In case anyone is paying attention and wondering about my VeganMoFo day numbering...I am counting the days I've actually posted, not the number of days VeganMoFo has been going since I'm going trying to hit the 20 posts this month about food, but take a day off now and then. Make sense? No one was wondering. I didn't think so. I hate it when I over explain things.
This was not my best day on so many levels. One was nutritionally and the second was organizationally, financially, and efficiency...and that was only the tip of the iceberg. Sigh. At least Parker did pretty well eating more turnip kale soup and an avocado hummus wrap on a sprouted wheat tortilla and an apple for lunch. We had a homeschooling function which included a To-Go Ware lunch and Dema talked me into buying Follow Your Heart vegan cheese and crackers. I abhor cheese and crackers, even the vegan kind...pretty much zero nutrition. Dema feels much more peer pressure to eat things which look like the other kids' lunches. I guess Dema also had an avocado and hummus wrap so it wasn't a completely nutritional loss for lunch, but then we were invited over to our neighbor's house for a cookout at dinner. The kids love these cookouts and it is fun chatting with neighbors and I don't mind doing the vegan hot dog thing once in a while...this was just not the day for it. Today it meant going to the store yet again (Rob shopped with all the kids on his bike Saturday morning for our week and since then I've been to the store three times...one time I went into the store and didn't find what I need and left without buying anything, but still). Since I'd already blown our budget and our once a week shopping, I went ahead about bought some organic fair trade chocolate which was on sale at Strawberry Fields and some Heaven Scent Windmill cookies (I can not find a vegan - without honey - graham cracker to save my life) to go with the vegan marshmallow creme in our refrigerator from last cookout season for the kids to make s'mores.
S'mores, now whoever thought that up...let's give kids a bunch of caffeine and sticky sugar after dark...was not a parent. Seriously, I'm not a complete fun sponge. I'm just in a mood and my kids have ingested more sugar in the last 10 days than they do most of the year which reflects in their behavior and the holidays are around the corner...my least favorite is Halloween...so it is not likely to improve any time soon. I also am worried about my grandfather and my father for completely different reasons, but I am probably powerless to do anything for either one of them. The economy is in the toilet and the environment is worse than anyone thought so I'm in funk and you all get to listen to me bitch about s'mores.
I'm also irritated in a completely irrational way that I have to cook so many chickpeas before the end of the week. I know this is crazy because I love chickpeas and would have cooked something with chickpeas anyway, but there sheer number of them and the fact that they were forced upon me by my own moment of weakness for coffee which I don't actually like (except when it is decaf, mint, with loads of soy and ice) and the deteriorating infrastructure of this country of ours (the bump in the road) makes me not want to eat them (yes, I realize I can freeze them, but I don't have any freezer bags and that would mean yet another trip to the store). Stomping my feet and taking my marbles and going home...or just going off to read other vegan blogs to find something completely new and interesting to do with chickpeas which I will never actually be able to make because my 13 month old has decided that napping (all napping not just morning naps or afternoon naps) is for babies and as such she will no longer be taking one. Yes, this is just a guess since the adorable little ball of energy can't actually communicate such a concept just yet, but she does now say "baby" quite distinctly so it is fair to assume this is exactly what she is trying to convey.
I was going to give you a picture of the s'mores, but to heck with it. I'm in that kind of mood.