The Vegan ChewChoo

and its many eccentricities

John’s Day in the Life

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Thought I’d share a video that John made for his dad’s birthday. I thought it turned out well!



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!


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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