Category Archives: family

The new normal

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So this is to be the new normal. No longer 1 + 1, doing our own thing. But 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1, each separate; our own thoughts, desires, behaviors, activities—but also somehow one organism. A flock, a school, a pack, a colony, a band, a herd. A family.

{Or perhaps a shrewdness, a clowder, a pride, a richness, a prickle, a murder, an unkindness, an exaltation, or a plague… What Do You Call a Group of…..?}

Vegan school lunch tomorrow: Egg-less egg salad

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Today, I slept way in with hubby, Ruby the greyhound who likes to snuggle (but also push on everybody with her legs), and three rotating cats. Love it.

Spent the afternoon doing the weekly home blessing and a little extra deep cleaning to really get a good start on the week. The twins helped me finish it up when they came home. They also helped me cut up brown and red potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, garlic, carrot, and celery for our typical winter dutch oven dish. It’s still in the oven, but nearly done. The only thing it’s lacking is Field Roast sausage (because we’re out) but it’s still going to be yummy.

I also made up some egg-less egg salad based on the Better-Than-Egg-Salad recipe from The 30-Day Vegan Challenge, so the kids can take it for lunch tomorrow. (Check out compassionatecook.com for info on all of Colleen’s books, her great podcast, sample recipes, etc.) It’s only the twins’ 3rd week of school here, and we’re going to be experimenting for a while with different things to keep school lunches interesting. Right now, they don’t have any way of heating up their lunch at school (no microwave access) so we’re not able to send hot things. But, I will be on the lookout for a good deal on some lunch thermos-y things, which I know are out there.

Our modified recipe includes:

  • extra-firm tofu {Trader Joe’s}
  • egg-less mayonnaise {we are using up a jar of Earth Balance MindfulMayo, but I personally prefer the taste of Vegenaise}
  • onion
  • carrots
  • celery
  • dried parsley
  • pickle relish or chopped pickles {we chopped up some baby dills}
  • mustard
  • turmeric
  • salt and black pepper
  • smoked paprika
  • a few pinches of Kala Namak
  • pinch of dulse flakes

It turned out pretty good—the Kala Namak really helps here. And I think the flavors will meld together overnight and be even better in the morning. Next time, I’d also like to try the curried version (add apple, raisins, nuts, curry powder, etc.), or the Best-Ever Tofu “Egg” Salad recipe from Big Vegan, which uses baked tofu crumbles and a silken tofu “mayonnaise.”

Now, to watch some Season 2 Downton Abbey!

Crisitunity!

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Well my gut feeling was right. But I’m trying to look at it as a crisitunity, a la Homer Simpson.

The twins made it through their first week at the magnet school. Also, the WordPress app is now available for the Fire, which is cool {no spell check, though. What’s up with that?}. Gotta celebrate the good things.

Tonight: Good quiet, but anxious

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Tonight: Good quiet. Things are going fairly well. The twins are almost done with their first week of school here: I think they like it. We talked to the high school today too. My hand cramps from all the redundant paperwork—haven’t the schools in Bend heard that it’s the digital age?!

Feeling anxious about a work meeting coming up tomorrow.

Wishing I could shut off my brain sometimes.

Channeling my inner Flybaby

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Today, I’ve been trying to channel my inner Flybaby by getting back into old Flylady routines that will not only help me, but our suddenly larger family. I found this great Daily Flying Chart at The Flylady Way—it’s a one-page visual checklist of daily Flylady reminders and routines. I love it. I printed three and put them all in plastic sleeves: one for me, and one for each of the twins. I introduced them to a morning and before bed routine and showed them how to check each thing off with a dry erase marker. Of course, I’m doing the same. {I’m also getting back into an exercise routineI really slacked off over the holidays!}

I’ve followed Flylady for many years now, including listening to her weekly podcasts. She helped me to get rid of a lot of clutter that I’d been carrying around for yearsactual things, but mental clutter too. The new website looks great: If you need to get organized, check out Flylady.net.

Here’s somebody who has combined Flying + Vegan: Vegan at Heart. Very cool.

This kid stuff is cramping my style already {but it’s worth it}

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This kid stuff is cramping my style already. Ordinarily, I would have stayed at the station until 11p or midnight or even later to work on this month’s radio show, which is behind {as always}. But I needed to get back to hang out a bit with the twins before bedtime, as they’re starting school tomorrow. So I headed home at 8p instead. Whoa. And we’re really behind {show airs this Tuesday}.

But, it’s totally worth it. I’ll just have to get caught up… and then get myself organized! Tomorrow will be a long day, but at least I’m home tonight to wind down a little, get to bed at a reasonable hour, and be prepared to go down as a family to get the twins rocking and rolling tomorrow bright and early.

Obsessing and reading, in that order

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What I’m reading this week:

  • Fantasy & Science Fiction Jan/Feb 2012
  • The Eyre Affair. I’m hoping that I’ll start clicking with the principal character, Thursday Next, so that I can go on to read the next 5 novels in the series. So far, I’ve liked Shades of Grey a lot more—I’ve seen rumours of a sequel, but can’t find it anywhere… Fforde has a few other series that I can check out as well.

What I’m obsessing about this week:

  • What’s going to be economical and practical for vegan school lunches for two 11-year-olds and a 15-year-old? Are the other kids going to think they’re weird? Thankfully there are plenty of good resources available on healthy vegan kids, like Vegan For Life.
  • Getting my step-kids settled. Kid #2 arrives tomorrow. The twins start their new school Monday.