No Meat March and the Doodle Pictures/Comics I Promised

Posted: 28/01/2014 in Uncategorized
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Whew.  What a day.

I just got back from taking the 8-week old new addition to our family to the vet to get him fixed & initial shots, now that he’s old enough & developed enough.  That was a relatively easy time, even considering how much I was thinking about how it would be if I were having these procedures done to myself(I just tried to be empathetic, and I realize it is required when adoption occurs), which is a very odd way to process this going on in retrospect.

Little Baby Alec Burrito Baldwin(full name) did well though & the entire staff loved him(someone also wanted to adopt him if things here don’t work out IN WHICH THEY WILL.).  In addition to all of this, I noticed a considerable change in his car etiquette–he was one to typically stay in his kennel, but for this ride home, he was looking out the window & sitting in my lap napping, sometimes giving me the sleepy eye:

He is so tired.  Don't worry, we are in a parking lot at this point.

He is so tired. Don’t worry, we are in a parking lot at this point.

So all in all, that was an easy experience.

While I was waiting for him to have his procedure, I grabbed some coffee & did a little sketchbook art.  Usually I draw funny things or just little comics, but either way, it is something I am passionate about & hope to build into part of my career someday.  Here are a couple shots of work:

Iron Burgundy or Iron Anchorman?

Iron Burgundy or Iron Anchorman?

That is one buff Darwin fish.

That is one buff Darwin fish.

Just because I have a beard & want to illustrate my daily feelings.

Just because I have a beard & want to illustrate my daily feelings.

None of my work is by any means awesome, but it is pretty funny I have to say(seriously, I have to say it is).

So there you go.  I promised you some doodles in the last post, so there they are.  Feel free to share them or tell important people about them that might want to pay money for me to do this a lot.  Or just enjoy them, that’s kind of what got me into drawing in the first place.

Okay, now onto some big vegan/veg stuff!

No Meat March.

It’s kind of a big thing around here in Jacksonville, as well as a few other cities with a decent veg community.  This will be my second No Meat March here, and it is a great idea brought to fruition by a group called The Girls Gone Green.

The Girls Gone Green is a group that focuses on environmental, animal, & health issues.  They have events & fund raisers all year & host the Northeast Florida Vegfest in the fall.  Last year for No Meat March, I was relatively new to the scene, but I offered to hand out flyers & spread the word.  The head of The Girls Gone Green, Julie Watkins, got a stack of flyers to me and I handed them to people at work & anyone that didn’t have their hands full at the time I saw them.

I guess that kind of kicked off my relationship with The GGG & I started volunteering for everything they participated in(Welcome to Rockville–a two-day concert/festival, Tap ‘N Run–a mini marathon where runners drink beer & run, & helped with parts of Vegfest planning).  It’s truly a fun group & wonderful way to get positive, healthy information out to the community.  All the volunteers are awesome & the girls that are the center of it-Julie, Jen, Brandy, Jen, & Cate-are awesome people as well.

Okay, so No Meat March is basically a pledge to go meat free for the entire month of March(I still sign up even though I’ve been vegan for years).  You have the option to go dairy free or butter free too, but it focuses primarily on the meat aspect & trying to ease people into the knowledge that meat isn’t necessarily something we need in our diets(I think the growing number of vegetarians out there prove it).

When you sign up for No Meat March, you get emails giving you awesome recipes & you get a membership card that gets you discounts at certain restaurants or shops.  Pretty cool, huh?

I tried to get involved so much that I got my boss to approve giving a discount to the restaurant I was managing at the time for the month.  If you work at a restaurant that has a bunch of vegan/vegetarian options & there is a No Meat March happening around you, get in touch with your boss & the person heading up the NMM campaign & get involved!

I highly encourage signing up for it & spreading the word.  Even if you aren’t in Jacksonville, it’s a fun way to get friends into a healthier, more compassionate lifestyle, and you get those recipes too!  Check it out!

That’s about it from me, I hope everyone is through this crazy freeze.  Update:  the plants are coming back, only a few died from our freeze here:).  In any case, stay warm, enjoy the pictures, check out No Meat March & The Girls Gone Green, and have a good couple of weeks!

  1. Laura says:

    No Meat March is an awesome idea. I wonder if I can get some momentum for something similar in NoDak!

    • jona79 says:

      Might not be a bad idea; try to get a hold of the Girls Gone Green here & see what the planning looks like. It should be an easy, fun time with lots of great memories:)

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