A few weeks ago, I made a list of 33 fun things I want to do before I turn 33. I’m slowly chiseling away at that little list! In addition to the two I told you about here, I’ve recently knocked off three more.
22. Splurge on a pumpkin spice latte this fall at the local coffee shop. I did the best I could with this one. I tried to get one at our local shop the night of the canvas painting class but didn’t because they did not have a nondairy milk option. I was pretty miffed about that. I can maybe see charging a little extra for soy or almond or whatever, but to not even offer one??? Crazy. So I fulfilled #22 at Starbucks. And I learned something in the process. I ordered a grande soy pumpkin spice latte with no whip cream, paid, waited, and then when the barrista handed me my drink, he asked…
Barrista: Did you know the the pumpkin spice flavor we use has trace dairy in it?
Me: Shit. No. I did not know that.
Barrista: Are you allergic?
Me: Nah, it’s an ethical choice for me.
Barista: Yeah, me too. Vegan for five years.
We went on to chat a few minutes about the vegan lifestyle and snags that trip up new herbies. He was super cool.
|The sneaky dairy in stuff like this is why I will never be 100% vegan! I would drive myself bonkers.|26. Read a book. A lady at work recommended and loaned me Hostile Witness by William Lashner. It took me a while to get into it–about 100 pages or so. Just when I was about to give up on feeling this one, something finally clicked and it turned out to be a pretty good read. 27. Go to a restaurant I’ve never been to. A new place opened up in Clarksville that looked like fun. The Tilted Kilt. We went this past Saturday night. It was an awesome sports bar–kind of a cross between an Irish-themed Hooters and Buffalo Wild Wings. The atmosphere was fun and the food was great. (Yep, they even had an easily veganizable Spicy Black Bean wrap!) I just wish we had waited until a later date to go. They only opened on Monday, so their first weekend was kind of a clusterfuck. When we first put our name on the list, we were told it would be 45 minutes, but that 45 minutes turned into an hour and a half wait, and then we got a green waitress. Like GREEN green. Like she told us to bear with her because it was her first night ever as a waitress green. But overall it was fun! It would have been even better if I hadn’t had to get up and run 19 miles the next morning and could have had a cold one or few, but there’s plenty of time for that when marathon training is over!