Category Archives: step-kids

Hodgepodge

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First of all: teenage boys and athletes foot. Ew!

Today was a hodgepodge. Also the 3rd time I’ve used that word in this blog—the last time less than a month ago. Do these words make me look old?!

hodgepodge (n.) Look up hodgepodge at Dictionary.comalso hodge podge, hodge-podge, early 15c., hogpoch, alteration of hotchpotch (late 14c.) “a kind of stew,” especially “one made with goose, herbs, spices, wine, and other ingredients,” earlier an Anglo-French legal term (late 13c.) meaning “collection of property in a common ‘pot’ before dividing it equally,” from O.Fr. hochepot “stew, soup,” first element from hocher “to shake,” from a Germanic source (cf. M.H.G. hotzen “shake”).

I…

  • Drove the twins to school
  • Had a great Google Hangout with one of my Humane Ed professors
  • Worked on the agenda handouts for SharePoint Saturday
  • Missed a middle school volleyball game to keep an eye on our 14-year-old pug Bubba, who is not feeling so hot and is possibly not long for this world. {I’ve been carrying him up and down the stairs and to and from the backyard for a few days now, because he can’t see anymore, he’s very confused, and he’s too weak to get around.}
  • Hung out with my older step-daughter after school
  • Watched a video and read {a little} for school
  • Did not get outside
  • Did not do yoga (last yoga = Sunday)

Tomorrow kicks off a very long weekend of SharePoint Saturday events. Judging from last year, it will be both fun and exhausting.

My day

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My day:

  • Dropped the twins off at school at 8 a.m.
  • Went to thestation until 10:15 a.m.
  • Took a yoga class
  • Got a breakfast burrito
  • Went to the station a little before 12:30 p.m.
  • Worked furiously on the show with my co-host until 5 p.m., overcoming many stupid computer technical glitches
  • Got the show done and uploaded in the nick of time (we talked about “feral” cats and animal consciousness, among other things)
  • Drove to the twins’ school
  • Watched several volleyball games for 1.5 hours, for 95% of which my step-daughter was on the bench (but hey, I got to meet some moms)
  • Stopped at the store to grab some vegan items for my step-daughter’s school backpacking trip tomorrow (Dandies!)—she has to be there at 7 a.m., she informs me after volleyball
  • Came home, wolfed some food (thankfully my older step-daughter had made us dinner), supervised cleanup, packing, showers
  • Fed the animals
  • Checked my school discussion forums
  • Blogged: It’s already nearly time for bed

Bear with me

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Uh-oh. Too many deadlines coinciding again: Radio show. School. Consulting proposals. Workshop prep. VegNet potluck this week. SharePoint Saturday Oct 6. Kid school stuff.

My posts are bound to be brief for a few days as I get caught up—bear with me as I’m busy watching things like Blue Vinyl, Waste Land, and The Story of Stuff for Environmental Ethics. {I recommend all three.}

VegFest Day 1 and Reggie Lee

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We started out the day assembling the Day 1 gift basket in the parking lot of the convention center loading area. Fun stuff. We didn’t quite recoup our costs, but it was worth it—we were able to give it away shortly after 5. And we met so many people today who were fans of All Things Vegan or fans of Bend in general. I’d go on about how cool they are, but I’m about to fall asleep typing.

Before I go, though, I wanted to mention the big surprise the kids had at the beginning of the day—the actor Reggie Lee of Grimm was strolling through VegFest. The twins spotted him, and not being shy, they asked him if he was in fact, himself, and then he signed their programs and took pictures with them each. They were extremely excited, to say the least.

And then they went and got flesh is for zombies face paint.

We made it to Pdx—and tried Veggie Grill!

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Long day. I dropped the twins off at school this morning then spent 3 hours straight running last-minute errands for the trip, including getting together gift basket items. By the time I showered, packed, and printed a few items, it was past time to go.

Unfortunately, we got here too late to meet up with friends from Vida Vegan Con at one of my favorite food carts (Home Grown Smoker) and another that I’ve wanted to visit (Julie Hasson’s Native BowlJulie is the author of Vegan Diner). But, the family checked into the hotel and then we were able to visit Veggie Grill for the first time (sort of a vegan comfort food / fast food chain). It was great: we ordered a bunch of different burgers and sandwiches so that we could sample a variety. We were so hungry, I forgot to take blog photos until we had decimated most of it. My favorites were the Buffalo Wings and Santa Fe Crispy Chickin’, followed by the All-American Stack. My step-daughter and I both agreed that we like the chickin‘ style better than the veggie-steak, although hubby liked the Chipotle BBQ (made with the veggie-steak) best.

We also ran into Powell’s for about a ½ hour, which is grossly insufficient, and probably the only time I’ll have to go there all weekend.

It’s already late, everybody else is asleep or getting there quickly, and I have to get together with my VegNet / ATV buddy at the crack of dawn to get stuff together for our table. Tomorrow is going to be another long one.