The Weekend Send-Off

December 9th, 2011 - filed under: Furthermore » Feedback

At the start of our solo 10-hour travel day . . .

Nearing the end, 9 bleary-eyed hours later!

Oi there, hello hello! We made it through our first week back, which is aways both a challenge and a pleasure. I love returning to normal life, of re-establishing routine, and, to be honest, just puttering puttering puttering about my domestic duties. But it’s also difficult! With a toddler, “routine” is a relative term, an ever-evolving abstraction. So let’s just say . . . Thank God It’s Friday!



Late last spring I shared that I’d taken on a new project: curating a collection of recipes for an upcoming raw foods “cook book”, tentatively titled Rawesome! The announcement was met with a lot of support and enthusiasm, but then . . . I sort of never wrote about it again!

That’s not to say I haven’t been working my little tuckus off. I’ve been an un-cooking machine! My role in producing this book ended up being that of a consultant and contributor, which was quite demanding (and suited me just fine). Now, many many months later, Rawesomely Vegan! is almost ready for release. It’s an epic volume that boasts over 300 recipes – and over 100 of them came directly from me!

Rawesomely Vegan! hits the shelves on January 18th. I CAN HARDLY WAIT!


Another little announcement, this one from the vegan community. As many of you know, I’m a serious podcasting junkie. And my current favorite show is the brilliant, the inspiring, the perfect blend of intellectualism and humor that is Our Hen House. This Saturday (tomorrow) marks their 100th episode, and will feature two incredible figures in the vegan/animal rights movement: Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Peter Singer. It’s going to be an awesome show (just like all their shows) and I hope you’ll give it a listen! Our Hen House episodes are available on their website, but are also free for download on iTunes. Enjoy!


And now, the best way to kick off an incredible weekend, Le Love List:

1. Cooking Classes . . . RAW Cooking Classes . . . RAW DESSERT Cooking Classes.
Yessss! This evening I’ll be joining a good friend for a super-fun class taught by none other than Natalia KW (from the raw cupcake book of course!). Need I say more? Yeah, it’s gonna be pretty amazing. I’ll take lots of chocolate-y pictures!

2. Free To Be You And Me.
I can’t stop listening to this! Was anyone else here raised by hippies, growing up listening to this record (yes, I had it on VINYL when I was FIVE, ha!) It’s a children’s album from the seventies, and it’s a whole collection of fantastic propaganda designed to teach children about equality (mostly gender issues). It is SO WONDERFUL, in a delightfully outdated and tacky way, but the messages are still spot on and the music is just plain fun. Waits loves it and I love knowing that he’s getting a bit of an education while we rock out.

The whole album is available on Spotify, and it’s also floating around (in pieces) on YouTube. The above is one of my favorite, and also this poem:

You know, there are times when we happen to be
Just sitting there, quietly watching TV,
When the program we’re watching will stop for a while
And suddenly someone appears with a smile,
And starts to show us how terribly urgent
It is to buy some brand of detergent,
Or soap or cleanser or cleaner or powder or paste or wax or bleach,
To help with the housework.
Now, most of the time it’s a lady we see,
Who’s doing the housework on TV.
She’s cheerfully scouring a skillet or two,
Or she’s polishing pots till they gleam like new,
Or she’s scrubbing the tub or she’s mopping the floors,
Or she’s wiping the stains from the walls and the doors,
Or she’s washing the windows, the dishes, the clothes,
Or waxing the furniture till it just glows,
Or cleaning the fridge or the stove or the sink,
With a light-hearted smile, and a friendly wink,
And she’s doing her best to make us think
That her soap, or detergent or cleanser or cleaner or powder or paste or wax or bleach,
Is the best kind of soap, or detergent or cleanser or cleaner or powder or paste or wax or bleach,
That there is in the whole wide world.
And, maybe it is, and maybe it isn’t,
And maybe it does what they say it will do,
But I’ll tell you one thing I know is true.
The lady we see when we’re watching TV,
The lady who smiles as she scours or scrubs or rubs or washes or wipes or mops or dusts or cleans,
Or whatever she does on our TV screens,
That lady is smiling because she’s an actress,
And she’s earning money for learning those speeches
That mention those wonderful soaps and detergents and cleansers and cleaners and powders and pastes and waxes and bleaches.
So, the very next time you happen to be
Just sitting there quietly watching TV,
And you see some nice lady who smiles
As she scours or scrubs or rubs or washes or wipes or mops or dusts or cleans,
Remember, nobody smiles doing housework but those ladies you see on TV.
Your mommy hates housework,
Your daddy hates housework,
I hate housework too.
And when you grow up, so will you.
Because even if the soap or cleanser or cleaner or powder or paste or wax or bleach
That you use is the very best one,
Housework is just no fun.
Children, when you have a house of your own,
Make sure, when there’s house work to do,
That you don’t have to do it alone.
Little boys, little girls, when you’re big husbands and wives,
If you want all the days of your lives
To seem sunny as summer weather,
Make sure, when there’s housework to do,
That you do it together!

Oh, and this one is just spectacular:

3. Working On Waits’s Bedroom.
Slowly but surely, little bit by bit, we’re piecing together a bedroom for the bubs. He hasn’t really needed one yet, since he co-sleeps and and all. He’s already got a lot of toys in the guest room and we play in there all the time. But now we’re making it official! He’ll have his very own space, which is important, and it’s so fun to plan! I want to make it just the awesomest, most funnest, most wonderful little boy bedroom ever! Hey, a mama can dream, right?


Alright guys, now it’s your turn – tell me what you’re loving this week!

My darlings, this happy little post will stay at the top of the page all weekend, so stop by any time to leave your Love List, ask a question, or offer some feedback! Or if you’re new, please introduce yourself and say ‘Oi!’! This is your community, so get involved!

Happy happy weekend, please take good care, and do something extra special for yourself!

  • Lindsay

    Wow those videos totally take me back…as a child of the 70′s I used to listen to that record too…thanks for the trip down memory lane : )

  • Sonja Gaedicke

    the poem is just awesome and so spot on!
    My love list:
    - facing new challenges
    - organic and vegan cauliflower-curry
    - Carob-Coconutmilk
    - spreading some love
    - networking
    - buying selfmade goods
    - morningkisses

  • Kaitlyn@TheTieDyeFiles

    I’m so excited about Rawesomely Vegan, I already wishlisted it on Amazon. Congrats, what a heroic effort!

    Today I’m loving: not having to go to school for a whole two days, seeing the boyfriend tomorrow and going to a vegan buffet that HE SUGGESTED, and generally getting things done. Have a fab weekend!

  • erica

    i was born in 76, raised on Free To Be You and Me (though my folks were FAR from hippies!).

  • Bunchofbeets

    Okay Sayward, you just made my day! I’ve never heard “William wants a doll” before, but I instantly recognized Alan Alda’s voice. He’s pretty much been my hero for my whole life, and now I have even more reason to love him. Oh, and Rosie Greer singing? That put it over the top!

    Here’s my love list:

    1. Feeding lots of happy hungry kids good meals this week at work (I’m an awesome lunch lady).

    2. My Christmas tree…even if my cat is trying to eat it.

    3. My husband – he started the woodstove every morning this week so I wouldn’t have to get out of bed earlier, and he brushed off + started my car for me the other morning when it snowed and made the best coffee ever. He’s the best.

  • erosan

    Wow, where did the week go?

    Oh well…

    Love list
    1) Race tomorrow.
    2) I’m days away from being able to boast about having survived a whole year as a parent!
    3) Pizza. cuz it’s awesome.

  • Francine

    This week I’m loved having a much-needed girl night with one of my best friends that I haven’t had a moment alone with in months. Dinner, drinks and a cheesy holiday movie (Love Actually) has become our “get-ready-for-Christmas” staple.

  • Kelly H

    I completely forgot that I pre-ordered Rawsomely Vegan way back! I am so excited to receive it and be inspired. Yay!

  • Amber

    No WAY! Just this week I was telling my boyfriend about the ‘free to be you and me’ videos. He’s just a bit younger and never saw any of it. Unbelievable…its like you read my mind!

    I would like to (again) tell you how much I loove your blog. Interesting. Inspiring. Real.


  • Anonymous

    Ooh, I am so excited for your new creation!

    My Love List:

    1. Homeopathic cold medicine: it is all natural, holistic + tastes amazing! (I always get the kids alcohol-free kind that is like candy)

    2. Nice folks who don’t charge you for stuff: I was two days late returning my dvd’s to the library and should have paid a $4 fine…but the lady was super nice + let me off the hook!

    3. TransDance: a new class at my Y that is a free-form, conscious-movement journey that is super fun + filled with amazing energy. It’s that one time during the week that I forget all my troubles, jam out + twirl across the floor :)

  • Annie

    Alphabutt by Kimya Dawson is a good kids’ album. There’s a good song, Sunbeams And Some Beans, about sharing and hunger and inequality. We’re All Animals is my favourite.

    Photoshop. I can’t believe I’ve had this on my laptop for so long and barely used it. I can see myself as a painting! This is so fun to play with!

    Happy book creation!
    I have a question about it – my boyfriends’ sister has been a vegetarian for a while, eats a mainly vegan diet and is trying to get into vegan and raw foods. She is 15 (and still lives at home) and mostly eat what her mum cooks and doesn’t have that much cooking/un-cooking skills. She’s also just learning about stuff like nooch, spirulina, homemade alt-milk, and other-such health-food store foods. Would this book be usable for her? As in, could this book be used by an individual with little understanding of the ingredients and skills? Or is there a cookbook you used earlier in your change to veganism or raw foods that you would recommend I get her? Thanks in advance! :)
    [The reason I ask is because someone got her a veggo cooking book and it was all cheese and eggs, *and* all stuff like "super fatty 4 cheese tart that costs like $40, takes 5 hours and requires 3 different machines to make" and totally NOT for her, haha]

  • Angela

    Yes! We watched some of the Free to be You and Me videos at my tiny little hick town school in the ’80s and I remember watching the It’s OK to Cry thing at home (probably on PBS).
    Currently I love:
    1) That next Thursday after finals I will be on glorious break until the second week of Jan!
    2) My cuddly Min Pin sleeping in with me this morning.
    3) Space heaters
    4) My local library always getting all the vegan cookbooks/health books I want to read in. Right now I have Bryanna Clark Grogan’s World Vegan Feast and I just returned Christy Morgan’s Blissful Bites. I requested they get your vegan pregnancy book in, too!

  • Meghan

    Have you tried Columbia Gorge Organics stuff? My university’s co-op started carrying their juice/smoothie stuff (like odwalla or naked) and their organic gluten-free food bars. Both are really good, and I enjoy supporting Oregon companies, yaaaay, Oregon! Plus having quinoa in a snack-bar thing is always fun.

    Love list!
    1. Uh… that you are just now being excited about setting up Wait’s room! Everytime I talk to my grandma and my mom they ask if I have the baby’s room set up yet. WTF do I need to have the baby’s room set up for?!!?! We are planning on co-sleeping and the changing station is in our master bathroom. I guess I need to decide what room to put the baby’s clothes in (my closet or the closet in what is now a spare bedroom) and where to put the bin/bookshelfy thing but it doesn’t really MATTER. Random people ask me what my “nursery theme” is or what color I am going to paint the nursery, and look at me like I am a horribly unprepared bad mom because I don’t HAVE a theme, nor am I going to randomly paint a room!

    2. Aaron (as always!) he is grocery shopping right now, and is going to do a lot of the cleaning, baking, and dinner-making this week leading up to our holiday party on Saturday. I’m just too swamped with school and making a baby to be a useful wife right now! Also, my computer contracted a virus of doom last night (WHO VIRUSES PEOPLE DURING FINALS WEEEEEEEEK??!!?!?) and he fixed it. Phew!

    3. The Wire. We have been getting it from netflix. It is so Maryland-tastic!

    4. Christmas songs I love (Coventry Carol) and Christmas songs that I love to hate (Do They Know Its Christmas)

    5. The baaaaaaaaaaby! So excited!

    6. Um. Candy Cane Joe Joes?!!?

  • Taylor O.

    I really like that poem. Have you ever seen “Target: Women”? It’s on youtube, though I know it exists elsewhere on the interweb. Anyways, the videos are hilarious and are mostly spoofs on advertisements directed towards women.
    This week I love:
    1. ibuprofen… but only because I got my wisdom teeth removed this week (sorta missed the boat when I was younger). I never really take anything medicine-y, but I refuse to take oxycodone and have been successful thus far.
    2. My friends in Flagstaff.
    3. 6 days ’til I see my sister!!!

    have a good weekend!

  • Jaclyn Kay

    My sisters and I listened to Free to Be You and Me in the 80s on my dad’s record player and LOVED it! So classic. Sometimes we bust out the old vinyl over the holidays and reminisce. That just remindsed me of School House Rock. Love the 80s.

    Anything that has to do with kale
    Warm Scarves
    Cuddling cats
    Eric the piglet at Farm Sanctuary

  • Amberle

    I preordered your book months ago and I’ve been anxiously waiting for it the whole time : ) I AM SO EXCITED! There’s nothing of yours that I’ve tired so far that I haven’t loved.

    I’m finally posting a le love list because these are always needed more when things are going a leeeettle crazy….

    My le love list:
    1~The Big things….One of my best friends was hit on foot by a lightrail train just over a month ago now, but miraculously she survived and has come out of her coma and even though she is facing a really hard long road for her recovery I have been shown overwhelming goodness in so many people that love her and so many people that don’t know her who have come forward to show that they care and want to help even if they only have a small amount to contribute, even just sacrificing time to care. Affirmations in the goodness of humanity and the massive effects that love can have on any given situation are so welcomed.

    2~The small things….My friend has been able to speak her first words and has even tried writing after a month which is small but huge : )

    and on a different note…stocking up at trader joe’s on a thanksgiving family visit and being able to dip into my stash. mwahaha I live for this….I dream of a TJs coming to CO. and SOCKS. Sayward, you’ve turned me into an addict for sock dreams and there is nothing I can do about it.

    3~Perspective. (even tho it may be painful) I’m taking yet another semester off school somewhat unexpectedly and I’ve been pretty bummed about it. However, instead of being bummed I’ve decided to take the opportunity to look into exploring venues for my “natural talents” more…who knows…a blog? finally deciding to sell my craft on etsy? looking into selling at framers markets in the future? who knows….I’m just going to be excited about it regardless : )

    4~EVERYTHING about christmas : ) the SNOW, the music, the lights, the baking, the family…and especially the fact that I actually started making my gifts in enough time that I may actually finish them all in time! HA!

  • Annie

    Note: what I meant by ‘mainly vegan’ (kinda a paradox?) is that <90% of the meals she eats are vegan.

  • Shamima

    …that my little guy is feeling better after a week of being sick.
    …homemade sweet potato fries
    …loving the x-mas lights
    Have a wonderful weekend all,

  • Sierra Dawn

    I was wondering about the book, yay! Super excited. I know how fulfilling it can be to create a space for your kiddo. I just moved into a new place and was working on the finishing touches to my little ones room today! It’s so fun to let your imagination go wild and see the room through their eyes.

    My love list:

    Big windows, a fireplace, and, finally, a YARD!
    My honey’s magical hands and his massage table:)
    Bailey boy
    Lilah Rae, my little valentine
    The wonderful combination of Bragg’s liquid amino’s, apple cider vinegar, and hemp oil.

  • Sybil

    I teach preschool and play this song all the time. I have the original version in the classroom that only has Sammy. We all walk around in a circle and crawl/jump/fly etc. It’s my favorite song for little ones!

  • Sayward Rebhal

    I love Alan Alda so much!

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Ooh how did the race go?? And HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAMIAN!!!

  • Sayward Rebhal

    I can’t wait to hear what you think of it Kelly!

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Haha, that’s so funny! What a random coincidence. Damian is older than me but he never had heard of it either!

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Ooh, thanks for the rec, I’ll check that CD out!

    As for your question, I actually think it would not be a good choice. It’s definitely geared at the experienced raw foodist.

    I think any book by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau would be really good. Straightforward, familiar, and uncomplicated. Peas And Thank You is also an excellent transitional cook book.

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Im almost positive they used to play the videos on PBS. Aww, memorieeeeeeeees!!!

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Haha, in my email inbox I get the comments in reverse order and scroll *up* to read them, so I see the bottoms of the comments first. I scrolled up, saw “candy cane jo jos”, and thought “Meghan!” =D

    I actually haven’t tried that brand yet, I should check it out! Local love and all . . .

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Haha, so I watched a few of those videos, they were great!

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Wow Amberle I’m so sorry to hear about your friend! And I’m glad to hear that she’s recovering. Speaking and writing are definitely huge – that must bring so much hope!

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Glad your little one is feeling better Shamima!

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Aw, thanks for passing that along!

  • bitt

    you sent me down memory lane for sure. love that feminist 70s stuff.

  • erosan

    I did pretty good. I did not break my PR, but it was still a good race. It was my first race with chip, so it was a new experience. I’m happy with the results.

    1:03:54 chip time/1:04:05 official time

  • Monika {windycityvegan}

    Hooray for setting up Waits’ room! Nina didn’t have her own room until we moved to NC when she was 17 months old – and even then, she still co-slept most of the time. She’s finally to the point where she’ll go in her room and shut the door ‘for privacy’ – which usually just means she’s going to give one of her stuffed animals a haircut, or needs some alone time. But it’s become her little sanctuary, and I’m so glad that she appreciates having her own personal space.


    1. I will FINALLY wrap up my big once-a-year project THIS week! Then I can focus on low maintenance stuff until I go on vacation.

    2. Knitting. I’m addicted. Every year I think I’ll get burned out around the holidays because I have so many last-minute projects, but I just get hooked all over again. I pretty much don’t stop until I’m falling asleep over my needles every night. Now I just need a money tree so that I can buy unlimited skeins of yarn.

    3. Nina has been asking me to teach her how to knit – not sure if I’m ready for that, but I think I’ll teach her how to cross stitch over the holiday break, or maybe latch hook? Or do one of those potholder loom thingies. As long as I keep her away from the sewing machine, I think we’re good.