Hippie Hot Springs – Part 6


I’m on vacation, so I won’t be able to blog this week. Instead of leaving my blog empty, I’ve decided to share a fun journal entry I wrote during my vegan transition. It’s too long for a blog post, so I’ve broken it into short pieces.

Hippie Hot Springs – Part 6

I’ve gone off on a tangent and I want to get back to the poetry party, but in case you’re wondering we did make it to Iowa before Josh left and I finalized my divorce. Now back to the party.

When the waitress came, Paul and I both ordered the only vegan dish on the menu, pasta with mushroom marinara sauce and salads with Italian dressing. Paul also ordered lemonade and I ordered a glass of wine. The Engine 2 Diet we were following doesn’t allow for extracted oil, sugar or alcohol so the salad dressing lemonade and wine were cheats, but I still felt good about our choices.

As most of us were finishing our meals, someone asked Kelly if she was going to do a reading. Kelly resisted, but finally gave in and read the last poem in her book, My Prayer for Today. Once Kelly finished her reading, several other people stood up to do readings. I wanted to do a reading of my favorite poem in the book, Fallen Goddess, but I’m shy about being the center of attention. By the time I was halfway into a second glass of wine, however; I stood up and read the poem with relish. Once it looked like everyone who wanted to do a reading had done so, I got into a conversation with Linda and my sister. “You know that Michelle wanted this to be a “hat” party,” Linda said.

“I love hats,” Michelle said as she tipped her hat.

“Maybe you can throw me a hat party when I publish my book,” I responded.

“I’ve been waiting for you to finish that book you’re writing about coffee houses for years, Celeste, and I will throw you a hat party if you ever actually finish it.”

“That’s not the book she’s writing,” Paul said.

I hadn’t wanted to tell my sister or anyone in my family about the book I was writing. I worried that if I told them about it that I’d jinx my chances of finishing it. I suppose this is because I’ve announced to my family on many occasions in the past, “I’m writing a book,” only to never have completed one. I feel more serious about this book than the other books I’ve attempted, but I still don’t want to tell my family about it. I’m afraid that if I do, this book will be doomed to become just another of the half-finished books sitting on my computer. I had a good buzz at the moment, however; so I blurted, “I’m writing a book about the transition Paul and I are making to a vegan diet.”

My announcement got several cheers from the people around me. This fired me up so I stood up and said let’s have a toast to being vegan. Then Dianne, who is much louder than I am, stood up and said I’m not going to toast to being vegan, that’s no fun, but I’ll toast to your boring diet. Then everyone at the table made a rollicking toast to Celeste’s boring diet.

I tried to explain that the way I eat wasn’t boring at all, but no one listened. Paul, however; picked up his lemonade glass and said, “I’ll toast to being vegan sweetie.”

I smiled at him as we clinked glasses.

The end. I’ll be back to writing my typical posts soon. 🙂

Photo courtesy of Cruise Art.

About celestedimilla

Hey there. I’m Celeste, California girl, writer, psychotherapist and burgeoning plant-based foodie.
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12 Responses to Hippie Hot Springs – Part 6

  1. Mike Lince says:

    Florence and I have always taken you seriously, and it has always been fun. So along with Paul, here’s to your book, whenever it comes out. Cheers! – Mike

  2. Maria says:

    Cheers to your book Celeste! Im looking forward reading it!

    • I just love that you’re reading my blog Maria – you’re so awesome!! I hope you, Mark and the boys have been having fun in SoCal. We’ve felt completely relaxed knowing that Mambo has been in your care. It’s too bad we won’t see you when we get home, but I’m sure we’ll see you soon! Thanks so much for watching Mambo for us!!! Celeste 🙂

  3. What a fun series of blogs! How thoughtful of you not to leave us high and dry while you’re on your vegan vacay. (Yes, I’m envious!) 🙂

    Very enjoyable story and I love Paul’s response to your toast gone awry. Looking forward to your book. Hopefully it will be an ebook, too. My eyes don’t do so well with text that doesn’t zoom. LOL.

    • Thanks so much for reading my mini series Cowgirl! It was a fun memory to write about. I’m so thankful that my sister is who she is – she’s made my life a lot more interesting (even now!). Always love your comments and support!!! Celeste 🙂

  4. Anna says:

    Cheers Celeste, your diet and the way of living is commendable.

    • Hey Anna! Thanks girlfriend. We’re back in the US, by the way. Just checked into a hotel in Seattle and we’ll be flying home tomorrow. See you soon!!!


  5. Sophie33 says:

    That was functie read, dear Celeste! good Luck with your book! 😉

  6. I love this mini-series, Celeste! You’re a great writer and I will definitely read your book when it comes out! Cheers to being vegan – I’ll toast to that!

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