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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.

Balance

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Whew!  Juggling a lot of stuff this week.

I got some things clarified with financial aid yesterday and also was able to login to both of my grad courses for the first time. This all online program is kind of using old-school technology—Blackboard, for the most part—which is pretty common in university systems. Having spent the last 6 years working with much more flexible and responsive collaboration software {SharePoint}, I’m finding it a little cumbersome. But it will do—it has a basic discussion forum and they are going to add in some Google hangouts periodically. I’ve been starting to read books that are available at the library (it will be a while before I get any financial aid money back), and watching the required videos for the many “film fests.” I’m enjoying it so far.

This afternoon, I also worked on our show notes for last Tuesday’s show, but still didn’t have time to finish them. Hopefully tomorrow. Late afternoon, we went to a school get-together for the twins, a sort of meet and greet and ramping up for when school starts next week. {Already?!} Then I got dropped at the station and my partner in crime and I worked on an application for a sustainability award through our local environmental center. Due date = tomorrow. I’m sure we’ll be getting it in, if at the last minute. {In our defense, we only found out about it last week.}

There are also a bunch of consulting/training things which are falling through the cracks, and desperately need attention next week.

So tired, but the weekend is nearly here. 

Wind me up

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Not enough sleep last night and very little rest today—especially way too much time on the phone (I’ve discovered I really don’t like talking on the phone anymore)—but it was a day of new possibilities, so that’s good. Talked with a potential new client, arranged two interviews for the radio show, got some financial aid info in, did news research, and recorded news at the station.

Now I’m beat and trying to wind down “early.”

wind (v.1) Look up wind at Dictionary.com“move by turning and twisting,” O.E. windan “to turn, twist, wind” (class III strong verb; past tense wand, pp. wunden), from P.Gmc. *wendanan (cf. O.S. windan, O.N. vinda, O.Fris.winda, Du. winden, O.H.G. wintan, Ger. winden, Goth. windan “to wind”), from PIE *wendh- “to turn, wind, weave” (cf. L. viere “twist, plait, weave,” vincire “bind,” Lith. vyti “twist, wind”). Related to wend, which is its causative form, and to wander. Wind down “come to a conclusion” is recorded from 1952; wind up “come to a conclusion” is from 1825. Winding sheet “shroud of a corpse” is attested from early 15c. ~ Online Etymology Dictionary

How is it that both wind down and wind up mean “come to a conclusion?”

Dictionary.com Verb phrases

wind down

a. to lessen in intensity so as to bring or come to a gradual end: The war is winding down.
b. to calm down; relax: He’s too excited tonight to wind down and sleep.

wind up

a. to bring to a state of great tension; excite (usually used in the past participle):
     He was all wound up before the game.
b. to bring or come to an end; conclude: to wind up a sales campaign.
c. to settle or arrange in order to conclude: to wind up one’s affairs.
d. to become ultimately: to wind up as a country school teacher.
e. Baseball . (of a pitcher) to execute a windup.

Tomorrow’s our monthly VegNet potluck. It’s a bummer that once in a while my WordPress/Web Design & Dev group, which meets every other Wednesday, falls on the potluck night. I really wanted to go tomorrow too, as somebody is presenting on the dos and don’ts of video hosting and blogging. But since I help organize the potluck and need to help set up, it’s hard for me to not be there. We just don’t have enough volunteers.

Around and around

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Man, I did a lot of running around today, including ~ four ! ~ trips to the twins’ school across town (Dad going to district track meet with son required some extra juggling, plus an additional trip for a forgotten item).

I also had a VegNet lunch and later discussed a promising (not that I want to jinx it) consulting opportunity.

Then, I had forgotten to vote, so I ran home to do that quickly and drove it down to the drop-box with 2 minutes to spare.

Phew!