"Why Yes, I am a Vegan"…"Um No, I Don’t Eat Fish…"

So I had the strangest encounter at Moe’s.  I’m used to people not knowing what a Vegan is, and that’s okay.  I don’t care what other people eat, I’m never offended (except in cases of foie gras and veal), and I cook meat for my family.  So I find it weird when someone asks me if I’m a vegan based on what I’m ordering…obviously this person understood that I ordered the Personal Trainer (the vegetarian taco salad) with no cheese or sour cream.  He had the presence of mind to ASK me if I was a vegan, and I said yes.  Then as I’m checking out, he asks me if I eat fish.  I get it when people who’ve never been exposed to vegetarians before mistake not eating 4-legged or 2-legged animals for someone who still eats swimming ones.  That’s actually called a Pescatarian (if you eat fish, but no land animals).  People who try to eat vegetarian a few days a month or when they can are called Flexitarians.  It’s all good, but I still thought it was weird when he asked about the fish thing.  Then I explained that no, I didn’t eat anything or wear anything (like leather) that ever had a face.  He profusely apologized, and then I had to explain that I really didn’t mind being around meat, that it was a personal choice I had made, and I don’t judge anyone for what they eat or don’t eat.  The clerk then asked me if I had a family, I said yes, “are they vegans too?”, I said “No, not my right to make that choice for them….”.  He looked at me funny and then high-fived me.  Strange…this was the Great Bridge Moe’s by the way in case you ever go and get a chatty employee!

So yesterday was a run day and I didn’t go.  I meant to.  It was stupid hot (115 with the heat index), so I was going to run at the Y.  Of course, it was a holiday and they closed at 2.  I was shopping at 120, so knew I wouldn’t make it.  I have a treadmill too, but kinda forgot about that .  Then I started cooking (more on that later), and a friend of mine came over, and we chilled upstairs and drank a few beers, so I couldn’t very well run after that!  Can’t you get a ticket for drunken-running anyway?  I imagine I’d get lost more than normal or run into a light pole or something.  That’s just irresponsible, and I’m totally not that!  🙂 

I have this cookbook called Cooking the Whole Foods Way and it has a lot of recipes that call for the use of a pressure cooker.  I’ve always wanted one, and for someone who is as freakishly obsessed with cooking and having cooking appliances, I decided it was a shame I didn’t have one.  I grabbed one of my 20% off coupons from Bed, Bath, and Beyond, and went and bought one (never mind that I actually went to get a bigger rice cooker and left with the pressure cooker instead).  I then hit the grocery and came home.  After spending 2 hours reading cookbooks and looking online for recipes, I decided to start with a simple risotto.  I make risotto a few times a year – takes about 45 minutes and involves constantly stirring.  This made the risotto IN SEVEN MINUTES.  I freaked.  So today I made an Asian-inspired chicken dish…IN EIGHT MINUTES.  Holy cow…this would have taken all day in the slow cooker, or an hour or two in the oven.  I know I sound like a commercial (like Billy May’s in OxiClean..).  But seriously…I can’t believe I never had one before.  I also bought a vegetarian slow cooker recipe book yesterday and made Indian flavored potato-cauliflower dish (which was fabulous) to go along with the chicken in my pressure cooker and saffron-basmati rice in my little rice cooker.  Never turned on the stove…but made an awesome meal with appliances!  YEAH TECHNOLOGY!

So on to today…I went to work and had lunch with 3 awesome women at Pasha’s in downtown Norfolk.  I had some hummus and a yummy bulgar wheat/romaine lettuce salad.  Then went back to work, and then hit the gym.  So yes…I did Fitlinxx again…and did yesterday’s run.  I did two sets again, which took an hour.  Then ran 3 miles.  I had read a few years ago that if you’re going to strength train and run on the same day, to do the weight lifting first…you get too fatigued otherwise.  I was afraid I’d get so overly bored with the weight lifting, that I’d skip the running.  But then I’d be too embarrassed to write here that I totally blew off a run, so thanks to everyone for (even unknowingly) keeping me motivated!  Fear of being shamed will do that for ya.

After showering and making my uber-gourmet meal, I had a glass of wine with my veggies (really, I cooked with it, but couldn’t let it go to waste) and the 5 of us watched the season premier of So You Think You Can Dance.  Tomorrow is an early day (730 am meeting at Corporate), so that kinda sucks.  It’s also TKD for the kids, so I’m going to run by the other expensive houses in Edinburgh while they’re butt kicking.  Maybe this time I’ll be fascinated by something other than pretty driveways…

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I am a 45 yo busy career single mom and doctoral student attempting to find her inner athlete, be a gluten-free(ish) vegan, and find a way to balance it all without going crazy! I love to cook, read, run, box, do yoga, dance, travel, and learn as many new things as I can - which often gets me in trouble.... I am passionate about life in general, and if I didn't write about it, I'd probably implode.

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