Here we are at Sunday again after a crazy week that was a blur! We’re starting to encourage people to return to the office at work part time which will be nice seeing more people back in the office, but has kept us busy getting everything ready with moves and equipment setups.
Miko is doing okay, still has heavier coughing days, but enjoys his walks with energy and appetite seems to be okay. Sunday is sheet washing day here which and Miko looks forward to napping in warm sheets out of the dryer before we can get them on the bed.
He had a vet appointment yesterday back with the original emergency/specialist vet we started at over a year ago when he spent the weekend in the ER for heart failure because I had an overall good experience with them and they are able to provide cardiology services again with a new doctor. His lungs look good and kidney values are doing a lot better than expected for the medications he on. That’s good news and now I’m waiting to confirm his next echocardiogram with them which has to be done weeks or even months in advance.
The garden is doing okay, our grapes continue to grow out of control with lots of little grapes on them and it will be interesting to see how many fully grow. Our dedicated bee flower garden bed has been very active attracting bees and humming birds.
It was such a busy week at work that there were multiple lunches to go from Chipotle which I’m not very proud of, I go in planning to get a break and leave for lunch and then last minute meetings happen, etc. But there has also been salads, beans and rice, and curry sweet potato sautés.
I tried a find from Grocery Outlet, an Evol Plant-Based Butternut Squash Curry Bowl frozen meal that was good with lentils and chickpeas with other vibrant ingredients. I will grab more if still available for healthier, easier emergency work lunches.
We also stepped out to spicy vegan Thai and I made a massive broccoli slaw salad with apples and smoky tahini hemp seed blender dressing that I will be eating for the next few days.
Ron found a new plant based meat to try thanks to Reddit and received 4x packs of plant-based steaks from Juicy Marbles Fancy Plant Meats yesterday. These are trippy looking!
He carefully followed the cooking instructions using a griddle press to not over cook them, served with a baked potato and topped with seasoned, sautéed mushrooms. The texture is a mix between steak-like and corned beef. And they were actually very tasty for a plant-based steak alternative! Miko sure approved! So did Ron which is huge since he can be picky about plant-based meat alternatives preferring mostly Impossible or Beyond Meat. For those that miss the occasional steak experience, these would make a great treat.
And here I am fighting the Sunday blues again, this has been a challenge with so much going on and we really need to plan a vacation soon. I have been struggling with my work/life balance and relationship with my job after years of a pandemic, feeling isolated, and dealing with everything going on, seemingly more sadness, stress, and uncertainty. I’ve spent much of these difficult times focusing more on my job and working hard because it seemed like a positive and productive way to deal. But find myself struggling with burnout as a result after years of it. I’m working through it and trying to navigate a healthy path to a better place. But it’s a journey and if you’re feeling that too, you’re not alone.
We had an online meeting for the Sacramento Vegetarian Society to start re-vitalizing it and planning fun social events again such as dine-outs which I’m looking forward to connecting again with local vegans and getting out more. And starting the week off right with the list.
- Vegan and health food “othered” by pop culture.
- Healthy vegan snack swaps.
- Best vegan burgers.
- These 5 influencers turned vegan and never looked back.
- Vegan dinner recipes for healthy blood pressure.
- Best vegan fish sandwiches.
- Vegan cheese coming into it’s own.
- This vegan chickpea omelette sounds perfect.