Hoo boy! Hello!
Well, I made it. I survived my first week of teaching . . . barely. Just joking of course (mostly), but man, this quarter is going to be gnarly. Anywho!
Last weekend I was down in LA enjoying the very first Vegan Oktoberfest, which apparently other folks had a lot of issues with (for many reasons), but which I found to be totally delightful. Maybe because I got there early, and was less interested in the beer more interested in the company? Basically, I just hung out all day enjoying awesome music and awesome food and yes, some awesome beer too, but mostly focused on the awesome vegans! Like the prolific Amy from Fur Free LA, Vegans Of Instagram, and the soon to be opening Vegan Scene, and Cobi from Veggietorials, and Jess from The Vedge App, and The Sexy Vegan (and his wonderful Sexy Wife who SAVED my forgot-to-wear-sunscreen-ass, THANK YOU!!!), and Mr. Vegan Beast Mode, and I know I’m forgetting a bunch of people, plus I got to meet some super sweet BA readers including a couple that I’d met at Vegan Beer Fest 2 years ago (hi guys!), plus lots of other friends who don’t have websites for me to link to. I hate name dropping and try to avoid it, but these are amazing people who are doing amazing things and you should follow the links and check out their work!
And now, let’s get into the attitude of gratitude, with Le Love List!
My buckwheat cover crop is sprouting. The flinging and dancing worked! // Seeing The Vegan Boss perform at Oktoberfest. He is AMAZING live, and there is something really really special about being completely surrounded by a crowd of vegans, all sweating and dancing and fired up, while the dude on stage sings “Fuck the circus! Fuck Sea World! That’s prison shit!” as the hook of a hip hop song, and everyone’s got their hands in the air screaming and singing along. Oh yeah, that’s good. // The new podcast, Serial, by the creators and team behind This American Life. I love true crime stuff and this podcast is SO GOOD. // Singing “Down by the Bay” with Waits on our morning walks, and making up our own silly rhymes. My favorite – “Have you ever seen Master Yoda / Doing hot yoga? / Down by the bay!” // Waking up before the sun. // Jeremy and Waits deepening their relationship. // Panang curry and drunken noodles. // Loving on my Harley dog. // I was about to teach my very first class, and I could hear music coming in the window, and one of my students was like “Oh yeah, that’s Jack Johnson.” And I was like “WHAT?!” and apparently he was playing a surprise memorial concert (he’s UCSB alumni) in honor of the mass shooting here last spring. And I finished up my class early, and I was able to run down to the plaza and catch a few songs before I had to teach again. And how amazing is that?? Freaking Jack Johnson, man. I love him! Such an amazing, unexpected treasure. And aren’t those the best?
Alright y’all, now it’s your turn to show the love! Please share your Love Lists down on the comments below, so we can all read them and revel in the little loveliness of everyday life. ♥
I hope you all have a fantastic fall weekend!
♥ ♥ ♥
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