Tag Archives: fire

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!

Sex and beans; dead fire


Hey, I got the show notes done a day early!:

Hungry Vegan blogger Gail Davis on why vegan food is better than sex; Beanfields Chips, a “Vegan on Purpose” company

In this episode, Hungry Vegan blogger and author Gail Davis shares her vegan transformation story, talks about her love affair with compassionate food, and demonstrates how to incorporate green cuisine into your busy lifestyle.

And the family behind the Beanfields bean and rice chips company, talks to us about the role social responsibility plays in their family business, and how they came up with their award-winning vegan nacho chips.

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!

Also today: My step-son’s Kindle Fire died and could not be resuscitated. I can’t believe how quick and easy it was to call Amazon and run through a couple of troubleshooting steps: they’re sending a replacement to be here in two days. I wonder if he would notice if I nabbed the brand new one for myself? (Mine has that low volume issue.) Hmm, I should call about that one of these days.

Reading my (old) Kindle in the bath


So after last night’s blog post, I got brave and fixed up my older Kindle with a couple of large ziplock bags and read it in the bath last night. It worked pretty well, although the plastic was uncomfortable to hold as it made my hands sweaty, so I kept trying to awkwardly hold it with a washcloth. Also, I double-bagged it with the second bag up-side-down, so it was a bit bulky. I think ideally there would be a way to secure the Kindle on a tray that swings across the top of the bath of something, so it could be hands-free, except for page turning. 

I would never try this with my newer Kindle Fire, because it’s just not worth the risk. Every once in a while I put my Fire on its stand next to the bath, set very far back. I’m lucky that my tub has a big lip and a wide tile shelf all the way around, so it’s pretty safe that way. Unfortunately, the speakers in my Fire suck badly, so I can’t watch a movie without headphones, otherwise it would be a good option for that. This is a serious flaw that I heard a lot of people complaining about when the Fire first came out. I don’t know if the problem ever got addressed—it seems to differ from Kindle to Kindle—even in this house. The kids don’t have a problem with the volume on their Kindle Fires when watching videos, etc. I almost wish I had complained to Amazon.com right after purchasing it and asked for a replacement. Oh well. I’m still very grateful to have it.



Well my gut feeling was right. But I’m trying to look at it as a crisitunity, a la Homer Simpson.

The twins made it through their first week at the magnet school. Also, the WordPress app is now available for the Fire, which is cool {no spell check, though. What’s up with that?}. Gotta celebrate the good things.

Awkward or boring? Family game night…


Hmm. As you know, I’m a fan of Awkward Family Photos, but I wonder if this is any fun to play? What happens when you get tired of the photos—drag out your own family’s photo albums?

It couldn’t be any worse than the game I picked out for the family last month: Wits and Wagers. It looked good, had a “Mensa” award on it, had all these 4 star reviews on Amazon.com… and we’re very unimpressed. We tried it once, and nobody has wanted to play it again. We seriously thought about re-gifting it in one of the white elephant exchanges over Christmas, but I wanted to wait and give it one more chance, since we paid good money for it, dammit!

Tonight we played Life on the Kindle Fire by passing one of the Fires around. It was a fun alternative to the same old board game. It’s hard to find family games that will work for 11-year-olds, a 15-year-old, and two {somewhat cynical} adults.