You guys!! I must’ve broken a mirror or crossed a black cat or SOMETHING without knowing it. Last weekend, the day after Vegan Beer Fest, the “big camera” (ie, the one I use to shoot for this blog) up and died. Or at least, the lens did – and that’s the only lens I have. Sad trombone!
Then on Monday morning, I was writing and a teeny tiny splash of tea sloshed onto my lap top track pad. I wasn’t concerned – it didn’t even register as an issue – I just wiped it away and kept working. But then . . . my mouse started skipping and dancing, and screens started sliding around and oh my god. Oh my god, my friggin’ computer! This is *not* good.
On top of all that, I’m still overwhelmed with more work than I have time for, and I’m still behind at . . . well . . . pretty much life.
♥ HOWEVER! ♥ Despite all the many mishaps, I’m actually in much better spirits than I was at this same time last week. Don’t ask me why, but I’m managing to meet it all with a smile, even though no joke, I’ve been working on >THIS PARAGRAPH< for over 10 minutes, because the screens keep flying around and the mouse keeps inadvertently clicking on random things, and I had to shut my computer for a few minutes to let it rest. Seriously.
Okay, I just restarted it, let's see how that goes. Oi.
So here's the deal. I'm going to drop my computer off at the Apple Store this weekend. I'm going to skip town and leave all my work behind. I need some R&R, like STAT. I finished my grading work today, so that's a big load off. Next week, I'm going to play catch-up. I'm going to focus on a few new clients (yay!), I'm going to get the pile-up under control, and that will help me shed some of this stress I've been carrying.
Which means I'm not going to blog next week. I'll come back rested and enthusiastic and ready to give 100% . . . the week after. I'd rather do it that way, instead of spreading myself too thin, and blogging half-assed as I drag the work out over weeks.
Thanks for understanding. See you in a week and in the meantime, please wish me luck with my computer! (by which I mean, please WI$$$H for me oh my goodness please let it be a simple fix!)
I found this awesome little video of last weekend’s LA Vegan Beer Fest, so I thought I’d share. It’s short and super cute, and best of all the song is great! (also, tons more pics from the event, here)
And now, even in a bad-luck week, I am feeling hopeful and heart-full and most of all, GRATEFUL! So here we go with my favorite part of Friday:
Le Love List!
1. Meeting Bonzai Readers!
Last weekend at the LA Vegan Beer & Food Festival, I had a bunch of readers come up and introduce themselves. I love that!
Okay truthfully, there is a reason why I blog. I am pretty darn shy, and very introverted, which is why I do so well from behind the safety of the keyboard. I always feel awkward when readers approach me, and I’m sure I’m a big silly mess. But I don’t care – I still love to meet you guys, and connecting with like-minded people is always so inspirational! So if you ever see me out there, please do come up and say hi!
2. Tomorrow night’s dinner at Crossroads
Ooooooooh myyyyyyy gooooooood I am SO excited to eat all the tasty foods! Crossroads is LA’s newest vegan hot spot, a fine-dining experience from chef Tal Ronnen (author of The Conscious Chef, and personal chef to Oprah, Ellen, and more), offering Mediterranean-style small plates, salads, and farm-to-table cocktails. It looks amazing and I just want to EAT ALL THE THINGS. Check out the menu and help me decide! I know for sure I’m going to have to try the Kite Hill cheese plate, but other than that I have no idea. What would you get??!
Of course I’ll Instagram the whole meal, which reminds me – you should follow me on Instagram! I rarely cross-post the pics with this blog, so it’s really different content. My Instagram feed is mostly filled with pictures of awesome vegan grub, my adorable kid, me holding random animals I find around town (mostly frogs and lizards and bugs and stuff – yes, I’m still an ecologist at heart) and the occasional semi-serious selfie. It’s good times – you should follow!
3. Veganism Is For Mothers
An article I wrote for Veg News last year, when I wasn’t blogging, and thus I wasn’t able to share it with you guys. But I’m very proud of it – in fact it’s one of my favorite pieces I’ve ever written.
This Sunday is Mother’s Day, and it sure would mean a lot to me if you would read it.
Also! southern California corner stores which always stock tortillas, a selection of delectable hot sauces, and those awesome kitschy sanctuary candles .|. picnics with friends .|. dying my hair .|. gluten-free vegan carrot cake cupcakes .|. steamed rainbow chard, it is maybe my favorite food and I just can’t get enough .|. listening to my body – going to bed early .|. texts with friends who talk me down .|. taking Harley along on our adventures .|. researching for clients and learning a ton .|. the relationship I have with my boss .|. the relationship I have with Damian .|. this upcoming weekend escape oh yessss .|. and of course, HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY, to all you amazing mamas out there!
Alright guys, now it’s your turn – let me know what you’re loving this week!
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, feel free to just introduce yourself and say ‘Oi!’! This is your community, so get involved!
Hope it’s warming up where you are. Have a great weekend!