Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Podcasts, Pluots & Pussycats

The weather here has been exceptionally beautiful.  Although San Diego always has great weather, it has been better than ever lately. The air is fresh, crisp and just warm enough.  On days like these I crave running.  I think about it all day until I finally hit the ground and take off.  Then I stop thinking and sail along in my worn out shoes. 


Lately, Angela has been joining me for most of my runs and we chat the entire way.  I love the conversation as it makes each stride feel seamless.  Last night, I ran alone so, I listened to my favorite podcast, ‘Vegetarian Food for Thought’ by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau (pictured at right).  Her voice makes it easy to run solo because I don’t feel like I am.  She is my company the entire way as she speaks passionately about veganism and the animals.  I would highly recommend adding a few of her podcast episodes to your iPod.  You won’t regret it.


Speaking of veganism, I discovered that Trader Joe’s carries several cruelty-free, personal care products that contain no animal by-products.  This weekend I re-stocked my entire bathroom with shampoo, conditioner, face wash, lotion, tooth paste, soap, and laundry detergent from TJ’s. I thought I would test them out so you don’t have to. So far, so good!  Unfortunately, most items in the average bathroom are not vegan.  If you are thinking of giving your bathroom a make-over Trader Joe’s is an affordable place to start.



To continue with my recommendations, I highly suggest you check out your local farmers market before the summer ends, if you haven’t already.  Angela and I spent quite a big chunk of change on our last visit.  We couldn’t resist the colorful, bountiful assortment of fruits around us.  We were weak to the grandeur of the grapes, strawberries, blueberries, pluots, plums, peaches and nectarines.  We actually fought over who would get the last pluot.  I won.



Frida the kitty was spayed today, so she is in a lot of pain, I'm sure.  She essentially had a hysterectomy.  I wasn’t able to feed her last night or this morning in preparation for surgery.  If she is anything like her human mama, she must be crabby.  This means tonight, it's me and Frida.  I am spoiling her with her favorite soft food as I sit beside her and indulge in the juicy fruits that are leftover from the farmers market.




Peace, Love & Pussycats :)

17 comments:

  1. Well i think its a great idea to have vegan soap and tooth paste etc. and when i come to san diego i think ill get some. Poor Frida...tell her i love her and i cant wait to meet her!

    P.S. tell Frida that 90% of cats have gone through wht shes going through

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  2. thanks for the review of the TJs products...I had no idea they existed..I need to try those out!

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  3. I just learned about the secret all of you San Diego-ans have been hiding from everybody else. Is it really 72 degrees (with no humidity) day in and day out down there?

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  4. Awwww...your little Frida is adorable. :) When I had my dog Bella spayed a few months ago I was worried about her being in a lot of pain afterwards. Psht. She was drugged up and pretty drunk the night of the surgery, but I swear the next day you would never know she'd had anything done. The vet told me that she should have "limited activity" for 10 days. She was having no part of it. I tried to keep her calm, but short of hog-tying her there was nothing I was gonna be able to do. She's a hyper pup!

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  5. Jon- Pretty much :) We are spoiled.

    Pam- Frida is the same way! I was so worried about her but she is already running around like her crazy self. She is my bionic cat.

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  6. I could eat fruit all day long, but i'm lazy. You know, the cutting, the cleaning. Then it gets lost in the back of the fridge. But I love the smell when i'm surrounded by fruit in the market. Really love that smell. A couple weeks ago i got some organic nectarines from Whole Foods that were so juicy that i had a puddle of juice in my hand with each bite. I wish i had one right now. This whole post is about my fruit, huh....

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  7. I'm having a nectarine right now. And it's juicealious. OH MY!

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