Well, I was back yesterday, but had the overwhelming job of unpacking & putting all my crap away. For some reason, that seems harder than it should. Boo hoo, I know. I was also lonely. Sometimes it’s shocking to be around a lot of people & critters, then come back to my solitary confinement, I mean studio apartment!
The coast was fun, as usual. Cathy & David are so sweet & lovely. They made me vegan enchiladas on our first night & took us to a lovely restaurant for Eth’s birthday. I told them that I felt guilty having them spend $15 on a cucumber sandwich, but David insisted. They always make me feel so welcome & taken care of.
Ethan took me golfing. Well, I was the caddy, but it was fun. I carried the clubs because I figured it was good exercise, plus it allowed Ethan to concentrate on his game. This was only mildly successful because he was going through crazy nicotine withdrawal, but it was still fun & he’s been butt-free for 4 days so far! We also went to the driving range a couple times. He’s really good! And I’m not just saying that.
I got to visit Yoda, my darling kitty. When Eth & I lived together, he lived with us for years, but then he was hit by a crazy fucking driver. His leg was broken (as was his beautiful right fang) & he had to have pins put into it until it healed (thank you, Cathy & David!). Once he recovered, Cathy & David took him so that he could live a life surrounded by Nature, not cars & noise. He’s so happy, but we miss him. I can tell he missed me too, since he wouldn’t let anyone else hold him! He was so snuggly & loves boobs. Well, who doesn’t! He’s the most badass cat in the world & has this “don’t eff with me” way about him. The car that hit him probably instantly burst into flames upon contact. And it was probably a Hummer too.
I can’t post a picture of Yoda without putting up one of his brother. Here’s Ruben on the car ride home. He’s got the classic “Are we there yet?!” whiny face on. He’s so good at it too.
I’ve decided to make a big change in my life that has to do with what I eat. It may seem extreme, especially since I’m a baker, but I’ve done it before & haven’t felt as great since going back to sugar. I’ve gone through all my cupboards & the fridge & got rid of anything & everything that contained preservatives and/or sugar. I’m not even going to eat “raw cane sugar” because I think it’s pretty much the same as refined white sugar. The sweeteners I’ll still eat are maple syrup, molasses, agave nectar, brown rice syrup & honey (I still have a huge jar that I got from the Farmer’s Market before going vegan). I may make rare exceptions, but want to really stick with it. And I truly believe that preservatives & other food additives do crazy shit to our brains & bodies. The stuff they call “food” in America is banned in many other countries. I’ll just institute a mini-ban over here.
Of course I didn’t throw the food away. I set aside some stuff for Ethan & my sister, then took the rest down to the “free pile” in the basement here. I just want to take care of myself & not feel that I’m full of toxic junk that will build up until it eventually turns into cancer. Plus I’ll feel much better. I think I had gotten into the habit of buying stuff just because it was vegan, even though it was just as crappy as non-vegan stuff, only cruelty-free.
Anyhoo, I made these little gems before going to the coast. Ethan’s mom really loved them & asked for the recipe! It’s adapted from this one, by Sally, at VegFamily. Since we got a new refrigerated display case at work, I’m going to make these for people who wish to avoid sugar, but need a sweet treat. They’re bursting with protein too!
- 1 cup agave nectar
- 1 cup almond butter
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1 cup sesame seeds
- 2 cups shredded coconut
Combine agave, almond butter & vanilla. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Form into small balls & roll in extra coconut, seeds, nuts, etc. Refrigerate.
Inner ball action:
P.S. Do any of you recommend any particular juicers? I am thinking of either getting a juicer, or a Vita-Mix, once I get my financial aid (next week please, oh Universe). I know they’re not the same, but I can’t have both! Something cool about Vita-Mixes are the way they make frozen fruit into “ice cream”, but I’ve also heard that some juicers can do this as well. I’m off to research the pros & cons of each, but would love to hear your personal experiences with any of these gadgets!
Book blurb time. I read two more books while on vacation. Only 36 more to go before my next birthday!
15.) Wise Child by Monica Furlong
16.) Parable of the Talents by Octavia Butler
I have three more Octavia Butler books that I put on hold at the library! I can’t wait to pick them up tomorrow. I think I have at least one vegan cookbook to grab too. Awesome!