Wednesday, August 14, 2013

What's New? SO MUCH

Last week I ran into a friend who I hadn't seen in a few months and she casually asked "What's new?" Usually, a person just says "not much," and the conversation moves right along. Well, guess what? A whole lot of stuff is new for me right now.

On July 1st, two friends and I bought a yoga studio (exciting and totally new-to-us adventure). Then, my dad had a major surgery and was in the hospital for two weeks (now he is continuing to heal and recover at home). Then, we got a new cat when our neighbors moved away (he is an awesome cat).

So, I haven't really been blogging and now you know why. In fact, I really haven't been that interested in kitchen time. I've been eating things like nectarines, ramen, take-out, carrot sticks, etc. About the the fanciest thing I've made in the last month was opening a can of refries, adding some fresh salsa, and steaming some broccoli to mix in. Nothing too glamorous, folks. Nothing all that "blog-worthy."

Still, I managed to snap a few pics along the way - to give you some sense of the action:

Hospital Food!  (iphone pic!)
I spent a pretty good amount of time at the hospital while my dad was there - and ate lots of snacks, PB&Js, salads, bananas, and drank about 1,000 cups of coffee... To my surprise, there wasn't that much vegan food available in the cafeteria. The dish pictured here was my best score at the hospital: Tofu with Curry Sauce and Braised Chard with Garlic. All for $4.20! The food in the cafeteria was super cheap! Wow. I was so excited. Plus, it was actually really yummy.

 The next day, I went back down to the cafeteria, full of visions of tofu and veggies - and the only vegan thing available that day was steamed broccoli. Sigh. At least I like broccoli!


Our garden has been slowly chugging along - despite the fact that I've only watered it about 4 times this year. This was my first official batch of tomatoes for the summer. The first batch of tomatoes is always such a special and momentous occasion... full of promises for what's to come. This year I am growing about 6 or 7 different varieties, including a few that are really brand new to me. Pictured here are Early Girls, Sungold Cherry Tomatoes, Isis Candy cherry tomatoes, and one beautiful Green Zebra tomato!

 Francisco!
And now, the pictures you've actually been waiting for! Our new cat!
Believe it or not, I had a whole post about Francisco in the works, before he was even our cat. He's lived next door to us for about 2 years... and we have been falling in love with him the whole time. Check out his awesome kitty thumbs!

He is such a sweet and special cat. He's a big boy, with a tiny little meow like a newborn kitten. We would always find him hanging out in our driveway, looking for gophers, enjoying the sun, or just looking for cuddles. It's a long story, but when our neighbors moved - we got to keep their cat! They aren't bad people who abandoned him or anything sad like that... I think they just realized that we would provide a more stable home and care for Mr. F.


He's super smart, curious, naughty and funny. Already in the two weeks we've had him, he broke my little ceramic cat statue by shoving it off the bookshelf, spilled the doggie meds all over the sink (we have since relocated them!), climbed up the window and opened it and escaped in the middle of the night, and so on! Also - he has a two-tone nose! See that dark spot on his nose? It's cute!

 At first, he was pretty freaked out. He and our other cat Yummers are getting along reasonably well... but he is still quite wary of our biggest dog, Dottie Bonkers. She loves to stare and sniff at him... and he has yet to figure out that he can just swat her in the nose. That will be a great day when he learns to fight back! In the meantime, he has found this little spot in the closet, and he knows he can always retreat to safety when he needs to.

Lately though, he is finally starting to settle in and relax. I love this super cute way that he stretches out his back legs. It is ridiculous and awesome. I really love him, but no one in the world loves him more than Mr. Vegan Eats & Treats does.

This is Mr. VE&T's Francisco imitation - which happens about 6x per day.


Also, even though I haven't been much in the mood for cooking lately, I AM gearing up for VeganMoFo next month. I have a nice idea for a theme, and I hope to do it some justice. Let's hope I get some kitchen mojo back in the next two weeks!

27 comments:

  1. Sending love for you and your dad for a successful recovery!! And sending kisses to the newest feline member of the fam. :)

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    1. Thanks katie!! Francisco says "hi" back!

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  2. Awww your new furry family member is adorable. That pic of him in mid-yawn is priceless.

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    1. I know, he is SO photogenic. I have a feeling that I'll be snapping up thousands of pics of him in the years to come!

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  3. Congratulations on the kitten and the yoga studio! So exciting. Sending well wishes to yr dad.

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    1. thanks FoodFeud. Dad is getting better, but slowly!

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  4. congratulations! francisco is adorable. as always, love your drawings!=)

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    1. Thanks Kelli! I'm hoping for lots of good doodles during MoFo!!

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  5. Fransisco!!! I love him! When Mosi was born I had a rediculously yummy vegan tofu dish for my celebration dinner. Hazlenuts were involved. It was yum...Hope your dad is healing quickly. Wanna meet that new fur baby sometime!

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    1. wow! there were no gourmet meals like that at the Stanford Hospital. At least, not that i knew about. Also, there were a lot more vegan options on the menu for the patients than there were down in the cafeteria. Hm. and yes, you gotta come over and meet Francisco. He is awesome.

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  6. Sending healing energy to your dad!

    Congratulations on the yoga studio purchase and adopting Francisco!

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    1. Thank you VegYogini! A new yoga studio is such a big deal!! I'm sure you can imagine! :)

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  7. I hope your Dad's recovery goes well and is quick. It does sound like you have been busy. I'm excited to see what adventures you will have with your very own yoga studio..that is so cool! And your new kitty is totally adorbs! I love the kitty thumbs.

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    1. Thanks so much LuminousVegans... such a nice message! :)

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  8. Sorry to hear about your father, I hope he recovers swiftly.
    That is very exciting about the yoga studio, I can't wait to hear about that (and see what yoga snacks you bake!).
    And, well, Fransisco... Charmed. I want to hold his little hands! Is he polydactyl? Or just happens to have very large thumbs?? ;)

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    1. Hi Susan! YES he is polydactyl!! I've never had a polydactyl cat before, but I've always thought they were so cool. He is just the coolest cat. So funny and fun and charming and handsome. We are quite smitten!

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  9. Congrats on the yoga studio, that's so exciting!
    Sorry to hear about your dad's surgery, hopefully he has a smooth recovery.
    Fransisco! Those are the cutest kitty thumbs I've ever seen.

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    1. Thanks Megan... the new studio is very exciting indeed!

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  10. your new kitty is the cutest, i love his kitty thumbs! Congrats on the yoga studio. i hope your dad is doing ok!

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    1. Thanks on all accounts, LM! :)

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  11. Your kitty is gorgeous :) Made my day!

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  12. Mr F is lovely! I'm so glad he got to move in with you guys!

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  13. Francisco is pretty dang cute! I think I see the cover of Cat Vogue in his future! Lots of love! Sandy

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  14. That's so exciting about your yoga studio. I'm glad your dad is doing ok! I can't believe you were able to get tofu at a hospital. I've had 5 major surgeries (4 were C-sections so it's not as bad as it sounds) and never got any tofu! :) Your cat is very cool.

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  15. wow, very hypnotic cat's eyes. Kind of found myself staring into them for a while.

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  16. His kitty legs are hilarious, I could see a whole MoFo devoted to cat pictures of him :-)

    See you around the 'Fo!

    Dawn
    Vegan Fazool Blog
    http://veganfazool.blogspot.com

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  17. Glad your dad is on the mend. And oh, Francisco, you are so adorbz. That photo with his legs splayed out is just too cute to bear. You are a good mamma to your fur kids. Bless you for all your kindness and love! <3

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