I am participating in 28 Cooks' round-up called "Behind the Apron" where bloggers reveal their true identities and spill their guts about their life thus-far, or so I interpreted it... My name is Kati (no, it’s not short for anything) and this is my story...
hometown: Cortland, NY
education: high school class of 2000; BA in architectural history from Binghamton University, August 2003 (I graduated at the ripe old age of 20…in retrospect, I totally rushed through, getting mono in the process :P)
meeting Jonathan: He was attending NYU film school – we met through a mutual friend. Thus began a year and a half of long distance phone calls and Greyhound bus rides…we’ve since been together for 4.5 years.
post college: Professors advised me to go to grad school due to the poor economy and my chosen field of study, but I was disillusioned, sick of classes, and ready to see the world. My first stop on this exotic adventure? Oklahoma! J and I didn’t know where to go when we graduated, so we trekked down to the central plains, where he is orinally from and where his family lives.
work: Upon arrival in Tulsa, what did we discover? Eep! No jobs! J’s parents saved the day when they revealed that they had an opening in their office…I’ve been working for them ever since. My techincal title is the Electronic Case Filing Administrator for the Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Trustee in the Northern District of Oklahoma. Now I telecommute, which means I work at home on a computer all day.
going vegetarian: I was diving more seriously into my yoga practice and studying Eastern philosophy. The choice to give up meat came rather abruptly one day in October of 2004, as I was cooking up a pot of ground beef. I looked into the pot and thought “my god, what am I doing?” I discussed this new dilemma with J over dinner and we began the next day together as newly converted vegetarians.
going vegan: Blame it on growing up in upstate NY or something, but I had always consumed massive amounts of dairy products. I never (ever ever EVER) thought I would be willing to give them up, especially cheese, but after about nine months of being vegetarian, something still didn’t feel quite right. I was buying organic milk and organic eggs, but I knew this wasn’t the solution. Again, I talked to J, and I glanced around PETA’s website, watching horrifying videos of veal calfs and chicks getting sent to the “grinder” (male chicks unsuitable to the industry because they can’t lay eggs). I’ve always loved animals, but up until then I had somehow managed to separate the ones I petted from the ones I ate. I tentatively decided to go vegan and read Diet for a New America and Animal Liberation within the same week, both of which totally sold me [forever]. My last non-vegan meal was in August of 2005 and consisted of a grilled cheese sandwich. I haven’t looked back since.
what about Jonathan? He was a surprisingly good sport about all this and gave up all the same things I did. We’ve both been vegan for a year and a half now. We have a total "Supersize Me" story – in college, he ate McDonald’s twice a day (though you never would have known by looking at him) and now he’s on what most people would consider a pretty detoxed diet. Success!
a year of my life: I spent the last year we were in Oklahoma completing a yoga teacher training program, although I’ve been rethinking actually teaching. Once the practice became work, it kind of sucked all the joy out of it, as Work-with-a-capital-W tends to do. My personal practice is still attempting a recovery, but it is difficult with this Yoga Alliance certified albatross around my neck saying that I’m supposed to teach now…
the big move: We were itching for a change and were tired of living a vegan lifestyle in a very un-vegan place. We packed up and headed to Chicago in August of 2006, though I don’t think this is our final destination. My nature-withdrawal keeps getting stronger, and I don’t think I’m as cut out for city life as I once imagined. Stay tuned for big changes in the next couple years – I see quite a few new things on the horizon, even though I can’t quite make out the shapes yet.
what’s for dinner? Even though I’ve been baking and doing crafty things since I was a kid, the art of cooking always eluded me. I made some Betty Crocker type dishes when we ate meat and I had my first apartment, but when Jonathan and I went veg we relied on a lot of packaged foods. Sad, but true. I always had the desire to really learn to cook, but the methods and ingredients seemed foreign and a bit overwhelming. Finally when we moved to Chicago, I decided to learn to cook, this blog was born, and the rest, as they say, is history.
things in general that interest me: cooking and baking (duh), health, nutrition, animal rights, architecture, design, art, yoga, nature, writing, knitting, music (10 years of classical piano training under my belt, plus percussion through school, including college – band and percussion ensemble, oh yes), water, snow, Buddhism and Eastern philosophy, traveling, photography, Eastern Europe, ancient astronauts, conspiracy theories, etc etc etc
…oh yes, and our wonderful wonderful cats, Uma (1 ½ years old) and Dexter (6 months old)! Love you guys!
Now, what else could you possibly want to know?