No Food With Faces

Okay, so I have a really good excuse for not blogging.  I started grad school, and the first 2 weeks were an intensive on campus residency with days that started at 5am and didn’t typically end until midnight or so.  All free moments were spent studying or sleep walking!

FOOD

The university dining did a great job of making me fantastic vegan meals.  Everything from tofu with grilled veggies to yummy curry.  One thing though – no vegan junk food or desserts!  That’s okay (don’t need the junk), but I’ll admit I’ve been craving a vegan cupcake for days!!

this was amazing - grilled veggies and some pan seared tofu with a spicy cilantro sauce!
this was amazing – grilled veggies and some pan seared tofu with a spicy cilantro sauce!
my typical breakfast - oatmeal, granola, fruit, and coffee.
my typical breakfast – oatmeal, granola, fruit, and coffee.
simple salad bar pate and a side of pasta
simple salad bar pate and a side of pasta
taco bar!
taco bar!
had to get off campus one night, so grabbed Whole Foods and went back to my room to study
had to get off campus one night, so grabbed Whole Foods and went back to my room to study
my very fav dish.  the tofu cubes were amazing - and several of my classmates tried (and enjoyed) it.  On a bed of Israeli couscous and veggies.
my very fav dish. the tofu cubes were amazing – and several of my classmates tried (and enjoyed) it. On a bed of Israeli couscous and veggies.

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We went to the historic Mitchie Tavern – which is a buffet of very southern food.  D – the ever amazing husband – called them and arranged a special meal for me!  I had black eyed peas, green beans, baked potato, boiled beets, and this ridiculous Spanish gazpacho that I could eat by the gallon…

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One of the fun things was answering all the questions from my 27 classmates about my eating habits.  One of my cohort is a vegetarian, but the rest are all traditional food eaters.  When describing being vegan, it became easier to say “no food with faces” or “nothing that had a mother”.  There were a few deeper conversations about why I’m vegan (if I was asked).  I found everyone to be incredibly supportive, and it was very nice.  I don’t expect people to go out of their way for me (I did have some food with me, and there’s always the salad bar), but they definitely did.

FITNESS

Going to try not to laugh here.  I did actually manage one yoga class, some in-room yoga, and two runs.  Quite honestly, during those two weeks, it reminded me of Navy boot camp, but instead of my muscles hurting, my brain did!

I have to say though, I started enjoying my 5 am wake up call.  I mean – not really – but I got a ton done in those 2 hrs before breakfast!  I’m hoping to keep that as a habit.

LIFE

Okay, so yeah – big bomb dropped above.  Sorry for no lead into that one over the past few months.  Needless to say, I’m really excited and quite busy.  Now that the first residency is over, there’s hopefully more of a groove that’ll allow my blogging to be steady again.  Next residency is in December (in Brazil!), so that’ll be cool!

It was hard being away from my family for 2 weeks.  We had a 25 hour period where we were off, and D came up to visit (my university is about 3 hours away).  It was awesome.  I have to say that my classmates are completely amazing too – crazy how close you can grow to people when you live with them for 2 weeks!

I did miss M starting university though, and that was quite upsetting.  He’s doing great and loves it.  He’s also in honors college and is a tutor!

I got home from school late on Friday night, and on Sunday hopped a plane.  I go home Thursday, and aside from the occasional overnighter for work, should mostly be home until my Brazil trip.

So until then, here are some pics of the past few weeks, and an upcoming post will be another book giveaway – of one I relied on quite a bit while away from home!!  Stay tuned for that 🙂

when D came to see me at school!
when D came to see me at school!
after I got home - and Bumble wouldn't leave my side
after I got home – and Bumble wouldn’t leave my side
morning java!!!
morning java!!!
alien cat...
alien cat…

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morning after I got home and was going through and organizing my school stuff.  R was fascinated by an activity we had...
morning after I got home and was going through and organizing my school stuff. R was fascinated by an activity we had…

And a couple pics from the adventures in my program!

my class as we're piling out of dinner
my class as we’re piling out of dinner
me, A, and O at Monticello (the home of Thomas Jefferson)
me, A, and O at Monticello (the home of Thomas Jefferson)
me and J heading to a site visit
me and J heading to a site visit
walking back from getting our ID's.
walking back from getting our ID’s.
a rare sighting of me in a dress!  This was the opening cocktail reception.
a rare sighting of me in a dress! This was the opening cocktail reception.

Peace friends ~

Crissie

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RunCrissieRun

I am a 43 year old busy career mom & full time student who is attempting to find her inner athlete, be a vegan in a non-vegan household, and find a way to balance it all without going crazy! I love to cook, read, run, do yoga, 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.

2 thoughts on “No Food With Faces

    1. Thanks! Fortunately, I actually do most of this from home, with the exception of six 2-week residencies. Most are international, so I’m just hoping to find great vegan eats in our travels!

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