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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.

We made it to Pdx—and tried Veggie Grill!

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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.

Screen time

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Arghh. All this computer / phone / kindle  “screen time” is catching up to me. Software tweaking, news research, editing, schoolwork—all online, all day long, all evening long. It’s getting old, and straining my eyes.

Must do something about it.

Tonight we finally got a difficult interview edited after spending many, many hours individually and together on it. Rambling content, poor audio quality in spots, amazing amounts of ums, you knows, stutters, etc. But they always turn out well enough in the end, and this one will be no exception. It’s edited down to a tight length and I’m sure will be quite interesting. Now to figure out how to finish the rest of the show before next Tuesday.

Yesterday was a good anti-procrastination day. I got our hotel situated for Portland VegFest! I’m going for the 3rd year and this year for the 1st time Vegnet Bend and All Things Vegan are going to share a table. If you’re in Portland, come visit us September 22 & 23. And this year I’m taking the entire family: It’s going to be so fun (I hope!)

Even though I still have no financial aid $, I also finally broke down and ordered the first couple of books that I really need for school (a couple on Kindle, one hard copy), and since Amazon gives free 2-day shipping to students, they’re coming maybe tomorrow, definitely by Saturday. I also got my Galaxy S3 case ordered, after having the phone for several weeks and suffering with the lame case that Costco provided.

And today I met with a new recruiter, so we’ll see if that leads anywhere.

Solar eclipse viewing and naughty vegan donuts

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Pinhole projection box for viewing eclipse

Pinhole Projection

We actually saw part of the solar eclipse today, even though it was super overcast—well, a shadow of the eclipse, anyway. I almost didn’t bother because I was busy working away on the show notes so I could get them done prior to tomorrow.

But I didn’t really want to miss at least trying to see the eclipse. So when the kids got home, we constructed a Pinhole Projection box. After several tweaks, it worked! We just waited for periods of lesser clouds (the sky was never totally clear). It may have been cooler to have the glasses or a filter so that we could have looked directly at the sun, but then we wouldn’t have gotten the chance to run around with a box on our heads. (Sadly, those pictures did not turn out very well. Also, I tried to simultaneously take a picture of the shadow inside the box and see the shadow with my head in the box, and, well, you can understand how that didn’t work either.)

Voodoo Doughnuts boxAlso, the kids brought home naughty vegan Voodoo Doughnuts for their Dad and me! They’re awesome (the kids and the donuts).

Voodoo Doughnut assortment

The center one is the cream-filled “Cock-N-Balls.”

Getting excited for Vida Vegan [Blogger] Con!

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Vida Vegan Con

Five months ago I registered for Vida Vegan Con and it’s starting to get close. The organizers have done a good job of building it up, with more and more frequent postings about conference events, un-conference events around Portland, and conference food and schwag. I’m really looking forward to this one! And finally, a conference where I won’t have to pack a week’s worth of vegan jerky and energy bars because I’ll be fed the leftover veggie tray from last night’s schmooze event for lunch two days in a row. I’m pretty sure this is going to be a foodie convention as much as it is a blogging one.

Judy and I are going for fun, but we’ll be representing All Things Vegan as well. Check out our latest show, which airs in Central Oregon tomorrow, and online around the world.

Memorial “day off”

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Heading up to Portland at the crack of dawn tomorrow to do some people-on-the-street interviews during the Farm to Fridge tour. Just made a ton of food and snacks to take with, since gas will consume most of the budget. (Which really bites, because nothing is better than eating out in vegan Pdx. I may need to sneak in a food cart meal at least). Back tomorrow night—will be a long day, but hey, beats sitting around the house thinking I should be weeding the garden in the freezing cold.