food · VA Life

Things are happening!


I am very excited… there’s lots going on in my little piece of the world right now.  It’s been so long since I’ve written a post, so I feel like I should bring ya’ll up to speed on a few things.

  • After Fezzik passed away, I wasn’t sure I would be able to get another pet ever, let alone anytime soon.  Having him pass in the way he did, while in my lap, was one of the most traumatic things I’ve ever experienced.  Nick, however, worked his supreme powers of persuasion and convinced me, after about a month, to try again with this little guy.  Meet Tig, our Netherland Dwarf bunny..TigIsn’t he the sweetest?  He’s definitely a handful,  but so far so good.  He’s got a pretty posh little cage setup and after a month with us, he’s started to trust me a lot more.  Can’t say the same for Nick!  I just love his wonky facial markings.  He reminds me of a boxer!
  • I’ve been at my new job for over two months now (!!!) and I’m really enjoying it.  Everyone in the office is super friendly, supportive of their employees and it’s a much calmer, less stressful environment.   They have regular company events: last month a picnic/bbq and this week a hospitality tent at a baseball game.  I have no doubt that I made the right decision coming on board here.
  • My little (middle) sister is getting married in mere months.  I feel super old, but I’m excited for her.  I’m also excited to be a bridesmaid–thank goodness the dress isn’t hideous!  But there are hot pink shoes involved sooooo….
  • Tomorrow I try my first ever lyra class (suspended hoop, think Cirque du Soleil).  I’ve been wanting to try it out ever since H took it up a few years ago, but I was never brave enough and didn’t want to put down the money to try it out and potentially hate it.  When a free class here in Charlottesville came up on my Facebook feed, I jumped on it and booked a space before I could talk myself out of it.

And now for the big, big update: from the start of next week, I’m transitioning to a mostly vegetarian diet.  I say mostly because I’m still going to eat a small amount of seafood and I’m not shunning eggs.  So not strictly vegetarian, but close enough to call it mostly vegetarian.  I can give up red meat and pork no problem.  Chicken will be harder, but not impossible for me.  It’s the things like seafood and eggs that I’m not ready to cut out.  Maybe I will be one day, but not right now.

We did go vegetarian a few years ago for a week which, in the grand scheme of food is pretty much nothing, but still.  It was a cool experiment and I’ve always been up for doing it again but life just gets in the way sometimes.  We default to the tried and true recipes we’ve eaten hundreds of times and most of those include meat. It’s time to break out of that rut.

So what does Nick think?  Well, he’s doing the first week with me, I think as both a supportive measure as well as to detox himself a bit.  We haven’t been eating as healthily as we could for the last week or two, and I think he’s just as tired as I am of feeling full and bogged down.  After that, I’m not necessarily on my own with going veggie, but he’s still going to eat meat–which I’m fine with.  As long as it’s not bacon.  He can’t eat bacon in front of me.  I might actually cry.

Why am I going veggie?  That’s a hard one to answer.  Lately I’ve been feeling “not good.”  I don’t know how to describe it, other than it’s just a general sense of feeling crappy.  While I don’t know if going veggie will fix that, it certainly can’t hurt.  Add in the fact that I haven’t been able to smell or touch raw meat of any kind without gagging (as in hang your head over the garbage can) for the last month, I thought maybe it was time to give it a shot.  This isn’t to lose weight, though if it’s a byproduct, I’m not going to complain.  It’s a move I’ve been thinking about for a long time, months now, and I feel like I’m ready to move on with it.

My biggest worry is that I’m going to get bored really quick.  Sure, it’s all new and sexy right now, but won’t having to cook two similar but different meals every night make it hard, expensive and a pain?  I sincerely hope not.  As a matter of fact, I hope the shopping trips will get slightly cheaper as meat will last longer.  Next week’s menu is pretty bomb.com with gazpacho, spicy zucchini pitas and Mexican street corn burrito bowls all on the list.  I’m pretty excited about all that yumness.

But what happens after next week?  Your guess is as good as mine.  I haven’t set myself a time frame on this.  I’m veggie as long as I need or want to be, no more, no less.  In the meantime, send me your best veggie recipes, blogs, book recommendations, whatever!  Spam me, people.  I just picked up Anna Jones‘s A Modern Way to Eat and Jeanine Donofrio’s The Love and Lemons Cookbook of blog-world fame, both of which look amazing.  So send me your suggestions: I have the feeling I’m going to need LOTS of inspiration!

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