What an eventful week! It has been interesting between orders, traveling for the holidays, and more orders. I haven’t really stopped going since my last weekly update, but it has been really good.
I finished last week with a few orders right before leaving town. I had six dozen cookies and a few meals on Thursday, the 21st. It was a lot of fun getting to make that amount of cookies in all different flavors. I have never really made that many different kinds of cookies all at once, so that was a nice change. I did a holiday themed meal last week as well. It was a portabella mushroom Wellington with roasted root vegetables. I had never made anything like it, but it turned out surprisingly well! The next day, I didn’t have much to do in the kitchen, but I worked my other job. The day before Christmas Eve, I had an order for two dozen cookies and 20 rolls. Although I worked my other job that evening, I really enjoyed putting that order together and didn’t feel rushed at all. It was actually really helpful because I wasn’t spending all day dreading the idea of going to work. Since being back from my short trip, I have put out a few orders. Someone picked up three dozen cupcakes and two dozen cookies, and I mailed another dessert order across the country (fingers crossed)!
Over the holiday weekend, I was able to get out of town. We went to visit family in the middle of nowhere Colorado. It was a really nice few days, though. Usually, I don’t like family gatherings because I feel awkward bringing my own food and I hate all the questions I get, but this time it wasn’t bad. For once, family members actually made an effort to make me vegan food. Not just for one meal, but for two full days in a row! That was probably the best Christmas gift I received. After returning to Casper, I got to have a Christmas dinner with my mom and sister. I was tired from working all day, but having multiple people contribute to the meal relieved a lot of stress!
Going out of town was really interesting. We were in a small town in Colorado called Holyoke. It is a little farming community. I was able to meet some of the older cows where we were at, which was probably the highlight of the trip. It had been a while since I was able to get up close with cows. I got to feed one of them. He was one of the most gentle, loving creatures I had ever come into contact with. It got my mind going though. I was able to ask a lot of questions about ranching practices, keeping cattle, and calves. It really opened my eyes and was just a good reminder of why I am vegan. On the way home, there were a lot of feedlots and pastures with hundreds of cows. Each time I saw one, I couldn’t help but think that one day all of those cows were going to die. I had never thought about that as in depth before. It was just hard for me to know that someone owns these animals, and sells them at auctions or shows. It made me really sad. Knowing how loving animals like cows can be, and knowing that most aren’t treated with the compassion they deserve didn’t sit well with me. That’s why I went vegan in the first place! I was really helpful to be reminded of that, though.
This has been a really good week. I haven’t done much other than traveling and filling orders. That is alright though. I really have been enjoying the busyness of everything lately, I just hope that it continues into next year. I continue to count down the days until I am done with my non-vegan restaurant job! I am so close, I finally feel like I see the end.