The Season of the Vegan: VeganMoFo, Halloweegan & Birthday Kisses

October 9th, 2010 3:57 pm by Kelly Garbato
  • If you’re vegan and on the internets, then probably you already know all about the awesomeness that is VeganMoFo. But a reminder never hurts now, does it?

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    VeganMoFo is a month-long celebration of all things vegan food-related, in intertubes carnival form. Throughout the month of November, vegan bloggers the world over pledge to post about the joys of vegan food once a day, with the goal of generating at least 20 posts for the month (weekends are optional!). Topics run the gamut, from original recipes to theme days and photo essays to contests and giveaways. Last year, over 500 bloggers participated, yours truly included. (You can browse an archive of my VeganMoFo contributions here.)

    If you’re interested in being a MoFoer – in blog or in spirit – check out VeganMoFo Headquarters International, where a team of MoFoers will be recapping all the hot, sticky, NOMy vegan action in real time. You can also follow them on Twitter (@veganmofo), where you should totally share your own #veganmofo links – tagged according, natch. For the Flickerites among us, there’s even a VeganMoFo group; join and share, mkay?

    The sign-up deadline to be included in the RSS feed / “official” list of participants is 11/2, but you can jump in at any time! (Sign-up sheet here.)

    Last year, there was a push to garner media coverage for the event; I don’t know whether something similar is planned for 2010, but you should definitely keep an eye on the PPK forums for more. If necessary, last year’s sample press release can easily be reworked for VeganMoFo IV.

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  • Not being a PPK regular, I initially thought that, as in years past, VeganMoFo IV was scheduled for October. But, not so much. Luckily, October is home to its own brand of awesomeness: Halloween!

    Wing-It Vegan is leading the Halloween festivities with a month of Halloweegan treats. (Halloween + vegan = Halloweegan, silly!) Spider Cupcakes, Vampire Cookies and Veggieloaf Coffins, oh my! You can browse an index of her Halloween-themed recipes here; she’s helpfully included links to other vegan creations ’round the interwebs, too. And if you’re on Flickr, join her newly-birthed Halloweegan group so you can get in on the fun.

  • Similarly, the good folks at VegWeb.com have assembled a dedicated Halloween page. Hit ’em up for Halloween-themed recipes, costume and party ideas, leads on yummy vegan Halloween candy and more.
  • Last Thursday was Kaylee and Jayne’s adoption day (four years) and observed birthdays (twelve and six years, respectively). I meant to at least mention it on the 30th, but happily we were too busy celebrating! At nine days past due, you’d think I’d just accept that the moment has passed, and maybe it’s silly, but…I feel a little remiss if I don’t at least give the kids an on-blog shout-out. Guilty, even. I know, I know, I’m such a mom.

    Anyhow, Shane and I drove the girls to nearby Smithville Lake, where we took a leisurely stroll along the water (2.11 miles in 53 minutes!). Kaylee is a naturally slow walker (she doesn’t walk so much as meander); whereas Jayne, possibly owing to abandonment issues, won’t walk more than five feet in front of you without stopping and/or retreating back, presumably to confirm that you haven’t ditched her while she wasn’t looking. It’s rather sad, actually. But it was a beautiful, shiny day and I think we all were happy to get out of the house.

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    I was curious to see if Jayne would venture into the lake (or try, anyhow); while she doesn’t appreciate baths and hates the rain, she seems drawn to larger bodies of water, like rivers and ponds. Walk her within ten feet of the pond at our place, and she’ll make a b-line towards it, as though compelled. While she seemed interested in the animals living on lake’s edge, she didn’t make a move to jump in; perhaps she sensed that the drop-off was greater than what she’s used to? Or maybe she just wasn’t feeling it. *shrug*

    [The day before, we’d taken Ralphie, Peedee and O-Ren walking along a different section of the lake. It was warmer that afternoon – at least ten degrees – and we kept a much quicker pace. At one point, we reached a shallow, swampy pool off of the main lake – and all three dogs promptly waded in to lay down in the muck.

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    Naturally, we had neglected to bring towels. *headsmack*]

    After we returned home, the husband and I took our rowboat out on an inaugural trip around the pond. (Seriously, we’ve been here three years, and we only just got around to using the boat last month!) Jayne came with us, and once she finally settled down – floating out in the middle of the water, how very strange! – I think she dug the hell out of it. (Ditto: Shane.) Unfortunately, I didn’t get any pictures of it – I forgot to bring my camera out on the water. Ah, well.

    Overall, it was a shiny, happy day! Specialness, quadrupled.

  • And tomorrow is Ralphie’s birthday! Our dirty old bastard will be thirteen years young.

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    Aside from a recently-discovered melanoma in his eye (which is being closely monitored and hasn’t gotten appreciably worse), he’s in damn fine shape. Happy birthday, old man! Maybe we’ll take a walk into town tomorrow, where we can find you come little children to gnosh on.

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    One Response to “The Season of the Vegan: VeganMoFo, Halloweegan & Birthday Kisses”

    1. Belated nose bumps to Kaylee and Jayne… » V for Vegan: easyVegan.info Says:

      […] years, respectively). Naturally, I was too busy celebrating to write a proper blog post. As with last year, Shane and I took them walking along nearby Smithville Lake – an outing which was more for […]

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