You may have noticed a months-long gap in my posts. I’ve definitely noticed. That doesn’t mean I’m less committed to raging about Mark Bittman (aka Mark ‘ I say one thing but do the exact opposite’ Bittman) and the injustices inflicted upon animals, I’ve just been busy. And distracted. For one, I was making major decisions about what to do regarding the F word: My FUTURE. I’ve decided to go back to school and pursue my Master’s in Social Work, because in this economy, one Master’s degree isn’t enough. Actually, it’s because I’ve decided I want to eventually become a licensed therapist, and I need an advanced Master’s to do that. Also, I love school, so why not?
There was that. Then, I began nannying an 8 (9 this week) going on 30 year-old girl. I’d forgotten how much work it is to be around kids, especially kids that age, and I come home mentally exhausted. She knows I’m vegan and asks tons of questions about it, particularly about my appearance, why I think animals are hurt when they give milk and eggs, and if I think she’s a bad person for eating animals. We’ve had some honest talks and I’ve shared with her some pages out of Ruby Roth’s Vegan is Love, but she continues to say that she’d never stop eating meat. She loves dogs of all shapes and sizes, thinks zoos that hurt animals are bad, etc., so this is definitely a touchy subject- especially because she’s not my kid. I’ll come back to this topic, as it’s the focus of my next post. Her mom used to be a vegetarian, and I have not yet asked about her reasons for going back to eating meat, but I think we’ll have that chat at some point as well. She did buy me this tasty treat when I mentioned missing Fluff (New Englanders, represent!) however, and still eats a lot of veggie foods: Suzanne’s Ricemellow Creme
Finally, we just adopted our second pup, Sigmund-yes, after Freud, not because I idolize him but because I think it’s a great name and he had some great ideas. Also, this Sigmund answers to two strong women 🙂 He’s going on 19 weeks, is half Chihuahua half Dachschund (they call them Chiweenies) and is absolutely adorable and as energetic as they come. We have another rescue, Maya, and she’s about 4 1/2. She’s a Beagle/Pitt/Terrier mix and needed a friend, and how could you say no to this face?