Hi, interwebs, how have you been? I have been hiding under my desk at work while a major deadline came and went. And then at the chiropractor having all the kinks worked out for being crunched under my desk for so long . . . .
Also, I have some news to share and didn’t exactly know what to write so I’ve been hiding under my desk from the Interwebs as well. How to start? How about a little back story . . .
I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned this here on the blog but I am a LEED accredited professional. What that means is I paid a lot of money for the opportunity to fail a test. It was scary — scarier than gambling even though I was betting on myself and I studied my ass off.
(Image via US Green Building Council)
So, what is LEED? It stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. In short I’m a green freak. I think that is part of what drives my thrift store habit — I’m recycling! On a scale of green-freakiness, I would call myself a 7 out of 10. We don’t have solar panels on our roof (although that would be great) and we don’t have a composting toilet (although the next one we install will be a dual flush).
That’s the back story to tell you I’m part hippie, part practical radical. Now for the next part . . .
For a long time, I’ve also been a vegetarian although really it was bordering on the edge of picky-eater — I was still eating fish, eggs and dairy. The other night, while working on some little touches for our dinner party this weekend, I hit the Netflix for something to watch while my hands were busy. I like to be mindful about my television choices and pick things that might make me smarter or at least not make me dumber and so I settled on “Vegucated”.
(Image via Get Vegucated)
Well I have to say it gave me a long overdue push over the edge . . . Internet, I’m going vegan. No more dairy, eggs, salmon burgers or M&Ms . .. It’s a big jump but I’m ready to do it. I recommend this film to anyone who is interested in knowing where their food comes from and what happens to it before it reaches your plate. (And veganism is good for the environment. Double plus. Oh yeah, and possibly my health. Triple plus.)
So even though I don’t really get into Valentine’s Day, this February 14th I am proclaiming my love for animals. Man animals like my husband (contrary to public belief, it’s not required to become a lesbian to become a vegan), furry dog animals like Sophie and Shenanigan and even bird animals like the one that defiled my window ledge and terrified my kitchen.
P.S. Sorry about the bleeding heart liberal left-wing crazy head nut post there. After this things will go back to design. I visited Warehouse of Stuff and Goodwill by the Pound over the weekend, OUR BATHROOM MIRROR AND LIGHT FIXTURE GOT INSTALLED and lots more good stuff coming your way. Thanks for hanging in there.
P.P.S. I am a practical radical and realize not everyone wants to be a vegan. For the dinner party on Saturday we’re still serving meat. I don’t want to pull a bait and switch on anyone. After this public declaration though, it’s fair game.