Thursday, August 24, 2006


My work schedule is killing me this month. Sometimes the travel is draining. At home I am in the middle moving furniture around and re-organizing. It just seems like I can't catch up.

On the food front, I've been cooking very simple dinners. A recent example is the BBQ tofu and fresh sliced cucumber from my garden. It is not the most photo friendly dish. Tommy loves tofu. She was trying to so hard to get my attention in hope of getting a piece while I took this picture. As soon as the pic was snapped, I gave her some tofu and she was a happy bird.

I've got tons of baby cucumbers and green tomatoes in the garden. Soon I will have so many fresh veggies I won't no what to do with them all.

The end of last week and beginning of this week I was in Maine again for work. Since I was away for four days, I brought Tommy with me. I have a great friend who lives by the office and he doesn't mind my screaming parrot! Though, lucky for us he travels a lot too. Most of the time I was there, we missed each other.

The second night I was in Maine, I stopped at the Whole Grocer and picked up some Little Lad's vegan tarts and some Lad's popcorn. Tommy digs Lad's popcorn with the nutritional yeast topping. At one point I was watching tv and Tommy kept trying to eat the popcorn. The funny thing was that the popcorn was in a clear plastic bag. Tommy could see it, so she kept trying to grab kernels. She couldn't figure out why she couldn't get at it. After watching her and chuckling for a few minutes, I eventually caved and gave her more popcorn!

Saturday night, I met some friends in Portland and we headed to the Ray LaMontagne / Guster concert. Ray was pretty new to me, but I really dug his music. Guster put on an amazing show as usual. I lucked out by seeing them in Maine. This was the last show of the tour, so Guster did an extra long encore!

Sunday I met up with two other friends and since it was raining, I brought Tommy with me to hang out at their apartment. One of Tommy's favorite foods when I was vegetarian was cheese, now she doesn't get dairy cheese anymore (she does like VeganGourmet). One of the guys made friends with Tommy quickly when he gave her a cube of cheese.

It took her awhile to get used to new people, but she was happy hanging out with us rather than being cooped up at home. They have a ficus tree. Tommy ran across the room and climbed up onto the tree. She loves hiding out in the leaves. We let her stay there until she started ripping leaves and bark. After that, Tommy starting exploring the house. She found their bikes on the wall and climbed up to perch on the bars.

They made pasta for dinner. Though Tommy normally loves pasta, she wasn't very hungry. All of the new people and the new space was probably too much for her. One of their friends joined us for supper and then stayed to do some quick haircuts! She asked if I wanted a haircut too, and I figured what the heck. Free dinner and a free haircut... Tommy refused to watch from across the room, so she was perched on my knee the whole time.

That's plenty of rambling from me. I think I will go check out some other blogs and update my links on the right. Unfortunately, I need to drive up to Maine tomorrow for work again. At least I will be home all weekend.

Hope you all are having a great week!


funwithyourfood said...

I understand about swamped at work :(
it's hard!


KleoPatra said...

Sounds like Tommy really had the run of the place! GO TOMMY! I loved reading about your adventures.

I just finished eating a toasted bagel w/hummus, tomatoes and baby cukes!!!

Nice that you got to do some shopping at a cool store while you were out and about, Jody. Tres bien.

Travel safely, friend!!

Emmy said...

That's so cute that your bird loves tofu and also popcorn with nutritional yeast!! Baby/Pickling cukes are my absolute favorite. I eat them as a snack all the time. Mine didn't do so well this year in the garden. That terrible heat wave took its toll on my cucumber plants. How cool that you not only got a free dinner but a haircut as well :)

Carrie™ said...

Free dinner and a haircut! Can't beat that. I love it that you take your bird with you when you travel. That is so awesome. When I was a kid, I lived in New Brunswick so when we went shopping in the States we went to Maine. It's a lovely place. Sounds like you had a nice time.

Anonymous said...

I still chuckle every time I think about Tommy eating tofu. She sounds like a fun and entertaining friend. It's great that you often get to take her with you.

Mikaela said...

Fresh garden veggies are the best :)


Jen said...

Good luck with your busy schedule!

karen said...

That is so cool that Tommy will travel with you! That is so nice that your friends let you bring him. Funny that he liked the ficus tree and starting shredding it...