It's Saturday & I have tons of paperwork to sort through, but I just got tagged
by Scottish Vegan to share seven random things about myself. Since I had planned to procrastinate on the paperwork anyway, here goes my seven:
1) At one point in my life, I thought that I might make mosaics for a living.
In the interim of taking a severance package from my corporate job and doing what I do now, I decided to go to Italy to take a mosaics class from the masters in Ravenna. I had always been fascinated by the intricacy & delicate details in mosaics and I had the opportunity to take some time off & pursue my interests. I started harbouring fantasies about coming back from Ravenna with a new career as a mosaics artist and blissfully making mosaics for a living. I had a wonderful trip with my friends, enjoyed the town , food & it's art throughly rich in byzantine history, but I absolutely detested making mosaics.
I was deathly afraid of getting glass/stone shards in my eyes as I used the small hammer & chisel to cut the smalti into tiny tiles. In the beginning, I had no control over the hammer & smashed a few expensive gold-leafed smalti. The cement & lime were caustic and the traditionally seriously strong glue made from rabbits smelled terribly. It was one of the most tedious things I have ever had to do and I couldn't believe that I paid money to do so.
2) I have seen first-hand how the super-rich live.
A model friend of mine's multi-bizillionaire boyfriend, who has now also become a friend, has flown us on his private jet down to his spectacular Palm Beach mansion filled with actual Picassos & all the Impressionists where we drank wine twenty to thirty years older than me. They invited us for some skiing in Aspen and took us out to the Caribbean onto his stupendously sumptuous yacht- our state room was so beautiful, there were photographs by Horst, a billion count Italian sheets, heated towel racks and a bedside computerized panel to control everything from the shades, to the lighting, to music, to drop-down tv screen & selection of movies...all on the water.
It's all so decadent, though certainly not so environmentally friendly. Fcat & I are thrilled to have been privy to such privilege, however, not to sound corny, but each time I have returned from one of those outrageous trips, I am always glad to come home to my little 465sq ft studio to see my most precious treasure, Booboo.
3) I don't have a driver's license because I do not drive.
Born & raised in New York City, I never needed to drive and consequently, never got my license. Subway, buses & my feet get me where I need to go along with the occasional taxi. Ah, so ahead of the pro-environment curve I was at the tender age of eighteen when I should have scheduled my driving test and never did.
4) I have been going to the same dentist since I was three years old.
5) Six years ago, I was a selfish meat eating, fur wearing, label whore.
Before turning vegetarian and way before going vegan, I was a diehard meat-eater. I liked my steak bloody and I relished my lamb chops. I also wore fur with impunity- telling all that I had no qualms nor guilt over the use of any animal. I exceled in the conspicuous consumption of luxury goods & designer labels. It was extremely important to be at the hot parties & the newest, latest & greatest restaurants.
Then two pivotal moments occurred: Booboo came into my life; she was my first companion animal and I read, " Fast Food Nation". Slowly but surely, the tide started to turn. Intially, I stopped eating meat because I was disgusted by what could possibly be in it. Eventually, as I grew to love Booboo- my synpases were on overdrive. I realized that all animals were sentient creatures. I saw a late night anti-fur commercial and I saw Booboo in that mink cage. I had an epiphany and my priorities began to change. The furs were sent off to Coats For Cubs and the cruelty-based designer shoes & bags will be sold on craigslist & ebay where hopefully the proceeds will provide me with a more compassionately chic & sustainable wardrobe.
6) I save orchids from the trash.
People throw out orchids after the flowers drop because they don't realize that orchids flower again or they just don't know how to care for them. I have rescued the saddest looking orchids with one wrinky leaf left and with time & patience, they can grow again. At one point, I was nursing so many sad orchids that Grandma & Fcat insisted that I get rid of them, I persisted. The way I see it, plants are living things and why should they be cast aside just because they no longer look pretty?
7) Four years ago, I started a dog sweater business called Booboo Buttercup.
Grandma & I designed & knitted dog sweaters. My original idea had been dog sweaters with matching people hats & scarves. We sold to a few small stores and got some great feedback, but then I got really busy with casting & production that I no longer had the time to go and hawk our wares to the stores. They were pretty damn cute though. We still have some sweaters left & a ton of yarn. Grandma wants me to sell them on Ebay.
We first tried the sweaters on Booboo because we didn't have a dog. Booboo was fine walking around for two seconds until she decided that she could no longer move with the dreaded thing on her- so she lay down and refused to move until it was taken off.
We have so much yarn left, but it's not vegan. I will knit what we have left as gifts and when all that yarn is finally used up, I look forward to buying vegan/organic yarns like hemp & corn.
Well there you have it, my post of random things about myself. Hmm, let's see who can I tag? I'm sure this has been going around, so excuse me if you've already done this or have neither the time nor the inclination to do so but I tag Vegan Noodle from Walking The Vegan Line and Megan the Vegan. Happy random tags!