Hi, I’m Kelly. I’ll be 28 as of August 16th, 2010 and if all goes well, a first time mom somewhere around February 19th, 2011.
I’ve been married to Nathan for almost three years and we have the seemingly typical American life. Two people raised in the suburbs by “normal” families, two college degrees, two salaried jobs, two cars, and a house in a mildly trendy but still blue collar part of Minneapolis. (I ❤ NE!)
But over the past couple years my views on the issues of money and food have started to drift well outside the mainstream.
The shift in thought about money probably started when Nathan graduated from law school in May 2008 and I realized just how hard it is to pay off $120K+ in student loans. Especially when the economy sucks and you are making half of the $100K per year salary the law school has convinced you is standard for graduates of their prestigious institution.
Besides our personal financial situation, I think it's a shame that most Americans are working more than ever to pay for houses that are too big, loads of crap they don't need, day care for their kids, and vacations to escape it all. From what I see, most people feel they have too much stress and never enough time or money. I don't think it has to be that way and am determined not to live my life like that.
(Currently I work full time in a decent paying, not too difficult, but still soul sucking cubicle job for a large insurance company. Our plan is for me to work part time when the baby comes, no matter what it takes.)
About the vegan part – I am not a strict vegan. I use the title because for the most part I don't buy or consume animal products, but I'm not gonna starve at a potluck because the pasta has cheese in it, or refuse my grandma's cookies because they're made with butter.
I am more of an "against factory farming" vegan than an "animals are our equals and should never be used by humans" vegan. I'm ok with family farms that use no horomones or antibiotics where the animals live a nice natural life and are humanely slaughtered.
Unfortunately the vast majority (many sources say 99%) of all animal products in the U.S. now come from factory farms. Unless you shop and eat at local places and know exactly where your meat or dairy came from, it is certainly from a factory farm.
There is way too much to say on the factory farm issue to fit into this introduction, but the Wikipedia factory farming page is a good place to start for a brief, basic overview.
So other than being boring and preachy about food and finances, my main goal in life is to have fun. I am sort of lazy and have no real hobbies, but I like to talk to random people, argue (debate?) over anything and everything, hang out with my friends, go to dive bars, drink whiskey (and vodka and rum and beer and wine. but not tequila!), have parties, go to parties, and try to exercise by walking or biking aimlessly around the city. Thanks for checking out my blog.