Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Snowboarding till Sunday!

I don't snowboard, but Troy sure does. 

I have tried about a half dozen times, and I've taken 2 private lessons. I'm pretty terrible, and I don't care enough to try hard. I have decided that I'm not spending my precious energy trying to snowboard anymore.
Plus, my whole balance thing isn't always 100% when I'm on the flat prairie of Saskatchewan, never mind trying to slide down a snowy mountain, with any amount of skill & grace.
I spend a lot of time on my butt.

I haven't tried snowboarding since my brain injury.
But . . . I have zero interest in knowing how to snowboard. I would rather chill out in the condo, read, and go for a walk. So, that is what I will be doing. My friend, Katie, also does not snowboard. We will be chilling together.

We leave Wednesday morning. Back for Sunday night.
I will not be blogging after today, till Monday.
I will blog about how it all went.

                    We have the dogs booked in at K-Lane Kennels

             They love it there!

               And Mallory is watching the Mannipuss for us.

We're going to Fernie, British Columbia!
Just realized you may not have known where we were going . . .
The Heartland Hideaway
We're staying in a condo that sleeps 14. Fourteen of us will be there.
It has a washer & dryer for laundry, a full kitchen, a private hot tub, 5 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, a dishwasher, a gas fireplace, a barbecue, a ping pong table, and walking distance to the lifts
-it's gonna be
Our group is sort of a mish mash of different social groups(friends bringing friends/cousins, etc), but it's going to be great! I think everyone will get along really well! We packed a lot of board games(we LOVE board games!)

Katie and I are the vegans of the group(which, is actually a high percentage(over 14%), considering vegans make up 2.5% of Americans).
Troy and Riley eat mostly plants. They've said they have intentions of eating vegan for this trip. The four of us made a vegan meal plan.
Katie typed it up, and emailed everyone, and people replied to say which meals they wanted to be included in. We said if they want meat or cheese or eggs, it's up to them to plan and cook that 'food'.
I did want to say, I find it rather amusing that it's usually the vegans that get left out of meals for social events, the vegan option is often an afterthought. But because Katie and I took over our own meal planning right away, it seems like the animal eaters are getting 'left out'.
We've spent the last few days preparing dishes to take.
I'm really excited! I even typed up the recipes, referenced where they're from, and printed a couple copies so everyone can see
exactly what we're eating.
The recipe packet has the recipe of everything we're taking. We made:
  • Chocolate Almond Brittle
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
  • Pancakes
  • Barbecued Ribz
  • Rough Rider BBQ Sauce
  • Chickpea Cutlets
  • Creamy Tomato Soup
  • Carrot-Ginger Soup
  • Raspberry Coconut Cookies
  • Focaccia Buns
  • Garlic & Greens Soup
Gonna be delicious!

Monday, February 6, 2012

My Facebook Post History

Facebook has introduced their new 'time-line' set up, so I was going over some past posts regarding me becoming vegan. It's nice to look back.

August 16, 2010  
Alyx Williams
is totally transitioning to be a vegan. People are really herbivores anyhow.

September 2, 2010   
Alyx Williams
is done with Sparkpeople. I made the(what I thought was a joke) comment that the site must be funded by Kraft cuz the site doesn't give the vegan option when choosing diet. It does for vegetarians, no eggs, but nothing regarding dairy. So I made a comment and they deleted it! Facists!! Sparkpeople, you suck.
September 8, 2010  

Alyx Williams
would like to say a big THANK YOU to her secret sister(you know who you are-cuz I don't!). Thank you for the awesome vegan zombie shirt. Mmm grainnns!

September 12, 2010Alyx Williams
is officially a vegan.
I'll probably screw up, but I'm told everyone does. 

September 20, 2010 

Alyx Williams
This should answer MANY health/happiness questions people may have about the vegan diet. Be educated and enjoy!

October 15, 2010Alyx Williams
Vegans go all the way. 
Oh yeah!

October 27, 2010Alyx Williamsis baking delicious vegan goodies! 
And I mean, your head will explode it's so delicious. 

October 31, 2010
Alyx Williams
is ridiculously happy with the current state of things. Maybe not EVERYTHING in the world, but most things in my life. :D
The whole "living thing" is pretty great.

November 1, 2010
Alyx Williams
wishes everyone a Happy World Vegan Day!!
November 20, 2010
Alyx Williams
has been vegan for a little over two months and it's been AWESOME!!
I don't think I can go back to being an omnivore, being a herbivore is too fantastic! I mean, I wouldn't ask other herbivores how they're enjoying life(probably not at all), but this one is happy. 

December 17, 2010Alyx Williams
is full and satisfied after having delicious vegan macaroni and cheese for supper.
Been a little over 3 months since cheese. Don't really miss it. There's lots of great vegan options(and I'm not talking the processed soy stuff either)!
Holy man! Nutritional Yeast is great!

December 29, 2010Alyx Williams
is having a WAY better Christmas than last year...maybe, I think.
December 29, 2010Alyx Williams
OMG! Troy and I just made vegan peanut butter ice cream-it's amazing & dairy free!! Thanks for the outstanding stand-mixer, Ty!

January 12, 2011Alyx Williams
4 month vegan anniversary today. It's been great! Just had to learn new habits, and that only takes 3 weeks, no matter what your age. Plus I'm trying all of these FANTASTIC plants! I love being vegan.

January 13, 2011
Alyx Williams
is marinating tempeh(organic) in liquid smoke, tamari and maple syrup. 
Making Tempeh Bacon. It smells delicious!! I spilled a bit of the liquid smoke on my fingers, and boy howdy! Makes me want to chew my fingers.

February 11, 2011
Alyx Williams
Just found out that if she cooks with quinoa at least once a week, she's gets elevated to a level 7 vegan!

Yes!! High five!

March 28, 2011Alyx Williams
Check out Vegan for $3.33 a Day
For those that think that being vegan is 'expensive'. 
Yeah, it's expensive if you buy the processed vegan foods. I eat that processed stuff once or twice a week. I eat a whole foods, plant-based diet. Vegetables, fruits, legumes, grains, mushrooms, nuts, seeds, herbs and spices. Tons. 
Best decision I ever made. Okay, marrying Troy is right up there too. :)

March 31, 2011
Alyx WilliamsHere's the thing: I can eat whatever I want, there are some things I don't want. Namely animals and their secretions. I don't want these 'foods' for several reasons. I do not support the exploitation of human health, the animals, the environment, and of the people that work in the disassembly line.

I was tempted to include the responses from my friends and family, but then I decided against it.
I think(or I would like to think) there's a few people that would be a tad embarrassed by some asinine comments that were made.