Thanksgiving

24 Nov

This Thanksgiving we are doing a few traditional dishes and something nontraditional. Our “traditional” dishes include a few sweet potatoes yum, and pumpkin pie vegan style of course. Our non traditional is that we are having quesadillas with refried pinto beans and shredded vegan cheese yum. It will still be yummy and good for us.

I did earlier this week adopt “Spunky” the turkey from Farm Sanctuary. It was a great way to have a turkey for Thanksgiving without the cruelty and a great way to give to a worthy organization. It just makes me feel better.

This past weekend my daughter and I both had the ick that has been going around. My daughter was running a fever and then she got sick at school and I was unable to get to her and felt bad but, my significant other was able to get her picked up from school. I was just really tired and slept a lot until Sunday evening when I got sick. After I got sick I felt like climbing Mt. Everest and taking over the world. I was unable to work Monday because my daughter was still not feeling so great. Tuesday I subbed. It was crazy the kids knew it was a holiday. My poor fur baby cat has had the ick and has been sneezing her head off. I hope she feels better soon.

As for holiday shopping I am done. Except for a last minute item my daughter needs so will pick that up for her next pay check. If you must shop I suggest especially Friday to not do that. Remember to be thankful for what you have not for what you want. At the very least shop online this way you can avoid the lines, the possibility of getting trampled and the parking hassle. Maybe even give back such as Amazon has Amazon smile where part of your purchases go to a worthy cause of your choice. There is always the option of a gift card no clutter and no fuss or muss.

The other option for a gift is an experience gift of movie tickets, concert tickets, tickets to a play, or even better what better way to not deal with holiday stress than to get or even give yourself a massage.

Happy Holiday and be kind to our fellow creatures that we share this planet with.

Friday and other news

16 Nov

As I was having a personal crisis. I called a good friend of mine and while she is trying to help me with my crisis. She tells me that her husband died and she moves on in the conversation. I told her wait, wait a minute. What happened? How did he die? Was he in a car accident? My friend told me that he committed suicide. I asked her if she saw this coming and she said that looking back on it there were tiny clues. I told her that if the clues were tiny then there was no way she could have known what was going to happen.

It makes all the BS that I have been going through with my significant other seem stupid and inconsequential. Hey lookie there my first big word. LOL. I know some of you may feel that suicide is a sin or whatever but, just remember that it is NOT anyones fault that a person decides to take their own life it is a choice. It also made my problem seem stupid too.

My problem is this I am a substitute teacher and dont always work every day. This is fine but, I had not worked in over a week now going on three weeks. I got put on the no call list (even though we are in desperate need of subs) because I did not respond to an email. I am not even sure I got or it might have gone into my spam box and I dont check that. So I have to meet Wednesday at 2 pm because there are “concerns” . I have no idea what I could have done wrong or what the concerns are so wish me luck and keep my friend in your thoughts. She and I need all the help and support we can get.

Vegan Eggs

3 Nov

Ok I finally tried the eggs I talked about in my previous post. They are really good as a scramble and to make yummy breakfast burritos. The only thing I dont like is the smell. They smell like eggs too much for me with an almost too much sulfer smell.

Hope everyone had a spook filled Halloween and a great Dia De Dos Muertos as well.

New vegan products

19 Oct

I recently tried Daiya’s yogurts. I tried the peach, blueberry and strawberry. I loved the first two but, the strawberry just tasted off to me. I know that one persons taste buds are totally different than mine and that what I might not like someone else will.

I also picked up Follow Your Hearts vegan eggs. I have not had a chance to try them yet but it does seem promising. If you are on the lookout for them try your baking section. This is where I found mine. It was not in the cold section where they keep the non vegan eggs. I will let you know what I think of the eggs when I get around to using them.

Break

7 Oct

This week has been fun. It is my daughters and of course by extension my fall break as well. It has been nice. My dad came into town so we spent some quality time with him. We have seen two movies the “newer” Ice Age movie (which was cute) and the really new movie Stork again super cute.

We went out to eat a few times once with my dad for lunch and then just the two of us at a very fancy smancy restaurant. The fancy restaurant was over priced and with no vegetarian options except for a salad so basically I spent way tooooooooo much for two salads. I was not impressed. It was still fun so I guess for an experience it was somewhat worth it. We got my daughters hair trimmed as well.

Today we just went and got a very belated holiday gift from my daughters aunt it was a gift card from Target so she got a DS game that she has been wanting for awhile.

Tomorrow my daughter is going to my husbands work so it will be quiet really quiet tomorrow. I have also been trying to get my house cleaned up so that way when school starts back up Monday I will not have to deal with that in between working, taking care of my daughter, cooking dinner, and taking care of the animals needs.

Vegan and first job

22 Sep

Monday was my first day of working and I was soooooooooooooo nervous. Plus add on the fact that I am working with special ed kids. My day went smoothly and the kids even though special are still just kids and I loved working with them. Plus since I was sort of a teachers aid I was kind of hand held though out the day and that helped me to calm the nerves and feel more comfortable doing what I am doing. As a bonus I was at my daughters school so I got to have lunch with her and that was great to be able to see her. Plus I was able to take her to school and home no need for her to ride the bus.
I have a possible book recommendation The Compassionate Chick’s Guide to DIY Beauty: 125 Recipes for Vegan, Gluten-Free, Cruelty-Free Makeup, Skin and Hair Care Products I have not had a chance to get this book but, you can for sure find it on Amazon. It sounds promising to make your own stuff without having all he possible nasty chemicals or allergic reaction to something because of maybe the “fragrances” or whatever. If anyone gets this book and you try out the Makeup or anything else please let me know what you think of it. Thanks.

shopping

14 Sep

Yes I have recently gone shopping. For a few reasons I am hoping to get a job soon with my daughters school system and was feeling and needing something I could wear that was nice, professional, and not flashing too much cleavage (not that I do that but, occasionally it does happen). So I decided to get some very cool ankle boots for fall and as a bonus they are vegan from Lulus they are black with silver buckles on it. The other things I got were two maxi dresses from sugarbits in black and a deep plum purple. The maxi dresses can be worn many different ways. So yes it may be the same dress but, I can wear it a lot of different ways and as you know I love versatile clothing. So they are all knee length and it will be a modest length but, will keep my essentials covered. I am trying to look professional folks. I also got a Maggies aka organic cotton black blouse with 3/4 length sleeves. This is my preferred sleeve length.