Vacaaaaaaation! This week is midwinter recess and hoolordy, it couldn't have come sooner. I was feeling like I was JUST making it day to day at school and we had a drama explosion last week, so it's a necessary break for everyone. I'm in St. Louis for the week, hanging out with Boyfriend and Neko, pretending to do homework (and hopefully meeting up with Stacy!).
In addition to playing the Sims for hours on end, I've been embarking on many baking adventures and doing a lot of vegan research. Without getting into the reasons that I'm currently vegetarian, I'm the kind of person who worries about feral and stray animals when the weather gets bad, so it's a pretty natural decision.
I've been talking with Jessica a lot lately about her own transition to veganism, and I've decided to make the move slowly; I don't have a dairy allergy like Jess does, so I can afford to take my time. I've already begun replacing my health and beauty products with cruelty-free, vegan versions (goodbye, $2 shampoo!) and I'm also working on cutting back on dairy. Last night I made vegan mac & cheese and was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked it (I think Boyfriend even liked it too!); the vegan cheese I've had in the past has been pretty terrible, but this was rich and creamy and melty.
Besides the obvious benefits for animals and the Earth, I'm also hoping that a shift to veganism will help me eat more vegetables. I'm a regular ol' vegetable hater, so I'm gonna do this the old fashioned way - exposure therapy. I'm taking on one vegetable at a time, starting with my most hated: broccoli. (Onions are actually my #1 Most Hated, but I'm just not ready for that yet!) Does anyone have any foolproof broccoli recipes to convince me of their deliciousness?
In other news - J.Biebs got a hairscut and he still looks like a lesbian.
Aaaand moving on, I'm officially halfway through my first student teaching placement. After vacation, I'll only have 3 weeks left! It feels like I just started, in so many different ways - I feel like I haven't gotten the chance to actually teach anything yet, but I hope that's a result of all the learning that I've been doing. Student teaching is a huge reality check; I've spent three semesters writing lesson plans for the perfect students that I teach in my imagination and it's been a hard adjustment to "real" students. I really hope that I'm not messing up too terribly in my first placement; I know the second will be better. :]
What've you been up to, Internet? What's the weather like where you are?