So, it’s Valentine’s Day.
Let’s pretend that I got all dressed up and went out for a fancypants dinner with my husband.
Let’s pretend he brought me a dozen roses and a box of expensive vegan chocolates.
(They were oh-so-yummy.)
And since we’re all about
bullshitting pretending, let’s pretend these are NOT Christmas dresses and that they wore them for more than 10 minutes.
Nope, not their Christmas dresses.
“Um, mom… Christmas is over.” Shhh!
“Ev is so uptight…”
“Look Ev! It’s my butt!”
“Why can’t I be an only child?”
“Ev tried to eat my arm. I’m safer here on the floor, playing with my toes.”
“Woo! The chair’s all MINE!”
Mike loooves vacations. Pssh.
Mike and I don’t take many trips. In the time that we’ve been together (since 2008), we’ve only gone to a handful of places, all of which were a couple hours away. He’s not a fan of long car trips. (Or, you know, leaving the house.)
Fortunately for me, Farm Sanctuary‘s New York shelter is only about a two-hour drive from Buffalo. A quite scenic, lovely drive!
Located in the beautiful Finger Lakes region, Farm Sanctuary is a great day trip destination if you live in upstate New York (or thereabouts). It’s also close to Watkins Glen, which offers some good vegan dining options, including vegan soft serve ice cream! Heck yes!
At the farm, there are plenty of rescued pigs, cows, goats, chickens, sheep & various other critters who are happy to pose for photos and give kisses. There are guided tours every hour, which are fun & informative for vegans & non-vegans alike.
I know I’m only 16 weeks pregnant, but I’m already looking forward to taking the twins there. So many great photo ops!
There were so many baby goats!
Drink up, lil’ goat!
Such a pretty clucker!
The piggies all looked so happy!
Today I am 16 weeks pregnant. My babies are the size of avocados!
Now, being a vegan, you’d think I’d be a big avocado fan… Natural, healthy, plant-based “good” fat – a perfect vegan staple, right? Right? Um… Okay, confession time:
I, Wendy Rose, long-time vegan & even longer-time vegetarian, have never tasted an avocado. Ever.
There. I said it. I have no excuses… no legit reasons for my avocado ignorance. Sure, I’ve had opportunities to try it. Whenever I go to Moe’s, they ask me if I’d like guacamole on my burrito. Each time I respond with a polite, but firm, “No thank you”.
I honestly don’t know what my fear is. The color? Texture? Some creepy, repressed avocado-related memory from childhood? (The only thing I can recall about avocados from my childhood is the fact that “Alf” had an avocado tree in his yard… Unless I’m making that up… Anyone wanna Google that for me?)
I think it’s time to give Mr. Avocado a chance… What harm can really be done?
In order to change my anti-avocado ways, I have added “Try an avocado” to my list of “101 Things in 1001 Days” goal list. So, along with “Get my photo taken with Santa” and “Be called ‘mommy’”, I WILL try a goddamned avocado!*
*Would a tiny dollop of guacamole count? – I’m scared!
Ever since I made the switch from vegetarian to vegan, I’ve come to embrace the yummy-ness that is ethnic food. At the top of my list would be Thai (tofu curry! veggie tempura!) and Middle Eastern (FALAFEL!). Sadly, my husband doesn’t quite accept the notion that non-American cuisine is anything but, well, weird. He’s definitely the ever-cliched “meat & potatoes” type of guy. I’ve tried to sway him in the other direction, and he has made some progress in the time that we’ve been together (he actually enjoys seitan wings now!), but he’s still a work in progress.
Luckily for me, Mike does like to indulge in Chinese food. Yeah, I know, what normal American man doesn’t? But still… It’s something.
Over the last year or so, we’ve found ourselves in a routine where we have it about once a week. We go to the same little Chinese/Vietnamese place every time – Red Pepper. They have reasonably priced lunch specials & bring you a complimentary hot pot of tea after you’re seated. (I love little “extras” like that!)
I usually get the same dish every time – mixed vegetables with bean curd or sesame bean curd. They have other vegan-friendly options, but I’m boring & like to stick with what I know is good. I guess I’m more like Mike than I thought… Dammit!