Geek moment: Evernote

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Have I mentioned how much I love using Evernote? I use it almost every day to clip websites for web research and other stuff I want to save. Plus now, I’m using it to organize all my grad school info and notes. The best thing is the way it syncs and works seamlessly across all my devices. Laptop, sure. But the Kindle and Android phone apps are almost slicker. My favorite feature is related to appointments in my calendar. When I’m at the appointment and click New Note in the widget on my phone, it starts a new note with the title of the appointment—as if it knows where I’m at! The first time it did that, I was like, how did it know!?

There are things I would improve—like spell check for tags when you clip articles, and I wish it would recognize if I’d already clipped an article. Also, once in a while I’m at a strange computer and just want to look something up or print from my Evernote account: The web browser version is painfully slow, especially on older machines, and it ends up freezing a lot. Also, I miss the way I could paste text or images pretty much as is into OneNote—there are some formatting issues in Evernote. But the pros far outweigh the cons, in my opinion.

I am not affiliated with Evernote. Just having a geek moment. That is all.

What I’m feeling today

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Ruby: happy, hot

Ruby: happy, hot

Anxious · Guilty · Sad · Overwhelmed · Despairing · Needy

What I’m feeling today.

Imagine what I’d be like if I hadn’t done yoga 3 times this week!

I took Ruby to one of my favorite off-the-beaten-path parks today. This is what we walked along and stared at for about an hour. {Well, I stared; Ruby roamed restlessly at the end of the leash and wouldn’t lay down.}

Sawyer Park, Bend, Oregon

Sawyer Park, Bend, Oregon

Sawyer Park, Bend, Oregon - River tide pools

Sawyer Park, Bend, Oregon – Deschutes River tide pools

Yes, I’m caught up with show notes! Let’s talk feral cats. And cute rescued farm animals.

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Yes, I’m caught up with show notes!

Scott Beckstead, of The Humane Society of the United States, gives us his thoughts on the feral cat controversy in Central Oregon. Plus, stories of cute rescued farm animals!

In this episode, we catch up with Scott Beckstead, Oregon Senior State Director of The Humane Society of the United States. He gives us his thoughts on the feral cat controversy in Central Oregon, plus tells us about some animals that were destined to be laid out on someone’s dinner plate, but instead were rescued by caring people and now have a wonderful home in Oregon. You’ll hear about the surprising proclamations made by the mayor of Portland and the mayor of Eugene. And we bring you an update on Missy, the German Shepherd who was stranded for 8 days on a mountain top.

And, of course, we highlight the latest News from the Vegan Frontier, let you know about vegan related happenings in and around Central Oregon, and more!

Yoga, brainstorming, family time, bundt pan, interview

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Wow, I actually got to yoga twice this week! That hasn’t happened in a long time. Random times and random classes, but both good in their own way.

About all I accomplished today besides that, is some grocery shopping, and meeting with an old acquaintance about her fundraising ideas and reviving a great animal issues magazine she used to produce. It was nice to brainstorm together. Bonus: She said she barely recognized me and that I looked great! She hadn’t seen me in about 6 years and even though it didn’t seem very drastic to me, I gradually lost quite a bit of weight after becoming vegetarian then vegan, and I guess it shows.

Tonight, we hung out as a family, made pizzas, made pineapple upside down cake in the new bundt pan, and watched some Big Bang Season 5. I had planned to work on more show notes, but I guess that will have to wait until tomorrow. Ooh, now we can make this bundt cake recipe.

This weekend, in addition to show notes and schoolwork, I’m going to read a good portion of Jenny Brown’s The Lucky Ones, since we’ve set up an interview with her for next week. We met Jenny last year and she was so friendly and funny—I can’t wait to talk with her again.

Books ordered, show notes up

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So I finally ordered my books and “course packs” today (student loan check just arrived last week). I managed to stretch it into an all afternoon / evening thing by getting derailed with loading software onto my Kindle Fire to read the course pack materials and also the epub format when I find things that aren’t Kindle format. {Seems like a giant rip-off for a handful of photocopied articles for each course—I opted for the digital only, because it was even more ridiculously expensive and wasteful to have them print them off and mail them to me.}

Now I need to buckle down and do some serious reading and start cranking out some assignments!

And I finally got the show notes posted for our Sep 11 show. There was so much going on in the last few weeks and I had some difficulty deciding how/what info to include in the notes this time. But here they are. And hopefully tomorrow I’ll turn right around and get this week’s show notes up as well.

Author and activist Arthur Poletti reports: Israel goes vegan with Gary Yourofsky. And water shortages may force the world to go vegan.

In today’s show, we talk with author and activist Arthur Poletti. Arthur is  a passionate follower of Gary Yourofsky, who is best known for his viral video, Best Speech You Will Ever Hear. We also discuss why the world may have to go vegan within the next 35 years. And, of course, we highlight the latest News from the Vegan Frontier, let you know about vegan related happenings in and around Central Oregon, and more!

CSA Basket #17: September 26, 2012

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CSA Box #16, 2012

CSA Box #16, 2012

In the box:

  • Arugula, bunched
  • Corn
  • Carrots
  • Grapes, Canadice {we love these}
  • Kale, Red Russian
  • Onions, sweet
  • Peppers, Red
  • Potatoes, Yukon Gold
  • Radish, French Breakfast 
  • Spearmint, Kentucky Colonel
  • Tomatoes, Cherry

Not pictured: Garlic, extra grapes, and 2 giant bunches of collard greens. Mine did not do well this summer, so these will be nice for collard wraps and stir fries.

I just cleaned an embarrassing amount of expired produce from the last few weeks out of the fridge. Sigh. I really hate wasting food and it was unintentional, but there’s been so much going on over the last few weeks. At least the worms in the compost bin will benefit.

Now that it’s almost fall weather, I’ll start making soups and stews that will help use up some of the produce. And after Jill Nussinow’s presentation at Portland VegFest, I now am seriously thinking about getting a pressure cooker. I may need to check out her book first: The New Fast Food: The Veggie Queen Pressure Cooks Whole Food Meals in Less than 30 Minutes.

What was in the prior boxes?

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