I have three

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I have three

I have three questions.

1. Is anybuggy out there a vegetarian? (Sorry if I misspelled it)

2. Is anybuggy from Maine? (Actually, I know some are, but I just want you to add a comment)

3. Is anybuggy out there a homeschooler?

I AM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

submitted by Paige P., age 12, Gorham, Maine
(August 13, 2008 - 9:51 am)

You may want to take your decision about being a vegan very seriously.  You pretty much have to give up eating out at restaurants, so you can't go on long vacations, unless you love salad; you could have that every day!  I don't have braces, so I wouldn't need to get them tightened, but I am getting some soon. Sigh...  My friend said that she knew someone who got glow in the dark braces.  Can you really get those?????  That would be so cool!  I don't know many good recipes for vegetarian people with braces, except for this one recipe.  I can't write the whole thing down here, but it's a queich (sorry I can't spell that word).  You can somehow get the recipe off of Bisquick the flour making company. It's called the Impossible Brunch Pie.  If you don't like queiches and you think that the ingredients are disgusting, still make it!!  I can't stand queiches and normally don't like the ingredients.  Avoid the tomatoes in it.  That makes it gross.  Trust me on this!  My brother is a complete meat eater :(  and he loves it!!!  Please just try it!  You might be able to find it if you google it.

submitted by Paige P., age 12, Gorham, Maine
(September 3, 2008 - 2:13 pm)

Paige, like I said before, I'm homeschooled! I used to have braces, and once I got colors that were supposed to glow in the dark, but they actually didn't. :( But I got my braces off and now I have glow in the dark retainers!! :)

submitted by Maddy, age 14, Oregon
(September 6, 2008 - 11:07 pm)

Thank you.  Now I know not to get those.  Do you know if they had any other cool choices, though?

submitted by Paige P., age 12, Gorham, Maine
(September 7, 2008 - 3:41 pm)

I am not a vegetarian but I do have braces.  However when my braces get tightened I usually have to go vegetarian because meat is too tough.  I would recommend Panara!  Order their garden veggie soup (I don't know if this is truly vegetarian, it could have chicken stock) in the bread bowl.  The soup is great and the veggies nice and soft.  Plus the bread bowl gets soggy enough to eat!  If you are having a really hard time with braces try smoothies.  There are soooooo many kinds.  My favorite is Peanut Butter & Banana!  It sounds gross but it is so good.  Hope this helps!  ^_^

submitted by Wendy C., age 15, Ohio
(September 4, 2008 - 4:22 pm)

The garden veggie soup is completly veggetarian, or so we think...

One day, my mom and I were at Panara.  I ordered a bagel like I always do, and my mom ordered the garden veggie soup.  She asked the cashier, who obviously doesn't know much about food, if it happened to have meat in it.  The cashier said, "Umm, yeah, it does.  It has mushrooms in it."  My mom, me, the other people in line, and, oh yeah, my brother was there, too, started laughing and she just stared stared at us, like, what's wrong with you people??  Why does she work at a restaurant?  Mushrooms are as vegetarian as it gets!!! 

submitted by Paige P., age 12, Gorham, Maine
(September 18, 2008 - 7:30 pm)

It's me again, but I just wanted to warn all of the vegetarians who responded to check the ingredients on EVERYTHING!!!  My mom and I were checking around and learned that, sigh, the wonderfully delicious cream in an Oreo has lard in it.  Twinkies has beef fat, too.  Fortunatly, I don't like twinkies anyway, but still...

submitted by Paige P., age 12, Gorham, Maine
(September 4, 2008 - 6:39 pm)

Yes!  I am a vegetarian, although I eat seafood and roadkill.  Really, some people once brought a roadkill deer to our nature program and we learned how to skin it. It was actually very cool. Then  the meat turned up in a potluck a while later and it was very, very, good!!  

The two main reasons that I am a vegetarian are (1)  because I don't like the way we treat meat-animals and(2) because I feel very out of touch with the whole process.  It's like no one wants to think about where it comes from so they just ignore the whole thing.

Homeschooling.  I homeschooled for the last two years and loved it.  Then, this year, I made the switch to middle school and so far have loved it also. Three cheers to everyone who loves school!  

I do not live in Maine and don't really want to. Sorry. But it's one state I can remember in geography, so brava! 


submitted by Willa C., age 12 4/4, OR
(September 6, 2008 - 10:18 pm)

I didn't know that you can eat roadkill.  That's sort of cool, but sort of gross, since you're being a vulture, no offense or anything!  Try to remember Maine in geography!  We have lots of important things, such as, umm...  Let me think!

(Three hours later)  Okay, I've thought of  important things!  Over some number, like 90%, I think, of the world's toothpicks come from Maine, we have one of the worlds oldest and most famous lighthouses, the Portland Headlight, and George Washington had something to do with it (I went there the other day!), and, umm, we have lots of moose.  There!  Aren't those important reasons to remember Maine???  Actually, people all over the country think of moose when they think of Maine.  I went on a trip this summer, and when we said we were from Maine, they were like, "Oh, what are you doing in Yellowstone?  You have plenty of moose in Maine!"  I've seen moose three times in the entire ten years I've lived here (four times dead on the side of the road).  Once, we were driving up to Quebec, and, seriously, as soon as we crossed the country's border, we saw a moose, then a few mintutes later, we saw another, but it had been hit by a car.  So really, there's more moose in Canada.

submitted by Paige P., age 12, Gorham, Maine
(September 7, 2008 - 3:39 pm)

Ha, ha, ha!!!!:) I think that's really funny!:) I for one usually think of Canada when I think of Moose.:):):)

submitted by Kimberly B, age 12 (almost, California
(September 7, 2008 - 10:39 pm)

H'm, that's funny, I think of Alaska. And I am sorry, Paige, but I must confess to being unapologetically carnivorous.

submitted by Emily L., age 13, WA
(October 4, 2008 - 4:15 pm)

I eat meat. I live in Standish, Maine, which is right next to Gorham where you live. I was homeschooled 4-6. 

submitted by Zoe, age 12, Maine
(September 9, 2008 - 6:32 pm)

Wow.  It feels nice to hear from people in Maine.  For southern Maine, I've heard from Gorham, Standish, and Buxton.  This is sort of fun!!

submitted by Paige P., age 12, Gorham, Maine
(September 10, 2008 - 8:44 pm)

Oh yeah, and I've heard from Monroe.  It doesn't sound familiar, so I'm guessing it isn't in Southern Maine.

submitted by Paige P., age 12, Gorham, Maine
(September 13, 2008 - 12:05 pm)

Come on, Portlandians!  I know that at least a thousand people from Portland, our largest city, must get this mag!  Come to the Chatterbox!

submitted by Paige P., age 12, Gorham, Maine
(September 18, 2008 - 7:33 pm)

Hi, I'm Hanna.  I'm a vegan and a homeschooler, but I'm not from Maine.  I live in Canada, which, I think, is "full of moose," according to you.  But that's okay.  I don`t mind.  Are there any other vegans anywhere?

submitted by Hanna Q., age 10, Ontario, Canada
(September 19, 2008 - 5:54 pm)