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Around and around


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.


Kids camp, rainy days, and feel-good foodie movies


I helped out with the KPOV Kids Radio Camp this morning. It was tiring, but only 3 hours, and it was fun to meet and interact with kids in the general age-group of 10-12 and from schools all over the Bend area. There were about 10 kids, including my twins. It was a rambunctious and restless crowd, especially as this was their 5th morning at the station, but we managed to prepare and record a couple of different pieces that will be edited into a one-hour show that will air on KPOV.

This afternoon I dropped the twins off at the pool for a few hours while I took care of some annoying errands. I managed to get the kids there 3 afternoons this week, since it was spring break. They like it and it was good to keep them occupied.

This evening, my older stepdaughter and I cooked and baked. It’s been a couple of rainy and stormy days, so it seemed like the thing to do. I put together a crock-pot bean soup (the beans had been soaking for a day and a half at least, so hopefully they won’t take forever to cook). She made pizza, banana bread, and coconut cream pie! The pie is so good.

I also dropped my younger stepdaughter off at the roller rink to meet some friends for a few hours. That gave me flashbacks, because we used to do the same thing when I was her age. Weird that it’s popular again; at least it’s in a different place than we used to go to. The building that used to be just a roller rink when I was a kid is now a music venue (but can also host roller derby).

Late tonight, I needed a brain dump. So I picked a happy comedy on Netflix. Since Netflix rarely has any recent movies that I want to watch instantly, and I don’t enjoy crime dramas or comedies, I’ve barely been in there this year. But I watched Today’s Special and it was just right for my mood. IMDB describes it as a “super-feel-good foodie comedy,” and I can’t disagree. It stars Aasif Mandvi of The Daily Show. I thought the writing was pretty good and it made me laugh out loud in a few places, which was all I was hoping for.

No, it’s not a full moon


This has been a weird couple of days:

  • Yesterday, my older step-daughter went sledding and came back with a bruised and scraped up face, having had an {apparently} spectacular wipe-out.
  • Last night, Nevermore fell or jumped off the high window when I was sitting on the bed and landed on my head with all of her claws out.
  • I almost lost the “stray” cat over the back fence when she shot out the back door this morning.
  • Had a cop come by saying one of our neighbors complained about our basketball hoop being on the street, because they couldn’t easily pull in to get to their mailbox, which happens to be in front of our house. B.S., because it wasn’t blocking anybody, and the mailman has never had a problem with it there. And yet, they moved it themselves twice, putting it on our lawn (killing the grass). And then when we were thinking, “What the heck, who is moving our basketball hoop?,” we moved it to a totally different side of the driveway, nowhere near the mailboxes. Then they called the city. We found out it was an elderly couple in the corner of the cul-de-sac. Ever heard of knocking on your neighbor’s door? Crazy thing is, the cop said it was actually illegal to have anything out on the street and if we were fined, it would be nearly $300. I’ve lived here for 10 years and everybody puts their basketball hoops on the street, especially in a cul-de-sac. So glad my neighbors wasted our law enforcement time with their ridiculous complaint. My husband went over to talk with them, and everything is cool, but I’m still highly annoyed. Can you tell? And talking with the cop made me late picking up the kids.
  • Some crazy cab driver ran a stop sign and almost plowed into my husband with a car full of kids.
  • Sent one kid friend home only to have a new friend come over, and then stay the night. It seems like almost all I did today was negotiate kid swaps.
  • One of the cats is acting really weird, because she just can’t handle all the commotion and new kids in the house.
  • Some of the kids are acting a little crazy, because they just can’t handle all the commotion and new kids in the house.

At least the twins are having fun this week at Kids Radio Camp, and the potluck tonight went well!

Yet another All Things Vegan show is posted! Life with the McCulloughs.


Yet another All Things Vegan show is posted. Didn’t I just do this? {Ha! Wait until we go bi-monthly.}

Life with the McCulloughs: Going vegan for vanity, raising kids on plants, dancing with the stars, and an ex-hunter is born.


KidsRuby plus Cupcakes


I took the kids to KidsRuby this morning (another free workshop, part of the same conference that sponsored my RailsBridge workshop). The leader was enthusiastic and engaging, and they all seemed to like their two-hour intro to programming. It was more than I expected, because I figured if I got one out of three that really enjoyed it, that would be good. They even came home and geeked out for a while experimenting with some of the things they learned. I’m so happy to be able to expose them to different experiences than back at their old home.

Afterwards, since they “earned” so much chocolate candy by asking questions throughout the class, I told them I’d swap them something yummy out. We went and got chocolate vegan cupcakes from Ida’s Cupcakes, which were totally worth the effort!