I am not the kind of guy to wish my precious weeks away like the majority of moronic morning radio DJs. According to them, Mondays suck almost as much as work and bosses; Tuesdays are just an obstacle to be sidestepped on the way to the precious weekend; Wednesdays fall in the middle of the workweek and are called Humpday to try and illustrate the steep hill that we have to drag ourselves up each week and because the word hump is so blisteringly hilarious; Thursdays are when we see the weekend light at the end of the tunnel and start to get excited; and most of Friday is essentially brushed aside until the much anticipated “quitting time” arrives and the weekend- the only two days apparently worth living- are upon us.
I can not adequately express how much I loath this attitude perpetuated by the AM Drive Time Show or the Morning Crew or the Wacky Workday Sunrise Show or whatever the Hell they call themselves in your area. When people wish their lives away, they get their wish. I understand the sentiment and I have certainly had periods of my life where my job was a soul crushing mess that I had to put up with until I could find a less toxic way to support my family. However, the last thing I needed during these personal dark ages was some faux friendly voice in the morning armed with thousands of dorky sound effects and a poor outlook on life egging on my worsening bad attitude. Especially from someone who was done work at 10 freaking AM. I consider my days precious and try to be thankful for even the most heinous of them.
Today, on the day most precious to the Earl and Ileane Show, I wanted to share a stir fry of topics with you that may not have received their own post, but certainly need to be shared with the Veganaut Community.
First off, a huge congratulations to the Virtual Vegan Potluck participants and the VVP Behind the Scenes Wizards. The famous and well loved Post Punk Kitchen listed the Virtual Vegan Potluck in their PPK Top 100 for 2012. We’re sittin’ pretty at spot number 28- but since the PPK says that their list of vegan community powerhouses is in no particular order I’d like to think we would have been in the top 3 had they ranked them according to bad-assery.
Shout out to the muscle behind the event- Ann at An Unrefined Vegan and Somer at Vedged Out dump their hearts and souls into this ground-breaking virtual vegan feast that rolls around twice a year. If you missed out on the last celebration of all things deliciously vegan you can still make the door to door visit to more than 100 mouth watering recipes by starting here: NOMNOMNOM. If you want to prepare for the next VVP or even be a contributor to the smorgasbord, you can get all the deets you need to get involved here: VVP May 2013 Deets.
In other news, my family has been really loving our change of laundry detergents. Since the Turning the Tide post back on July 31, 2012 we’ve been mixing our own vats of laundry detergent for pennies on the dollar. We used to buy giant jugs of blue sludge from the grocery store- one jug for washing, one jug for fabric softening. Now we spend no time at all to mix a few simple ingredients together and find ourselves with an effective, environmentally friendly, and CHEAP alternative.
As for the fabric softener, we’ve been using a quarter cup of white vinegar that works just as well without making my skin break out in little red bumps that itch. If you follow the link (above) to the post you can also read the conversation that has been taking place in the comments section about how vegan the concoction is and what you can do to be even more animal friendly. Either way, I am glad to be keeping more money out of a chemical corporation R&D labs and instead spending it on other things… like Caribbean cruises.
Finally, I’d like to send out a request to my fellow veganauts and vegan blogging peeps regarding the Veganaut Tales. If you have been meaning to belt out the story of your transition to the wonderful world of veganism, now is the time! Please email your story to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can just paste the story in the body of the email if you like. I love hearing AND sharing these stories that prove that people from all walks of life end up in this compassionate community together.
That’s it for the mixed vegetables- I hope you have as much fun on this fabulous Friday as you do on marvelous Mondays, thrilling Thursdays, and your wacky weekends. If not, I hope you can convince yourself that you are. Ignore the AM Crazy Coffee Crew and instead remember the wise words of Jedi Master Obi Wan Kenobi: Your focus determines your reality.