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Planning Ahead for a Very Vegan 2016

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Random thoughts and feelings on New Year’s Day

  1. I looked at last year’s New Year’s entry and noticed similar challenges.
  2. For one, the heater wasn’t working last year just before New Year’s Day. This year I was messing around with our old thermostat and managed to get it working. Some electrical points weren’t touching. So as soon as possible I’m going to install a new thermostat.
  3. The stock market was also tumbling just before New Year’s Day, just like last year. There is definitely a pattern around the holiday season that I should be aware of.
  4. Last year we had a family reunion for Christmas time with my wife’s side of the family, and people flew in from back East and we cleaned and prepared for this event. It was a lot of hard work but it paid off. It was a nice time.
  5. I remember getting off my Vegan Diet and my health suffered.
  6. In 2015 I have been Vegan for most of the year. And I can count the times on one hand that I fell off the Vegan wagon. On Thanksgiving. On Christmas. And during our Hawaiian Trip.
  7. In 2016 I plan to make it an All-Vegan year this time. My health somehow suffers when I get off the Vegan Diet and it’s mainly to 1) satisfy others’ influence to get me to eat some sort of protein-rich food. 2) feeling left out because I’m the only Vegan. I wish others I knew were Vegan because it sure would help me out. I know people mean well but the only time I got sick this year was when I went off the Vegan Diet!
  8. I thank my niece Diana for making the Vegan Tamales for the Hawaiian Trip. It was hard sometimes to find healthy Vegan foods and those really helped. Thanks again!
  9. My family and I just finished a nice multi-island vacation of Hawaii! We were stoked and we had a grand time, other than the fact that I got sick with flu-like symptoms. Don’t know if I actually had the flu, but I definitely was congested in my chest, throat and nasal passages. I had a sore throat and headache. I had a mental fog and couldn’t concentrate. And at one point I just had to rest and sleep it off when we were on the Big Island. Right now I’m about 90% back to normal health.
  10. I am proud of my youngest son for graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences. That’s a tough major with lots of Organic Chemistry, Physics, Calculus and similar tough subjects. So, the difficulty level was greater and I’m proud that he accomplished that.
  11. Overall, the Hawaiian Trip was excellent and we visited Kauai for the first time ever. And I know for sure that I’d like to go back there again someday. I’ll be posting photos from the big trip soon.


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Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

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