The Vegan ChewChoo

and its many eccentricities

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Snapshots of Life

Snowpocalypse! Followed by 70 and sunny, boys, brats, fires, and crafts.


Doesn’t look like much, but Austin police responded to 245 crashes between 6 pm Thursday and noon Friday. Yikes! There is simply no infrastructure for this type of weather down here.

The following day, the boys prepare wood for our firepit:


Flowers in January


Grant thought that clothespins were supposed to be used like this…Image

instead of this….Image and couldn’t figure out why they sucked so much 😀


New project in the works! Not giving away any details yet, but it’s gonna be awesome!Image



Lyrical Anecdotes

The sun starts to fade

Ralph saunters to the kitchen

A new nightly ritual

It’s tomato time

Squish squish in his teeth

Juice on the floor


I’m ready with parka and scarf

Flip flops and sunglasses nearby

Ready for the weeks weather

37 degrees- no snow

Woman walking in pink ski pants


Eying the clawfoot bathtub

Too dirty to use

Baking soda, scrub, vinegar, shine

Hot water, peppermint oil, candle




Another great weekend here in Austin. The weather was phenomenal (think 70’s and sunny) and we had visitors! Dale and Peggy took a respite from the New Jersey winter to come and visit us and reminisce about their good ol’ days spent in Texas.  We spent lots of time exploring and touring Austin’s greatest attractions including the Capital building, Mayfield Park, Mt. Bonnell, Barton Springs, the obligatory stop at Whole Foods flagship store, South Congress, Uncommon Objects and more. Of course eating was numero uno priority, and we hit up some great spots like Mothers, Kerby Lane, Casa de Luz, Bouldin Creek, Sagra, and Capital City Bakery….well- that was just me getting a cupcake actually, but it was all yummy! I’ve just decided (as of this morning whilst eating my leftovers) that Sagra has the best tasting food in Austin that I’ve tried, so far. The Margherita pizza is TO DIE FOR! 




I even found a real live cowboy moseying around the building. Very patriotic indeed. ImageImageImage


In other life news, I’m on the brink of obsession with Lorde’s album, Pure Heroine. It’s about to reach Kimbra status, and anyone who’s been in my car in the last 8 months knows what that means. Also, Grant has agreed to accompany me to the NCA cheerleading nationals taking place in Dallas on March 1st and 2nd!! #OMG #YOLO #LOLZ it’s going to be so awesome. I was inspired, after watching some cheering videos the other night, to try and do some jumps and splits. It actually wasn’t as bad as I thought. I didn’t fall flat on my face, although I’m certainly not as graceful as I used to be. I also couldn’t walk for the next two days, but hey, no pain no gain, right?



Oh- did I mention I learned how to crochet a granny square? Blanket-haters beware! I’ve got ideas. ImageImage

The best thing that happened to me today was that John said Ralph freaks over tomatoes, so I threw a cherry tomato across the floor, and he started galloping after it. He then proceeded to take 5 minutes to squish the juice all over the place and finally eat it. Pure gold. Filthy. cat. gold. 


Summertime Livin

Now that’s what I’m talking about, Texas! 70 degrees in January! We had such an awesome day yesterday beginning with a trip to Pedernales Falls State Park and ending with a great dinner with friends and a hilarious bout of Cards Against Humanity. We had just returned back home and I was sitting on the front porch soaking up the last warm rays of sunshine, and it was just so reminiscent of a sweet-scented, carefree, summer evening. That defines happiness for me.


What a life I lead in the summer
What a life I lead in the spring
What a life I lead when the wind, it breathes
What a life I lead in the spring

What a life I lead when the sun breaks free
As a giant torn from the clouds
What a life indeed when that ancient seed
Is a-buried, watered and plowed

                                              – Fleet Foxes


Mold Patrol…# 1 Cop on the Force

So maybe those of you with a tile shower can relate (not you, Mom, because yours is always spotless), but our mini bathroom has no ventilation, and therefore the grout has a tendency to get moldy, and no matter how much I scrub and scrub my little heart out- there’s always mold creepin’ up the next time I get in there! So I bought a scrub brush, and cleaned the shower every couple of weeks or so. Recently, however, I made the mistake of bringing the scrub brush into the shower with me so I could work on it while I was showering. Well, it never left the shower, and now I spend half of the time I’m supposed to be showering scrubbing quasi moldy grout. Every. Single. Time. It’s like I can’t even concentrate in there because I’m too busy scouting out the next hint of mold. It’s a little insane, but I can’t help it. I think I’m weird…

Here’s a picture of out new kitty housemate, Ralph, Ralphster, Ralpharino, Kitty Bear.




2014 has begun on an upward swing. The winds of change are a-blowin’! Grant begins his electricians course on Tuesday morning, and he’s going to be a big boy and ‘work’ from 7:30 AM-5PM cada dia! Imagine! 🙂 Money is a little  tight now, but we’re banking on the fact that him being a certified electrician will come in really handy when we buy/renovate then eventually build our house! So that’s exciting. John returned to the Texas homeland this afternoon and brought with him a new furry friend, Ralph. No pics yet, but just picture Samwise the Brave with a concerned look on his face. We’re excited to have a new kitty house-mate!!

Other fun happenings:

We attended the grand-opening of Capital City Bakery today. YUM!

I placed and picked up my first order at Rabbit Food Grocery today. (Thanks, Dad!) Got some mac n cheese, soy curls, and vodka sauce, among other goodies.

We (along with our friends Erica and Dani) journeyed to the top of Mt. Bonnell the other night for a meteor shower. We only saw 2, but it was fun!


It’s that time of year again when you have to take down all of the Christmas decorations. I decided, however, that I liked the ambient light of our christmas tree too much to get rid of it, so I just repurposed it. It’s great! Reduce, reuse, recycle! Ahoy!