Lord, I’ve been neglecting my blog. I’ve been so busy both at home and at work these days, I’ve been using any spare time I have trying to sleep and catch up on my reading. Or perhaps it should be: read and catch up on my sleeping.

I know that I owe you at least two blog posts: one on my trip to Washington DC with Shannon back in November (!!!), and one from the Albany Wine and Dine that I attended with Chef Mark as his sous-chef. I will get to them – there’s just so much to write and I don’t have the energy right now…you’ll have to amuse yourselves for now by looking at my photos (there’s a link to my Flickr page over to the right).

But I do have one thing to mention today – I’ve begun the process of becoming a vegetarian. I know it’s going to be a long transition, but I’m making some positive steps in the direction in which I’d like to head. What, you ask, gave me the kick in the ass? This book I picked up at the library: “The Face on Your Plate: The Truth About Food,” by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson. I was barely into the chapter about factory chicken farming and I had to go throw up.Β  Blech. I was also startled by a statistic that Masson mentioned: going vegetarian saves the lives of nearly 2000 animals – not a trivial thing. Very eye-opening and motivating.

So, today’s trip to the supermarket was the first trip in which I consciously made vegetarian/vegan food choices. Now, hubs isn’t going quit being a carnivore, so I had to purchase some chicken to keep him happy. And, I’m not going to waste the meat that we have in the fridge. So, it’s going to be a transition from some meat to no meat.

In the interest of full disclosure, I had a ham sandwich for lunch today.Β  I felt bad the whole time, though.