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10:40am 28/11/2012
It has been FOREVER since I wrote here. Quite a bit has happened since the end of September. I've been seeing this guy J, since just around the beginning of October I guess. It started as a FWB situation, but, I don't really know where we are with it right now. I don't want to scare the dude away with being all, "Oh, hey, so you remember how I was all, 'Let's just be friends and have bennies, too.' Yeah, I was wondering, did you want to take it to the next level?" But, then again, he likes to make my head explode, so maybe, for now, casual is the best way to go. :)

I moved in with K, an old work colleague from my call center days. It's been almost a week now and I haven't killed her yet, so that's good. She is also vegan, so this helps keep me on track as I won't be tempted to bring in non-vegan food into the house. Other than the popcorn and honey that I keep in the house for J.

I have remained a vegan past the Thanksgiving deadline. I still have pancakes in my future, because, dammit, I want some pancakes. I may wait until Christmas Day to have those, keep with the tradition that I started for myself here. Depends on what hours I am working at the coffee shop. It's been trying at times, and I'm sure that things have slipped through, and I'm okay with that. The weight loss and improved blood sugars make it worthwhile.

I'm still at the coffee shop. I interviewed with Jason's Deli a few weeks ago, but they declined to continue the interview process. I think he could tell I really wasn't into it. I appreciate that they take their employees seriously, treat them well, and pay them for holidays off (full-time only, which makes sense), but, it's a huge corporation and apparently, the daily management email is completed with bible verse. Which, whatever, that's your thing, and you seem to be practicing what you preach, but, not all of us are into that stuff. That wouldn't have been my biggest issue, though. I think a bigger issue would be their rule that managers must taste the food every day. The salads and dressings and what not. I can't eat about 98% of that menu because of my dietary choice, so that wouldn't have worked out for me. I didn't bring this up in the interview, because it wasn't appropriate at the time. Whatever, it was nice to know that my resume was able to generate a bit of interest, along with a recco from a former colleague. At least I got that going for me. :)

Right now, I want to focus my attention on creating a vegan food truck. The coffee shop is still down the road, but for now, I think this is the way to go. There aren't a lot of options out there for vegan eating beyond hash browns and toast, so I'd like to fill that niche/void/nook/cranny. First, I must develop the recipes. I now have someone to cook for (K) and an omnivore (J) that can be my guinea pigs. :) I've been looking at this as a challenge now, more than just a health concern. I think that's the right way to do it. It's forcing me to read labels and make better decisions. I pass by all of these fast food places with merely a glance now. Although, I do miss cheese. Vegan cheese just isn't the same. Also, I miss Blizzards. mmmmmm peanut butter cup

I think that's about it for now. I'll probably go a bit more in depth in a private entry just to keep all of this stuff down for posterity, but, you know, just wanted you to know I'm alive! :) :) :) :)
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11:38pm 28/11/2012 (UTC)
Wednesday Lee Friday: Farnsworth/zombie jesus
A vegan food truck is a great idea. I wanted to do vegan fast food in my town, but apparently you need something called "Startup Cash" for that. Dang and Fie!!

But you could do middle eastern stuff like Falafel, hommus and toom. I just learned how to make toom and am super, super excited. Plus asian style stuff, lots of veggies and rice with sauces--spicy peanut and stuff. I also discovered recently (well, someone told me) that quinoa in chili fools people into thinking it's meat. For reals.

Let me know when you're at that phase where you need fancy menus and a logo design and stuff. H and I will totally help out with that if you like!
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08:35pm 29/11/2012 (UTC)
LocaKitty: coffee bunny
What is Toom? This sounds interesting. I made some sriracha hummus, next up is red pepper. After that, kalamata olive and artichoke. Awww yeah. These are flavors readily available, but I'd like to be able to start small and work my way into wacky things.
I made mushroom burgers last night, they were pretty damn tasty. As for quinoa, I used TVP in the chili. Next time I'll use the vegan "beef" broth for the beefy taste, but keep with the spices I used to add to the beefy flavor. The chili I made came out pretty damn good.
It's all a work in progress, this is why I have guinea pigs to test on. Sweet on the logo design. I don't know if I want to stick with PiSquared or what. Gotta put my thinking cap on :) :) :) :)
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11:49pm 29/11/2012 (UTC)
Wednesday Lee Friday
Awesome. Keep me posted!

Toom is that dip they put on the table with bread at Mediteranian restaurants. It's garlic emulsified with canola oil, and a bit of salt and lemon juice. I made a giant batch of it in the food processor (there's a vid on one of my recent posts) and it's delicious. Even H can't get enough of it, and he doesn't like strong garlic flavor in stuff.
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11:50pm 29/11/2012 (UTC)
that sounds amazing. i'll have to try that. mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
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