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Bear with me


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.}

We’re back from the fest


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.

VegFest Day 1 and Reggie Lee


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!


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.

CSA Basket #16: September 19, 2012

CSA Box #16, 2012

CSA Box #16, 2012

In the box:

  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage, Green
  • Canadice grapes {so cute!}
  • Cilantro
  • Lettuce, Red Butter
  • Peppers, Red
  • Salad mix
  • Shallots
  • Watermelon, Yellow Doll

I bought extra grapes before I realized that they had included some in the box {not pictured}. I probably wouldn’t have if I had known how much they were going to cost! Still, they’re yummy and not too tart.

What was in the prior boxes?

Pip came to investigate while I was taking photos. The perspective in this photo is funny—between the closeup of the veggies and the large sofa sectional, she looks so tiny! Also, I had to take this photo after dark, so the lighting is not great. And, the kids unpacked the veggies and put them in the fridge, so I’m not sure that this is everything, but I think it’s at least one of everything.

UFSG or under the influence

Bend Air Quality September 18, 2012

Bend Air Quality September 18, 2012

Sisters Air Quality September 18, 2012

Sisters Air Quality September 18, 2012

Bleh. A little under the weather. Or rather, under the influence of the weather plus fire: I blame Pole Creek Forest Fire smoke for my nausea and headache all day.

This is messing with my “productivity” plans. 

We’re lucky it’s just smoke; I don’t think anybody has been injured or any homes lost yet, even though the fire has been going for a week or so. But I think often of the poor killed or displaced animals up there—I wonder how frightening it is for them?!

My gods, no wonder, look at this—we’re labeled UNHEALTHY for Sensitive Groups (UFSG). And it says the air quality is often worse when it gets cool in the evening. In fact, it’s gone up a couple of notches since I started writing this post. Time to close the windows and turn on the house fan.

If you think that’s bad, look at Sisters {20 miles from here, very near the fire, some areas threatened with evacuation}—they’re labeled with the highest rating—Hazardous!