I’ve heard of this joyous occasion (is this the first year it’s existed?) and I’m completely honored/stoked that we butches have finally earned our own holiday, placing us in the elite company of “molded Italian ice cream made with layers of different colors and flavors, usually containing candied fruits and nuts.” So, I thought it would be fun to share with you all how I celebrated – or rather, was appreciated on – this special day.

My one and only complaint about Butch Appreciation Day is that it fell on a Thursday. Since I have a Big Person Job where I’m expected to work during the day or something ridiculous like that, there wasn’t much time for celebrations on August 18th. The GF and I caught a screening of Play in the Gray, a documentary about Boston-based drag and cabaret troupe All the Kings Men. I highly recommend seeing this, especially if you’re a gender-nonconformist like me (read more about my thoughts on Play in the Gray and drag on Diffuse 5). We topped off the evening by chatting up fellow Boston queer scene members and then going out for sushi (insert obligatory “lesbians love raw fish” joke here).

To make up for the lack of time on actual Butch Appreciation Day, we decided to move the main event to this past weekend. You see, my GF knows the not-so-secret path to my heart, which runs directly through my stomach. So naturally, the best way to appreciate this butch is through copious amounts of delicious food. And man, was I ever appreciated. Warning: the following images will make you desperately wish it were closer to lunch:

Homemade baked macaroni and cheese. I'm somewhat of a mac and cheese connoisseur, though the kind I make for myself comes in two packets (pasta and dried neon yellow powder) and is ready to eat in three minutes. This beauty took about an hour and involved using an oven and other advanced technology that I have yet to master.

 
Anybody that knows me knows that two of my greatest loves in this world are dessert and comic books. For Butch Appreciation Day, my GF took the “kill-two-birds-with-one-baking-pan” approach and made me Marvel superhero banana cakelets with cream cheese frosting, using this ingenious invention from Williams-Sonoma. Behold, true believers, Earth’s Mightiest Sugar High:
 

Dessert, assemble! Clockwise, from the top left: Captain America, Spider-Man, Wolverine, Hulk, Iron Man, Thor

Pretty awesome, huh? She even kept me out of trouble let me express my creative side with the extra cake batter and frosting. The results of my decorating experiments were a bit more, um, avant-garde:

These heart, star, and moon cakes represent the futility of modern human existence.

As you can see, I had a pretty amazing Butch Appreciation Day/Weekend. Now, I want to hear about yours! Butches, how were you appreciated last week? Femmes, what did you do for the butch(es) in your life, and what’s on your Femme Appreciation Day wishlist? Share your stories (and photos, please!) in the comments.

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About Bren

I'm a self-identified butch lesbian geek Masshole with a passion for comic books, action figures, queer issues, flannel, and pretty ladies. Oh, and comments. I love me some comments (hint, hint).

3 thoughts on “What I Did on My Butch Appreciation Day

  1. I sent an email with 25 reasons I love him, extolled his virtues on high on Facebook, cooked him pork chop dinner complete with candles, and gave him a very special goodnight blow job.

  2. My girl worked a three in a row (she’s a critical care nurse who works 12 hour shifts) and the only day off she had was yesterday before starting a two in a row today plus she’s getting ready to leave for Burning Man so there wasn’t much time for appreciation. I cooked her a couple of really delicious dinners though. (:

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