The Vegan ChewChoo

and its many eccentricities

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Spring has sprung here in Austin. The trees are budding and flowering, the weather is warm (except for today when the high was 43) :(, the birds are singing, and hey, it’s only February!! I realized that this year was only the second time in my life that I’d worn shorts on my birthday, the first time being in Costa Rica. My birthday was so awesome this year. Perfect weather, fun, friends, and FOOD! 



The above pics were all gifts I got from friends! The succulent from Erica, the puzzle from Kate, the sweets from Will, and the gift card from John! 



Other news highlights include Grant getting a job at Counter Culture! woohoo! Counter Culture is a cool vegan restaurant on the east side and we’re all excited for Grant to serve us food 🙂 

Also- Grant is graduating from his electricians course on Friday, and he gets to make a speech, as he’s the valedictorian! GO GRANT! I’ll try and tape it so ya’ll can see it 🙂 

Also x2: I went on a huge shopping spree at Buffalo Exchange thanks to Dad (and Mom) and I’m very excited about that.

Also x3: uuuhhh….I forgot what I was going to say. Goodbye! 


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Settling In

Dearest readers (all five of you), my apologies for the lack of posts lately. I guess we’ve all finally settled into our routines here in Austin, and there simply hasn’t been that much of interest to share. Updates include Will finally landing a job, Grant is wrapping up his electricians course in 2 more weeks, John has a girlfriend, and I’ve started studying Spanish again using Duolingo.

Here’s a rabbit hole for you to go down, though: Grant and I have met some awesome people through my job (I work with Sarah and Theresa), and they’re really fun! They make movies and they’ve made some really cool stuff. The collective talent between these four is pretty crazy. If you want to be a creeper and virtually stalk them, as I do, then here’s an all access pass:





We’ve been spending some quality time with these folks lately, and they’ve definitely helped make Austin feel a little more like home for us. It’s always awesome to find people that you connect with so well.

A collection of random photos:

This is what our fridge always looks like when the four of us are at home.


Will made us a mini ping pong table!


Here’s Dulcinea creepin on the neighborhood cat that likes to sleep on our porch at night

ImageFlowers that Erica dropped off for me on Valentine’s Day 🙂


Stefen and Sarah at the Purple Fig office


X marks the spot…?


That’s all I got. Have a great week, everyone!


This Week in Headlines

** Breaking news** Starting today Jodi is covered by health insurance! Sources say that the PPO zero deductible and zero coinsurance at $80/month is a helluva deal. Thanks Purple Fig!

Review: Mortified Nation ( Reports are in and it gets two thumbs up! “Wickedly funny!”- Kitty tribune. “Some of it hit really close to home, hilarious!” – Jodi Monthly. Go see it (or at least watch the trailer). In select theaters now!

Eye witnesses report a new piece of furniture in the house. This bench, allegedly made by Grant, showed up under the piano after work one day last week. No one can say for sure where it came from, but investigators are working around the clock to crack the case.


Local weather: Camp Mabry shows a high today of 78* F, while tomorrow’s forecast is promising rain and temperatures peaking in the low 40’s. Meteorologist  Ralph Mullen says “it looks ok from where I’m sitting, but there’s just no rhyme or reason to it…. meowgivemeatomato”


Special report in from our field reporter Dulcinea Kittybear Jones. Let’s hear what she has to report:


Well folks, today is an exciting day, because my humans didn’t all get up and leave first thing in the morning. They lingered in bed so that I could jump up, investigate the perimeter, and jump down again. At one point I was sitting in the middle of the room, taking a bath because I know my girl human loves the sound of my licking, and suddenly I saw her sit up in bed. Before I knew it, there was a large flying projectile coming straight at me. Well I hightailed it out of there for a few minutes until things settled down. Upon my return, I jumped on the bed and received many pets. Silly humans. I plan on spending the rest of my day sleeping and looking longingly out the open window. And that’s it from the field! Back to you-

Well that about wraps it up for us here at the Givens Austin studio. Good afternoon, good evening and good night!