okay, let me begin by saying that i know i'm a total dork.
so, tonight i actually made some inroads on the office-cleaning project (yay!) and in the process, i ended up weeding through some attendance sheets, syllabi, and so on from semesters past. at one point i was pulling attendance sheets from the fall 2004 semester out of the pile (to throw in the recycling bin), when i suddenly remembered that i was looking at my "vegan semester"–i went vegan in october of 2004. like a nerd, i scanned through to find an attendance sheet near my vegan birthdate (october 13), and found one from october 12. i looked at it for a little while, realizing that i was already neck-deep in vegan research by that point, and i was about to go on a trip to north carolina, and i must have been right on the cusp that very day. crazy, isn't it? i sat there wondering what it felt like on that day, because now it's been just about 4 years and it's all a bit fuzzy. i read all the names on my roster, and remembered when i "came out" to that class, and how cool and interested several of them were. it made me feel a bit nostalgic, as silly as that probably sounds. 2004 was a big year for me for a bunch of different reasons, but going vegan in particular was a huge turning point. it was fun to revisit it in a somewhat tangible way.