As I have mentioned a couple of times before, for the last few years I have been very busy, working full time and attending school full time in the evenings. All of the hard work and years without much free time to speak of came to a close last month when I graduated with my Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies – Teacher Preparation option with a General Science Concentration from California State University, Northridge.
The last two semesters were extremely challenging and equally rewarding. I graduated with honors, Cum Laude – a personal goal that I had set for myself a couple of years back. In addition, a paper that I worked very hard on will be submitted for a literary award for the best piece of work on Children’s Literature in an academic year. All of the trying nights studying and weekends spent in front of my laptop instead of out having fun were totally worth the hassle. There’s a sense of accomplishment that I can’t really describe and it’s only magnified by the fact that I did it all while working a regular job.
To celebrate the event, Eric and I threw a small party for close friends and family at our place after the evening ceremony. My mom and sister and I planned an all vegan menu, but didn’t make a big deal about it, hoping that our guests would try everything without prejudice.
We had stuffed olives, veggies, pita, and homemade hummus, fruit and a thai fruit dip, chips, pico de gallo, and guacamole, stuffed peppers, a three-layer italian dip and crackers, cucumber soup shots, and my mom’s famous meatless meatball sliders.
My mother in law was especially surprised with the tasty food and made a point to try everything. Our omnivore friends raved about the meatless meatball sliders, their favorite items of the evening.
We ended the night with a toast of Dom Perignon and slices of this delicious vegan chocolate cake from No Udder Desserts. Everyone went crazy for the cake. Eric has even said that he wants his 30th birthday cake from the same bakery.