2012 With A Vengeance

It’s a new year! I’m here for 2012 so that’s already a start I’m thankful for.

2011 was a good year for me: took a new job, moved to a new city, made some new friends, learned a lot, and apparently posted 270 times. As far as the resolutions I set down 365 days ago, I fared pretty well…of course, I didn’t resolve anything like, to lose 10 pounds, so maybe I let myself off easy.

The funniest thing about the year was how the word “vegan” moved to the forefront of my vocabulary. In certain social settings, I just say “I’m vegan” because it makes things easier. I still consider myself vegetarian, though, for reasons I plan to expand upon in the coming weeks; but I’ve embraced the degree, though it is still negotiable, of simplicity that comes with something labeled “vegan.” If it’s vegan, it has to be vegetarian (we’ll leave the fraternization issue off the table for the moment).

As I’ve explored NYC, I’ve been lucky enough to have some of my family roam with me. We took on the Brooklyn Bridge, the Guggenheim, the Museum of the Moving Image, Central Park, Prospect Park, Time Square, Rockefeller Center, Smorgasburg, Brooklyn Brewery and other stops on the streets and avenues in between.

Along the way, of course, we had many amazing veg*n eats. Sitting Christmas Eve talking with my dad, he constantly marvels (true story) at the things I eat…and have inevitably made him eat. You think veggies are simple until you watch a grown man stare down a menu like it’s in a foreign language (“What’s edamame?”) or suspiciously eye a piece of bok choy. It’s a learning process.

Despite wallowing that he didn’t think he’d done a good job; he hadn’t know what to get me for Christmas, I was pleasantly surprised to open up the wrapping to a copy of Vegan with a Vengeance by Isa Chandra Moskowitz. I’m pretty multifaceted; I’m not just a veg*n, but I enjoyed seeing that our ventures had sunk in.

Oddly, this book had actually been available to me at one of my local libraries and I’d passed it over a few years ago cause I wasn’t vegan. (Vegan was too extreme. ‘Those people are crazy,’ I’m pretty sure I said. LOL!) Also, it has fewer pictures and wasn’t as used to the vocabulary.

I think Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World was my gateway, though I don’t even remember how I got hip to it. (However, I suspect I was probably looking in my library system for “vegetarian” and the title attracted me…not to mention the pictures.) Looking at the book with my 2011 eyes, the recipes in Vegan with a Vengeance sounded yummy, like Jerk Seitan or Lemon Corn Waffles with Blueberry Sauce. Experience has taught me I like these things. I even got a little giddy at the Fauxstess Cupcakes. ‘I can so make those,’ I thought.

So I’m starting my year pretty thankful to be where I am and hopeful. Bring on the 2012. “I ain’t here for a long time. I’m here for a good time.”

2012 Resolutions:

  • Finish a half marathon…I’m not looking to get too crazy or anything.
  • Donate blood…It’s not the needle so much anymore; I’ve passed out from the amount taken during routine medical tests, but I’ve always wanted to donate, so we’ll see.
  • Embrace me…I know what this means…keep reading in 2012 and you’ll learn what this means.

Wishing my friends and family a happy year.

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