Hey all. I’m happy to be addressing you from the great state of New Jersey.
As I write this, Christmas had come and gone, and I am anxiously awaiting New Years Eve. With little in the way of plans for the holiday, and much appreciation for the blessings of the past year, I wanted to briefly tell some of the things that I am grateful for in the past year, and that I hope continue to inspire me on 2013.
First, I am thankful for my wife. Without her I wouldn’t be vegan. Knowing what I know about the wo9rld that animals live, and die, in, well, I just can’t imagine knowing what I know about that and still contributing to it.
I am thankful for my mother. She is learning, and trying to be very supportive of our decision to be vegan.
I appreciate all of the support that is available to new and aspiring vegans. On Twitter and Facebook, across Instagram and Pinterest, there’s just so many damn vegans out there! From Our Hen House, to JL Goes Vegan, to Jason and the Veganauts and his amazing, non-judgmental, Facebook group, there is just so much out there to help people continue the transition away from meat and towards plants.
I am thankful for my friends. Especially the guy friends I have that don’t give me too hard a time about being vegan. Sure, they pick a little, but for the most part its all in good fun, and no one gives me more than the obligatory ribbing (Them: “We have one vegan in our party, but we’ll just chain him to the table and throw vegetables at him from across the room.” Me: “Meh. I like veggies.”)
I love Barnivore. Before I decided to stop eating animal products, I had no idea about the amount of stuff used in beer and wine production. I mean, fish bones? Fish bladders? Egg whites? Ewwww. I also never went too far out of my way to try many different beers. Now, as you can tell by my regular Wednesday posts, I go way out of my way to try different beers.
I appreciate all of the quality restaurants that we eat at, not all of which are fully vegan, but all of which have vegan options for us. The list of our regulars is short: Great Sage, Mango Grove, The Rutherford Pancake House, Sweet Avenue Bake Shop (Not technically a restaurant, but still amazing desserts).
and last, but by no means least, I am thankful for all of you. It may not seem like you make a difference when all you do is show up and read, but I recognize that you are the real reason that I show up. Now I may not be a blogging powerhouse like Somer Vedge, Gena Hamshaw or Erin Red, but I’m patient, and I know that it really is just a matter of time before I take over the world. . .
ummm, I mean, before I become really popular. . . And on that mildly embarrassing (and completely honest) note, I’ll run off, and hope that no one noticed. . .
Oh yeah, and, uh, Happy New Year!