I Have Found Them!!!! OTHER VEGANS IN MY AREA woo hoo :)


Crap, I did it again.  Let too much time pass, so I’m not listing a bunch of meals, but will hit the highlights.

The biggest highlight was the food at a vegan dinner party on Saturday night!

vegan tofu sushi
tempeh curried “chicken” bites. The hostess made this, and it was fantastic.  That’s a slab of homemade vegan buffalo mozz on the right.
amazing caprese salad with the buffalo vegan cheese, tomatoes, basil, olive oil, and balsamic.

There was tons of other foods like stuffed figs, mushroom pierogies, stuffed mushrooms, tofu cabbage rolls, spicy black bean, rice, and corn salad (my contribution), chapatis, red pepper brushetta, lettuce wraps….and probably a few other things I can’t even remember.  And wine.  PLENTY of wine 🙂

Anything else I’ll write about will pale in comparison, so that’s enough food porn for you crazy readers.


I hit up 3 hot vinyasa classes in the last 5 days (Friday night and a ridiculously early 6am class with AC).  I absolutely love this class, and thankfully AC does too.  It’s always so much more motivating when working out with a friend.

Speaking of…it’s only because I agreed last night that I would meet her at her yoga studio at 545 am that I set my alarm for the unholy hour of 5am.  This morning.  A freaking work day!  Can’t let a friend down…especially when it’s a monster of my own making.  Even though I had less than 5 hrs of sleep, it was a perfect start to the day.  I left home at 520 this morning (crazy, I know), and felt absolutely fantastic.

This evening was a first ever family run!  Yep…all 5 of us went on a 2 miler.  Yesterday R said she really wanted to go run with me.  Of course I want to encourage all my kids to be active, so I told her we would start running together.  I mentioned to D last night that I was going to do the Couch-to-5K with her to ease her into running.  She’s a swimmer and very naturally athletic – and also has quite an excess of spastic energy, so this seemed brilliant.  Without skipping a beat, D said he’d do it too.

After the rains passed and it looked like we were going to stay dry, I suggested around 6pm that we run.  No arguments – and then the older two said they would go too!  So we loaded the C25K free app on my iPhone and loaded it up with everyone’s favorite energetic songs.  We took off, with the app cueing us to walk or run, all while jamming out.  It was so much fun!  Everyone wants to keep doing this, and I think we’re going to run a Turkey Trot 5K as a family.  So cool.


Friday night, D took the older kids and some of their friends to overnight laser tag.  R and I snuggled, watched a movie, and got out of bed when the crew returned to our house around 730am Saturday morning.  We grabbed breakfast, R got her haircut, and then we went to the movies to see ParaNorman.

Saturday night involved me doing something that goes completely against my nature.

Yes…I finally broke out of my fear of meeting people, and went to a vegan social meet-up.  By myself.  And didn’t know a single soul.  I had intended to do this since VVC last year.  Hell – if I went to a vegan bloggers conference in another state completely alone, I should be able to handle attending a local vegan meet-up.  After much contemplation (and encouragement by D), I went on Saturday night.

It was a lot of fun, and I met a group of vegans or people who just love good food (not everyone at the party was a vegan, and that’s totally cool…no one there seemed to be the militant sort).  I’m actually planning on hosting one myself!  I know…hold me back…I’m totally breaking out of my comfort zone.

our hostess NS! This was the end of the evening, and we all had enjoyed some wine. This is her wine cork demon look….I love it.

Yesterday morning I had a manicure and pedicure appointment, then it was home to do some cleaning and preparing for my parents (who arrive tomorrow afternoon).  We had dinner, and relaxed, and even tried to go to bed early.  Alas…it was after midnight before D and I fell asleep!

Today was good, and I think an early morning yoga class helped with that.  I had several meetings, and then went grocery shopping.  The rest you know (running and cooking), and now it’s time to relax and hopefully get some sleep!  Tomorrow is a half work day, then picking up my parents around 1.

I will try to blog more this week, but no promises.  I imagine we’ll be pretty busy, but I’ll catch you all up later!


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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.

4 thoughts on “I Have Found Them!!!! OTHER VEGANS IN MY AREA woo hoo :)

    1. Ha! Thanks. I almost turned around and went home just as I was pulling up. I figured that worst case scenario (assuming it wasn’t actually a bunch of serial killers pretending to have a party), I’d just leave early. I ended up staying for 4 hours!
      I’m really happy about the run. It was hilarious watching my husband high-five all the kids when we got done!

    1. Hi Melissa! It was very nice meeting you too. And thank you – I thought if I just started by introducing myself to people, then it would be easier to relax 🙂
      Thanks for the blog links. I’ll definitely add them to my Reader. I’ve waited far too long to get involved in our local vegan community.
      I’m looking forward to hosting a dinner. Mid-October is my goal – just need to pick a date I know I’m in town!

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