It's a vegan pet sitter's favorite time of year: Thanksgiving!
I'm sure you remember last year's rant about going easy on your sitter for the holidays. This year my sentiment is a little calmer, as I have set better boundaries and finally hired someone who is worth her weight in gold. She's taking two pet sits off my plate on tofurky day (pun intended). It may not sound like much, but her help is literally the only thing that is making my Thanksgiving dinner possible.
I still don't get to spend time with my family, as I was booked for an overnight months ago and I have the usual breakfast, midday, and dinner visits thrown into the mix. With a little positivity and creativity, though, I can make the most of this.
My overnight client is also vegan, so I'm allowed to have "our people" over since they obviously will be kind to her animals. Bumping up my other client's dinner visit to 5 instead of 6 pm, I can be at my overnight with dinner ready by 7 pm. The guest list includes my boyfriend, my friend whose girlfriend's father doesn't approve of him, and another friend who is getting a "Wevorce" rather than a divorce. Quite the Mary Tyler Moore party, vegan style, and I'm really looking forward to it! We'll have two kinds of plant-based roasts, roasted corn, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green bean casserole, and of course pumpkin pie.
It sucks that I can't see my family or even eat dinner at my own house. And yet, it's so friggin cool that I have space in which to invite my people and celebrate the blessings of abundance, friendship, love, and compassion.