El Rich's Blog
Most of us celebrate the holidays. Whether it's Christmas or Chanukah or Kwanzaa or whatever else, we all celebrate something towards the end of the year.
The purr-fect gift
If it were up to me, I wouldn't do anything for Christmas. I am a heathen and I don't believe in any of that baby Jebus stuff so I really don't see the point to participating. I told this once to my family and they lost their minds.
I was giving them the gift of honesty and they got mad at me. Oh well. I will play their Secret Santa game if it will please them. I just like hanging out with my family and having Irish Coffee with my mom on Christmas Eve. Party!
I suppose that is better than reading passages from the Bible at 12 midnight. Our step mom used to wake us up during that weird transition from Christmas Eve to Christmas and make us read things from the Bible by candle light. Who does that? Oh I know, NO ONE.
Anyway, that's pretty much the only stuff I've ever done for Christmas. For me, it's mostly about hanging with my kin and just enjoying myself. No matter what the tradition is, I can always have a good time around my family.
Does your family have any unique holiday traditions?
JSYK, it's in the 50s here and I am wearing shorts. You may proceed to being jealous of the lovely weather Los Angeles has during the winter.
~ I see you side eyeing me - Could you not? ~
Since it was cold out last night (I heard it got into the high 30s), Moo jumped into my covers to snuggle and she stayed there all night. I decided that it was the perfect time to watch A Charlie Brown Christmas.
I've also been falling asleep to The Nutcracker, which is super fun. It is one of my favorite pieces of music even though Tchaikovsky was kind of a creep. I am starting to get ready for the Christmas holiday. All I need to do is work my way up to The Grinch but I am not there yet.
You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch
There are a few other movies that I watch to get me ready for the holiday but I don't want to list all of them. You need toss your suggestions into the magic hat in the comments below. Let us know what your fave holiday movies are and then we can all hug and have hot chocolate and be nice to each other. Yay!
What's your favorite Christmas movie?
There are only 22 more days until Le Christmas. That means that we will be counting down all of our holiday favorites and stuff until you throw up strings of lights and tinsel. Are you ready? Are you ready for maximum holiday power?
Sassy Christmas Cat says YASSSSS
Today, let's talk about our favorite Christmas songs. Yay yuletide! Here is my first choice:
WHAM!'s Last Christmas
I love me some WHAM! - They were one of the first bands I ever recall liking. They used to be on heavy rotation during MTV's early days (you know, when they actually played music videos). There's something about this song that makes my heart weep yet still have a tinge of hope. It's weird, like me.
Then there's this:
MxPx's "Christmas Day"
This song is AMYAHZING. I first heard this song when I was a young man in the desert. I remember playing it on Christmas in El Paso and it actually snowed and then I think I tried to make snow angels but I ended up turning all muddy :( This song is packed full of energy and it makes me all warm and fuzzy inside. Bless MxPx.
Now it's your turn! Tell me what your fave Christmas songs are. They can be traditional, brand new, whatever - just make sure it's all about Santa Giving Me Presents Day. Go!
What's your favorite Christmas song?
For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, things are cooling down a lot. It's time for Gingerbread Lattes, scarves, flannel, and cuddle times with furbabies.
I don't need much to survive winter. Los Angeles really isn't winter friendly, and I kind of like it like that. Sure, it rains every now and then but we live in the desert so it never gets too crazy. It does get a little brisk out but I'm still wearing shorts for the most part.
Me all the time ^
Here are some things that I need to survive December:
I usually don't drink hot coffee because the milk wand that's used to steam the milk is always GROSS. I do make exceptions here and there and usually feel bad about it afterward.
An ugly Sweater:
I need this to live pretty much.
I only like a few Christmas movies. Seeing them puts me in the holiday spirit for sure!
I'm not big on Christmas decor but I'm thinking I need a tree this year because the pine scent is marvelous.
Oh and I'm waiting for you all to get me a present this year:
What are your December Favorites?
If you are the guardian of a furbaby (dogs, to be exact), chances are that you'll have something for your precious 4 legged friend to eat as you feast with your human family. Hopefully you won't be feeding your pets any of the following naughty things and sharing the good things in the photo below:
Granted, don't over-stuff your furbaby, either. They need small portions and not huge portions or else:
Since our furbabies sometimes manage to not listen and do whatever they want, this makes a holiday that's centered around food a true trial of temptation for our pups. With all the commotion in the kitchen, our bbs are sure to get into some trouble. Let's take a look at some hounds that managed to do what they weren't supposed to and ended up being blasted on DogShaming.com:
I hope you and your four legged friends have a happy Thanksgiving! Keep your dogs safe by not feeding them the wrong things or over feeding them. Don't forget to post your own Thanksgiving dog shaming in the comments below! Have a good one!
Happy Turkey Day time, Buzznet! As we all unbuckle our belts and get ready for pie, there are a few things that I need you all to do! Our time honored tradition of Hand Turkeys is back. Feel free to add your hand turkey to our Collab Gallery and let us know what you're thankful for this year.
To add your marvelous Hand Turkey, CLICK HERE!
Also, I want to see the food that you're eating for Turkey Day. I've dug up a super old gallery called "Feed My Fridge." Hopefully we get a few more new plates that show us what you've been eating this Thanksgiving! I can't wait to look at your delicious nomz!
Mmm PIE by Rihanna
To add your delicious meals so we can judge you on the internet, CLICK HERE!
Look at Tina's awesome post:
Easy peasy! Won't you join us?
If any holiday was ever the antithesis to anything vegan, it would be Thanksgiving. It's a whole day that revolves around a dead bird, so that's fun.
The holidays are always weird. Heck, most family gatherings are weird as it is, sans my diet being thrown into the mix. There's that whole "I have boyfriends" thing, I look weird, and I believe in women's rights. Don't forget that I hate organized religion and I'm critical about the use of drones in the Middle East. I am the proverbial black sheep of my family.
I don't expect people to bend over backwards for me during the holidays. I get that I am the odd man out. That being said, it is rather nice when my mom has some random side dishes that she lovingly kept all the animal products out of for me. Bless her heart. It's the gesture more than anything that I appreciate. Yay mom!
Anyway, if you are traveling to a land full of meats and animal by-products this Thanksgiving, here are a few things to keep in mind.
- If you're going to someone else's house, don't be "that vegan" that decides to take everyone to church and PREACH
I get it. I get that you want to yell from the rooftops all of the ills of factory farming. If you are going to someone else's place, please respect their choices and stay off your soap box for the evening. There is a time and a place for everything. Just wait till after you leave to be angry on Twitter/Facebook.
- Prepare yourself for all the questions EVER, all at once
You're going to have to get over people asking you questions like "What do you eat?" and "But don't plants have feelings?" real quick. Other fun questions you're going to hear until FOREVER are things like "Where do you get protein/calcium/etc. from?" Unless someone is trying to be an assbutt, they're just being curious. Educate yourself before you try to educate others.
You're also going to get the "BUT WHY THO?" a lot as well. I tend to try and use non judgey answers and try to make things that blatantly make my being vegan a choice that I made. Saying "Oh because health" or other non politically charged things usually work.
- Bring your own food
Unless you want to eat sad side dishes from the buffet of gross, you should probably bring some chow that you can heat up quickly and consume in a shame corner. People are always curious about the stuff that I bring and no, I don't share because that's the only food I have.
Me when someone asks if they can try my food. Really? That ENTIRE table isn't enough for you?
Try and make sure that you have a place to prepare your stuff, lest you be forced to share space and get meat particles all over your vegan/veggie food. People that I've shared kitchen space with usually don't mind sharing and cooking with others is a lot of fun!
Hopefully your Thanksgiving isn't a bummer. May you be able to get along with all the people that you feast with on this most glorious of food coma inducing days. Thanksgiving is a time for family, good times, and pie. Mmm pie.
Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below or you if you have any Turkey Day horror stories.
Today's challenge is a little weird. That's okay, though, because we're all a little weird here. Earlier today, I was reading what Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend said about the word "selfie" being Oxford Dictionaires Word of the Year:
Koenig is firmly in favor of selfies. "I'm definitely pro-selfie," he says. "I think that anybody who's anti-selfie is really just a hater. Because, truthfully, why shouldn't people take pictures of themselves? When I'm on Instagram and I see that somebody took a picture of themselves, I'm like, 'Thank you.' I don't need to see a picture of the sky, the trees, plants. There's only one you." - Source
Vampire Weekend by 8BitGlitch I feel like I agree with Mr. Koenig. You are a very special snowflake! Don't ever let anyone tell you anything different. That doesn't mean that I want to see you doing your best #selfiesatfunerals :( I do, however, for the purpose of today's challenge, want you to talk about something you like about yourselfie. For me, I think that I am the person that my two friends come to if they ever need someone to listen to them. I am pretty good at listening. Sure, I might make fun of my friends and call them out on their b.s but that's what I do. I don't sugar coat things, either. I'm like a slap in the face with a kitten paw. What I'm saying is that I like that I am a good listener and that I am frank (even though my name is Rich). I was looking for a gif of a cat slapping something but they were all gifs of cats basically being buttholes so you get this instead. Now it's your turn. Tell me about something that you like about yourselfie. If you can't think of anything, find me some kewt gifs of things being adorbz. Go! What do you like about yourself?
According to the internet, today is Use Less Stuff Day. Feel free to click that link if you want to know what that's all about. I am for using less stuff as long as I get to keep a few things that I need that are important. I don't have a lot of things as it is so I think I am doing okay with using less crap. I just feel like I can always less, you know?
Gurl, nature is free!
My philosophy in life is that I should never really have more than I can carry. Thank goodness Moo can walk. I am not carrying her anywhere. That's not true. I could never leave her behind. I just don't like owning a lot of things because things are weird and you can't take them with you when you are dead. OMG I HOPE THAT ISN'T DEPRESSING :(
Anyway, let's talk about some things that we like owning. You only get to talk about TWO things, so don't get crazy. Not that you'll get in trouble with like, talking about more things. I am just saying.
I guess if my phone fell in the toilet at a bar, I would try to fish it out with my hand. My phone has pretty much my entire life in it, which is weird when you think about it. I'm always on my phone. I wonder what Moo thinks when she sees me just staring at this glowing box for hours on end. We'll never know.
The other thing that I can't live without would be my bike. Yep. I still love that thing. I use it to get around. It's always a good time. Pretty boring answers, huh? Don't judge me.
What about you?
Which two items of yours can you not live without?
Let's face it, Thanksgiving = FOOD. I'm not saying that reflecting upon your life and being thankful for the things you have should take a backseat to this holiday, because it shoudn't. All I'm saying is that the promise of eating delicious food until you achieve maximum food coma is pretty hard to ignore. Also, Thanksgiving means savings on Black Friday!
Let's talk about foods! Yes!
LoL ByE TuRkEy
I would be a most miserable creature if I didn't start off my Thanksgiving Food Appresh Blog with STUFFING. Please tell me that you love stuffing just as much as I do. If you don't, we probably can't be BFFz. Sorry :(
I know it's weird to think about how stuffing is mostly bread that gets shoved into a turkey butt. The thing is, the stuffing has to go there so that it can get all delicious. Sometimes, I will eat all the stuffing that I see. It is my favorite.
2. Pretend meats!
I get that it's weird that vegans eat things that in the shape of the meats they avoid. The thing is, well, I combat that with this quote:
Don't judge. Just let us eat our things and you eat your things but we'll probably just make fun of you on Twitter.
I haven't found a pretend meat that I want to eat this year but I also haven't really looked. Tofurkey is weird and it is not my favorite. The stuffing inside is yum though. We'll see what I end up eating this year :)
3. Pumpkin Pie
UGH. I need that NOW. In my mouth. Pumpkin pie is one of my favorite food items of all time. I love when Thanksgiving is over and all the pumpkin pies go on sale. It's basically my heaven. I have been known to eat an entire pie alone and feel a deep shame afterward.
I can't wait to eat all of those things! I am probably going to make my own mash potatoes and stuffing. OMG I am excited to make food!
I know some of you aren't from America-land so if you want to talk about food, talk about something that is delicious that we don't have here in the states. I like when people talk about food that is native to their lands.
What three things can you not wait to eat on Thanksgiving?