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Yeah, eating with omnis


I just got back from the SharePoint Saturday speaker’s dinner. I’m not actually speaking this year, but I got to because I’m one of the organizers. It was good to meet a handful of new people. Dinner was a nice salad, a completely uninspired and practically unseasoned vegetable pasta dish, and sweet potato fries with an ungodly amount of salt on them—but I knew Greg’s Grill would be like that. They just don’t go out of their way to cater to vegans—their thing is steaks. And we get to go back there tomorrow for SharePint. Rats. I really pulled hard for Broken Top Bottle Shop, which was much better in a variety of ways—location, food, beer, atmosphere, staff—but my co-organizers just wouldn’t go for it.

This was the first time in a long time that I have eaten dinner with non vegans. I had to consciously look away from their slabs of used-to-be cow and try to not to think A. How gross, and B. How sad it is that they’re blithely eating the body of a smart, conscious creature who was tortured and then killed, merely for a taste preference—and one that is grossly unhealthy for you at that. These are otherwise smart people, and I used to be one of them, so I try not to be too hard on them. I did wear my “Wings are for flying, not frying” shirt as a sort of passive protest. But I doubt anyone even noticed, or cared. The whole thing is frustrating and now I’m bummed out.

At least tomorrow there will be vegan options all day long, because I was in charge of catering. Ha! If I were really brave, I would have ordered all vegan food.

Makes me think of this Op-ed I read recently that highlights how lonely veganism can be sometimes.

Try to imagine what it feels like to be a part of a very small minority that shares common values. When I tell people I’m vegan they look at me as though I’d just landed from Mars, roll their eyes as though I had done something wrong and look at me as if I’m judging them – as if the ideological choice is about them and not the animals. Being vegan means that sometimes you feel lonely even among close friends and family. There is a huge ideological gap between you and almost the entire world around you. The worst is when an argument about morals begins.

As a lawyer and lecturer I’m used to arguments, but this is not just an argument, it is a repressed war. And when it rears its head, even for a moment, it is very painful and reminds me of how separated I am, ideologically, from most everyone else. I sit next to those closest to me while they are eating meat and I do what I used to do back when I also ate meat: Repress my emotions. Imagine that you are the only one at the table who believes in this very important value, and that value is being eaten at that same table. All I can do is look at my loved ones and remember that they too have morals. A person can eat meat and contribute to the world in a thousands different ways: Charity, generosity, love (for animals as well), integrity, compassion. There are so many good people in the world.

And then I look at myself and think: ‘You’re no saint either.’ Vegans hurt animals in so many ways, unintentionally. And what is it that I am really doing for the animals? Close to nothing; a monthly donation to animal welfare organizations and veganism. When I walk past a chicken coop, a cowshed or a stray dog I remember how meager my contribution to animal welfare really is. Veganism merely reduces the harm I am causing to the animal world.



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”).


  • 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 Weekneverend


Well, there’s a weekend of my life I’m never getting back. We finally got the SharePoint/.NET apps up and stabilized after 5 very long days. Hopefully all goes well with the live site tomorrow.

Super super bummed that I didn’t get to take the kids anywhere in their costumes. They’ll be going back home tomorrow and will get to celebrate their first Halloween ever handing out candy at their house, and will wear their costumes for that, but I really wanted to take them somewhere here in Bend. Sigh.

Typical week: vegan food, tabling, protest, radio show, work


My VeganMoFo hasn’t been very exciting yet. I did finally make a fennel top pesto Sunday and also a tempeh pâté from The 30-Day Vegan Challenge. They both tasted in the not-bad category, but the photos did not turn out well (nondescript green, all-around). Unfortunately, I then got sick Sunday night and subsequently decided that everything in my fridge added or created during the weekend grossed me out. Does that ever happen to you?

Tonight, I was short on time, but after making a quick dinner from frozen veggie potstickers, rice, and a few fresh greens from the CSA basket, I had a sweet/chocolate craving and whipped up another small chocolate cake. Which hubby is already trying to bust into while it’s cooling. I won’t be able to resist much longer either. The great thing about this cake, is that it’s not really that sweet tasting, but it is satisfying.

Had a college tabling event for VegNet (World Farm Animal’s Day / World Vegetarian Day) and a protest against the killing of Oregon’s wolves this week, both during lunch hours. Have been working on next week’s radio show in the evenings, SharePointing during the work days. Not much else going on.

Shh… Can’t talk now—last minute prep for SharePoint Saturday


A very full day of last-minute SharePoint Saturday tasks. And just got back from the SharePoint Saturday speaker’s dinner. It was a nice small group (not all the speakers could make it) and we had a great time. I’ve been out of the greater SharePoint loop for a while, so it’s good to meet some new people and hear all of their stories. I even met a fellow SharePoint vegan (how rare is that?!), which made me extra glad that I’d called ahead and asked for a vegan option instead of the very meat-centric meal options.

But, I have things to wrap up for tomorrow, so this is it for tonight.

Tomorrow’s to-do list is a mile long


Tomorrow’s to-do list is a mile long.

Wish I could relax and take in a little Summerfest, but that’s not happening this weekend. Every day I look at my summer-garden-that-could-have-been and sigh.

  • Radio show to finish
  • Next week’s course prep to finish
  • Packing and 5000 misc. household things to finish

Hubby will pick up the kids Sunday—they’re coming back for the rest of the summer—and I’ll be driving off to Portland in a rental. Hey, but at least it’s Portland!  You better believe that even though I’ll be training way down in Wilsonville all week and staying at some cheesy chain hotel, I’ll be getting to the Vegan Mini-Mall, Powell’s, and maybe even Blossoming Lotus (my favorite) or Portobello (have yet to try, they’ve always been closed when I’m there).

Wayyyyy too much going on this week


Wayyyyy too much going on this week. Finally got a great interview with a guy we’ve been trying to coordinate with for over a month (and I think it’s only because he lost his assistant and we emailed him directly). That’s a relief, but of course now we want to get it into next week’s show, because we’re timing it with an event which starts August 1, which bumps another cool interview which I really wanted to air this month, and creates extra pressure to get the show done on time.

It doesn’t help that I have to leave Sunday for my week teaching SharePoint in Portland, which bumps up the radio show deadline by a few days. I’m also juggling cram prep for the courses next week, accompanying conference calls, other work, SharePoint Saturday conference calls, and VegNet event planning—all of which seems to be popping up and needing answers or action this week.

Must collapse… now. Tomorrow, as they say, is another day.