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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.

Out of hand

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After a busy week of good {but stressful} distractions, which translated into several days mostly away from the computer {bad idea}, things are close to getting out of hand.

I realized yesterday that I have at least four major roles jobs right now: the radio show and other volunteer work, grad school, consulting work and looking for work, and managing the family finances, calendar, and spending time with the family. Not included in that: finding time for yoga and other exercise, finding time to just be, caring for and spending time with my animal family, and spending time with extended family and friends.

I’m not sure how to juggle it all over the next week, let alone the next 3 months. But if I can have a productive Monday through Thursday, I might just make it. Adding to everything this week: a veggie friend from out-of-town will be here for a few days teaching some courses and surely will want to hang out a little, and our SharePoint Saturday event is coming up soon (October 6), and the planning committee is actively firming things up for that.

Friday, the family leaves for our first trip together to Portland VegFest (my third year)! In a way, I wish we were just attending, but my co-host and I decided to have a table this year for All Things Vegan / VegNet Bend. We’re running out of time to do anything too interesting for that as far as giveaways, but we’ll figure out something and will have a good time doing it, I’m sure. I can’t wait to see everybody there.

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.

I have a screw loose and other culinary faux pas

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So… I made this great crockpot soup to celebrate the first fall-ish weather, and knowing that my step-kids would be coming this weekend. I had a bowl of it for lunch {to test it out, and because it smelled so good} and then we all had it for dinner, along with a little French Toast that I made with a loaf of bread that was getting a bit dry {I learned this trick of using “stale” bread for French Toast in The 30-Day Vegan Challenge}.

We were eating away, when my oldest step-daughter suddenly found something in her soup. A screw! And another small piece of plastic or something. What the heck?! After some investigation, it was determined that it was from the crockpot lid, which had a broken hinge, and a spot for one screw. So at least we knew there wasn’t another one in there. Luckily, she was a good sport about it, only half-joking that I was trying to kill her. Sorry again, oldest step-daughter who not so secretly reads my blog once in a while. 🙂

If that had happened to me at a restaurant (and many similar things have happened to me over the course of my life, including, in Bend: a push pin in my food and a giant squared off piece of plastic in my curry) I would probably never go back. Unfortunately, my step-daughter doesn’t have that option. She made up for my culinary faux pas by baking us our new favorite chocolate cake recipe. I thought about hiring a taste tester for my piece, in case some retribution was in the works, but if was great and I’m fine (so far).

Anyway, at least I’m relatively packed and ready to go. Getting up at 5 a.m. with the intention of leaving for Portland VegFest at 6. Totally worth it, but, bleh.