Howdy doody folks! How’s it going? Hopefully better than me! I’ve been sick with some awful chest infection that has had me down for the count! I have been a total misery. Today may be the first day in more than a week that I am seeing a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel! Which is the only reason I am even able to type this right now, yesterday this would not have been possible.
So this is the reason for the ‘fairly late’ timing of this round up post!
But other than horrid flu bugs or whatever it is I’ve got (it’s been a bit confusing to tell you the truth, doctors are not the wordiest people sometimes!) there is good news to report!
Our recipe ebook ‘Simple Vegan Dinner Recipes’ is for SURE coming out in October! We are doing the final touches of the design and it’s looking truly awesome! I am very proud of this project, I think it really encapsulates the best dinner recipes that manage to be super delicious, look gourmet as heck but still be simple and straightforward to follow!
So stay tuned for more info on when this will be released, but very soon I hope! And what good timing because Loving It Vegan is officially 2 years old! How cool is that?
So how about those September recipes then? Let’s take a look!
1. Vegan Banana Waffles // 2. No-Bake Peanut Butter Squares // 3. Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffins // 4. Almond Butter Cups // 5. Banana Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting // 6. Raw Vegan Pecan Pie // 7. Cheesy Garlic Vegan Alfredo // 8. Vegan Banana Cream Pie //
COMING UP IN OCTOBER
Exciting times ahead! Not only are we planning to release our ‘Simple Vegan Dinner Recipes’ ebook this month (woohooo!), we’re also putting out these goodies! How about some vegan snickers and some funfettti cupcakes then!
I’m planning to get some pumpkin recipes going too! I’m thinking pumpkin cake, pumpkin curry, pumpkin muffins, all the pumpkin goodies. I’m seeing a lot of pumpkin recipes out there already, I’m thinking I’m a bit behind! But nevermind it’s coming!
WHAT WE’RE READING
‘Shrill: Notes From A Loud Woman‘ – oh Lindy West I love you! So badass! Feminist awesomeness at its best!
And then I read ‘The Two Week Wait‘ by Sarah Rayner and found it very enjoyable, sad and moving. It’s about two different women with very different lives, both yearning to start a family and undertaking a journey with IVF.
I found this quite affecting in a personal way as Jaye and I had our own issues with infertility since I was blessed with the double whammy of PCOS and Endometriosis (I am such a lucky chick!) before deciding to be childfree. People call themselves ‘childfree’ rather than ‘childless’ when it’s more of a choice than a circumstance, but for us I think it was really somewhere in between.
THE KID THING…
We always thought we would have kids. In our early 30’s we were MAD about kids, we were teaching English in Taiwan and oh wow did I love those kids! And to tell you the truth I had names picked out for my kids from my late twenties! And then when I turned 35, I thought right, this is it, now is the time! And then it just didn’t happen. By the time I had surgery for my endometriosis nearly 4 years later in 2015 and started actively treating my PCOS (which I hadn’t known much about before that), it just seemed as if the window had closed.
One of the things in the book is a discussion between a gay man and a gay woman about how different it is for people to reproduce when they’re gay, it doesn’t happen ‘accidentally’ so they have to plan it out so well, and consider every aspect, and a lot of times that leads to deciding not to!
Well, that’s what happened with us. For us to have a kid it would have been an all consuming thing. Probably needing IVF (though with my type of endometriosis (ovarian) it’s usually unsuccessful) or adopting or using a surrogate or possibly getting pregnant but having miscarriages (very high probability for me). And there would have been serious health risks for me if undergoing any of these things (other than adoption of course). So when you have all those factors to consider, you can find yourself opting out, without too much sadness about it. Had we gone down that road, I think there could have been a lot of sadness. And I realized ultimately that I don’t feel there is anything missing in my life.
Also, my sister had 2 kids in the interim and she is an awesome mom and I love my niece and nephew like crazy but oh wow, we saw what was involved and we realized that we ‘thought’ we knew about kids, because of being teachers and all, but we had no bloody clue! It’s a huge huge huge job to be a parent. So then we were thinking…. we might have dodged a bullet! Cos here’s the thing – we’re the kind of people who LOVE things like peace, quiet, order. We are super tidy and like all the things to be in all the right places. Not super compatible with children it turns out! Life is all about choices, and no matter what choice you make it involves giving up something else. There is no way to ‘have it all’. And this isn’t bad.
I was having lunch with a friend of mine who I have known since my early 20’s and she has 2 kids. She asked me what’s happening with all that and I said we decided not to have any, and she just nodded and said: ‘the window closed?’ and I said ‘yip’. She just totally got it. Cos she had her kids in her 20’s and now that she’s older she’s like: ‘no way am I having more kids!’.
I was saying to Jaye that so many of us put off having kids till we’re older, which is great in so many ways, but when it comes to really having the energy required for the mammoth job of parenting, in some ways it’s probably better if you do it in your 20’s! But no way was I ready in my 20’s, so no regrets.
Anyway – this book brought up a lot of emotion for me in just thinking back over the past decade and where we’ve ended up. But ultimately, I’m very happy with how my life is. Sometimes you have to adjust, sometimes quite radically, from what you thought would be your life to what is your life. But that isn’t always a bad thing, at all.
WHAT WE’RE WATCHING
‘Atypical’ on Netflix – Soooo good! About an autistic 18 year old boy struggling to navigate his way through complicated things like getting his first girlfriend. It’s a dark comedy and really excellent! Very well worth a binge watch!
And then ‘Billions’. I am actually re-watching this with Jaye who is watching it for the first time. And it’s just really good. It’s drama and highly compelling, but still manages to be fairly light. You don’t end off an episode needing to watch a comedy so you can stop crying (why Ray Donovan why!).
FRANKIE AND ERNIE
The furry kids are doing great! You know I was overhearing someone talk about their cat and they said ‘answers to the name Fred’ or whatever the cats name was. And I was like….really? Your cat knows its name? My cats have no idea what their names are! Could this be because I seldom call them by their names? I am all about the endearments, they’re called my nunu, my nunie, my sweetie, my poppie, my bobby (I don’t know why) and other rando sounds.
They love their cat beds! Which is awesomely cute but also sad since they are not coming to sleep in the bed with me very much anymore. But so cute how they love their beds!
Lots of love, until next time!
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