Saturday, July 25, 2015

Getting There

Stevie says Hi!!
This was another little home improvement project I did the same day I painted. I was given a small table that I'm using as a coffee table, and it had a lot of glass marks on it. So I sanded it down, and painted the top with chalkboard paint. I've always wanted a chalkboard in my home. It's fun to be able to doodle on my table. It's like every kids dream, to be able to color ON the table! That's Stevie being cute for the camera! The kitties are for the most part adjusted to the move. They still get startled by the neighbors coming and going, and in the mornings when  maintenance vacuums the hallways they still hide under the couch. I think they think this is a big house, where lots of people live and for whatever reason only I'm allowed in the rest of the house. Stevie sometimes sits in front of the door like a dog waiting for someone to come home. Not sure who she's waiting for when I'm already home, but whatever. There are huge windows in the living room, and lots of crow and other bird activity going on in those huge evergreen trees, so they are really loving that. Dylan is doing better, his appetite has increased, as has his desire for people food. I bought him some tofurky slices because I remembered that he always enjoyed them. He won't eat the roast, just the slices. He's the same way with daiya. He only likes the shreds, he wants nothing to do with the blocks!
Speaking of moving, and home improvements, I learned a lesson about appreciating your body this week. I was kind of down on myself, wondering why I'm not as lean as I feel like I should be, wondering why after all of these workouts I've been doing and just in general being healthier than I've ever been I'm still holding on to some beer pounds. Anyway, I thought for sure I would be sore after painting, since it's not something I do, like ever. But I wasn't sore at all the next day. I also wasn't sore from moving heavy things. I am going to work really hard from now on to stop those negative thoughts from coming into my head. I want to appreciate my body for all that it can do, and for still being strong after everything I've put it through. The extra pounds will or won't come off, and I'm working on being okay with that. I'm happy with the way I'm eating, and happy with my workout regimen, so that's all that matters. I realized that I can't speak out against body shaming if that's what I'm doing to myself. It was a real light bulb moment, and I realize that I had the moment because I was open to that positive feeling. A few years ago I  would have been too full of self hatred to feel anything good about myself. Progress is pretty cool! I hope the recent trend of body shaming and food shaming comes to a close in the vegan community. It certainly isn't helping the animals, and it's very disappointing to see vegans take such a nasty, ugly approach to this lifestyle. We should be lifting each other up, not tearing each other down. I've babbled enough for one day.
Happy Caturday!


  1. You have nice handwriting. Mine is atrocious.

    1. Ha, thanks. You should see me print. It looks like a toddler.

  2. We should be lifting each other up! I totally agree!!!! And it's so great to have a community - even if only online/virtually - to do that - I know it's rare if I find someone in my region that I can chat with on the level I chat with my blogging buddies, you know!? Altho...I will be going to WNY Veg Fest on Sunday so I hope to meet up with a few peeps there! I think I will make some 'business cards' for my blog to hand out :)

  3. You totally should! Yo could make a lot of great connections! Have fun, it sounds amazing.