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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

We’re back from the fest

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We’ve been back about an hour and a half from Portland VegFest. The 3-hour drive home wasn’t too bad. I think everyone had a good time, so the family trip was a win.

The animals are all in good shape and glad to see us—we lucked into a couple of friends taking care of our babies and it looks like they did a great job. It was so nice to not have to worry about our animal family. Honestly, we haven’t traveled much in the last few years and they may very well have enjoyed the break from us. And I got a couple of nights without a black and white kitty stealing my pillow.

My splurge this weekend, other than just taking the family and everything that entailed (hotel, eating out—yikes!), was a few new vegan message-wear tops: a couple from Herbivore, a couple from Action for Animals. I’ve worn my old favorites ad nauseam over the last couple of years, so it’s great to bring some new ones into the mix.

Staggering

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Back to school fruit and veggies. {Too bad these will be gone in a couple of days!}

Back to school fruits and veggies. {Too bad these will be gone in a couple of days!}

Today: Last day to sleep in, last-minute haircut for one of the kids, last-minute school lunch shopping, a little bit of work on the radio show, my web design/dev user group (we talked about Adobe’s Creative Cloud), and I’m home.

It’s practically time for bed already, if I’m going to get back into a schedule more aligned with the kids and be able to get them up and to their school at what feels like the crack of dawn. Hubby and I will be staggering mornings this year, which will help. I think. Don’t know if it’s helpful to have to be up and functioning super early some days, or every day. Sigh.

One benefit—I came home from the user group and the house is totally silent—everybody’s already in bed! This would be a great time to get some studying or work done for a few hours, if not for the aforementioned kid school situation.

School, family, software

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Long day. I guess for some people this was a holiday.

Started with a Google hangout chat with one of my grad program instructors. It was great to talk with her “in person,” since the course is all online.

Then somehow the entire middle of the day got sucked into family-prep-for-school stuff {school starts Wednesday for the middle-schoolers, Thursday for the high-schooler}. Getting things on the calendar, talking about what’s coming up in the next few weeks, etc.

Finally, late this evening and into tonight I was able to play a little more with Pagelines, a WordPress software I’ve been wanting to learn. I’ve just scratched the surface, but I think it clicks for me and I’ll be able to do some good stuff with it. Build out some new sites, improve some old ones.