animals


yes it is a new year! and i have procrastinated to blog for about two months now.. it’s really not that bad, considering i take up to six months or so to reply emails and facebook messages. no, i am not exaggerating.

many changes in my life. remember i was freaking out about paying for school? i am freaking out less now (though i still need to find out how i can pay for this semester – stripping is much too tiring for me, i don’t last that long in heels), and things have kinda worked out. i am giving up my business degree (oh goodbye marshall!) and graduating this semester with my environmental studies (chemistry) degree. if you know anyone who will hire me, PLEASE DO TELL ME. i am ready to be a slave etc, and all value for money too. spread the word, people.

my most awesome class this semester (or all 3 years of college) appears to be senior seminar for environmental studies. we take a bunch of field trips, discuss about the environment, and i think there was some kind of individual project involved somewhere. or research paper. i don’t know, but our first field trip to santa catalina island was fucking awesome. if you knew me, you would know that even though i am a hippie at heart, i am inherently a spoiled child and am one of those girly girls. i was excited for our 3-day-2-night trip, but also nervous that i could drown while snorkeling, break a leg while hiking, get eaten by a bison (yes i know they are probably herbivores), or break my acrylic nails. rest assured, none of the above happened and i still have my acrylic nails on.

with the new year, comes new things. two years ago, i found a camera at a rave. and this year i actually bought the battery charger for it!!! yes!!! so i have a working camera now. i took pictures on my class field trip to catalina, so be prepared for pictures of the scenery, plants, and animals. not very many humans. i also forgot to change the picture size/resolution, so the photos may appear tiny. i will just post a few here.. the rest are up on facebook.

sea star with its stomach out ewww

view from wrigley institute

sea hare kissing a shell muaaa*

crabby

supposedly the rib of a blue whale

hill that looks like a wavy top turban

looks like a road to nowhere in alice in wonderland

even though bison are often an attraction for tourists to visit catalina, they are, in fact, non-native and are harmful to many of the native plants there while promoting invasive species. they were introduced during a filming of a movie and were never removed. a more appropriate icon for catalina will be the island fox but unfortunately i didn’t see one when we were there!  hopefully we will get to see one the next trip.

bison

beautiful

oh no.. we are climbing up stuff

i am INSANELY afraid of heights. a few months ago, i would have calculated that i wouldn’t be able to get down safely, and hence would not have gone up at all. but this time, i was like, whatever. it’s a cool place to die.

yay i made it to the top!

although i must tell you, i did kinda crawl up to the top. on my way down, i sled on my butt as i did not trust my balance enough to walk down like a normal person.

bench

yeah yeah, i know – if i were to be all vegan-PC, it would read “sitting on this bench with a veggie grill cheeseburger and soy vanilla shake is one of my favorite things to do.” R.O.

because of the introduction of non-native animals, such as mule deer, and plants that are often invasive, many measures are put in place for restoration and conservation. carlos from the conservancy gave us a very interesting and informative lecture, and then we visited the nursery that grew native plants for various purposes, like selling them to people for landscape.

grow grow grow!

snowflake

snap dragons

some kind of sunflowers?

lunching on a cliff

and after that lunch, we waited for our boat to take us back to reality. i can’t wait to go back again in 2 weeks’ time! but the freshman class will be joining us grrr. we have small class of 9 people and an awesome professor who brought along beer and wine for us. we went snorkeling on the first day which was amazing! and also kayaking before lunch on the last day which was really fun. a great partner is key to fun kayaking experiences.

i made snickerdoodles for the first time! i haven’t really had snickerdoodles, but from everyone’s review, these are pretty good. i never pick snickerdoodles as a cookie flavor, because i will always pick the triple chocolate chocolate with chocolate chips and all things chocolate kinda flavor.

snickerdoodles

made pizza from scratch too! got the beer crust recipe from cute and delicious, and then added pizza sauce, eggplant, mushrooms, onions, and sundried tomatoes for all-around goodness. i have some leftover dough so i am making some more pizza for lunch and dinner later!

vegan beer crust pizza

in other news, i am temporarily widowed as lonnie is now studying abroad in florence, italy. because i know he is narcissistic and loves all types of attention, go read his blog at lonizzle.wordpress.com.

ahhh! it is 100 days from graduation. i will feel more excited about it when i actually have a job offer. it is time for me to return to my exciting chemistry lab report now, till the next time!

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i had INTENSE cravings for donuts a couple of weeks back – so much that i was tempted to buy some from 7-11 or krispy kreme. so i attempted to make some vegan ones instead after much procrastination. they tasted pretty good but i wished they were even more holey. i don’t really know how to explain it, but i just prefer them more krispy kreme/7-11 type to dunkin’ donuts (the cakey type). they didn’t rise that much, i might have been too impatient in putting the yeast in or something. and they were deformed. but lonnie ate 6 or 7 pieces in one sitting, so they must have tasted semi-decent.

glazed and chocolate donuts and donut holes

my very first vegan thanksgiving, after two vegetarian ones! amidst two murdered turkeys, and other dead innocent animals, i had a little feast of my own! although i forgot to take pictures.

tofurky roast & gravy

i know – cliched. but it was only $9.99 at trader joe’s, how could i not get it? plus i never ever had it. it is essential that, i, as a baby vegan, should eat tofurky for thanksgiving. the baste i used was the simplest one, containing oil, soy sauce, and ground sage. it was good and the leftovers lasted me till today.

italian layered vegetable casserole

i found this casserole recipe from fatfree vegan kitchen, and it was actually a hit! mind you, i was in the company of pretty carnivorous chinese who love their traditional foods.

chocolate peanut butter whoopie pies

they were sooo yummy and filling. i got the recipe from here. i was going to use applesauce for the egg substitute but i forgot about it altogether and they still turned out great! i would definitely make them again.

my dearest roomie made some vegan truffle brownies (using the trader joe’s mix) and they were delish as well. i ate half the box. and that concluded my very first vegan thanksgiving. well.. i also had cocktails, beer, and soju.

sleeping dogs are the best dogs

little rory is all better now, thank you for your prayers and well wishes : ))) oh look! rory and lucy are sleeping.. what a rare moment. usually they are little terrors tearing up the house. in every literal sense.

it’s the last week of classes! crunch time!!!

i have been a bad blogger. anyway, i lasted on the master cleanse for 3 days. it wasn’t too bad, i might try it again one day when my schedule permits. time for food pictures!!!

soft spiced ginger cookies! in the form of bats, pumpkins, ghosts, and moons

spicy spaghetti squash i made on world vegan day!

baked "cheesy" casserole with swiss chard, spaghetti squash & tomatoes

also, i went to scoops and they are SO generous with their portions – i was literally rolling out of there. two huge scoops for $2.75 is a steal. i got white chocolate oreo and pistachio jasmine oil. i thought i would like the oreo better but the pistachio flavor was richer and more flavorful, whereas the oreo had a watered down taste.

oh no : ( i just received very sad news. this evening, one of our puppies got really sick. she’s at the vet now. little rory started drooling, heaving, throwing up, and was really disoriented. the vet already cost over $100 and now they are saying to run tests would be $500. but we (myself and the other mummy) don’t have the money so one of my housemates (who rory’s main mummy) is at the vet trying to decide what to do now. the clinic said it’s either ulcer (could be caused by lots of things), rabies (unlikely, as she wasn’t bitten by anything other than the two dogs in the house), or distemper (i believe it’s a fatal disease). i am so so so sad and we don’t know what to do right now. pray for little rory!!!

little rory