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The Vegan Diaries: Now what?

2 Feb

Warning: The photos in this post are awful because I don’t have a camera and had to use my phone. And even though my phone is superfreakingawesome, it’s camera is not so superfreakingawesome. SO, please do not compare me to other bloggers who can take superfreakingawesome photos. (cough Jessica cough). Thank you.

I bet you’re wondering what my first non-vegan meal was. You’ve probably been waiting all day to find out!

Or you’ve read my past posts and have noticed that I’ve done nothing but talk about cheese for a week.

If it’s the latter, than you won’t be surprised that I woke up and made myself a grilled cheese sandwich this morning. And it was delicious.

With a side of blueberries, also known as "bloobs" by other blogs/in my head.

My mom insists I don’t get enough antioxidants, so she took it upon herself to buy two huge things of bloobs for me. I keep trying to tell her I eat enough dark chocolate a day to feed a small village (dark chocolate=antioxidants, duh) but she refuses to listen.

Also, that picture was taken in my parents bathroom. That’s how bad the lighting was in the rest of the house.

At work, I ate…nothing.

I had expected to find myself pining over our cookies and soups and cheesecakes, etc. But oddly enough, I didn’t really want any of that. Perhaps I’m growing up?

Oh, but I did eat a bag of cheetos. Guess I’m not growing up. Hmph.

When I got home (which was SUCH a drama because my car basically froze while I was working and my accelerator just did not want to go. I had to sit there for like 15 minutes to allow it to warm-up. What a baby.) I found that my mom had made soup!

Seafood soup to be exact. Ate it all, except for the okra because the slimy seeds remind me of my dog's drool. Truth.

Oh and my mom would like all of you to know that she made that soup from scratch, including the broth. As in she made homemade seafood broth. Impressive, no?

I also had more bread and cheese on the side. No complaints.

And fried stuff.

These pics are making all my food look gross, but I swear it was delicious.

I bet you’re wondering what Max was doing while I was eating, huh?

Surprisingly enough, this was the best picture I could get. Sigh.

He sat two feet away and stared at me. Just stared. The entire time I was eating/taking pictures of him with my phone.

And here’s a photo of a cute mug, just for fun!

Kind of trippy...

I ate dinner while watching today’s episode of Oprah. Ironically enough, Oprah and her staff went vegan for one week and the show was about how they dealt with it. But it was also about how animals are treated in this country and what “vegan-ish” diets can do for our bodies. By no means was it a “meat is bad!” type of episode, rather the main message was that we should all be aware of what we’re eating.

I took away a few things from the episdoe:

1. Trying a vegan diet really does make you aware of what foods you eat, and how dependent we can be on animal products.

2. However, with that said, I can firmly say that a vegan diet is not for me. Maybe it’s because I didn’t do it long enough for my body to fully adjust or because I ended up carbo-loading like I was running a marathon (seriously, I ate more bagels this month than I did all of 2010. Atkins, who?), but this way of life just isn’t for me.

3. My dog does look like a baby cow (otherwise known as a calf) which made me super sad when they were showing the slaughterhouses.

4. I LASTED LONGER THAN OPRAH AT BEING VEGAN.

5. I love cheese. I really, really love cheese. BUT I had no desire to eat any sort of meat today. Not even bacon. Weird. I know I will eventually eat it again (maybe not red meat?) but I didn’t crave it today (or all month for that matter) the way I thought I would.

So in conclusion, I’m happy with my decision. I loved the challenge of being vegan but I don’t care for the lifestyle.  However, I’m so glad I gave it a shot and would encourage others to do the same.

I’ll support you by baking vegan cookies whenever you want 🙂

Alright kids, it’s cold and I want to go snuggle with my baby cow dog:

Ahh look at his little squished up face!

Oh and one more thing! Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for reading. Being able to write about this little challenge really helped me and provided a sense of motivation that I don’t think I would have had otherwise. Y’all rock–give yourself a pat on the back!

The Dos and Don’ts of Finals

10 Dec

Do ask your professor any questions you have before study days begin.

Don’t rely on help from other students via Blackboard

Do print out all your study guides, notes, etc.

Don’t think about all the trees that had to die for all your papers.

Do invest in paperclips!

Don’t highlight anything you won’t need to study for. It’s confusing.

Do drink coffee.

Don’t forget to make some for your parents, otherwise they will be upset.

Do go to Barnes and Noble if you can’t study at home anymore.

Don’t spend all your time there Tweeting about how your old tennis coach is sitting next to you.

Do get candy to munch on while studying. (Sugar is good for your brain, right?)

Don’t pull handfuls of gummy bears out of your purse randomly. People will stare.

Do realize you probably should have stayed home.

Don’t stay there for an extra hour because you don’t want the people around you to think you’re a failure.

Do quiz yourself while driving, cooking, showering, etc.

Don’t quiz yourself when your mom is watching Oprah. Whoops.

Do step away from the computer.

Don’t go sit in front of another computer.

Do schedule 10-minute breaks to check your email/Facebook/Twitter/Blogs

Don’t extend that 10 minutes to one hour.

Do study hard enough that you finish the test in 15 minutes,

Don’t sit around and wait for someone else to turn in the test so that you’re not the first one too. Totally unneccessary.

Do spend the night at your best friend’s place the night before your last final ever.

Don’t finish the “too strong” drink even if you feel bad. I mean, you do have a final the next day.

Do kick ass on your last final.

Don’t stare at the idiot who ruined your group presentation like you want to kick his ass. He will not appreciate that.

Do be concerned when that presentation grade turns out to be bad.

Don’t worry too much, all the A’s from the beginning of the semester will pay off.

Do be proud that you got through college.

Don’t tell everybody in your class that this is you “LAST FINAL EVER.” They won’t really care that much.