You…Shall Not…PEZ….

If you do not know who Gandalf is and haven’t seen him yell “YOU SHALL NOT PASS” to a demon in Lord of the Rings, then I apologize that my title makes absolutely no sense to you.  But shame on you for not seeing the movie….


Friday morning I had a banana on the way to work, and Mexican for lunch with D.  Dinner was a Chinese tofu veggie stir fry.  I know..description for yesterday’s meals are short and sweet.  And that’s because the fun food came today!

Today was the Richmond Vegetarian Festival!  I left home around 9am, and noshed on a banana on the way (pit stop at the outlet mall in Williamsburg before Richmond).  I wanted to be really hungry before I got there!

The festival started at noon, and I was there right around 1230.  My food samplings included a tofu caprese salad, a kombucha juice, and then some Indian food (channa masala).  I wish I had a large appetite and could have eaten more because all the food trucks looked awesome, but I am so used to eating small meals, that I was stuffed.  The caprese salad was amazing!  The channa masala was OK….mine is better 🙂

marinated tofu, sliced farm fresh tomatoes, basil, and olive oil. So very tasty!

I wasn’t hungry anymore, but loved the cupcake and taco food truck!
my favorite drink (other than water).

I stopped for dinner (between shopping trips) and had a salad and some wine.  I was at a wine bar called Barrel Thief, and when I asked for a good summer wine recommendation, I was given a sampling of different wines.  I opted for a lovely Spanish white, and even bought a bottle to bring home.  YUM.


Yesterday I took that rest day I’ve been meaning to.  I had it in my head that I wanted to do CF, but when the temps exceeded 100, M really didn’t want to go.  It stormed really heavily, so a run was out.  I guess that was providence telling me to relax.

Today was spent hiking around Bryan park in Richmond.  I parked over a mile away from the festival, so aside from walking to and from my vehicle, I also wandered the park and the festival for quite a while.  It was nice.


Yesterday afternoon was very trying.  It took me an hour and a half to get home from work (normally a 15 min drive).  There was a gas leak in the middle of my city, and half of it was shut down.  I got home just in time for the skies to open up and pour like crazy.  There were several areas of flash flooding, and after only an hour of storming, we had several inches of standing water in the back yard.  Definitely a good night to stay in.  Except we didn’t!  As a surprise, D took me out (I was in my jammies) to Skinny Dip – a frozen yogurt chain here – and I had a vegan chocolate covered cherry soy frozen yogurt!  It was SO good.  We had to snuggle under the umbrella, but it was fun.

Today was definitely a solo adventure day.  I left in the morning and headed first to Williamsburg.  I needed to pick up a few outfits for vacation next month for all of us.  After doing that, I drove the rest of the way to Richmond for the veg fest.

I have to say, it has grown SO much in just the past 2 years.  The first time I went it was nice, but small.  I could walk through the whole thing – stopping at most of the tents – and be done in a half hour.  Wow, was it different today.  It was busy, there were three rows of food trucks/tents, two rows of “other” tents – things like local activism groups, animal rescue, yoga, home-made arts and crafts, etc.  Everything veg of course.  There was also live music, and fun areas for kids, like hoola hooping, face painting, and arts and crafts.  All told, a nice grass-roots festival that’s growing each year.

all about farming. It was pretty cool.
a small portion of the fest

After that, I went to the 17th St Farmer’s Market.  We were there last July for a haunted tour, and I’ve been meaning to come back during the day (in the summer) to check out the food stands.  The space is very large – but it was a major disappointment.  There were almost no vendors at all, and the selection wasn’t great.  I decided to leave and go relax somewhere.

I went to one of the malls and walked around (didn’t get anything), and then headed to REI and Whole Foods before coming home.

Half way home I stopped at World Market in Newport News.  I’ve been looking for a shelving unit for the bathroom – nothing big – just thinking a smaller bamboo or wicker thing, and haven’t been having any luck finding what I want.  They had some that came close, but didn’t quite meet my desires.  What they DID have was an entire PEZ collection of Lord of the Ring’s characters!  They even made the hobbits and the dwarf smaller.  LOVE IT.

Despite it being a really hot day, it felt great being out an about.  I blasted loud music on my drive home and was just happy I had such a nice day.

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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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