The first day of August, 2013, marked my fifth year of being vegan. Five years, can you even believe it? As I wrote on my Facebook page that night,
Today, all day, I celebrated the best decision I ever accidentally made. It was a day of joy and love and magic – a perfect commemoration for this compassionate lifestyle. 5 years today. Go vegan!
And I really did, it was celebration from start to finish, because, man, I can’t think of anything else worth celebrating more than this happy accident (you can read my “going vegan” story, here). This is how the day went:
As always, first comes the coffee. It was a late and lazy morning, as weekends without the kid tend to be, and so we rolled out of bed at a truly obscene hour (though it WAS before noon, I’ll have you know) and set about making iced coffee and brunch.
See, they’d put in a new fence up at the preschool, and they’d had to clear a huge nopales cactus to make room. So they sent us home with a few of the pads to eat! I didn’t really know what to do with it, but luckily my beau has worked in restaurants all over Texas and California, so he knows his way around a cactus.
Nopales wasn’t the only thing we were eating, of course. And so as the cactus was boiling, I set the mise en place for the rest of the meal. Breakfast hash!
And what was in this fantastic hash? Man, more like what wasn’t in it! I think the final plate was something like onions, garlic, nopales, tofu, golden potatoes (pre-roasted), crimini mushrooms, and anaheim chilis, all sautéed up together and topped with fresh cilantro, diced cherry tomatoes, and guacamole, which looked something like this:
During brunch we had a long and lovely conversation, about veganism (of course). About what it means to each of us, how that’s changed, and what it could mean for the world.
I’ve been a vegan for five years now, and like I’ve said before, I first went vegan for silly, selfish reasons. I was just going to “cleanse” for a week, see. I never expected a week to turn into five years, or a lifetime. But my vegansim changed and it continues to change, evolving as I evolve, strengthening as I’m tested, and deepening with each new discovery. I’m an ethical vegan and have been for many years now, but I didn’t start out that way.
His own story is different. An ethical vegan from the start – 17 years going strong and a vegetarian for 6 years before that – he’s vegan for the animals, period, and considers the health advantage simply an icing on the [vegan] cake. Just a teenager then, moved from within to stop eating animals, in a very small town, in a very traditional home. He’d made the connection.
It gives me so much hope.
That we can all come to this place, this beautiful vegan place, through so many different avenues. By our own meandering paths that start out one way and unexpectedly lead us somewhere completely different, we get here. Even the most unlikely of us, we get here.
It was an inspiring conversation and the perfect way to start such a special day. And it led perfectly into our next project!
So, do you remember that bee fiasco? Those 3,000 bees that had been living in the side of my house until a few weeks earlier? Well Nick the bee guy had removed a bunch of siding, and then we’d had to wait for all the bees to clear. And now it was time to nail the siding back in place.
We put all sorts of treasures into our pickle jar – a photo of the two of us, various trinkets to represent the goals and ambitions that each of us have, some beach glass I’d collected with Waits and one of his first drawings, secret notes that each of us wrote to the other, and of course in case someone else found it first – plenty of vegan messaging! A little peek:
And into the wall it went!
Time flies when you’re having fun, and before we knew it we had to get cleaned up, showered up, and dressed up. In the early evening we took Harley-dog on a walk down to pick up my CSA box . . .
And then dropped off the box, turned around, and headed right back out the door. Dinner had to be early so we could catch my favorite local band play a festival at sundown. And for dinner?
Afterwards we hightailed it down the street to catch my friends’ show. My very favorite local band is The Mutineers, and I love them so very much that I’ve befriended all of them (doesn’t hurt that one of my oldest and bestest is engaged to the upright bass player). But really they are the best.
It was an amazing night. We didn’t stay out too long, and ended up back at my place playing cards and shootin’ the sheez, just like I like it. We did stay up late though, because that’s also how I like it. And we both got nibly, and since it was a special occasion and all . . .
With Kite Hill vegan cheese in both White Alder (our fave) and Cassucio Truffle, Dill & Chive, plus crackers and gluten-free bread, olives, heirloom tomatoes, and grapes.
Now THAT’S what I call a midnight snack!
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PS – Go Vegan!